Frequently Asked Questions

Preliminary Agreements provide a description of a project that allows the builder to assess the work required to formulate the scope and cost analysis. Depending on what stage you are at with your project, some of the preliminary work undertaken by J Turner Constructions inludes:

  • Contour and Detail Survey
  • Identification Survey
  • Feasability Study
  • Soil or Geotechnical Report
  • Engaging of Designer or Architect to draw up concept and subsequently detailed design
  • Engineering design
  • Town Planning advice
  • Other Specialist Consultant Reports
  • Locating existing infrastructure within the site
  • Cost Analysis/Quoting

If you are in the very early stages of land purchasing, or have yet to engage a Designer or Architect, you may require us to these tasks. If you have already got these documents in order, we may be required to review them in order to produce a tendering quote. 

We get asked about a ‘sqaure meter’ rate alot. 

How mush is a square meter?

The reality is, for a custom-built project, there is no set rate. 

That is because no two projects are ever the same, no site conditions are the same and no clients are ever the same!

Often, the rate provided at the beginning of the quote process is different to the ultimate cost. A proper quote requires the builder to fully understand the plan, the scope of work, site condition, budget and time constraint. 

For a quote to be meaningful, it must be accurate and contain detailed information for both parties.

This takes a significant amount of time and money to prepare, as each project is different in scope and site conditions. 

Charging for a quote allows us to spend the time required to understand your project in depth. 

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Contact our friendly team and we’ll be happy to help!

Some Of Our Recent Projects


Hear from our clients about achieving their dream homes

"We hired J Turner constructions to carry out extension works on our Port Noarlunga south home. From the beginning communication was excellent and the building process started very quickly. All trades on site were extremely polite and respectful as to the fact we were still living in the house while works were occurring.

James was also very flexible and assisted with many extras as the build was carried out. J Turner constructions has been a pleasure to deal with and I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a builder."


"We approached James in the early phase of designing our holiday house in the Riverland. We were looking for a builder with some flexibility and good communication skills.
He ticks all the boxes.

The whole process from quoting to handover was extremely professional and to an extremely high quality. James provides something that volume builders don’t, and that’s an enjoyable journey through the process.

We have recommended J Turner Constructions to many of our friends and family and they have had the same experience as us. Would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone."


"James and the team at J Turner Constructions were a key part in designing and building our dream home.

We really felt like we had a partner throughout the entire process and many of the suggestions made by James ended up being key features of the final design, from customised timber door handles & black timber eves right through to an artisan-style custom made Tasmanian oak entranceway.

Their expertise helped us to save money in many areas but also added long term value to the structure with clever design and craftsmanship. A genuinely great experience."

David & Sybil

"We had our location but far from what we saw our family home being. Our old 1970 house needed some work if it was going to be where we would raise our family. James was incredibly flexible and accommodating when it came to the construction and design of our renovation/extension. He helped us from the ground up and guided us through the entire build.

We found it difficult to visualise the end product but James was extremely patient throughout the build and provided us with direction and ideas to create our ideal home. He understood the importance of creating a family home where memories would be made, and we are thrilled with the final outcome. James’ team were incredibly friendly, always taking the time out to make our 1year old son smile, and the tradesmen James associates himself with were of impeccable standards. We would recommend James to anyone who wants a genuine person to guide them through any build."

James & Jessica

"J Turner Constructions (JTC) were fundamental in seeing our family dream home move from paper into reality.

Our build was quite complex involving demolition, renovation and an upstairs addition. This linking of old and new required the bespoke skills of an experienced builder and team. JTC were up to this challenge and we couldn't be happier.

James and his specialist team constantly thought outside the box and when problems arose, were able to make recommendations to ensure momentum in the build was maintained and meet high quality and safety standards.

A great example was when James identified that a load bearing floor was not designed correctly. Although both architect and engineer had overlooked this, James’ experience and expertise saw him both identify, make recommendations and find specialists to rectify the problem.

Further to the professionalism and experience that you get with JTC, James also maintains close working relationships with specialist trades and contractors. This ensured tight timelines were achieved thus reducing the time our family was out of the house.

James is open, caring and willing to listen. This trait sees him and his team provide a tailor made and personal approach to your build.

We have no problems in recommending JTC for any build."


"We are over the moon with our renovation. James and his amazing crew have turned our dream into reality. Our tired 1980's brick home is now a contemporary country home with views of the hills and so much natural light.

James helped us from the start and, along with Scott and the team, ensured a smooth renovation experience throughout the process. Even the tricky bits didn't seem too tricky and we always felt looked after.

I have recommended J.Turner Constructions to everyone. If you want a personalised service and excellent quality - they are the ones to beat!"

Kim & Craig

"Very pleased with J Turner Constructions. They are professional with attention to detail. Would highly recommend, as I already have done!"