While his university peers were just settling into their studies, Vas Spaseski had already started and sold his first property development.
The then 18-year-old town planning student bought a site at Glendalough, drew up some plans, subdivided the block and moved it on to a developer for a healthy profit.
It was this early ambition, ingenuity and fearless drive which would prove pivotal to Mr Spaseski’s success in the building industry, constructing his first two-storey home at the age of 24.
“As people viewed the homes I had built, the requests for me to build others increased and that’s how things got started,” he said.
“I had to make a huge decision to either stay with town planning and stick to the university degree I had worked so tirelessly for, or further my work as a builder.
“My love for the built form won me over and into the building game it was.”
Almost 24 years on, the former urban designer is now managing director of a homebuilding company he started with his wife Danielle over a decade ago.
A multi-award winning residential building company, Inspired Homes has risen to become a leading force within the Western Australian construction industry.
A finalist in 12 categories at the 2018 HIA COLORBOND steel Matt Perth Housing Awards, the builder walked away with six wins at the WA building industry’s night of nights.
Inspired Homes was awarded Project Home of the Year, Specialised Housing of the Year, Project Home $450,001 and Over, Project Home up to $230,000, Apartment up to $500,000 and Excellence in Service – Medium Builder.
It also had two finalists in the Home of the Year.
With a passion for sustainable living and a desire to work with a mix of materials, Mr Spaseski said he was always looking to push the envelope in smart design.
“I love design and challenges, the word ‘no’ does not exist in my vocabulary and I like to continue learning new construction methods,” he said.
“I like to get an understanding of what the desired outcome is meant to be before we put pen to paper, and then work together with the council, client or developer to achieve it in the most cost-effective manner, without compromising quality and outcome.
“There is always a better way to do something and I think we can never become complacent, as we should strive to achieve, review and refine the end product to improve it for next time.”
As the State Government works towards redressing the balance between urban sprawl and greenfield development, Mr Spaseski said Inspired Homes would work towards more innovative design ideas to meet a growing demand for higher-density housing.
“There is a huge opportunity for developers, town planners, architects and builders to work collectively during the early phases of these projects,” he said.
With two brand new display homes recently opened at Piara Waters and Bennett Springs, and two more scheduled to be finished by next year, Mr Spaseski said the designs were quite different from what was out there in the marketplace.
“In addition to this we have been constructing a lot of sustainable homes comprising timber and steel – moving away from the conventional building methods,” he said.
“As lot sizes seem to get smaller we have had a push to review how we build on these sites.
“This is an area we believe will continue to grow as the need to have less waste and faster build times comes into play.
“We are also seeing the consumer being more educated and asking for sustainable building methods to be incorporated into their home.”
CONTACT Inspired Homes, 9303 9985, www.inspiredhomes.net.au.