About JD Group
Longstanding Christchurch painting and decorating firm Jeff Dermott Painting and Decorating is now part of the JD Group, established following the addition of a sister company, JDN Builders Ltd around a year ago. Owner Darrell Dermott says the two companies run autonomously, working on standalone projects, but combining skills on others. “Now that we’re builders as well as painters we can complete projects from start to finish, not just the finish. We have a bit more control over the jobs and can minimise some of the delays that may occur when waiting for other contractors.”
The Canterbury earthquakes were the major catalyst for the change of business structure, he says. “As an EQR Accredited contractor we started getting into project management of jobs, so it made sense to have our own building teams to enable us to do the whole job.” The companies continue to offer the “full package” for EQR repairs and rebuilds, and can also help clients wanting to opt out of the scheme. JDN Builders also takes on a range of other projects including new home construction, alterations and light commercial work. It has already developed house and land packages on two sections in Halswell which sold quickly, and has more under development for the Prestons subdivision. “We currently have six builders on the JDN team but I can see this increasing to eight or 10 reasonably quickly. We have a few new homes to build for clients this year and other projects starting to work their way through the system.”
The commercial market is the “big focus” for Jeff Dermott Painting and Decorating, which employs around 60 painters. “Over the years we have worked with most of the major commercial construction companies such as Fletcher Construction, Hanham & Philp, Hawkins, Higgs Builders, Luneys and many more.” The company also provides painting and decorating services for light commercial buildings, government housing and architectural homes, including regional and national Master Builders House of the Year winners with Clive Barrington Construction. Crack injection concrete repair is another specialist service offered by the company.
Jeff Dermott Ltd was founded by Dermott’s parents, Jeff and Sandra in 1968. During the 1980s commercial building boom in Christchurch, the company completed several high profile buildings, including the Park Royal (later the Crowne Plaza), and Durham Towers (Copthorne, Durham Street), neither of which survived the earthquakes. Now the company is gearing up for the next big commercial boom in the city. “It is going to be a pretty busy year as a lot more commercial projects finally get underway. We are just waiting to get the green light on a couple of big jobs.” Jeff Dermott retired from the 45 year old company around five years ago, but is “stoked” to see how it is progressing. As managing director Darrell Dermott oversees the entire operation, with the assistance of business development manager, Joe de Leijer. “We are lucky to have several longstanding staff members. All of our office staff has been with us for a number of years and we have several painters with over 10 years service.” Overall, Dermott is “very happy” with the new structure of the company. “The establishment of the JD Group brand with two strong, subsidiary companies has given us a solid platform from which to continue to provide quality building, painting and decorating services to the Canterbury market.”