Commercial Building

Developers, Retailers, Multi-Residential 

Developers and business owners, come one come all! Our commercial experiences range from shop fit-outs, multi-residential apartments, and a veterinary hospital. We also revitalised the Brisbane City Tabernacle Baptist Church, so restoration work on a major scale is also on our experience list.

We understand that if you are looking to build commercially with us that you likely have targets, indicators and goals to meet and we pride ourselves on working hard and always professionally to meet your needs and goals. We spend a lot of time at the front end with designing and planning, to ensure that all details have been decided upon before beginning construction, allowing for the build to happen smoothly without hesitations or hidden surprises that would cause delays or add costs to the project. During this initial period, we also get to understand what is important to you and what you are trying to achieve with your project to ensure we deliver a result that meets then exceeds expectation.

Once the planning and design stage has been finalised, we will tender the project and during this stage we will engage industry professionals/ colleagues to refine any previous provisional budget reviews and neaten a number for contract sum. Once a contract is signed construction will begin.

Our Project management software Buildertrend gives you the ability to track key components of your project to ensure we are staying on track to meet your expectations, needs and goals. Buildertrend Schedule component gives you an insight on the project progression to see if its running on time or ahead of time to meet deadlines, and we can also have prompts through the schedule for any reminders needed such as selecting/ ordering products.

The daily log element of Buildertrend provides you with the ability to check-in daily and see what work has been completed and make any comments for the field crew, sub-contractors, supervisors and your builder to see. Buildertrend also provides a breakdown and view of project pending, and job running costs to manage overall spending throughout the entire project, with this information we can manage the project spending to ensure no overspending if budget is a primary concern.

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Previous Projects

New Farm Guesthouse

Our involvement with the extension and revitalisation of an inner city multi-residential boutique guest house has been one of the most rewarding commercial projects that we have done. The new three storey extension to the existing property included 15 bedrooms, two large living bedrooms with bathrooms, share bathroom and two communal kitchens. There was a bridge connecting the existing to new area, which created a great outdoor social area on the top floor and seamless transition between buildings on the middle level. On the ground floor we built a new gym area and laundry room, as well as two separate private living quarters with their own ensuite and kitchenette. The original building with its 14 bedrooms was also renovated.

“Our challenge was to renovate and extend the building whilst keeping the tenants so I had an income stream. A book could be written on this renovation, access restrictions, difficult neighbours, body corps, fire regulations and continual red tape with council. The written word cannot describe the stress and challenges we faced but Ryan was there till the end, always a cool head, positive and never giving up. Today it is a beautiful 29 room guest house in the heart of New Farm with close to 100% occupancy.” 
– Tony Schaffer

Bedshed, Aspley

The Aspley Home maker centre is the residence of Queensland’s largest selling ‘Bedshed’ outlet, of which we had the privilege of refitting in late 2018. Having to work outside of shop hours saw night works and a dedicated night supervisor for all trades that worked on the project. All new joinery was shipped and stored in a storage container to save on multiple delivery fees as it was transported from Sydney to Brisbane. The fit out was broken into three stages and completed over 4 weeks. Staging was divided into thirds of the store so business could still operate whilst construction was taking place to avoid loss of revenue.

“Bedshed have their own builders but I wanted to use Ryan for his attention to detail and expertise. After our history this re-fit was a walk in the park, we traded through the entire process and the store looks absolutely stunning. Our head office were impressed and it reflected in our sales.” 
– Tony Schaffer

Kippa-ring Veterinary Clinic

This project started with an existing vet practice of 25 years, with the challenge to design a new building and facilities for the new business owner Green Cross Vets. The new building was designed and built behind the existing practice to maintain trading while construction and fit out took place. The existing building was removed once the team of Green Cross Vets were up and running in the new building. A carpark then replaced the old building. The new building of 415 m2 total, consisted of four consult rooms, two surgery theatres, cat and dog kennels, isolation rooms and prep areas. The design reinforces the reputation Green Cross Vets have built Australia wide as a provider of up-to-date and customer friendly veterinary services. 

City Tabernacle Church

The restoration of the City Tabernacle Church is a project we were very fortunate to be involved with. The existing building was rich with history and restoration required traditional construction methods. The heritage building built in 1890s suffered water and hail damage from the severe Brisbane hail storm in November 2014, which saw the original stained-glass windows smashed by hail along with major water damage to the original hearth plaster ceilings and rendered white set walls. The large ornate cornice, detailed plaster around windows, and original stained glass all required specialised techniques and trades to restore. The roof suffered extensive hail damage and need all roof sheeting and box gutters replaced. It took six months to restore the church and the process brought the old building into the 20th century as it allowed for installation of air-conditioning, and a fresh new appearance.

“RJM Builders have been excellent to work with during the whole project. Their management skills in planning and executing the projects have been excellent. Various parts of the project, like painting the interior of the auditorium, required a detailed programme and this was met. They spent considerable time in finding the right trades to handle the various heritage tasks that the work demanded and then set about working with these specialists to achieve an excellent outcome. I would have no hesitation in considering RJM Builders for any project of a similar nature.”
– John Ivett

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