The SMH Half Marathon

The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon

On Sunday the 15th May, Joel and Jordan completed a whopping 21km half marathon, raising $2,082 Raised for Kids with Cancer on their way!

A huge achievement for the two, who decided just 6 weeks ago to rise up to the challenge. A first time for the both, and they are already talking about the possibility of another coming up in July.

To top this, our team ranked 6th top donations in the event!!

Thank you to all of you who donated to this great charity, supporting families of kids with cancer through their difficult journey. You can check out our fundraiser page via this link:

Award Winning Day Out!

We won the Additions/Alterations/Renovations’ category at the MBA Excellence Awards 2020!


We WON an industry award!! And we are so over the moon (to say the least)!

The day started with the boys dropping off a truck and trailer to our sign writer, who worked on some additional signage for the vehicles. Joel loves to take care of our vehicles, and is always ensuring they are clean, organised & look good.

The girls, Hayley and Rachel ticked off some work as usual on a Thursday morning at our Mona Vale office (Beaches Coworking). We had quite a bit to do, to finish off our day early, in preparation for the ‘virtual’ awards afternoon.

Once the boys had dropped the vehicles off, they then headed into Glebe to a workshop, hosted by the MBA (Master Builders Association) whom we are members of. There were about 15 people attending, 4 of which were our team members.

The workshop was called Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training, where the boys discussed all things mental health, and importantly, how to communicate to someone who may be at risk of suicide. It was a heavier note to start the day on, but something we believe is very important in society today, and particularly something that affects many men in the construction industry. It was great to be a part of, and we are so lucky to be involved in an industry association who take this seriously. The key learnings:
  • Be more of a listener and identify when people are reaching out
  • Look for the cues, because people give you invitations to the way they are feeling, and unless you can read this, you may not be able to help that person
  • If you cannot help someone, make sure you connect them to someone who can! There are many ways such as Lifeline, or even your local GP.
Above all, the greatest lesson learnt was that we should all listen more! It is an important like skill, whether it is to your staff, your colleagues, or even your partner. The day was a great personal development for us all.

Because the workshop was in Glebe, we decided that it would be best to try watch the virtual awards hosted by the MBA somewhere local. Hayley booked us into The Nags Head Hotel, where we had a great lunch, played some pre-awards trivia (which even included some last-minute construction quizzing by Joel), and this was in our own private room – which was handy! We set up the TV, ready to watch the virtual awards starting at 3pm.

So as we sat and waited for our category to be called, we watched all the amazing winning projects pass by. We were nervous, and excited at the same time. Before we knew it, our category of House Additions/Alterations/Renovations was up! We waited impatiently to hear who they would name winners of the $800-900k, getting even more nervous – until we hear….

B – T – M .. and we were WINNERS!! We won for our Glenhaven project, The Grand Entertainer!

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We cannot be more proud of our awesome team, architects, designers, subbies and everyone who has supported us!


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A Reflection on our Childhood

In a way, we were destined to be in the building industry.


Our late grandpa, John Binet, was an influential, renowned, luxury custom home builder. As children we spent many weekends with our parents attending open homes, whether we were browsing through, or our parents were hosting the open home to visitors. That distinct new home scent still lingers with me.

Our grandparent’s home was extraordinary! It was a showcase of luxury, high end finishes and detail. The furniture was perfect, hand selected to suit each corner of the house. The guest bedroom shower had no frame, was a cave-like curved wall, covered in floor to wall blue tiles, something so unique. The indoor pool had a cloudy, blue ceiling – as if you were swimming outside! 


There were windows inside of the pool, which looked through the main hallway of the house. As children we would be amused for hours while we waved to our parents from inside the pool, into the next level down of the home. Our parents and grandparents would scold us as we would play in the elevator to move between the three floors

Going to their home was an adventure, of pure indulgence.  It was the beginning of our understanding of quality, the difference that selections can make, and the idea and importance of a prestigious custom-built home.  

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At home, we built cubby houses everywhere we could. We’d grab the seat cushions off the couch, and lean them against one another to build the walls, then would grab blankets and create the roof. Mum and Dad would let us sleep in there from time to time too! 

I remember clearly how Joel would frequently grab a backpack of tools, jump on his push bike, and head 5 mins down the road, to what was then still undeveloped land. He would build treehouses with handrails high up in the branches. We would collect scrap pieces of timber from building sites nearby to use for the cubby house. He would’ve only been in primary school then, and my family and I couldn’t believe what he was capable of doing!

Family and generosity with quality time has always been at the forefront of our values. Our Mum and Dad had a number of different businesses. They both also worked in real estate, which was another reason for us visiting numerous homes in our childhood. Above all, our parents possessed an original knack for people. They opened their arms to everyone. We often had various people stay with us, because they just needed somewhere to go, to feel safe and secure. We hosted many international students, who we shared our home with over many of our school years. Our parents had this ability to make everyone feel welcome, and to truly engage with, and enjoy each person’s attributes.

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Joel and I love people! It’s a huge reason why we do what we do. We love understanding different people’s way of life, what they do for work, and what they value most. We love watching our team grow as individuals, and as a crew. It aspires us to always be pushing to be better and do bigger things.

Even though I ventured off to University, then worked in the Digital Media world for a few years – I made my way back, joining BTM four years ago! Family has always been in my roots. It has been a great journey of learning the industry, understanding the running’s of a business and the importance of quality within not only construction, but relationships too.

What I love most about my job is getting texts or emails from clients, with awesome messages about how the guys on site are doing a great job, are super respectful, and producing a beautiful outcome. 

I also enjoy working within a growing business, and the need to continuously forward think. I do believe there are many builders who underestimate the importance of the administration side of a business, and it can quickly become overwhelming for both the client’s and the builder. Joel however, has always acknowledged the need for this, and made this a priority for BTM. It means that all our subcontractors, suppliers, and client’s needs are met, along with all the insurances and legalities, which can easily become a very stressful side of running a business.

At BTM, we love creating amazing relationships along the whole way of the build, from the design of the build, to seeing the clients thrilled with the end result of our work. It is the most rewarding job and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.


Beaches Coworking – Q&A with Joel

Beaches Co-Working Q&A with Joel. 


Let me introduce you to Joel and Rachel from BTM Constructions.


This brother and sister duo work together like a well-oiled machine. Joel started BTM nearly 10 years ago, and having in the more recent years broken his leg, it has forced him to work harder off the building site and spend more time in the office. No stranger to family business (their parents are serial entrepreneurs), Joel convinced Rachel to join him behind the scenes 4 years ago and the rest is history!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

We asked Joel to share a bit about BTM with us:⠀⠀⠀


Q. Tell us about BTM Constructions? ⠀

A. BTM Constructions (BTM = Built to Matter) is a family run residential construction company with only good vibes, and the occasional golf day.

Q. What do you love about your job?⠀⠀

A. I get to meet new people every day – communication and relationship building comes naturally to me, so I really love that aspect of the job. We seem to attract great clients, which makes it even more enjoyable. I also love to share my knowledge about building and the industry in general, especially when it helps others’ dreams come to fruition. You can’t beat working outdoors all day either!⠀⠀⠀⠀



Q. What do you aim for BTM to be synonymous with?

Delivering good service, good quality and being efficient with time. For us, seeing the final product, and the client being happy with the end result, is what we’re all about. ⠀

Q. Who/what do you look to for inspiration?⠀

A. Personally, I don’t look to our competitors for inspiration. At the end of the day, to be successful, I believe you have to run your own race, be original and consistent with your own plans. I’m most creative with a good wine in hand, whilst travelling or and after a chat with one of the leaders in our industry. I really admire people who take risks and it spurs me on to continue improving what we’re doing too.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

We love working from the Mona Vale Beaches Co Working space!

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