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Looking to grow a green and sustainable future…

Andrew Stenson of Outdoor Spaces speaks with Build & Renovate

Story Highlights
  • "My plan for my company this year is to grow into a very green and sustainable company."
  • "I constantly invested back into the business."

Outdoor Spaces is a landscape construction company, based in County Dublin where they work on multiple residential landscape projects using the most efficient methods and modern technology to finish each project.

Owner of the business, Andrew Stenson has an incredible story to tell as not only is he running a business but continuing his college studies, he is only 20 years old which his 21st Birthday approaching in May!

I bought my first strimmer when I was 15 studying for the Junior Certificate and I spent €200 of my savings to purchase it to cut my Granny’s grass and then a friend of hers asked me to do her garden and then her neighbour, then it started to grow slowly! Cutting grass turned into cutting hedges, things moved quickly into really very small jobs when I look back now but they were big to me at the time as I’ve always had an interest in working, building and designing things as well as having always loved working with my hands,explained Andrew Stenson.

“Things really started to get big in 2021 with lock down people wanted to improve their gardens so I was really busy, so much so that I had to get two of my friends to give me a hand.

In January 2022 I made a decision to set up a company because I want to be proud of something that I could build into a successful company so off I went building a company and brand, majority of the jobs came from word of mouth, I constantly invested back into the business, researching the latest tools, practices, trends and materials buying new tools and machines to help speed up jobs.

“Summer of 2022 was unbelievable I had a couple of friends working with me in the company who are still with employed now with the company We took on a lot of work all of which was in a stones throw from each other, in one particular newly built estate we were in over 30 houses, doing various projects,” he enthused.”

“As well as running a company I am also studying in college, I’m studying sustainable timber technology in Dublin’s TUD.

Where I am researching more sustainable, materials, practices and principles along with learning more about the Irish timber market and everything that goes along within the industry.

“My plan for my company this year is to grow into a very green and sustainable company, we plan to continue to invest in electric machines and tools reducing are carbon footprint, with a plan to adding electric vehicles to the fleet in the coming months.

We have introduced new software that allows us to operate paperless, using tablets and cloud-based soft-wares for designing, quoting and invoicing on all our projects

“We are trying to use local suppliers who can supply Irish produced and manufactured materials. We use certified Irish grown timber, more sustainable products like recycled hardcore and composite decking, we limit our waste to an absolute minimum and anything that is left over is reused or recycled correctly.

We are constantly looking to source more sustainable and circular Irish products in order to reduce our carbon impact on the environment,” concluded Mr Stenson.



Words: Emer KellyImages: Webpress

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