Top 5 New Home Builders in Canberra

Dominique Grubisa
Dominique Grubisa

Published 4:01 am 8 Mar 2021

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Building a new home is not something that most people do every day. Therefore, when you do take the home-building plunge, you want to work with a builder who can help guide you through the complicated process. This isn’t always easy. Creating a wish-list of what you want in a home is one thing, finding a builder who shares your vision is another.

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To help those in the ACT find the right builder to help create their dream home, we’ve provided a snapshot of the territory’s top five new home builders for 2019/20 as judged by the Housing Industry Association in its latest HIA-Colourbond Steel Housing 100 report.

New Home Builders in Canberra, Here’s The Top 5 to Consider

When it comes to new home builders in Canberra we’ve summed up 5 to help you with your next build.

1. Geocon Group

Founded in 2007 as the ACT’s first fully integrated powerhouse property enterprise, Geocon Group provides development, construction, hospitality management, investment, sales and conveyancing capabilities. The organisation is committed to providing an end-to-end service for its customers, with mortgage broking, customer experience and property management available from the time they enter a sales suite, through to exchange settlement and beyond.

Geocon’s hallmark is architecturally stunning buildings that deliver a new standard of contemporary living to Canberra. As a local business, it capitalises on its market knowledge to strategically buy and build precincts – style developments that are changing the Canberra skyline.

It attributes its success to the quality of its people. It employs nearly 400 in professions ranging from construction, design, legal, finance and development to communication, sales and marketing, and hospitality and customer care. The organisation believes in continually breaking new ground and is as excited about its future as it is about the ever-changing Canberra landscape. Some of its high-rise and mixed-use projects include Midnight in Braddon, Infinity in Gungahlin, Grand Central Towers and WOVA in Woden, Republic, Dusk and High Society in Belconnen, and Metropol in the city.

Geocon began building 1081 new units in the ACT during 2019/20.

2. MJH Group

The MJH Group has been established for more than 30 years after being founded in 1987 as a family owned business based in the Hunter region of NSW. It then began strengthening its position by moving into a greater Canberra, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia. The

Group is well respected as a new project home, multi-residential and investment property building company that offers a broad range of solutions aimed at challenging convention through an ongoing commitment to quality and innovation.

The integrated building group comprises 10 businesses including McDonald Jones Homes, Mojo Homes, Brighton Homes, MJH Multi Residential Projects, Wilson Homes, Weeks Building Group, Complete McDonald Jones and MyChoice Services Suite. Its staff of 650 employees and 3000 contractors and tradespeople are committed to, and focused on, revolutionising their clients’ lifestyles through architectural design, quality workmanship and customer experience across their building footprint.

Over time, MJH Group’s portfolio has grown and evolved to offer a range of services that cater to diverse needs, goals and budgets, from architecturally designed homes, multi-residential projects and investment properties, to interior styling, affordable home-loan options and simplified conveyancing.

The MJH Group commenced building 57 new houses in the ACT over the 2019/20 financial year.

3. GJ Gardner Homes

GJ Gardner Homes was established in 1983 by Greg Gardner in Queensland as an independent building firm with a focus on residential home construction. Its popularity led to the founder deciding to franchise the business and fast forward to today, GJ Gardner has built more than 36,000 homes throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA. It has 120 franchisees operating around the world, all supported by multiple global offices.

Each office throughout Australia and New Zealand is individually owned and operated by the registered builder, who is committed to working with local suppliers and contractors. Flexibility in over 100 design options and a systemised 5-star performance provides a unique experience for every new home buyer. GJ Gardner’s mission is to ensure a client’s home is

memorable for all the right reasons. Fixed prices and build-time certainty is provided with no hidden extras.

The organisation continues to expand and grow on the back of a single premise: ensuring every customer would refer it to their closest friend. It ensures the highest standard of workmanship is used and each of its qualified builders and preferred subcontractors are selected for their individual standards of expertise and commitment to excellence.

In 2019/20, GJ Gardner Homes commenced building 26 new houses in the ACT, all which were built under franchise.

4. Rawson Group

Rawson Homes was established by three brothers more than 40 years ago in the driveway of a garage in NSW’s Dubbo NSW. From these modest beginnings, the business has expanded into the surrounding country towns of Parkes, Orange, Bathurst, Lithgow and Mudgee as well as into the ACT, greater Sydney, the Hunter Valley and the Illawarra.

Today, Rawson Group is a leading NSW/ACT residential builder and its operations involve more than 200 professionals across these areas who building not only homes, but customer relationships. It attributes its success to personalised service and an understanding of how people want to live.

Under the Rawson Group of companies are Rawson Homes, Thrive Homes, and Rawson Communities (Rawson Group’s land development business). Rawson Homes specialises in both retail and wholesale contract home building that leverages the award-winning designs developed by its in-house team for the core contract home, knock-down rebuild and house-and-land package markets. Thrive Homes specialises in house/land/finance packages for the first-home buyer and investor market segments, while the Rawson Communities business specialises in greenfield residential land development with a development pipeline of around 1000 lots.

During the 2019/20 financial year, the Rawson Group commenced building 21 new houses in the ACT.

5. Tamawood

Tamawood is a publicly listed contract builder that provides home design, home construction, project management services, and franchising activities. Tamawood offers customers more than 1500 designs with prices ranging from $75,000 to $450,000. It also trades as Dixon Homes, Dixon Build, and Dixon Systems. Dixon Homes is known for its modern and traditional designs and has a long history of winning awards for the quality of its homes.

The company was established in 1989 with just four staff, five builders and one sales consultant, and in its first year it sold 80 homes. Now, more than 20 years later, Tamawood has become the first to create architect-inspired and designed homes that use a replicable, profitable, deliverable and marketable system. Currently, 11 franchise builders are responsible for 20 per cent of all Tamawood’s building work.

Tamawood calls itself a “systems” company, not just a home-building company. In a similar manner to large corporations such as McDonald’s, Flight Centre, and Harvey Norman, Tamawood entered a mature, fragmented industry and redefined and enhanced the value provided to customers by reconfiguring the systems and processes by which that value is delivered in an efficient and profitable manner.

During the 2019/20 financial year, Tamawood started five new houses in the ACT.

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