Ashley’s Toll house renovation and refurbishment
Tradesman Ashley Officer bought the toll house in Launceston at auction two years ago.
It needed gutting from top to bottom - and remodelling inside and out.
I like the house because I knew it had a history.
Ashley Officer loves old things and admits to a double garage full of stuff he’s reclaimed from previous jobs.
He would, he says, open up a reclamation yard if he wasn’t so busy with building projects.
I’m really hot on recycling and I save things from jobs I do.
Ashley says that he never sees anything to do with building as a challenge, just a snag to be figured out.
He loves acquiring skills and is always up for tackling something new, no matter how difficult!
My philosophy is that if I could live forever I would learn every task or trade.
Ashley has no regrets about the time and effort he’s put into the house but he’d have loved his mother-in-law to have kept it.
He knows he’s a bit of a stickler and can’t overlook any detail - it means he sometimes overruns but it is generally at his own cost
You may lose out on the job because you take time to do things properly but you make your reputation.