Honours graduate joins SJM

Hamish BehnSJM welcomes Hamish Behn to the team in a full-time project management role.

Hamish, who worked part-time for SJM during his studies, last week attended his graduation ceremony, receiving a degree in Construction Management and Economics with Honours from the University of South Australia.

He has worked full-time for SJM since January and is involved in tenders, sub contractor management, scheduling and ordering materials.

Hamish has returned to live in his home-town of Marrabel.

SJM reaps rewards at 2015 HIA Award night

SJM wins HIA awardSJM Carpentry & Building has received recognition for its building excellence at the recent 2015 HIA-CSR Awards night.

The SJM team won 'Lightweight Construction Housing Using Sheet or Board Materials' for a river house with a difference and a commendation in the ''Renovation/Addition Project $200,001 - $350,000' category. This project involved turning a small Mid North cottage into a contemporary and stylish home for its owners, who were thrilled with the result.

"We would like to thank you for the work you have done on our home," wrote Kathy and Brian Sandercock. "It has been a long time in the planning with many ideas and designs being rejected so we could incorporate the old building.

"It would have been a lot easier to bulldoze and start again but I think the final design has worked and we are extremely happy with the results."

SJM's dream team

SJM’s team of professionals take the worry and guesswork out of renovating or building a new home.

clare builder, mid north, south australia, project managementFrom the design to sourcing materials and bringing it all together on site, SJM gently guides its clients through the building process.

The project management team includes project manager and interior designer Hayley Hennessey, site supervisor Paul Sandy, construction coordinator Bec Reynolds and Sophie Willmott at SJM’s front desk.

As SJM’s project manager and interior designer, Hayley Hennessey turns client ideas and inspiration into a workable concept, helping to choose colours, finishes and the overall look within budget. Together with Sophie, Hayley creates a selections booklet to help clients visualise their home, room by room. With years of experience in design, Hayley takes the guesswork out of everything from cabinetry to colour choices. For regional clients, this means less time spent researching and sourcing materials and products in Adelaide.

Site supervisor Paul Sandy takes clients from the design phase to the building site, where he coordinates all trades and ensures construction is in line with the plans, specifications and building code. Paul brings 30 years of experience in carpentry to his site management role.  As construction coordinator, Bec works in conjunction with Paul, ensuring materials and supplies are on site on time. She also liaises with suppliers to access costings and work to a client's specifications.

PaulTogether, SJM’s team walk their clients through the build, ensuring a trouble-free process and a great finished product.


“To Sam and the great SJM team, thank you very much for ‘our home’ and the way it which it very smoothly came together. We were delighted with your planning, workmanship and the way everyone worked happily together and with us.”  Helen and John Ashby


Pictured above: L-R Bec Reynolds, Sophie Willmott and Hayley Hennessey

Left: Paul Sandy



Daryl receives award honour

SJM Carpentry and Building apprentice Daryl McIntrye has been recognised for his hard work and persistence, winning the Third Year Apprentice of the Year award.

Daryl received the award at a ceremony in Adelaide on May 17, which he attended with employer Sam MacDonald. Daryl is one of several apprentices employed by SJM Building & Carpentry, a business that has kickstarted the careers of many local, young people.

Daryl expressed his appreciation of SJM after learning of his award. "I'd like to thank my supervisor Paul Sandy, who has been my main teacher on site for the past few years," said Daryl, "and Sam MacDonald for taking a risk on me, as a mature-aged apprentice."

Daryl has now entered the final year of his apprenticeship, taking on extra responsibilities on many of SJM's projects.

Daryl McIntyre

HIA awards SJM in 2012

SJM Building & Carpentry was again recognised for its building expertise at the HIA-CSR 2012 SA Housing Awards.

The team at SJM received two commendations at the award night, which was held at Adelaide Convention Centre on October 13. SJM received commendations in two categories: Country Builder and Housing using Sheet or Board Materials.

The awards recognised their efforts in the construction of two new Clare Valley homes, for the Talbot and Blanden families.



SJM Carpentry & Building has won many awards, rewarding the company’s commitment to both superior
workmanship and sustainable design in new homes and renovation projects.


  • HIA-CSR 2012 Commendation - Country Builder
  • HIA-CSR 2012 Commendation - Housing using Sheet or Board Materials
  • HIA 2010 Housing using Sheet or Board Materials
  • HIA 2010 Commendation - Custom Built Home up to $280k
  • HIA 2010 Commendation - GreenSmart Energy Efficiency
  • HIA 2009 Commendation - Custom Built Home $250k - $350k
  • HIA 2009 Country Builder
  • HIA 2008 Best Custom Built Home $200k - $350k
  • Best Renovation in Country South Australia
  • Wall & Floor Tiling Award of Merit 2007
  • Wall & Floor Tiling Award of Merit 2006


GreenSmart Awards


As a member of the Housing Industry of Australia (HIA), SJM Carpentry & Building is proud to be recognised as a multi-award winning GreenSmart Clare builder. The HIA GreenSmart Awards set the benchmark in progressive building techniques and products. They are dedicated to recognise excellence in environmental home construction and design, resource management and sustainable community developments.


Award-winning SJM team at HIA 2010 gala dinner

SJM makes 10-year milestone

Clare-based builder SJM Carpentry & Building has realised ten years of building service in the Mid North of South Australia.

Started by Sam Macdonald, along with two trusty helpers in 2001, the business now employs 14 people and has provided building solutions for more than 200 projects. The business has also been recognised for its quality workmanship and building innovation, winning nine awards.


SJM apprentice wins award

SJM Carpentry & Building employee Luke Burge has received the top prize in the Mid North’s 2010 Vocational Education and Training Student of the Year Award.

The Clare High School year 10 student is a school-based apprentice, who combines his school studies with an apprenticeship at SJM Carpentry & Building. SJM managing director Sam Macdonald said the award is a fitting tribute to Luke’s dedication throughout the year. “Luke has displayed a strong work ethic and has a natural aptitude for the building industry,” said Mr Macdonald.

The Vocational Education and Training awards recognise the hard work of school-based trainees in the Mid North of South Australia and are a partnership between Barossa Lower North Futures, the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council and the Lions Club of Clare District.


Award-winner Luke Burge with SJM's Paul Sandy (left) and Sam Macdonald (right)



Awards galore at HIA gala night

SJM Carpentry & Building continued on its award-winning way at this year’s HIA-CSR Housing Awards night. The South Australian Mid North builder received three state awards at the gala dinner in Adelaide on October 9, giving the company a total of six state awards over three years.

SJM Carpentry & Building won a major award in the Lightweight Construction category for Housing Using Sheet or Board Materials. It also received two commendations for Custom Built Home Up to $280,000 and for GreenSmart Energy Efficiency.

All three awards recognised SJM’s efforts in constructing an energy efficient two-bedroom home in Clare, designed by Clare-based GP Architects.

SJM Carpentry & Building is an award-winning Clare builder specialising in new home construction and renovations throughout the Mid North of South Australia. (08) 8842 1639

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