MICHAEL Gray has been flat out since opening Stroud Homes Geelong, the company’s newest office in the country.
“It’s been pretty full-on since then,” he says. “We’re building everywhere from Lara through to Bannockburn, Winchelsea, Colac and Lorne.”
Michael loves “every aspect” of constructing homes, but the best part is seeing a new family move in, he says.
“There’s nothing better than that. You see them six or eight months down the track, and they’re still very happy – it shows you’re doing something right.”
Stroud’s 81 standard inclusions set it apart from other builders, Michael says.
The company’s homes come complete with kitchen tiling, a cook top, stone benches, a dishwasher, TV antennae and more.
“The list just goes on!” Michael says. “It’s the next bit above other builders.”
Michael has more than two decades in the building industry as a roofer and carpenter.
He grew up in Geelong and Colac before moving to Cairns. He worked for the past 12 years as a subcontractor and building superviso`r.The 38-year-old moved back to Mt Duneed three months ago with his family of six, and he loves the challenge of Geelong’s housing market.
“It’s a bit of sea change for everybody,” he says. “We were looking for something totally different.
“All my side of the family’s down here, so we decided to come down, have a go with Stroud and mix it up with some of the big players.”
Michael strives to build beautiful homes at affordable prices.
“It’s all about quality products and quality workmanship,” he says. “If you don’t have both of those, then you’ve got a pretty dodgy build.
“Geelong and the Surf Coast will benefit from a new innovative and cost-effective building company such as Stroud Homes.”
And Michael is more than happy to “span out further” if asked.
“I’ve had quite a few inquiries from Ballarat and Warrnambool,” he says.
Michael is proud to be one of the newest members of Stroud Homes.
“All the builders in the group have a wealth of knowledge,” he says.
“If we’ve got a question, we can call up the next guy for advice – we all work together even though we’re independently owned.”
Stroud supports Geelong businesses by hiring local, Michael says.
“All our tradies and suppliers are from here, and are fully licenced and fully insured as well, same as us.”
To see a full list of Stroud’s 81 Standard Inclusions visit www.stroudhomes.com.au.
“Or come see us in our Pako office,” Michael says.
This year Stroud won the “Most Innovative Company” at the Asia/Pacific Business Excellence Forum and Awards.

Stroud Homes, Geelong Builder Michael Gray, michael.gray@stroudhomes.com.au
Telephone 0409 605 574.