Jim Taylor is the Managing Director of Brisbane Unique Homes. He is a certified Queensland Master Builder and personally supervises the construction of every new home built by the company.
Jim’s been building custom designed luxury homes for almost 40 years during which time he’s completed literally hundreds of spectacular, innovative homes for his discerning clients.
“It’s a family tradition,” he says, “My grandfather was a builder in Charters Towers for many years before moving his family to Brisbane. He passed on much of his extensive woodworking and carpentry knowledge to my father. Growing up, I helped my father from time to time. He was a very astute businessman from whom I gained a wealth of experience and good advice. Some years later I inherited many of my grandfather’s original hand tools which I will always value immensely. I guess you could say building is in the family’s genes.”
Like most Brisbane teenagers in the 1970s, Jim was attracted to the Gold Coast’s beaches and surfing culture. The Coast was an exciting place back then and developing quickly, so when the time was right it was a natural progression for him to start his own Gold Coast building company.
The intervening years have not diminished his love of exercise and the outdoor lifestyle. He and his family have had a long association with the Mermaid Beach Surf Club and at weekends they can often be found catching up with friends and old mates at the club. They are also keen skiers, so when time allows the luxury of a short break, the ski slopes make for an enjoyable change of scenery.
Being a relatively low-volume builder and concentrating on the luxury end of the market allows us to take a personal interest in every home we build. Our company’s vision has always been to be the first choice among discerning homeowners. In fact, many of the custom homes we’ve built have been on the personal recommendations of friends and business associates who’ve also engaged our services.
Unlike most builders who offer a standard range of floor plans, Jim geared the business to delivering Brisbane luxury homes that stand out from the crowd. These days, the company builds homes across a wide range of styles throughout South East Queensland; from luxury waterfront residences to spacious acreage homes and stunning town homes. More recently, we’ve extended the range to include luxury duplexes and dual living homes.
Chris Garfoot joined Unique Homes in 2005 as the company’s in-house building design manager. In this role, he liaises closely with clients to deliver custom design concepts and final building plans for the company’s prestigious luxury family homes.
Chris holds Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Built Environment degrees and prior to joining Unique Homes worked on several high profile Gold Coast projects, including Bond University.
Since joining the company he has designed dozens of unique and stunning custom built luxury homes for clients, in locations from Brisbane through to the Gold Coast and into Northern NSW.
His award-winning designs for the company’s display homes have received industry accolades for their innovation, practicality and environmental sensitivity.
Jo Van Rooijen joined Unique Homes in 2016 as the company’s new home consultant. In this role, she liaises closely with clients to develop their custom design concepts into prestigious luxury family homes. Working closely with the company’s experienced in-house design team Jo brings many years of building industry expertise to the company. Prior to working in new home sales, Jo had over 15 years of experience selling residential real estate. Her book, ‘Selling Your Property: How to get the best price in any market’, is available from the Unique Homes sales office.
Donna Itong is the company’s Accounts Manager. She is responsible for all aspects relating to client account management, creditor payments and payroll administration. She also has extensive experience in forward planning and budgeting.
Donna holds a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and has over 22 years of experience within the residential building and construction industry.
Tyrone joined Unique Homes in 2018 as the company’s Estimator. Tyrone has an extensive background in the building and construction industry with over 8 years’ experience as an industry estimator.
His responsibilities include the preparation of all costings associated with the construction of clients’ new homes, obtaining sub-contractor quotations, preparing bills of quantities, preparing client variations and sourcing new products from an ever changing marketplace for inclusion in new builds.
As required, Tyrone also provides clients with advice regarding the selection of internal fixtures and fittings and the suitability and selection of building products used in construction.
Chloe Coster is the company’s Contracts Administrator. She liaises with the clients from contract signing all the way through to Handover . During this time Chloe is responsible for organising a variety of necessary elements for construction including however not limited to obtaining any Building Approvals and insurances required , arranging clients internal and external selections , scheduling site meetings and liaising closely with the construction team to assist with the client’s understanding to enable a smooth build process.
Chloe brings with her a Unique Experience within the construction industry having previously worked for larger Australasian construction companies involved in the Christchurch City Repair and Rebuild in New Zealand. She will always try to assist with any client queries to the best of her ability and upholds herself with professionalism and a positive and bubbly manner.