Meet Adam Begbie
Begbie Bentham Design & Build
I entered the building industry 23 years ago with a very proactive and exciting new building company in the Redland’s My first couple of years with this company was working on building sites as a general all rounder. The company grew very quickly and I was moved into a co- ordination role within the office where My role was the conduit between the directors/ suppliers , subcontractors and clients. I quickly learnt in this role that standard procedures and systems was critical to ensure the jobs ran efficiently on time on budget and clients were regularly updated , I set up many systems back then that that may seem antiquated now but the philosophy today is still the same The age of cloud based computing mobile devices and lap top computers have seen massive changes in how a modern building company operates.
After 8 years with this company and rising through the ranks to be a director, James and I Decided, it was time to have ago for ourselves that was over 16 years ago this year, we began Begbie Bentham in October 2002.
We have seen many ups and downs in the industry over the years , but have been lucky enough to have consistent work even in the tough times. We have actually built homes for the children of clients we built for 15 & 16 years ago and have on many occasion now built second and third homes for our clients for life.
Through trial error and success we believe the number one issue in the industry is lack of communication, we have been guilty of it in years gone by but have always strived to better ourselves and to make the entire design/ build and after sales experience an enjoyable experience for our customers.
In 2016 we worked for 9 months on setting up a new build program called co-construct, to be honest we don’t know how we operated before it. It has completely transformed the way we run our business and clients rave about it.It has cut build time down by at least 10 percent it keeps clients informed 24/7 both in on site works and in office administration and they know exactly how they are travelling financially should they request variations to contract after contract signing.
We are completely transparent in all that we do our clients even have access to gantt charts & calendar schedules we use to schedule our trades and suppliers.The Grey area that is rife through our industry has completely vanished within our company.
If you would like further information on our exciting online portal just contact us via Email, Facebook or Instagram and we will gladly send you a PDF brochure.
Lastly, if you are currently looking for a builder to build your dream home the number one question you should ask is what building system he has …if he is old school and still uses notebooks, white boards and a piece of timber to note take, you need to seriously consider if this is the right person to build your dream home.
Meet James Bentham
Begbie Bentham Design & Build
With a long list of family members who were in construction, it was only natural for James to have a passion for design and building.
After college and 6 months working for a surveyor, James started a traineeship as an architectural draftsman with a large project builder.
Through the mid 1980’s James developed his design and drafting skills working on a wide range of projects as both a senior architectural draftsman and drawing office manager.
In 1988 with a passion for design and construction, James started his own design and drafting company.
This company quickly grew to add 2 additional draftsman with a wide range of builders and projects.
In 1991 James won a HIA subcontractor award for a large home on a sloping site at Shailer Park.
Another 2 HIA awards followed for James’s designs, a silver award for a home in Manly and an award for most innovative use of a small lot in Mt Cotton.
In 1990 he was amongst the first to become a member of the Building Designers Association of Queensland and amongst the first Building Designers to become registered with the Queensland Building Services Authority.
In the late 1990’s James met Adam Begbie while working as a Subcontractor Designer for a Redlands Based builder and in 2002 they decided to combine their talents to form Begbie Bentham Pty Ltd.
James is very proud of every home designed and constructed by Begbie Bentham, most homes have been individually designed to suit each client and each site.
He believes It’s important to listen to each clients wishes, needs and budget, consider passive design principles, and work with the best aspects of the site.
After 34 years designing homes James still enjoys helping clients create their dream homes.
Christene grew up in the Redlands, she still enjoys boating, jumping off jetties and camping with her Husband and dog.
Having completed a General Office Traineeship, she started her career working for a local Real Estate Agency, furthering her career and becoming a Licensed Property Manager and then achieving a Certificate IV in Administration, led her to become an Office Manager/Bookkeeper. Always wanting to improve her skill set and knowledge base, she attends training seminars and workshops on a regular basis, staying up to date with Industry requirements.
She first met Adam and James whilst she was Office Manager for a large local Real Estate Agency. When Begbie Bentham were looking for someone to join their team, Christene was first on the list and she joined them in 2003.
Christene’s Managerial skills, dedication and hard work, has been the force behind Begbie Bentham.
Lance moved from China to complete his schooling in Brisbane, it was during his time at School, he discovered his passion for design & enrolled in University to become an Architect.
Lance met Adam & James after the completion of his Bachelor & Masters in Architecture, he has worked with them on some local designs & some Resorts in China.
He also accompanied Adam & James to China during the construction of a Resort where his language skills & construction knowledge were invaluable.
Lance registered as an Architect in 2018
Sales & Marketing
Kieren, completed his schooling in Melbourne & during this time he was the Victorian champion in Table Tennis competing in the Australian Championships.
With a family of high achieving business people, it was only natural for Kieren to study Business & Marketing at University.
After he completed his university degree, he worked for a time in Sydney, before he teamed up with Adam & James to build Resorts in China.
Kieren, is a valued member of the team working in sales & marketing, working with both local & international clients.
Graduating in 2008 Sarah has developed a passion for Interior Design and from this has a particular passion for residential design. Sarah’s design and decorating experience is vast and continues to spread across many different design styles.
Sarah’s interest in design has naturally lead her to a love of travel where she draws inspiration from the cities and places she visits.
As your Interior Designer Sarah aims to enhance the functionality of your space while maintaining your brief. She continuously monitors latest styling trends to provide you with skilled and up to date guidance during your selection process to turn your house into your dream home.
From an early age, Laurie knew he wanted to be a carpenter as he enjoyed both building and demolishing things. His father was a house painter so becoming a tradesman was in his blood. After completing his apprenticeship with a bayside builder, he continued contracting for a further 3 years.
Having known both Adam and James for over 20 years a position became available as a Supervisor for Begbie Bentham, and having worked as a supervisor for a number of project builders, he jumped at the chance to work for a Custom Design Builder, where you aren’t just another number.
Ali finished her Schooling in Brisbane and started working in the Childcare Industry. After a few years in Childcare, she completed a Certificate in Business & started working for an Engineering firm, eventually looking after their site services department, organising slab and frame inspections. Ali is now a valued member of Begbie Bentham, looking after general Administration. Ali is always on the go and can’t sit still, she loves the outdoors, going to the beach, camping, and spending quality time with her daughter, family & friends.