IBN Builder of the Month

September 2020 – GoughWood Homes, Broadford Vic

Within the building industry, 2020 has without doubt been a year not only of rapid growth and development, but a year of adapting as we move forward with the new ‘normal’ business model. One business in particular embracing the impact of these new changes is up and coming local builders, GoughWood Homes.

GoughWood Homes brings together the two families of Gough and Woodard, with Ben and Sam at the helm. Located in central Victoria, servicing the Mitchell Shire and neighbouring areas, GoughWood Homes specialise in custom and architecturally designed homes with a passion to pursue the pathway to passive living.

When it comes to determination, drive, and ability to evolve, GoughWood Homes have proven themselves in conforming to these nationwide changes.


First came the swell of buyers looking to migrate from Melbourne as soon as they could and take

up the IBN Push for the Bush strategy. This provided city dwellers with the information they need to make a tree change, which has been an absolutely massive market for now and the near future.


Secondly it was how to deal with and prioritise those who needed expeditious administration in order to procure the generous Federal Government $25,000 Home Builder grant. GoughWood were able to

work with their clients in order to prioritise those in need and prepare contracts in a timely manner.


With new developments now expanding to the townships of Nagambie and Avenel, property is becoming highly aspirational for migrating buyers. Thanks to Bonnie Gaehl at Puppa & Gaehl Real Estate, and IBN’s GeoSite provisions, house & land packages and rapid pricing meant that prospective buyers could easily navigate a vast range of homes to suit their lifestyle. With IBN’s exclusive range, such as ‘Adaptable Living’ for those living with a disability, aged or young families, all the way through to acreage blocks and new family homes, GoughWood provides it all!

With their youthful passion, reputable friendly service and highest level of standards, GoughWood Homes is indeed a welcomed and valued business within our industry.

Well done to Ben & Sam on winning the September 2020 Builder of the Month Award.

August 2020 – BelCo Constructions, Logan Qld

In the initial period of uncertainty with all states in lockdown one member of the network put his hand up to lead the way for Queensland. Communication is the key to any successful business, and it was Luke Shephard who led the way by instigating, chairing and setting the agenda for our Qld members zone meetings utilising technology in the form of Zoom as the platform.

In the absence of a Qld Business Development Manager, Luke resurrected our monthly group zone meetings. Luke understands the importance of networking and although not comfortable in the roll he has now helped create what will be an ongoing format of meetings that allows all members far and wide to get together to network amongst each other without leaving the office or worksite as well as allowing members to be able to communicate with head office staff face to face.

The responsibility has now been handed over to Chris O’Sullivan but the platform for future meetings has been laid thanks to the effort of Luke Shephard.

Congratulations to Luke Shephard on winning the August 2020 Builder of the Month Award.

July 2020 – Lifestyle Boutique Home Builders, Drouin Vic

Will and Crystal Braaksma have been a staple for the Independent Builders Network West Gippsland region with their never-ending pursuit of excellence and Client satisfaction.

It was with this ethic that the Vic Properties, another Family owned Business, specialising in Regional Victorian Land Development, commissioned Lifestyle Boutique to build the best Land Sales Office / Display Home that would be seen in the region.  This was no mean feat though with a block that had over 6-metres’ of fall diagonally across it and as the area was attracting older buyers, then the home should also showcase the IBN Adaptable Living specification which allows accessible living, even for those living with a disability or the aged.

So with a very challenging opportunity, Will and Crystal tackled this head on with the help of IBN Head Office and we soon had an amazing new Adaptable Living design that complimented the Alpine Range of homes that are suited for blocks with significant fall and are split levels.

The new Thredbo was also complimented by the Hamptons inspired Helensvale façade that showcases the aesthetically pleasing James Hardie Scyon products which certainly attracted a lot of interest from locals as the home was being built.

Crystal made sure many local and national IBN Suppliers were utilised and the finished product including beautiful new Technika appliances, Velux skylights, Tradelink plumbing fixtures and even a revolutionary new Topline internal drying clothesline ensured that this display home whilst being in regional Victoria, was absolutely promoting the best features of IBN’s relationship with these companies.

The floor plan itself apart from being a split level design, features some amazing spec’s.  4 sizeable bedrooms with the children’s rooms allowing enough room for school desks and ample storage and zoned alongside their own Kid’s zone which keeps them away from the rest of the home.

Mum and Dad enjoy the quintessential “his and hers” walk in robes and even a separate toilet to the ensuite and even the car/s enjoy more then adequate rooming with the Lifestyle Boutique garage standard giving an extra metre-plus to either side of a normal double garage which means popular SUV’s and dual cabin work utes feel equally at home in the Thredbo.

Finished off with a mudroom to the home and even a purpose built drying room along with an automatic roof-hung clothes dryer, this home seriously has to be seen to be properly believed and you won’t be let down from the moment you walk in to the spacious entry area.

We wholeheartedly congratulate Will & Crystal for delivering such a masterpiece, but after witnessing their work over the past few years, we aren’t surprised and are grateful for their excellence.

June 2020 – Avenue Constructions, Albury NSW