Builders’ mecca in heart of Officer

David Van Steensel, Shaara Horin, Bruce Spence and David Cray of Van Steensel Timbers. Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS 209247_01

By Danielle Kutchel

A stalwart of the building supply industry, Van Steensel Timbers in Officer has been supplying householders and tradespeople in the south east for more than 50 years.

The green building on the corner of the Princes Highway and Tivendale Road in Officer is a familiar sight to those passing through and evokes memories in even retired tradesmen of its extensive range and warm service.

Van Steensel covers pretty much all building materials, with the exception of bricks and roof tiles. No matter what product you need, if you can’t find it elsewhere, it’s likely Van Steensel stocks it – and if they don’t, they’ll do their utmost to get it in for you.

It’s not just a mecca for tradies – home handymen will revel in the range available too. From timber to general building supplies, paint to tools, customers are sure to find what they are looking for.

And, Van Steensel offers something that chain stores can’t match: friendly, one-on-one service, and an unparalleled record of experience.

The business was started by Jan Van Steensel 54 years ago and has been passed down now to his sons and grandsons, generating well over a century of combined experience in the building industry – not just on the shop floor, but on site as well.

It all adds up to extra assistance for customers who need it.

In addition to the massive range of products, Van Steensel has a machine shop to copy mouldings, and staff can provide expert advice on building structures like pergolas and decks, offering a close, personal level of service that is not limited by the barrier of a shop counter.

Normal trading hours and services have remained throughout the Covid-19 crisis, with social distancing and hand sanitisation in place for customers and staff.

Support your local hardware store: visit Van Steensel Timbers at 421 Princes Highway, Officer or visit the website:

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