Beautiful Homes

Renovation / Refurbishment / New Construction / Design

With more than 30 years building experience in and around the Brisbane region, John Wells has forged his business on the strength of referrals and repeat business, working with many clients on numerous projects. We are committed to maintaining a standard of high quality workmanship and absolute attention to detail in our projects. Our staff, materials suppliers and subcontractors are selected for their ability to supply to, and achieve our exacting standards, and we are always on the look-out for great new products, suppliers and innovations.

Renovation, Refurbishments, New Construction, Design. We’re a full service builder with a team that can handle everything.

Personalised Service

Just as every family we work with is different, so are their homes, and our service is flexible enough to be tailored to individual needs. From start to finish, you’re never out of the loop. Whether you need a small project done, or a major construction, we adapt to suit you.

Professional Design

In-house drafting and architecture services to turn your ideas into reality. We can also work to your plans and can collaborate with your drafting person or architect. You’ll get the benefit of having the designer and builder working together to get the results you expect of a professional bespoke builder.

Creative Ideas

You’ve got great ideas but you’re not sure how they’ll come together and become reality? Whether it’s a renovation to restore your loved family home to a new level or to have a new dream home, we are up to the challenge.

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Our Services

Renovations & Refurbishments

Whether a home was “new” 20 years or 100 years ago, at some stage in its life, it will need some TLC. A reconfiguration, extension or refurbishment breathes new life into your home, and personalises it to your family’s evolving needs. Our team knows how to best utilise the structure of your existing home, what construction issues we are most likely to encounter, and how to achieve the best outcome.

John Wells’s portfolio of renovation work encompasses grand colonials and interwar homes through to tiny inner city worker’s cottages, post war homes and modern brick.

This breadth of experience means we have extensive expertise in traditional construction methods, and also allows us to achieve outstanding results blending the old styles with current design trends and construction methods for modern lifestyles.


New Homes

Starting with a blank canvas is an exciting and enjoyable way for us to work! Our portfolio of new homes includes modern styles using the latest in materials and design features as well as homes built in the traditional style, harmonising with older homes in their area.

Design Service

John Wells Builders offers custom designed renovations, extensions and new homes, with an eye to classic style and practicality. We base our designs on lasting functionality and your specified budget considerations. Our architectural service is a very cost effective path to achieving your design and project management needs. Our forte is classic styling and practical design to maximise useable space, and optimise aspect and airflows. Our intimate and current knowledge of building practices and pricing makes us ideally suited to design and specify your project to your budget. We are happy to guide you through the town planning and approvals processes, and have great working relationships with several engineers, town planning and certification consultants.

We are happy to work with your architect’s plans!

We also welcome plans from your own architect or designer. Our job is to build to your brief, and we will work happily with your architect to achieve your desired outcomes.

Detailed Estimates

John Wells Builders do not believe in quoting to the lowest possible specification, because if you have come to us, we know you are looking for a lasting quality finish. Our philosophy is for “no nasty surprises”. We want you to be properly prepared for the costs and options involved in creating what for many of us, is our most valuable asset.

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My professional background as Queensland Editor for Vogue Living for over 20 years has given me a lot of exposure to the building industry and makes me well qualified to recommend John Wells as a builder.

I have personally contracted John Wells to work on numerous projects over a number of years. These have encompassed a variety of different sized projects and construction styles, including:

  • A large extension and highly detailed outdoor living area at our modern rendered block home at Adelaide Street East Clayfield (Approx 140 m2 plus the external area).
  • A major rebuild and refurbishment of our heritage listed brick residence at Warwick (940m2 home plus the external areas, tennis pavilion and pool). For this project, John assisted with both the plans and the build.
  • A renovation of a 150-year-old timber home, as well as joining this structure with another, both of which we had moved on to the Warwick property.
  • A renovation to a timber manager’s residence at a Beaudesert rural property.
  • Various minor works to other outbuildings on our properties.

I have found the standard of finish and attention to detail achieved by John Wells’s team to be excellent — as is needed for the quality of finish I require for my projects. John’s advice regarding practical matters before and during construction has been well thought out and very helpful. I have also found the administration of the works to be efficient and cost effective.

Joanna Baillieu


I approached John Wells, Builder to extend and refurbish my house after observing the professionalism and workmanship of their team at my neighbour’s.

My project had its challenges: I wanted to repurpose a traditional worker’s cottage without losing its character, and its location in a flood-prone area placed a number of restrictions on what could be done.

John and Michael thought outside the box to meet these challenges, managing every aspect of my project while keeping me involved at every stage. They complemented my original house when adapting it to my purpose, took advantage of its previously unseen views and eliminated its problems with flooding. They provided excellent subcontractors in cabinetry, tiling and ironwork (to name a few), and specialised equipment to crane an awkward item of furniture into my house prior to completion.

I will approach John Wells, Builder for any future alterations, and recommend them to anyone seeking to transform their existing house into a lasting home.

Anastasia Anderson

After speaking with three landscaping contractors we realised that the our garden renovation was too complicated for their skill set.

John Well’s team came to the rescue and the outcome was a much better space than we had ever dreamed. They worked closely with us and had much better ideas on how to utilise the space, and a thorough understanding of boundary and pool fencing issues.

We started with drainage problems, erosion, steep slopes, disjointed areas and ended with an inviting garden, easy to maintain — problem free. Thanks guys for doing an excellent quality job, but for also being terrific to work with and pleasant on site.

Judith Horan

John Wells Builder was referred to me by an interior designer as a very complimentary match to my personality and needs. The company was contracted to renovate a purchase in Paddington Queensland.

He consulted with me regarding the plans, requirements and costing in conjunction with his drafting dept providing a very pleasing outcome.

This outcome was so pleasing and more than the expectations with the finish of very high quality.

He and his staff were very professional and made communication with me, the interior designer and himself always a premium and with little drama during the expensive and stressful exercise.

Family, friends and visitors alike have been extremely impressed with the finished project (providing a home not just a house).

I would genuinely recommend him to friends and others to provide his services.

Stuart Keen

John, just a quick note re your rather large and extensive effort in resolving the somewhat tricky job of joining the two houses together.

Your attention to detail, roof lines, complimenting fabrications on exterior claddings, rendering of the small brick to blend in with the old Queenslander, flow paths from the central kitchen area onto the verandas and new “last supper” dining area/joining fixture along with the quality workmanship of you and the team were excellent. Also your advice, from your experience in other large renovations, was well given and fortunately for us , accepted, as the end result was a unique and special product when finished and might I say marvelled at by those who have enjoyed the space since. One other thing you advised was to vacate while you worked there, and in hind sight that was a most sensible thing to do. So belated thank you for a job well done, suspect you get some odd requests but joining two different houses probably isn’t a regular request.

Heath Goddard