Customer Stories

Working and living in the Sydney and Ryde areas means we have to do a great job on every job we do. Take a look below for just a few comments from some of our happy clients.


Dave and Laura - North Ryde

We engaged Peter and his team at Smith and Sons Ryde to complete renovation and extensions works to our property. From our very first engagement with Peter, we were impressed with his attitude and willingness to help. Right from the get-go, Peter was helpful and upfront in explaining his work, timelines, availability and was more than happy to help pass over contacts such as architect to help us through.

We found a rare quality in Peter, honestly and integrity. His is upfront with everything, there were no hidden surprises and no nasty shocks. Everything was clearly set out, discussed and explained.

We had a project that was slightly different to many of the other works, as we only wanted it completed to the lock up phase. This was no issues, and Peter was able to give us everything that we had asked for any more.

We were extremely impressed with the quality of the workmanship that he and his team gave to us. I can’t fault the detail and quality that he gave us. There was attention to detail on all aspects of the job, and he was able to work through the inevitable unforeseen issues that arose through our project without any stress of issues. And in terms of keeping a job site clean and site, this was second to none!

I would have no reservations to recommend Peter to anyone wanting to undertake any form of work on their house and would most definitely use Peter again when we renovate again in the future.


I am absolutely delighted to provide a reference for Peter Beeman from Smith & Sons Ryde. His work ethic, attitude, attention to detail was the best I have ever seen.  It is rare in a trades person to exemplify all of these qualities let alone in one still reasonably young.  Nothing was too much trouble for Peter.  Every one of my endless questions was explained in common sense terms so I could understand and I always felt that he treated me with respect.  He is extremely personable and I felt completely comfortable having him in my home.  He is trustworthy, polite and a very decent human being.  Also he is an excellent builder – “I can do anything” he would often say to me and he could! Anyone who is fortunate enough to have Peter Beeman work on their project can rest assured in the knowledge that the job will be completed on time and in a professional manner.

To see more photos of this renovation, click here.

Paul & Nat

We chose to engage Smith & Sons Ryde as we were impressed with his references from previous clients.
We were looking for a builder who could give us a completed renovation that made better use of our existing outdoor spaces, as well as extend our internal living areas. We also wanted the finished product to make an architectural statement that still incorporated the existing design elements of the home.
Pete and the entire Smith & Sons team were professional on every level. From being on time every day, through to great site management, site cleanliness and communication, we could not fault his quality and professionalism.
We were blown away with Pete’s attention to detail and the care taken to ensure we were happy with every small detail throughout the project, all the while ensuring all works were on time and on budget.
We have absolutely no hesitation recommending Smith & Sons Ryde to friends and family.

Doug & Joy Campbell

We made the decision to engage Smith & Sons Ryde on the recommendation of a friend, as well as Pete's previous experience. We were looking to update and modernise our home, as well as relocate a bathroom and two of our bedrooms.
We were beyond satisfied with Pete's attention to detail and his excellent communication skills. There were a few unforseen issues and changes to the budget, but all variations were thoroughly explained and agreed upon amicably.
We were ecstatic with the rapid responses to the day-to-day problems and concerns that cropped up and could not get over the quality and professionalism of Pete's subcontractors.
We will be enthusiastically recommending the services of Pete and Smith & Sons Ryde.

Sean & Mandy Kopelke

We chose Smith & Sons Ryde as we were impressed with Peter’s enthusiasm, energy and the ideas that he discussed with us. His ‘can do’ attitude and attention to detail even at our first meeting filled us with confidence that we would be able to work well with him, and that he would deliver a solution that exactly met our requirements.
We were hoping to bring our 1940’s weatherboard house up-to-date while keeping a timeless, classic style. We wanted indoor/outdoor living and enough open plan area to make the heart of the house a functional and relaxing place to meet the needs of each individual member of our family. This required the building of a large veranda under a new roofline with a watertight and secure storage room underneath; opening the existing kitchen, dining and lounge areas to recreate the heart of the house complete with a spectacular new kitchen; adding additional family space by converting our unusable garage into a fully functioning room in the house.

The service we received was outstanding! Peter and his team were nothing but professional, and under his keen eye any obstacles met along the way were quickly resolved.
Peter’s attention to detail and pride in what he does is quite unique in the industry. The quality of his work far exceeds what we could have expected. The end results are stunning and the house has so many more family functional zones than we could have imagined.
We have recommended Peter several times to family and friends.

Voni & Jon

Peter was our builder, building manger on the extensive renovation of our Wahroonga home. You may be considering Peter Beeman and his team from Smith & Sons Ryde to renovate, build or repair your property. We engaged Peter and his team for 7 months to extensively internally and externally renovate our property. In summary Peter did a fantastic job. In more detail he takes care of the detail, does not take the easy option and is up open and up front about dealing with the inevitable problems during the build. His building skills are first rate. He is building his team and learning how to be a good manger and he holds his team to his high standards. His relationships with subbies and other skilled tradies is also strong and he is learning to be discerning and choose the right partners that reflect his high standards. The final test for us was to see if Peter finished the job properly and return to complete all these end of project completion jobs. He has fully delivered on this. His work ethic, attitude and attention to detail was first rate. He is trustworthy, polite and in a tough industry a good person. Experience will turn Peter into a fine builder. If I have any advice in dealing with Peter it is to keep the communication open and straight forward. Have a beer with him, treat him as an equal.  Talk to him not at him and pay his bills on time. He will stress if he is feeling stressed and ultimately that is not healthy. In summary with the above advice in mind Voni and I fully recommend Peter Beeman and he would be our first choice on our next project.

To see more photos of Voni & Jon's Wahroongah home renovation, click here.

Matt & Julie Hemmons

After our discussions with Pete from Smith & Sons Ryde, we felt we had a good rapport and would work well with each other.
We were looking to achieve a renovation that capitalised on the vistas surrounding our home. This included new open plan living areas that opened out onto the deck, a new kitchen and a new office space. We also increased our ceiling heights throughout to create a sense of openess and uninterupted flow to the outdoors.
Pete was responsive to any questions I had and his high personal standards and expectations translated throughout the build. We were very impressed with his attention to detail and the timely completion of our job.
We have recommended the services of Pete and Smith & Sons Ryde to family and friends.


We engaged Peter Beeman from Smith & Sons Ryde to renovate our en-suite bathroom two years ago after he was recommended to us by two sets of friends. From the outset Pete’s communication was a standout: he clearly understands that the client has a mix of ideas, some of which will work and some won’t, and that either way the client deserves the respect of being listened to. We had some very specific ideas on innovations we wanted to bring to the bathroom: for some of them Pete showed us clearly and patiently why they worked better on Internet websites than in reality, but most importantly, even for some of the crazy ideas Pete listened and worked with us to find practical solutions. From showers without taps to motion-sensor lighting and invisible drains to a heated towel rail right outside the shower, Pete found a way of making it work AND being within the compliance standards of Australia – he wasn’t budging on compliance and would not accept shortcuts. We had to change suppliers and products where necessary to fit inside Australian laws, but the process came together beautifully and we have an end result that we are extremely pleased with. Pete was onsite most mornings at the crack of dawn, ready for the day’s discussion about progress, tradespeople, innovation, design, materials, options and more – this was a real highlight of working together and gave us a feeling of being part of the final product. It’s now been two years and we haven’t had a single reason to complain, and haven’t had to call Pete back for anything. Would I recommend Pete? Would I use him again? Absolutely – in fact, we already have recommended him to friends down the road (he started a few weeks ago) and he’s going to be doing far more significant renovations for us once our council approvals have come in! I highly recommend Pete’s work, ethics, standards and communications to anyone considering doing building work.


Peter and his team from Smith & Sons Ryde saved my house. After a termite infestation and a dodgy rebuild, Peter came in and was able to identify the problem with the roof rebuild and fix it! Peter and his team are dream builders - dependable, respectful and good communicators! They left the site tidy and are amazingly trustworthy. And best of all Peter is a problem solver - nothing seems to be too hard for him! Best thing I did was to call him! My roof is fixed, my living rooms renovated and looking fabulous - thanks Peter!

Claire & Mark

It was a pleasure to work with Peter and his team from Smith & Sons Ryde on the renovation of our home. We can recommend him very highly. Throughout the course of the renovation, Peter was absolutely professional. Our job was done with care and precision and we valued his ideas on design and materials used. He was accurate in his initial assessment of the scale and cost of the project. In addition, Peter is extremely clean and tidy in the workplace. He and his assistant never left the workplace in a mess, which we appreciated very much. We are extremely happy with the work carried out by Peter, he has made our home much more liveable - great outcome, thanks Peter!


Peter Beeman from Smith & Sons Ryde recently replaced an external timber staircase at our St Ives home. I was impressed with the service provided by Peter from the outset as well as the standard of workmanship upon completion. Peter was immediately responsive to my initial phone query and arrived punctually to provide a competitive quote with breakdown options relating to materials and project scope. Upon engagement he completed the work in record time, was clean and tidy and most importantly polite and courteous to my wife and family. Where a change to scope was noted Peter called me to discuss options and kept me updated on progress throughout. The project was completed to a very high standard. I propose to engage Peter Beeman again for future work and would accordingly endorse him without hesitation as a trustworthy and reliable tradesman who delivers to very high standards.


I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Smith & Sons Ryde to anyone who is planning a large or small renovation. I recently renovated the kitchen, laundry and family room of my 80-year-old home. This work involved demolition of some walls and redesign of the whole area. Peter Beeman, the builder, was professional in every way, easing the inevitable disruptions that such a big renovation involves. He was always completely reliable, punctual and honest. He discussed each step fully and made sure I understood the cost and the nature of the work which would be done. He consulted me in advance at all stages. In an old home, there will always be unexpected issues, but Peter always found solutions. Peter and his team were always very courteous and polite, and went out of their way to assist me. Peter has high standards for himself and expects the same of others who work with him. I am delighted with the renovation and would contact Peter immediately if I ever decide to do another one.


I had hired Mr. Beeman from Smith & Sons Ryde for the renovation of my 3-bedroom unit. Throughout the course of the renovation, Mr. Beeman was a skilled professional. He was accurate in his initial assessment of the scale and cost of the project. He chose and managed the sub-contractors well. The job was done with care and precision. In addition, he is extremely clean and tidy in the workplace. He and his assistant never left the worksite in disarray. They vacuumed routinely in the unit and also the common stairwell. If there were any delays, due to suppliers Mr Beeman was quick to let me know and always had options available - there was always a solution. Although the project took time to complete, due to delays outside of Mr Beeman's control it never detracted from the overall project finish. I am very happy with the outcome.


Peter from Smith & Sons Ryde has just completed his second job for us. He is trustworthy, reliable, has a meticulous eye for detail and sticks to his quote even at detriment to himself. The only variation we have ever had is a 25% variation downwards in our favour. He is also respectful of your property and your privacy and is not intrusive to have around. He is actually a pleasure to have around. In short, he is a rare and lucky find. We will continue to use him in future renovations. I unreservedly recommend Peter and am happy to support this written reference verbally on 0415 802 858. It would be nice to see a builder with integrity prosper and I wish every success to Peter for the future.


I can highly recommend Peter Beeman of Smith & Sons Ryde as a very professional builder whose work is of a high standard. He comes when he says he will, he is punctual, he answers calls promptly and is a pleasure to deal with.


Pete from Smith & Sons Ryde has expertly assisted us with a number of internal building works and we are soon to engage him to build a timber deck. His training as a carpenter has given him an excellent foundation on which to base his building expertise. He has an eye for detail and prides himself on producing high quality work. Pete is quick to respond to questions and in our experience has kept to agreed time frames.

Michael Sweeny | Architect at MassDesign

I have known Peter from Smith & Sons Ryde for several years and we have worked together. Peter was the site supervisor on a $600,000 renovation in Northbridge, Sydney where I was the Architect. The project was complex in parts comprising a curved roof supported by laminated timber beams and a copper wall cladding system, also several of the window and wall openings were of unusual shapes. Peter managed the high level of co-ordination required for the timber carpentry and all the sub trades which contributed to the successful outcome of the project. I can happily recommend Peter as the main contractor on similar sized projects.