Episode 69 – ‘Pressure makes Diamonds’ with Sam Willcocks from Wilks Building Group.

In this episode of the Build Hatch Podcast, we had the opportunity to hear from Sam Wilcocks from Wilks Building Group. 

In this episode we talk about:

  • Sam grew up in Adelaide and has been there ever since. 

  • His journey to becoming a builder after doing a school-based apprenticeship.

  • Sam started in timber framing and spent his first year putting houses together in a ‘high turnover, low-margin' environment.

  • The beginnings of Wilks building group, following Wilks Carpentry.

  • The process of getting a Builders Licence whilst working full time.

  • The change from Carpentry to Building and, how Sam managed the transition.

  • Sam defines himself as a workaholic and is passionate about creating connections.

  • Pricing his first home build and project.

  • Growing and expanding to advertise and using these high traffic project sites for advertising.

  • The evolution of projects for Sam and his process for utilising current projects to promote future projects.

  • The current climate in Adelaide’s building industry.

  • Being adaptable by working on both renovations and new home builds.

  • Managing renovations when working in a fixed pricing model and, Sam’s learnings from these jobs.

  • The Unley Park Project, the Oak tree and the Hydro-vac system.

  • Problem-solving with fences and neighbours and how Sam approaches these relationships.

  • The impact of the Pandemic on both supply and trades.

  • Developing long-term relationships, and work, by looking after your trades.

  • The future for Wilks Building Group. 

Sit back and enjoy this helpful interview with Sam Wilcocks from Wilks Building Group.


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