Karen traded heels for hammers
SHE prefers steel caps to stilettos any day.
That’s why Yeppoon builder turned building inspector Karen Logan is comfortable often being the only female on building sites.
Karen’s work was recognised last Friday night when she won the Women in Building award at the 2010 Master Builders State Housing and Construction Awards in Brisbane.
Karen began a carpentry apprenticeship in 1990 and completed a Certificate IV in building, receiving her Builder Low Rise licence in 2001.
She formed a business under her own name and has built three homes in Yeppoon, in particular, an immaculate house at 15 Banksia Place, Taranganba (pictured).
Karen yesterday said the house was “very different” and was a great opportunity to try out something challenging.
“I just love building houses. I do my own designs as well and it’s something that gives me a bit of a thrill,” Karen said.
It was this determination and dedication to the building and construction industry that won her the state award.
She also won the Women in Building award at the 2010 CQ Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards in August.
Karen said it was her father that got her interested in the building industry at a young age, as he had encouraged her to be a “handy person”.
“My dad was a plumber so I worked with him for a bit as a kid and from that point, it was something that became my passion. I was always making something,” she said.
“He planted the seed for that desire to work outdoors and build structures that would outlive me.”
In her acceptance speech, Karen encouraged other women to get trades and qualifications.
“I said there were already a lot of girls working in the building industry but most without qualifications because girls aren’t really encouraged,” she said.
“It’s for everyone; it doesn’t matter what your sex is. At the end of the day if you love what you do you will find a way.
“I see a female like once every six months but I love being in the industry and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Karen is currently studying a Completed Residential Building Inspectors Course as, at 48, she said she wanted to move away from her tools.
“Basically I’m really busy and I’m getting a bit hammered by the sun and climbing roofs so it would be nice to do more looking rather than building,” she said.
CQ winners in the 2010 Master Builders State Housing & Construction Awards:
Women in Building: Karen Logan
Trade Contractor, Stone Masonry: Ten Commandments Granite & Marble, Yeppoon
Housing for Sloping Sites over $400,000: Warner Constructions, Yeppoon