Our Maintenance Team

The culture at Pichelmann Custom Building has been carefully cultivated over the last twelve years to ensure our team is focussed on the highest levels of quality and service - the hallmark of our business being a culture of honesty and transparency felt by our clients and our staff.
We’re proud to say we’ve built a positive on-going relationship with all our clients, past and present which speaks to our service delivery. We pride ourselves on this achievement – building our reputation is as important to us and building your home.

Our Team Members

Parry Pichelmann
Parry Pichelmann DIRECTOR

Parry has 40 years experience in the building industry with over 21 years of that experience being in project management.

Canberra born & bred, Parry began his 1st trade qualification in the Australian army as an apprentice plumber.

In 1985 he represented Australia in plumbing at the International Vocational Skill Olympics in Osaka Japan.

Whilst competing in Japan he met Meike Laubvogel ( Germany’s Competitor ) and Meike & Parry have been together ever since.

From 1987 – 1991 Parry was the Australian national plumbing competition designer and head judge and Australia’s International judging representative.

Parry and Meike worked together as a bathroom renovation team from 1988 thru to 1999. Parry then spent 5 years working as a custom home building site supervisor and residential building manager for 2 of Canberra’s leading building companies. During this time he was encouraged by many of his clients and associates to start his own company with its own unique culture, which he did in 2005.

Parry has a passion for mentoring and developing highly skilled and motivated young tradespeople. He enjoys the opportunity to lead a team of like minded, respectful and quality focussed people. Both Eugene and Thomas are testimony to this, and Parry is extremely proud to have them as business partners, friends and trusted ongoing developers of the Pichelmann team culture.

Parry,s leisure time is focussed on his family. Meike and Parry have raised their two children into young adults and they are immensely proud to have both of them as not only their children, but also their best friends. Camping, fishing and a vast array of outdoor activities seem to continuously fill their weekends together.


  • Diploma in Building
  • B Class builders licence, Carpenter
  • Advanced Plumber
  • Advanced Drainer
  • Advanced Gas fitter
  • Liquid petroleum Gas fitter
  • Roof Plumber
Meike Pichelmann

Meike Pichelmann has over 40 years experience in the building industry and 15 years Business Management and Accounting experience.

Meike was born in Hamburg, Germany and gained her qualification as a Master plumber there.

With an exacting eye for detail and the diligence required to succeed in a male dominated industry, Meike excelled in her trade and was selected to represent Germany in plumbing at the 1985 International Vocational skill Olympics in Osaka Japan. It was there that she met Parry.

Meike grew up in a household where her parents ran their own plumbing business. She saw 1st hand the time and effort required to successfully run a family business and juggle a busy household. This experience laid the foundation for her to succeed with Parry in their own ventures.

Strong family values and 100% effort in all endeavours are Meike’s foundation.

Her classic German diligence and attention to detail have proven invaluable in developing Pichelmann Custom Building, a real testament to our success.

Meike is a passionate bush walker and gardener and she will always jump at the chance to stroll the beaches of the South Coast. Enjoying all the beauty that Australia has to offer.



  • Master Plumber
  • Master Drainer
  • Master Gasfitter
  • Master Roofer
Steve Swift

Steve has 18 years’ industry experience.

Lifelong rural Canberra local, Steve’s unique skill set comes from growing up on a farm where innovation and problem solving are part of your DNA.He is a proud 3rd generation carpenter.

Steve has been a valued part of the Pichelmann team now for four years.

Married with 2 beautiful girls who absorb his weekends, given a moment of free time he can be found restoring vintage cars or relaxing in the bush cooking up a storm.


  • Qualified Carpenter
  • Certificate 4 Building and Construction.
  • Project & Site management (Ten years)
Ben Leeson

Late last year the Pichelmann team welcomed Ben Leeson on board as a foreman for Pichelmann Maintenance & Minor works.

The rapid success and growth of the PM&MW venture put us in the position to find someone with Ben’s expertise and experience to work with Steve and the rest of the crew to continue to deliver the level of service synonymous with Pichelmann on an ever-growing range of projects, in a market that we greatly underestimated. Ben, a Queanbeyan local, grew up in the Canberra region and did his carpentry trade for a local high end builder, before venturing out on his own as Leeson Carpentry Service.

Here he gained valuable experience in running a business, dealing with customers and being solely responsible for delivering quality outcomes. This also gave him a good foundation in smaller projects such as kitchen and bathroom renovations, outdoor spaces, water leak remediation work and he worked along side some of our favourite suppliers such Thors Hammer. Welcome to the Team Ben!



  • Lead Carpenter
  • Apprentice mentor


  • Lead carpenter
  • Apprentice mentor


  • Carpenter with 40yrs experience including 20yr in Germany.
  • Draftsperson
  • Apprentice mentor


  • Journeyman Carpenter


  • Qualified Carpenter


  • Journeyman Carpenter


  • Journeywoman Carpenter


  • Qualified joiner/cabinet maker
  • Carpentry Apprentice


  • Mature age carpentry apprentice


  • Carpentry Apprentice


  • Carpentry apprentice


  • Australian School Based Apprentice


  • Carpentry Apprentice


  • Trades assistant


  • Qualified Joiner/cabinet
  • Maker Trade Assistant