Stibbard celebrating 40 years

David Stibbard Constructions Pty Ltd began trading on 1 August, 1979, with a vision of specialising in home building. The business has evolved from building project homes and partnerships with some of Australia’s largest home builders to one of the Hunter’s most sought-after addresses for individually designed homes.

Today, almost 40 years later, Samantha Stibbard and Neil Albert jointly own and run the business. Neil has been the creative architectural force behind the transformation process. “It quickly became clear to us that we needed to adjust our offering to changing market needs,” he says. “For one, customers didn’t want off-the-shelf designs but custom homes. Another regular problem was the disconnect between design and cost that often left customers disappointed when an initial design was simply beyond their budget. That’s why we developed BUILD, an integrated process where design and cost are being considered simultaneously. There are no costly design overhauls or unpleasant surprises. Not the least because we are a one-stop-shop for both design and build,” he adds.

Customer service is a huge focus at Stibbard. “Our clients decide how involved they want to be in the process. If you want to play a part, we’ll be happy to include you. Or we’ll do the whole lot for you if that’s your preference. It’s entirely the customer’s call,” says Neil. In recent years, Stibbard have successfully expanded beyond the regional Hunter areas and are now also providing their services in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens. “We are just about to start a new project in Nelson Bay that we are very much looking forward to,” says Neil. Here’s to the next 40 years!
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