After many years of living overseas and being bombarded by constant streaming of Grand Designs and other reality-based building shows, my wife and I finally embarked on an architect designed build of our family home in Brisbane in 2018. Our architect introduced us to Bob, Alex, Aaron and the team at Space as a company that could bring our paper bound ideas to life.
My wife and I had lived in many apartments and houses over the years, and we had very clear expectations and needs, a quality build that would stand the test of time without our budgets being gouged.
Space far exceeded our expectations.
In terms of understanding our need for quality that would last, Space displayed an empathetic understanding and proactively made suggestions that hit the sweet spot of saving money but ensuring the quality of the build would last a lifetime. From materials to workmanship, Space showed a fluent understanding that value for money is an equation that only works in the long term and that aesthetic sensibilities do not have to be sacrificed in that equation. This type of pragmatism is rarely seen in the building industry where pendulum swings between short term costs savings and extravagant vanity spends are the norm.
As a partner to our trusted architect, Space was able to dove-tail nicely into the aspirations of what we had only envisioned in our minds. Space identified and executed elements that needed attention to turn imagination into reality. Everything from Roman drains to double glazed windows, from placements of compressors to flood design (all things that may have not been part of the plans), were discussed to make sure the final build lived up to the expectations of the vision. In hindsight, when we sit in our house after a dinner or having had friends over, there is a quiet satisfaction in knowing the utility of the things that are not visible and yet play a central role in having taken the plan from a vision to a real-life structure.
A potential nightmare for any build, the team at Space and in particular Alex and Aaron were on top of this from the beginning. We always felt like the team was in control, pre-empting any situation with a phone call or an email and always with a next step or suggestion. Even when issues did occur with elements such as weather (or concreting!), no avenue was left unexplored, and one was left with the impression that we were only brought into the fray once a solution or options had been found.
We have no hesitation in recommending the team at Space. They have managed to combine the soft and hard skills necessary to bring people’s dreams to life and on budget! Their portfolio and word of mouth speak for themselves and are well deserved. We are pleased to have been a small part of the story of a successful Queensland business and still follow them on social media to see the wonderful projects they are working on at any given time.
When you tell friends and colleagues that you are building a house, most of them roll their eyes and wait for you to start talking about all of the problems that you are having with your builder. When you tell them how much you are enjoying working with your builder, they give you a strange look as if they don’t really believe you…
But that’s how it is when you work with Space Constructions. If you are looking for builders who you can trust and will enjoy working with, you cannot go past Bob and Andy at Space.
Our project was complicated– 3 suspended concrete slabs on a sloping block. The 14-month build was completed on-time and on-budget.
There was always something happening on site. The project was so well organised – things were constantly moving forward in a structured and well thought out way.
The quality of their work is first class – you really do get the very best quality if you build with Space. And not just because that’s what we wanted – Andy and Bob wanted it too. Once or twice, while we were doing an inspection during the build, we’d spot something that didn’t look quite as good as we were hoping it might. Before we even had a chance to query it, Bob would point to it and say “Don’t worry about that – we’re going to change it so it looks better than that”. We didn’t even have to ask! The end product is so amazing – we are so delighted with it.
There were never any surprises in terms of cost. These guys know what they are doing – and as a result, you can be confident that they price that they give you will be accurate. We had a few variations – mostly because we wanted to make changes as we went through the build. The Space team handled all of those in their stride, and were always very proactive in identifying the cost of any change and what alternatives might be available.
We cannot speak highly enough of Bob and Andy at Space. They are true professionals and fantastic to work with.
We invited Space to tender for the construction work based on detailed architect plans. On the basis of their competitive tender and portfolio of work we selected the Space team, who then worked with us to reduce the cost through practical amendments recommended by Space to the design. As a detailed-oriented and organised couple, we were pleased to see Space’s professionalism, and high organised project management skills (one of the team’s stand-out strengths). Their detailed use of project management software meant that their costings and timings were accurate, minimising both their and our risk of time or cost blow-outs.
After construction started in June 2018, we were incredibly impressed at the progress made. This was maintained at every stage of the build. The focus on quality was excellent but above all the project management meant that we had long lead times on any decisions. On the few occasions where we had to make changes to the designs, the process was consultative and pragmatic. There were no cost or time overruns (project was delivered three weeks ahead of schedule) other than where we made conscious decisions to upgrade (primarily an investment in digital home control technology, which Space accommodated very professionally).
Further, working with the Space team, Bob, Alex (x2), Aaron and Andy, was an absolute pleasure throughout.
There have inevitably been a few minor items since we’ve moved in that needed attention – the Space team has responded quickly to remedy even the smallest matters.
I cannot recommend Space too much – they made the build a great experience.
From our first meeting with Space Constructions we knew they were the team that was going to deliver our dream home. Their professionalism and dedication to their clients was immediately evident which did not falter throughout our entire 12-month build.
The steepness of our block was so challenging that multiple house and pool builders declined to take on the project. Not only did Space Constructions welcome the challenge, they delivered a home over and above our expectations.
If you are looking for a construction company that will deliver your build on time, on budget and on point, look no further than Space Constructions. No query from us went unanswered, no concern unresolved and that’s why we have no hesitation in highly recommending them for your project.
We are pleased to recommend Space Constructions for any house renovation or build. Not only do Space have the skills to transform even the most derelict house into a work of art, but more importantly they will do so with the same love and care that you carry for the project yourself. It was not unusual to see various members of the team on site, at odd hours, ensuring that things were done just right. You can trust that you are in safe hands with Space to deliver on time, on budget and above expectations.
We have built with a number of builders in the past, everything from new luxury homes from scratch to renovating older Queenslanders, units and commercial properties. While we have always endeavoured to maintain good cordial working relations with our builders we have never used the same building firm twice. Sadly we have always felt that things could have been done “better” in some way shape or form. The process of building your own home that you are so invested in, both emotionally and financially, is littered with potential pitfalls. Things can and do go wrong but how these issues are dealt with are the making, or breaking of a business relationship. Everything from quoting a job to eventually handing over the finished product can easily become complicated.
We are so glad we chose Space Constructions to build our “dream-home” which has ticked all of our requirements to the extent that it has become our “forever home”. The only downside of this decision is that we may never get the pleasure of working with Bob and Andy from Space Constructions again on another project and we never thought we would ever utter those sentiments about a building firm! We would build with Space Construction again in a heartbeat.
From the very beginning of interviewing builders for due diligence Bob and Andy impressed us as straight talking men with values and integrity rarely seen in life let alone in the building world. They told us what they thought of our plans and told us what could be achieved and what couldn’t. They offered helpful practical suggestions to maximise the site and the house while minimising expense.
Thankfully at the end of the tender process they provided us with not only the best price but also the quickest construction time and were duly awarded the job. What was so surprising was that they stuck to both their price and time of construction. There were no surprises in pricing after the contract was signed. Variations were not an issue and all the result of improvements that either we or they suggested. They even managed to save us money during the build process! Most importantly they built our home in the time frame they promised without making any excuses. We were moved into our house the week we were promised for Christmas.
Bob and Andy’s communication with us was faultless. They answered calls straight away or returned them as soon as they could as they did with our countless emails. They were happy to answer questions and provide suggestions in terminology that we could understand clearly. If they told us something was going to happen it did or there was a good reason for it not happening and it was fixed as soon as humanly possible. Since the construction finished 18 months ago they have been happy to attend to any of our minor concerns promptly and thoroughly in a professional manner.
Once again we cannot recommend Bob and Andy and Space Constructions more highly and without any hesitations.
Tod and Amanda
We originally contacted Space Constructions because of a recommendation from one of their trade suppliers. After an initial meeting with Bob, we moved to more in-depth discussions with him and Andy. We realized that both of them were straight talkers and knew their stuff. This gave us confidence that any project they took on would be handled with care and professionalism.
We then decided to choose Space to build our contemporary home in Paddington. It is on a difficult site and has some features that are not straight-forward. Throughout the build process, they kept us informed of any issues that naturally come up with any project. All of these were dealt with in a timely and professional manner. We also found that both Andy and Bob are real people who will always call you back or answer an email.
As a result, we have a home that was built on time and within budget. We love our place and are proud to show our friends what Space can do. The team at Space, including their subcontractors and tradesmen are friendly people who not only do a fine job, but will take the time to talk with you along the way.
As home renovation novices, we entered the process with some trepidation and anxiety about choosing the right builder for our project. Ultimately though, the decision for us was an easy one after we met with Bob and the Space team. The professionalism with which they presented the quote and the level of detail it contained gave us confidence that we were in good hands. Bob invested the time in building a relationship with us, understanding our needs, and always responding positively to the many revisions and changes we requested to the quote (we lost count)!
It was a pleasure dealing with Andy and the team who expertly guided us through the build process, and understood our desire to retain the character of the old and blend it with the new. We loved watching the progression of the build each week through the blog photos which we were able to share with our family and friends. This was another example of the team’s dedication to customer service, which continued even after completion to ensure that everything was to our satisfaction.
We were delighted with Space Constructions, and the way in which they turned our vision into a beautiful space for our family.
It is my wife’s and my honour to right a testimonial for you Bob and Andy.
Moving up from Sydney to open my new concept bar, my biggest fear was choosing the right builder. I went through a thorough due diligence process and tendered to several builders, however the honesty, transparency and belief in working together shone through with Bob and Andy, right from the start. Their humble and friendly approach was something unique in this industry have and there was no one else that we felt comfortable with…
Words cannot describe my gratitude to Space for making my dreams for Cowch come true, turning an empty shell into what we have today. They worked tirelessly and never took a backward step in delivering a project that was on budget and on time. And that’s only where it starts… These guys went above and beyond in suggesting cost saving options but also sourcing what we wanted even though it seemed impossible at some stages.
We had to change numerous things during the project and Bob and Andy took it all in their stride, always keeping the end goal, budget and timeframe in sight.
The cliché goes that you will only ever build once… I beg to differ. It was an absolute pleasure to deal with Space. They kept me informed through the whole process with updates, site walk throughs, phone calls and weekly photo updates.
It is without hesitation that I recommend Space to anyone thinking of building. I personally look forward to dealing with them again on the next Cowch, even if it is outside QLD, as I have no hesitation the guys would project manage and have the same attention to detail as this project in Brisbane.
To Bob , Andy and Clarrisa… Thank you from Havva and I for the AMAZING dedication and professionalism you demonstrated during our construction.
I look forward to you all coming in with your families for drinks on me….
Thank you so much.
Arif and Havva Memis
Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar
To Whom it may Concern,
We have recently built our beautiful home with Space Constructions, and we are thrilled with the amazing result!
We chose Space Constructions to build and project manage our home after seeing some of the amazing work they had already produced. They did not disappoint us with our home!
From the day we met them, Bob, Andy, Clarissa and Alex have been wonderful to work with. Nothing ever seemed to be too much trouble for them to achieve.
They have been approachable, honest and open all through the build process, even on things we kept changing, and through the occasional challenges of the building process. They listened to us and offered great suggestions, while at the end of the day respecting the final choice was ours to make.
They also kept us up to date with our project, with phone calls and emails and the beautiful blog photos that we received each week from Clarissa.
Everyone involved worked exceptionally hard to complete our project, and to make it better than we thought it could be. They also did this in under the estimated time frame. They helped us in every way they could to give us the beautiful home that we wanted.
I have no hesitation in recommending Space Constructions to anyone wanting to build or renovate.
With our greatest thanks to everyone involved,
Peter and Robyn Leighton
From the start of our search for builders, we found Bob and Andy’s open and honest approach refreshing and engaging. They did not over promise and always incorporated our input into their practical solutions to our needs. Their support and advice was always available through the design process and as a result we ended up with a very enjoyable home.
They made the building process as stress free as possible and were able to complete the project sooner than the scheduled completion and within our budget. The quality of workmanship is exceptional and they do not take any shortcuts on finish.
Follow up service has also been very responsive and available, and their friendly approach keeps the communication open. We have been very happy to recommend Space to others who have been looking for quality builders.
Commencing a renovation project when 9 months pregnant could have been a huge disaster. Fortunately I chose Bob Antic and the team at Space Constructions to transform my house into a family home and I am thrilled with the result. Space finished our renovations on time, on budget, and our home looks fantastic.
Although Bob is a man of many talents, I would have to say that two of his greatest strengths are his communication skills and his attention to detail. These virtues are invaluable in a renovation/building project. Bob or Alex were in constant contact with me throughout the project. If decisions had to be made, I was consulted as to what I wanted. If I had questions about work progress or finishes, my calls and emails were always returned promptly. If I didn’t understand why something had to be done a certain way, the reasons were carefully explained to me.
Moreover, Clarissa’s photographic blog was yet another way Space kept me in the loop in a modern and visual way. Equally importantly, Bob’s exacting standards and eye for detail meant that I was confident I was getting high quality finishes. There are so many competing tradesmen in the building industry that if I had to find my own tradesmen I would have had no way of knowing how good (or bad) they might be. So it was one less stress knowing that I had Bob’s group of tried and tested cabinet makers, plumbers, electricians, flooring specialists and painters on my project, and that I had Bob’s keen eye as my quality assurance.
I could go on and list numerous other reasons why I was so happy working with the Space Constructions team, for example, Bob and Andy’s ability to come up with creative and cost-conscious solutions to the inevitable problems that crop up in renovating an existing house, or making me feel like my project was a priority. I am happy to speak with anyone who is considering Bob and Space Constructions for their next project.
My Wife and I built a home in Bulimba and we chose Space Constructions as our builder and project manager. We made our decision to use Space based on the the frank and open manner in which that dealt with us. We felt that this was an important factor for us and over the project we built up a strong level of trust with both Bob and Andy.
Our block was small, with covenants and required a custom built home. We engaged an architect in conjunction with Space and we designed a unique house using some novel construction materials and techniques. We were pleased in the way that Space embraced the these and helped us realise our dream.
It is enviable in any building project that somethings will not go to plan. It is the way that these are dealt with that determine how stressful the building process is. We were very please in the way that Space managed any issues that arose and this helped us complete the project as stress free as possible.
Throughout and after the project we remained on good terms with Space and have subsequently used them on two smaller jobs, the fit out of office space and the construction of a new internal wall in our home. These smaller jobs were also carried out to the same level of professionalism.
We would not hesitate to recommend Space Constructions.
It is often said that building a home can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. That was not our experience with Space Constructions; Bob and Andy’s team at Space made the entire process enjoyable. As first time builders, our questions to Bob and Andy were frequent and sometimes probably a little frustrating to the guys, but if that was the case, they never let it show to us.
Their communications were honest, up-front and accurate and in this way, our expectations were met. Our home was delivered on time and on budget. Would we build with them again? Absolutely!
From our first articulation of a long-planned dream, to the day we moved back, Space delivered beyond expectations. Our job presented challenges which Andy patiently ate for breakfast, and Bob’s advice along the way proved extremely valuable.
Now back home again, we value not only the huge engineering component of this difficult job, but also those subtle, special touches that contribute towards retaining the character of the house. Thanks to all the Space team.
We would like to thank you all for making this building project exciting and stress free. The project for me was a daunting task, taking one of the oldest buildings on Montague Rd and trying to create a new building look and feel whilst working within the restraints of council regulations all while trying to stay within our budget. I am pleased to say that we achieved this within 1% of budget.
When we first met Bob, you said you do top quality work and often over deliver on expectations. We were not disappointed. The approach to the job was very professional at all times and worked to the timeframe you set out in our contract. I appreciated being able to work closely with you, Andy and Alex to ensure that every problem was solved without fuss and in the most cost effective manner. Your common sense approach to solving these issues certainly kept the project running smoothly. I was also very pleased that you were able to identify several areas of cost savings on the project, which made no difference to the finished result but allowed us to use the credit we received on those savings to offset variations we required as the building progressed.
We would like to thank the whole team, including Clarissa for the wonderful photos we received each week to keep us up to date with the building progress. I would be very happy to have you do any works for our company in the future and would recommend you highly to anyone wanting a quality building project in Brisbane.
Once again thank you for a wonderful result.
My wife and I spoke to Space Constructions about constructing our house after using their services for a previous extension at our business premises. Andy, Bob and the team were always considerate of our ideas and provided useful feedback and pricings for the inclusions we had in mind. Building a house can sometimes be stressful, but I can say that our experience with Space Constructions was quite pleasant.
Our family is extremely happy with our new home and we would definitely speak with Space when it comes time to build again. I highly recommend them to those looking for a quality builder with experience in premium house building and renovating.
I engaged Space Constructions after meeting with several building companies for an art gallery fit out in the CBD. I am extremely pleased with my choice as Space Constructions did an excellent job and delivered the project both ahead of time and on budget. I am very pleased with the quality of work and the personal attention that I received.
My entire dealings with Space Constructions have been professional and hassle-free. I would like to extend a special thank you to Bob and Andy who are excellent project managers with a keen eye for detail and an ability to keep things moving and on schedule.
I am very confident in recommending Space Constructions to anyone wanting to engage a builder who will deliver projects of a high quality standard and will do so keeping your needs in mind.
I look forward to working with Space Constructions on our next project.
In June 2010 we engaged Bob Antic from Space Construction to be our project advisor and project manager to conduct a $100k plus renovation. We are extremely pleased we did appoint Bob and Space as renovating is an extremely stressful time in any house. I have listed below many of the advantages we found in appointing Bob and Space :-
- Prior to starting construction Bob provided us with many alternatives and option that not only saved us money but gave us a better result
- Space have a wide network of highly experienced and easy going trades people and Bob took out all the hassles in dealing with tradespeople
- Bob was always on hand to coordinate the trades people and provide them direction as to exactly what we wanted
- My wife is a perfectionist when it comes to the home and Bob made sure that every detail was to her satisfaction
- With regards to materials purchased Bob has many ways to buy the best quality products from the company that gives us the customer the best possible price and service
- Space have an open book policy with regards to invoicing and costs which is great knowing you have that access
We would have no hesitation in recommending Bob and Space Constructions to anyone that is considering building or renovating.
If you require any more detail please contact my wife Debbie on 0408 745477 or call me on 0418 745477.
The decision to have our home renovated saw us pushed and pulled in many different directions with emotions running rampant. From the first meeting with the team at Space Construction all those fears and emotions were put to rest and as the project went forward we knew we had made the correct decision to proceed with this team.
Bob was our go to man when it came to the selection and purchase of goods and materials while Andy and the construction guys kept things at the site ticking along like a Swiss watch. This was all supported by Alex and Clarissa who kept us updated on progress and the all important costs.
We are now back in our home and could not be happier, would we go through this process again? With Space supporting things……. Most definitely.
We use the word ‘partners’ deliberately because that exactly what these guys became. Their mode of operation is personable, professional, and problem solving, delivering a high-end product that we are proud to call our home.
These guys take great pride in their workmanship. It’s not just business it’s personal.
The purpose of this letter is to provide prospective clients some feedback in relation to this company. I am not usually a person who provides references for companies but in this case I make an exception.
Over the past thirty five years, I have had the opportunity to build three houses all of which I have occupied. All three houses were built by different building companies. All three presented different experiences, good and bad. I also have spent the past twenty years working in project management, project and systems engineering.
I was recommended to Space Construction as a potential builder by the person who sold me the block of land where my house now sits. Prior to selecting my builder, I approached a few companies to assess their organisations and what they were prepared to offer if I was to build with them. My ultimate selection was Space Constructions. I will now explain why they were chosen.
My first dealing with the company was through a telephone conversation with Andy Tomic, (the estimation, contracts person in the company). I advised that I was intending to build a house in the near future and that I was considering their company as one of the potential candidates. Before they would consider allowing me to enter into their exclusive club, I was advised that I had to attend a construction site with them. The reason was to meet with and provide me with the opportunity to see their construction site and the way that they build homes. I arrived at the site to meet the second partner in this company, Bob Antic (the construction, co-ordination, get the job done guy) This is a unique experience, as you get to see how they run their building site, observe their sub contractors in action, have a general look around and ask questions at the same time. They also point out that they use quality materials and provide a finish that is outstanding. I must admit that this comes at a price that will be outlined later.
I must have passed their test as I was then allowed to enter into discussions and the design phase. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted in the house and was passed to their draftsman, Vince. Between Vince and me we conveyed the design to paper.
The estimation and quotation phase commenced with Andy beginning his consultation process with me. We had numerous telephone calls and exchanged emails regularly. I asked for a copy of their specification. After reading this document and highlighting numerous inconsistencies and problem areas (did not offer protection to the customer or builder in areas), I conveyed my concerns to Andy. He advised me that they were going to rewrite their specification but this had not occurred. I suggested that I might help out here owing to my background experience. Together we re-wrote the specification and the legal people have also agreed to its changes. I believe that they now use this specification for all clients.
We discussed materials, construction, finish, inclusions etc and agreed a price and signed the Contract.
My suggestion for anyone contemplating building a house is to provide the builder with a not-to-exceed cost. I state this as like most prospective clients we want the Rolls Royce solution but the reality is that the funds we possess enable us to purchase a Holden/Ford. The reason for providing a figure to your builder is so that you do not waste your time and the builder’s time going down a path that may not be attainable.
Andy then commenced the approval to construct process and around six weeks later construction commenced. I visited the site on a daily basis to check progress and oversee that all was to my satisfaction. I should not have worried. Bob the construction guru, would stop at nothing to ensure that he met my expectations. Where he was not happy with any work, he bought it to my attention and then had the problem rectified. Where I saw something that was not to his liking or incorrect he addressed the issue. There were a number of occasions where he would notice that something may not work or look good. He approached me highlighted the situation and provided solutions or asked what I would like to see/do. Together we reached a decision that was amenable to the both of us. I cannot explain, in sufficient detail, the consultation that took place between us. His professionalism and approach to his work, the quality and finish of the house is excellent. He is a true gentleman who will do his utmost to ensure that you, his customer, get what you seek.
This company is not your average building company; they are what I would call a boutique builder. They are not the budget builder and they are not the most expensive either. They do however, build quality houses and you may pay more that you would from a standard builder. The difference is in the finished product. Where this company excels is their uncompromising service, quality, and customer focus. My house has now been finished for four months now and during this time I have had a few questions and issues arise. I simply called them and they have responded to these queries and issues immediately and to my satisfaction. How many times have you experienced a company who has provided the goods and not followed up with their service claim? This company is different they provide a service.
Building my third home has been a truly memorable experience and I would definitely build with them again. In this day and age it is refreshing to deal with someone who guarantees and builds a quality product and follows up with the service that supports their product and keeps you, their customer, happy. In this day and age this is a limited experience.