BUILDER-owner Adam Albrecht has opened up his heart, his home and his business to help flood victims.

BUILDER-owner Adam Albrecht has opened up his heart, his home and his business to help flood victims.

Mr Albrecht, 31, owner of GM Homes with builder partner Garrick Bull, has moved out of his own four-bedroom Gold Coast house to provide a temporary home for his company’s general manager Ben Nugent and his family.

He also has offered to rebuild other flood victims’ homes within 16 weeks and pay all their rent while they are waiting to move in.

Ben Nugent, 31, and wife Michia, 29, who have sons Christian, almost 5, and Elliot, 3, and daughter Lillyarna, 6 months, had to move out of their rented home in the Brisbane riverside suburb of Bulimba.

It flooded twice within a week, with water covering the whole block and rising almost 1m deep inside the lower level in the second inundation.

The family lost a fridge, a washing machine, television and entertainment system and, with many of the walls and floors buckled and the house needing to be rewired, they could no longer live there.

This year Christian Nugent starts school at Bulimba and Elliot goes into Pre-prep at East Brisbane.

“It will probably be a month or two before it is all fixed and we couldn’t live there under those circumstances,” Mr Nugent said.

Mr Albrecht’s offer to move out and give them the use of his four-bedroom Coomera home while he moves in with a mate and they are househunting has overwhelmed the family. “It’s fantastic. He’s been very generous to help us out,” Mr Nugent said.

Mr Albrecht’s company also is donating to the families of two subcontractors, Toowoomba landscapers, who lost their lives in the floods, and he is turning his attention to helping victims in Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba, the Lockyer Valley and Caboolture.

He is offering to build new homes for flood victims within 16 weeks and pay all their rent up to $400 a week for the four months they are waiting for their house, or for as long as it takes to build.

He says he can guarantee a new home in 16 weeks, as long as councils do not change flood heights and require houses to be raised 2-3m.

The cheapest fully finished four-bedroom home will cost in the mid-$170,000s and a three-bedroom home in the mid-$150,000s.

“We’re taking the rent out of our builder’s margins,” Mr Albrecht said. “We want to do something for the Queensland community and help people get back on their feet.”

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