Todd nails it with awards
YOUNG Byron Bay builder Todd Knaus really nailed it at the recent Northern Rivers Master Builders Association awards.
Todd picked up awards for best renovation, best kitchen and best pool and outdoor area for work he did on a house in Avocado Circuit, Ewingsdale.
He also scored a merit award in the best contract house category for his own house at Suffolk Park.
For Todd, 31, who only went out on his own as a builder just over two years ago, the awards came as a very pleasant surprise. “The usual guys seemed to have won it every year,” he said.
“They read out my name and it kept coming. I couldn’t believe it.”
Being a builder wasn’t in the forefront of his thinking when he completed his HSC at Byron Bay High School.
A top sportsman, Todd went to Southern Cross University to study for an exercise science degree, but after a year decided it wasn’t for him.
At school, he said PE was one of his two favourite subjects, the other being design technology.
For his HSC practical assignment, he built a full-sized pool table which was judged to be among the top five per cent of projects for that year.
After completing his carpentry apprenticeship with Byron Bay builder Dick Pezet, he worked as a carpenter for other builders in the area.
Two-and-a-half years ago he gained his builder’s licence and has been on the go since.
“It’s gone ahead in leaps and bounds,” he said.
“Every job we have had has been through word-of-mouth.
“I strive always to do good quality work and use top-quality tradesmen.”