I have worked with Ryan over many years, and I consider our working relationship to be very solid; complementary to our individual circumstances – and above all – a union based on trust and respect.
In 2010, my wife and I were introduced to Ryan by a mutual friend and shortly afterwards we engaged Ryan to build our family home. The process was seamless and enjoyable, and nothing was ever too much trouble for Ryan or his trades, which resulted in a beautifully designed home of superior quality.
Little did we know then that this was to be the start of many future projects together.
In 2016 Ryan and I partnered another project where Ryan was engaged to build a home which was purpose built for use as his display home. The location of the land; and the house design and specifications were left entirely to Ryan and his team.
Ryan found the perfect block on which to showcase his display home in Mt Claremont; and thereafter spent countless hours researching alternative construction methods and investigating viable sustainable alternatives to common building practice – with the result being a home with a 9.6 star energy rating.
This home was either a finalist and/or a winner of the following industry awards:
- 2020 MBA Winner Display Home over $800,000
- 2020 MBA Finalist Overall Best Display Home
- 2020 MBA Finalist Best Contract Home $750,000 - $1,000,000
- 2020 MBA Finalist Excellence in Energy Efficiency
- 2020 MBA Finalist Best Waterwise Home
- 2019 MBA Finalist Best Contract Home $650,000 - $750,000
- 2019 HIA Finalist Greensmart National Display/Project Home
- 2019 HIA Winner Bathroom in a Display Home $600,001 and over
- 2019 HIA Finalist Display Home $600,001 and over
- 2019 HIA Finalist Bathroom in a Display Home $600,001 and over
- 2019 HIA Finalist Kitchen in a Display Home $600,001 and over
- 2019 HIA Finalist Liveable Bathroom
- 2018 Finalist Greensmart for Greensmart Design
In 2018 Ryan and I embarked another development; this time on a much larger scale.
Once again, the location of the land and the design and specification was left entirely to Ryan and his team.
Ryan sourced 2 large parcels of land at Waterford with the intent of subdividing these into smaller lots of grouped housing; and after securing the land, he organised the appropriate people for the design, construction, securing land titles and engaging the selling agent.
This resulted in one parcel of land being divided into 5 lots, containing double storey homes, all of which were sold prior to completion.
The remaining parcel of land which has direct Canning River Access, has been divided into 4 lots, one of which has sold off the plan, with the remaining 3 still under construction and due for completion mid 2022.
In May of this year Ryan was engaged to complete some base build fit out works on one of my factory units in Joondalup prior to a lessor taking possession, and as always, the work was done in a timely manner and devoid of any problems.
I engaged Ryan to do a complete fit-out of my offices in Bassendean and to say Ryan’s organisation and trade base is outstanding is an understatement.
Since there were major works undertaken, it was imperative that this fit-out be completed in a timely manner to minimise downtime and lack of productivity.
The stripping out began on 29 May 2021 and was completed on 20 June 2021 and again this was hassle free and completed to a high standard.
The scope of works included new office partitioning, new reception cabinetry, new kitchen cabinetry, new meeting room cabinetry, minor structural changes, stripping carpet tiles and replacement, stripping kitchen floor and wall tiling and replacement, repainting, stripping and installing new ceilings, a new air conditioning system, and a complete landscaping package.
Recently I purchased a new residential unit which required some cosmetic works as advised by an interior decorator. This work consists of new lighting, painting throughout, new fireplace and cladding, and other minor elements.
Given the current state of the building industry and the lack of, and/or shortages of trades, things are progressing on site in difficult times.
I fully intend to be working together with Ryan well into the future.
I can tell you that I was very satisfied with the level of service provided by Savvy Construction.
After first meeting with Ryan and discussing the project, I was impressed with his level of commitment and attention to detail that’s why I chose Ryan to proceed with my project.
This was my first new build and after hearing all the horror stories that clients at Renouf had experienced when building I wanted to make sure this wouldn't be the case. I also did not want to go with a big commercial builder as I knew the level of service would not be the same as choosing a boutique builder like Savvy.
Ryan made the whole process very enjoyable which I cannot say for people I have spoken with that have gone through the building process. Ryan was very clear on all areas of the project and made sure I was always notified if there were any changes or delays. If ever I needed to speak to Ryan he was always by the phone and if he could not take my call would call back as soon as possible.
The finished product was just as I expected if not even better thanks to Ryan's attention to detail and passion.
Most people suffer cracking and settling issues and many small imperfections on completion and within the first year. For me this has not been the case and I could not be happier with the result.
Ryan is not just another builder. He is someone that is actually passionate about what he does and truly believes in having the best product out there on the market.
That’s why I chose Ryan because I could see he was passionate and that he actually cares about what he does.
You would know this if you speak to Ryan as he cannot stop talking about building and to be honest as a client you could say he over services almost to the point where you gain so much trust in Ryan you end up telling him to stop calling you and just do what he thinks best as you know he will make the right choice for you.
I have referred Savvy to all my clients and also my family who have engaged Ryan and have had the same experience as I have had building with Savvy.
We have been working with Ryan and Savvy Construction for the past 18 months through the design, planning/submission and now the construction phase our large renovation in East Fremantle.
As this is a very large renovation there have been many challenges which Ryan and his team have taken head on with ingenuity and enthusiasm.
Ryan continually displays great passion in his work and even our neighbours have made comment to us on how professional he and his team are in the way they conduct themselves on site, their excellent work ethics, as they are quite often on site until very late in the day where other building teams would have left hours earlier, and the excellent state and cleanliness in which they keep the work site.
Ryan is continually assessing and reassessing the renovations and presents us with alternate options to the plans which will definitely enhance the final outcome of the project.
He and his team make themselves readily available to answer questions and assist us in choosing the right fittings and fixtures for our house that will again enhance the overall final outcome.
Ryan's enthusiasm and obvious love of his work coupled with his diligent nature of ensuring all facets of the job are done to the highest level of quality make him a pleasure to work with.
Working with Ryan has been so easy.
The communication received has ensured that I have never been in the dark about any matter during construction, which is peace of mind for me as I live remotely from the project.
His eye for detail has been a blessing and I am so looking forward to see the final building be finished to the standards I see in another house of the family project.
It is with much pleasure that I write this testimonial on behalf of Savvy Construction and in particular the company’s Director, Ryan Cole.
Ryan has been so insightful to date, offering both Riki and I many different, and at times, cost saving options (not before offered by previous Building companies we had been in contact with), in which to complement our lifestyle block and the solar passive dwelling in which we are building for our growing family.
He is not only diligent and extremely helpful, but his knowledge and expertise are second to none.
It is without hesitation that we do, and will continue to, recommend Savvy Construction to friends and family knowing they will receive as much personal dedication to their projects, as we have had to ours.
Thank you so much again and wishing you all the best
Right from the initial contact with Ryan Cole Building I have been very impressed.
Ryan's open communication methods, experience and customer service was the reason I chose Ryan Cole Building to build my dream home in Mindarie, he had time for me even when I wasn't sure I was ready to build.
Ryan has been very professional and knowledgeable about the entire building process. He has worked with me and his architect to plan my dream home covering all aspects.
The turnaround time of my drawings has been the same day sometimes when I have requested small changes and he has been very cost effective.
Every time I have contacted Ryan I have spoken with him directly and even late nights and weekends he has kept me up to date with my building progress.
Ryan has always informed me but not pressured me into any decisions however his knowledge and experience has helped me make informed decision about my home design all while staying within my budget.
From the first meeting Ryan you realise he has a real passion for building and client satisfaction he has gone over and beyond my expectations.
If you are looking for a stress-free quality builder who is trustworthy and can communicate Ryan Cole Building is the builder for you.
We found Ryan in a roundabout way when we were looking for someone to sink a trampoline.
His name came up via The Trampoline Man, and after speaking to him and finding out he was a builder, took him on in place of the Landscape Architect we had hired.
We realised we really needed a builder, not an architect, to construct a garage, build fences, sink a trampoline and do some landscaping. Ryan came and looked at our original plans, spent a good while explaining his history in the building industry and preparing a quote.
We were thoroughly impressed already by his punctuality, good listening skills and willingness to take on a project that had already had some planning.
Ryan explained his approach to projects; and what was expected of us, all followed up promptly in writing.
Ryan organised all the trades necessary. Most came as planned, and if there was a delay Ryan rang us up with good notice and amendments that were quite acceptable. He has been very flexible with additional building variations that have evolved as the project grew.
In particular, we are so appreciative that Ryan has observed some deficiencies in the original building that he has since had rectified with no variation fees.
He liaised with our elderly neighbours when there were problems with an exposed Telstra line to their property and took the time to chat to them and let them know he would arrange for Telstra to fix the long-standing problem permanently. They both mentioned later how pleased they were that he had taken the time to point out the repairs needed by Telstra, and that he would ring the company to make sure it was followed up.
Ryan has always been available to contact by phone or email.
When away, he gave us a proposed plan of next trades due and when he would be by next on site. He is so organised, approachable and easy to get along with, that we can’t recommend him highly enough!
Best wishes to Ryan, we have thoroughly enjoyed working with him.
It is with the utmost confidence that I recommend Ryan Cole to build or renovate for you. It will be one of the best decisions you will ever make.
Ryan is the consummate professional as well as being personable. He is punctual and very responsive in replying to calls and emails.
Ryan is also exceedingly patient and generous with his time.
He has a fine eye for detail and is a pleasure to work with and his love of the building trade is evident.
He takes great pride in his work.
In conclusion Ryan can be attributed to possessing the following three characteristics in equal measure as best described in the famous quote used by billionaire Warren Buffet:
‘Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: Integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.’
We approached Ryan to design and construct our new home in Mt Helena, and the entire process to date has really been beyond our expectations.
Being our first new build, we were really relying on Ryan to guide us through the whole process.
With my husband’s difficult work schedule and being away from home a lot, it has been Ryan's commitment to detail and his communication with us that has allowed us to be really involved and invested in every aspect of our new home. He has taken the time to explain our options, and regularly meets us on site to go over details and offer up suggestions that are really going to make this house our 'home', customised to suit our family and lifestyle.
Every trade that we have had on site to date have put in so much time and effort, also taking time out to offer suggestions and involving us in what they have been doing, and we firmly believe this goes back to Ryan's commitment to sourcing the absolute best qualified people he can to construct our home.
We are now at lockup stage and are just beyond excited to see the fit out of our home where the real attention to detail is going to make it really stand out.
We never wanted a run of the mill home, and Ryan has managed to make this a reality for us.
Ryan is currently doing a small renovation and extension for us.
We are living in our house whilst the renovation has been going on which can be challenging with an 18-month-old toddler.
Ryan has been fantastic throughout the entire renovation process. He is easy to get a hold of by phone and email and always prompt to return calls. He's happy to spend time on site going through the process and discussing the next stages. He's really concerned with making sure that things are done right and that we are happy with it. He is incredibly flexible and has been amazing with changes made on site.
As we are building a small ensuite and walk in robe addition that is very constrained by existing boundaries and windows it has been very hard to picture the amount of space we will have and how the layout will work.
Once the slab was laid and external walls went up, Ryan was happy to mark out the options for internal sizing on the floor so my husband and myself could see exactly how the space will work and what option is the best for the space we have. This has been incredibly valuable in ensuring that we get a space that really works for us.
Ryan has a good eye for detail and has been great at making suggestions for what he thinks is right for our house. For example, he suggested rendering the back of our house and hiding the old laundry pipes in the cavity wall, this has really tidied up the area and made the back of the house look a lot more modern. I am very happy that we chose Ryan as our builder and would be happy to recommend him to anyone.
We were thrilled with Ryan in every aspect in every way before, during and after the build; he is an amazing young man with such a wonderful way with not only his clients, but his workers and the tradesmen that he uses. I still pinch myself when sitting in our new extension, to see just what has been created with some input from us, but mostly Ryan's vision of what could be.
It is very rare to have a building supervisor not only answer ALL phone calls/messages, but to be able to email and have a reply, sometimes within minutes, shows outstanding commitment to us, the client.
Ryan's work ethic is commendable, and I would guess a very rare commodity these days.
I have no hesitation in recommending him to many friends who are renovating, thinking about renovating or building.
His attention to detail and totally honest approach in every aspect of our build was refreshing.
As with all builds, there were a few issues, but I never doubted that all would be resolved, and we were never let down.
Thanks for giving us the opportunity to write this short testimonial.
Ryan Cole was recommended to us through a friend in the building industry.
At the time, we had been preparing to commence building with another builder, with our slab due to be poured within days.
That was in late January of this year. All clients of the company were advised that the company was unable to honour any projects they had contracted to undertake, the company had gone broke.
Fortunately, Ryan was prepared to take over our build at an extremely difficult time for us. Knowing that the original builder had deceived us made us wary of trusting any other builder.
Ryan took over the mess they left us in, tackling every hurdle he encountered with the local council and other companies already contracted to work on our house with diplomacy and utmost professionalism.
His advice to us during this time was invaluable.
We realised at our first meeting that he is dedicated to the business of building, his welcoming manner and sunny disposition putting us at ease immediately.
He is a perfectionist, a master craftsman of his trade and is most importantly highly regarded by the tradespeople working for him.
Not only does he personally check all work done on site on a daily basis, but he also keeps us informed of progress on site. If there is anything he wishes to discuss, he contacts us immediately.
With us, his clients, he has an engineer and a perfectionist homemaker to deal with.
He is the ultimate builder for us, and we cannot fault his work.
All our previous drawings and documents were scrutinised by Ryan and after much red tape was unravelled, our build commenced in April.
At all times, he has been completely honest with us, and we trust him to complete our home with the utmost care.
Throughout our build, he has maintained a strict schedule, with each stage running on time as he has advised us.
Without a doubt, we highly recommend Ryan Cole to prospective clients as a builder who is honest, reliable and a perfectionist in the building profession.
Having known Ryan Cole for some time in the lead up to my renovations at Joel Tce, Mt Lawley, I have found him to be patient, pleasant, and very efficient.
His approach has always been to put the client first.
Ryan has an amazing understanding of the building industry as a whole, which gives me, the client, a great deal of confidence.
When we first met Ryan Cole (from Savvy Construction) to discuss building extensions to our property, we immediately felt at ease.
Ryan listened to what we wanted to achieve with our extensions and provided practical feedback on our architecturally designed extension, to a traditional Fremantle limestone home.
Ryan’s ability to be flexible and cost effective, particularly when building problems have occurred, have made us feel comfortable with the knowledge that our interests and the integrity of the house, are in very good hands.
Throughout our experience, Ryan’s eye for detail has been second to none, giving us peace of mind.
Given the traditional nature of our project we have appreciated Ryan’s willingness to source suitable trades people to help us achieve our restoration, even though they weren’t listed in the original contract.
Ryan is very personable. He’s always contactable by email or phone and all our concerns have been addressed promptly and professionally to our satisfaction.
Ryan has also made regular site visits throughout the building project to discuss any amendments, concerns and to keep the project on schedule. This has meant that decisions can be made with no confusion.
We have had a pleasant building experience with Ryan and have felt that he has always had our best interest in mind, to finish a quality extension within our budget.
to keep the building as single level and being on a small block created a bit of a challenge. From our first meeting Ryan was upfront and open about the possibilities and constraints of the project.
We are currently toward the latter half of the construction phase which has proven more comprehensive than initially thought. This was due to the poor condition of some of the original structure and our desire to ensure we end up with a quality dwelling finished to a high and exacting level.
Throughout the project Ryan has demonstrated his ability to co-ordinate the various trades to ensure we remain on budget whist overcoming the extra work required to remedy existing problems.
He has always been upfront in providing answers and recommendations to achieve our goal. At all times I know he is working on our behalf.
The total package of co-ordinating design, building products, trades and décor has been an enjoyable experience for us as owners.
Ryan’s knowledge and attention to detail and quality gives us the confidence, even before the project is complete, that we will achieve our goal of functional quality home which compliments existing homes in a leafy suburb close to river.
We have also engaged Ryan to complete a substantial renovation on our holiday home which is in a unique location adjoining the Murray River in Mandurah, WA.
We are enjoying the building process under his guiding hand.
“We first met with Ryan Cole in 2013 to discuss building our ‘dream home’ in Fremantle.
Ryan listened to the style of home we wished to create, considered the site limitations; and worked with us over a number of years to produce designs which met our needs… and budget.
Ryan was willing to work with us every step of the way, often looking for alternative design solutions, sourcing new products and working with new contractors.
Ryan has a very personable nature; is always contactable by email or phone with regular communications regarding the status of our build. No issue has been too big or too small – with solutions found quickly ensuring a quality outcome.
Ryan’s attention to detail gave us the peace of mind that we would produce a quality forever home, for our family and friends to enjoy for years to come.
Having fallen in love with the city views from the front and sweeping views across to Lake Gwelup from the back, finding a builder that would help maximize the views and utility of our 400m2 narrow lot block (i.e. 9m2 width) was critical particularly when we planned to raise our young family here for the next 20 years. Back in 2009, Ryan had just commenced setting up Savvy Constructions and knowing Ryan Cole's meticulous nature we engaged him to work through our design. The arrangement was made with the knowledge that Savvy would have to quote for the build, but Ryan showed tremendous enthusiasm facilitating a design that quickly hit the mark without significant costs.
After completing the design process, we invited three builders to quote on the job including Savvy Constructions. While our budget was an important factor, having control and flexibility over the design and quality of our home was critical. Comparing the prices on an "apples to apples" basis took some effort and even though Savvy Construction's quoted price was 5-10% higher, Ryan's commitment to the following principles made it clear that not only in the long run would we be better off in a budget sense we had a significantly higher probability of achieving the quality and design we were seeking:
- Attention to Detail - as a builder, Ryan is a perfectionist and there is an extraordinary passion and focus on quality. His ethos of ensuring he has quality tradesmen that deliver the right job upfront resulted in a quality outcome that we could not have expected;
- Customer Focus - with regular communication, Ryan continuously works on understanding his customers’ desires and regularly suggests ideas to enhance the design and quality outcome without necessarily adding costs. Ryan tends to treat the project as he is building his own house;
- Flexibility - not only were we regularly presented with ideas, but Ryan was always willing to adapt to our ideas and variations in a cost-effective manner without variation fees and exorbitant mark-ups. Flexibility is also evident after handover in relation to the addressing of maintenance items where we do not have stringent timeframes;
- Accessibility - throughout our process including post hand-over maintenance, Ryan has always been available and flexes his time to match that of his clients. We had moments that we were concerned over budgets due to variations that we agreed; and Ryan would meet on weekends to facilitate a review and set a revised plan;
- Transparency – we were always given honesty and openness throughout our build and kept informed of progress particularly if there were any delays. In addition, when reviewing budgets and variations, Ryan always worked hard to provide clarity and worked with us to mitigate any pressures. This meant our expectations were managed on a timely basis;
- Value for Money - being both accountants, value for money was very important to us and we were very conscious of the impact of variations. Ryan's dedication to the principles above meant that quality was achieved through ideas and variations while remaining cost effective. Where most builders profiteer from variations and their pricing can be unpredictable, Ryan is more than fair and combined with predictability delivers superior value for money.
We have now been in our home for 8 months and are extremely proud of the sensational home that is ours and that we will be able to enjoy with our young family for years to come. There are many aspects of our house that we regularly step back and feel the "wow" and Savvy Constructions was an invaluable contributor to this. It is difficult to imagine that we would have been able to achieve the same outcome with another builder even if we had a higher budget.
For anyone that wants to design and build a quality home with value for money, we would recommend Savvy Constructions anytime. If you have any further questions in relation to our journey in building our dream home, please call or email us.
It is a pleasure to recommend Savvy Constructions & Ryan Cole as a builder of choice.
During the initial meetings we held with Ryan, trust was established very quickly, and this is the sole reason we chose to proceed with selection as our builder.
We have been extremely impressed by Ryan's willingness to assist us in the design and construction of all components of the house construction.
This is including the demolition of the existing dwelling and fences, extensive liaison with three adjoining properties through to the construction of our dream home.
Ryan's personal attention has demonstrated his commitment to our individual requirements. Nothing is ever too much trouble; and he is always available for advice, any time of the day or night.
Ryan has provided answers, guidance, ideas, and suggestions to improve our supplied plans.
Ryan's honesty, integrity; and knowledge before and during construction has been second to none.
His particular attention to every detail, is shown in his daily visits to site to oversee all construction works and his flexibility during construction is a great service.
We are extremely happy that we have chosen Ryan as our builder, and would gladly recommend him to anyone building, his guidance and attention to every detail have made the building experience a pleasurable one for us.
Thank you for the ‘handover of house’’ gifts, all very thoughtful and much appreciated.
It’s been quite a journey we’ve shared from the we met a few days after the failure of ***** Homes, to now 11 months later at the completion of our new home. For us, it was a blessing in disguise. Having you build our house was the best outcome we could have hoped for. We feel incredibly lucky that the initial disaster happened, and the result was you becoming our builder.
Apart from you having to deal with another builder’s drawings and questionable ideas, we muddled through the build together. Throughout the many hours we spent shared working with you, your attention to detail has impressed us. Your choice of skilled tradesmen and their genuine appreciation of your requirement for excellence is to be commended.
We are thrilled to bits with our new home and thank you sincerely
All the very best to you for the future.
If you value honesty, integrity and quality workmanship then I urge you to trust Ryan Cole and Savvy Construction for a quality renovation.
We appreciated the added suggestions Ryan made, which made our renovation even better than we had hoped it would be.
We would not hesitate to recommend Ryan and his company to anyone looking to renovate.
All work carried out was done to a very high standard and any changes along the way were done without complaint, Thank you Ryan.
What a lovely surprise - to come home to such a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
Thank you – not just for the flowers, and the way you managed to minimise the impact to us, of the building of 14B, but also for the delightful, caring, and professional way in which you worked with us on our own new addition.
You are most definitely a credit to your industry, and a person all people in the building profession should aspire to be like.
Hope to see you again soon.
It is my privilege to write a testimonial for Mr Ryan Cole.
I met Ryan approximately 12 months ago when he was completing a renovation to my neighbour’s home, and I asked him if he had the time to view my house and discuss a possible renovation.
At that time, I was undecided as to whether I would project manage the renovation myself or engage a builder.
On that day Ryan spent in excess of two hours discussing the options for the renovation, the manner in which he engages tradesmen, and his quality assurance processes with me.
I was very impressed with Ryan's professionalism, his modus operandi, and his customer focus from both the client and trades perspectives.
Since that initial meeting and my subsequent decision for Ryan to renovate my home, we have had a number of planning meetings. In all meetings I have found Ryan to be well organised, considerate of my thoughts and ideas, and innovative in his recommendations.
I have noted that Ryan has well developed communication, interpersonal and active listening skills. He also dedicates significant amounts of time to explore, and problem solve issues with me as they arise.
When there are issues that require follow up outside a meeting, he addresses the matters in a timely manner.
I have worked with Ryan Cole for about fourteen years, firstly when he was a supervisor with ******* Homes, and then as the proprietor of his own construction company.
As Consultant Engineer to many projects that Ryan has managed, I have found them to be well organised with construction work showing a good progression of trades.
At all times Ryan has the integrity of the building as a priority.
During the construction process we have found staff and sub-contractors of Savvy Construction Pty Ltd have followed our designs and directions in a professional manner.
Ryan is trustworthy, reliable and does not hesitate to consult me for direction on any issues that may be a “little grey” or that he may be unsure of.
I have full confidence in Ryan’s abilities as builder of quality homes.
Just a quick comment on our renovation job.
We were very pleased with the outcome and the value of the addition and modification.
The communications throughout the job were of outstanding quality.
One of the reasons we selected Ryan Cole from Savvy Construction was because of his enthusiasm and willingness to work together with us to achieve the best possible outcome.
With an old house, where things often change during the renovation process, this factor was of major importance to us.
Not only was Ryan flexible; he always tried to provide helpful input into what was sometimes, a complex issue.
We highly recommend Ryan Cole, as his attention to detail, overall quality, fast service, and a continuous approach to always follow things up is hard to beat.