At a time when most people were worried about saving money and keeping their jobs, one Bunbury man was starting his own business.
Julian Bryant found his calling as a building company owner amid the global financial crisis.
After 20 years working for prominent WA building companies and gaining valuable experience as a project manager during a working stint in Dubai, Julian returned to the South West and started Bluerock Building Company.
“It was an amazing experience, the economy was just red-lining,” Julian said of his time in Dubai.
“Through that experience I found direction.”
One of only a handful of custom builders in the area, the three-year-old residential construction company specialises in two-storey family homes and custom single-storey designs.
Julian is the one-man band behind the Bluerock brand.
He oversees every aspect of the company, including bookkeeping, as well as supervision throughout the building process.
“My wife says I am a control freak so this style of company is perfect for me,” he said.
But having control over the business and building process from beginning to end is one of Julian’s secrets to success.
“The passion for me comes from being involved in every facet of the business and to deliver the best for my clients,” Julian said.
“It gives me a real buzz to see people achieve their dream and see them get excited during the process.”
Although running a company on his own is a unique approach for a builder, it allows Julian to provide a special experience to clients — one-on-one service.
He is easily accessible to his clients, ensuring channels of communication are open from the start, allowing him to deliver a personalised service.
“I want to give the client a fun and rewarding experience and try to give them a dream run by getting information from me throughout the process,” he said.
Julian’s company only takes on a few clients each year, which keeps the business manageable, while word-of-mouth has been the company’s advertising model.
The company caters to second and third time homeowners who have already been through the building process.
“I try to get the clients to see the future function of the home so we can deliver a home that suits their lifestyle and works for them — everybody is different,” Julian said.
Starting the company during a low point for the building industry has proved Julian’s mettle.
“I believe I have been very successful to get a company up and running during this time,” he said.
“I’m not going to wait for the world to change.”