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While many note that building a home is the most significant financial decision one is likely to make, it is also important to remember that it is an emotional decision.

This means that choosing a home builder that you trust and communicate well with is essential.

Given how many builders there are across Canberra and surrounding areas, this can be overwhelming. To counter this, there are several considerations to take into account to help you narrow down and ultimately choose which builder to go with.

To begin with, think about what type of home you wish to build.

Many home builders specialise in custom homes, while others may be familiar with set designs or focus on renovations.

On the other hand, some builders focus on particular types of homes – such as those on sloping sites or large executive homes, for example.

Another step to take when deciding on a builder is to make sure they have the appropriate licenses and certifications.

One way is to make sure the builder has the appropriate credentials.

In the Australian Capital Territory, all builders must be licenced as per the Construction Occupation (Licencing) Act 2004.

There are five builder licence classes – it should be noted interstate workers may benefit from automatic mutual registration in the ACT.

Access Canberra on the ACT Government’s website has a public register containing all of the licenced builders in the Territory.

Additionally, consumers can all get in touch with Master Builders (MBA) ACT and Housing Industry Association (HIA) ACT for more information.

Another step that can be taken to make sure a home builder is right for you is by viewing their previous work. Most have an online portfolio either on their websites or social media accounts.

Additionally, you can ask the builder directly for references. If a previous home they have worked on is close to your dream, then you may have a good match.

Lastly, upon meeting with the builder, you must evaluate whether or not they can communicate effectively. Building a home can be a stressful experience from design to handover, so it is important to be on the same page with your builder.

If they are a poor communicator, this could negatively impact your experience.

To help make this decision below, we have conceived a list of 25 builders servicing Canberra.

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1. BBS Homes

BBS Homes is a family-owned building company who is an A Class licensed residential builder. The company is dedicated to building unique, custom-built homes to fulfil its client’s needs. Their hand-picked team has more than 20 years of experience in construction, engineering and project management. BBS was founded in Canberra in 2011.

2. Achieve Homes

Achieve Homes is a home building company that operates in Canberra as well as the surrounding NSW region and Melbourne. They offer a range of construction services including custom builds for new houses and land packages or complete demolition and rebuilding of existing properties. The team takes pride in providing a transparent and reliable service, which it has maintained since opening in 2008.

3. Upmarket Homes

As a custom home builder, Upmarket Homes offers an in-house custom home design service in addition to a range of plans from their existing portfolio. The company boasts a 6+ star energy efficiency rating on their homes by incorporating the HIA GreenSmart principles. Having been in operation since 1990, Upmarket has experience in abundance.

4. Canberra Granny Flat Builders

Despite specialising in Granny Flats, Canberra Granny Flat Builders are a building company that offers a range of home extensions that could double as an art studio, home office, gym of AirBNB. Owners Nick Constable and Frank Walmsley have 20 years of combined construction experience in and around Canberra. The company promises a quality product, on time every time and at a fixed price.

5. Blackett Homes

Blackett Homes is one of Canberra’s longest standing home builders, having delivered over 3000 homes since being established in 1981. The family-owned and operated business will help its customers every step of the way and prides itself in being open and transparent to all clients. They will agree to a timeline and commit to paying out a penalty if the build is delayed.

6. Canberra Home Builders

Canberra Home Builders are an experienced residential home builder who provide custom builds, knockdown rebuilds and rural homes. They have an MBA Green Living Certification as proof of the energy efficiency in their home designs and material selection. With Richard Bradford as the owner, the company has been building homes in Canberra for over 20 years.

7. Exhibit Design & Construction

Exhibit Design & Construction are a proud Canberra-based residential building company. The team specialises in residential and multi-unit developments of which they supply with the highest quality inclusions. They promote communication and transparency within the company so the customers can be heard at all levels.

8. Abode Constructions

The family-owned and operated custom home builder Abode Constructions provides innovative and stylish home builds to Canberra and surrounds. As quality is their focal point, the team regularly carry out quality inspections during the construction and post-completion to ensure the build is up to standard. Abode also provides rebuilds and renovations of existing homes.

9. Stroud Homes

The award-winning Stroud Homes is a new home builder providing home designs to the wider Canberra region. Led by Michael Evans who has over 20 years of building experience, the company is passionate about sustainable building and reducing their environmental impact. This commitment is backed by their guarantee to be on time and on budget for all projects.

10. Cubitt’s Granny Flats and Home Extensions

At Cubitt’s Granny Flats and Home Extensions, they provide a range of solutions to improve an existing property by adding more rooms, an additional storey or a studio. With more than 27 years of combined experience, the company has the experience and reliability to show.

11. NJR Homes

NJR Homes is a residential builder with a strong focus on customer service and high standards of craftsmanship. Their dedicated and experienced team provides builds, extensions or renovations in the ACT region. Managing Director Nick Rowe is a qualified carpenter with over 15 years of building experience and personally guides the customers through the building process.

12. Regal Homes

Regal Homes is a leading residential home builder in the ACT region and one of a few that has been operating for over 40 years. With that experience, the company has a solid reputation for building quality homes which it supports with a 25-year structural guarantee.

13. McDonald Jones Homes

McDonald Jones is a home builder with 600 employees servicing the ACT and New South Wales. Founded in 1987, the company has a range of housing designs exclusive to Canberra, with three display homes across Canberra and surrounding areas.

14. Natura Homes

Natura Homes are a luxury, custom design home builder accommodating all styles across Canberra, focusing on cost-efficient properties. The team provides a full design to completion servicing and offer a seven-year warranty on all of their homes.

15. Iconic Building Solutions

Founded in 2006, Iconic Building Solutions provide new home building, renovation and extension services across Canberra. The company was founded by Greg Taylor and Steve Mattress who both have 40 years combined building industry experience, and who thrive on collaboration with team members and clients.

16. 360 Building Solutions

360 Building Solutions is a sustainable home builder, who have been offering their expertise in Canberra for over ten years. Their services include new builds, rebuilds and renovations using in-house carpenters and dedicated subcontractors.

17. TAZ Building Group

Founded in 2012, Taz Building Group builds quality custom homes across Canberra. The team has completed a variety of split level, single and double-storey homes ranging from $200,000 to $1 million, offering a full service from land purchase to handover.

18. Punjab Homes

Founded in 2016, Punjab Homes is a private-owned construction company based in Canberra, building high-quality homes. Based in Bright, the team offers a full service from site surveys and soil investigation to painting and decorating.

19. BLD Homes

Founded in 1999 by Bob Dimeski, BLD Homes design and build custom homes across Canberra. In recognition of their commitment towards quality homes, the team has won a range of Master Builders (MBA) and Housing Industry Association (HIA) awards.

20. Sunny Homes

Sunny Homes is a locally owned home construction business based in the ACT. Since commencing full time operation in 2016, the team has built over 100 custom homes with director Sunny Malhotra being in the home construction industry since 2012.

21. Emporium Building Group

Established in 2018, privately owned Emporium Building Group specialises in custom home builds across Canberra. Based in Fyshwick, the team offers house and land packages with a twist – clients select location and house design before the team liaises with developers.

22. Rosin

Rosin is a custom home design and build specialist based in Canberra. Founded in 1998, the company is known for their modern and classic house styles, with many suppliers and tradespeople being involved in the business for over 10 years.

23. Chapman Constructions

Chapman Constructions is a family-owned construction company that has over three decades of experience across residential and commercial buildings. The team specialises in high end residential contracting, and has won many MBA and HIA awards since the late 1990s.

24. Precious Constructions

Family-owned Precious Constructions specialises in new home constructions across the Canberra region. The company has built a variety of homes, including single and double-storey homes, duplex houses, multi-units and granny flats.

25. Better Building Services

Since 1994 Better Building Services has been building custom-designed homes across Canberra, winning over 70 awards from the HIA and MBA, including 7 national awards. The team specialises in large family and executives homes, re-development sites along with country homes.

1 BBS Homes
2 Achieve Homes
3 Upmarket Homes
4 Canberra Granny Flat Builders
5 Blackett Homes
6 Canberra Home Builders
7 Exhibit Design & Construction
8 Abode Constructions
9 Stroud Homes
10 Cubitt’s Granny Flats and Home Extensions
11 NJR Homes
12 Regal Homes
13 McDonald Jones Homes
14 Natura Homes
15 Iconic Building Solutions
16 360 Building Solutions
17 Taz Building Group
18 Punjab Homes
19 BLD Homes
20 Sunny Homes
21 Emporium Building Group
22 Rosin
23 Chapman Constructions
24 Precious Constructions
25 Better Building Services
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