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I had a house that was in dire straights, so decided to look at a rebuild. I walked into an SJD display and walked into a house that was exactly what I wanted. I had many consultations with Leigh Shoebridge to customise it slightly to my needs and he very patiently followed through on all my requests. I was then put in the hands of James, the supervisor, and I was very impressed with management of the build. He was a great asset and solved any issues that arose. Overall I am very happy with the quality of my new home and would highly recommend SJD Homes. Thank you to both these people for making it happen.
Great experience with SJD
This was the third house that we had built and we were very impressed with SJD. Rachel was our first point of call and you could not meet a more experienced and lovely salesperson. Our site manager Shane was fantastic. He always kept us in the loop. We were informed at every stage of the build on completion and we were sent progression photos. If we needed any questions answered Shane was always just a phone call away and if he wasn't available he would call as soon as he was free. This was something that we had not experienced with our previou...s two builds but they weren't SJD either. We found the admin staff really helpful as well. Again, you always got to talk to someone if there was an issue and any problem was dealt with promptly. The ladies in the from reception also deserve a pat on the back, they were always helpful and always had a smile to greet you with and a chat if they weren't too busy. The front office is always an important part of any company, first impressions start there. The end product was well presented and we are now settled in our new home and very happy with it. Well done SJD you made our experience a very pleasant one.
When we first saw the display home we thought, this is a good place to start. When we asked about customisation, above the available upgrade packs, we were assured that was no problem. The pricing of all the add-ons we made,( 450mm eaves, electric aircon, larger garage etc.) were all quite reasonable. The build time was excellent. We settled the purchase of the land on 11th March, 2020, the build started quite quickly after that and we moved in on 2nd October. Kim, our construction supervisor was helpful at all times and made the whole process quite seamless. As far as quality of build is concerned, we are delighted. We recommend SJD homes to anyone. They are certainly a cut above the others in their field.
House on the hill
From the moment we stepped foot in the display homes at SJD, we knew we’d found our forever home.
We enjoyed our building journey with Kim as our site supervisor by our side, he was honest, informative, always approachable and he has great attention to detail.
Thank you to all at SJD for our beautiful new home that we can make lasting memories in with our gorgeous boys.
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Dreams do come true
Brad went above and beyond our expections for our dream home. We are extremely happy with the end result of our home. Brad was a fantastic site supervisor. He was on top of things and kept us in the loop every step of the way. The build itself went along smoothly, thanks to Brad's help. If we had any questions/issues they were delt with promptly. This was our forever home and he made the build an amazing experience. We had heard so many great things about Brad as a supervisor and can definitely say they were correct! Would definitely recommend ...him to anyone. Could not thank him enough. We walked through SJDs Warragul display and instantly fell in love with the layout. This is where we met Rosie. She was fantastic to deal with. She got the ball rolling to help us start our journey for our dream home, we could not thank her enough for her hard work. We then got handed over to Colette. She was also great to deal with. She helped us make our dream home a reality. She was able to find out all the answers to our many questions. We also couldn't thank her enough either for everything she did for us and our home. We would definitely recommend SJD homes to anyone! Was a great experience and we got our dream home.
Dream home come true!!
Brad and the team at SJD went above and beyond our expectations for our first home. The attention to detail was incredible and we had a very smooth build overall. Brad kept us in the loop every step of the way and we couldn’t be happier with the final product! We will definitely build with SJD again!
Our new home !
SJD Homes built our new home within budget on time and to specification and there is not much more you can ask from a builder.
We first visited SJD showhome in Wonthaggi and met Kathryn, the Consultant who was very helpful and courteous and we then made the decision to build with them.
Throughout the build Kim the site supervisor was always contactable and came up with simple solutions when we had any issues.
Yes we would definitely build with SJD Home again !
Happy with our home
We were recommended to SJD by close friends of ours and decided to visit their display homes and were also recommended to see consultant Rachel who also took care of our friends. From the very beginning we felt that Rachel was so genuine in creating the home that we envisioned and genuinely cared about helping us achieve this and within our budget. She made the process so enjoyable and seamless and when we had questions Rachel was available to either see us face to face or phone/email. I could see the passion Rachel had for her work and we neve...r felt pressure to spend more money over our budget because it wasn't about that with Rachel, it was about helping us as best as she possibly could to achieve our goal :-) Rachel you are a GEM and we thank you so much. The building process went smoothly for the most part with a few hiccups along the way. Brad handled them all very well and kept us well informed throughout. There was nothing major that went wrong which we are very thankful for and felt at ease knowing Brad was on top of everything! I have to commend the lovely chap who bricked our home! He did a phenomenal job truly and again that’s thanks to Brad :-) the rest of the workmanship was nicely done. We’ve been in our home for a couple of weeks now and we truly do love our home. The only issues we’ve had was that our hot water wasn’t commissioned at handover and we didn’t check which we should have but Brad took care of that ASAP, our dishwasher doesn’t work which seems to be a manufacture issue but again disappointed we didn’t check properly at handover. I would recommend anyone to SJD and I would build with them again. Thank you SJD we LOVE our home! Alex and Andrea
I’ve built many houses, both homes & investment properties, SJD Homes definitely is a standout performer
built many houses, both homes & investment properties, SJD Homes definitely is a standout performer with a special mention of our amazing professional and reliable Supervisor, Brad Little, who took care of the build while we were locked down in Melbourne Big thank you to, sales consultants, Tracey Johnston & Pip Marshall
Fabulous Retirement Home
We had looked at several builders to build our retirement home. From the moment we walked into the SJD display home at Wonthaggi & met Katherine we were really Impressed with the workmanship of the build & the genuine care by Katherine to ensure we were getting the home we wanted. Katherine always answered our emails & phone calls promptly & nothing was too much trouble to follow up or change. Kim O’Connor was our site manager & again we were so impressed with his professionalism but so easy to deal with. Due to COVID 19 we could not visit the site as often as we would have liked but Kim always ensured we had progress photos & kept us in the loop re build time etc. We are thrilled with the finished product & highly recommend SJD Homes.
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As a first home builder I am absolutely ecstatic with the results of my new home, highly recommend Kim and Mark!
My journey with SJD began with Mark Whitney as I was exploring display homes in Clyde. Mark was extremely approachable and easy to talk to from the moment I walked into his display. Upon enquiring further information upon the penrose 270 Mark showed genuine interest about myself and my life, this made Mark very easy to deal with allowing myself to feel comfortable to contact him when ever I had any questions. From day one until last day building Mark always picked up the phone when contacted. Due to Marks reliability and outstanding people skil...ls is why I felt so comfortable with Mark that’s why I decided to build with SJD Homes.. his service was positively exceptional! Throughout the building stages my site supervisor was Kim O’Connor. What can I say Kim was a breeze to work with, he was fast, efficient and held a very high attention to detail. Kim provided me with constant updates/ progress on my build as due to the COVID-19 lockdown laws I was unable to get down to inspect the progress. He was extremely professional and Kim always made himself available when ever I needed him. The fact my home was start and finished in 4.5 months really impressed me and the quality of workmanship in his work is remarkable. Not only was his work outstanding Kim was always friendly and fun to be around. Couldn’t be happier I am stoked with the outcome of my new home!! I highly recommend these two gentleman and of course SJD Homes! Thanks again guys!!
Absolutely Thrilled With Our New Home!
We purchased our land in December 2017.
Land was “supposed” to title mid-2018 but that didn’t happen until June 2019!
Then I decided to make even more changes to our plans so they didn’t get finalised until October.
This meant that I was working with our Sales Consultant Mark on our plans for well over 18 months!
No matter how many questions I had, or how many changes I made (and there were soooo many changes!) Mark was always friendly, helpful, professional and never made me feel as though I was a bother.
He also made so many fantastic suggestions that we included in our plans. A million times thank you Mark for helping us design a home that is perfect for our family!...Then our wonderful Site Supervisor Hamish took over. The whole was through the build Hamish kept us updated with regular emails and photos. I made a couple of changes through the build and Hamish was happy to coordinate those. Hamish made sure that all the trades did quality work. So much so that our private building inspector couldn’t find a single fault with our frame. He said that he couldn’t remember that last time he wrote up a frame inspection report with not one single defect! Round of applause for both Hamish and the carpenters. We also had private building inspections done at the lock up stage and at completion. Both times there were minimal (minor) issues that needed attention and Hamish was already aware of most of these and had already made arrangements for them to be fixed prior to the inspection. When Stage 3 restrictions were introduced our build slowed down as Hamish had to space our trades out since he couldn’t have more that one trade on site at any one time. Then Stage 4 restrictions slowed things down even more but Hamish continued to keep us updated and the build moving along as quickly as possible. Thank you Hamish for making sure our build progressed as smoothly as possible especially with the added difficulties that the COVID-19 restrictions presented. You know know you’re going to get a quality home when your Site Supervisor takes pride in his work and that’s exactly what we got with Hamish. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Overall we’ve been so happy with our experience with SJD Homes from start to finish. I think we hit the jackpot with Mark as our Sales Consultant and Hamish as our Site Supervisor, and Leah the Colour Consultant was very friendly and helpful making our colour selection process a lot faster and easier than I expected it to be. Thank you SJD Homes for building us a home that is just right for our family.
4.5 star builder (for no builder is perfect, but SJD sure came damn close)
We went with SJD Homes both as inexperienced first time builders, and as very experienced DIY renovators.
Based on our one-story house build, it's really hard to fault SJD Homes for anything. They are a terrific Australian builder. And if the rest of the industry was as good as they are, the industry as a whole, would have much more consumer trust. The stars of SJD, for us, were Leigh Shoebridge (sales consultant) and Shane Quinlan (site supervisor). We would easily have enough confidence to plan and build with these two hard workers again.
...We're writing this 4 months after handover of the house and keys. (So unlike some reviews for other builders, which I've seen, this is not based on completion of a sale, or influenced by discounts or any pressure otherwise to post a review, it's a genuine one.) We took 2 years to plan the house, and less than 9 months to build, from knockdown to handover of house and keys (yes I'm counting it this way since this was our experience of the process). Planning-wise, it took long and it was entirely our decision. Building-wise, the knockdown was 'delayed' but that was a customer delay, and again it was entirely our decision. SJD started building immediately, following the knockdown, and it was on budget, on schedule, and on scope (with one contract amendment). We selected SJD around three years ago, and for several reasons, which I believe are still there. They had and have the number 1 rating on productreview.com.au. They have the best negative reviews (yes negative reviews) on productreview.com.au. They specialise in south-east Melbourne. They have displays that are fitted out with mainly inclusions, which look like houses you will build. They built down our street, and the neighbours had nothing major to complain about. They have competitive and reasonable pricing.
Dream homes made here!
After seeing one of the display homes we wanted our dream home to be exactly the same. SJD has given us all we could have hoped for and more. They are professional and friendly and provide the highest quality of products throughout the entire build. Communication was fantastic. I would recommend SJD to anyone who is considering building their dream home.
Our forever home
Wow, wow, wow!!! SJD have met all our expectations and more while building our forever home. The process started with Kevin, he listened to all our wants / needs and designed a beautiful custom home. This required a lot of work due to restrictions with our block of land. (Two easements). Within a week we had the first look at our plans. We loved the design from the start and barely made any changes. Kevin was fantastic!!
Our site supervisor was James, he was also fantastic. He made sure everything was completed to the highest standard. He was ...quick to respond to any questions we had and issues were rectified before they became a problem. The home was built during COVID19, James still managed to complete our home on time, he worked many miracles!! Thanks Leah, you made colour selection easy, our home looks fantastic. Your suggestions really suited my style. I have previously built with another builder and the completed home was no where near the quality of this build. We were given our keys two weeks ago, since then I have had at least three different trades come to my home and comment on the quality of our build , all very impressed.
Questions & Answers
Hi, just wondering whether the SJD will change the size of the building to our choice. I like one display house it's 33 squares fits lot size 16x32. But I have 16x28 lot. So want to know whether they can change the size. Thanks
You will be surprised at what they can do, and they’re pretty good with adjusting and customising to your needs. Our house was made a little bigger than off the plan. Good luck!
Thanks for your reply. Will try them.
Hi Chitra, we can definitely alter plans and will work with your block to achieve the results you are after.
Im in WA. Do you guys only build house or also help with the purchase of land? I am a first home buyer, Wondering if I have to purchase the land separately and hire a builder to build my house or both can be done together by the builder? Also with the land, can I choose my own or does it have to be the ones offered by the builder? Also the whole interiors and material that goes into the house can be freely chosen by the client or need to stick to options offered by builder? I really don't like the modern Australian homes I come across everyday, I want my house to have more stones and woods included and less glasses and steels that makes the house cheap and unnatural and tacky. I am dreaming of a small two storey house. Thank you.
Hi Kinz, if you are looking to build in WA, I'm sorry, we cannot help you. We only build in the SE suburbs of Melbourne.
Sorry should read Do SJD charge more to build in Wonthaggi
I don't know mate, but we had to, because we are close to their outer boundaries. Try Leigh Shoebridge from sales, he has a simple sheet that tells you exactly what the premiums are, if there's any at all...good luck
Yes SJD have metropolitan, region 1 and region 2 pricing, Corinella is Region1 (that’s where we built) I think Wonthaggi fell into Region 2.. I did play around on their website and the pricing with regions was on there in 2018 we then met with Leigh Shoebridge went over the plans, elevations, pricing etc. He is very thorough and patient. Our build went quite smoothly, not overly impressed with the plumber though (has attitude and won’t admit fault - little like Dan Andrews). Build completed inside of time frames & no price shock. Customer Service and site supervisor “great”.. all the best
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SJD Homes Services
- Both new home building and house and land package services are provided, offering a variety of designs, house sizes, floorplans and facades.
- Display homes can be visited in several locations across South Melbourne, allowing you to find inspiration for a new home.
- SJD Homes is a Greensmart builder, meaning it’s responsible for creating environmentally sustainable houses. Its Z-range display home is a particularly sustainable pick, due to its energy efficient design and low carbon footprint.
Points of praise for SJD Homes:
- Several reviewers were grateful for the incredible support they received from SJD Homes staff throughout the building process. Staff displayed a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the building process, and their personal and prompt service was greatly appreciated.
- SJD staff showed a good responsiveness to any issues that arose, resolving them in a timely manner and communicating changes to home builders effectively
- The build quality of houses was sound, with many reviewers being more than happy with the final product.
As the ProductReview Award-winner for Best Home Builders in Melbourne and Victoria for both 2019 and 2021, SJD Homes has certainly earned its home building cred. It particularly excelled in the areas of: transparency regarding business practices, and timeliness in completing building projects.
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