UPDATE on Home Builder Grant for 2021

The Home Builder Grant has been extended with a couple of changes to the new 2021 offer.....


The grant amount is now:

  • $15,000 for contracts signed between 1 January and 31 March 2021.
  • The Grant may take up to 3 months to process.
  • The Grant is paid into your nominated bank account once construction has commenced and at least $150,000 of the contract price for the renovations has been paid to the builder (evidence is required).
  • Works must commence within 6 months of contract date.

You must apply by 14 April 2021 and provide all supporting evidence by 30 April 2023.



** For more information please view the Queensland Government website ...  https://www.qld.gov.au/housing/buying-owning-home/financial-help-concessions/homebuilder/renovating



And We Are Done for 2020!

As our last working day for 2020 will be officially over in a matter of hours, I sit here and reflect on the year that has passed, that for many was so full of anxiety, stress, panic buying, job losses, fear and concern for loved ones.  We certainly didn't expect that the new year would bring such doubt in all our lives.  I think one thing is certain, that it's made us more conscious of the fact things can change quickly in a world that has so many intangibles and that we really need to make Australia self sufficient rather than relying on alternative Countries for product etc.  Think of how different life is now.... we can't stand near someone in a shopping center, businesses have moved more towards cashless payment, akward random elbow knocks in leiu of handshakes/hugs and travel restrictions have caused everyone to panic travel with everywhere booked out within what feels like minutes when we were told we could travel again over Christmas!  So this year our family are forced to holiday at home which is a rarity for us being that we go away every year to our favourite destination on the Sunny Coast but due to me putting holiday bookings on the backburner we have now missed out.... the upside is that it may not be so sunny at the coast with rain forecast right up to and including Christmas Day so that makes me feel a little better! LOL.  Maybe one day in the future we will return to normal not the new normal. tongue-out

I can't post a BLOG for the last time this year based on all doom and gloom, so I wanted to share some personal positives!  I learnt ALOT about my kids balancing work with homeschooling ... well actually I probably learnt more about myself like the fact I lack some serious patience!  My daughter showed me that she can get through anything with her cruisey nature and that my son takes after me with just wanting to get things done so he can move on and do something more exciting. Brad found it hilarious because he worked the whole way through it and only got the daily updates over dinner each night!

Business this year has been hectic with more people being at home during lockdown and realising their homes are not as functional, practical or aesthetically pleasing as they thought so we have carried out Internal Renovations, Home Extensions, New Kitchens and Bathrooms, Outdoor Decks, New Homes, Cosmetic External Alterations and new Swimming Pools with next year scheduling up super quickly already.  We have continued working with past clients on new projects and met some awesome new clients who after doing their first stage of changes, are already talking about their next home projects.

We thank everyone who has continued to support us this year and whom have gorgeous homes created by our talented FR team that they get to show off at Christmas time now that family celebrations can commence once again!  Enjoy!

We look forward to 2021 and wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.  Stay Safe, Have Fun, Rest, and most importantly Laugh Lots!

Take Care from Lise, Brad & the FR Team xx



Government Assistance for Major Renos & New Builds now available!

WOW!  After ISO all that Covid has thrown our way, we are excited that the Government have released their new wave of grants tailored to help those who are wanting to do a Major Renovation on their home or build a New Home and ultimately keep the building industry afloat.  I thought I would put together what we know about the grant to help you sift through the eligibility criteria and ascertain if you should apply for the $25k!


$25,000 HomeBuilder Grant  (MAJOR RENOVATIONS)


*  Applicable to Owner Occupiers

*  Means tested -  Singles earning up to $125,000 a year,  Couples earning up to $200,000 a year

*  Renovation must be contracted at between $150,000 - $750,000

*  House being altered must be valued at less than $1.5 million prior to the Renovation

*  Not applicable to Investment Properties or Owner Builders

*  Does not apply to Granny Flats, Swimming Pools, Sheds, Tennis Courts etc

*  Contracts must be signed prior to 31st December 2020

*  Construction must commence within 3 months of the Contract Date



$25,000 HomeBuilder Grant  (NEW BUILDS)


*  Applicable to Owner Occupiers

*  Means tested -  Singles earning up to $125,000 a year,  Couples earning up to $200,000 a year

*  Home Build including Land must not exceed $750,000

*  Not applicable to Investment Properties or Owner Builders

*  First Home Buyers also get the $15,000 FHOG, so an incredible $40,000 in total

*  Does not include separate dwellings such as Granny Flats, Sheds, Swimming Pools, Tennis Courts etc

*  Contracts must be signed prior to 31st December 2020

*  Construction must commence within 3 months of the Contract Date


So get cracking - if you tick all the boxes ensure you don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to make your house a home!