John Fielding and the team at Bellevarde build arguably the finest architectural homes in Australia. After John built our house so beautifully in 1994, he became a friend, we discovered that he doesn’t like to talk much about his work—but other people do.

My conversations with the owners and architects of all the houses built by John and the Bellevarde team revealed that everyone greatly enjoyed the building experience.

If you are contemplating building an architect-designed house, I believe you will find their comments both interesting and useful.

As a bonus, please enjoy the images of some of Australia’s most stunning homes.

Hugh Spencer

Palm house, Mosman

Rob Brown of
Casey Brown Architecture

2017

We first met Rob Brown more than a decade ago after admiring and visiting two houses he had done on the northern beaches of Sydney.

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Crackenback Stables

Rob Brown of
Casey Brown Architecture

2016

It’s not my first shed, but it’s probably my best.

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Deepwater, Bondi

John Richards of
Tobias Partners

2015

Creating our new house has been an extraordinary experience. Something of a long-term ambition, it became a very rewarding...

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Hermit Bay house, Vaucluse

Peter Stutchbury Architecture

2014

I have built new houses all over the world—and everywhere it has been the same.

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Balmoral House, Mosman

Clinton Murray and Polly Harbison, architects in association

2014

We saw the chance to enhance our lives with a house that reflects our deep interest in music and the arts...

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Barrenjoey Road house, Palm Beach

Grant Cheyne of
Grant Cheyne Design

2014

My wife found this glorious old house in a great location, with superb views and beautiful old trees.

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Penthouse, Bondi

Rob Pufflet of
Thomsonadsett Architects

2014

I had to extensively renovate my boss’s Bondi penthouse.

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South Coogee house

Alexandra Kidd Design

2014

In 1978 I bought this classic P&O-style house right on the coast at South Coogee.

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Wirreanda Road house, Wamboin

Ian D McKay

2014

We had lots of ideas about our new house and wanted to be deeply involved, but we lacked knowledge...

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Shaw house, Jamberoo

Rob Brown & Antje Mahler of
Casey Brown Architecture

2013

Around twelve years ago we found a weekend farm less than two hours drive from the city.

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Folsom house, Gordons Bay

Madeleine Blanchfield

2013

Bellevarde run the smoothest building operation I have seen.

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Staley house, Collaroy

Ulrika Saar of
Peter Stutchbury Architecture

2012

This is the second house that John and the Bellevarde team have built for us.

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90 Hudson Pde, Clareville

Bruce James of
BJP Architects

2012

We have now worked with the Bellevarde people on several buildings.

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Notts Avenue, Bondi

Phillip Mathieson of
Redgen Mathieson

2012

When I first saw the book about Bellevarde, I was immediately struck by the quality of their work...

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Ruth Ritchie house, Elizabeth Bay

Jon King of
Design King Company

2012

Just two months before completion, two floors of my three-storey home were flooded—the result of a most unlikely act of god.

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Sussman house, Coogee

Dennis Rabinowitz of
MPR Design Group

2011

I was sorry when we finished building our house. 

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72 Hudson Pde, Clareville

Bruce James of
BJP Architects

2011

I was an apprentice carpenter at the Canberra Institute of Technology when John was an apprentice bricklayer.

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House in Country NSW

Leigh Hellyer of
Virginia Kerridge Architect

2010

This property, in Country NSW, has been a working horse stud for over 70 years. It has a rich history...

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Bondi Project, North Bondi

2009

By nature my wife and I enjoy immersing ourselves in the important things in our lives. And this house was important.

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Elizabeth Bay Terrace

Virginia Kerridge

2008

At first, we were uneasy about embarking upon such a comprehensive renovation.

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Fielding house, Canberra

Rodney Moss of
Cox Humphries Moss

2008

John’s house is special. It perfectly reflects his design and construction philosophy of seeking to execute everything perfectly.

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Biet house, Mosman

Andrew Coomer of
Andrew Coomer & Associates

2007

John Fielding really understood what Andrew Coomer, our architect, and we were seeking to accomplish.

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Berg house, Bundeena

Clinton Murray of
Clinton Murray Architects

2006

Most builders simply say 'Give me your plans and I will build the house'. John isn't like that. He respects great architecture.

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Boatshed, Pittwater

Andrew Coomer of
Andrew Coomer & Associates

2006

The owners wanted to transform this beautiful site into a stage for enhancing the spiritual side of life.

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Mahony house, Vaucluse

George Livissianis of
Burley Katon Halliday

2006

From the outset I wanted to be involved in the rebuilding of our beautiful old 1924 home, which was designed by Professor Leslie Wilkinson.

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The Beach Suites, Byron Bay

Ian Mckay

2006

Bellevarde are the finest builders we have ever experienced. They are millimetre perfect.

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Belgiorno-Nettis house, Mosman

Graham Jahn of
jaa studio

2006

Ours is a beautiful house, designed by master architect Graham Jahn.

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Kinoshita house, Newport

Sacha Zehnder of
Peter Stutchbury Architecture

2006

Our house fuses Japanese and Western influences. We are on a surf beach, which allows us to view the waves from a tatami platform.

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The Cliff house, Dover Heights

Penny Collins, Huw Turner of
Collins Turner Architects & Designers

2005

When we met John we had great faith he would build our house to the highest standards.

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Canopy Apartments Cammeray

Brian Bass of
Popov Bass Architects

2004

Our practice divides evenly between the creation of top-class luxury homes, and apartment buildings.

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Omaru, Thredbo

Popov Bass Architects and Vincent Myson Architect

2003

Omaru is arguably the most elegant and beautifully finished Ski Lodge on Thredbo.

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Vaucluse house

Virginia Kerridge

2003

Initially I would describe John as a bit of a rough diamond—a no-nonsense genuine Aussie builder...

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Castlecrag house

Alex Popov of
Popov Bass Architects

2002

We use four builders. John gets the ones where quality is paramount and attention to detail is crucial.

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Goldin house, Castlecrag

Virginia Kerridge

2002

John builds houses the way craftsmen build beautiful pieces of furniture.

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Overcliffe, Potts Point

Clinton Murray of
Clinton Murray Architects

2001

John is a very unusual builder. He is driven by excellence of delivery.

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Archer house, Whale Beach

Craig Rosevear

2000

We did the usual inspections of John’s previous work and felt pretty happy that he could tackle the job.

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Casey house, Killcare

Jorge Hrdina

2000

The site is precipitous and exposed—on a 100-metre cliff, facing into southerlies of up to 130km/hr.

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Sastrugi lodge, Thredbo

Robert Brown of
Casey Brown Architecture

1998

John and I are both builders, but we operate quite differently. John likes to get down in the trenches alongside his men.

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Spencer house, Cremorne

Richard Johnson of
Johnson Pilton Walker

1994

John built our house in 1992 and it still looks sharp and clean.

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Burrawang West, NSW

Richard Johnson of
Johnson Pilton Walker

1993

Architecture appropriate to its time, place and purpose, beautifully created, delivers an immediate sense of harmony and well-being.

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Yarralumla house, Canberra

Rodney Moss of
Cox Humphries Moss

1991

We enjoyed building this house, mainly because of John and his team.

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Magney house, Bingie Point

1984

In 1984 Glenn Murcutt designed a house for us to be built at Bingle Point near Moruya.

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