• Rebecca Fawcett-Smith

DJ Roberts: A Family Legacy


If you are in the market for a new home and you are looking for a quality builder, look no further than DJ Roberts – a stable, local, family-owned business.

Constructing award-winning homes for the past 30 years, DJ Roberts is now one of the largest family building companies in the local area. Owner, David Roberts, grew up on a building site from a very young age, leaving school at the age of 16 to work full-time with his father, Bill Roberts, in the family building company.

“In the 1970s, Dad, whilst working in conjunction with Bill Bowden, was one of the biggest builders in the Pine Shire, and Dad was a major contributor to the establishment of Strathpine, then known as ‘little Aspley’,” said David.

The father and son history continues today, with David's son, Mitchell, a full-time fixture of the business since graduating from Year 12 in 2007.

“Mitchell heads our concrete, and he’s just finishing his builders’ licence, which once completed, will make him fully licensed as well,” said Office Manager, Liesa Ricketts.

David’s daughter Dannielle also works full-time for the business, overseeing all plans from head office. A Bachelor of Environmental Science graduate, Danielle is currently completing an energy efficiency and assessment course, which will soon see in-house energy audits added to the DJ Roberts client offering.

What really sets DJ Roberts apart from their competitors however, is that when you choose to build with DJ Roberts, you are choosing to deal with the owner himself, not a Managing Director or Manager employed by a company.

“Most times when building, people are unable to talk directly to the builder,” said David. “They have to talk to the supervisor or the office and people like that. When you build with DJ Roberts, you get to deal directly with me.”

“David is very, very hands on,” adds Liesa. “He meets each and every owner, and he pours concrete every morning. He also checks most houses before handover, and if there’s a problem he takes it upon himself to personally resolve it.”

DJ Roberts client, Darren More, said, “Meeting David for the first time to select our colours and bricks, it was reassuring to know that we were not just talking to a salesperson, but the owner of the business. Throughout the building process, we didn’t have any issues, and any concerns we did have were answered quickly. Building with DJ Roberts was an easy process, and one I would have no issues with doing again.”

This good old-fashioned service, coupled with a team of long-serving, loyal employees familiar with David’s high standards and strong work ethic, has fostered a culture that continues to contribute to the success of this long-established, reputable family business.

“I try and employ my carpenters full-time and only subcontract out when we have to,” said David. “That way I’ve got full control over the process, because when I employ them, they have to do it my way.”

An ex St. Patrick’s College student, David has sourced many of his apprentices from the school, as well as offering apprenticeships to many of the youth he has coached in various sports.

“We’re one of the biggest apprentice employers around,” said David. “Currently, we have 20-23 carpenters and apprentices.”

Adds Liesa, “Because we do from pegging out the footings to the finished house, our apprentices don’t have to go to college a lot because they get the exposure on site which is a really big thing.”

DJ Roberts display homes are located at Sandstone Lakes (Ningi), Riverparks (Caboolture), Riverbreeze (Griffin) and Narangba Heights. For more information, visit www.djroberts.com.au


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