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Our History

Our History

PJ Burns Builder is an award winning residential and commercial builder first established on the Sunshine Coast. Founded by Rick Burns in 1978 he started building Homes in the Kawana district, back then building in Mountain Creek was considered almost too far.

In 1980, Rick was joined by his brother Steve Burns and from there the company went from strength to strength.

Their father Noel Burns was their inspiration. He was solely in charge of the original development from Currimundi to Mooloolaba and was General Manager of the Kawana Waters Development from its inception in 1965 until his retirement in 1980. Situated along Nicklin Way Buddina, "Noel Burns House" was built in the early 1980's.

In 2001 The PJ Burns head office was relocated to Mudjimba, central to Caloundra and Noosa the office thrived for many more years.

PJ Burns History Mudjimba Office

In June 2002 a fire tragically claimed the lives of 15 young backpackers at the Childers Backpackers. After consultation with victims families, local community, Local, State, Federal and international Governments and the Heritage Department, PJ Burns took on the re-construction of the original heritage building which now houses an Art Gallery and a sensitive memorial to the victims.

PJ Burns reach expanded up through Gympie and into Hervey Bay where in 2006 PJ Burns Built 'Pier One' luxury apartments with 180° uninterrupted ocean views.

By 2009 PJ Burns had become a well established builder along the Fraser Coast and opened a new Head Office for Wide Bay clients who appreciate the easy access to staff and the local service.

PJ Burns History Wide Bay Office

Sadly in 2010 Noel Burns passed away and the Sunshine Coast head office relocated to "Noel Burns House" shortly after.

PJ Burns History Sunshine Coast Office 1
PJ Burns History Sunshine Coast Office 2
PJ Burns History Sunshine Coast Office 3

PJ Burns Builder is committed to excellence in custom architecture and design. We combine rigorous design with Construction Management experience - a rare combination that leads to a distinctive design process and end product that that outshines our competitors.

Courtney Burns, daughter of Rick Burns and the winner of the 2017 Queensland Master Builder’s Women in Building Award, has stepped into the role as Sales Manager. Courtney maintains the high standard of customer service that PJ Burns Builder has continually delivered for over 39 years.

Rick, Steve and Courtney, together with the PJ Burns Builder team, pride themselves on traditional service principles and offering a product which is simply "The Best Value for Money".

Our design values are modern and energy efficient, and we continue to provide our clients with premier architectural and planning services thanks to our talented designers, creative solutions, and a drive to satisfy the ongoing client needs.

By maintaining the highest customer and interpersonal standards, and ensuring the building process is complete within the promised timeframe, PJ Burns have established a large referral base and a database of loyal clients who build on multiple occasions. PJ Burns are proud to foster a work environment that is positive, professional, cheerful and energetic.

We are so confident of our service and quality, please look us up on and see what our customers say about us.

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