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  • How popular is building your own home?

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    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…

  • Cabinet trends to consider

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    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…

  • 5 kitchen ideas you need for your new home

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    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

  • What are implied warranties?

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    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

  • Beat the budget woes with better planning

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    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…

  • Planning on building on a sloping block?

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    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…

  • How to use recycled timber to add warmth to your home.

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    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. Frame…

  • Let there be light in your new home

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    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,…

  • How can home decor reflect your personal style?

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    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…

  • Making your bathroom stand out from the rest

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    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

  • The Lifestyle Pack

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    At G.J. Gardner Homes we build you a home that suits your budget and your lifestyle. When you move into your brand new dream home, we want you to have fun in it.

    Our Lifestyle Pack features appliances and devices that complement your lifestyle, ready to play with when you move…

  • Building a Millennial-Friendly Kitchen

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    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…

  • 4 ideas to make your new home pet friendly

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    Whenbuilding a new home, you need to…

  • Too good to be true? 3 land purchasing pitfalls to avoid.

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    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…

  • 3 ways to maximise the resale value of your home

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    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

  • 3 building tips from G.J. Gardner Homes Professionals

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    Did you know thatwe have a selection of free building tips on the G.J. Gardner Homes AustraliaYouTube…

  • Getting the light right in the bathroom

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    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…

  • It's time to build - how long will it take?

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    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…

  • Choosing a dining table for your home

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    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…

  • G.J. Advisor - Stage 4; Financing and Loans

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    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…

  • The right light is all in the aspect

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    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…

  • 4 things to consider for large block living

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    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…

  • Fixed price quoting best for the budget

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    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…

  • Taking the plunge with your own pool

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    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…

  • It's all in the timing

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    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,”…

  • Stamp of Approval

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    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…

  • Creative Storage

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    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…

  • 3 bedroom colours that will help you get some shut eye

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    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…

  • 4 ways to put more space into your home

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    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…

  • House moving tips to avoid last-minute panic

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    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…

  • Am I eligible for a first home owners grant?

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    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…

  • By far and away, its The Mandalay!

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    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,…

  • Everything including the kitchen sink

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    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…

  • Try Before You Buy with a G.J. Gardner Design Studio

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    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…

  • Its all about planning

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    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. THE FACTS: In our latest “Building My Home” study, more than…

  • Planning for the future is key.

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    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. THE FACTS: In our latest “Building My Home”…

  • Knock 'em Down Then Build 'em Up!

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    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…

  • Homes that work by design

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    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,…

  • Falling in love with the Coolum

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    “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…

  • Display homes the best for building inspiration

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    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…

  • First Impressions Count

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    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…

  • What the Internet of Things can do for your new home

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    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…

  • Fibre optic vs. cable: Which is right for your new home?

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    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…

  • Display homes to inspire your house-building dreams

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    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…

  • 3 tips for selecting the right colour palette for your home

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    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…

  • How Australia's growing population is impacting the real estate market

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    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…

  • 7 building contract acronyms you should be familiar with

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    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…

  • How to select the right window glazing for your new home

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    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…

  • Does your kitchen utilise these 3 design features?

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    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…

  • Certainty makes all the difference

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    CERTAINTY MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE

    There’s no doubt that building a new home is a massive commitment. It’s likely to be one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. So it’s important to work with a builder you trust – someone who understands…

  • Winter Warmers

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    WINTER WARMERS

    Now that the mercury is dropping you’re probably spending a lot more time indoors. Which is great, as long as your home’s interior decor isn’t colder than the Snowy Mountains in July. If you’re currently designing your new home,…

  • Heat it up

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    HEAT IT UP!

    Winter in Australia means two things – complaining incessantly about the weather and being terrified of your electricity bill. We can’t do much about the first one, but we can share a few tips that will help reduce the weather’s impact on…

  • Tidy Town

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    TIDY TOWN

    Storage is one of the most overlooked elements of home design. Sleek, contemporary display homes are great for inspiration, but it’s easy to forget no one actually lives in these pristine properties – or tries to keep them tidy with a young family…

  • The Heart of the Home

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    The Heart of the Home

    As any family knows, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home. A well-designed kitchen is at the heart of family life: it’s the place where we cook and entertain, share meals and stories, and unwind after a long day. As a…

  • Freedom to Choose

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    Freedom to Choose

    If you’ve walked through a few display homes recently, you might have left feeling a little confused. You’re an individual with your own preferences and tastes, so it’s natural to like different elements from each home – the…

  • Outdoor Comfort

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    Outdoor Comfort

    A little attention to detail goes a long way – both indoors and out. Here are a few clever builders’ tips for making the most of your outdoor area.

    Make a splash
    Outdoor kitchens are perfect for warmer climates…

  • Design Time

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    Design Time

    When you are building a new home it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here are a few tips to help you kickstart the design process.

    The first step is to settle on a location for your new home. It may sound simple, but things like lot size,…

  • Recovering US property market firms up growth plans for Australian homebuilder

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    Having established G.J. Gardner Homes as a leading homebuilder in Australia and New Zealand with more than 82 franchisees, the company has a bold expansion plan for the US, which is being underpinned by an improving housing market. G.J. Gardner Homes opened their first US franchise…

  • Attracting the right franchisees in the homebuilding industry

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    No matter the industry, all franchise systems face challenges and demands that are unique to their trade. Finding suitable franchisees is a challenge for franchisors across the globe. Hard to believe, given the perks and benefits of joining an established franchise system. For…

  • Thinking about investing in the US? You’d better do your research.

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    While there has been an increase in the number of opinion pieces in the media and online claiming significant financial benefits for Australians who invest in the US property market, I’m afraid I have to disagree. As the CEO of an Australian homebuilding company operating in…

  • Your Mortgage

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    If you’ve been looking into building a new home through a homebuilding company you would have noticed a large number of companies offering discounts, added extras and sometimes outrageous incentives to entice investors to purchase a home. I have come across some fairly enticing…

  • Homebuilding company makes BRW’s top 25 franchises

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    G.J. Gardner has been ranked 22nd on BRW’s Fast Franchises 2013 list—the only homebuilding or construction company to be listed in the top 25. The ranking was a pleasant surprise for G.J. Gardner Homes CEO, Darren Wallis, acknowledging the tough competition and rapid…

  • Mooloolaba homebuilder goes homeless for the night

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    CEO of international homebuilding company G.J. Gardner Homes, Darren Wallis, builds dream homes for a living, but on Thursday night (June 20), he’ll spend the night homeless on the streets of Brisbane. The St Vincent de Paul Society CEO Sleepout is a national event that…

  • Build, don’t buy; an industry expert’s top tips for first homebuyers in 2013

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    Would-be first homebuyers should be thinking seriously about building their home instead of buying in 2013, a leading international homebuilder has said. Darren Wallis, CEO of homebuilding company, G.J. Gardner Homes, said a combination of record low interest rates and financial…

  • Build, don’t buy; an industry expert’s top tips for first homebuyers in 2013

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    Would-be first homebuyers should be thinking seriously about building their home instead of buying in 2013, a leading international homebuilder has said. Darren Wallis, CEO of homebuilding company, G.J. Gardner Homes, said a combination of record low interest rates and…

  • The homebuilder from ‘down under’ takes US market by storm

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    In 2005, CEO of G.J. Gardner Homes, Darren Wallis, packed his suitcase and left Australia with a plan to expand his successful homebuilding company into the United States. With no contacts, map and limited knowledge of the United States property market, Wallis said it was…

  • Darren Wallis: front-runner for Construction Executive of the Year

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    CEO of G.J. Gardner Homes, Darren Wallis, has been announced as a finalist for The CEO Magazine’s Construction Executive of the Year Award. The ‘2012 Executive of the Year Awards’, to be staged in Sydney on 29 November 2012, is one of Australia’s most prestigious…

  • G.J. GARDNER HOMES FRANCHISE ENTERS HIA TOP 10 - WITH A BULLET

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    Australia’s most successful franchised residential home builder, G.J. Gardner Homes, is amongst the nation’s top 10 largest new home builders for the first time in 2011/12, according to the latest HIACOLORBOND® steel Housing 100 Report. The HIA report, which ranks…

  • GJ Gardner Homes Fraser Coast wins Display Home Award

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    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.

  • G.J. Gardner Homes Gympie Winner 2012 Master Builders Best Display Home Award Sunshine Coast

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    New home buyers the ultimate winners with G.J. Gardner Homes Gympie taking out the 2012 Master Builders Best Display Home…

  • Downsizing doesn’t mean compromising home design or lifestyle with G.J Gardner

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    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.…

  • House and land package a worthwhile investment

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    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…

  • Visiting a display home a great way to experience a G.J. Gardner home

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    What better way to find out what a new G.J. Gardner home is like, than to actually stand inside one? The best way to fully appreciate the quality, finish and ambience of a G.J. Gardner home is to visit one of our exceptional display homes. You can stroll through at your own pace…

  • Standard inclusions a top quality starting point when building with G.J. Gardner

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    When building a new home, it’s important that new home builders not only compare their home builder’s level of service, experience and costs but to also study the list of inclusions offered. Comparing inclusions offered by at least three builders is one of the best ways to…

  • Big builder value with small builder service

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    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…

  • New home floor plans for space and flexibility

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    When your dream of building a new home starts to take shape, it’s usually the floor plan that is scribbled onto a piece of paper first. Those small boxes will end up being a place where you will need all the space and flexibility to accommodate your life as it evolves. Gone…

  • A house’s façade is an impression that lasts

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    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.

    At…

  • Rising trend in smaller, smarter homes

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    From:www.newsmaker.com.au/news/11242

    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.

    Ross…

  • GJ Gardner Homes has great success at Herald Sun Home Show

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  • Free Knock Down Rebuild Seminar Explains the Process in Simple Terms

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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…

  • Perfectly Aligned

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    When Melissa and Horst stumbled upon a renovator’sdelight, luck was on their side in more ways than one

  • Townsville Turns Ten!!!

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    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…

  • Two new additions to the Skyward Range

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    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.

  • FASTRACK YOUR NEW HOME AND CHANCE TO WIN!G.J. GARDNER HOMES QLD LAUNCHES NEW ‘EXPRESS SERIES’

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    G.J. Gardner Homes Queensland has launched an exciting new range of ‘Express Series’ homes for fast, great value home building.

  • CONGRATULATIONS CARLEE….you are now a world record holder!

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    Carlee Beattie & Murray Kahler

    G.J. Gardner…

  • Woody Brook Joint Venture Home @ Belmont North

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    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.

    Headed by John Nikolovski and Jamie Arratoon, the building company has established a staff housing project spear headed by new…

  • Weekender Article - Builder in awards hat-trick

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    G.J. Gardner Homes CEO Darren Wallis says the company’s awards haul is recognition of its industry leadership. By Jodie Grinsted GOOD things come in threes – just…

  • And the winner of Innovation, Enterprise AND Service Excellence Australian Business Awards is...

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    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

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    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…

  • G.J. Gardner Homes Wins the 2009 HIA CSR Victorian Marketing Award for Telling the Truth!

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    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 – a big part of G.J. Gardner Home & Leisure Show 2008

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    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.

  • G.J. Gardner Home & Leisure Show introduces innovations "changing the way we live"

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    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".

  • G J Gardner Homes to sponsor 23rd anniversary Home & Leisure Show

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    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!

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    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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