The project was to demolish the existing derelict fibro house and create a brand new forever home for a busy family of 5. The aesthetic is contemporary and incorporates a variety of raw materials to bring warmth and texture to the house. Unassuming from the street, pitched ceilings and highlight windows maximise the northern light. Especially important was the level of detail and craftsmanship required to execute the precise angles and finish of the house.
Smith & Tzannes
Thank you to the team at MJK for bringing Andrew’s vision to life. Coming from being a complete renovation novice, it was a thoroughly collaborative project from start to finish. Not only were Matt and Michael amazing to work with and helped me through every step of the process – questions, decisions and changes I needed to make, it was also fun working with them. I highly recommend them for any renovation or build, especially where a high level of detail is required. Thanks again guys!



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We are so very happy with how our house turned out. It is so much more than we hoped for. You and your crew worked so very hard for us.  We now have a quality building due to your commitment, enthusiasm and many creative ideas on design, materials and finishes. Nothing was ever too much trouble including the many changes we made along the way. It is very much a home now thanks to you,the boys and your many talented tradespeople. What a wonderful journey.

Caroline & Abbey TownsendManly

When we met Matt at MJK Building, our design plans had been approved by council, but they were still pretty vague and basic in design, plus we were a tricky dual occupancy, non- traditional building site and novice renovators to boot. I am surprised he didn’t run a mile. Matt had already finished three builds on our street and the level of detail in his finish was impressive. We were keen to partner with him.  A year later, I marvel at the finish product, our new home. To say it exceeded all expectations is an understatement. The house wouldn’t have looked anything like this if we didn’t partner with MJK Building. Matt guided and introduced us to design detail and finishes that we would not have known about. His experience and passion for his craft allowed him to suggest subtle and massive changes (interior and exterior) to deliver a superior outcome.  All of the team were terrific to deal with. Claire in the back office made it all run seamlessly and the experienced crew on the tools were a talented and focused bunch. Well done Team MJK – I wish you all the best and will certainly be recommending your services.

Fiona and Ben GoodlandManly

Rob and I would like to thank Matt and MJK Building for our beautifully renovated house. We are very grateful for all the hard work and dedication from Matt and the team. They had excellent attention to detail and a great work ethic. Matt was a pleasure to work with, and he also worked really well with our architect Watershed Design. What MJK Building and Watershed Design collectively designed and built far exceeded our expectations.  We have, and will continue to recommend MJK Building to anyone looking to embark on a new build or renovation.

Rob and Julia, Manly

Matt and his team of professionals at MJK were an absolute pleasure to deal with throughout the build. They are all extremely approachable and will go above and beyond to ensure complete satisfaction. I would have no hesitation in recommending MJK or in using them again.

Jo and Craig, Manly

I am an architect based in Victoria. I found that from the start of the project Matt from MJK Building was on board with the vision of the proposed design. He understood the spatial importance of the proposed coffered ceiling around the edges of the new living area and gave the clients added confidence as to the importance of the inclusion of this space. Matt was in constant communication with myself throughout the whole of the build and this meant that the building did not suffer the tyranny of distance working between the two states. Matt showed a high level of competence in this project, with difficult access to the site and a complicated new structure to insert into an existing two storey house. There were no issues for such a complex and difficult build I would have no hesitation in recommending MJK building for another project of this type.

Emma Mitchell, Manly

Thank you to the team at MJK for making the building process such a lovely experience. You hear so many building horror stories but our experience couldn’t have been further from that! The whole team were great to deal with from start to finish. I was really impressed with their attention to detail. Matt has an honest and reliable approach which makes me confident in recommending him and his team to anyone who is looking to renovate or build. Thank you again.

Matt and Amy SmithManly

Myself and Jen just wanted to send out a note to you all to thank you for all your work turning our ideas into reality.
We are both really happy with the results and also relieved that we seem to be living in the new and existing spaces in the way we expected.
Thanks also to everyone for the quality of their work, their attention detail and helping us in getting back in before Christmas!

Jen and Ben PraagBalmain

Must say this whole process has been a dream. You and your crew have been amazing. Nothing was ever an issue – even when I changed things – everything has been done to such a high standard and the boys have been a pleasure to have around. I’m wondering if Michael can move in!

Thanks for everything. I have bored everyone senseless with how awesome you’ve been so hope you get some referrals from it. Xx

FionaDarley Road, Manly

During the first half of 2014 my partner Neil and I undertook a major rebuild and refurbishment of our home at North Curl Curl. This was a major event in our lives as we are an actively retired couple and intend to remain in our cottage here for the rest of our days. We therefore set out to ensure that our cottage was redeveloped in such a way as to suit our lifestyle and to enable us to live here easily and happily in the years ahead.


We first met Matt of MJK the year before when he was undertaking a major building project for our next-door neighbors. We came to know him quite well and had virtually a daily opportunity to observe his work at close quarters. We were impressed with his level of craftsmanship and attention to detail as he managed and supervised this project throughout 2014.


Just as importantly we came to observe his client relationship and his friendly and cooperative approach. We also noted his punctuality and determination to keep the job moving at a good pace, even when the weather was not favorable. Anyone who goes through a project like this knows how difficult it can be to co-ordinate sub contract trades people and kitchen designers/installers in the project management process. Matt excelled at this. We could see his approach first hand. He also cared for and looked after the interests of neighbors who were affected by the usual noise and dust etc when these building projects happen.


When it came time to our project earlier this year, Matt displayed all of the attributes mentioned above. He has an outstanding ability to sort through complex issues, which can often emerge when demolition/construction proceeds, and come up with sound and practical solutions. It became clear to us that the sub contractors who work with Matt also have solid respect for him and thus he has built up a band of good people around him. When someone is expected on site for example to complete some essential plumbing or electrical work, they turned up on time.


For us, undertaking this redevelopment of our home was not an easy thing to do. It is a disruptive and uneasy time. We are absolutely delighted however, with the completed project and so are all of our friends and relatives who have come to look at our wonderful new cottage with its open plan living, wonderful kitchen and indoor/outdoor living style.


Matt has asked me to write this testimonial and I have no hesitation at all in recommending him as a builder and project manager. In fact since our project we have recommended him to a number of friends for whom he has undertaken work. I am more than happy for anyone to contact me by phone to discuss the above comments if needed.

Elaine & NeilNorth Curl Curl

Matt has been responsible for all of our home renovations including complete kitchen redesign, media room and outside living/garden area including decking and children’s play area.  He has transformed our home I can’t recommend him highly enough.  He always has creative ideas to bring out the best in any indoor/outdoor area, he is accommodating, approachable, tidy, with great attention to detail but most of all trustworthy!

Karita & DavidAllambie Heights