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Our Clients

Hey Steve, just wanted to say how great you have been with all our home improvements and the top work you have done – at least 5 different significant home improvement projects with us so far.

You have been excellent at completing the work to the highest standards, but also great at coming up with new and alternative ideas that made the end result even better. You have a great grasp of how expensive home improvement can be and are always looking for the most cost effective approach for us.

We have recommended CMJ to friends who have also been extremely satisfied with Steve’s work and we will continue to recommend him to all our friends.

Thanks Steve for all the great work you have done on our house.

Graham and Anne


Still loving our garage to bedroom conversion that you did. You did an amazing job! Top quality work and we couldn’t have asked for better workmanship. Cannot speak more highly of you.


It is great to work with Steve CMJ Building to build our back house. All works run very smooth and team is really nice and all on schedule. Hope can work with them in the future.


Thanks Steve, Garry and Michael.

To whom it may concern

We first met Steve Richards from CMJ Building & Construction in the latter parts of 2012 when my wife and I were considering our options regarding the extension of our home to meet the needs of our growing family. We were already deep in discussion with another building contractor and had been given Steve’s details as an alternate opinion based on a recommendation from a friend. This friend spoke highly of Steve based on him “stepping in” and “saving the day“ after an engagement with another contractor ended prematurely mid job.

Whilst we were upfront with Steve about the stage we were already at with this other contractor, he was incredibly open about his thoughts and our options. He gave us advice about how to take further ownership in developing our plans and not being tied to any one building contractor if the current discussions ended unfavourably. This would give us the opportunity to take our plans to several building contractors for quotes without having to commit funding.

After our previous engagement reached a stalemate, my wife and I took Steve’s advice and engaged a draftsman, engineer, etc and developed our own plans enabling us to operate independently through engagement of our building contractor. At this point we re-engaged with Steve (and other parties) to obtain quotes for the plans. Again through this phase Steve provided a great deal of advice regarding how to avoid nasty surprises by covering as much detail as possible. This prompted us to modify some of our expectations around pricing and avoid unforeseen costs. At the end of this process we felt confident in making a decision to engage with CMJ in a contract to deliver on the plans that we had developed. This decision was eased by the rapport we had built, the openness and regularity of communication, and the general “good feeling” that we had that Steve and Gary from CMJ were good honest people that we felt we could trust.

Throughout the building process Steve was consistent with our first impressions. An open and honest communicator. Some of Steve’s actions that demonstrated his professionalism included:

– He consulted with us where there were interpretations that could be made in the plans as opposed to implementing what was easiest or cheapest build quality.

– He offered his opinion or advice throughout the whole process. His professionalism was consistent irrespective of our decision regarding those recommendations.

– Considered the impact to my family regarding when some activities took place, and gave suitable notice when some disruptive activities might take place.

– Considered and responded to all thoughts, concerns or suggestions that we made throughout the project.

– When we engaged with someone regarding ducting, this was factored in during the build process as opposed to deferring it until after, which reduced our installation costs.

– When we engaged with a painter to try to perform some painting activities prior to that part of the construction being erected, he was flexible in allowing this to happen by focusing on other activities, despite the risk that this could have slowed the build process and put the overall timeline at risk.

The past 12 months I consider a memorable period for numerous reasons, including an addition to our family, and the opportunity to stay in a place my family calls home. Many people will happily tell you that one of the most stressful things you can do is to live through a house extension. At the end of this construction I can say that whilst there were challenging times, fundamentally this process was made easier by the professionalism showed by Steve.

The overall finished product has exceeded our expectations.

David and Marilou

During 2012, we had the pleasure of working with Steve and Gary to extend and renovate our house. They were always professional and organised with a fantastic work ethic. From our initial meeting, they were excellent. They listened carefully to want we needed and what our budget was and worked with us closely in order to help us realise our goals. They were flexible in their approach, allowing us to use our own tradespeople at times. They were thoughtful and considerate and went above and beyond to complete the work to an exemplary standard that was delivered within budget and well within time.

It is for these reasons that we would have no hesitation in recommending them.


Kati and Carlos

To whom it may concern

In the last 5 years I have owned and renovated three residential properties and used a number of trade’s people from a number of disciplines to complete the work; however in my most recent renovations I have opted to use Steve Richards.

Over the last year Steve has completed a number of building projects at my home in Ringwood East. I can say with all confidence that Steve has completed all tasks with the utmost professionalism. In particular, one project was a major extension to the existing house which is being used as a fully contained unit for my aging mother.

Steve was able to make some clever suggestions in regards the best use of space and helped substantially with the planning and permit stages of the development.


Many thanks to CMJ Building & Construction Company of Steve Richards. We extend our compliments to all involved with the building construction.

We are very impressed with the way we were approached with respect, class and dignity, taking time to personally tender to our needs with the Extension work and when preparing the contract documents.

We were happy with the team that worked under your guidance. They were honest and professional in their work. The workmanship was detailed and high quality.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated. Needless to say we are very happy we decided to have CMJ & Construction company to do our building Extension.

We thank you again for your dedication on the project and appreciate all your work and will continue without any hesitation to praise and recommend your company.

With Regards

Anthony and Hiranthi