Building a new home for the first time can be a daunting prospect for many; having to relinquish control and put all your faith in a builder can be a hard thing to do when it's your hard-earned coin on the line. It can generate extra unwanted stress in the lives of busy people.
Think you’ll save a packet by buying a ‘renovator’s delight’? Think again. Recent research by finder.com.au has revealed that building a new home from scratch could be up to $360,000 cheaper than renovating an older, existing dwelling.*
With scarcity of land an issue
Want to make sure your garden is always matching the beautiful aesthetic of your home? These simple tips will help to make it a breeze.
Once you've gone through all the work of
Do you remember the days when you'd sit down and wait for your favourite futuristic family to come on television? The Jetsons clan was always decked out in the coolest devices that did whatever they wanted at the flick of a switch or tap of a button. As they whizzed around in their flying car,
When you knock down and rebuild your home with G.J. Gardner Homes, you don't have to move out. You don't even have to change neighbourhoods. You're currently
The Rio 2016 Olympics have started with a splash, and the Australian athletes are competing their hearts out. What's even better is that this sporting event goes for most of August, and in that time, you might be inspired to redecorate your home in the host nation's style.
Nostalgia for a golden by-gone era has helped make G.J. Gardner’s exclusive ‘Hamptons’ home design one of Australia’s most popular, according to renowned architectural designer Peter Mannion.
That, and American television.
With its gabled roof line, 50s inspired
The life of a franchise owner under the G.J. Gardner Homes name has a whole heap of benefits. You get to run your own business, keep in touch with everything going on in the community and be up to speed with your valued local customers.
We recently sat down with Ashley and Sally Heard,
Moving into a brand-new home design is something unique. It's usually the first time you've seen the finished product in it's entirety, and because of that, there's a lot
Deciding to build your own home can be daunting to some people, but it's a brilliant opportunity to stamp your own style and emotion into the actual foundations of your home over the next
How long have you been living in your home? According to Roy Morgan Research, almost 60 per cent of Australians have been living at their current address for over five years. If
Anyone on the hunt for a new home currently may need to rethink their strategy after research revealed the cost of building a home was close to $360,000 cheaper in Sydney than buying an existing dwelling.*
Local builder Horst Lueckl, from G.J. Gardner Homes Sydney North, said buyers
The roof is one of the biggest surface areas of any house and it’s also one of the most noticeable from the street, especially if you’re on a sloping hillside block. The material you use to clad your roof can entirely change the external look and feel of your home so it pays
When the kids have moved out, or even just your flatmates, and you're left with a lot of room in your existing home, it can feel very lonely. There's all of this extra space that you haven't experienced before, and it just makes everything about your place seem too big.
When you decide to design your own home with G.J. Gardner Homes, making sure your finances are in order will help to keep all of your stresses at bay.
There are so many options on the
When you design your own home, there's plenty of room for you to make a special and unique mark on the space. Nobody will have lived in it before, so when you move in, every aspect will be
Designing your own home is a fabulous process where you're able to incorporate all of your desires for where you want to live into the very foundations of the building. Some people enjoy the old-fashioned appeal of a rustic interior design, while other prefer a more contemporary and clean,
Western Australia is experiencing solid growth in the residential building sector despite the downturn in mining, and we are enjoying a lot of interest as the state experiences a shifts in its economic base.
G.J. Gardner seizing new opportunities in WA
With currently four franchisees
Building your first home is a big investment, financially, in time and emotionally but your dream home doesn’t have to turn into a nightmare. Discover the crucial steps that will turn your first building experience into a memorable one.
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Here at G.J. Gardner Homes, we've got our clients' best interests at heart. We feel it's important for you to be secure in knowing that the most important investment of your life is in good hands.
Every step of the way, our team will be making sure you know exactly what to
When you buy a home, there's always something about it that draws you in. It could be the size of the bedrooms, a fabulous pool out the back or even the land metreage.
However, more and more Australians have been buying for a different reason - to knock down and rebuild.
The official cash rate was cut on May 3, after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided that the reduction would ease pressures on the national economy.
What a lowered cash rate means is that lenders
The kitchen is a room in the house that we spend a significant amount of time in everyday. Australians love their food and drink, so having the jazziest kitchen around is something we all strive for.
So, making sure you have an organised kitchen is important for a number of reasons.
Recent research* shows that the cost of building a home in Sydney was close to $360,000 cheaper that buying an existing dwelling (based on median prices), which means that building is becoming the more affordable new home strategy in New South Wales.
For instance, the Bridgewater 186 design
Yes, we will be honest and admit this post is all about us but for good reason. We want to share our history because a review of a company’s background should be an integral part of the selection process when choosing a builder. When it comes to determining the level of credibility of a brand,
There are a number of ways that people personalise their properties - landscaping, decorating the exterior and interior or even naming the property are ways you can put your own personal stamp on it.
For you, designing your own home might be the only way to really feel like there is
When it comes to designing your own home, one of the most exciting parts of the process is deciding how you want your kitchen to look. Many consider it as the most important room and a central
For many households, the kitchen remains the most important room in the home. This isn't too surprising - after all, when it comes to hours spent cooking per week, Australia makes the top 10,according to figures collated by
Building a new home is an exciting time! After all, you aren't just making an incredibly valuable step up on the property ladder -you are building your
One of the number one concerns for people when building a new home is getting the budget right. Research we completed with home builders from across the country (not our clients) showed almost two-thirds of people ran over budget. Reflecting on their experience, people wished they had spent more
Sloping blocks are attractive to buyers as they usually offer elevated view opportunities, interesting home design options and more often than not, a lower purchase cost than regular blocks. However, building on a sloping block presents some challenges and careful consideration is required when selecting
Using recycled timber is very on-trend at the moment as home owners increasingly seek unique features to differentiate their homes, with particular favour towards eco-friendly materials. Due to its versatility, recycled timber can be incorporated in both interior and exterior spaces.
If you get the chance to design your own home, one thing you might desire is for it to it feelspacious, bright and airy.Passive lighting is the principle of channelling daylight into a home naturally,
When it comes to your home design, there are a number of ways that G.J. Gardner Homes can help you to get your dream underway. However choosing
If you're designing your own home, then there will be ideas swimming around in your head about which aspects are the most important to you. Here at G.J. Gardner Homes, the team will assist you to make your
Are you designing a kitchen for your new home? If you're a millennial or Gen Y, or havefamily members that are, you might want to consider some interesting trends that could affect
When building a new home, you need to conside every member of the family during the design phase. For example, creating engaging play areas for the children, while mum and dad might
When purchasing a new block of land, it's important to consider the various factors that would make it suitable for your lifestyle. Knowing what to look for, you'll be able to easily tell whether or not you should
Building a new home with the objective of selling it further down the trackcan be a valuable investment. Working with a quality home builder to design a property enables you tomaximise your return and it can be a more profitable
Did you know that we have a selection of free building tips on the G.J. Gardner Homes Australia YouTube channel? These come straight from our local friendly professionals around the country, who are always bursting with
Our day starts and ends performing morning and evening rituals in the bathroom, preparing the body and mind with the day or night ahead. Whether your visit is for a necessity or a relaxing moment, your bathroom experience can be enhanced by getting the light right.
We surveyed our local
The house design is complete, contracts signed and finances sorted so now the real fun begins – the build!
This part of the construction process is where everything comes together and the true experience and talent of your chosen builder comes to shine. Every builder is different but on
In todays’ open plan living the dining table is often a central feature; the connector between the kitchen and living areas. A central place where the kids can do their homework, games can be played and meals can be enjoyed So it’s important to get the table right not only to suit the
Building a home is one of the biggest financial commitments you will ever make. While people start the process at varying stages, it certainly makes it easier to plan and design your home if you have some idea about your borrowing capacity.
Many times people are disappointed because they
Positioning your home to take advantage of the best natural light is all about getting the aspect right. As a rule of thumb, having the key living and outdoor areas facing north will give you the best use of the sun, all day no matter the season.
Open plan living is basically a standard in
If wide open spaces and no neighbours nearby is your idea of heaven than acreage living might be for you. It’s also the perfect opportunity to design a lovely sprawling home that maximises space. We asked Dan Urquhart, one of our local G.J. Gardner Homes builders who specialises in large home
We asked one of our franchisees Micah Middelbosch to give us the low down on the benefits of fixed price quotes.
Fixed price quotes are ideal for customers as the final price is what they pay at the end. There are no hidden extras. Quotes are based on actual costs rather than provisions
With our glorious sunny weather, it’s only natural that, when designing and building a new home, the word ‘pool’ enters the conversation at one point or another. The thought of relaxing around your own private lagoon on a hot summer’s day is enticing, however before you take
Building a new home is an exciting process but how long should it take? We asked Peter Leotta from G.J. Gardner Homes what someone could expect. “Depending on the design chosen, the average build time for a G.J. Gardner home is six to nine months, and that’s just for the actual build,”
Peace of mind is more precious than gold when it comes to building a new home for the first time. And peace of mind is exactly what you’ll get when your G.J. Gardner Homes builder takes charge of the mountains of paperwork involved in starting a new build.
From the Council development application
Four creative storage ideas for the children’s room.
For something a little different, why not try these clever solutions to keep the kids clutter in check.
1. Spice racks for book storage.
Timber spice racks are a perfect alternative to a traditional bookshelf. They display
When it comes to building a home, bedrooms play an important role in decision making. After all, it's the place where you end and begin each day.
You should never concern yourself with colour trends, which change with the times. Rather, keep in mind that every colour has psychological
When it comes to homes, everyone wants theirs to feel sizable and impressive.
Of course, designing your own home from the ground up will help make it as spacious and dynamic as you dream it to be. There are also simple home design ideas and tricks that can make it feel like you've added
From choosing a removal company to packing boxes and frantically updating your mailing address with various service providers, there's so much to keep track of that it's little wonder that many homeowners rate it as one of life's most stressful events.
However, this hasn't
With property prices on the rise across much of Australia, it's more important than ever to have a good understanding of the financial assistance you may be eligible to receive when building a new home. One example of such aid is the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG).
Introduced in July
Boasting advanced designs features you’d usually expect to see in architectural magazines, The Mandalay from G.J. Gardner Homes offers elegance in design while still retaining a feel of ‘home.’
Designer Peter Mannion said the Mandalay was created with Australia’s alfresco,
Gone are the days when kitchens were relegated to the back of the family home; hidden away as rooms for function, never for show. Now days the kitchen is the central hub of every home; the axis around which the rest of the house pivots.
A beautiful, well-designed
Considering the serious financial investment at stake, we always test drive a new car before buying - but have you ever test driven a new home?
The dollars involved in a new home are significantly greater than a vehicle, so why do we leave the fit-out of our new home to good luck and
Are you looking at building a new home? Avoid dream home disaster.
A new research indicates poor planning was a big issue leading to budget and build time overruns for Australians tackling new home projects.
In our latest “Building My Home” study, more than
Are you looking at building a new home? Avoid dream home disaster.
A new research indicates poor planning was a big issue leading to budget and build time overruns for Australians tackling new home projects.
In our latest “Building My Home”
Demolishing an existing home and rebuilding can seem like a daunting and expensive prospect but with the right builder it doesn’t have to be, according to Steve Condlisse from G.J. Gardner Homes. “A good builder will work with you and build the demolition into their Scope of Work, so the
Even as a young carpenter starting out in the building trade in the early 1980s, Peter Mannion from Synergy Designs was fascinated by good design. “I remember being frustrated at what I could see were obvious design flaws in the buildings I was working on,” Peter said. “I kept thinking,
“I think the whole country has fallen in love with The Coolum,” is the quietly confident declaration made by world-leading designer, Peter Mannion. “The Coolum is a great example of a home design where every square metre works,” Peter explains. “There’s no wasted
You want to build a new home but where is the best place to source ideas for your dream home? Magazines, friends, online? The answer may surprise you….display homes.
Display homes were voted the number one source of inspiration for new home builders, according to our recent survey
We all know that first impressions count. That’s why we take special care with our appearance when going to a job interview and why we smile and nod just that little bit more when meeting someone for the first time.
First impressions also count when it comes to your home. The home you live
From initial floor plans to the finishing touches with carefully selected paint palettes, designing your own home gives you the unrivalled opportunity to exercise total control over your future living space. These days, leveraging the right technology not only empowers you to add convenience and capability
We live in a digital world. That's why, as you design and build your new home, you'll want to think about your options for your telephone and internet. Beyond simply choosing internet service providers (ISPs) and connectivity packages, you may have the opportunity to choose between fibre optic
With big decisions like building your own home, you certainly want to 'try before you buy' as much as possible. It might not seem plausible to get that much of a preview when you're considering the process. After all, looking at blueprints, floor plans and mockups hardly give you the
Have you ever walked into a home that intuitively felt warm and welcoming? Conversely, have you entered a house and instantly experienced the desire to flee?
Chances are, you've encountered both these moments at some stage in your life. Without consciously knowing why, some homes
Over the last few years, it's been impossible not to notice the rising house prices across Australia. While the extended growth spurt appears to be slowing in regions such as Perth and Darwin, the same cannot be said of Sydney. Residential property prices in the capital city have continued to
The world of construction is filled with so many industry-specific terms that reading a contract can be like trying to decipher a secret code. While G.J. Gardner helps you take care of all the paperwork, you'll probably still want to have a solid understanding of what you're agreeing to before
Lighting is perhaps the most important factor to consider when creating a welcoming ambience. While lamps and fixtures play a significant role in any good home design, you should also keep natural lighting in mind. Well-placed windows not only bring the sunshine into your home and flood the rooms
Home design has come a long way in the last decade or so, but one thing remains constant: The kitchen is still very much the heart of the home.
Display homes are an excellent source of inspiration and allow you to get a feel for a variety of styles. Whether you're going for a modern or
At tonight’s HIA-CSR Sunshine Coast/Wide Bay Housing Awards GJ Gardner Homes Fraser Coast took out the Display Home $300,001-$500,000 Award for their "Silkwood 264" display home in Pialba.
New home buyers the ultimate winners with G.J. Gardner Homes Gympie taking out the 2012 Master Builders Best Display Home
To meet the needs of their clients, G.J. Gardner Homes are increasingly building smarter family homes, especially in metropolitan areas. These home owners usually consist of young families who want to live close to good schools, parks and nice restaurants but not too far from the city.
When looking at investment properties, most buyers assume that an established house or apartment offer the cheapest and easiest option. On closer analysis however, when the hidden costs of extras are added in and the risks associated with older properties are factored in, the picture changes for
At G.J. Gardner, communication is of utmost importance. That is why, when deciding to build a new home, choosing us for your project means you have a unique five-star performance guarantee. This involves customers being invited on site at the completion of the five major stages of construction
Whether it’s a sprawling family home or an entertainer’s beachside retreat, the façade of the home is the essence of a property. It tells a story of what lies behind the front door and it adds not only street appeal but immeasurable value to the resale of the home.
G.J. Gardner Homes, Australia’s largest, franchised homebuilder*, has seen a significant rise in consumer demand for more compact homes, driven by a trend to subdivide and a desire to live closer to the city.
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Northern Beaches based home builder, G.J. Gardner Homes, will hold one of its popular knock down rebuild seminars at its Brookvale premises on Thursday 28 July at 6pm.According to managing director, Horst Lueckl, the knock down rebuild seminars are designed to explain the process, from start to
This month ten years ago, Graham & Jean Ruddell opened the door to their GJ Gardner Homes office in Townsville. A builder in the Burdekin region for 20 years, Graham decided to make the move to the big smoke of Townsville relocating his family
G.J. Gardner Homes Victoria & Tasmania are proud to announce the arrival of some funky new designs;
Firstly, Two new additions to our famous Skyward Range! Introducing The Aquila, and The Dorado -Two Storey.
G.J. Gardner Homes Queensland has launched an exciting new range of ‘Express Series’ homes for fast, great value home building.
The team at G.J. Gardner Homes Newcastle has put their money where their mouth is by pitching in their money and expertise to build a house in Belmont North.
By Jodie Grinsted
GOOD things come in threes – just
And the winner of Innovation, Enterprise AND Service Excellence is G.J Gardner Homes
Last week G.J Gardner Homes proved good things can come in threes, winning an overwhelming number of categories in the 2010 Australian Business Awards for Innovation, Enterprise
G.J. GARDNER HOMES PUTS SPRING IN CARLEE’S STEP – Builder Supports Warwick Paralympian’s Sporting Quest
Queensland home builder G.J. Gardner Homes has put the international sporting dreams of Warwick Paralympian
The HIA would like to congratulate GJ Gardner Homes for winning the prestigious HIA CSR Victorian Marketing Award.
The awards held on November 6 at Crown's Palladium Ballroom, recognize excellence in housing.
The awards were announced before a crowd of 800 industry leaders
Food and wine will play a big part in this year’s G.J. Gardner Home & Leisure Show in Tamworth with the incorporation again of the New England North West Food & Wine Fair.
The G.J. Gardner Home & Leisure Show coming up in Tamworth on October 18th and 19th is all about enjoying our ultimate lifestyle, according to organisers, "and this year, the show will introduce innovations aimed at changing the way we live".
Twenty three years after the first Tamworth Home & Leisure Show, held in 1985, the event is being relaunched with a new sponsor.
Dianna Lockwood, Sales Manager of Rural Press Events, which stages the Show, has welcomed G J Gardner Homes as
G.J. Gardner Homes ranks in Top 200 Franchises
G.J. Gardner Homes has been ranked as one of the top two hundred franchised companies
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