The History of Newstart Homes

Newstart Homes was established in 1987 and in 1994, Newstart was listed amongst Business Review Weekly’s (BRW) Top 100 Growing Companies. This steady growth plan continued throughout the 1990’s culminating in a decision by the original owners to split the company into two separate entities – Newstart Homes (Nth Qld) and Newstart Homes (SE Qld) Pty Ltd. Newstart Homes (SE Qld) Pty Ltd was acquired in May 2000 by national homebuilder Home Australia. Home Australia now provides the banner under which Homestead Homes in SA, Collier Homes in WA, Newstart Homes in QLD, Ashford Homes in VIC and Huxley Homes in NSW operate.

Newstart Homes has now become the builder of choice with an excellent level of inclusions available. Enjoy the BIG BRAND benefits of BLANCO, HANSA, CAESARSTONE and much more. Combine the BIG value, MASSIVE list of inclusions, QUALITY backed by our "LIFETIME STRUCTURAL GUARANTEE*" with the fact you can customise any of our plans (or we can create and build your own design) and it's easy to see why Newstart Homes has become the leader in home building in South East Queensland.

Lifetime Structural Guarantee

Home Australia has been building quality homes throughout Australia for in excess of 50 years. As a member of the Home Australia group, Newstart Homes is able to offer a highly regarded, exclusive LIFETIME STRUCTURAL GUARANTEE to all purchasers of new homes. We are able to do this, due to the confidence  we have in the tradespeople we choose to work on the construction of your home and the quality of the materials specified and used throughout. This guarantee will cover any structural defects for the lifetime of the original purchaser of any Newstart Home. Newstart Homes - over 20 years strong. Key individuals within Newstart Homes include:

Staff Profiles

Chris Mebberson
General Manager

Chris has been a part of the Building Industry for nearly 30 years, starting out as a carpenters assistant and then operating a roof fixing business. Chris has worked for numerous companies in Senior Management roles and has been with the Home Australia Group for 9 years. Chris has learnt over the years that Client Satisfaction is a key point to a successful business and is very much part of Chris's strategies for Newstart Homes.

Mark Britton       Operations Manager



Mark started out in the industry as a carpenter & joiner by trade and has been a part of the Home Australia Group for over 21 years.  In 1989, Mark joined Homestead Homes SA as an Estimator and has had various roles, including Project Management, Estimating, Administration, Building and Sales.  Over the years Mark has assisted other companies within the Home Australia Group and progressed to a Management role in 2007 with Ashford Homes Victoria.  We are delighted to welcome Mark to the role of Operations Manager here at Newstart Homes Queensland.


Blaine Watson
Senior Design Sales Consultant

Blaine has been with Newstart Homes since 2006 & has a background in the finance industry of 7 years. Having obtained Real Estate Principal and finance broker qualifications and having personally built several times, Blaine is a real asset. A total of 18 years in the building industry.

Martin Kunzl
Design Sales Consultant


Martin has a 40 year history in the building industry, he graduated 1973 from the ‘Higher Technical Federal College’ in Linz, Austria and 1977 received his certificate as a ‘Construction Engineer’.  He was a construction manager for several years before leaving Europe in 1987 for Queensland.  In 1996 Martin was awarded the ‘Australian Associate Diploma’ in building and has had his own ‘Queensland Builder’s Licence’ since 1996. Martin joined Newstart Homes in 2013 and excels in areas of design and being a good listener to achieve your dreams and aspirations within a given budget.


Heather Spurle
Design Sales Consultant

Heather has had a love affair with architecture since her early school days and studied Architectural Drafting and Civil Engineering at Carrington Technical Institute (TAFE) in New Zealand.
Her early years were spent pursuing another of her passions as a professional sportsperson giving her the opportunity to meet and work with a lot of people from all walks of life. This experience taught her the art of listening carefully and the importance of dealing with everyone she met with integrity and respect
Heather brings a wealth of experience in residential design, sales and construction including specialised kitchen and bathroom design. Heather has also managed a number of her own residential building projects both here in SE Queensland and in New Zealand. All vital attributes when working with her clients to help them understand the building process and achieve a house design perfectly suited to their budget and lifestyle needs.


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