Scott Cam had a chat to bmag about McDonald Jones’ Queensland launch and what’s on the agenda for 2014, without spoiling too much goss from The Block…
You’re one of the faces of Australian home & living – why did you decide to join forces with McDonald Jones?
I spoke to people in the industry and then met with Bill McDonald to discuss his company and see what they had achieved over the past 25 years – I have to say I really have a thing about family businesses so I appreciated his focus on values and business approach!
In terms of construction, the quality of their work was evident by the host of awards they have won. So I put my hand up and agreed to be the face of the company and endorse not just their homes but also how they go about the building process. I’m now into my second year working with them.
Has McDonald Jones influenced or inspired your own building projects?
Yeah, Bill and his team have given me some pretty good insights into some of the new techniques and I was really impressed in how they specialise in the use of steel frames for the majority of their homes.
I’m building a house in the country near Mudgee and although I’m a chippie, I’m incorporating a steel frame using Aussie made TrueCore Steel and the Supaloc framing system. The use of steel really provides peace of mind against the threat of termites, plus it’s just so straight and durable and goes together so easily.
Timber’s not like that… so I’ve got a fair bit of steel in this new home. I’ve also spent a bit of time in the MyChoice Colour Studio getting a few interior design tips, it’s always handy to be able to hold my own when discussing fittings and finishes with my wife!
What exciting things can Queenslanders expect with McDonald Jones entering the market?
I have to say their designs. I’ve chatted with their architect Stuart Everitt on a few occasions and his designs continue to impress. Just when you think everything has been exhausted Stuart can reposition a room and provide another clever living space. The designs being released in Queensland show a true appreciation of how we live today and they really embrace that terrific climate.
Building a new home comes with a few ups and downs but their team is there to support clients every step of the way and to make sure they deliver a home that exceeds expectations. It’s not just about building a home and handing over the keys, there’s a commitment to valued relationships.
Tell us about the launch! Why should locals and families attend?
Besides coming along to walk through some pretty impressive homes, there’ll be a jumping castle, face painting and balloon modelling to keep the kids busy, plus there’ll be a sausage sizzle, which always goes down a treat on the weekend.
I’ll be onsite from around 11am to around 2pm, so will be on hand to have a chat and no doubt a laugh or two… I’ll just keep what’s happening on The Block close to my chest!
What other projects have you been working on – what’s on the agenda for 2014?
Well aside from filming two series of The Block in Melbourne and building a new house in Mudgee, I work closely with the likes of McDonald Jones Homes, Bisley Workwear, Mitre 10 and Hire A Hubby. Similarly with various charities I’m passionate about, such as the Samuel Morris Foundation; the Miracle Babies Foundation; the Georgina Josephine Foundation; Karelle Life Enrichment Services; and the Sydney Cancer Centre. I’m also an Ambassador to the Australian Government helping to promote their Australian Apprenticeships Program and also Asbestos Awareness in Australia.
Catch Scott Cam at North Lakes this weekend for the McDonald Jones Queensland launch – more information in our event guide.