Adam Baker is the managing director of Baker Developments, a Balmain-based construction company specialising in custom family home builds and valued Inner West Mums sponsor. An experienced building professional, Adam and the highly skilled Baker Developments team are passionate about delivering on their clients’ vision, within budget and on time. Originally from Canada, he lives in Annandale with his wife and two children.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Originally from Canada, I have been living with my wife Tanya in Sydney for the past 8 years. We are now living in Annandale and have a 3-year-old girl and baby boy.
Before getting into Construction, I completed a Bachelor of Business Admin at Bishop’s University. I then moved to Whistler, where I met Tanya and began working in the building industry. Since moving to Sydney, I have completed a Masters in Construction Project Management to hone my skills as a building professional.
When and why did you decide to establish Baker Developments?
Baker Developments was founded in 2011. I was working as a project manager for a builder in the Eastern Suburbs from 2011–2014 before getting my own building licence and jumping straight into a major addition in Clovelly. I started Baker Developments to put into action what I have learned throughout my education and career and establish a company that people can trust and are excited to work with.
What did you do prior to setting up Baker Developments?
I undertook my apprenticeship in Victoria, Canada with Abstract Developments, building high-end homes. On completion of my apprenticeship I was running a carpentry crew before being offered a management role. We then moved to Sydney where I took a role as project manager.
What drew you to the building industry in the first place?
I fell into construction as a summer job in Whistler to get between snowboard seasons – I had no intention of being in the industry long term but loved it. With the business degree behind me, I looked at taking the pure academic path and getting straight into management but wanted to gain a full understanding of the industry, so I decided to start my carpentry apprenticeship instead.
What services does Baker Developments offer?
We offer services in design and construct, project management and knockdown rebuilds.
Design and Construct
The most cost-effective approach to a construction project is to engage in a design and construct service. The primary focus with this service is the budget, which is identified early in the process and continuously maintained through a collaborative process.
Construction Project Management
A construction project can be complex but engaging the right team upfront can make the process far smoother and more enjoyable. At Baker Developments, we have teams of highly qualified project managers and skilled craftsmen who pride themselves on their work. Our core strength is building to a high standard whilst controlling time and cost throughout the building process.
When deciding on whether to renovate or rebuild, sometimes there are just too many changes that need to occur to create your vision. The dilemma occurs when you love where you live and have the right land area for you but your home does not meet your needs. To renovate would be to compromise on some of your wish list and can prove costly in old homes, so that’s where our knockdown rebuild service comes in.
What can clients expect from your services?
Clients can expect a full service from concept to completion with a professional, transparent approach to make the building process easy and enjoyable.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I really love working within an industry that I am passionate about while helping people to achieve their goals with their family home.
What is one of the most common pitfalls you see with home renovations?
Home owners often don’t consider their budget early enough in the design phase, causing unnecessary rework of designs and wasting time and money that could have been spent on the project.
What do you love about being a parent?
Smiling faces after a long day at work, bedheads stumbling into our room on Saturday morning and watching these beautiful little humans surprise me day after day.
Favourite places in the Inner West?
I love the lifestyle the Inner West offers. Some of my favourite spots are the cafes of Darling St, Balmain, swimming lessons at LPAC with the kids and the Bay Run.