VETERAN New South Wales builder Bill McDonald is heading north of the border.
His company McDonald Jones Homes, established 25 years ago in Maitland in the Hunter Valley, is now one of the largest residential builders in that state.
It uses Hunter Valley locals Brad Cranfield and Lara Welham, the 2012 winners of The Block television renovation show, as its brand ambassadors.
‘‘With the Queensland housing market needing a projected 471,000 homes in the next 10 years to house an estimated population of 8.7 million people by 2056, the time was right for McDonald Jones Homes to move into Queensland to help meet housing demands,’’ Mr McDonald said.
McDonald Jones Homes’ Queensland business development manager Anthony Kirby said the company was using a local management team and tradespeople as it made its push into Queensland.
‘‘We are using a local trade base to ensure our quality is kept to the same high standards Bill McDonald set the business up to provide,’’ Mr Kirby said.
Recently the company started building two of its four steelframe display homes at North Lakes, north of Brisbane. These homes are expected to be open for public inspection by the end of the year.
Mr Kirby said McDonald Jones had designed homes exclusively for the Queensland market, recognising the different lifestyle and climate.
‘‘Our Queensland homes have never been seen before, and they will provide choices not currently available in the market,’’ Mr Kirby said.
He said the range of homes would cater for first-home buyers, through to people who were looking to build executive residences or country manors.
‘‘We are currently leading the NSW market, selling over 1000 homes per year, so we know people have confidence in the way we do business,’’ he said.