Hope 103.2 is partnering with Spannenberg and Son to offer someone a home renovation.
Director Ben Spannenberg sees this as an opportunity to give back to somebody within the Hopeland community after a turbulent past year for NSW residents.
“There’s a lot of people who have done it very tough over the last 12 months, whether it be with droughts and bushfires, and then floods and of course COVID,” he told Hope 103.2.
He is also passionate about God using this opportunity to bless others.
“Jesus showed a lot of kindness to people, whether that be healing or giving, and so that’s an example for us to give to others,” Mr Spannenberg said.
“And, so, being a Christian myself, part of my Christian faith is being able to give to others. We don’t live for just ourselves but for a higher purpose.”
His faith also shapes and informs the way he works.
“A lot of what I do is to the glory of God and for the benefit of his kingdom and to tell other people that there’s a life outside of ourselves and materialism, and there’s a greater good,” Mr Spannenberg said.
“I’d like to be able to show people with what I do that there’s something bigger and better that they can live for.”
“Part of my Christian faith is being able to give to others. We don’t live for just ourselves but for a higher purpose.” – Spannenberg and Son director Ben Spannenberg
Celebrating 50 years
This year, Spannenberg and Son is celebrating 50 years.
“We’ve very blessed to have been in business for so long. There’s been some ups and downs, and it hasn’t always been easy, but God’s been very kind to us and allowed us to be in business for so long,” Mr Spannenberg said.
One of the biggest lessons that Mr Spannenberg and his father have learnt is the importance of delivering a quality service.
“My father always said that when your client is showing their new home renovations off to their friends, their friends won’t ask how much it cost, they will ask who built it,” he said.
“This teaches us that we deliver quality and service first and foremost.”
The biggest highlights have been seeing people’s reactions after renovating their homes.
People have come to them with many different requests, from old houses that need to be fixed up to growing families needing to expand their home.
Afterwards, they would have a brand new kitchen or bathroom or an extra floor on top, Mr Spannenberg said.
“We get to transform their home and put smiles on people’s faces. So, when it’s all done, they have this new home to fulfil their needs… so that’s one of the great things that we get to see,” he said.
However, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. Last year was particularly difficult with the pandemic and clients pulling out. Last year’s bushfires also brought on another problem affecting the business today.
“There’s a shortage of timber. Us builders are struggling to get timber because we had a lot of our forests flattened through bushfire. And so now, with COVID, there’s a shortage worldwide,” Mr Spannenberg said.
“I’d like to be able to show people with what I do that there’s something bigger and better that they can live for.” – Spannenberg and Son director Ben Spannenberg
Changes over the years
He took over the business in 2002 when his father Hans Spannenberg retired. Since then, he has seen many changes.
“We used to be a two-man show and now we’ve got about 14 employees. I used to be very hands on and used to do all the work myself,” he said.
“These days, I’ve got staff that do it for me. I’ve got great staff; I’m very blessed to have great staff.”
Spannenberg and Son was established in South-West Sydney in 1971. Last year, it began taking on clients in the Northern Beaches.
“My intention is to also set up an office in the North Shore, so that’s likely to happen in the next year or so,” Mr Spannenberg said.
He is thankful to be partnering with Hope 103.2 for this giveaway.
“There’s been a lot of people doing it tough but Hope radio has been doing a great message over the radio, a message of hope and positivity,” Mr Spannenberg said.
“And it’s been great when people have been doing it tough, or for any of us, to turn on the radio and hear a positive message.”