About this Speaker
Ben Garratt has always been a builder, from toys to treasure boxes, and furniture. After completing an electrical apprenticeship in Australia (1997) and running a contracting business it was time to explore the world. Ben worked on commercial, government and residential jobs in Australia, England and Canada. He started renovating homes in his early 20s and loved the whole experience of transforming spaces. Eventually he started a general contracting business and took on residential and large commercial contracts. After years of building, his body was telling him to reduce exposure to toxic materials. The misalignment between his values and conventional building was becoming tough to ignore. Ben started learning everything he could about natural building and got experience with it wherever he could. Immediately Ben started bringing aspects of natural building and permaculture to every job. He uses his mechanical background, natural building techniques and love of community to create artistic built spaces that will keep their inhabitants happy and healthy for generations. All projects are completed in collaboration with a team of talented and like-minded creatives and tradespeople.
Ben lives in North Vancouver, Canada with his wife and two young children.