All posts filed under “John Van Building Services – Projects

austinmer one
new house

New architect designed house perched on a steeply sloping site, overlooking the ocean

Works included:

  • Demolition of existing cottage
  • Construction of new three level architect designed house perched on a steeply sloping site
  • Extensive traffic management due to location on a busy road
  • Designed to maximise the spectacular ocean views
  • Brickwork and blockwork walls, bi-fold doors and louvres to East elevation
  • Combination of suspended concrete floors and timber framed floors
  • Hardwood and tiled flooring, hardwood stairs
  • Extensive joinery
  • Landscaping including planter boxes, concreting, turfing, planting

“John built our house for us about six years ago. We had frequent contact with him and with Merja throughout the building process. Merja was of great help in planning the process and John was professional and approachable throughout the time it took to build the house. The site had its problems which delayed the building process and we appreciated John’s support during that time, John was professional, responsive and fair. We enjoyed working with John and Merja. Shahla and Edward

austinmer two
alterations & additions

Alterations and additions to an existing pole home in Austinmer with architecturally designed bathroom and office extension, new decking and extensive landscaping.

Works included:

  • Architecturally designed extension to existing bedroom and office
  • Demolition of existing bathroom
  • New bathroom
  • Timber framing with cedar cladding
  • Hardwood flooring
  • New clerestory roof over living area
  • New cedar windows and doors
  • New decks, external stairs, balustrading
  • Landscaping works including timber path and outdoor shower
  • Hardwood joinery

“We were looking for a builder who we could work closely with for our renovation.
John’s unflappable personal style and meticulous attention to detail meant that the process went well and we were very happy with the end result.
He actually listened to what we wanted and his team delivered!  Clare and Karen

new house

New architecturally designed house on South Coast, featuring north facing entertainment deck, hardwood windows and interior fittings and landscaping.

Works included:

  • Demolition of one bedroom fibro clad cottage
  • Construction of an architecturally designed single storey reverse brick veneer, fibre cement clad house
  • North facing bi-fold doors opening onto large deck / entertaining area
  • Hardwood windows, doors, flooring, decking and stairs
  • Entry area with clerestory louvre windows
  • Mezzanine to garage for storage
  • Landscaping works and outdoor shower

“When I told people that I was planning to demolish my south coast holiday ‘shack’ and build a new home to live in, a common response was the offering of tales of building disasters – projects that were never finished or were way over-budget, builders who did shoddy work, disputes that went on for years etc etc. The fact that John Van and I have family connections seemed to add to the prospects of disaster. Happily, I can report that I thoroughly enjoyed the building process and was delighted with the beautiful new home that it produced.

Credit for this must go to John, Merja and the whole team at John Van Building Services.Throughout the entire process, John demonstrated impressive problem-solving and organisational skills and produced high quality work that showed great attention to detail.
He was also endlessly patient, considerate, consultative and positive. I am delighted with my beautiful home and would unreservedly recommend John Van Building Services.”  Sandra K

thirroul four
alterations & additions

Alterations and additions to a 1950’s cottage in Thirroul. Featuring a 2 storey kitchen, dining and reading room extension.

Works included:

  • Demolition to existing Dining and Kitchen area
  • Underpinning to back of house
  • Architect designed two storey extension including new Kitchen, Dining Room, Deck and Reading Room
  • Minor alterations and maintenance to existing house

“The extension to our 1950’s cottage was something we’d dreamt about for many years and its seamless implementation has made a huge, positive impact on our lives.

John was the consummate, professional manager throughout all aspects of the project. From the very beginning he was completely open and honest about costs and timelines. As a result we had no major surprises or over-runs – everything was completed on time and within budget. John implicitly understood our needs and helped throughout the build to cut costs wherever it was possible. And he always managed his team, the contractors and external suppliers with respect, showing leadership throughout, whilst also managing other major projects.

But it was his focus on quality that impressed us during the course of the construction and which makes our living space such a joy now. His team were skilled craftspeople who always took pride in their work and understood the materials they worked with. These are the kinds of people he will always gather together because quality is obviously John’s main priority.”