Behind the tools
QUALITY BUILT Pty Ltd is a registered building company focused on building quality architectural and designer homes. This award winning Company throws a strong focus on workmanship and client relations. Owned and run by Craig and Lauren Smith, this team have established a great reputation in high quality building on the Mornington Peninsula.
1 How did you get into your profession?
Craig – Growing up I had always wanted to be a builder. I started out completing a joinery apprenticeship and then transitioned into carpentry.
Lauren - My background was nursing/midwifery but I had grown up within a family business so I was always supportive of the idea of running our own business together. We started the business before Craig was registered when you could still do owner builder projects as a carpenter, then once Craig was registered we rebranded as Quality Built and worked hard to position ourselves in our current market.
2 What do you enjoy about your job?
Creativity. Challenges. Autonomy. Great relationships with great clients.
3. What has been your proudest moment in your career?
As a couple the success of the business - Hard work reaps reward! As a group (including our QB family) our most recent MBAV award for best renovation/addition over $1mill.
4 What inspires you today?
Building homes that challenge the norm and push the boundaries of building design. In other words... difficult builds.
5 What are the keys to being a good tradesman/designer/builder?
Attention to detail. Great team of carpenters and sub trades. Establishing great client communication and relationships but also importantly having a well run business.
6 Best advice you have received?
We were lucky to have a great mentor in our early days who we could always bounce ideas off and go to for advice on many levels. His support and encouragement was priceless!
7. If you could dine with any 3 people (living or dead) who would it be?
Richard Branson, Prince Harry, Kevin Sheedy.