How to find the best Brisbane carpenter for your next project

Most people need a carpenter in Brisbane at one time or another, but did you know that there are different types of carpenters, who do different things? Some carpenters specialise in framing, formwork, roofing and other structural work, others lay floor joists and yet others specialise in trims and mouldings. Knowing which type of carpenter you need for the job is only the first step in finding a good carpenter. 


Brisbane builders always have a few different carpenters on their work teams, and Jeb Built is no different. We have carpenters that work as a team on our building and renovation projects, but who can also be hired for individual jobs by clients. If you are searching for a carpenter for your small project, here are five questions you need to ask before finalising your selection.

 1. Are they qualified?

You always want to hire a qualified carpenter, rather than a handyman, because you can be sure of a professional outcome. Carpenters spend years honing their craft to become a specialist woodworker and can turn their hand to almost any job that requires their type of expertise. Every qualified carpenter needs a license to practice their craft, but there are different classes of licences: general carpentry, formwork, framing, lattice, and joinery. You can check whether or not a carpenter has the appropriate licence on the Licenced Trades website.

 2. Do they have the right type of experience?

There’s no point in hiring a friend to build new kitchen cupboards, if they specialise in structural carpentry, even if they are a qualified carpenter. They might do a good job, but because it’s not their area of expertise and they have no experience making cabinetry, you can’t be sure of a good result. There may also be different design styles to factor in, so for example a carpenter in Brisbane may have worked on styles which are quite different to projects in Melbourne or Sydney. So always ask about their experience, so that you can select the best carpenter for the job.

 3. Are they insured?

All tradies need some form of insurance if they operate on their own, these can include Public Liability, Property and Tools, Personal Accident, Worker’s Compensation, and Professional Indemnity. You always need to ask for evidence of these insurance policies, because for example, if they bring along an apprentice and they are injured on your property, you might be up for Worker’s Compensation, if the carpenter doesn’t have this insurance.

 4. Do they provide detailed quotes?

You should expect any professional carpenter in Brisbane to give you a detailed quote covering all the work involved in the project. If they just give you a verbal quote, you won’t have anything to support a complaint, if they ask for more money before the job is completed. The written quote should include all labour and materials to complete the work.

 5. What guarantees do they provide?

Any professional tradesperson will guarantee their work and depending on the materials that are used, the lifetime of the materials as well. You should ask about these guarantees, because if something goes wrong during the warranty period, you may well be able to make a claim against the carpenter or firm that supplied the materials.

If you want a fully qualified and experienced carpenter in Brisbane to work on your project, why not call the team at JEB Built on 0431 065 019 or shoot us an email today.

How to find the best residential home builders for your project

Are you looking for residential home builders? It’s fair to say that the great majority of builders are very good at what they do, but there’s always a few bad apples in every barrel. So if you are in the market for a builder, how do you make sure that your builder is one of the good ones? How do you form a positive working relationship with a builder, ensuring excellent communication and full transparency?

Clarify your design and renovations

To give you a realistic quote that covers all the costs, builders need a detailed brief. This might mean that you need to have plans drawn up, along with a list of inclusions and exclusions. For a small one room renovation, you might think that this is going too far, but the only way to clarify your requirements and receive an accurate quote is to give your builders as much detailed information as possible. With a detailed brief there are no grounds for confusion; otherwise the quote you receive will be the builder’s best guess, which might be a lot lower than the final cost of your project. 

Match the residential home builders to your project

Some builders specialise in commercial projects, others in residential projects, and yet others in building townhouses, multi-story properties, granny flats, and so on. There are also large building firms who only focus on high-end luxury projects, but are very expensive to employ. On a more practical level, there are many highly experienced small owner-manager builders who have their own team of trusted tradies and run all their projects themselves. Due to their lower overheads, these residential home builders are more affordable, but they aren’t as organised, service driven or as fast as the high-end building firms. The take home message is that if you match the builder to your needs, there won’t be any surprises!

Allow the builder to manage your project

Some people employ builders, but want to manage their project themselves, a strategy that often leads to disaster! Without the experience of managing building projects, you have no idea which trades need to be on site at any given time, and what jobs need to be completed and in what order. You also don’t know how to manage a team of tradies and ensure that the right materials are on-site when needed. The builder knows how to do all these tasks, so let them do their job and it will be completed on-time and within budget.

Always compare quotes from at least three builders

Costs between residential home builders can vary by 100% or more, so always ask for at least three quotes, but not more than five or you can become too confused. It also takes a lot of work to put together a realistic quote, so it’s unfair to the builder if you are not seriously considering them for the job. These quotes also need to include the costs of the final installations, if you want your builder to do these tasks. So for example, if you want your builder to install the cabinetry and fixed appliances in the kitchen, laundry and bathrooms, these costs need to be included in the quote.

JEB Built are third generation QBCC licensed residential home builders in Brisbane. Why not give us a call on 0431 065 019 or send us an email for a free quote?

Checklist for a successful office fit out

Given that an office fit out is an expensive investment and you don’t want to have to do it very often, you need to plan it well and then work the plan! To help you make a start on these renovations, we have put together a checklist of the most salient points you need to cover.

1. Plan for the future

Why do you want to renovate your office? Do you need more space? Do you want to improve the flexibility of your office space? Include new technology, impress your customers, enhance the working environment to increase productivity, grow your business? There are many reasons why a renovation is important, but for a successful renovation, you need to know why it’s important and then plan for the future, as well as for your current needs.

2. Consider innovative office fit out designs

Do your own research and find out what’s trending in the world of office renovations. This will give you ideas that might work with your space, particularly if you are thinking of your future needs. For example, hot desks are a great option to increase the flexibility of your office, as well as desks that can move on wheels! Then there are standing desks that can be lowered and raised, and multipurpose shared spaces that massively ramp up the flexibility in your office.

3. Do you want to use cloud technology?

If you move to the cloud, this can have two significant impacts on your office fit out renovations. First of all, you won’t need to keep updating and maintaining a bank of servers, which can save you a lot of money in both the short and long term and free up much needed space. Second, cloud computing gives you the option of allowing some of your employees to work remotely. This not only frees up more space in the office, but also brings your company up to date with what employees want from their employer. If you are organising an office renovation, now’s the time to set this in motion. 

4. Do you want to invest in sustainable practices?

These include a paperless office, solar power, smart lighting, tinted windows and green spaces. There’s lots of ways you can include sustainable and eco-friendly practices into your office fit out, it just takes a little forethought; a renovation is the ideal time to make these changes. It’s also a wise move, because more and more customers are turning to companies that support sustainable practices and employees also appreciate an employer who is environmentally friendly.

5. Organise a budget & quotes

Once you know exactly what you need to achieve with your renovations, you can put together a realistic budget and start asking for quotes. It’s a good idea to select a builder who has experience with commercial renovations and a good reputation within the local community. Another big factor in your decision is that the builder is easy to talk to and pays attention to your requirements. You also want the quote to include everything from the design brief, technical plans, delivery of materials and construction time frames.

If you want a highly experienced commercial builder with a reputation for quality office fit out, call Jeb Built on 0431 065 019 or shoot us an email

5 Reasons why a quality shop renovation is so important

In the market for a shop renovation? Every retail store needs to update their interior to keep their store relevant to consumers, but when you lease a space within a shopping mall, these renovations are specified in your lease. So whether it’s part of your lease or simply because you want to update your retail store, sooner or later you will have to invest in renovations. However, if you know that these renovations need to be scheduled soon, but are still having difficulty committing to the process, here are four reasons why it’s past time to make it happen!

   1. You can design a more efficient use of the space

Traffic flow through your store is an essential component of your success, because a smooth flow increases customer satisfaction, leading to more sales, whilst a poor flow leads to customer dissatisfaction and fewer sales. Your POS needs to be positioned in the best location, products need to be shown to their best advantage and displays need to be positioned to catch the eye as customers walk through your store. Also, don’t forget that a well-considered shop renovation can also help your employees keep an eye on customers inside your shop, making it more difficult for shoplifters to be successful.

  2. A shop renovation can make employees happier in their work

When you renovate your retail store you can inspire your employees to worker harder and better! Happy employees lead to more sales, because they interact well with your customers and help to sell your products. When your employees are enthusiastic with your store’s new design, layout and style, their work is more enjoyable, they are more motivated and more productive! A store that looks refreshed, trendy, modern and beautiful is just the ticket to enthuse your employees with more energy, resulting in more sales.

   3. Ramp up your sales!

Renovating your store will automatically encourage customers to explore what’s changed and hopefully, if you have selected the right type of design interior and flow through, will motivate them to keep coming back. The right type of shop renovation can attract more customers and generate more sales, particularly if a customer’s in-store experience has been enhanced! Spending money on your shop and renovating it sends a clear message to your customers that you are proud of your store and intend to stay around, which is good news in today’s retail market. In fact, Australian research has shown that retail store renovations can increase sales by up to 50%, which is a good reason to make the investment sooner, rather than later.

   4. Shop renovations can give you a competitive edge

With so much competition in the retail space, whatever you can do to increase your sales and profits will give you a competitive edge. So when your competitors hold back from renovating their store due to budget constraints, this gives you a clear shot and a smooth ride to more sales! A  shop renovation is the ideal way to compete with other retail stores in the same market space, because a new trendy image can easily lure your competitor’s customers into your store.

If you want to renovate your retail store, call us on 0431 065 019 or send us an email today!

How to choose the right commercial construction companies in Brisbane

Finding the right commercial construction companies in Brisbane for your project is the first step to a successful completion, so it pays to take your time and do it right. Obviously, your budget and time frame will be a big part of your decision making process, but there are other factors to consider when choosing commercial construction companies. Let’s take a look at some of the questions you need to ask before making your final decision.

Do they have the right experience for the job?

You not only want to investigate commercial construction companies in Brisbane, but you want to identify the companies with the right type of experience. For example, if you are building a 25 story office block, you don’t want someone who has never built anything over three stories, because they won’t have the right type of experience. When problems occur (they always do!), contractors without prior knowledge and experience may have no idea how to pull everything together and keep the build moving forward. 

Can you work with these contractors?

Personalities clash and sometimes you just can’t work with a particular company or a specific project manager. To circumvent this problem you need to meet face-to-face with the project manager who will manage your construction project and who should be the person you will deal with on a day-to-day basis. Communication is vital in commercial construction, so it pays to spend the time and interview a few commercial construction companies in Brisbane, to make sure that you select the one with the best communication skills.

Are they an established company?

For a commercial project, you want a company that has a brick and mortar address and a good reputation within the building community – you don’t want any problems with building warranties and follow-up work after your project is completed. An established company with a good reputation has a lot to lose if anything goes wrong, so they will go out of their way to ensure that your project is completed on time, on budget and with a quality finish.

Do they have good references?

When investigating commercial construction companies in Brisbane, never take someone’s word for their reputation. Always ask for and check their references – speak to the people involved and ask about their experience with the contractors. Forewarned is forearmed, and if previous clients had any problems with the contractor, they are unlikely to hold back and pretend everything was fine during construction. Even if they had a great experience, it can still give you an idea of what to expect as your project moves forward.

How does their quote compare with other commercial construction companies in Brisbane?

Whilst cost is an important factor in your decision, it’s isn’t the only factor that you will consider, because you want an established construction company that has a good reputation and good communication skills. Their quotes however, should be compared, but sometimes it’s better to pay a little extra for quality work and additional services, as the right contractor can make the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful project. 

Call us on 0431 065 019 or send us an email to discuss your commercial project.

10 Mistakes to avoid when choosing a residential building construction company

One of the biggest concerns for anyone building a new home or renovating their existing home is selecting the right residential building construction company. Leaving it to luck, fate or guesswork however, isn’t a good idea, so here are the ten most common mistakes made by homeowners when they select a residential building construction company and how to avoid them.

  1. Get good advice: Most people tend to ask around their network of friends, relatives and workmates for a good builder. It’s a fair bet that someone you know has used a residential building construction company in the past year, so ask if they would recommend their builder to you. A much better idea however, is to ask your architect to recommend a builder, because they only work with the best companies.
  2. Are they licenced and insured? Your builder must have both Public Liability Insurance and Home Warranty Insurance, as well as being a licenced builder in Queensland. You can check the Housing Industry of Australia website for licenced builders.
  3. Do they have the right experience? Some builders specialise in building new homes and others in renovating older homes. Some do both, but it’s important to make sure that a builder has the right type of experience for your building works.
  4. Ask for references: You can check their website for testimonials, but nothing beats talking to their customers. Their opinion is valuable, so always ask for a list of clients who are willing to talk to you, making sure that at least one is a client whose building works have not yet been completed.
  5. Identify the scope of the work: This is an outline of the work required of your builder, which you need to give to them before they can provide you with a quote.
  6. Engineering and soil tests: Your builder will need to have these reports to hand, so they can give you an accurate quote for the work.
  7. Fittings and fixtures: Let your builder know all the fittings and fixtures you need included in the work. Any changes after building has commenced will add to your costs.
  8. Obtain an itemised quote: Using the information in points 5, 6 and 7 above, the residential building construction company should give you a very detailed quote. This must include the costs of labour and materials at all stages of construction. It’s this quote that you can use to compare builders, but remember that the cheapest quote doesn’t always equate with the best builders.
  9. Check the itemised quote: Does it include roof insulation, garage doors, driveways, fencing, landscaping, all power points and light fittings, window locks and flyscreens? These are some of the most common issues between clients and builders, but if it’s not included in the itemised quote, it won’t be included in the final work.
  10. Get legal advice: Before signing any building contract you should ask a lawyer who is experienced in construction contracts to make sure that it’s written with your best interests in mind. Don’t skip this step because you will be investing a sizable chunk of money in your new home or renovations, and you don’t want any complications. 

JEB Built are a licenced and fully insured residential building construction company with years of experience in building new homes and renovations. Call us on 0431 065 019 or send us an email to discuss your requirements.

Effective budgeting tips for a small cafe and kitchen fit out

Starting your own small business is the dream of many Aussies and a boutique cafe is a great way to dip your toe in the water. If you are considering opening your own small bespoke cafe, one of your first steps is to organise the decor and furnishings, as well as a kitchen fit out

For people with a limited budget however, the thought of a cafe and kitchen fit out can seem a little daunting. However, there are lots of simple ways to create the ambiance you want in your cafe, without breaking the budget. Let’s take a look at some of the more affordable ways you can bring life back into a small cafe and reap the benefits for years to come!

  1. Bigger isn’t always better: You don’t need to lease a massive space with room for thirty customers to turn a cafe into a going concern. Some of the most profitable cafes are really small, in fact some are smaller than 10 metres square. It all comes down to design, layout and how you organise your kitchen fit out. 
  2. Limit seating to less than ten: One of the best ways to make a profit with a small cafe is to limit the seating to no more than ten customers. This means that you need less staff to serve customers, less furniture, floor space and less time spent cleaning at the end of the day. There’s nothing wrong focussing on a takeaway service with just a few seats for waiting customers or a few who want to sit and relax over brunch.
  3. Focus on vintage or industrial decor: These types of decor never go out of fashion, because there seems to be something warm and welcoming about them. They are also very easy and affordable to fit out, often taking advantage of the existing walls with just a lick of paint, and recycled metals and timber (as these materials are easy to repurpose). 
  4. Use recycled materials: Opting for second-hand furniture, old industrial lighting and recycled materials for the bench tops is a cost-cutting way to be trendy and save money on the front end fit out. Open metal shelving used in commercial kitchens is also a good way to utilise wall space, but still keep an open feel to the cafe. If you need a kitchen fit out as well, you can search for second hand commercial fridge/freezers, ovens, stoves, coffee machines and other appliances, all of which can save you a lot of money. 
  5. Do as little as possible: Instead of installing a dropped ceiling to hide all the pipes and wires, leave them exposed and go for an industrial look. Don’t spend money on fitting an expensive wood floor, instead polish the concrete and go for an organic, raw ambiance. Paint brick walls instead of adding drywall, and use as much of the existing structure or furnishings as you can, simply adding your own touch here and there.

Even with a limited budget, if you dream of owning your own small cafe, it can be achieved! Call the team at JEB Built on 0431 065 019 or shoot us an email for a free quote on your small cafe and kitchen fit out – we will have you up and running in no time at all!

What are the costs of residential construction?

Residential construction can be a costly business, but once you understand the breakdown of these costs, it makes your decision much easier, particularly when you want to build an addition to your home.

Many of us understand the benefits that building an addition can add to our lifestyle, not least being that we don’t really want to move and we can see ways to make our current home more liveable.

Residential construction, such as adding a home office, extra bedrooms, more living space, extending the kitchen or adding additional accommodation for an elderly relative, are all popular ways that we can not only improve our lifestyle, but also increase the value of our home.

The question is – how much does an addition really cost?

Residential construction costs for an addition

To be fair, you won’t know the exact costs of an addition until you have the plans drawn up and your builder can give you a detailed quote. There are generalities however, that you can use to give yourself a reasonable estimate of the overall costs. These estimates will help you to decide whether you can afford to build an addition to your home.

It’s important to realise that if you really need these changes to your home, because they will make your lives much more comfortable, then building an addition is going to be much less expensive than moving to a new home.

Real estate agent’s fees and moving costs can add up very quickly, and even if these relocation costs are only a small percentage of the costs of residential construction, you won’t have to move and you will be increasing the value of your home at the same time. Only you can make this decision, so let’s take a look at some of these costs.

  • A reasonable size for an addition is 80 square metres, which will cost you between $2056 and $3875 per square metre. The difference in these costs depends on the type of construction you choose (for example timber or steel frames) and the quality of the internal fittings. For an 80 square metre addition, these costs usually run to between $165,000 and $310,000 but will be less if you want a smaller addition.
  • If you want to go up rather than out – then your residential construction costs will be less, because there won’t be any foundation work needed, if your home is on a concrete slab. If your home is on stumps, it may need additional strengthening to take the extra weight of a second story. A second story is ideal for people with a small or narrow lot.
  • These costs should include all the basics, such as windows, doors, insulation, interior cladding and roofing. Other essential, such as flooring, blinds, curtains, lighting fixtures, heating, cooling, and all interior fixtures are not included.
  • Essentially, the residential construction costs of an addition give you a weatherproof box, so if you just want a home office, it will cost you a lot less for the internal fittings than for a bathroom.

Your best option is to talk to an expert in residential construction who can give you an idea of the expected costs of your addition. This way, you can organise your finances and set a plan in place to fund your new addition.  

Call us on 0431 065 019 or send us an email to discuss your new addition.

The challenges of a commercial refurbishment

Whether you need to update your store because of your lease agreement or you want to modernise it so that it’s more appealing to your customers, a commercial refurbishment is a necessary part of doing business.

The problem is that often these refurbishments come with a specific set of challenges, particularly if you need to renovate a building with other occupants. There is also the issue of including some aspect of sustainability in your commercial refurbishment, partly to reduce your ongoing overheads, but also so that you can promote your business as environmentally friendly.

Designing your floor plan

It’s fair to say that you can only go so far with your designs, because you will be limited by the actual structure of the building, so basically, you will have to work your renovations around these limitations. For example, natural light is something that can be very important in a commercial refurbishment, but it can be augmented by careful placement of interior lighting.

Also, to make your renovations as cost effective as possible, it’s sensible to work around existing services, such as plumbing and air-conditioning. Checking the building plans will help you to locate theses services, which can then be incorporated into your commercial refurbishment.

Addressing sustainability issues

Older buildings in particular, often don’t include materials or services that are environmentally friendly, so a refurbishment is the ideal time for updates. Consider the types of materials that will be used in your renovations, any appliances and equipment, but more specifically, the heating and cooling systems.

These latter systems are where you can seriously reduce your operating costs and since many older systems are not very energy efficient, it’s sensible to replace them with alternatives that will reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills

Even something quite small, such as using LED lighting, can make a significant reduction to your energy bills. Environmentally friendly insulation is another feature that is often lacking in older buildings and is another way for you to reduce your carbon footprint and power bills.

Finally, if your commercial refurbishment will affect other occupants of the building, it’s best to discuss your schedule of works with these businesses At JEB Built, we make sure that we keep ll noise and disruptions to a minimum, whilst performing major works during off-peak times.

Call us on 0431 065 019 or ask us for a free quote.

Why do Aussies love renovations?

Ever since The Block hit our screens in 2003, Aussies have taken to renovating their homes with relish. The banks are even in on the action with a significant uptick in loans for home renovations in the past few years.

This resurgence in bank loans for home improvements follows an initial increase in 2003 (coinciding with The Block on TV) with a gradual decline over the next ten years until about 2014 when the banks started to take a renewed interest in funding home renovations. So you might think that Aussies went off the boil in those intervening ten years and weren’t interested in renovating their home?

Well, you would be wrong, because the rate of renovations over this time period didn’t change at all. Aussies were still renovating their homes, despite the fall in bank loans for home improvements. Clearly, Aussies were using their own cash to fund their renovations, but for some reason, the rate of bank loans for these renovations has begun to increase once again. Why is this?

Why are Aussies borrowing to fund their renovations again?

The obvious answer is that they no longer have the cash to renovate their homes, so they are turning to the banks for a loan. This may well be a sign of the political climate, job losses, higher outgoings, etc., where families no longer have the savings to spend on renovations and can’t wait until they do have the money, so they are borrowing from the banks. However, regardless of the cause of this increased borrowing behaviour, this all begs the question – why are Aussies so intent on renovating?

Why do Aussies love to renovate?

Apart from simply wanting to increase the value of their home or wanting to significantly improve their lifestyles by renovating their homes, what other reasons are there for Aussies to keep renovating?

One reason is because their family has increased in size and they need more bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms or maybe they want a parent’s retreat, a home office or a granny flat for their elderly relatives? All these are very good reasons to renovate and they will also increase the value of their properties. The gradual decline in Australia’s birth rate since 2010 however, doesn’t support this hypothesis and even if it did, why don’t they just move to a bigger house instead of renovating?

Location could be a big factor in the uptick in home loans for renovations, because many people bought their current home because they wanted to live in that particular community. Their homes may be close to work, relatives, friends or the kid’s schools, they might have an awesome view or be near the beach and simply don’t want to move. The solution therefore, is to renovate their homes to make it reflect their changing lifestyles.

Of course, the answer could be much simpler and could be due to the rising cost of housing in Australia. Moving to a larger home can easily cost a family $100,000 or more, whilst renovating their current home might only cost them $20,000, depending on their needs.

For many Aussies, their reason for renovating is most probably a combination of these factors and the result? Aussies have a home they love in a neighbourhood that feels like a real community.  

A rough guide to basic building costs from a renovation expert

Unless you are a renovation expert, you are unlikely to have the costs of renovating or extending your home at your fingertips. Without some idea of these costs however, budgeting for your renovations can be difficult and if you underestimate these costs, your renovations are unlikely to be completed on time or to your satisfaction.

If you ask any renovation expert they will tell you that your budget needs to be composed of four sub-budgets: excavation and foundations, building materials, labour costs, and finishing costs.

Excavation and foundations: The best way to minimise these costs is to have a nice level block, because if you have a rocky or sloping block of land, these costs can skyrocket. How often have you seen a developer build on the side of a hill? That’s because they want to reduce their excavation costs down to an absolute minimum and they know that flat and level blocks ticks all the boxes. So if you have a sloping block, you will need to put more money aside for the initial building works.

Building materials: These costs depend on numerous factors and can be quite difficult to estimate. The best way to approach these costs however, is to understand that a full brick home will cost a lot more than a timber framed home, and cut your cloth accordingly. As a renovation expert, we can give you a close estimate of these costs, making it much easier to plan your budget.

Labour costs: The smaller and simpler the renovations or extensions, the lower the costs of labour. More extensive and complicated designs will cost you more in labour, as will a double story extension, compared to a single story addition.

Finishing costs: Whilst many of the above costs are out of your hands, the finishing costs are totally within your domain! If you want high end fixtures and fittings, you will need to have a much bigger budget than if you were to opt for more standard options.

The best way to estimate all of these costs is to contact us at JEB Built and we can visit your property and give you a realistic estimate based on your specifications. As a rough guide however, and based on the cost per metre, if you budget for at least $1700/ square metre for standard fittings and at least $3400 for higher quality fittings and fixtures, you won’t be far off the mark.

Call your local renovation expert about office fit out costs at JEB Built on 0431 065 019 or send us an email to request a free quote.

Tips for an environmentally friendly commercial fit out in Brisbane

Are you interested in an environmentally friendly commercial fit out in Brisbane? With so many consumers aware of climate change and the green movement, solar panels and low carbon footprints, it make sense to incorporate some of these ideas into your next commercial fit out.

Everything from the equipment and appliances you use to the materials you choose can all help to save our environment, reduce your carbon footprint and save your company money in the long term. Consumers are fully aware of the state of our environment are starting to veer towards companies that support environmentally friendly strategies, so it makes sense to consider a few of the following ideas in your commercial fit out in Brisbane.

  • Eco friendly partitions: Using partitions instead of structural walls to separate working spaces, meeting rooms and even lunch spaces offers maximum flexibility for your employees. Efficiency is increased when you can change the size of your work zones to suit your changing needs and if you erect these partitions from sustainable materials, all the better.   
  • Organise your lighting: Leaving lights on all night long or in rooms that are not being used is a good way to increase your power bills and waste energy. The eco-friendly strategy is to install LED lighting and motion detectors that turn on lights when they detect motion and turn them off when motion is no longer detected. Another tip here is to maximise the amount of natural light in your work spaces by installing skylights if possible, bay windows and even translucent wall panels to add more light into dark areas.
  • Sustainable flooring: If you need to replace the flooring during your commercial office fit out companies in Brisbane, your first port of call should be an environmentally friendly material such as bamboo or recycled timber. Both of these materials are hard wearing, comfortable underfoot and will help to reduce your carbon footprint. You could also consider polished concrete, because even though it’s not a very green material, it’s extremely long lasting, tough, durable and easy to keep clean.

For more information on eco-friendly commercial office fit out companies in Brisbane or to request a quote, call JEB Built on 0431 065 019 or send us an email.

Tips for an environmentally friendly commercial fit out in Brisbane

One of the most important factors in a commercial fit out companies in Brisbane is cost, but since reducing your carbon footprint is also becoming important in Australia, how do business owners manage these two competing goals?

You might be surprised to learn that there are many ways that a business can keep both their costs down and create an environmentally friendly environment for their staff and customers. Let’s take a look at some of the options that will help you to reduce your carbon footprint for your next commercial office fit out companies in Brisbane.

Reducing your energy bills with clever options

With power bills continuing to spiral upwards, any strategies that keep your costs down are worthwhile considering and if they are environmentally friendly, all the better! For example. letting in as much natural light as possible into your building will cut down on daytime lighting costs, so consider installing large tinted windows and even skylights during your commercial fit out companies in Brisbane.

When you need to keep the lights on inside, consider energy efficient bulbs, timers that turn the lights off at the end of the day and even motion detectors that only switch the lights on if a room is being used. Automated air conditioning and heating is also another good option, as this can be set to a specific temperature that ensures both comfort and reduced energy bills.

Insulation is another great way to cut down on your power bills, as this helps to reduce your A/C and heating bills. There are some very good thermal insulation products on the market that are also environmentally friendly and can be installed into the walls and roof spaces, for example cotton, cellulose or sheep wool.

Using sustainable and recycled materials

Sustainable materials have a very low carbon footprint, because they are created using non-toxic processes with as little waste as possible and can be easily recycled. Including as many of these sustainable materials as possible in your commercial fit out in Brisbane is a great way to reduce your business’s carbon footprint. So consider recycled timbers, bamboo or cork floors, environmentally friendly concrete, eco wallpaper and toxic-free paint in your designs.

For a quality environmentally friendly commercial fit out companies in Brisbane, call us on 0431 065 019 or send us an email.

Thinking of a granny flat? 10 tips before contacting residential builders

With the increasing costs of buying a new home, many owners contact their local residential builders to construct a granny flat that can be used for their elderly relatives, as a teenage retreat, home office or even as a rental proposition.

The problem is that building a granny flat is not as easy as putting up a shed in the backyard, so here are our best tips to make the process of residential building construction a smooth run.

  1. Council approval isn’t that difficult: Despite strict planning rules for granny flats in Brisbane, obtaining this approval isn’t that difficult and can be achieved in a fairly short time frame by your residential builders (around 10 days for a private certification).
  2. You don’t need a lot of land: Whilst the minimum space needed for a granny flat on your land is different across councils, a good rule of thumb is that you need at least 450 square metres and the residential construction must be less than 60 square metres in size. Patios, porches and carports may or may not be included in this 60 square metres, so check with your council first, but your builder should know this information as well.
  3. You don’t need to subdivide your land: If you want to sell the granny flat separately to your home then you will need to subdivide your land (check if this is possible with your council), but to simply build a granny flat, it’s not necessary. If you can’t subdivide your land, you might still be able to have different utility bills, so check with the necessary companies.
  4. Granny flats can be attached or detached: Instead of a detached granny flat, you might prefer to extend your home to provide separate living quarters and an entrance for elderly relatives or as a home office where customers can come and go without entering the main house. There are lots of different options to extend your home, you can even build up for a teenage retreat or build over the garage.
  5. Granny flats can be rented: Not only will you increase the value of your home with this type of residential construction, but you can also rent out the granny flat and increase your income. You might be able to access equity in your home to build the granny flat or even take out a separate loan, so it pays to speak to your financial lender before contacting your residential builders.

If you are considering a granny flat or extension for your property, talk to JEB Built – the professionals in residential building construction for Brisbane homeowners and investors. Call us on 0431 065 019 or send us an email.

4 Questions you should ask residential and commercial builders in Brisbane

Most people have a good idea of the right questions to ask their residential or commercial builders in Brisbane, but it’s fair to say that they usually forget at least one of the following four essential questions.

How late into the build can I make changes?

The more changes you make during the build, the more expensive your costs and the longer time to completion, so ideally, you don’t want to make any changes at all! If you think you might need to make changes however, it’s important to ask your commercial or residential builders for the cut-off date, because if you cross this line, be ready to open your cheque book!

When can you visit the site?

The more often you turn up on site, the more you interrupt their work, pushing out the completion date and making your residential or commercial builders cranky! Obviously you need to visit the site to make sure that everything is going to plan, so expect to visit after the slab has dried fully, after the framing is complete, at the lock up stage and of course, a final inspection before handover. Always check these inspection times however, just so you are on the same page.

How many trades people will be on site each day?

If you are renovating, rather than taking on a new build, and you will be living in your home during these renovations, it’s a good idea to find out how many people will be on-site each day. This will change over the course of the renovation, but it’s always best to ask your residential builders, so you can be prepared for the days when you have thirty tradies all working at one time on your home!

What time do they start and finish each day?

This is really only relevant if you are living through a renovation, but it’s important to know what time the trades will turn up and leave every day, for your sanity if nothing else! You won’t want the builders watching your every move at home and residential builders also like to be left alone to do their work, so it’s a win-win situation really.

If you are in the market for professional residential or commercial builders in Brisbane, call JEB Built on 0431 065 019 or send us an email.

Selling? Maximise your home’s value with these four tips from a renovation expert

As a renovation expert in Brisbane, we know that many Aussies like to makeover their homes prior to selling, as they recognise that this can maximise their selling price. Of course, you don’t have to be selling to renovate your home, but if you are renovating, how do you know if it’s going to be worth the money?

We all realise that some renovations definitely increase the value of your home (such as bathroom and kitchen renovations in Brisbane), but what about curb appeal, adding a driveway, an outdoor entertainment space and an alfresco dining area?

Before you pick up the phone to call your local renovation company, let’s take a look at the renovations that give you value for money and a nice increase in your home’s value.

Kitchens: If you want the most bang for your buck, you can’t ignore a good kitchen makeover. Any renovation expert worth their salt will tell you that kitchen renovations in Brisbane are just about the best way to increase the value of your home. You don’t even have to spend huge on your kitchen, because for a small budget of $10K to $20K for example, you can get a really great kitchen and still add $50K to $60K to the value of your home.

Bathrooms: Updating your existing bathrooms with clean and modern fixtures and fittings is another win-win situation. For a $10K to $20 budget, you can really make a huge difference to the look and feel of your home and at JEB Built, we have seen homeowners add 3 to 4 times the cost of their bathroom renovations to the value of their home. Maybe it’s time to call in a renovation expert?

Curb appeal: We can all agree that the front façade and garden area of your home sets the stage for what’s inside. So spending some of your budget on painting, adding a garage, replacing the turf or adding a driveway and generally making your home look perfect from the street, definitely adds value to your home. Your local renovation company can help you to decide the best way to increase your curb appeal to maximise your home’s value.

Backyards: You can’t forget the value of a great backyard, particularly with the trend towards indoors/outdoors living in Queensland. A smooth transition from inside to outside with an alfresco dining area, beautiful pool surrounds and even an outdoor kitchen area will seriously increase the value of your home.

Why not contact your local renovation company and discuss your ideas for renovating your Brisbane home?

Foolproof carpentry tips from a Brisbane carpenter and renovation expert

JEB Built is a professional renovation company with a team of expert craftsmen who are extremely skilled in their work. Today, our carpenter in Brisbane who is a renovation expert is sharing some of his carpentry tips for homeowners who want to tackle their own DIY renovations.

  • Perfect mitred corners: These are the bane of all DIY renovators, but the secret is to practice on some spare timber or off-cuts first before you cut into your best timber. Any renovation expert will tell you that it might take a few tries to get the perfect angle, but once you are set, the rest is a breeze.
  • Designing the ideal workbench: As a professional carpenter in Brisbane, moving from job to job means carting everything that is needed for each job in the back of the truck. So when it comes to a workbench, the easiest option is to cobble something together on the spot. All you need is some spare timber and you are good to go, but the trick is ensuring that the outfeed support is the same height as the saw bench.
  • The joy of nail guns: These air-powered trim guns make nailing so much faster and easier. In fact, most carpenters in Brisbane haven’t hand-nailed interior trim in years and they guard their nail guns like gold! You can usually pick one up for around $100, but make sure it shoots 5/8 to 2-inch 18-gauge nails, as this is the most versatile for DIY homeowners.
  • You don’t always need to measure! How often have you measured a trim or a frame and it doesn’t fit? This has even happened to the professionals, so a trick used by most carpenters in Brisbane is to forget the tape measure and hold the trim or frame in place and mark it with a pencil. This way it’s guaranteed to fit, first time.
  • Foolproof templates: Forget using string and stakes to position post holes or footings, because any renovation expert will tell you that the best solution is to tack together the construction lumber to make your marks, put it aside, then dig your holes and bring the timber frame back to set the posts.
  • Framing woes: Framing is a pretty easy job until one of the studs won’t budge and all it needs to move is half a centimetre! Forget banging it with your hammer, because that won’t work. The solution is to hit a big nail through the edge of the stud at an angle, then hit the nail with your hammer and the stud will move swiftly into position.

If you are searching for an experienced renovation company or a professional carpenter in Brisbane, call JEB Built on 0431 065 019 or send us an email.

What are the average costs of a fitout in Brisbane?

The costs of a fitout in Brisbane obviously depends on many factors, one of which is the type of fitout you require. Prices will be quite different between a commercial kitchen fit out and an office fit out in Brisbane, and if you look at the cost per hour, it can range from a low of $55/hr to a high of around $80/hr or even more.

These costs usually include all materials, but don’t necessarily include any specialist equipment that you might need, a factor that is particularly relevant in a commercial kitchen fitout. If you want to look at the costs per square metre, you will most probably need to set aside $250/metre for a basic fitout up to $2000+ for a really high-end office fit out in Brisbane.

How are the costs for a fitout in Brisbane calculated?

There are three factors that will influence the cost of your fitout: the size of the area, the complexity of the refit, and how fast you want it accomplished.

Size of your fitout: As you can appreciate, size makes a big difference to your costs. As an example, the cost of an office fit out in Brisbane for a one room office will be much cheaper than for an entire floor of office spaces.

Complexity of the refit: The complexity relates to whether you just want a basic fitout in Brisbane or you want an exclusive design with all the bells & whistles. The more complex, orate and custom your fitout, the greater the costs. If you want something that is a bit more than basic, but you are on a limited budget, you can of course, discuss this with your builder and maybe compromise on certain areas to achieve your overall custom design.

Time frame of the fitout: If you are short on time and need your commercial kitchen fit out completed by a specific date that isn’t far away for example, then your costs will increase. This is because most builders are already committed to a number of builds or refits and will need to reschedule some projects and hire more tradies to complete your job. Your costs will be much lower if you can wait until the builder has an opening and can slot your job into their schedule.

Your fitout in Brisbane can also potentially cost you more money if you pay the builder by the hour for a complex design, so it pays to ask about their cost per metre and their time frame to completion. This way you can select the most affordable option for your commercial kitchen, retail or office fit out in Brisbane.

Why not get a quote online for your fitout in Brisbane today?

How to save money on a commercial fit out in Brisbane by a renovation expert

Most commercial businesses need to invest in a commercial fit out in Brisbane at some time or another, if for no other reason than to remain up to date for customers. If you are considering a shop renovation in the near future, here are 4 money saving tips from a renovation expert.

  1. Invite tenders: This is one of the best ways to save money on a commercial fit out in Brisbane, because it allows you to compare costs between shopfitters. The big mistake that many people make is to remain with the same shopfitters, simply because they used them for their last shop renovation. Competition and new blood can significantly reduce the overall costs for your renovations.
  2. No unexpected costs: It’s important that you read the quotes very carefully for your shop renovation from each tender, because you want everything to be covered in the quote. Some shopfitters water down their quotes to gain a tender and then start adding on variations that can massively increase your costs. They can also give you a PC quote, meaning that as a Provisional Cost quote, the costs can once again escalate during the fit out process. You will save a significant amount of money if your quote is ‘inclusive’ with no costs added later on (costs that you can’t control).
  3. Liaise with your shopfitters: Once you have selected a shopfitter (who is a renovation expert), make use of their skills by including them in the planning stages, so that nothing important is forgotten. Often, your shopfitter will act as your project manager, which is a win-win situation, because it saves you time and money on your commercial fit out in Brisbane. Experienced shopfitters will ensure that your commercial fitout runs smoothly, because they have a network of suppliers and know all the permits you might need.
  4. Closing for the fitout: The best way to save money during the fit out process, when your store is closed, is to schedule the renovations during a quiet sales period. There is no way that you can avoid lost sales during your shop renovation, but you can minimise these losses by being clever about when you close your store and asking staff to take holidays at the same time.

For a professional commercial fit out in Brisbane, call us at JEB Built on 0431 065 019 or get a quote online.

Tips for a successful commercial refurbishment or office fit out in Brisbane

A commercial refurbishment or office fit out in Brisbane is a significant investment in your time and budget, so you need to know that you will receive a positive return on your investment. Here’s how you can ensure that your fitout in Brisbane is a success.

Choose a project leader and design team

This of course, depends on the size of your company, because you might just settle for a project leader and not a design team that represents all departments in your company. You do however, need one dedicated person to be in charge of your fitout in Brisbane who can make informed decisions and can keep your fitout within your budget.

Choose designs and fittings

Your project leader or design team will need to work alongside your commercial refurbishment contractor to decide what is and isn’t working for your business and how your workflows can be optimised for your new office fit out in Brisbane. Do you need a customer service or reception area? Private work spaces, meeting rooms, open plan workspaces, hot desks, a lunch room, and a myriad other options that might or might not work for your business?

Technology, internet connections, multi-media and communications are all factors that need to be ironed out at the design stage, so that your fitout in Brisbane has all the boxes ticked. Interior design is another area that can make a big difference to productivity, so your design team will need to do some research and liaise with your commercial refurbishment contractor to pick the best colours, materials, textures, plants, lights, furniture and everything else that makes an office or commercial establishment a good working environment.

During the commercial refurbishment

This is the stage where your project manager needs to be on top of every detail, making sure that everything goes to plan. Any problems need to be ironed out immediately, so that your office fit out in Brisbane stays on schedule. If you had to move out during the renovations or you are moving to new premises, ensure that you have all of your data backed up, so that if something goes wrong, you can be up and running again quickly.

If you are considering a new fitout in Brisbane, why not get a quote online today?