Proprietor Tobye Le Vaillant spent over a decade in his family’s building business in the UK working as a craftsman on heritage buildings and high-end projects in London and the Home Counties – from 13th Century churches to slick kitchens in Notting Hill. He studied Construction Projection Management at Napier University (Scotland) and renovated the stone family farmhouse in Brittany, France, during uni holidays.
Immigrating to Melbourne in 2011 Tobye qualified as a builder through the Master Builders Association of Victoria. Since then he has built a team of employees, subcontractors and tradesman that share his commitment to value and quality backed by best-practice project management and client communication.
Tobye initially trained in London as a luthier (stringed musical instrument maker and restorer) where he was awarded a first class honours degree, working briefly at the famous JP Guivier, before establishing his own workshop with an in-house presence at Trinity College of Music and Goldsmiths College, University of London. He received several industry awards and prizes for excellence and still likes to apply his eye for detail and fine craft skills to the work he does now.
Tobye is now an Australian citizen and even has his own AFL team. He has renovated his 'classic' 1970s brown brick house in West Footscray where, together with his wife, he is raising his three sons and one daughter.