N Altavilla and D van Reyk, Leichhardt

Inspected 10/2018; Finalised 02/2019

We can highly recommend the services of SBDIR and we attribute a successful builders insurance claim to their services.

We engaged SBDIR after a frustrating four years of attempting to fix a leak after the renovation of our house. After several futile attempts to fix the leak, 2 faulty patch up jobs, and many thousands of dollars, we realised we needed a professional building inspector that could pin point the source of the water ingress and suggest the most cost effective solution.

Institute of Building Consultants Inc.


Please see attached certification that
Richard Jones
is a practising member of
Institute of Building Consultants Inc
to 30 June 2019

Wayne Collett

In the period in which Richard Jones was employed by Zemar I found him to be competent in his methods of managing the project but inherited unrealistic time schedules and was blamed for problems on site which were not of his making. Richard as the site supervisor was often blamed by Marwan Chanine for design problems and decisions made by others not on site or those that were made prior to his taking over the works. These problems resulted from poor drawings and impossible design which I am well aware of as we had to work to the same drawings during construction. These problems resulted in the delays and over runs which were blamed on him but caused by others.

Crosbie National Cement

Last year we commenced a major renovation of our 656m2 Rodd Point property. Richard Jones of Kaleidoscope Constructions was engaged to undertake the works over a 9 month period, which involved demolition of the existing house (all but 4 walls) and total rebuild plus first floor addition. The works were completed on time and to a high standard using the specified designer finishes. Richard was very proactive in ensuring any defects were dealt with swiftly during the build.

My family and I are extremely pleased with the result. Having personally been involved in the construction industry for many years, I can confidently say that Richard has demonstrated the necessary skill and experience needed to be a residential builder in today’s market.

NB Engineers

In Mr Jones’ role as builder on these projects he was responsible for the supervision of all building works including adherence to engineers’ instructions, council requirements and Australian standards. He was required to communicate effectively with clients, consultants, regulating authorities, trade works and subcontractors.

I have found Mr Jones to be diligent in his role. He has always carried out his work in a highly professional manner, is well-organised and easy to work with.

Raymond Panetta Architect

Kaleidoscope Constructions was commissioned by the my client for the construction works at 40 Ingham Ave, Five Dock to carry out alterations & additions to an existing dwelling as per my architectural details and specifications.

Richard Jones as the company’s principal and director, has worked on our project since June 2016.

We are satisfied with the quality and level of work completed to what is now the closing stages of the project. We have found Richard to be attentive to the client requests and attention to detail ensuring the building was

Civil & Structure Engineering Design Services

I, Edward A Bennett, practicing Civil, Structural, Geotechnical & Environmental Engineer hereby confirm my admiration for the exemplary work carried out by Richard Jones over the past five (5) years since I have been involved as the structural engineer for clients wherein Richard has been the Builder/Project Manager.

I have known Richard for approx. six (6) years and have been engaged by Richard’s Clients as the structural engineer in a consultative role. Richard has performed admirably as the builder and project manager for the following notable projects that required my inspections on installation of structural elements as each project proceeded…

Accredited Certifier Building Surveyor Principal Certifying Authority

I write this reference for Richard Jones with whom I have had a professional relationship for some 15 years. My initial involvement with Richard was through my position as Building Inspector with Leichhardt Council where I inspected sites at which Richard was a supervisor.

For some twelve years now I have been self employed as a Private Certifier and Principal Certifying Authority and have inspected numerous other sites where Richard was carrying out the role of site supervisor. On all occasions I have found his workmanship to be of a high level…

Tony Mclain – Architect

I have known Richard Jones in a professional capacity as a builder
for 12 years.

I was the architect for a job at 48 I 48A Evans Street, Rozelle and Richard Jones was the builder. The project was 3 levels and the build was difficult.

It involved extensive excavation and underpinning of adjoining properties,
an OSD system and lower level tanking.

The project had a total cost of $1.4 million and was finished to a very
high standard.

I consider him to be a very competent builder and I would have no hesitation in using him on new projects or in recommending him to other clients or architects where the value exceeds $1.0 million. His sites are organised and his
knowledge of construction methods and structural systems is excellent.

Finch Surveying Consultants

Our Firm has worked closely with Richard Jones on two multi level unit buildings in Cliff Street, Yeppoon. The two buildings were constructed simultaneously and were situated adjacent to each other. the site was very challenging due to the steep terrain and lack of access. Because of the difficult nature of the site we were contracted to set out all walls, columns and structural elements.

Apart from the early bulk earth works and final stages of the project Richard was the person who instructed us on what was required. Richard worked with my staff to understand the plans and CAD drawings and find and resolve any discrepancies prior to set out and construction.

It is my opinion that Richard has an understanding of the systems and procedures involved in the survey and set out of a building even on a difficult site.

Ross Engineers

I have known Richard Jones of Kaleidoscope Constructions for 5 years now, we have worked together on several residential and commercial projects. As a builder Richard is meticulous, and his work is of a high technical standard. Personally he is good natured and easy to deal with. He has proven to be reliable and seems to always have his clients best interest at heart….

Neater Constructions

Richard appears to be an honest, sincere and trustworthy person and has extensive experience in the trade of carpentry and joinery and a sound knowledge of all building related sub trades. He has a conscientious approach to his work and works well with suppliers and trade contractors. Richard has the ability to supervise all trade contractors in a timely manner and resolve design and construction problems as the present themselves on site.

He has demonstrated that he is meticulous with scrutinising working drawings and has the ability to foresee problems with design detail before  it is implemented into the construction operation of the project.


This letter serves to confirm that Richard jones was employed with Zemar Pty Ltd from November 2008 until June 2009 as a Site Manager on our Pinnacle & Panorama Projects in Yeppoon QLD. The Pinnacle & Panorama Projects are two seven storey buildings comprising of 44 apartments built on a very steep site. Richard undertook the supervision and coordination of the structures once the Bulk Earthworks had been completed.

Richard always worked diligently, and showed that he was a trustworthy person throughout his employment with our Firm. Richard has shown great skill in understanding detailed areas and showed a strong knowledge in OHS issues and Industrial Relations. Richard has an eye for detail that is to be commended, as he is able to identify and scrutinize finishing details and problems.

I recommend Richard for all facets of construction work, especially when it comes to finishing detail. If you require any further information in regards to this reference, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned.

CADA Formwork

I, Brad Lewis, worked for CADA Formwork Pty Ltd as the compant foreman, who were contracted out to Zemar Pty Ltd to carry out all facets of formwork on the multi storey project in Yeppoon.

During this time I worked in close regards with Richard Jones, the site manager, and found Richard to be a highly skilled and motivated individual. Richard always tried his best to resolve issues that constantly occurred, as to which was not an easy task. He was given a job that was already underway and had its fair share of problems. Richard was constantly blamed for design flaws and changes that had occurred to the plans, ultimately leading to delays in the job and cost over runs. Most of these were the direct result of poor plans and a lack of communication on Zemar’s behalf.

It was a pleasure to work alongside Richard and I hope that we can work together on another project some day. In saying that I have no hesitation in recommending Richard Jones as a site manager.


Together with my knowledge and past experience as a Site Manager and Richard’s extensive knowledge of WH&S  and Construction we both formulated a Site Safety plan for a project that involved two towers of 6 storeys on the side of a hill overlooking Yeppoon.

This project was inherently a Site Safety nightmare but I would like to take this opportunity to Comment Richard for his managerial skills, foresight and constant vigilance on this project regarding Occupation Health and Safety and I would recommend his services to any future employer regarding this field and his natural managerial skills as a Site/Construction Manager.