Best Home Builders Brisbane – The Ultimate Guide 2023

by | Jul 26, 2021 | builder review

If you are looking to build in Brisbane and want to know who are the builders, what their their strengths and weakness are? Then you are in the right place. We have taken the time to do the legwork and compiled detailed reviews on Brisbane Builders

Clarendon Homes

Clarendon Homes have been around since 1978 and have have been building homes in Brisbane since the begining. From our review the most common complaint about Clarendon Homes are:

  • They take about 12 months to build a home, this is on a higher end of build times
  • The contract and tender process often seems to be confusing, this is because their inclusions are unclear.
  • Their years of experience are however undeniable, and thousands have trusted them to construct their family homes.

To read our in-depth review of Clarendon Homes click here.

Ownit Homes

Ownit is a Brisbane based builder, they’ve been building homes in Brisbane since 1972. One of their signatures is rooftop terrace designs.

They believe that your home should have an individual flare, this means you can change their designs to suit you or start from scratch.

With only 4 display homes in Queensland, it’s hard to tell what they are capable of until you build with them.

Read our in-depth review of Ownit Homes click here.

BOLD Living

BOLD Living are a boutique builder, that’ve been building homes in Brisbane since 2010. They’re the baby of the list with only 11 years under their belt, this inexperience could affect your build.

Being locally based they have a good grasp on the needs of Brisbane home builders and are flexible with their designs.

Read our in-depth review of BOLD Living click here.

Coral Homes

Coral Homes is a true volume builder. They were founded in Varsity lakes in 1990 and have been building homes in Brisbane since then.

  • Its easy to get an idea of their craftmanship at one of their many display homes around QLD.
  • None of their designs are customisable but luckily there’s a lot of them.
  • Coral will show you design plans relative to your block in the early stages and their initial quotes provide a surprising amount of detail.
  • Their build process is very segmented leaving you felt a bit left in the dark when the build begins.

Read our in-depth review of Coral Homes here.

Plantation Homes

Plantation homes have operated out of Brisbane since the 1990s and benefit from the financial backing of a large Vic based construction company

  • Have won the Queensland Professional Major Builder Award every year since 2012.
  • They have a massive range of designs but make you wait.
  • If you have any big questions don’t expect a response for 2 – 3 weeks as everything must go through their head office. These kinds of delays also seem to apply to their tender and contract process. Whether they’re worth the wait is up to you.

Read our in-depth review of Plantation Homes here.


Metricon are a Victorian based builder that build around 5000 homes a year nationally. They build a large volume of homes in Brisbane

  • Metricon are a big builder in Brisbane and build some of the most on-trend in the state.
  • They offer is steel frames as standard. (steel vs timber frames article)
  • Their biggest downfall however is that often there are too many cooks in the kitchen making a good site supervisor an absolute must.
  • Without level-headed supervision, their constructions have been known to get messy.

Read our in-depth review of Metricon here.

Porter Davis

Porter Davis are an award-winning builder that expanded into Queensland in 2016 and have steadily been building their reputation in Brisbane since.

  • They have a great customer-focused mantra to “respect the dream”
  • They utilise a online hub that keeps you up to date with your build progress.
  • They are very secretive about their prices, often not revealing important fees until the very last minute. Surprises like the ones associated with Porter Davis can be stressful when building and back you into a bad spot.

Read our in-depth review of Porter Davis here.


Simonds are one of the countries largest builders with 50,000 builds since their foundation in 1949.

  • The issue with a builder this size is that your prone to have a less personal experience with them that can lead to disappointment.
  • Many have cited issues with build quality and post-build support.
  • With no dedicated post-build team to ensure their work stands the test of time and the size of the build, it can be easy for you to slip through the cracks.

Read our in-depth review of Simonds here.

Brighton Homes

Brighton Homes were established in 2018 as the Southeast Queensland focused builder of the MJH Group.

  • Fairl new builder
  • Offer designs that are up to date with modern trends and are known to be upfront about their costs.
  • You will have 2 points of contact with the people in charge of your build; a site supervisor and a project coordinator, so if ones busy call the other.
  • Brighton offers a 20-week timeframe to finish your build
  • There is a 2 – 3 month wait after putting down your $3000 deposit to get a fixed price contract.

Read our in-depth review of Brighton here.


McCarthy are a Brisbane based builder that was founded as a family operated business in 1999.

  • Know for their Hampton style homes in Brisbane.
  • Their ability to take on unusually shaped blocks makes them a viable option for those with blocks other builders won’t touch.
  • A strength of McCarthy is their organised process that keeps your build moving forward.
  • This strength is also their weakness as it makes them inflexible and minor changes can create big bills.

Read our in-depth review of McCarthy here.


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