Briahaze is a local family building business specialising in building new homes, based in a village to the north of Ripon, in North Yorkshire. Jonathan now runs the family building business, and has taken the’ trowel’ from his father who started Briahaze in 1988. Jonathan decends from a long line of builders and can trace his building ‘foundations’ back 7 generations, to estate masons for Thorp Perrow and Clifton estates near Masham.
Jonathan’s father Brian left school on his 15th birthday to work for his father who had always been involved in building and construction, from work on farms, building sheds and maintenance work, to house extensions, hotel renovations and new builds. He also built runways during the war. Brian worked with his father and brothers in the family business, and later in partnership with one of his brothers undertaking all aspects of building work. Brian wanted to concentrate on new house building and so started Briahaze. He bought his first plot with foundations at Raskelf nr York, the house sold the day it was finished and had 3 buyers wanting the house and went forward from there. Jonathan has always worked with his father from being a young boy, in all school holidays and at weekends, and started full time after completing his education in 2001, they have now built over 100 homes between them, and Jonathan having 3 young sons hopes to carry on into the next generation.
Jonathan has learnt a lot from his father and developed many of building skills working with him and the many local trades and subcontractors over the years. But with ever evolving building regulations and technical changes and the constraints now on any business he is advancing forward with a traditionally built home to optimum modern standards, and is constantly learning and develops to make each house better than the last. He prides himself on high standards with as strong pride in his work. Jonathan works on site most of the time to oversee the exacting build, and the subcontractors that work with him share the same ethos. So home buyers get a personal service and a well thought out and carefully crafted home.
They build locally to where they live and have completed new houses, bungalows, flats, shops, barn conversions, and converted listed buildings, a wesley chapel and a old pub into homes. Building in Ripon, Kirkby Malzeard, Masham, Winksley, Sharow, Leeming Bar, Raskelf, Grewelthorpe, Little Fencote, Thornborough, North Stainley, Bridge Hewick, FellBeck. Generally the new homes are within 20 minutes of Ripon.