Against the Grain are custom build specialists. We craft new homes, renovations, extensions and heritage restorations in the upper Blue Mountains.

We maintain the highest of standards and our reputation is testament to that. We pride ourselves on excellence in workmanship and attentive customer service, ensuring a quality result. We listen to what you want and turn that into reality.

Whether you are after a luxury custom build or a period style Mountains' cottage, an extension, or a makeover to your existing home... we offer the craftsman's touch to every home. Our skilled team transform the look and comfort of your property without compromising on character, so let us craft your Blue Mountains home. 

As proud members of the Housing Industry Association (HIA), Australia’s largest residential building organisation, you are assured of the highest standard of workmanship and full conformity to all building codes and safety standards.

"Our success is in listening to our clients and surrounding ourselves with a trusted team
of carpenters and trades on each and every project. We take pride in our work, starting from an organised,
safe and well managed building site all the way to the end of the build.
The result is a quality job that the client is thrilled with and that our whole team can be proud of."

— David Spees

Director and Master Builder, Against the Grain Building & Renovating - Blue Mountains


over 20 years


We have the know-how you need.


why choose Against the Grain?

David Spees — Against the Grain Director and Master Craftsman — brings over 20 years experience in the construction industry, and a lifetime of living in the Blue Mountains. His residential building is sympathetic to the surrounding environment and in keeping with the architecture and streetscapes of our local villages.

Against the Grain was established 2009 and has a strong reputation in the Blue Mountains as specialists in stunning new builds, extensions, heritage restorations and custom joinery including timber windows, doors and gates manufactured by hand in our Katoomba factory.

looking after our clients

We offer building services primarily in the upper Blue Mountains. We deliberately take on a small number of projects at any one time, ensuring we can maintain a dedicated, high level of service to clients from commencement right through to handover and beyond.  

As an Against the Grain client,  you build with confidence and trust in the quality of workmanship, building expertise and attentive communication. Most importantly, be assured the end result is exactly what you set out to achieve when first dreaming of your building project!

looking after our environment

We LOVE working with timber and ensure our suppliers are independently accredited, so we know the products we buy are sustainable. Timber is a renewable building material and natural insulator that absorbs carbon from the atmosphere. In a 2017 study by Planet Ark, it was demonstrated that living with timber is actually good for your health too!  Let us suggest ways to incorporate timber into your home.  

Get in touch to discuss your next building project, ideas on extending period-style cottages, or how we can enhance your existing home.

David Spees and his team at Against the Grain are the holy grail of builders! They were highly professional and produced a result exceeding our expectations. All the tradesmen were highly skilled, a pleasure to deal with, courteous and always left the property tidy every day. The entire team worked as if the house were their own. David made invaluable suggestions in regards to layout and fittings, and nothing was ever too much trouble. Communication was excellent throughout the process. We would highly recommend Against the Grain for anyone building or renovating who wants the very best. This is our forever home, and we could not be more pleased with the standard of work. Thank you!!!




We used Against the Grain for a contemporary addition in Blackheath and found them to not only be a pleasure to deal with, but their finish and work ethic was of the highest quality.


David Spees from Against the Grain recently undertook a large renovation job for me on a budget and a tight time schedule,
and managed to achieve both with a minimum of fuss and disruption.  I found David listened well to what I was trying to achieve, and was willing to make suggestions which suited my needs better than the options I had chosen. If I insisted on an idea he was not sure about, he was more than willing to follow up with suppliers until we found a practical solution within our price range. David’s team of tradesmen were all polite and proficient, and he had the ability to get them on the job in a timely fashion so work could flow. He was careful and considerate in the way he treated the owner's property, and insisted on quality materials and workmanship for the whole job. David’s special skill of being able to visualise the finished job meant that he could make suggestions which changed a good renovation into one with a touch of flair and class not always achieved by others.
I am happy to discuss the work David completed for me with any potential client.



we care for our



corporate responsibility

To operate our business ethically, Against the Grain acts responsibly. Our approach entails:

OUR STAFF:  We have robust OH&S practices and provide a safe work environment for all staff. Our workplace culture encourages skill development and the contribution of ideas from across the team to achieve quality craftsmanship.

OUR CLIENTS: Our clients are assured of a personalised, friendly and professional service. We work with transparency and integrity to provide a solution that best mets your needs, using the latest tools and finest materials to deliver a premium result with minimum fuss.

OUR ENVIRONMENT: We love timber and use independently accredited suppliers, so we know the products we use are sustainable. Timber is a renewable building material and most importantly, a carbon positive resource that assists combating climate change. Wherever possible we specify recycled products, request products without unnecessary packaging and embrace innovative opportunities for recycling such as our eco-briquettes.

OUR COMMUNITY: We support our community through sponsorship, including the Wentworth Falls Country Club.


are you looking to


join our team

Keen to demonstrate your craft on exceptional custom builds, renovations and heritage restorations?

Enjoy working with a professional team and living in a stunning World Heritage location? 

Against the Grain are always interested in hearing from qualified carpenters. If you bring solid time management skills and a passion for delivering quality projects, we want to hear from you.