Whether you’re building a new home, renovating or doing an extension, a skilled and reliable builder – or team of builders – is essential.
If you’re like most people, you’d probably prefer to work with an experienced, value-for-money builder. Ideally, your chosen builder will also take pride in their work, avoid shortcuts and do a thorough clean up when the job is finished.
But where do you find a builder that ticks all of the above boxes? To make your search easier, we’ve compiled a list of the best builders and developers in Canberra according to reader feedback.
What makes a trustworthy builder?
When you engage a builder, you entrust them with one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make – your home. As such, you need to have confidence in their ability to do a great job.
To take the guesswork out of hiring a reliable builder, look for these key traits.
- Experience. It’s tricky to surprise an experienced builder. They’ve seen it all before and know exactly how to overcome challenging situations while staying on budget.
- Specialisation. Some builders specialise in small scale renovations and extensions, while others are better suited to new builds. Do your research and make sure the builder you choose has experience in the type of work you need completed.
- Friendly, respectful, and professional attitude. As with any customer-facing job, the best in the building business treat their customers with respect and get the job done to a professional standard. They respond to queries quickly, send quotes promptly and keep you informed as the project progresses.
- Prompt. Delays are often inevitable, but if a builder promises you a deadline, they should do their best to stick to it.
- Fairly priced. Seek quotes from multiple builders to make sure you’re getting a fair price.
The top builders in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Morris Property Group is the construction company behind popular apartment developments including Mayfair (Canberra City), Axis (Lyneham) and Nova (Dickson).
Founded and headquartered in Canberra, Morris Property Group has over four decades of local experience in construction, property investment and development management. With a focus on certainty, quality, transparency and simplexity (making even complex tasks simple), its team strives to take the stress out of the building process. Projects are completed on time, and to a high standard, regardless of size and scope.
Working with Morris Property Group means access to the latest construction methodologies (leading to more efficient and cost-effective projects), regular and clear communication, and support throughout the entire build. Its team can even recommend finance brokers, lawyers, property managers, interior design and furniture specialists as required.
Here’s what one reviewer had to say about Morris Property Group on Google: “Progressive development and construction company who build great projects [and] look after their subcontractors. Barry and his team are great to work with.”
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With a commitment to a personalised and reliable service, Empire Homes is a popular builder option in the Canberra region. Whether its friendly team is working on a new home, a renovation, or a rebuild, they deliver a quality product finished to industry standards.
Commenter Namci raved about their experience with Empire Homes. “Empire Homes are amazing! We built with them a couple of years ago and they also did an extension for a friend- cannot be faulted,” they wrote. “I think being a smaller company, the communication is a lot more open, they never seem bothered by our constant questions.”
Make the most of the natural environment and embrace sustainable living with the innovative Mastro 5 Design Building Group. Its new homes, extensions, and landscaping are not only built to last a lifetime but feature inspiring contemporary design work.
One of our commenters, Elboy, had this to say: “Really good bunch of guys, easy to deal with, reliable, honest and well priced. They specialise in solar passive heating for new homes which ticks your energy efficient criteria.”
Natura Homes is a custom luxury home builder in Canberra. Its team is up to date with the latest eco-friendly home solutions, including hybrid solar systems, swimming pools, airtight/low energy, home automation systems and more. Importantly, Natura provides personalised service at every step of the process.
Satisfied customer Kristy shared her experience working with Natura Homes. “We were very happy with the building experience we had with Natura Homes. The work was completed to a high standard whilst remaining within our budget. We were very pleased with how quickly they completed the build without compromising on quality. We would highly recommend them as a builder,” she said.
Homes by Howe is an award-winning boutique Canberra builder that specialises in custom builds – including knock-down rebuilds. Owner Brendan Howe limits the number of homes the company builds each year to ensure every client gets the highest quality of service, and are communicated with at every step of the process.
Here’s what Google reviewer Adrian had to say about his experience working with Homes by Howe:
“After alot of research and meetings with various Canberra builders we chose Brendan at Homes by Howe to construct our home and we couldn’t be happier with that decision. Brendan was literally on site start to finish, ensuring every aspect of the build went to plan. Along with his support crew including wife Pip and the greater HBH team, the end result is an amazing designer house that we are extremely proud to call our home.”
Your experience with builders and developers in Canberra
Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.
Have you had experience with any of the building and development companies listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.