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

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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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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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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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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Sussman house, Coogee


Dennis Rabinowitz of
MPR Design Group


2011

I was sorry when we finished building our house. 

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Ruth Ritchie house, Elizabeth Bay


Jon King of
Design King Company


2011

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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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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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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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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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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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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Elevation apartments, Thredbo


Robin Dyke, Siobhan Berkery


2006

Thredbo always offers challenges.

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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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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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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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Great Mackerel Beach house


Robert Brown of
Casey Brown Architecture


2003

John listens.

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Omaru, Thredbo


Vincent Myson


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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Henry Rourke house, Ando


Penny Collins, Huw Turner of
Collins Turner Architects & Designers


1994

John is the builder you want. He does what he says he will do.

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

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