Different to many people who do not know what career to pursue, Indi decided to become a builder at the age of 10 and as he said, “It was 100% set”. He remembers the days when his aunty was building a house and she brought over some timber, hammer and nails. He fell in love with all this immediately.
“I wanted to help provide housing to the homeless and build houses,” he said.
After high school, Indi played basketball, went to the gym but mainly focused on working to supplement his income. He kept working while he was pursuing his Certificate III in Carpentry, and he thought the best way to become a builder was to become a carpenter first.
When we asked him about the transition from studying to becoming the owner of his own business he said, “It was long and painful. I started as a subcontractor hired by the main contractor and I got one apprentice and two, and built slowly from there. I have a great bunch of guys working with me and that makes it easy. I also had a lot of support from my old man as he had been in business for many years.”
Indi currently runs two businesses, Tiny Homes Australia and Hangan Construction and loves the challenges he faces.
For the foreseeable future Indi will be building more houses with his team (who he loves), developing land and helping people in the community to get into a home.
His advice for recently graduated alumni is, “Life gives you as much as you give it. Work hard be honest and the money will follow.”
You can follow Tiny Homes Australia and Hangan Construction through their websites and Facebook pages (see links below). Indi will be talking about the steps involved in creating your own tiny house on Wednesday, 29 August at the Manningham Civic Centre, 699 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster.