A member of IBN for nearly four years now, business partners Daniel McLeod and Josh Beer, have grown into a powerful force in the flourishing region of the Sunraysia capital, Mildura.
Of course it’s not just a joint effort with a dynamic and exuberant on site and off site team making the UBS journey such a successful one indeed. Joining the business partners are a hardworking and fun duo in Lindsay and Chantelle handling sales and administration. And out in the field, the awesome team of Jack, Hamish, Jordan, Josh, Mitch, Dean and Damon ensure all homes are built with the highest of regard for each and every client.
To help grow the profile and showcase USB’s magnificent work they recently opened their first display home and showcasing the exciting new Murray design.
In what we can safely say, the best ever IBN Member launch of a new display saw well over 300-people attend the first day on a typically sunny February Saturday and reports have told us that since that day there’s been well over 1,000 people through the door and the feedback has been tremendous - complimenting the quality of the build as well as the styling.
Already several orders have come through on this particular design which is a testament to the layout of the home which was adapted from the IBN Linne design and customised to suit the astute Sunraysia market better. The new Murray floor plan even comes with its own Wine Cellar that is definitely the talking point of the home.
Whilst the display home has been a massive success with many more contracts signed on other homes, it is not a sole promotion with Daniel and Josh’s efforts supplementing their marketing mix with local sports sponsorships, continual brand awareness promotions through the press, radio and a solid social media exposure that is a leading light for fellow IBN Members which saw UBS take out a National Award with the Network last year at the National Conference held on the Gold Coast.It is great to see a big success story in Mildura and surrounding towns with our Sunraysia Members and we compliment and acknowledge the hard work from all of the team at Ultimate Building Solutions.
The team at TNC Homes joined IBN as one of the first investments into their business so they have the resources to compete with the larger builders in the greater Brisbane area. It is always a pleasure to have the TNC team at zone meetings and Professional Development days as they are always willing to share their tips and tricks to fellow members as we as the issues that they face in day to day business. Congratulations TNC homes it is a pleasure having you as part of the IBN team and we look forward for many years to come.
Congratulation to the crew from TNC Homes!
They say “still waters run deep” and never has it been so apt to describe a quiet achiever than to use this phrase when we discuss successful Hamilton Builder, Charles Tapper.
Charles has been a member of IBN for over 6-years now and is in to his third term and whilst things had been quiet over the years down Hamilton way, Charles has certainly hit his straps with proactive land development and local networking with NDIS housing providers that he now has had a successful 12-months behind him with further work coming through the new year.
Of course this isn’t all Charles’ doing with a very able and hard-working ‘right hand man’ in the office in Traci Schultz who has been by his side throughout the journey and a person we all have almost taken for granted as Traci is always on hand to attend training, communicating on behalf of Charles and following up all of the administrative day to day duties with the same vigour, enthusiasm and diligence that Charles has taken with his business.
We were overjoyed to hear in February however, that Charles’ talented daughter Melissa Tapper had received the top award at the VIC Sports Awards by winning the Victorian Female Athlete of the Year. This is in recognition for a sporting lifetime of achieving firsts along with Paralympic and Commonwealth Games’, yes the able-bodied type, Medals! The firsts we speak of was “Milly” becoming the first in Australian history to qualify for both the Olympics and the Paralympics.
Melissa has a brachial plexus injury resulting in Erb’s Palsy and through her sporting life has competed against able-bodied athletes since 2002 and has since represented Australia with aplomb and Charles couldn’t be any prouder, now, showcasing his brand on Melissa’s sporting attire as shown in the photo.Tying in with the Independent Builders Network’s Adaptable Living range of homes providing independent living for the ageing, people with a sports injury, the disable or young families, the synergy couldn’t be any better so we congratulate the Team of Traci Schultz, Charles and Melissa “Milly” Tapper for an excellent job and we wish them all heaps of great results from their dedication and hard work in the near future.
Every now and then we have a previous winner of the monthly award crop up again for extraordinary reasons as IBN likes to share the love when it comes to giving out gongs to one of the 90+ Builders representing our network throughout Eastern Australia.
It’s always a pleasure to nominate our Builders and this month is certainly no exception with one of our longest serving Members who has been with IBN almost longer than any other builder and that is the highly respected and much loved Paul Crawford from Bendigo, located in central Victoria.
Whilst IBN was conferencing on the Gold Coast and teaching our Members the best ways to attract interest via their social media, “Crawf” as he is affectionately known, was practising what we were preaching and what had been brought to our attention covertly through his talented Graphic Designer Son, Jesse, Paul had built a home that had his client screaming from the rooftops but of course Paul in his humble nature was not letting on.
Living the IBN five ethea of Sincerity, Excitement, Competence, Sophistication and Ruggedness, Paul’s recent handover of the Mahon’s new home created such passion that Rache became his latest advocate, but don’t take our word for it, here’s some of what Rache had to say on her Instagram account recently:
“Far from living the perfect life, but living our best life together…To the most amazing builder we could ever ask for @paulcrawfordbuilder Paul, you have gone above & beyond for us & our dream, nothing ever was too much trouble to you & you and your team are beyond amazing at what you do. Your constant professionalism & commitment to us has been far more than we could have ever imagined. Keep doing what you do Paul because you make dreams come true & the whole building experience with you has been a total pleasure.”
I don’t think even we could have said it any better nor truer about our Bendigo champion who never fails to deliver and make happy clients.
Here are a few photos from the build.
Paul Crawford, the team at IBN, and of course your very happy clients, all salute you on being our October National Builder of the Month!
We are very excited at the Independent Builders Network Head Office to be able acknowledge one of our most consistent and longest serving Builder Members for the National Builder of the Month Award, which is very highly sought after throughout the 5-states that IBN operates in.
Neville, is one of our stalwarts and whilst the very quietly spoken but hands-on Builder may not be a strong name in his home region of Albury-Wodonga on the Victorian-NSW border, he is without doubt very highly rated by the largest local land developer, Nordcon Land, a company itself with a strong link to our Chairman, Kevin Renwick OAM. Through their own CEO, they are encouraging staff to purchase land through the company and build investment properties in this buoyant economy and assist them to help invest in their own future, an amazing support from a local strong Family Business in itself.
So when you are the biggest Land Developer in the region and with so many big Builders and franchisees displaying the best on your land you have on-tap a huge list of Builders to choose from in order to provide for your own so who does Nordcon trust above all of these to construct and deliver great new homes with designs suited perfectly for the local market? Nev and his great IBN designs of course!
By having access to the IBN unique ranges of home designs Nev has been able to provide cost-effective various offerings suited to get the best out of rental yields on capital growth down the track and Nordcon has recognised this making Nev Harte their “go to” local Builder who they know will be working on site ensuring quality control as well as being competitive through his relationship with the IBN preferred suppliers.
For a bloke who you will never hear much about, it’s great to know Nev is recognised as the Builder’s Builder locally and for us at IBN, that’s more important than anything knowing we have not the biggest, but the best Builders in town.
Congratulations Nev! You can get in touch with Nev here >> Neville Harte Builder.
Continuing the story of smaller local builders being awarded our National Builder of the Month Award, Clyde and Li personify our ethos of perseverance and endeavour as well as total customer satisfaction in looking after their clients.
Clyde Hulme and his business partner, Li Sun, were introduced to the Independent Builders Network via incumbent Melbourne Member, Greg Paull from Transform Homes, who themselves were worthy Builder of the Month recipients not so long ago. Clyde runs a dynamic bricklaying team which had serviced high-end custom home builders throughout the Melbourne Eastern and South-eastern region and had good exposure to this exciting industry.
Over this period Clyde had Project Managed over 100-houses for various builders and during his formal Building Degree met Li Sun who was also studying to become a fully-fledged builder at the time. Joining forces, Li invested into the bricklaying business, and since then they have grown a formidable team and found IBN to be a perfect fit for their new direction.
Executing the Network that’s in our name, Clyde had not only assisted fellow IBN Members with their need for quality tradespeople on site, but he also introduced more potential members to the system. In addition, he also acquainted the IBN Head Office with specialist construction legal representatives who provided professional training and development for IBN’s Victorian members at their latest professional development day, continuing our pursuit of service to our Members and their Clients.
Not to rest on any laurels, Clyde had worked at our first Melbourne Home Show in 2018 for four-days straight taking in the challenge of both learning more about IBN and its unique selling benefits as well as supporting other Members and representing the Brand with aplomb. Gaining reward for endeavour Clyde and Li gained work from the Home Show servicing both little jobs that needed professional attention and accurately pricing on larger jobs that required the custom work that only a smaller builder can provide.
Li is currently undertaking further studies in Drafting intending to become a qualified Architect so they may jointly enhance the bespoke customer experience in the near future. Clyde and Li will be in attendance at the next Melbourne Home Show running Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th of August, and you can be guaranteed to meet with either of them during the whole duration of the show. We’ve come to take it for granted that both are highly dependable as part of our Melbourne network and IBN very much appreciates the support and effort Li and Clyde put in as do any visitors to the Home Show who may not even be building but needing some honest, professional advice their way.
Congratulations to Clyde and Li for achieving what no one has done before, being awarded National IBN Builder of the Month in their first year, this is a massive indication as to the level of gratitude IBN and their Members have towards CH&L Builders.
Find out more about CH&L Builders here >> CH&L Builders.
Named Second Generation Builders because that is what Peter is after learning the old fashioned way from his Father, Brian, who had been building in the Goulburn Valley area for 50-years! Going through the building industry before power tools were common, Peter learnt the hard way to ensure things were done right the first time and this ensured a professional, competent way of building a home was done in an efficient manner. Pete’s knowledge of the industry and the principles of building means there wasn’t any project he couldn’t handle, using analytical thinking and an absolute passion for creating beautiful buildings in finding solutions for clients that meet their needs.
Fast forward in to the exciting new world of social media and instant gratification, Second Generation Builders have been at the forefront of expressing their craftsmanship through multiple social media avenues that are a lesson to fellow builders but it doesn’t come easy. Having attended many training sessions held by the Independent Builders Network over 5-years, both Gina and Peter have somewhat very humbly just kept things simple promoting pretty much what they are doing rather than boasting about their prowess and through the whole network and locally, people are recognising and now trusting the brand they have built being the small builder that cares and gets it right the first time.
Peter hasn’t rested on his laurels either and has assisted IBN with travelling to sites in far-flung towns such as Barooga and now Seymour where projects have needed his expertise.
One of the most honest Builders you will ever talk to, Pete and Gina have welcomed the opportunity that being members of IBN presents them with by being able to network with fellow members in what can be an isolated existence in the country. They pride themselves on what they have learned at Professional Development Days and ensure both Gina and Pete are in attendance to get the best out of the training. Learning from fellow Members is something they have commented on that they enjoy and through this network it’s also been a great opportunity to make many friends.
Gina attributes having access to the IBN array of Plans and the clever website as the best benefit of being a Member of IBN and the virtual tours of display homes and now regular homes is fast becoming a wonderful tool too. Living busy lives themselves, and their clients, means these new ‘power tools’ of the 21st Century is making life easy all round.
Jumping on board with the IBN Google Home promotion, Second Generation Builders are offering a complimentary consultation with local Shepparton Clipsal representative, Byers Electrical so if you’re after sophisticated, exciting new automated housing at an affordable price, just find the Shepparton Builder that does it right the first time around.
Congratulations Peter & Gina O’Dwyer from Second Generation Builders.
March 2018 - Greg Paull, Transform Homes
One of the best things about being a member of the Independent Builders Network is the opportunity for Builder Members to meet with one another in a non-competitive environment and share ideas, assist each other with problem-solving and generally supporting one another with business opportunities, dealing with suppliers and tradesmen alike.
IBN is set up with local zones where members can meet regularly and discuss the above without the fear of exposing trade secrets as the network is made up of like-minded builders who can use the system as a genuine way to compete with the volume builders and beat them at their own game almost like being in a union. These zone meetings are very popular and it with Transform Homes being placed in Melbourne’s North East quadrant, and cover a building territory stretching from the north-west through to the east, Greg Paull has become very popular and is in demand over 3-different zones whom all would like him to attend their own zone meetings as his knowledge of the industry, savvy use of suppliers and pioneering programs are extremely sought after.
Transform Homes is managed by Directors, Greg and his business partner, Clive Webster, who between them have over 50-years of Project Management experience as well as accredited skills as Green Living Builders, Accountancy, Commercial Building, Carpentry and even HSSE (Health Safety Security & Environment) Management which has been implemented as part of Transform Homes’ formal business strategy that is followed diligently and results in happy clients around Melbourne.
Throw in Greg’s supportive nature towards IBN and their Members and you have one of the most popular Builders within the whole system and with the extremely busy HIA Melbourne Home Show coming up at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday, the 5th of April through to Sunday the 8th, Greg and Clive will be available for a chat over the Thursday and Friday so we suggest Melbourne locals come along and say g’day to these magnificent blokes.
We congratulate Transform Homes on their professionalism and exciting delivery of beautiful homes and wish them the best for the rest of 2018.
A journeyman of sorts, Will Braaksma has travelled around leaving his home in NSW at the age of 17 to work on his apprenticeship in Victoria. Enduring natural growth as a Builder he subcontracted to various companies honing his skills in renovations, extensions, commercial works, houses and apartments and learned multi-skilling with the different challenges offered in each realm.
On top of Will’s construction prowess, he completed a diploma in Agribusiness Management and Business Management which also prepared him for life as the successful local Builder, not just a carpenter. One of the things Will witnessed was the larger builders tending to find themselves starting to cut corners and hence having to spend more money fixing up jobs which wasn't an efficient way of going about business. It was with this vision that Will decided he would “leave a mark” and create unique homes and truly give his clients a chance to adore their own abode and on top of that really go the extra mile to make the client happy.
It was great timing in 2016 when IBN came along and this gave Will and his wife, Crystal, who runs administration for the business, a chance to take the next step and through their product offerings, give Lifestyle Boutique a chance to compete with the volume builders without losing their unique touch and customer service.
One such current story in which we hold so proud for Will is a client who had indeed started building with a larger builder and unfortunately, work had stopped. With a loss of money, no-one seemed to care so Will had stepped in and made this personal, doing everything to help the family of 5 get into their new home and as quickly as possible. The result is more than happy clients and invitations to sporting matches, family events and family meals, obviously a great reward for such customer service and caring attitudes.
Continuing the IBN philosophy of helping the next generation, Will has his nephew working with him labouring, and with a family of 3-children, time is also taken for reflection at Church on a Sunday and they work on personal development with local sport and community groups, again the main ethos of the Independent Builders Network Community involvement.
Now with the growth coming after initial 18-months with IBN and the opportunities it has given them, The Braaksma family is making a move closer to Melbourne and will soon be opening a showroom in Drouin or Warragul (moving from Thorpedale) and they will continue to deliver unique and affordable homes, no doubt with the Braaksma Customer Service being the number one attraction.
This month's award recognises the leadership and can-do attitude of Kev Morris, chairman of the Independent Builders Network Toowoomba zone.
Shane Luke Building joined the Independent Builders Network in March 2016 as an already popular and well-respected builder in Echuca located on the NSW/Victoria border. Although the region is highly sought after from local buyers, Shane faced challenges from lack of land being titled.
Jumping in warts and all, Shane joined the Zero Deposit launch program in late 2016 with some success even though Land Developers weren’t keen to support due to the already vibrant economy. Shane forged ahead and managed to pick up two jobs with the clients saving their legal costs. As a result, there will be some excited first home buyers obtaining their new homes soon courtesy of Shane’s endeavour. He has also proven to the local Land Developers that we are the real deal indeed.
Shane has also availed himself to all training sessions including helping out at the Elmore Field Days which were straight after last year’s conference, and he has already hosted several inter-zone meetings in his most wonderful and beautiful hometown Echuca, an absolute gem on the Victorian border.
Well done to Shane and the team at Shane Luke Building on a great job. Keep up the good work!
February 2017 - Rhys Auliff, One Build Projects
Rhys has been chosen as builder of the month for the exceptional feedback from IBN management and Zero Deposit First Homes around his customer service to clients. Rhys has proven that being persistent and professional with clients gets deals across the line and contracts signed.
Rhys has been able to close many deals due to going over and above the normal role of just being a builder, Rhys works with many developers and agents to provide potential clients with a range of land options as part of the “One Build Homes” experience.
Congratulations to Rhys and the team at One Build Homes.
Congratulations to Mitch Butler from Coastland Builders for winning the January Builder of the month.
In addition to this at last year’s conference, Mitch was a part of the #Beard150 which raised thousands of dollars towards a great cause.
Well done to Mitch and the team at Coastland Builders.
Mitch is currently building our second Sunshine Coast display which will be the Marcoola design.
The Marcoola design is a part of our Classique Range which designed for standard blocks and includes some stand out differences from the others. The Master Bedroom at the rear of the design increases privacy, this zoned design allocates the other bedrooms at the front of the design to allow a bit of extra space.
You can see the Floor plan or browse the entire Family Range here https://independentbuilders.com.au/plans