KAE was founded over twenty years ago in Ipswich to service the house restumping industry. Ipswich has amongst the worst soils in Australia, and many houses were failing briefly after being restumped. The Council decided to regulate the work more closely, and we were asked to provide the soil tests and design for the contractors. As no appropriate standards had been accepted, we developed designs which gave acceptable results at acceptable costs.
The business grew, through vertical integration. When we found that soil testers were unavailable, we undertook our own. When people raised houses, we did the plans to show beams and other details. We provided structural services to Building Designers and Architects on build-ins, but realised it was quicker and cheaper for the Client, if we did the layouts and elevations as well. The house removal industry, was haphazard, so we developed a standard product and procedure to do this much more quickly and cheaply than it had been done before.
While we now undertake major Industrial and Commercial projects and some spectacular luxury homes, we have not forgotten our roots, a deck or an extension will still receive the same care and imagination that it did when that was all that we did.
Our numbers have varied from about ten to twenty people, with a core who work mostly from Ipswich and a variety of project contractors who come in as required.