Hicaliber Team

How to Live Smarter, Not Larger

Is downsizing the new upsizing?

We certainly think so.

Let’s face it, it’s a bit pointless having three empty bedrooms and two extra bathrooms you’ll rarely use at home.

Along with creating more space to maintain and clean, extra rooms can stop the flow of a home and make things feel a lot more compartmentalised than they really need to be.

Trendsetters

These days, we’re seeing a shift towards living smarter, not larger. It’s something our Lead Home Designer, Peter, has picked up on in his trend forecasting.

“When you cut down on a bigger build, you’re able to put more of your budget towards things like a good quality kitchen and generous entertaining areas,” Peter says.

Alongside the United States, Australia has traditionally been one of the world’s top offenders when it comes to floorplan size. However, change is in the air.

“The trend towards more appropriate home sizes to meet individual needs is growing in Australia, and it’s making its way into plenty of our home designs.”

225 m2 Floorplan: Bridgewater 225

RIP, big for big’s sake

Where retirees have traditionally been the ones leading the downsizing charge, younger generations are now starting to realise that bigger isn’t necessarily better.

“Over the last 20 years it has been about going bigger and adding extra rooms — four living rooms, five bedrooms, three bathrooms,” explains Peter.

A clear pattern is beginning to emerge with people asking for more sensible, purpose-built homes that suit their own lives.

“I’m seeing more families coming to us with a brief of three bedrooms, usable open-plan living areas instead of three separate living areas, and one large bathroom and a master ensuite instead of three smaller ones.”

“We’re starting to see this approach creep through in more and more builds,” he adds. 

Bliss out inside

Wellbeing is now on trend. With modern life showing no signs of slowing down, our homes are acting as sanctuaries more than ever.

Open-plan living: Northside Display Home, QLD

They’re a place to feel grounded and relaxed, and thoughtful use of space goes a long way in contributing to a relaxed and welcoming vibe. So how can you embrace the downsizing trend as part of your new home build?

Downsizing tips

  • Do an ‘audit’ of your current home, are there spaces you never use?
  • Consider the essentials versus the nice-to-haves (make a list)
  • Opt for open plan spaces where possible
  • Build dual-purpose spaces into your plan
  • Bring the outside in with large windows and alfresco spaces

Thinking about reducing your family’s footprint, but not sure where to start? It pays to talk to an expert. Contact your local G.J. Gardner builder to discuss a smarter home build.

With over 36,000 quality, customised homes built over the past 35 years, and having just been announced as the National Home Builder of the Year (ProductReview.com.au) for the fourth consecutive year, G.J. Gardner is Australia’s most trusted home builder.

A Guide To Modern Hamptons Style

For a while now, an exclusive beachside community on the other side of the world has had a disproportionate impact on the look and feel of Australian homes — and there’s no sign of it stopping.

You guessed it, we’re talking about Hamptons.

‘The Hamptons’ style is continuing to make waves across the Pacific by influencing home designs Down Under.

Maybe it’s the timeless sensibility, maybe it’s nostalgia, or maybe it’s the movies.

Or perhaps it’s a combination of all three, with a convenient connection to the light and breezy Australian lifestyle. A sophisticated yet beachy feeling often shines through, creating an effortless coastal vibe.

Say g’day to Modern Hamptons

In Australia, our interpretation of Hamptons is often a contemporary one, taking the traditional American vibe and turning it on its head. This ‘Modern Hamptons’ style is about putting your own personalised spin on a proven trend, often through bending the rules when it comes to colour.

Modern Hamptons is a popular look because it blends the traditional Hamptons-style elements with a contemporary and refreshed colour palette.

The Modern Hamptons colour palette

Traditional Hamptons style is earmarked by a muted colour palette featuring blue accents. Modern Hamptons, on the other hand, isn’t afraid to be bold.

Modern Hamptons Facade: Freshwater 400 Display Home, NSW

Take the Freshwater home design. The facade of this display home in Sydney’s northern beaches uses traditional Hamptons textures like wooden VJ panelling and stone, with contemporary colours like black and pale pink.

It brings a contemporary feel to the facade and, combined with the black panelling, makes for a richer overall impression.

The colours you choose are up to you — whether it’s moody, striking, calm or neutral, ensure you’re incorporating natural textures to keep the Hamptons vibe alive.

Modern Hamptons textures

Natural materials will always be a mainstay of Hamptons design – think wood, stone, linen and marble. You can incorporate these textures in spades throughout your home, from the exterior to the interior including furniture, surfaces and finishes.

Hamptons Textures: Freshwater 400 Display Home, NSW

For a contemporary take, consider incorporating on trend textures like:

  • Matte black metal
  • Brass, anthracite or brushed nickel
  • Polished concrete
  • Indoor greenery

Finishing touches

The key to styling a Modern Hamptons home is honouring the traditional approach (think pendant lighting, linen furnishings) using a contemporary and creative interpretation.

For example, you might stick with traditional wooden and marble textures for your bathroom and kitchen surfaces, but opt for warm metal finishings with clean lines to modernise the look.

Rather than the traditional nautical prints and driftwood, you might choose a woven grass wall hanging or an abstract print in your chosen colour palette.

Planning your Modern Hamptons home

Colour, texture and styling will get you 90% of the way there, but in order to really succeed you can’t consider these elements in isolation. You need to have a plan.

It sounds obvious, but taking the time to consider all the surfaces, finishes and inclusions across your home will help you achieve a cohesive Modern Hamptons look.

Want to work with our design team to plan your dream Hamptons home? Contact us.

Sustainable Heating and Cooling: Considerations for Your Home

Depending where you live in Australia, it could be hot and dry today. If you live down south, perhaps it’s damp and cold? Or windy. Or hailing. Or maybe a dust storm is rolling through if you’re further inland.

Regardless of where you stand on the climate change debate, one thing is certain: Australia is the land of weather extremes.

This is an important fact to consider when choosing a new home to build, as the wrong choice of home design could result in alarming running costs, dead spaces in your house that are too hot or too cold, and general frustration in the lack of usability of your space.

The great air-con con?

Nearly one-half of all households in Australia use an air-conditioner as their main system of cooling or heating. The Australian Government estimates approximately 40% of household energy is used for heating and cooling to achieve a comfortable indoor temperature.

That’s a lot of homes with a reliance on artificial climate control to make life comfortable.

Approximately 40% of household energy is used for heating and cooling

As our climate changes and the weather becomes less predictable, intelligent heating and cooling in our homes becomes more important to our day-to-day comfort and liveability.

Don’t get us wrong, there’ll always be a place for air-conditioning systems in Australian homes, but there’s also a solid argument for smarter building design to do more of the heavy lifting.

So what design features should you be looking at?

Time travel is cool

To get some perspective, it’s worth going all the way back in time to when air-conditioning didn’t exist. Take the Queenslander home design for example. Even at the end of the 19th century, this original subtropical abode was designed to work with the environment.

High-set to catch breezes, maximising cross-flow ventilation with breezeways, big on open plan living spaces, and of course, a huge veranda that blurred the lines between indoor/outdoor living.

Bring it forward to 2020, and these principles continue to ring true. Five key factors to consider for sustainable heating and cooling are:

  • Open plan design
  • High ceilings
  • Protected spaces
  • Crossflow breezes
  • Positioning of the home on the block
Open plan living spaces: Oceanside 255 home design

Boundless plains

There are eight different climate zones in Australia, each calling for different design features that keep the temperature in your home moderate and comfortable.

G.J. Gardner has been designing homes to suit all Australian conditions for over 35 years now. This means we’re experts at keeping you cool (or warm depending on where you live).

Up north in places like NT and Queensland, G.J.’s designs reflect people’s desire to enjoy the tropical climate. This includes:

  • Large frescoes and outdoor living areas
  • Greater integration between indoor and outdoor living areas
  • Large windows for ventilation
  • Spaces that encourage breezes
Integration between indoor and outdoor living spaces: Fernbank 262 home design

In colder regions, like Victoria and Tasmania, our home designs are premised on the direction of the sun, catching as much light and heat for homes all year round. Homes keep unwanted breezes out but still offer plenty of light and attractive flows between rooms and outdoor entertaining areas.

In moderate climate areas, our homes strike the balance between indoor and outdoor comfort and luxury, providing cooling measures when needed while offering rooms that will remain warm when it gets colder outside.

The G.J. way

Our Lead Home Designer, Peter, explains that a little bit of thought can go a long way when it comes to sustainable heating and cooling in our builds.

“Sometimes we’ll attach an activity room to a main living area where kids can do their homework or play video games. But this also serves a second important function — natural ventilation.”

“What we do in the design phase is line up that area with all four points of the house to encourage crossflow breezes. It’s simple, but it works.”

Allowing air to move around a home without obstacles has clear benefits. Fresh air, more family interaction, and cheaper energy bills. It’s just one of the many smart design outcomes you can expect from a G.J. Gardner home.

With over 36,000 quality, customised homes built over the past 35 years, and having just been announced as the National Home Builder of the Year (ProductReview.com.au) for the fourth consecutive year, G.J. Gardner is Australia’s most trusted home builder.

How to Design the Perfect Home

It seems as though anyone can design a house these days.

You know the ones — cookie cutter homes under a sea of roof tiles stretching on as far as the eye can see, a strip of grass for a backyard, and built so tightly together that you can literally reach out and touch your neighbour’s wall.

There’s little to no thought put into how the house interacts with its surrounding environment, cross-breezes or afternoon sun. It’s like Dorothy just plonked it there after she fell out of the sky.

So how do our design steps differentiate our final product from the mega-estate builders? Let’s break down the key principles that guide the G.J. Gardner Design Process.

1. We know a home should be an extension of your life

It’s about the people existing under the one roof, interweaving your lifestyle, and the ability to enjoy and interact with the space. It all starts and finishes at the same place—with you.

Open plan living in the Kimberley 252 home design

Our Lead Home Designer, Peter, believes this is what has always set G.J. Gardner homes apart from the rest of the bunch.

“It’s our philosophy to design a home that’s going to perform well from the outset.”

2. We work with what you’ve got

With a shift away from ‘McMansions’ and backyards not as generous as they once were (let’s face it, we all probably don’t really need half an acre), the challenge is also to maximise space without losing enjoyment and functionality.

Functional outdoor living showcased in the Broadbeach 300 home design

“We work with the surrounding environment, not against it,” says Peter.

“The question we ask ourselves at the beginning of every home build is always, ‘What’s the best possible house we can build for this client on this block of land?’”

3. We take the lead from designers, not accountants

This is where G.J. Gardner’s flexible design approach puts us a step ahead of our competitors. We’re not dictated to by accountants or estimators, it’s our designers that lead the process.

For example, if a feature like an internal courtyard is the best option to allow light and breezes in, the average builder might shoot it down before even considering it properly based purely on price. But we see the bigger picture and find a way to make it work.

4. We’re big on detail

It’s smart details like blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living to open up space, and having communal areas for families so parents and kids aren’t constantly shouting at each other from opposite ends of the house. These are the ideas that create homes that are enjoyable to live in, not just houses to exist within.


Follow G.J. Gardner on Pinterest: Outdoor Living Ideas


This thoughtful outlook to home design guides Peter and his team of designers in every house they create.

“A little bit of extra thought and effort can go a long way, and it’s absolutely worth it in the long run.”

The long-term value that our considered design processes add to your home building experience is priceless.

After all, there’s no place like home.

With over 36,000 quality, customised homes built over the past 35 years, and having just been announced as the National Home Builder of the Year (ProductReview.com.au) for the fourth consecutive year, G.J. Gardner is Australia’s most trusted home builder.

Functionality and Style in a Family Home

Social media is awash with meticulously curated posts. The Instagram era means you can create whatever version of yourself, your house, your pets (or even your family) you want the world to see.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with that — we’ve all been guilty of finding a favourable light or friendly angle with a selfie, but when the scrolling stops, reality awaits.

And when you’ve got a family, home reality can be very, very #messy.

So is it possible to strike the right balance between keeping things functional while maintaining a ‘grammable style?

Finding a happy medium

The reality of how our homes look on a ‘normal’ day can often paint a different picture to what we display to visitors. Our houses don’t always look as pristine as we make them out to be!

Even if you have all the skills to make your house look like it’s been lifted from an interior design magazine, you may not find it to be the most comfortable living environment. We recommend working to find the perfect middle ground between style and comfort.

Comfort and style can co-exist

We all want to feel comfortable in our own homes. It’s our sanctuary. It’s where we relax, recharge and escape from the outside world.

While you may be someone who places a great deal of value on styling your home to look the way you love, you do not have to sacrifice comfort in order to achieve it!

Achieve both by taking into consideration all of the people who will be using your spaces and leaving room for them. This can include the occupants of the house but also guests, pets and visitors. Also, consider how you will be using all of your spaces!

By considering your house in this way, you can help inform the colours, styles and textures that will make up different parts of your home.

Dogs are people too

That sentiment even extends to pets.

Begin forging good habits within your pets! Instead of getting frustrated when they jump up onto your couch, buy some inexpensive covers or encourage them to use their own bed.

If you are finding it hard to control your pup’s urge to laze alongside you on your lounge, consider cleaning your couch covers somewhat regularly. Even white covers can often be washed very easily in a washing machine.

Enjoy your home (and the stuff in it)

It’s okay to have nice things that only see the light of day on special occasions. But on the flipside, don’t be afraid to enjoy what makes you happy.

You may just find yourself hiding away the ‘better’ stuff forever, and never enjoying your own time with them! You may as well consider buying things for your home that are both long-lasting and help to bring joy to you.

It’s sound advice when it comes to settling on a style for your home. Make choices that suit your life, and if it makes you happy, let your design choices follow.

The Materials We Use to Build Your Home

A home. It’s the biggest investment you’re ever likely to make. So it makes sense to invest in quality materials that will stand the test of time, the relentless Australian sun, and spontaneous crayon wall art, right?

Yep, we think so too.

It’s easy to recognise a home where corners have been cut in the build. You can feel it more than you can see it. Handles are flimsy, windows don’t shut properly, fittings are plastic-y. It just feels, well… cheap.

Before too long, things need fixing. You’re spending more time and money at Bunnings than you should have to with a new home. As you wander the endless aisles, you get a nagging feeling that you should’ve focused more on the quality of the materials with your new house.

The G.J. Way

But with a G.J. Gardner home, the high quality of the materials we select make this kind of scenario little more than a fantasy. For us, it goes back to the fundamental principles of architecture—form following function. While a home should obviously look and feel good, the building’s purpose and structure should always be the starting point for design.

Our lead home designer, Peter, reckons this is what sets a G.J. Gardner home apart from our competitors’ offerings.

“When we select the materials to build your home, our philosophy is that if it isn’t a proven product, we simply won’t use it.
 
We put the thought and effort into the front end of the design phase to ensure that your home isn’t just enjoyable to live in, it has to be built well too.”

Buying off the plan doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality. Where our competitors are tied down by their accountants and profit margins, we’ve always been led by designers and builders striving to use the best products and materials to build homes that last a lifetime.

And after designing and constructing tens of thousands of homes across Australia, we know how to source and use quality materials in our builds. We see the benefits firsthand. Peter says:

“We just don’t get the callbacks from frustrated customers like some of the other builders in the industry do,”
 
“Our way of doing things is clearly more cost-effective for everyone.”

Quality is in the process, too

This emphasis on quality and good outcomes doesn’t just stop with the products we use either.

We take a holistic approach to quality with our builders, suppliers, and tradies too. Because if everyone is on the same page with workmanship, then all of us—and most importantly the home buyer—will leave happy.

We always look forward to handover day with our clients, because we know we’re giving you a home that’s built with the best stuff, by the best people, and with you and your family at the heart of it all.

With over 36,000 quality, customised homes built over the past 35 years, and having just been announced as the National Home Builder of the Year (ProductReview.com.au) for the fourth consecutive year, G.J. Gardner is Australia’s most trusted home builder.

2020 First Home Loan Deposit Scheme: Are You Eligible?

In 2020, the federal government has committed to providing up to 10,000 Australians with support to purchase their first home, sooner.

The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme provides a guarantee that allows eligible applicants classified as ‘low and middle income’ to purchase a home with a deposit of as little as 5%.

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What is the 2020 First Home Loan Deposit Scheme?

The 2020 First Home Loan Deposit Scheme commenced on January 1, 2020.

The scheme encourages first home buyers with just a 5% deposit to take out a mortgage where they can avoid paying lenders mortgage insurance (LMI) fees. Where banks and lenders usually require purchasers to have 20% of the property’s value saved already to be exempt from LMI fees, the government will underwrite the loan as part of the scheme so that LMI no longer applies.

The scheme means that the federal government acts as your guarantor, making it far easier to be approved for a home loan without having saved as much money. The lender, however, will still do their normal checks on your financial situation.


Eligibility

To be eligible for the First Home Owner Scheme there are a few conditions that must be considered.

  • Individuals applying for the scheme can earn a maximum of $125,000 per year, and a couple’s earnings can be a combined total of $200,000.
  • Applicants must also have saved 5% of the value of the property being purchased.
  • The scheme will only serve 10,000 applications per year, on a first come first serve basis.
  • Properties that are being purchased under the scheme must be classed as an ‘entry property’ and will not include high-value properties.
  • Price caps are determined by region. A full list of price caps is outlined below.
Region ID
RegionPrice Cap ($AUD)
1
NSW – capital city
$700,000
2NSW – regional centre (Newcastle and Lake Macquarie)
$700,000
3NSW – regional centre (Illawarra)
$700,000
4NSW – other
$450,000
5VIC – capital city
$600,000
6VIC – regional centre (Geelong)
$600,000
7VIC – other
$375,000
8QLD – capital city
$475,000
9QLD – regional centre (Gold Coast)
$475,000
10QLD – regional centre (Sunshine Coast)
$475,000
11QLD – other
$400,000
12WA – capital city
$400,000
13WA – other
$300,000
14SA – capital city
$400,000
15SA – other
$250,000
16TAS – capital city
$400,000
17TAS – other
$300,000
18ACT
$500,000
19Northern Territory
$375,000
20Jervis Bay Territory & Norfolk Island
$450,000
21Christmas Island & Cocos (Keeling) Island $300,000

Applying

How do I apply?

The scheme opened on January 1st 2020 and applications can be lodged through your chosen lender and their representatives. The scheme does not accept applications directly.

There are 27 lenders who are approved to offer guarantees under the scheme, the full list can be found here.


FAQs

What is a loan guarantor?

A loan guarantor is a person who agrees to repay the debt if a loanee is having to default on their agreed repayments. In this case, the guarantor in your home loan is the federal government.

How much will I save with this scheme?

The Government says that you could save around $10,000 by not being required to pay for Lender’s Mortgage Insurance. This is a good ballpark figure, but the specifics of how much you would save depends on the particulars of your loan. These factors include loan size, deposit size and lender terms and conditions.

Can I use this scheme alongside the First Home Owners’ Grant?

Yes! You are able to apply for this federal government scheme as well as any other schemes that may be offered by your state or territory. Keep in mind that the eligibility requirements may different between the grant and scheme.

Do I have to buy a new house or apartment?

The properties that are included as part of the scheme do not have to be newly built. While this is an option, you can also utilise this scheme to purchase an existing house, townhouse, or apartment. You can also purchase a house and land package, land with a contract to build or an off-the-plan apartment or townhouse. These are all possible to buy as part of the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.

Are there risks involved in getting a low deposit home loan?

There are some risks that come with low deposit home loans. Lower deposits mean borrowers may take on more debt and end up paying back more interest. Having lower equity in your home from the start may also cause difficulties when refinancing or switching lenders. Some lenders may also offer less competitively priced loans based on your lower savings.


The information contained in this article is not legal or financial advice and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional advice. Consumers should make their own independent inquiries and consider the need to obtain any professional advice relevant to their circumstances. Further information is available at http://www.firsthome.gov.au/ and https://www.nhfic.gov.au/what-we-do/fhlds.

Everything You Need to Know About Downsizing Your Home

Thinking of downsizing your home?

When it comes to houses, bigger isn’t always better. There are many reasons why people decide to downsize — some individuals may simply want to move closer to their loved ones, some may have been forced to reconsider their living arrangements after an unforeseen change in circumstances, and others may just be looking to take advantage of the benefits downsizing your home can bring.

Why downsize?

Whether your children have left the nest or if you’ve still got a big family living at home, it is likely that you have plenty of unused room you could sacrifice without giving up your comfortable lifestyle. Downsizing your home can help you save money through smaller mortgage payments. Additionally, through downsizing your home you can enjoy less time spent cleaning and less clutter in your environment.

Your downsizing options

When making any big decisions about your living arrangements, it is important to consider all options available.

When downsizing, you may find it hard to picture yourself living in a different place. It’s very common for families to become settled in their environment and surrounding community. In this case, the prospect of downsizing may conjure scary thoughts of uprooting and moving to a new suburb, town or city. This, however, does not have to be the case. By opting for a knockdown rebuild, you can build a more appropriately sized home in the community that you’ve grown to love, without compromising on your preferences for design and livability.

Alternatively, perhaps you are not only after a downsized home, but also a change in scenery. A house and land package may be the perfect solution — you are able to customise a house to suits your evolving needs on a piece of newly-developed land. Both are then bundled into one compact price. This option is popular for those that want a fresh start, with a beautiful new home and the land to match.

Finally, finding a more suitable house design may simply be a matter of choosing an off-the-plan design and custom designing it to suit your needs.

Frequently asked questions

When should you downsize your home?

There are some telling signs that you may benefit from a downsized home. First of all, if housing expenses start to become too much of a financial burden, you may want to consider a more affordable living situation. If you are falling behind on home maintenance, you may also want to consider downsizing to a situation that is a little more manageable. Some other factors include lifestyle and career changes, which can contribute to making the home you once loved less suitable.

How should you prepare to downsize your home?

Downsizing will inherently allow for far less space and storage. This means that before downsizing, you will need to make some big decisions about the things that won’t be making the trip to your new home. This is best done before moving rather than later, to save on both cost and effort throughout the moving process. Naturally, the normal preparations made when selling a house will also still apply.

What is a downsizer contribution into superannuation?

Downsizer contributions into superannuation were introduced in July 2018 to reduce pressure on Australian housing affordability. Eligible downsizers aged over 65 or older may be able to deposit up to $300,000 from their house sale into their superannuation fund as a result of this scheme.

Designing Homes with Purpose

When you think about what a home should do, there are some basic universal needs that are pretty much a given.

  • Shelter
  • Functionality
  • Privacy

But what about the little details? What about the surroundings? Is it a dry or wet climate? What about the people living in it? What about the fun? This is what sets the G.J. Gardner home building experience apart. We design a home around the people who are going to live in it.

So, let’s look at how Peter, our Lead Home Designer, and his team might work through a brief on any given day in the studio.

“The first thing we look at is the block of land the house is being built on,” he says.

“With every build, we start the process by drawing up the block, then we look at the who the potential client is going to be.”

It might be a family with two or three kids, building in an outer metro area of a major Australian city. They might want four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a communal family space, study nooks, two car garage, and an outdoor living area.

“We know the type of demographic and the size of the house they want, so let’s now start looking at where we place a really nice outdoor living zone that works with their family space where they’ll be spending most of their time,” explains Peter.

The plans begin to take shape. It makes sense to have the kitchen next to the family space with easy access to the outdoor living zone. A large, invisible transition area is created between indoor and outdoor rooms allowing for a natural flow.

Once the big pieces of the puzzle are in place, we can really start to drill down into the detail.

Birthday cakes migrate seamlessly between the oven and the al fresco dining table. Woodfired pizzas make it back inside on a wintery Friday night in front of the footy. Every element is considered so that the whole block works perfectly for you and your loved ones. 

That’s the beauty of good design. A house shouldn’t just perform well, it should also be a joy to live in.

It’s your home, so it should reflect your lifestyle, budget, and your tastes. At G.J. Gardner Homes, there’s a team here for you, ready to make it real. Whether you’re building a family home, downsizing or looking to make your first entry in the market — you can be as hands on or hands off as you want. It’s all flexible and customisable.

Building your home exactly the way you want has never been this easy. Browse our portfolio of home designs or get in touch with your local G.J. office today.

With over 36,000 quality, customised homes built over the past 35 years, and having just been announced as the National Home Builder of the Year (ProductReview.com.au) for the fourth consecutive year, G.J. Gardner is Australia’s most trusted home builder.

G.J. Gardner National Home Builder of the Year for 4 years running

We are proud to announce that G.J. Gardner Homes have once again been recognised as the Australian National Builder of the Year by ProductReview.com.au. This is our fourth consecutive year winning the award, and we can’t thank our customers enough for their recognition of our builders’ passion and dedication.

This award is a reflection of what we do, our approach and our customers. We aim to deliver a level of service unlike any other national building company—meaning we listen, we care and we are 100% focused on making your home building experience as amazing as it can be. We steer away from sales pitches and high pressure selling as we have an authentic interest in building your home.

The Award

The ProductReview.com.au annual awards highlight products and services that are given exceptional ratings by the Product Review community. To be eligible, companies must have a minimum average rating of 4.1 stars and 10 or more approved reviews written and approved in the year.

From there, the ProductReview.com.au team performs an in-depth analysis to determine a winner for the #1 Rated National Home Builder. We are delighted to have maintained a rating of 4.7 from over 900 reviews.

The G.J. Way

What sets G.J. Gardner apart from other home builders is our independently owned franchises—they are accountable to the brand and their peers, accountable to their customers and communities, and accountable to their staff. This approach delivers fantastic result for our customers.

Our award-winning approach delivers the brand assurance, buying power, robust processes and best practice of a large builder whilst maintaining that personal relationship and care of your local builder—it’s a formula that tens of thousands of customers have benefited from for the past 25 years.

The Reviews

JLD – 5 Stars

Sean, Nathan and the team have a great team down there. They’ve been fantastic and they have a great business. I was extremely happy with the whole team I worked with and with the processes throughout the build. I’ve been impressed with the build quality and workmanship. Everything was perfect!

Brodie Walker – 5 Stars

Love our brand new, beautiful home. GJ Gardner were so easy to deal with all the way from the first meeting to our handover. Our supervisor Steve was very professional, and his high level of attention to detail really spoke for itself when seeing the end product of our home. All the staff were very friendly and a real pleasure to deal with. Thank you GJ Gardner Shoalhaven, we couldn’t be happier!

H Lane and J Mobbs – 5 Stars

We recently had early handover for the third home built for us by Tony, Luke, Romy, Carol and the crew at GJ Gardner, Batemans Bay and once again, they delivered exactly what they promised! The detail covered in their initial consultations and in the construction plans has to be seen to be believed. Our latest project home is hallmarked by quality workmanship throughout and the extra “wow” factors … It’s been another exciting and satisfying experience for us. Well done GJ !!

Thanks again Australia for picking G.J. Gardner as your National Home Builder of the Year for 2019 and we look forward to building with you in 2020. Looking to build with Australia’s #1 home builder? Get in touch today!