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I’m an Interior Designer and have dealt with many, many builders in my career. Very rarely have I found a man at the helm of a building business, like Dean. He’s an extremely experienced builder himself (not just the ‘boss’ saying the right words to potential clients!!), very detail orientated and with high standards. Right from our initial contact, communication with he (and his team) was excellent. Their quote process was easy but thorough – so I knew we weren’t missing anything major out of our costings. Dean was also happy to review and answer any of our questions/offer suggestions to get the project off on the right foot. Can’t recommend more highly!!

– Jane Eyles-Bennett, North Lakes

Recently needed a builder for a bedroom. The service and suggestions were fabulous. Very happy with quote and really liked Dean. If you want a builder you can trust and prompt service use this delightful family team.

– M. Schultz, Wamuran

What more can we say… ‘FIVE STARS’ all the way!

Both Vanessa and Dean have been so kind and wonderful to deal with, right from the beginning to the very end. Dean has done such a fantastic job bringing our vision to life. Thanks again for everything, we are so very grateful.

– Tracy Pearce, North Lakes

“We were so impressed with the quoted renovation of our ensuite by Dean of McDonald & Son Builders that we asked him to renovate our main bathroom. Dean understood what we wanted and why. We wanted to “future proof” our home. Other quoters seemed to just want to build it their way. We wanted wheelie walker access and wheel chair access with no tripping hazards. Dean became our team member as we made our plans. Doors had to be widened and turned into cavity type doors to fit into our older style home. The main bathroom had to have the whole slab excavated and relayed and turned into a shower room.

We found our builder Dean, listened to our ideas. He was reliable and so were all his sub-contractors. The quality of the build was excellent. Any last minute changes were handled in a calm and understanding manner. Dean took care of everything and made allowances to fit in with us. He carried out some “little extras” at no cost. His costings were “middle of the road” in comparing them to other quotes. The paperwork and accounting very professional. At the end of the working day everything was cleared away, floors swept and washed. This has been a renovation whilst we lived in the house sharing the space with his team at no inconvenience to ourselves and has been a real pleasure to have undertaken. We would recommend McDonald & Son Builders to everyone.”

– Heather & Gene, Shailer Park

Our second time engaging McDonald & Son Builders, this time for our house renovation. The completed work looks terrific and even better than we expected. Dean and the team care about the little details and his work ethic is a standout.  Communication is always easy and we are looking forward to getting Dean to quote on our next building project. 

– Alex, Scarborough 
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So happy with these guys. They were friendly, did a great job and were very professional. Highly recommend and will use them again for any jobs I have in the future.

– Sharon, Nundah

Dean and the team are fantastic, quick to see what you are thinking for your project large or small , very professional , easy to discuss matters with . Job always finished in good time and excellent finish . Would recommend highly.

– Rose, Beerwah

Really happy with McDonald & Son Builders. My bathroom renovation is fantastic and is better then I even imagined. Dean and his crew were easy to deal with and offered some great suggestions I hadn’t thought of. Thanks again.

– Laura, Fig Tree Pocket

Dean, Vanessa and the team renovated our bathroom recently. From the moment we met Dean, we knew this was a company that we could trust, they had a great vibe. It was important to us that we could trust them to respect our house while we were at work and they were very professional and respectful at all times. The end result was a beautiful bathroom, finished on budget and on schedule, we couldn’t ask for more.<.span>

Now we have them back doing a much larger renovation to our ground level accommodation and it’s all going well. Communication and customer service is certainly one of the strengths of Dean and Vanessa and their team. We are fortunate to have found a trustworthy and professional builder who listens to what we want and delivers a great outcome. Thanks guys! 

– Narelle, Wynnum

We engaged McDonald & Son Builders recently to remove asbestos in our home. We found Dean and his team very thorough and organised in the removal. They disposed of the material carefully and our whole property was cleaned up and left really tidy. Would absolutely recommend them and would use them again. 

– Luke, Brighton

Re-engaged McDonald & Son Builders to undertake the renovation of our old 1970’s style bathroom and give it a fresh, clean and modern look.  Dean suggested some great options and along with our own ideas the finished result is fantastic. What a difference, we love it!

– Norah, Jindalee

I highly recommend Dean and his team to anyone looking to have building work carried out. Dean and Chris were professional, courteous and happy to involve us in the project, keeping us informed of all that was going on. They were totally accommodating when we made some small changes to the original plan, and provided sound advice when asked. The contractor who laid the flooring in our new room said that it was the best, most even floor work he had seen, requiring little preparation from him before he laid the floor covering.

Dean and Chris were extremely neat, tidying up every day before they left the premises. We’re extremely happy with the renovation and the fabulous work done by Dean and  Chris and the support provided by Vanessa in the office. Thank you team! 🙂

– Jen G, Brisbane

Very pleased with our deck extension, it’s exactly what we pictured and it’s noticeably far better workmanship than our original deck. Glad I was referred to McDonald & Son Builders. Dean and his team worked hard and efficiently, they left my property tidy at the end of each day, respected my home and property and always kept me updated with the progress along the way. I recommend them for building work and will be contacting Dean for my next project.

– L. Murphy, Redcliffe

Dean, thank you for all your hard work in renovating my property.  The new timber windows have made such a difference to the look of my home and we love being out on the new front deck you built us.  Appreciate you organising our new garage door and driveway paving too!

– Carla, Toowong

In our dealings with Dean and his team, we were very satisfied with the job.  Nothing was too difficult and the work site was always left clean.  Co-operation was evident with all his workers, with us and with Dean.  We couldn’t be happier, and will use them next time we do some renovations.  My wife and I have already made recommendations to two of our neighbours, one of whom will be contacting Dean shortly.

– Paul, Jindalee

I would highly recommend McDonald and Son Builders to anyone – their service was excellent with very helpful staff and great workmanship.

– Penny, Oxley

We first employed McDonald and Son Builders in 2008, to remove a wall of our garage and install a roller door to give us access to the rear yard. They completed the build, in an efficient manner, always cleaned up and returned when they said they would. The end result was perfect. They helped us make the alteration as seamless as possible. The alteration was completed in a prompt time frame.

We have since purchased a much older home and have employed McDonald and Son Builders several times here.  As they work in our home, we have always found them polite, happy and always considerate of what our family is doing. The work they have done in our home has been varied, from small jobs of hanging new internal doors, or covering just one brick wall with gyprock, to a major internal alteration of our family room, dining room, a bedroom and hallway, which took over a week to complete. On every occasion they provided the quote in a timely manner so decisions can be made.

The build started asap, they arrived when they said they would, left the site tidy, offered advice for a better result, (when they considered suggesting a different option), always matched the existing structures to achieve that seamless finish and answered the phone any time we’d called.  On one occasion they asked if they could complete the build on Saturday morning so we had a finished product earlier. We now just call McDonald and Son Builders to arrange them for our next build, we no longer seek quotes from others.

We have always found their quotes fair and on par with others and even more importantly we like the way they work and the results we get.

– Simon & Liz, Forestdale

Many thanks for looking after us with the building of our ensuite, we are very grateful.

– Scott & Lachele, Jamboree Heights

I first employed McDonald and Son Builders to do repairs on my verandah.  Found Dean’s quote to be fair and extremely honest. Workmanship was carried out to the highest quality they went well and beyond the work requested. I was very impressed as they found other problems that I did not know of and they fixed them with no charge. They cared for my house and brought it back to it’s original condition. I would highly recommend McDonald and Son Builders and use this company again and again

– Julie, Oxley

McDonald and Son Builders were recommended to us by our good friends in 2010. After meeting Dean and getting the quote, we contracted the crew to build a back patio for us. Unfortunately our house went under in the January 2011 floods. Dean rang us to offer help and actually sent around one of his apprentices to spend a whole day helping us rip out the inside of the house (poor guy – sorry DJ!). After we recovered, we were able to get Dean and the crew back to finally build the patio and a portico out the front. We were very happy with the whole process, from the very competitive quote to the finished product. They worked ridiculously hard in horrid conditions, and didn’t complain when all I had to offer were some measly icypoles!

Dean and the crew are precise, flexible, and accommodating. They made sure we were happy every step of the way. They also cleaned up the site at the end of every day and kept us informed of the schedule. We’ve already recommended McDonald and Son builders to two of our friends, who have both contracted them to do the job. All of our future building projects will be done by McDonald and Son Builders without a doubt. No need to bother ringing around anymore. We definitely recommend them to you. 

– Jenine, Riverhills

We are so grateful to McDonald and Son Builders for the work that was performed to our retaining wall, fence and pergola maintenance. The constant communication and professionalism that Dean and his team showed was second to none. We were so impressed with the final result that we recommended them to family members. This resulted in McDonald and Son Builders being awarded the contract to fully restore our Grandfather’s house who was seriously affected by the Brisbane floods in 2011.

– Michael & Kylie, Sinnamon Park

Dean, a special thank you for all your hard work and organisation – the house looks so much better than I could have believed possible and it’s also reassuring to know that you have made it more stable and secure. Your “can do” attitude was so refreshing and your attention to detail speaks for itself. I’ll remember to thank my nephew and niece for recommending you, I’m so glad they did.

– Annette, Indooroopilly

McDonald & Son Builders did an excellent job on our major extension which included two bedrooms a bathroom and decking. We are on a very difficult site and most of the builders that came to quote either wouldn’t take the job on or quoted an exorbitant price.</span.

The completed job is excellent with the team ensuring they matched both the internal and external finishes to the rest of the house – it is a very professional job. The finished product is something we are very proud of and we are very happy that we chose McDonald & Son Builders. They were incredibly reliable and courteous throughout the project.


We have no hesitation in recommending Dean and his team for any building project and have even had them back for a couple of smaller projects – each of these finished with the same attention to detail.

– Peter & Trisha, Cedar Creek

We first used Dean and his team to replace an old front deck on our house and were very satisfied with the result. His quote was reasonable and realistic and he was quick to give us tips on how to save money by doing certain parts ourselves without cutting corners.

His team were always courteous to both of us and they would always double check with us if input was needed. Even when we had a few concerns or issues about the build, Dean was quick to adjust his plan and materials to suit our expectations.

We have since engaged his team to place a large window into one side of our house in the dining room, an excellent job that has given us a mesmerising view, and to replace back stairs and landing which now is very safe and looks great.

Because of this consistent work and the attention to detail (including a thoughtful thank you gift pack dropped off at the end of the last build which was a nice surprise) we will be engaging McDonald & Son Builders for a full bathroom renovation.

Happy to recommend Dean and the team to others!

– Paul & Norah, Jindalee

We used Dean and his team to perform a major renovation and extension to our house.

We changed just about every room in the house by moving built in closets in the bedrooms, installing a new kitchen, extending the kitchen and dining room, extending the deck, adding new internal stairs and adding a new master bedroom with ensuite.

We were very pleased with their work. Before the end of the job we had decided to renovate the main bathroom as well.

Dean and his team were always very professional and helpful. They were very tidy and nothing was too much trouble. We chose to live in the house during the renovation, with two small children and the biggest recommendation I can give is to say we would do it again.

– Will and Lauren, Jindalee

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