They say that when one door closes, another opens. However, when Andrew left us in 2018, we were devastated to watch him walk out our door. But, to be honest, we always hoped that one day, he’d return to us. So, the door was always left just slightly ajar. And sure enough, guess whose head would pop through it every now and then to chew the fat? And who do you think we invited to the HIA Awards in 2018, because we missed him as much as he appeared to miss us?
Meet Andrew Coombs, also known as Coombsy, Co-cumba, or Maverick – the man of many talents and even more nicknames! With over 20 years of experience in the building and construction industry, Andrew is no stranger to the world of joinery and installation.
Recently, Andrew has been promoted to a new role: now, as Site Manager, Andrew's got a few tricks up his sleeve. He's the go-to guy for guiding the install team through the nitty-gritty of on-site work. Whether it's figuring out how to fit a square peg in a round hole or smoothing out any bumps along the way, Andrew's got it covered.
But that's not all – Andrew's also the master of problem-solving. Seriously, give him a challenge, and he'll tackle it with the calm and collected demeanor of a pro. Nathan swears by Andrew's ability to handle any curveballs thrown his way – and let's face it, in this industry, there's never a dull moment.
In between all the site visits and check measures, Andrew's also the guy you want in your corner when things get technical. Sometimes, a job calls for a little extra finesse, and that's where Andrew steps in, lending his expertise in an "Art Director" style role to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.
But it's not just about the work – Andrew's also the ultimate people person. He's fluent in builder-speak and knows how to bridge the gap between SpaceCraft and other trades. Clients love him for his down-to-earth approach and his knack for turning tricky situations into smooth sailing.
So, if you ever find yourself face-to-face with Andrew Coombs, just know that you're in good hands. With a few years under his belt at SpaceCraft Joinery, Andrew's not just a familiar face – he's a trusted leader. Whether he's measuring up your space or tackling a site issue head-on, Andrew's got the skills and the calm and collected demeanour to make sure everything goes according to plan. Welcome to the leadership team, Mav – it’ll be good to see you thriving in your new role!
Coombsy, Coo-cumba, Maverick: he has almost as many nicknames as he has skills. And even more reasons why we love him to bits. The most obvious professional reason is his vast experience, with over 20 years in the building and construction industry, having made everything from pieces of furniture to his previous home in the Riverland, where he hails from. (He now lives just down the road at Chiton with his wife, Kylie, and their daughter, Addison.)
He really has been there, done that and bought the T-shirt, including cabinetmaking, shopfitting, wood machining, joinery, first- and second-fixing, tiling, painting, cladding, design, CAD and drafting in his skills. (Actually, in retrospect, it may have been quicker to tell you what he hasn’t done.) Having tasted the life of a supervisor over the last couple of years away, he was super-keen to hop back on the tools with us and lead his installers from the front.
In fact, when we started looking for a replacement for our previous Lead Installer, George, who resigned to work closer to home, a little bird told us Andrew had seen our ad on social media and was sorely tempted to reapply. (That ‘little bird’ being Kylie.) A couple of days later, we caught up with Andrew in the pub and had a little chat. Before you could say ‘whose round is this?’, we’d made a formal offer and he’d accepted.
And now he’s back, it’s like he never left: he’s such a comfortable fit with the rest of our team. When you meet him, he may strike you at first as being rather tight-lipped. But when the moment is right, through those lips pass the kind of comments that are well worth waiting for, confirming that the very level-headed Maverick… er, Andrew, is a thinker just as much as a tinkerer.