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A Proud Ballarat Builder

Kevin Vanderkley, Managing Director of Hearty Homes Ballarat, has been building quality houses in the Ballarat region for 15 years. He began his career in the construction industry at the age of fifteen with his father as an apprentice bricklayer. Kevin went on to owning his own bricklaying business and chose to build his own home. He then went into the renovating field and progressed into speculative building and property development.

The enjoyment of working directly with clients and creating their dream home inspired Kevin to begin his own Ballarat Building business where he can continue to build quality homes and form lasting relationships. Hearty Homes is a proud Ballarat Builder and will build your home in a professional, honest, friendly and enjoyable manner.


Hearty Homes source Ballarat’s best qualified local tradespeople to get a result that meets our high quality new home standards and to ensure a smooth transition through your home building process.

Specialising in family homes, including custom built homes, Hearty Homes offer off the plan designs which we are more than happy to alter to suit your personal lifestyle or individual requirements.

Hearty Homes aim is to make your house a home you'll love for years to come.

Customers Love their Hearty Home.


When we decided to sell up and move, my husband wanted brand-new, but I was worried, you hear so many horror stories about builders, shonky quality and blown-out time frames etc.
We chose Hearty Homes, picked one of their designs and tweaked it to suit our needs, and the whole process was so easy!

Excellent communication all through, great workmanship, and ahead of schedule!! Kevin and the team were so helpful and accessible, and a special thank you to George the building supervisor for suggesting some additions we'd overlooked, he did a great job, even getting a little extra painting done on the tile edges.
I'm so glad we went with Hearty Homes, we've been in for just over two weeks now and we couldn't be happier.

Jo and Garry

Yes we were privileged to have Matt as our building supervisor, he made the build so much less stressful as we were 7 hours away.  Matt always greeted our calls in such a happy and professional manner

We are very happy with our home as we go into our (hopefully) retirement.  The team at Hearty Homes have been a pleasure to deal with. It's stressful to pick out colours etc. in a short time but the outcome we are happy with.

Tom senior was so easy to deal with and his experience in the trade valuable and all the trades that we came in contact  with were also professional.

Thank you all.


So we just built with Hearty Homes and had an amazing experience, the service this team provides is second to none. We have not had one hitch. Darren, what a site supervisor, he has always answered my calls, put up with all my crap, and has done everything to please me! I am sure if you ask him he would say it was an effort!

Nonetheless this is our first build and apprehensive to say the least as, you hear all the stories. Well I am so excited to say we have had a dream run, all done, in way before our scheduled date. Darren has the trades so tightly booked in there was always trades working on the property, the girls in the office were great to deal with. I can’t beat their drum enough! 

I don’t need to say good luck with Hearty Homes I can only say enjoy the journey as we have!


Jill & Roger

We received the keys to our Hearty Home this week and it is truly a home beyond our dreams. The finishes are second to none, and thanks to the advice from their colour consultant, there isn't a thing we would change.

We have been very involved with the process all the way through the build - the whole team at Hearty are great to work with - nothing is too much trouble for them. We are so pleased with our decision to go with them as our chosen builder, we wouldn't hesitate in recommending them to anyone.

Kaitlin & Brandon

We are so thankful to the entire team at Hearty Homes!

We've been in our beautiful home for 5 months now and are absolutely loving it! Our experience started with Tom helping us with our plans, he was very helpful and patient with us whilst working around what we exactly wanted in our home. Another BIG thank you to George, our site supervisor. George was very helpful with all my questions and was always a phone call away. 

This was our first build and we had the best experience, we would do it all over again. We couldn't recommend Hearty Homes high enough. Thank you to all involved in our build! 

Mark Costanzo  5 star

Kevin and his team were terrific to deal with from start to finish. Nothing was too much. As first home builders we had many questions and they treated us with respect and showed great patience unlike people at other display homes.

At the end of the day we have a lovely home and can’t thank everyone enough. Definitely a great experience with Hearty Homes.

Joanne Schaper  5 star

My brand new home is amazing. Built from my ideas and Kevin’s designs what I have is perfect. Kevin, George and their team have turned my goal into my reality. No out blown prices, no unexpected costs, no one bullying me into the sale. I hope this is my lifetime home, but if not, I will build my retirement home with Hearty Homes. Anyone building in the Ballarat area should consult Hearty Homes. Thanks Hearty Homes!!

Saskia Jade  5 star

We can’t thank the Hearty Homes team enough for building us our beautiful new home. If you are looking at building a new home, do yourself a favour and contact Hearty Homes! Amazing service and amazing homes!

Samantha Cliff  5 star

Can’t Thank Kevin and the team enough for the outstanding job they did on my house. It was a great experience and I would definitely come back if I build again in the future!!!

Roger and Jill  5 star

Our Hearty home is now nearing completion, the finish on every thing throughout is second to none, this is going to be a home way beyond our dreams.

We have been very involved with the process all the way through the build, the advice we received from their colour consultant was of huge help to us.

The whole team at Hearty are great to work with nothing being too much trouble for them.

We are so pleased with our decision to go with them as our chosen builder, we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them to anyone.

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