Here at Beachside Construction, we pride ourselves on our client relationships and our build process. We’ve been building custom homes on the Sunshine Coast for over 15 years now and we’ve created a great reputation as a quality builder, with highly skilled and reliable tradespeople and exceptional customer service. So if you’re thinking about building a custom home on the Sunshine Coast, make sure you understand the process of your chosen builder. Here’s ours: 

We like to start with an on-site meeting

Where should we meet?
It’s best to meet on the land you’re hoping to build on, whether you’ve purchased or thinking of purchasing, because this gives us an idea of the site contours, the surrounding environment and the soil quality.

Who will I meet at the on-site meeting?
Paul Johannessen (owner and builder) and Tonya Sterling (Draftsperson and Client Liaison) attend every initial site meeting together. This allows you to have direct interaction with the builder, not a salesperson.

What if we don’t know what we want?
No problem, this is where we shine! Beachside Construction have built hundreds of custom homes on the Sunshine Coast, so we have lots of ideas of what would work for you and your family. We’ll ask you a number of questions about the type of home you’re wishing to build – number of bedrooms/bathrooms/garages, how many people will live in the home and their ages, your hobbies and interests (eg. Extra storage for sports/leisure equipment), what’s important to you in a home.

We also encourage you to bring along any sketches or plans you like or any other information important to you.


Developing a Quotation

After our initial meeting, we’ll develop a rough sketched plan which we’ll circulate to our sub-contractors and suppliers who’ll provide us with a fixed quote for their work. These quotes are then compiled along with realistic sum allowances to provide you with an exact construction cost.

Paul and Tonya will then schedule a follow up meeting to discuss the quotation in detail and where the costs will be allocated. We choose this approach as it eliminates unexpected costs down the track, and allows us to be as transparent as possible.


Building Application

Beachside Construction works with private Certifiers to assess and approve your building application.

The following documents are required to lodge a Building Application:

  • Builder and license number
  • Full set of working drawings
  • Soil test
  • Percolation test (onsite sewerage treatment plant)
  • Structural engineering
  • Energy efficiency assessment
  • Bushfire risk assessment
  • QBCC (previously BSA home warranty scheme) payment is sliding scale levy
  • Q Leave portable long service levy for work over $80 000



Selecting the right building contract for your project can be critical to its success.

The type of contract you use will depend on the size and complexity of the project; however, the contract must comply with any legislative requirements. For this reason, Beachside Construction have selected to use the HIA QC1 Plain Language New Home Construction Contract.


Building Inspections

Beachside Construction have the following mandatory inspection stages:

  • Foundation and excavation, before footing is poured
  • Slab, before concrete is poured
  • Frame, before cladding, masonry or lining is fixed
  • Final, completion of all aspects of building work
  • Plumbing and drainage inspections


Our preferred suppliers and sub-contractors:

Meninga Hydraulics
Geoff Meninga
P: 0422 192 729

Kitchen and Cabinetry
Meredith Kitchens
Steve Meredith
Cnr George and William Streets, Caloundra
M: 0413 604 464

Kitchens by Design
Glen Fail
23 Technology Drive, Warana
P: 5437 6400

Amos Bartle Electrical
P: 0413 884 577

Flooring Xtra
Bobby Lenz
28 Technology Drive, Warana
P: 5438 8231

Metro Tiles
Unit 13/1 Metier Linkway, Kawana Waters
P: 5493 9377


Want to know more? Give Tonya at Beachside Construction a call today on 0409 591 005 or email We’d love to chat about how we can turn your dream Sunshine Coast home into a reality!