The Directors and History.
Geoff Peterson started his carpentry apprenticeship in1992 and created his carpentry contract business in 1996. His driving desire is to see that every client he works with has their dreams realised. A man of few words, he believes that the proof of his skill anddedication to this aim lies in the high-quality finished product that he has consistently delivered. In 2003 he received his own Builder’s accreditation, and since then has completedmanyquality building projects.
Simon Horseman completed an Associate Diploma in Accounting in 1991. To pay his way through university, he worked on various building sites. At the end of his degree, he discovered that he enjoyed the building business far more than the accounting business and has never looked back, creating his own carpentry contract business in 1996. His chief aim is to build something great for the client, and he takes great pride in seeing a job well done.
In 2003 Geoff and Simon amalgamated their two businesses into GB Peterson Pty Ltd, which has provided high-end carpentry to builders on projects as varied as retirement villages and aged care facilities, commercial buildings and shops, apartment blocks and units. From Cranbourne to St. Albans, Camberwell to Phillip Island, and Brunswick to Berwick, GB Peterson Pty Ltd built a reputation for doing whatever it takes to get projects completed on time, on budget and at the desired level of quality. As preferred suppliers to Hudson and Bunnings, and with the majority of work being repeat business, Geoff and Simon felt that they had the runs on the board to step-up to working directly with clients and architects by providing a conception-to-completion, high-end home construction service. As a result, Cognac Constructions Pty Ltd was born.
Geoff and Simon strongly believe that their job is to build what the client has ordered, exactly as the architect has drawn it. “Our job is to make the architect look good,” says Simon. “It is one of our goals to work with good architects and drafts persons because we love looking at new trends, products and concepts.” Part of the challenge for Geoff is in always trying to do the job better and faster. “We use only reliable contractors who are interested in working to our standards because we always try to improve what we do on each job.”
While speed and reliability are critically important, both Geoff and Simon believe that the keys to their continued success are their approachability, their availability to their client, and their ability to analyse the job at hand. “I’ve lost count of the number of times that we have saved our clients money,” says Geoff. Simon continues, “Work scheduling is the classic example of this. We have regularly suggested changes to the order in which certain tasks are undertaken, which have reduced the risks of damage to other work, as well as sped up the project.”
“That’s why most of our work is repeat business,” says Geoff. “Our clients have learned to appreciate our judgement and trust that we are really working for them – not just banging nails in until knock-off time.”