Becoming a Franchise Owner

A Lasting Legacy: Our Network Journey

From humble beginnings in 1983 to becoming Australia’s largest franchise builder, G.J. Gardner Homes has spent over four decades turning The Great Australian Dream into reality. Established by Greg Gardner in Queensland, the company has now delivered more than 55,000 high-quality homes through its network of nearly 150 franchises across Australia, the United States, and New Zealand.

A Family Tradition of Excellence

Trent Gardner, Chief Executive Officer of G.J. Gardner Homes, takes pride in leading this successful home-building franchise network and continuing his family’s legacy in the industry.

“I grew up watching my father lay the foundations for the business, and seeing it grow taught me the principles to continue his legacy of building great value, quality homes,” Mr. Gardner said. “What started as a small local builder quickly gained a great reputation in Queensland. Our formula of building homes tailored to individual customer needs was a key to our early success.”

International Expansion

In the late 1990s, G.J. Gardner Homes ventured into the international market, recognizing an opportunity in New Zealand. This was followed by a successful entry into the U.S. market in 2005, establishing operations in California, Colorado, Texas, Florida, and Indiana. The company’s growth is set to continue with plans to expand into South Carolina in 2024.

Trent Gardner saw his promotion to CEO in 2020 as a chance to further the company’s legacy and expansion into the U.S. market. “As part of our American expansion, it was important to maintain the family-builder aspects and legacy that made us successful in Australia,” he said.

Commitment to Quality and Transparency

In Australia alone, G.J. Gardner Homes supports a network of nearly 100 local building companies, backed by 32 staff at the franchisor office on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. The business’s growth is a testament to the right team with the right skills.

“The accumulation of over 40 years of work has been about embracing the ‘G.J. Way’,” Mr. Gardner said. “We offer a transparent build process with no gimmicks or hidden costs, just an honest price upfront. Despite the economic challenges, we remain a family business at heart, led by the same values and mission we started with in 1983.”

Local Leadership and Legacy

One of G.J. Gardner’s longest-standing franchise businesses is based on the Sunshine Coast, operating for 27 years and contributing significantly to the brand’s success and reputation. Tony Quinn, proud owner-operator of the Sunshine Coast South franchise, shared his journey with G.J. Gardner Homes.

“My sister Julie, her husband Trevor, and I joined the G.J. Gardner group in 1997. We expanded our business and relocated to the Sunshine Coast in 2004, and our passion for building beautiful new homes remains to this day,” Mr. Quinn said. “We take pride in continuing the fantastic legacy, delivering outstanding value, service, and quality to our customers.”

Join the G.J. Gardner Family

As G.J. Gardner Homes looks to further expand its network, numerous franchise locations are now available across Australia. If you’re interested in joining a company with a storied history and a commitment to quality, visit to learn more.

Experience the enduring legacy of G.J. Gardner Homes and be a part of a franchise that continues to build dreams and strong communities.