I first worked with James on a residential project at Chelmer. He was foreman for another builder at the time. I said to him, “If I ever get around to doing my own house, you’re going to build it!” A few years later, it happened.

My wife Jen and I had found a unique but challenging block of land at Paddington. I knew we had to do something special. And there were numerous council hoops to jump through. James and I worked through the development together from the very early stages. He helped manage the costs and guide the build right from sketch design. Being on a small block, we also had to be considerate of the neighbours. James is very neighbour-friendly—as is his whole team. They’re very careful about how they work.

Working so closely with the builder—and being our own home—I was able to be more experimental and flexible than I would normally. Ideas and solutions were developed on-site, on the fly. When we started building, I still had a lot of finishing details to resolve. James could understand what I wanted and translate it into something buildable. It was a great way to work. He really contributed to the process. This is perhaps an ideal example of how a home can evolve with early and close collaboration.”

— Mason Cowle Ellivo Architects


We previously had renovation/restoration work carried out by JBS on a Sunshine Coast property. We were so impressed by their workmanship and attention to detail that when we decided to build a new house at Samford we felt compelled to build with them.

From the initial design meeting, to the follow-up after we moved in, James provided a service second to none. It has been a pleasure not only dealing with James but also his site supervisor and the rest of his team who showed a willingness to ensure all was done right.

JBS also built our pool which was incorporated beautifully into the overall design. We could not be happier with the result. The skills demonstrated by the JBS team were truly outstanding. We sincerely thank all involved for the successful completion of our home.”

— Peter & Lynne Samford Residence

We embarked upon a substantial upgrade and refurbishment of our foyer and lifts. This involved calling competitive tenders and selecting JBS to carry out the construction works. I would recommend James Bragg and his ability to not only carry out construction works, but also recommend improvements and solve problems with practical solutions. In carrying out this project, he dealt with the day-to-day operations of a busy work site, whilst providing a safe environment. James achieved a successful, quality outcome for everyone.”

— Darryl Hood Petrie Point Apartments