DT & WM Johns

This Weeks Episode of Home in WA

08 9021 3884

08 9091 8884

0419 941 068

43 Lewis Street
Kalgoorlie WA 6430

At around the same time as Paddy Hannan's famous gold discovery in 1893, a Welshman named Thomas Johns arrived in Kalgoorlie to try his luck in the goldfields

Today, the Johns family is still flying the flag here in Kalgoorlie Boulder not digging for gold but ensuring links with the past survive. David Johns is Thomas's grandson and David's sons Ashley and Michael are fourth generation goldfields residents. Together, they run a family building company that prides itself on restoration, renovation and one-off architecturally designed projects.

David qualified as a carpenter 45 years ago and developed a passion for restoration of the City's superb period buildings with their heritage architecture. A marvellous example of this is the detailed plaster ceiling at the Hannans Club, where the Johns team painstakingly restored ornate ceiling roses and cornices that had deteriorated as a result of continual blasting at the Kalgoorlie gold mines.

We also see a prime example of the company's contemporary work, with a brief tour of Ashley's own home, which is a striking modern conversion of what was a very plain rectangular brick home with a flat roof.

Johns Building Contractors do not confine themselves exclusively to Goldfields projects. Michael is supervising projects in Perth, two more are due to commence in Busselton and they have been commissioned for building work as far north as Onslow and even Tasmania

Another side of the company talents, is in new custom designed projects, working with prominent architects including Richard Sklarz and Overman Zuideveld.

To round off the Johns Building Contractors versatility, we see a re-development in Boulder, where six small shops have been converted to attractive dwellings and a corner store is in the process of being turned into a restaurant catering for the busy tourist trade.

So if a romantic, historic hotel in Hannan Street is in your sights or if you're thinking of an individual concept, then the Johns team could be well worth a call. Contact DT and WM Johns Registered Builders at 43 Lewis Street, Kalgoorlie or phone 9021 3884.