Victoria’s Best Custom Home Builders

Dominique Grubisa

Dominique Grubisa

Victoria’s Best Custom Home Builders

House estate sales have soared in Victoria over the past four years, increasing business for the State’s plethora of small, custom builders.

From the start of this year, more than 6500 land lots have been sold in growth corridors around Melbourne and Geelong, up almost 100 per cent from the same time 12 months ago. In addition to the surge in land sales, there has also been an increase in new build lodgement applications, with Victoria recording more than 17,300, more than any other State or Territory in Australia.

So it’s a good thing, Victoria has one of the highest number of custom builders also, providing potential new home owners with one of the largest ranges of styles, designs, sizes and budgets to build their dream home.

There are 34 custom builders listed on the website, here are details on five of those.

Custom Home Builder in Victoria

When it comes to custom home builders in Victoria, we’ve summed up five from to help you with your next build.

G.J. Gardner Homes

It may be one of the largest custom building companies in Australia but GJ Gardner Homes prides itself on making sure each office around Australia – and the world – has the best local knowledge and expertise.

There are now more than 120 franchises of the builder around the world, and each is owned by someone who lives and works within that community to ensure every client gets personalised and customised service.

Since its beginnings in Queensland in 1983, G J Gardner Homes has built 36,000 quality customised homes providing clients with an unrivalled degree of certainty over the building process with fixed price and build time guarantee.

With literally hundreds of floorplans and design combinations from which to choose, G J Gardner Homes has something for everyone and is continually updating and revising its catalogue to meet customer needs and industry trends.

Over the past 30 years, its homes have won more than 50 Housing Industry awards including Best Display Home and Best Finished Home.


Mimosa Homes

Passion is at the heart of Mimosa Homes. Passion for building, design, and quality customer service.

Director Jenk Kaide started Mimosa Homes in 2007 and knew from the start that personalised service and an understanding of the needs of growing families in Victoria’s suburbs was the key to success.

As well as families, Mimosa Homes’ clients now include first home buyers, property investors and people looking to down-size to accommodate their changing needs.

With more than 42 homes designs from which to choose and the option to customise floor plans and inclusions on any of them, there is plenty of choice from the budget conscious homeowner ($165,000) to those looking to make a statement.

And Mimosa Homes also knows how important it is to get into a new home as quickly as possible, offering customers a 20-week guaranteed build time, six months’ free maintenance on its work and a guaranteed site start, no waiting in line.

For investors, Mimosa has an ideal solution to make your money work harder, by cutting out the middleman. Those looking for a buy-to-rent investment will make big savings by purchasing directly from Mimosa at a wholesale price, bypassing third party marketing fees and sales agent commissions.


Aspire Designer Homes

Homes aren’t just about the bricks and mortar, they’re also about making dreams come true and Aspire Designer Homes has been helping people to do just that for 30 years.

The emotional investment of building a new home is just as important to the team at Aspire Designer Homes as the financial cost and the team, with more than 100 years’ industry experience between them, works closely with every client to make sure that they get exactly what they want.

With its six-step process – from design to build – Aspire Designer Homes takes the guess work, and stress out of the mix so as soon as the keys are handed over, the dream can become reality.

Customers get to choose from 33 designs with options that range from 12 squares to 50 squares, all which are inspired by local and international trends. By working closely with its clients, the Aspire Designer Homes team can modify any floorplan to suit the exact requirements and offers innovative solutions to difficult sites.

With the feel of a smaller company, clients also have security in the knowledge that Aspire Designer Homes are part of a national building group.


Hadar Homes

Hadar Homes managing director Rick Leeworthy had an epiphany in 1995 when he witnessed a dispute between a client and their builder.

At the time, Leeworthy was working as a plumbing contractor, but the incident on a site near the Victorian border, highlighted what he had known for some time – there was a big gap between what clients wanted and what builders were delivering.

So 23 years ago he established Hadar Homes, and decided his company would offer its clients honest and reliable service as well as exceptional quality.

With more than 1000 homes now built under his leadership, Hadar Homes has become the most awarded local builder in the Albury-Wodonga and Wangaratta area.

And despite his position as the company director, Leeworthy maintains a hands-on approach to every project.

And for those looking to buy a house and land package, Hadar Homes makes it as simple as possible, taking out the guesswork, even choosing the perfect block and perfect floorplan to match. The team ensures it takes everything into account, from the size of the backyard to its orientation to ensure solar efficiency and cost effectiveness.


Ridgewater Homes

The core values for Ridgewater Homes are knowledge, integrity, commitment, teamwork and honesty and they are integral to the company’s success.

Company directors Andrew Wilson and Gary Bhanot have more than 30 years’ building experience and endeavour to bring to a fresh approach to each customer experience.

Ridgewater Homes has three price entry points in their home designs – the Smart Range, Lifestyle Range and Custom Builds.

The Smart Range starts from $190,000 with a range of floor plans for single storey houses and a selection of facades and inclusions. The Lifestyle range starts from $220,000 and includes single and double storey designs and floorplans, while the Custom Builds range starts from as low as $240,000.

And for those looking for house and land packages, first homebuyers can save up to $35,000 and up to $50,000 in upgrades.

If clients can’t find a design from one of Ridgewater Homes standard single or double storey floor plans, the RIdgewater team can help design the perfect and personalised custom floor plan that suits every lifestyle and budget.

With display centres in Tarneit, Truganina, and Fraser Rise, there’s plenty of opportunity to get a feel for the space and feel of any of Ridgewater Homes’ designs first hand or take a virtual tour beforehand.


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Dominique Gurbisa
Dominique Grubisa

Lawyer, Asset Protection Specialist and Property Educator

Dominique Grubisa is a practicing legal practitioner with over 25 years of legal and commercial experience. She is a property investor and developer, an entrepreneur with businesses in Australia and Southeast Asia, a speaker, educator, writer and published author. You may contact Dominique at

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