Empowering You To Build


At Build in Common we believe anyone can renovate, build or develop property

We give you the know-how, tools and confidence to:

  • select and project manage your trades,

  • work with your builder in creating a new-build home, and

  • perhaps even coordinate an entire subdivision or small scale property development.


Are you thinking "I'd love to, but I don't know where to start?"

We are here to help. Our products and community provide you with the practical knowledge of understanding how and where to start with that renovation or building project you are planning.

Using years of deep industry experience and building know-how, we provide you with the knowledge and confidence to ask the right questions, to the right person at the right time in the build cycle. Independant, honest and practical insights at your fingertips!


How can we help?

  • Let us give you the inside knowledge, demystify and take away the jargon.
  • By understanding the renovation and build cycle from the moment you start planning, you will save time, frustration and money.
  • We show you what to expect, who does what and importantly what you need to get started when looking for trades or a builder.

It is hard to know what you don't know. That is why we give the questions that will put you in control. Calibrating expectations and understanding how the building industry works is a win-win for all. Save time, avoid misunderstandings and no more costly mistakes!


What do we offer?

No need for lengthy courses, searching the internet for hours or reading a stack of books. We have done the hard work for you!

  • We offer a range of project specific hard copy Build in Common Toolkits for you to use as your go-to-guides when renovating or building.
  • Select from our range of Kitchen, Bathroom, Laundry, Extension or New Build Toolkits. From small scale renovations, extensions, to new builds and subdivisions, we have something for every project!
  • Buy online and have your Toolkit delivered directly to your front door. Filled with dozens of pages of practical "how to" information, specific questions to ask, build cycle sequencing and tips, tricks and jargon busters, our Toolkits come to you beautifully printed, practically formatted and stored in a handy project folder for you to add to as you build. Simply open and get started.
  • Access ongoing support through free subscription to our Build in Common Community. Be inspired and learn from industry role models, experts and others who renovate, build and develop property. A community made just for you!

We help you select, understand & manage your trades and builder.

Calibrate expectations - Avoid misunderstandings - Save time and money

Kitchen, Bathroom & Laundry, Home Extensions and New Build Toolkits. 

Taking what we have learnt over the years in the building industry, we have created easy to use, step by step guides for you to plan, organise and build your next project.

Click here to find out more about the content of our Toolkits.

We show you how to create your project brief, help you understand your options, decide who you can and should be working with, budget, prepare and negotiate, master the language of building and much, much more....

What our customers have to say...


Single Mum, WA

Thank you Build In Common for helping to smooth the way with my recent kitchen renovation. This was my first renovation, and as a single mum I was feeling completely out of my depth, despite months of research. I had arrived at what I thought was my final design brief, that was until I read your checklist and realised I had missed a few key considerations!

Once that was adjusted, and I had completed my negotiations with my kitchen design company, I was able to again use your toolkit to make sure the contract I was signing was comprehensive and included everything it should. The installation was a success!


Builder, NSW

If you want to renovate or develop property, and you are a newbie the Build in Common Toolkits will help you to be an informed and confident Project Manager. 


I would be very happy to work with clients using the Build in Common Toolkits; there are definitive positive benefits for all parties.


Full-time Student, Wife and Mother, WA

Just thought I'd let you know that I've had a quick read through everything in the Toolkit. 

I'm so grateful that I have this info, as there are a lot of things that I hadn't considered, and probably wouldn't have thought to do, from what questions to ask and checking what insurance is required, through to making sure that I get certificates/warranties for my records. I've realised that I will need to seriously consider the starting time for this project as I cannot have tradies here interrupting me when I'm trying to get final assignments done, or study for exams.

I'm only at the stage of creating a brief... but the Toolkit will help me to clarify my project brief and will now make sure that it is in writing so there can be no argument over exactly what I asked for!

For someone who has never undertaken a renovation, I am quickly realising just how much value is in this Toolkit.  If it prevents me from making even one minor error, your Toolkit will have been worth every cent!"


Bathroom & Kitchen Renovator

Until I saw your Toolkit I was dreading the work that needed to get done to create a new kitchen. But now I am really looking forward to building. Thank you so much!

Rachel & Cam

Building a New Home, Victoria

From beginners to builders, the Build in Common Toolkit has helped us gain the confidence to build our dream home. Before laying our hands on the guide we were procrastinating and unsure of what steps, questions or options we should explore. This simple to use toolkit removed any ambiguity and gave us a logical framework to follow step by step with our builders saving us valuable time and money.

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Defining and developing your design

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to give them confidence to turn their building dreams into reality"

- Co-Founders, Pia and Justine

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