Testimonials

  True North Architects has had the pleasure of working collaboratively with Paterson Builders on the award winning Keir Residence at Avoca Beach. We not only found their quality & attention to every detail refreshing but it was always delivered in a personable & friendly manner. Their input was instrumental to the success of our project & we have no hesitation to recommend their services.   

Angus Crowe
Director, True North Architects

  My father bought a block of land on Grandview Crescent in 1947 and built a fishing shack with his
brother and two mates from the war. It was about 20m2 in area and of basic hardwood timber frame
construction with compressed fibre cement cladding. It was used by the family as a cherished jewel
for summer holidays. I bought it from my father in the early 1970's and undertook modest
improvements such as adding a deck, building a sleeping loft in the roof space and adding a small
bathroom and storage area at one end - increasing the area to a substantial 28m2.

After more than 60 years of valuable use, there was a need to extend the building but it had to be
done in a way that was sensitive to the original historic context. As an architect, I prepared a design
concept that respected the existing structure by integrating the new additions into the existing form . It
was to be a modest two bedroom , low-key beach house.



I needed a sensitive builder who understood the emotional attachment the family had to the place.
The builder needed to have a skill with detail and needed to be someone I could work carefully with in
a co-operative way. I prepared detailed drawings and finishes and equipment schedules. I sought the
names of recommended builders in the area, interviewed 10, looked at completed or in-progress
projects and called referees. I selected 3 good builders to tender, one of which was Brad Paterson of
Paterson Builders.



I was so pleased that Brad submitted was the lowest price as I knew his work was immaculate and I
felt he was a person I could work well with. I was also attracted by the fact this was a family business
with his 2 sons Tim and John working with him on site and his wife Wendy providing administrative
support. Brad's tender was thorough and he offered a range of suggestions for cost savings and
technical options.



Brad was an absolute joy to work with. He was so caring about the quality of the work and respected
the fact that I was after a fairly high level of communication. I enjoyed talking to him about progress
and options for improvement. He genuinely loved the project. There were a limited number of
changes and I considered the cost variations submitted were fair and reasonable. I included 5 Prime
Cost items in the contract - security, PV panels, some joinery items, hot water system and the water
retention tanks. Brad managed these well as he integrated them into the main scope. He used quality
sub-contractors and their work was well co-ordinated. Documentation for invoices, variations, etc was
thorough and clear.



Constructing an architect's own house could potentially be a challenge. Brad respected and enjoyed
the design interface. I couldn't speak more highly of the overall experience - the quality of Brad's
construction and the professional manner in which he worked . I would actually say I found the ideal
builder. Consequently, I am pleased to recommend Paterson Builders to any potential client.


I would be pleased to provide clarifications or further information if required.  

Ross Styles
Alterations and Additions at 13 <;irandview Crescent, Killcare

  I have nothing but praise for Brad & his team. He & his family were an absolute pleasure to deal with. No issue was too big & late changes were accommodated without fuss. Brad kept me fully informed about progress, sending me status photos every few days (I am based in Sydney).

Very few variations were initiated by Brad & all variations were priced fairly.  

Simon Hardy
Executive Director, Design & Infrastructure Barangaroo

  Choosing a builder for a major project is a daunting task, particularly if you have no knowledge of any builders in the area. Fortunately, our architect strongly recommended we engage Brad Peterson and the team at Paterson Builders based on his long working relationship with them.

Our project involved an extensive demolition, rebuild and addition to a coastal home. Brad and his team did a fantastic job on a brief that involved engineering and design complexities. Paterson Builders did an outstanding job. The company is committed to excellence and genuine customer service. Their ability to communicate with us, architects, engineers and other trades was outstanding. The completed project has been showcased in both print and digital media and has received many awards and accolades.



The entire building process was so enjoyable, smooth and uncomplicated, we would gladly do it all again! We would recommend Brad Paterson and Paterson Builders without any reservation to prospective clients committed to a quality building project.  

Stewart & Jillian Kellie
Copacabana