Outdoor Alfresco Area

My name is Robyn Powell, and I currently live in a beautiful home in Croydon, built by Ben Schulz about four years ago. I would like to tell you a little about myself.

I first built my own home in 1977 and was lucky enough to find a terrific builder. The house was everything I wanted. Not having a lot of money when you first get married, it was not furnished lavishly but definitely built beautifully.

Because of life circumstances, I was forced to sell it about ten years later. After moving into an almost new house for the next ten years, I was lucky enough to be able to build another house of my own in Wonga Park in 1996.

Ben was just starting his apprenticeship with a very experienced builder which we chose to build our house. Being extremely house proud and taking an active interest in the building, I got to know Ben well and realised just how committed he was to his job. Our builder credited Ben with being his most talented and hard working apprentice he had ever had!

We lived in our house for ten years and wanting a little less travelling, decided to move a little 'closer in'. We purchased our block, had plans drawn up, and had no hesitation in deciding who we wanted to build it for us. We built a very traditional house, quite complex - and Ben's attention to detail and hard working attitude always stood out. He was always on hand at the job - to talk to or offer advice. Every one of Ben's other tradesmen are first class also.

Anybody that comes to our house to fit blinds, etc., always comments on how 'straight' and wonderfully built our house is. You will make a great choice in choosing Ben for any house or renovation you choose to undertake.

Robyn, Croydon

Hi Ben & Lynda,

We went down to our property on Phillip Island last weekend, and I just wanted to say thanks for everything!

The renovation looks fantastic and once we finish off our bits and pieces, it will be even better.

We really appreciated your easy-going, down to earth nature and your advice and suggestions were always spot on. We just generally felt the job was in good hands, both with you and all the guys you have with you. As you may or may not know, Mick is a perfectionist so the fact that he is impressed & happy speaks for itself.

I just can't express how happy we are with both the workmanship & how great it was to have such a great bunch of guys. It was kind of cute that when we went back the kids were disappointed that you all wouldn't be there!

We also have had neighbours come up and complement the job! So please pass this on to your crew, and as you know we are telling our friends how impressed we've been - being busy is a good thing I hope. Hopefully you'll get some local work out of it!

It was lovely to meet you Lynda & as always, the behind the scenes work often goes un-noticed but is just as, if not more important. So this is a thankyou for you too!

Beate & Mick, Kilsyth

Thanks so much for your patience with us this year - and for changing our lives and our home. It has been a pleasure to have B.J.S. as part of our lives.

Harry & Christine, Boronia

Period Style Dining Room

We were set to go with another builder and just need a second quote to ease our minds. We invited Ben into our home and instantly felt a sense of ease coupled with the professionalism that we expected. Any potential roadblocks that came up with the other builder were instantly smoothed over with Ben. The quote came in around the same price so it came down to the initial impression made by each builder.

I think the photos speak for themselves as to the quality of the work performed on our extension. I'm not a builder but friends of mine who are have spoken highly of the workmanship.

Just as important for us was the overall experience. We had a 3 year old child and pets to worry about during this time. The site was cleaned and made safe before they left each day. Nothing was ever too much trouble for Ben and the team who encouraged and implemented our ideas during the build. Ben had the answer when we didn't.

We love our new home. The professional but comfortable feeling that Ben left us with after that first meeting continued through the four month extension. We actually missed them when they left and later invited them all back for a catch up BBQ. We have recommended them to all our friends. The only problem we have with the extension is that we don't spend any time in the original half of the house... and that's where the Foxtel is!

Dean & Sue, Mitcham

John, Croydon

We have no hesitation in highly recommending B.J.S. Building Services for all home building and renovations.

We have known Ben Schulz for the past 15 years since he impressed us as an apprentice in the building of our first new home in Wonga Park.

In 2005 we built a new home in Croydon and had no hesitation in contracting Ben to be our builder.

He proved to be" hands on", diligent and conscientious in ensuring all our requirements for our new home were met in a timely manner.

The tradesmen that he uses are of the highest quality.

We believe that our home has been built to the highest standard with quality materials throughout.

John, Croydon

Loretta and Mick, Croydon

We wanted to construct an Alfresco room to the rear of our home. To be able to achieve this we had to excavate a large amount of soil from our rear yard and we also had very limited access to the front of our property.

A lot of other contractors advised us that it was going to be a huge project and didn't really understand our vision. We were then recommended to B.J.S Building Services.

From the initial consultation that we had with Ben Schulz he immediately put our minds at ease. He explained how we could achieve the Alfresco room and blend it into the existing roofline so that it would flow with the overall design of our home. We had no hesitation in entering into a contract with B.J.S.

Over the course of the project we found Ben, his employees and all sub contractors to be very courteous, they all turned up on time and most importantly carried out the work to a very high standard. Lynda Schulz also completed the paperwork efficiently ensuring that all contractual items were attended to and communicated constantly. It is very rare to find such a wonderful builder that cares so much about his clients needs and is always available to discuss things.

Our new alfresco room turned out so much better than we visualized due to Ben's strong commitment and we are ecstatic with the results. We would not hesitate to recommend B.J.S Building Services and would be more than happy to be contacted to discuss further.

Loretta & Mick, Croydon

Firstly, I had employed the services of an architect and had the plans ready to proceed with the actual building. Then it was finding a builder to complete the image. I have great pleasure in sharing my experience of building my home by employing Ben Schulz of B.J.S Building Services.

Ben had a very friendly and professional approach and was very prompt and matter-of-fact with all our discussions. He was very concise with all his costings and quotes, providing everything in writing with no hidden costs lurking around to suddenly appear.

Ben was in constant contact , keeping me up to date with everything that was happening, sometimes coming up with a better option or alternative to an area, or any delays because of trades people etc. His crew of men were a great bunch of men, respectful and obviously very good at their job.

I have to admit that I did not agree with everything the architect was trying to do and finally took the advice from Ben in implementing a few new design elements as we went along. I also threw a few ideas in and then would change my mind albeit before any work started on them. This did not phase Ben at all so the whole building was, for me, very successful.

The standard of finish and detail was excellent and the initial grounds work (site, driveway, drains etc) was all so neat and tidy. This is a rural property on the coast so the natural elements were not easy to deal with.

If I ever built another house, I would first give Ben an idea of what was an initial design and then let him come up with the ideas. I think he has a lot of potential as a designer /builder and I would be very happy to recommend him to anyone who is considering building or renovating a home.

Marcella Brennan, South Gippsland Victoria

Ben has a very rare blend of skills. He is a first-class builder with impeccable attention to detail but also a great communicator and someone who genuinely cares whether his clients are happy.

Six years after our extension was finished, our home is amazing to live in. Visitors often comment on the quality of our renovation and when asked about it, I regularly use the phrase "We loved our builder!"

Ben made what can be an incredibly stressful experience into an enjoyable one. He is highly professional, dedicated and honest. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.

Suzanne and Adam, Box Hill North

Many thanks to Ben, Lynda & the team at B.J.S. Building Services for enabling us to achieve our dream of building our family home on what was a tricky site with difficult access.

We were lucky to have Ben recommended to us by some friends after struggling to find a builder capable of tackling our project. Ben was helpful and had the confidence to take on a build that would obviously be more challenging than the average house.

Ben seemed to understand what we were trying to achieve and was available to discuss & advise on any issues. His team and any sub-contractors recommended by him all shared Ben's standards and level of finish. We learnt (the hard way) that not all trades people are equal and that it was best to go with the people and services that Ben recommended: this always resulted in the job being done in the best possible way & with a minimum of disruption to the schedule.

Ben & the BJS team have done a wonderful job & built us a house that feels "solid" - important when living on a steep incline! Ben's exacting standards and attention to detail mean that we now have a comfortable home with "clean lines" & the modern look that we hoped to achieve.

We were recommended B.J.S. Building services and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone wishing to build, extend or renovate.

Marcus & Kathy, Boronia

We had Ben and his team from BJS do a major renovation to our home in Hoddles Creek during the second half of 2014. Our home was a Kentucky home of 35 years with brick and timber everywhere - no plaster, so dark and dated. WOW what a transformation BJS have created! Words can barely describe how amazing Ben was to work with!

Ben's attention to detail was incredible and you knew you were getting a quality job from the beginning. Nothing was too much trouble and he was constantly communicating with us and suggesting things to maybe improve things as we went along. All of Ben's tradesman were top quality like himself and so friendly and helpful. Even when we moved in, Ben and the boys moved our fridge, washing machine, hung TV's etc. as my husband had had back surgery. Above and beyond is what they did.

Lynda was fantastic to deal with on the email and with the accounts and we were so impressed with how fair they were (they used our excavator on site and credited us for the amount they had allowed for that!). Everything is itemised so as you go along you know what you are up for. If we had any questions or worries Ben would fix it immediately!

We LOVE our new home so much and all our friends are so impressed when they visit. I have recommended Ben a few times already and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone building or renovating. We actually missed them all when they left and enjoyed having a BBQ to have them all over to see the finished product! THANKYOU Ben, Lynda and team!

Andrew and Sue, Hoddles Creek

Ben Schulz of B.J.S. Building Services is a very professional, honest and reliable person. He has very high building standards and demands the same from his employees and contractors. He takes pride in doing an excellent job. Ben built my house in 2015 and I am very happy with the quality of workmanship. I very highly recommend B.J.S. Building Services without any hesitation.

Michael, Wantirna South VIC

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