Bretts timber sawmill at Windsor, Brisbane circa 1920's
Let's talk about tradition!
Bretts has been part of the Queensland building landscape for over a century. Founded in 1912 as one of Brisbane largest sawmills on the present site of the Bretts Timber & Hardware store at Newmarket Road in Windsor, our trade and retail business specialises in unique products within the building industry.
In addition to providing a superb timber and hardware offering which includes Queensland's largest range of door furniture, specialist paint and timber products plus our bathware and appliance showroom featuring leading appliance and bathroom brands; Bretts also manufacture a complete range of aluminium doors and windows and timber frame and truss products.
Bretts draws on the experience and knowledge built up over the past 100 years, to offer customers comprehensive advice and a different hardware experience. More than just a store, Bretts is a Brisbane institution. And to position Bretts for the next 100 years...
Bretts has recently joined the Home Timber & Hardware group, which will increase our product offering and improve our buying power. Bretts are on an expansion phase once again, recently opening a new trade store store at Rocklea on Brisbane’s Southside and will soon roll out more trade stores to satisfy the growing demand for Bretts trade. Bretts remains a staunch independent in the local market. And while we're flexible enough to diversify where necessary, our company sticks rigidly to values that reflect the importance of tradition, quality and family.
Over 100 years talking timber and hardware.
These days, Bretts is structured around four major divisions, each one stemming from our timber and hardware origins.
Bretts offers one of the largest ranges of building products and general hardware in Brisbane. We're talking everything from kitchen and bathroom products, windows and doors, decking and flooring, door handles and locks, gardening and outdoor goods, to electrical products, paint, tools, timber and other building materials.
For more than 100 years, Bretts has supplied the domestic and commercial building industry with a vast range of building materials, Of course, we also have specialist staff available who will be happy to talk you through your options - from slab hardware through to roofing and everything in-between.
Operating from 3 sites, Geebung the trade distribution centre, the Rocklea trade store and Windsor trade and retail timber and hardware store.
Read more about our trade products...Bretts Trade
Bretts Showroom has under gone a transformation, revolutionising luxury brand specifying and shopping in Brisbane. The new showroom incorporates the very best in bathware and appliances. The showroom includes kitchen appliance brands Miele, Gaggenau, Neff, Smeg, Falcon, Bora, Liebherr and leading bathroom brands Villeroy & Boch, Grohe, Argent, Mercer, Clark, Dorf, Caroma, Brodware, Astra Walker, Decina, Turner Hasting.
Read more about our bathware and appliance products... Bathware and Appliances
For more than 60 years, Bretts Architectural Hardware has supplied the domestic and commercial building industry with a vast range of architecturally designed hardware products. Supplying everything required for a door in the way of locks and hardware fittings, including full Locksmith workshop and team of qualified Locksmiths. In addition to thi,s the commercial hardware division can also supply a full complement of washroom equipment and PWD hardware. We also have specialist Architectural staff available to walk you through the myriad of options and act in a supply management capacity for larger commercial projects.
Read more about our commercial hardware products... Commercial Hardware
Also featured is the Bretts manufactured aluminium joinery, with a full range of doors and windows in a working display. Our showroom provides Brisbane with the only complete architectural product selection centre.
Bretts manufactures high-quality, made-to-order aluminium joinery products for a wide range of applications. Our aluminium doors and windows are extremely low maintenance, never needing to be painted or stained. And they're not going to warp or shrink either. Aluminium joinery also offers the security of superb strength, through quality materials and method of manufacturer. This ensures greater resistance to wind pressure and building movement, and helps combat forced entry or damage.
You can select from an endless choice of colours, sizes and styles, depending on the design application you have in mind.
Windows and doors include: Sliding, Stacking, Double Hung, Awning, Casement, Bi-fold, Louvre, Box, Bay and Garden Windows. Or you can custom design your own door and window products.
Read more about our timber aluminium joinery products Windows and Doors
Believe it or not, the more timber you use in your new home, the greener it will be. The production of timber products used to build a house actually results in far fewer greenhouse gas emissions than in the manufacture of comparative concrete, steel, brick, tile or aluminium components. And trees store carbon too. So by building as much timber as possible into a home, you are actually sequestering carbon and preventing it from escaping as harmful CO2.
Bretts continue to commission new equipment for the Bretts Frame & Truss plant to keep up with demand and ensure we are operating a modern, state-of-the-art plant with leading edge technology. With a dedicated estimating and detailing team on site, you can also be sure that plan take-offs are accurately and seamlessly transferred into quotation, and ultimately, finished products.
Read more about our timber frame and truss products Frame & Truss...
Brisbane Sawmills established at Newmarket Road, Windsor.
BC Brett & Co is incorporated and a Pine sawmill established at Emu Vale near Warwick.
Brisbane Sawmills is purchased by BC Brett & Co and adjoining land is acquired to house the new Hoop Pine mill.
Brett & Company formed and a head office set up in Eagle Street in Brisbane city.
The first Hardware store opened at Grey Street and further land is purchased at Windsor bringing total area to 35 acres (incorporating what is now Downey Park).
Bretts Wharf is constructed and the first vessel, the 11,628 oil tanker MV Australia, docks.
Yarraman Pine Pty Ltd (a Hoop Pine sawmill) is purchased from the Queensland Government in a consortium that included Finlaysons Timber.
60 perches of land is purchased on the corner of Ernest and Grey Streets, South Brisbane to house the newly formed steel division.
Within days of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour; Bretts Wharf is requisitioned by the US Army and not returned to the company until 1946.
Inglewood Sawmills Pty Ltd, a Cypress sawmill still operating today, is purchased.
Bretts Timber Agencies Pty Ltd established a warehouse in Sydney to wholesale the growing range of Bretts manufactured timber products in the southern states.
More land and buildings are acquired in Merrivale Street, South Brisbane, to house the expanding steel division.
The Glass department is established at Windsor.
Bretts installed the largest and most advanced Plywood manufacturing machinery in Australia at a cost of over $350,000.
A decision was made to take space in both the shopping centres at Indooroopilly and Brookside and hardware stores commenced trading.
Flooding inundated large parts of the Windsor property incurring over half a million dollars worth of damage, as well as massive damage to South Brisbane hardware store.
A hardware store is opened in Wharf Street, Ipswich.
Last four blocks on northern side of Newmarket Road at Windsor are sold.
A decision is made to dispose of small hardware stores and develop two major stores on either side of town to combat the likely arrival of warehouse retailers. The Grey Street Hardware store and head office are demolished and businesses relocated to make way for World Expo ‘88.
Timber processor, Mouldings Pty Ltd at Underwood, is acquired.
Bretts Wharf closed and construction commences for redevelopment into multi residential facility.
Bretts Steel division is sold to Metalcorp.
All hardware stores, excluding Windsor, are sold to Hudsons Building Supplies.
Windsor site redeveloped into present multi use facility and freehold sold to ING Property Trust.
The Nutting family purchase the remaining shares not owned by them in a friendly take-over.
Bretts Design is sold to Maxi Industries, to allow the company to concentrate on the core business of building materials. Bretts Glass and Aluminium established in rented premises at Hamilton.
Bretts Frame & Truss established. Bretts Architectural showroom established to provide Brisbane with it’s only complete Architectural product selection centre.
All manufacturing businesses are relocated to one significant site at Geebung. Bretts celebrates 100 years in operation..
Bretts open trade store store at 711 Beaudesert rd. Rocklea.
Bretts open trade store at 30 Cessna Dr. Caboolture.
Dedicated plumbing supply business opened at Narangba.
Bretts purchase Mortons Hardware at Wynnum and convert it into a Bretts trade store.
Bretts purchase Hudsons Building Supplies at 69 Cavendish Road Coorparoo, making the total number of trade stores 7 including the dedicated plumbing supply business at Narangba.
Steel roll forming plant is commissioned at Geebung, catering to the growing demand in Steel house frames.
Let's talk community
As a business that's been operating in Brisbane since 1912, Bretts understands the value of building solid and lasting relationships with the people who operate in our local community. And we aim to have a positive impact on the broader community.
We like to contribute in different ways, including providing donations and in-kind support, and contributing to programs that deliver targeted social benefits. However, underpinning our community efforts programme is a sponsorship portfolio that focuses on providing regular support to local schools and other community groups in our own neighbourhood.
Let's talk environment
Thanks to climate change, green building is firmly on the agenda. While some say that greener building practices are being driven by regulations rather than consumers, other studies show that demand is building amongst consumers. And this demand for more sustainable solutions will increase as more "Generation Y's" enter the housing market.
So is there an economic benefit to designing and building greener homes? Recent research says there is, with one US study of home builders finding that, nationwide, over 80 percent of home-seekers prefer to buy homes that incorporate sustainable or energy-efficient features. And of those buyers, half are willing to pay between 11 - 25 percent more for environmentally friendly homes. (Source: "Green House Effect" Can Boost Sales Price for Home Sellers, Building Online, 7 March 2007).The various state energy efficiency and building rating systems have been under the microscope over the past two years. In March 2006 it became law in Queensland for new houses to be more sustainable by ensuring they use water and energy more efficiently. The desired result is that new houses will use 33 percent less electricity and up to 36 percent less water. And further changes in regulations and tougher restrictions are likely to follow.