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What our clients say…

“We are really glad to have engaged Narooma Building Services to build our home. It was a very large project with some site specific challenges that needed an experienced and technically competent builder to let us realise our objectives. NBS contributed key insights to overcome those challenges in an economic and timely fashion. Workmanship was of high quality with all staff and contractors equally committed to get us a great result. Perhaps the most stand-out feature of the build was the high productivity that progressed the work quickly with good natured people willing to help with any aspect of the work to keep it on track. We have no hesitation in recommending Narooma Building Services for any small or large and complex building project.”


“Originally from Melbourne we were on a family holiday in Narooma and happened to stay in a house Tony had built some 12 years earlier. We were impressed with the quality of the building, finishes and design features.

When we decided to retire to Narooma and bought the block of land next door to our holiday stay we were determined to find the builder.

Tony wasn’t the only builder we spoke with, but he was the best.

He immediately had a vision for our land and home which was exactly what we wanted. Tony worked with our local architect and came up with several cost saving options over the course of the build.

One of the things that impressed us about Tony is his extensive knowledge, expertise and innovation. We needed those skills, as ours was a technically challenging build. Throughout the build every question or difficulty had a good outcome. We also had a lift installed which required minimal tolerances for the lift shaft. Thanks to Tony’s careful planning, precision skills and communication with the lift company, both the delivery and installation of the lift went very smoothly.

Tony is a great communicator and understands what is important for his clients. We were in Melbourne when the construction began and Tony provided frequent updates, including photos and videos, of the progress being made. Even at a distance he was ready to listen to our concerns and to work with us to come up with practical solutions. When we moved to Narooma he was always available to discuss progress and options. Tony thinks ahead, anticipates potential issues and has them solved well before they become a problem.

Project management is a big part of any build and Tony has a great team of quality tradespeople and contractors working with him. With a tight schedule Tony had people working onsite every day for the entire build. Thinking months ahead he got the driveway cut in for his team to use, so it would be well compacted and ready by the time the concreters came. Our wrap around deck was built to save on scaffolding costs and so that it had time to weather properly before sealing. There was no time lost. From start to finish, Tony had it all under control. We had our occupancy certificate ahead of our deadline, one week before we had to leave our rental accommodation.

We have been in our home for four years now and are extremely happy. We highly recommend Tony to anyone who appreciates quality.”

Isidro and Diane Solla

“Tony Lawson and his business, Narooma Building Services, built the original section of our home 20 years ago and the quality of craftsmanship had certainly stood the test of time. From the outset, Tony was very engaged in working with us on planning and designing the major extension. He managed necessary architectural and engineering design input and pushed boundaries to best meet our client requirements. We worked openly with Tony on the early quoting including numerous revisions until we were comfortable with the final scope and price. Renovations to the original section were best managed through a cost plus approach and we conducted a transparent pricing mechanism with Tony whereby we would discuss and agree every item so as to stay within an overarching budget. The quality of workmanship in our major extension and renovation is to a very high standard. We found Tony and his sub-contractors to be diligent, efficient and effective and always met timeframes.The timelines and budget set at the beginning of the project were achieved due to Tony Lawson’s commitment and persistence. He always kept us informed and consulted in a timely manner. We are extremely pleased with our beautiful home and have no hesitation in recommending Tony Lawson to future prospective clients. Tony and Fiona de Preu December 2019”

Tony and Fiona de Preu

“My husband, Ray, and I retired to Narooma from Melbourne in May, 2019. We purchased a rural property in the Ringlands Bay Estate earlier in the year which required extensive renovation, literally gutting the inside and starting again. Coming from interstate and not knowing anyone was challenging, and over emails and telephone we contacted several builders in Narooma and then in April actually met with them face to face. After meeting with Tony, we knew immediately he was the builder for us. We did not have any drawings, just some thoughts on what we wanted. Tony helped us with the design and suggested some very exciting, innovative ideas. He has a great team of very highly skilled and experienced tradespeople around him, who kept us informed every step of the way.

Tony’s work is exemplary, he is personable and a delight to work with. We could not recommend him highly enough to anyone wanting a superior quality, reliable builder. Our renovation was completed on time and on budget, it is everything we expected and more, we simply love it!”

Ray and Jennie Hille

“We needed to renovate our 40 year old holiday house in Dalmeny near Narooma.  A local architect prepared a design and we selected Tony Lawson as our builder. We wanted a builder who understood our design objectives but who also provided an independent approach that included creative building solutions. We also expected our builder to keep us informed and in control when ambiguity or problems arose.

Tony exceeded our expectations at all levels. He adopted our project as his own. He communicated thoroughly with us at all stages, particularly when there were different ways of proceeding.  He displayed an extensive knowledge of materials and always had constructive recommendations when alternative approaches were identified.

We were not concerned by the timing of the construction, being more concerned with the quality of the finished product. Tony was able to deliver us a quality renovation on time and at a price that we considered to be good value for money. Tony utilized only the best tradesmen in the area and each of these tradesmen was clearly proud to be a part of such a high quality project and determined not to let the rest of the team down in terms of the quality of their workmanship.”

Anja and Paul Davidson – 11 Haddrill Parade, Dalmeny

“We were living in Townsville at the time which made it quite a challenge in identifying a suitable builder to construct our new home. We had spoken with a number of builders before being referred to Tony Lawson. Tony took an immediate personal interest in the job, and his building experience was evident  through discussion on the relevant materials, design and construction. He was able to gain our trust very quickly during the various negotiations which was very important to my wife and I as we were building our first new home.

Construction commenced whilst still living in North Queensland, Tony would provide regular feedback and photo’s to keep us well informed of progress. This open and regular communication continued throughout the construction period. Again, Tony’s experience shone through during each phase of the construction as Tony would provide suggestions and ideas that enhanced the final product and saved money. We also found that the people Tony had working for him or the relevant trades were of the highest standard and quality.

Ultimately we have a beautiful home that has been built by a builder, carpenter and tradespeople who take pride in their work. We couldn’t be more satisfied and proud of our completed home and would have no hesitation in recommending Tony Lawson as a builder of highest integrity, quality and experience.”

Phil & Rachael Haynes – 14 Ballingalla Street, Narooma NSW

We got to know Tony Lawson almost five years ago as builder of our house in Narooma. He was pleasingly responsive to our needs with practical solutions for issues we identified.

The house itself has proven its soundness of design and construction. Tony has been readily attentive to minor issues and to later identified needs for storage space as well as recent extensions of external living areas.

Again he has impressed with creative, cost-effective suggestions that took account of our needs. We have also been impressed with the effectiveness of him and his team , including sub-constructors, in getting the job done on time and on cost, in a pleasant and personable manner.

George and Noraidah Atkin

I would highly recommend Tony Lawson for your building project. My wife & I recently purchased a 100 year old renovator’s delight. The whole house was stripped back to a bare shell & re-built keeping within the traditional style with a slightly modern beachy touch.

This involved removing asbestos, restructuring of the fireplaces & building both into the roof cavity & cutting into the ground for another level. Tony has a solid reputation for first quality work and the end result was fantastic!

He was patient, explained procedure & building products well & ultimately came very close to the quoted figure. I could not fault Tony’s skill or management of our project & I would definitely not hesitate in consulting Tony for any future projects.

Cat Davies