OUT WITH THE OLD HOME, IN WITH THE NEW
Real estate agents love to tell you that location is everything – and often they’re right. Location is a huge consideration for most homebuyers and can be crucial in determining your home’s value;
HOLIDAY AT HOME IN LUXURY
Looking to bring a touch of the exotic into your everyday life? Look no further than the new Element MANDALAY design by G.J. Gardner Homes.
This beautiful family home is influenced by traditional pavilion-style architecture, with
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Signing the contract on your first home is one of the most exciting times in your life. But before you reach this milestone, there are a few important things to consider. One of the biggest decisions you will need to make is whether to buy an
DOWN, DOWN, RATES ARE DOWN
On February 3, the Reserve Bank lowered Australia’s official cash rate to 2.25 per cent – a record low designed to boost business and consumer confidence in the face of slowing economic growth.
NEW YEAR, NEW HOME
The new year is a time for goal setting – to eat healthy, get fit, save money or go on a holiday. It’s also the perfect time to think about your living situation, and where you want to be over the coming year.
IN YOUR ELEMENT
It’s true that building on a steep or sloping block can be more challenging than on a standard site. But the end result – a beautiful split-level home that makes the most of aspect and views – is well worth the extra planning and effort.
A CUSTOM-BUILT LIFESTYLE
Designing a new home is one of the most exciting times in your life. But with so many choices, there’s no doubt the process can also be a little overwhelming. There are myriad floorplans, inclusions and colour schemes on offer, and you
AN INTERESTING CHOICE
Unless you’ve been lucky enough to win lotto recently, it’s likely you’ll be building your new home with some help from your local bank manager. Taking out a mortgage or home loan is a big step, and it’s important to shop
LOVE YOUR LIFESTYLE WITH THE NEW ELEMENT METRO SERIES
Building on a narrow lot? You don’t need to settle for a small, boxy house design.
Instead, take a look at our new Element Metro Series, a range of contemporary homes carefully designed to suit narrow
Temperatures are on the rise – along with household living costs. So whether you are building a new family home or an investment property, it makes good financial sense to invest in sustainable design and construction.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
When you’re blessed with one of the most livable climates in the world, it makes sense to get outside and enjoy the warmer months. But now that summer is here, are you making the most of your home’s outdoor spaces?
Can’t decide whether to purchase an existing home or build your own? Here are a few issues to consider.
Buying an existing home often results in a cheaper overall price per square metre, but that shouldn’t be the only factor you consider.
Forget contracts and settlements – it’s the process of designing a new home that most people are drawn to. However, with a seemingly endless array of choices, it can be difficult to decide which features to include in your new home. Here are some tips to help you step through the process.
If you are investing in property as a wealth creation strategy, receiving your annual tax bill can be a frustrating experience. In Australia, if you sell an investment property for a higher price than you paid for it the profit is known as a capital gain, and you will be liable for capital gains
Building a new home should be one of the most exciting times in your life, but without the proper planning it can also be one of the most stressful. A good way to simplify the process is to opt for a house and land package.
A house and land package allows you to streamline your purchase
Home ownership has been the great Australian dream for generations, but it seems a growing number of young people are choosing to delay purchasing a property and are taking their chances in the rental market instead. They cite lifestyle reasons and a lack of affordability as key factors in their
If you’re considering buying a property, it can be difficult to know whether you have chosen the right time to invest. The health of the property market is closely tied to the strength of the national economy, and the media is full of conflicting – and often alarming – stories
Anyone who has experienced it firsthand will tell you that renovating your home is no small task. A well-executed reno that stays within budget requires a good deal of work in the planning and design stages, and nowhere is this more important than in the kitchen, which is the hub of most contemporary
When you live in a home every day you tend to become blinded to its imperfections. A dented wall here, a loose floorboard there – it all adds character, right? But to a potential buyer with plenty of choice, that stained grout in the bathroom can be the difference between a dream home and
Building a new home is one of the most exciting milestones in anyone’s life. It is also one of the biggest investments, which means setting a budget and sticking to it are crucial steps in the home-building process.
But an affordable property shouldn’t mean missing out on
Australians are increasingly concerned about housing affordability, according to a recent survey by Realestate.com.au.
The national property website surveyed Australians about their sentiment towards housing affordability, their financial position and their feelings on market stability
Every renovator wishes they had an unlimited bank account. But if, like us, you need to watch your pennies, here are some tips on how to best spend your budget.
Kitchens and bathrooms are the most expensive rooms in the house, but they are also the places where you should spend as much
More than any other room in the house, a kitchen needs to be functional. Gone are the days when this area was used only for cooking – in most households the kitchen is now the primary living space and doubles as a dining and entertaining area too.
So when you are designing a new
Selling your home? Here are a few tips to help you sort through that pile of glossy flyers and choose the real estate agent who’s right for the job.
Your real estate agent should establish good lines of communication with you from the very
When it comes to building your new home, choosing a builder is one of the most important steps. Here is a guide to make sure you find the right one.
Checks and balances
Your builder (and all tradespeople who work on your property) should be licensed and properly
While buying a block of land seems like the easiest part of the home-building process, there are still a few key things to consider before you sign on the dotted line.
Size and shape
While the size of your block will be a factor, its overall shape is just
Ready to start planning the house of your dreams? We have a few tips to help get you there.
Check it twice
The first thing to do is make a list of your needs and wants. Three bedrooms might be non-negotiable, four a luxury; you need two bathrooms but could
Backyard looking a little tired? There are a few must-haves to create the outdoor space of your dreams. Update these four elements, fire up the barbecue and you’ll be entertaining in no time.
If you have an existing pool, consider updating the
Property investors can minimise end of financial year panic and maximise tax benefits with a few easy steps.
Keep your receipts
This may sound simple, but it’s amazing how many of us don’t keep documentation of expenditure during the financial
The latest figures from national property analysts RPData are a mixed bag but show the national housing market remains healthy in 2014. Here’s what happened to property in the first three months of 2014.
Prices refused to budge
Average capital city prices
Designing the kitchen of your dreams? Here are some foolproof tips for creating a functional space that also looks great.
Keep it smooth
Streamlined surfaces are key to achieving a sleek, uncluttered look. Think floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, square-set edges
Property investment is the easiest way to generate personal wealth. But which strategy is best – cash flow or capital growth?
Investing for cash flow means purchasing a property that will deliver rental returns that exceed your expenses –
Smeg competition winner announced!
After over one thousand entries across NSW over a three-month period we are excited to announce the winner of the smeg kitchen appliance package!
Congratulations to Scott Gale from the Coffs Coast who has just won a beautiful new smeg kitchen
Rheem hot water - it’s as iconic as Vegemite and Victor mowers. The company started trading in Australian in 1936 and three years later made their first water heater. They are now one of the leading names for quality hot water systems and because of this they can help their customers choose
A home is the sum of its parts and G. J. Gardner Homes are known not just for their innovative architecture, but for their beautiful internal fittings as well. These fittings have to fulfil three key requirements: be long lasting, hard wearing and good looking. Because of this exacting standard
Sometimes the most inspiring projects begin in the simplest ways. Five years ago Jason Gow, Managing Director of G J Gardner Homes Illawarra, was chatting with a friend who owned a café near his home. They had organised a charity walk to raise funds for Camp Quality which does amazing work
Welcome to the G.J. Variety Freedom House story! It is an inspiring tale of local heroes, generosity and vision.
This project began when developer Bruce McDonald gave a significantly discounted block of land in Bomaderry, on the NSW south coast, to Variety the Children’s Charity.
Mortgage Choice recently surveyed homeowners asking them if they planned to renovate. Forty per cent said they were and the areas targeted for a makeover included the two stalwarts, the kitchen and the bathroom but also showed that a new renovation priority was the alfresco.
Case study: Ben Everingham
4 years ago I worked up the
It’s an exciting time to be looking atbuying and building your first
One of the most inspiring Australian charities is Variety, known as ‘the children’s charity’. We have been proud to partner with them in an extraordinary project to raise a significant amount of money for this not-for-profit body committed to making the lives easier for Australian
One of the most inspiring business-charity partnerships is about to wrap up on the NSW South Coast. G. J. Gardner Homes and the children’s charity Variety have formed a creative alliance to raise a significant amount of money for this wonderful charitable organisation. It all began when Bruce
Welcome to the GJ Variety Freedom House story. You don’t know about this wonderful project? Here’s a re-cap: it began when a local developer Bruce McDonald donated a block of land near Nowra to Variety, the Children’s Charity. This special organisation is a national not-for-profit
Chris Moscher is the type of guy you knew growing up.
You know that one that was modest, likeable and would do anything for anyone.
As a 32 year old property investor Chris owns two very successful G.J. Gardner Homes franchisees, has a beautiful family and a growing property
A newly completed four-bedroom house in Sydney’s south coast went under the hammer at the end of the month all in the name of charity.
Shoalhaven’s G.J. Gardner Homes joined forces with Variety — the Children’s Charity to build the first G.J. Variety Freedom House
Make one of your New Year property resolutions each year to look afresh at your home loan because there is now a variance, by nearly 3 per cent, of interest rates across the major lenders.
As ever the cheapest rate is not necessarily the best, you will need to carefully assess your own
It is important to be an active participant in your home’s construction, but how do you walk the fine line between overseeing the building of your new home and respecting your builder’s right to get on with the job?
Visiting your home during its construction is part of seeing
The demand for quality outdoor-indoor spaces is increasing, with no sign of a lag in Australian’s love affair with the alfresco. A flow on effect of this is the importance of landscaping, which for a relatively modest investment can seriously increase your property’s value. Here are
A few weeks ago Katrina from the block reviewed G.J. Gardner Homes
When 30-year-old Newcastle Knights cheerleader Tania Smith told us she’d built a portfolio of 3
Negative gearing verse positive gearing?
This is one of the mosthotlydebated questions
Each year Your Investment Property Magazine publishes a feature on Australia’s top 100 suburbs
Being an accountant I see a lot of clients who want to understand more about buying a investment properties.
Despite the major pitfalls associated with renovating, countless investors have used this strategy to
A couple of years ago I meet a 33 year old who owned a 2 million dollar home on the water in Sydney.
I asked him how he had
Every year Your Investment Property magazine predicts properties to watch out for in the coming year, those which indicate a strong potential for growth. Here are some of our standout favourites.
Positioned beautifully on the NSW-Queensland
One of the golden rules in property, stay emotionally unattached, is the one most commonly broken. It’s understandable. For many people a home can only be considered from the heart, it’s our primary shelter and fulfils a deep need to have ‘a roof over our head’ and make
Do you long for a home where you can celebrate the vibrancy of family life while enjoying all the comforts great design brings? G. J. Gardner Homes is proud to introduce an extensive new range of house designs for 2014. These architecturally designed homes are modern, spacious and have been created
G.J. Gardner has partnered with smeg, to provide one lucky winner with a smeg kitchen appliance package valued at $6,300.
To enter just tell us in 25 words or less what you like most about G.J. Gardner Homes and you'll go into the draw to win!!!
The package includes
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.
Planning and construction of a new home design takes a lot of planning and patience. To the uninitiated, it can be a daunting process. You have to ensure your new home builder is experienced, committed to quality and will deliver in full, on time and within budget.
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
G.J. GARDNER HOMES have joined the elite group of one of the top ten NSW detached house builders.
When spoken to today, Jayne Moran of G.J. Gardner Homes said “We have been increasing our market share over recent years by providing quality homes at most competitive prices while
G.J. Gardner Homes has moved up seven places in the top 200 franchises around the globe, according to a report released this month.
The report, released by Franchise Times magazine, details the top grossing 200 international franchises. See the report here for more details -
Last week the HIA (Housing Industry of Australia) released the top 100 builders in Australia for 2008/2009.
G.J. Gardner Homes celebrated their first ever entry into the top 10 builders.
G.J. Gardner Homes was listed at number nine on the list of builders in the whole of Australia
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
G.J. Gardner Homes Tweed Heads has taken out the award for their stunning display home "The Sanctuary", at Salt Village, Kingscliffe.
The Award was passed to Debbie Stoffels and Chris Meekin at the the Master Builders Excellence in Regional Building Awards on Saturday
It is with great excitement that I announce thatPeter Hudechasopened G.J Gardner Home’s newest office in Albury.
Peterhas a wealth of building experience on the border and has followed in the foot steps of his father who was also a builder in the region.
Australian Builders to Construct New Kenyan Orphanage
Recently, Mike Kucinskis and the rest of the team at G.J. Gardner Homes Taree pulled together a miracle for a local Taree family who had been dealt a lot of hard blows throughout their life with illness and injury.
By working his suppliers, Mick was able to build the family a home with
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