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It is such a beautiful home and such a beautiful environment to come home to. It has absolutely fulfilled my dream.  Our home was finished on time & on budget – to the day and to the dollar.

We completed a beautiful renovation & extension of our clients’ home at the end of 2019. Listen to their story to hear why they decided to renovate, what they were worried about before they started on their journey, why they chose us, how they enjoyed the building process, and the fantastic impact their new home has had on their lives.

Here are some highlights:

“The thing I really liked about the building process that I think was surprising was that Jeremy, apart from the fact that he’s the most honest builder I have ever met and the most genuine, which just made things so easy, so upfront and honest about everything along the building path, was the things that Sue and Jeremy laid out in the beginning being on budget unless there were variations that were our choice and also on time to the day, unless there were variations that were our choice. I was actually really surprised after speaking to a lot of people and telling them that and having a lot of people say, “Yeah, we’ll see how that goes,” that in actual fact that was the case – to the day and to the dollar….

about CoConstruct – it didn’t take very long where you’re getting a dozen plus photos every single day…it was the best part of the day…especially the initial phase where it didn’t seem like that much was going on, we were getting updated every single day, and we didn’t feel like we weren’t here even though we weren’t, which obviously helps everybody…

we’ve got friends in the building industry, tradies, a cousin that’s a carpenter, a couple of builders in our friends and family circle, and all of them when they’ve come to the house have commented on the finishes and that things have been finished to a really high standard and quality, which we wouldn’t necessarily know…having people come in that have that background and experience and go, “Oh wow, they’ve done this,” or “They’ve done that,” or “They’ve finished it off this way,” they’ve done a really, really good job just gives that validation…

in terms of what we feel now and what we’ve achieved, it is such a beautiful home and such a beautiful environment to come home to. It has absolutely fulfilled my dream of having that light space that is open and inviting and warm that pays homage to the house that existed here beforehand. It has totally changed the way that we interact as a family…still every day there’s a point where we talk about how much we love this house and how happy we are that we made the decision to go through with it…it’s one of the best decisions we have made for our kids who love it here, for us and our enjoyment here…

I don’t think we expected it to turn out as perfectly as it has in terms of what we wanted. So because of that, we are constantly just reminding ourselves how much we love this place…

So the two elements are – has Gaia done a good job with the construction in terms of what it looks like and how the house is built? and we think that if anyone came in here and had a look through, there’s no question about that. Then the other side of things is what the relationship was like, how the whole process was managed from pre-build to once we were done. I think we feel very lucky that we had Gaia going through the process, that all of the things that could have been difficult and all the stories that you hear and all of the potential issues that you have with the builder, we seem to have skipped all of that. If we were doing it all again, we wouldn’t have any need whatsoever to go anywhere else.”

These are the words they used to describe Gaia Construction – on time, quality, open, understanding, trust, patient.

A & A Weiss, Brighton East

A very good experience and we’re thrilled with the results. We 100% recommend Gaia Construction.

Our clients’ renovation journey started with draughts blowing heavy their curtains through a closed window and a mushroom growing in their ensuite! Listen to their story to hear how they found us, what it was like to build with us and how they feel now when they walk through their front door.

Here are some highlights:

“Why we went with Gaia …the few things that stood out for me was really transparency, especially through the relationship that it’s not only Gaia, you get your builder, but you also get a very strong project manager in Sue. You get the CoConstruct app, which really allowed us to keep track of variations, new photos updates on a daily basis, seeing the schedule…

I think we underestimated when comparing quotes the value of CoConstruct and how that really put our mind at ease throughout the whole process. Knowing that everything’s recorded and that you could see photos… it was a really big plus.

So, a delightful experience. We went from that classic builder statement of on time, on budget, on quality, and we had all of that done ahead of time, so it was a really exciting end result for us…pre-Christmas.

Very good experience, and we’re thrilled with the results. Very high quality, very patient.

Working with a builder and providing a budget, we had some trepidation early on, but we found that it was actually really helpful through the process, because the builder brought us back to earth, in some of the ideas we were having and what the design was first suggested, and it really brought that realistic lens that managed our expectations for what we could do, but also gave us a lot of options through the process before we actually committed to things. So, again, very transparent about what we could and couldn’t achieve for what money we could spend.”

J & H Hogarth, Beaumaris

We’d absolutely recommend Gaia Construction to others, it was a great process and the result is fantastic

back deck bbq

“Gaia Construction built a first floor extension on our traditional single storey double brick home in Elwood, Melbourne.

We appointed Gaia Construction over other builders partly because Jeremy put time and effort into working out how best to build our design.  His help with the pre-build issues was excellent.  In particular, the original engineering for our design would have destroyed our existing downstairs area.  We didn’t want to do that.  By working with his engineering contacts, Jeremy worked out another way to put the build together without destroying the downstairs or compromising the design.  If Jeremy hadn’t solved that problem for us, we may not have gone ahead with the project at all. 

Cost-wise, we had a similar quote from another builder but they hadn’t invested nearly as much time in working out the best way to achieve what we were after.  Also, we had a good rapport with Jeremy from the outset.

We really enjoyed seeing the transformation of our home, seeing the structure going into place and giving us the opportunity to be involved gave us a lot of confidence in the experience and expertise of the Gaia Construction team.  We could see and have confidence that our new home is structurally sound.

Gaia Construction provided high quality work and attention to detail.  Their workmanship is excellent.  Also, their communication was excellent, they were very approachable & adaptable and it was always clear what their plan was.  They were respectful of our neighbours, letting them know what was happening on-site.

We’d absolutely recommend Gaia Construction to others, it was a great process and the result is fantastic.”

T Gray & P Harding, Elwood

Stress-Free Building … a Reality!

“Most people would agree that building and renovating is a stressful process, even when it’s outsourced to a “professional builder”. But as in all professions/trades, some are better than others and quite often it’s who you choose at the start that will make all the difference to the success of a project. We’re happy to report that our recent renovations to our loved Federation home in Brighton has been a Stress-free, happy and successful experience.

Whilst much of the suburb’s residential history is being demolished for medium density, multi-storeyed contemporary dwellings of mixed architectural value, we decided to both renovate and part-restore our federation brick home and wanted to engage a builder who not only had an interest in but also a sympathy and passion about older buildings and how best to marry the “old” with the new. Our decision to engage Gaia Construction was the best decision of the entire project.

Gaia Construction was recommended to us by a local architect who we had worked with before. We met with both Jeremy and Sue and were immediately impressed by who they are and whilst there were contractual issues to work through (which was a very uncomplicated process) we felt confident that we were in good hands. The rest is history.

Jeremy & Sue had recently completed a multi-storey project (featured on their website) in the area for which they received an industry award so based on this and other references we knew that Gaia Construction had the technical experience and ability to look after our project. As important to technical ability is the integrity of the people you’re planning to deal with. Jeremy and Sue are deservedly gathering many very positive references from former clients and from the outset we were very comfortable with who we had engaged (I asked one former client during our discussion if he was related to either Jeremy or Sue given the “glowing” references).

White House with green gardenLike most building/renovating projects, many hidden secrets are behind walls and underneath floors of older houses and whilst the initial scope of the project was completed within budget and on time, we then had to decide whether to “keep going” as the new work screamed at what needed to be done to the original home. Being outside the original contract scope these additional works were handled via an “open-book” arrangement which we were totally comfortable with based on Jeremy’s understanding of building and he and Sue’s professional and transparent approach to all work done. Any questions we had were answered immediately and all claims were supported with detailed documentation that Sue was more than happy to meet with us to discuss.

Jeremy actively suggested cost-effective options where appropriate and was pro-active in interpreting architectural drawings.

We have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Gaia Construction for your building project. Should we go down this path again Jeremy and Sue will be the first people we’ll call.”

D Conolly, Brighton

Our renovation was delivered on time and on budget and the craftsmanship was great

white home with pool

“Gaia Construction recently renovated our home and we have been extremely happy with the result.

We selected Gaia Construction over other builders to do our works because Jeremy told it as it was, took great care in ensuring that he analysed the job properly and went the extra mile in terms of thinking things through and checking unclear details with structural engineers before he even had the job.

Knowing that they understood the job properly meant that they were able to quote accordingly and we had no nasty surprises during the renovation process. Their quote process was thorough, timely and laid out in the specific way we had requested. Nice to see a builder take note of what we asked for!

The contract stage was stress-free, Jeremy and Sue were easy to deal with and flexible which made it a really good experience. This continued throughout the build, Jeremy was always available to discuss things on the phone or on-site, we had regular on-site meetings and we were kept up to date on everything happening. During the build, as with all renovations, existing structures present unpredictable issues. Gaia Construction’s problem solving was exceptional and they were very good at finding practical and cost effective solutions to the few challenges encountered along the way. Their cost control and billing processes were very transparent, we knew where every dollar went and it could not have been better.

The works were delivered on time and on budget and the craftsmanship was great. We would not hesitate to recommend Gaia Construction to anyone considering having building work done – and we have!”

– D King & R Lovegrove, Brighton East

We are beyond thrilled with our renovation

Tiled kitchen with wooden chair

 

“We know we are one of the few happy post renovators who enjoyed the process from start to finish.  This is without a doubt due to all the hard work from Jeremy, Sue and their team.  We are beyond thrilled with our renovation and we look forward to working with Gaia Construction again.”

– K & S Baldwin, Elwood

 

This was our first project with Gaia Construction and we could not be happier with the end result.

Our renovations were delivered on-time, within budget (even leaving us spare funds available for some much desired enhancements we didn’t think we could afford) and with zero nasty surprises. Jeremy owns his projects. From the smallest of details, to managing unforeseen curve balls, he takes full accountability for every aspect of the job.

Many of the trades I have had at our property since we finished up are all very complimentary of the quality and the finish of the work he oversaw and delivered – very meaningful praise coming from potential competitors!

Jeremy makes every cent spent on the project feel like it came from his own wallet – be that finding alternate cheaper options for materials, design substitution where there is little to no impact, or managing the time various sub-contractors spent on tasks. When we found a builder so conscious of managing our expenses then we knew we were onto a winner.

Jeremy was our sixth quote for the build. He turned up when he said he would – tick. His quote was the only one that was received with a fully itemised task breakdown, complete with pricing and any possible amendments that we may have wanted – tick. His quote gave an indicative starting timeframe around his other work – tick. Oh, and he was nearly half the price of some of the other builders out there claiming “theres no money to be made in these builds any more mate, that’s the lowest anyone will be able to do” – double tick!!

With any previous projects I’ve had done there has always been a slight sense of foreboding in leaving the work unattended for a couple of days due to other commitments, but that’s just not the case with Gaia Construction.

 

wooden door garage It’s the sense of calm coming from the methodical approach that Jeremy takes to his work that made our project so stress-free. With the unavoidable pressures of everyday life, kids and work…managing a project is just one of those things that you don’t need weighing on you further, and with Jeremy on-site nearly every day everything ran just like clockwork.

My only single hesitation in providing him a glowing testimonial is the selfish reason that I hope this doesn’t render him too busy to work on the next phase of our home. My advice is to just do yourself a favour and at least have a chat with him. We’re looking forward to stage two of our home revamp and will definitely be working with Gaia again.”

– S & K Mundy, Eaglemont


We highly recommend Gaia Construction without reservation

“We contracted Gaia Construction Pty Ltd for the renovation of our outdoor tiled areas in 2016. General Manager, Jeremy Gates, was accurate in his initial assessment of the scale and cost of the project and his crew were extremely clean and tidy and took special care to prevent damage to the plants in the work area.

Jeremy, and Business Manager, Sue Davidson, have the ability to both listen and advise in equal measure, co-ordinate all aspects of the project with little fuss and are timely with deadlines.

Sue provided meticulous record keeping and time logs, and was also willing to arrange for additional trades not directly involved in the work. She has been extremely helpful co-ordinating work dates and researching for further projects.

We can highly recommend them without reservation.”

– I & F Nazario, Sandringham

Jeremy and his staff were a pleasure to work with

“Gaia Construction was recommended to us to undertake a relatively small but difficult job that required different trades, skills and good co-ordination. Gaia Construction accomplished these jobs on time and on budget. We found Jeremy Gates to be an enthusiastic, friendly, reliable and confident practitioner who did an outstanding job. He and his staff were a pleasure to work with. We have no hesitation in recommending Gaia Construction for any building work.”

– J & F MacKenzie, Brighton

We highly recommend Gaia Construction for your building project

 

small white house

“Jeremy Gates was the builder for the renovation of our home. We have no hesitation in recommending him.

The renovation involved gutting a major part of our brick house and replacing the bathroom and kitchen. The quality of Jeremy’s work is excellent. He worked solely on our project and was always available for consultation and progress reports. He project managed the renovation very well, keeping it on track and on time. The tradesmen he employed were good.

We found Jeremy very easy to work with and helpful – nothing seemed to be a bother. We highly recommend him for your building project.”

J Coghlan and S McCarthy, Brighton