Are you looking for North Shore Builders to build or renovate your home? If you’re looking for a quality building experience and peace of mind, AAG are the North Shore Builders you can trust. AAG founder, director and project manager Adam Gabay is a North Shore boy, born and bred. Adam grew up in the beautiful suburb of Turramurra and spent his high school years at Aloysius College. After graduating from Year 12, Adam took off overseas to spend a few years living abroad. It was on returning back to Australia that Adam made the decision to become a builder.
Adam has been building across Sydney’s Northern Beaches and North Shore for the past 15 years, and it is through his attention to detail, honesty and open communication that his boutique business has thrived. Adam has a strong network of architects, engineers, designers, stylists and other trades across the North Shore specifically that he uses regularly and trusts. Adam is a highly regarded builder who prides his business on the team that he employs and who have become like family. Adam is a perfectionist when it comes to the finish of your home and understands the importance of ensuring an enjoyable experience from start to finish.
Popular building and renovation types on the North Shore
While there are no hard and fast rules here, there does tend to be a preference to the style of homes built on the North Shore, and the kinds of renovations which people in the area lean towards. Brand new homes are becoming less and less popular in the area while additions, extensions and renovations are 90% of our bread and butter. We attest this to the fact that the foundations of many of the homes in the North Shore are solid and can sometimes save a significant amount of money when using the bones of the original home. With that being said, there is no pressure to follow the trend and we can certainly provide you with different options depending on your block of land and whether there is an existing home on the block (likely on the North Shore). The more we explore all of your options in the beginning, the better you will feel about your final decision. To get you new-home-drooling/dreaming a little, here are the top 3 styles of homes on the North Shore:
A popular style in the late 1800s to early 1900s, this is one very special style for the North Shore that we absolutely love. Think a gentle nod to English country style homes featuring high ceilings, formal dining rooms, delicate features, well-groomed gardens and grand entrances (yes, we are feeling a bit royal just thinking about it). There are many original homes with this style which we frequently restore and renovate to incorporate the original details with a more modern and spacious feel. Federation homes on the North Shore also traditionally have large verandahs which were historically for welcoming guests and outdoor living. We have worked with several clients who have wanted to keep the original verandah but create a more accessible outdoor area. We have achieved this by replacing walls with large glass bifold doors to create a more indoor/outdoor living space, while also holding on to that glorious federation feel.
Inspired by the most beautiful, luxurious (and expensive) homes on New York’s Long Island, Hampton style homes are becoming increasingly popular across the Northern Suburbs of Sydney, particularly the Lower North Shore. The main features of a Hamptons style homes draws from a warm coastal feel, incorporating gable roofs, large open balconies, marble benchtops, shutter blinds, timber flooring and a colour palate including creams, pale greys and crisp whites. The Hampton’s style certainly gives an eyre of sophistication, luxury and grandeur while also exuding that laid back coastal vibe which Australian’s love so much.
Architecturally Designed Homes
These are very popular in the North Shore and boast some of the most renowned architects including Harry Seidler, John Brogan, Sydney Ancher, Arthur Baldwinson and the list goes on. If you have a creative side or are hoping for something a little left of centre, you will be able to find architecture (or an architect) in the area to satisfy any appetite. Architecturally designed homes can be as bland or creative as you like, and it really comes down to the budget, the architect and your (the clients) brief. This style of home tends to be the most expensive home to build due to the detail and time that an architect will need to put into the project. Our top recommendation here is that you find an architect and a builder who work together and are comfortable with each other’s style.
The North Shore
Sydney’s North Shore is a cluster of suburbs north of the Sydney CBD, home to some of Sydney’s most picturesque and intimate villages. The North Shore is surrounded by two national parks and boasts some of the most beautiful, fairytale homes in the country. The North Shore is an affluent and highly sought after area whereby residents enjoy neighbourhoods which are just far enough from the hustle and bustle of city life, but only a train ride away from the CBD. The North Shore truly is the perfect balance between a magical and convenient place to live.
The North Shore is roughly divided into two sections: upper and lower suburbs. Upper North Shore is located North West of Sydney City and covers roughly 26 suburbs stretching from Berowra to Roseville (Gordon is at the centre of the Upper North Shore) and is cared for by both Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby Shire council. The lower North Shore is located north of the Sydney Harbor Bridge on the Peninsula and stretches from Balmoral to Cammeray, home to some of the most breathtaking coastal views in Sydney (and only walking distance to the beach).
- Population: 77,272 – 47% male and 53% female
- Median Age: 38
- Median House Price: $1,300,000
The North Shore is home to some of Sydney’s most prestigious and elite primary and secondary schools; giving your children access to the best of the best. With so many good options, choosing between schools can be a little bewildering…but never fear! The North Shore hosts a Schools Expo which showcases all of the local schools from boarding schools to faith-based/secular schools, single-sex, co-ed and everything in between; the North Shore will be sure to meet all of your schooling hopes and dreams (and might even be walking distance from your front door).
Shopping on the North Shore is made easy by the wide variety of wholesome grocery shops, boutique clothing and furniture stores. The North Shore is scattered with many smaller family-run street shops while also being home to two large commercial shopping centres located at North Sydney and Chatswood, both easily accessible by train.
If you didn’t think it could get any better, here’s another bonus for creating your forever home on the North Shore: each neighbourhood on the North Shore is accessible by train, bus and car – it is the most accessible area north of the CBD! With ample street parking in both neighbourhoods and villages, you won’t ever find yourself stuck for transport options in this area.
The North Shore area is known as Goruagal and Cammeraygal by the traditional owners of the land and home to some of the most beautiful Aboriginal sites in the country. The North Sydney Council works to preserve around 60 of these sites including rock carvings and paintings which date back as far as 7000 years. AAG Constructions is mindful of the impact that the industry has on the environment as well as the traditional owners of the land and would like to pay respects and celebrate the oldest culture on earth – those who loved this land long before our ancestors had migrated here.
The harbour bridge links the North Shore suburbs to Sydney’s CBD so makes it a perfect location for families who need easy access to the city for work, but like the idea of suburban living; the North shore is the perfect middle ground. Suburbs which neighbour the harbour (such as Lavender Bay, Kirribilli, Milsons Point) have so many stunning and iconic harbourside parks and views; we suggest you pack a picnic and set up before sunset on a summer Friday evening (it’s heavenly) and perfect for all ages.
What about the weather?
The North Shore has an oceanic climate, famous for their mild winters and pleasant, warm summers; however for those warmer days that call out for a dip in the ocean, you are only around 38 minute drive from the furthest suburb (Hornsby) to the beach (suburbs such as Balmoral are around 5 minutes to the beach).
Kirribilli markets are a personal favourite for the AAG team (and their families especially). These markets are on the second Sunday of each month and boast an array of handmade arts, crafts and jewelry. Oh, and be sure to work up an appetite for a delicious market lunch, from Vietnamese to sausage sizzles there is enough choice to suit any fussy tastebuds.
If you are interested in more sophisticated art and galleries then Mosman art gallery is the one for you. This gallery has been around since the 90s and exhibits mostly modern art paintings from the past half century.
The Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace is a cinema like no other. Located in Cremorne, each cinema room has an auditorium seating plan which makes you feel like you are in a theatre and the original 1930s decor does not disappoint. Head there on cheap Tuesday for $13.50 adult tickets.
From pottery and painting classes to drama and cooking classes your creative side will surely not go to sleep on the North Shore. The local council supports a great sense of community and you will feel like you are being welcomed home (wherever you might have come from) from the first time you step into the area.
North Shore specific services
AAG Constructions has a solid understanding of the North Shore and everything which needs to be considered before starting a build in the area. We have a great working relationship with the North Sydney Council which makes it easy to guide clients through the process of getting a DA (check out our blog) if you want to learn more about DA vs CDC). At AAG Constructions we specialise in both brand new homes as well as renovations and additions and can meet all of your building requirements, whether it be a small bathroom extension or a brand new home. We like to support local suppliers (as well as the environment) so we source sustainable and ethical products from local companies and trades where possible. The North Shore is home to some of the countries most highly sought after and prestigious tradespeople, architects and designers, meaning that we usually don’t have to stray from your suburb let alone the North Shore to meet all of your project needs. Click here to read more about one of our most recent North Shore (Lindfield) projects.
So what are you waiting for?
We are confident in our high-quality workmanship and are proud of not only the finished projects but the enjoyment we get from our work along the way. We are confident that you won’t regret choosing us as your North Shore builder, but don’t take our word for it! Check out our testimonials on Google and our 5-star rating, or head over our testimonials page on our website to read more. If you are ready to have a chat, we would love to talk over coffee so click here to get in touch.