About G.J. Gardner Homes Coffs Harbour

Building is in our blood at G.J. Gardner Homes Coffs Coast

Fifth generation builder Rick Fischer, along with his wife Susan, know a thing or two about building stunning homes. Based in Coffs Harbour, the business has really established its mark as a quality family owned builder receiving a range of accolades including Chamber of Commerce Business Leader Award, Master Builders Awards for Excellence, HIA Regional, NSW & National Industry awards and most recently the G.J. Gardner Homes International Display Home of the Year.

Rick is the Managing Director of G.J. Gardner Homes Coffs Coast, having operated a carpentry business in Coffs Harbour prior to joining a G.J. Gardner Homes franchise as a supervisor 12 years ago, together Rick & Susan then took on the opportunity to own and operate the successful business in 2006. Passionate about the GJ brand in 2013 Rick & Susan took on the opportunity at G.J. Gardner Homes Coffs Coast where clients can choose from more than 90 G.J. Gardner Home plans, all with the freedom to modify to suit your land, lifestyle and budget, or alternatively build from your own plans. As custom builders, G.J. Gardner Homes Coffs Coast has the flexibility to cater for all of your needs.

To obtain a streamline process, the people at G.J. Gardner Homes Coffs Coast work as a team, which entails the designer, builder and salesperson going to site with the owner and working through options that are suitable for the block of land; taking into consideration both financial requirements and structural confines of the land. This is a complimentary free service in which it provides the opportunity for the owner to gain feedback as to whether what you have dreamed about will and can become a reality.

G.J. Gardner Homes Coffs Coast can offer to their clients’ big builder value with small builder flexibility and we are able to achieve excellent value through the buying power of the group of G.J. Gardner both through State and National deals with preferred supplier deals.
We operate from our G.J Gardner Homes International Award Winning Display Home at 3 Cherry Street, North Sapphire Beach and our New Home Design Centre at 171 Orlando Street in Coffs Harbour. Our New Home Consultants are able to work from both locations and provide customer service to you 7 days a week.

The G.J. Gardner Coffs Coast team is driven by an expectation of excellence and desire to give personal attention to every detail. Our flexibility is why G.J. Gardner Homes Coffs Coast have successfully built more than 170 homes, all of them different.

About Us

G.J. Gardner Homes Coffs Coast builds homes and dreams

Scott Brown

New Home Consultant

Scott has been a new home consultant for almost a decade and has a trade background, having worked as a roofing installer. Scott works with clients to help them design their new homes and fit their design to their budget.

He enjoys the fact that he can work with a variety of clients, including first home buyers, investors, retirees and families. He says it’s especially rewarding to help a young family through the building process and see them excited to move into their first home. Living in Nambucca Heads gives Scott the opportunity to work closely with clients in that area as well as throughout the Coffs Coast region.

Tara Rhoades


Tara comes to G.J. Gardner Homes Coffs Harbour with an extensive background in client services and for the past six years has worked specifically within the residential and commercial building industries in project administration.Originally from Toronto, Tara gained valuable experience in the professional landscape and then decided to travel. She met her (now) husband while exploring Queensland and moved to Coffs Harbour 10 years ago to raise a family.

Tara’s role is to guide clients through the pre-contract process, including finalizing plans and colour selections, and then brings all the elements together for quick and seamless approval processing through the Council so that building works can begin as soon as possible.

Tara is your dedicated contact person throughout the build process to support you with any questions you may have. She thrives on positive customer experiences and loves to see clients settled in their new homes.

Marc Zaveczky


Marc’s role involves balancing client budgets to include custom designs and specific fixture and fitting selections. He prepares work orders prior to the commencement of construction to ensure that work is carried out within a specific budget.

Marc has a good understanding of the building industry, having worked as a carpenter prior to becoming an estimator. He says the best part of his job is working through design plans and doing the calculations to ensure clients receive their dream home within their budget. Marc says the building industry is constantly evolving and coming up with new products, which he is able to incorporate into his clients’ new homes.

Kellee Morris

New Home Consultant

Kellee is a New Homes Consultant for G.J. Gardner Coffs Harbour, bringing her bright and cheerful disposition to your home planning experience, guiding you through the process to explore all your wants and needs in a new home, from finding the right block to planning the final detail.

Kellee comes to G.J. Gardner with many years of experience in customer service, accounting and administration, and she’s practically a professional multi-tasker, always seen wearing a big smile.

She’s a wonderful people person who gets great satisfaction from delighting customers and seeing them light up when they can see their dream home ideas come to life.  

Mathew Hale

New Home Consultant

Matthew and his family made the sea change from Sydney to Coffs last year to enjoy a slower pace of life and to be part of a close community. With a passion for house design, Matthew helps clients to custom design their new homes to suit their needs and lifestyles within their budget.

He says that clients often feel daunted by the idea of designing a new home and his role is to simplify the planning process and turn their ideas into reality. He loves incorporating the latest design ideas into his clients’ homes and says it is possible to create a beautiful home within a tight budget, just by incorporating clever design ideas like high ceilings, which create a sense of grandeur.

Rick Fischer

Managing Director

Rick is a fifth-generation builder who started his apprenticeship in his father’s building company 25 years ago. Having seen his father and grandfather both have very successful building companies, he decided that a career in the building industry would be a good move.

Rick and Susan ran the G.J. Gardner Clarence Valley franchise for six years and when the opportunity came up to buy the G. J. Gardner Coffs Harbour franchise four years ago, they jumped at it. They had previously lived on the Coffs Coast about 15 years ago and absolutely loved the lifestyle, so decided to come back. With three children, they juggle a busy business and a hectic household.

Susan Fischer


Rick and Susan ran the G.J. Gardner Clarence Valley franchise for six years and when the opportunity came up to buy the G. J. Gardner Coffs Harbour franchise four years ago, they jumped at it.

They had previously lived on the Coffs Coast about 15 years ago and absolutely loved the lifestyle, so decided to come back. With three children, they juggle a busy business and a hectic household.

Bill Clarke

Construction Supervisor

Bill has over 40 years’ experience in the building industry, having run his own building business prior to becoming a construction supervisor. His role involves coordinating tradespeople, the delivery of building products, managing quality control during the construction of new homes, ensuring health and safety requirements are being met and liaising with clients during the building process.

Having worked in the building industry for such a long time, Bill has a good understanding of all aspects of the build and what is expected of each tradesperson. Bill says the best part of his job is seeing a design concept turn into an actual home and guiding clients through that process.


Office Awards

2016 – G.J. Gardner Homes International Display Home Of The Year
2016 – HIA Northern NSW Housing and Kitchen & Bathrooms Awards
2016 – Finalist in HIA Australia Project Home Of The Year
2015 – HIA NSW Best Project Home
2015 – HIA Northern Region Project Home of The Year
2015 – HIA Northern Region Townhouse/Villa Of The Year
2015 – MBA Merit Best Medium Density Project Townhouse & Villas
2015 – Sunnys Business Chamber Business Leader of The Year
2015 – G.J. Gardner Homes 200 Starts
2014 – MBA NSW Best Exhibition/Project Home $300,001-$350,000
2014 – MBA Northern Region Best Exhibition Home $300,001-$350,000
2014 – MBA Northern Region Best Kitchen Under $25,000

Office in the Community

Coffs Harbour Board Riders
Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving
Beaches Hockey Club
Special Children's Christmas Party
Special Childrens Christmas Party 5. WOMBS (Women On Motor Bikes - Ovarian Cancer Australia support Group)
Coffs Harbour Comets Rugby League Club
Variety – Everyday Hero
Kororo Public School
Northern Storm Football Club
Member of the Master Builders Association (MBA)
Member of the Housing Industry Association (HIA)

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Images and photographs may depict fixtures, finishes and features either not supplied by G.J. Gardner Homes or not included in any price stated. These items include furniture, swimming pools, pool decks, fences, landscaping. Price does not include all facades shown. For detailed home pricing, please talk to a new homes consultant.