I’ve been building in Prince Albert for over 25 years. It began when I returned home from travelling in Europe. The intention was to be home for a bit and then go back again and get to the countries I hadn’t visited. The kitchen cupboards scuppered the plan…
I like working with my hands. During the holiday I built those cupboards and at some point my ‘do the responsible thing and work’ won over my heart’s desire to travel and so De Villiers Skrynwerke (Carpentry) began and within 2 years it became De Villiers Bouers (Builders).
My roots are a sheep farm in Namibia, near Keetmanshoop. When my parents sold the farm we moved to Oudtshoorn where we had family, and I attended high school, but soon we journeyed over the pass to Prince Albert.
These days travel looks like off road on my BMW GS800 motorbike to explore parts of the country. If that’s not happening often enough, I use it to visit the more remote building sites. I’ve been called ‘the scientist’ because I love figuring things out and the precision of science. I’m also a hobby meteorologist – a love of weather that began during my national service in the met office of the air force.
My building work is predominantly residential; either renovation or new build. Occasionally light industrial for an olive farm or a workshop. I’ve worked on or in over 65 houses in Prince Albert.
For many years my father, Nant, and I worked together in the business. Now he’s got a building block and paving manufacture business, also here in Prince Albert, and we still work together on certain projects.
De Villiers Builders also hire out equipment such as compressors, compactors and scaffolding.