About Us

Arete:- An ancient Greek philosophy that, in its most basic sense, refers to “excellence” of any kind—especially a person or thing’s “full realisation of potential or inherent function.”

Welcome to Arete Joinery, a local cabinet maker based in Northgate, Brisbane. Principally servicing Bulimba to Chermside in the North, Camp Hill to the South, Wynnum, and the Bayside to the East, and as far as Upper Kedron to the West, we also service as far as Ipswich and the Gold & Sunshine Coasts.

It is with the Arete philosophy in mind that we approach our work, with a steadfast commitment to delivering excellence in our service and our products. It is our goal to fully realise the potential of both our team and our processes.

We are known for our reliability, attention to detail, and high-end finishes but it is the long-standing relationships with many of our clients that we take most pride in. 

Arete Joinery - Team Photo - Cabinet Makers in Northgate

Arete Joinery offers a seamless end-to-end solution for builders and developers wishing to bring their commercial joinery projects to fruition, our services from material selection, design consultancy, and drafting through to manufacturing and installation. Our principal focuses are architectural joinerymulti-residential joinery, and high-end single-dwelling fit-outs.

Our team has over 70 years combined experience in the cabinet-making industry and our people have diverse skillsets in cabinetmaking and shopfitting. We also pride ourselves on bringing the “next generation” through and are an employer of choice for apprentices looking to build a career as a cabinet maker.

At Arete Joinery we want you to be as confident in our workmanship as we are, which is why we offer a five (5) year warranty for your peace of mind. Contact the cabinet makers you can trust – Arete Joinery

Our Team

Qualified Carpenter & Cabinet Maker in Bulimba

Fred Van Der Walt

Founder / Director

Qualified Cabinet Maker in Bulimba

Alex Ieong

Founder / Director

Qualified Cabinet Maker in Newstead

Walter Choo

Founder / Director

Qualified Joiners in Bulimba

Débora Goncalves

Office Manager

Qualified Carpenter & Cabinet Maker in Eagle Farm

Lachlan Herrod

Factory Manager

Qualified Shopfitter in Bulimba

David Froome

Specialist Shopfitter

What Our Clients Say

Fred and his team have been a joy to work with. 

As a builder and developer of high end properties in the CBD, we need to know that not only will our product be of the highest quality, but also that it will arrive on time and go in first time. 

Arete Joinery delivers in spades.

John, Builder, Bulimba

We have struggled to find a cabinet maker that has been able to meet our spec on high end projects and whilst also being capable of finding affordable solutions for our commercial multi-residential sites as well. 

We found Arete joinery almost three years ago and we are on to our seventh project together. We can recommend them highly.

Mary, Developer, Ascot

Our Supply Partners

Arete Joinery has worked diligently since our inception to find suppliers that fit best with the Arete philosophy of excellence in everything, understanding their business and building a deep relationship, ensuring that we do not just have suppliers but rather supply partners.

Our supply partners are an integral part of delivering any project in full, and on time, and within budget. Read more below about just some of our supply partners and how they support Arete Joinery in meeting and exceeding your expectations.

Arete Joinery is proud to be associated and working with Rochele Interiors, a local award-winning interior designing firm based in Albion.

Over the last decade, Rochele Interiors has grown from a small home office into a thriving studio renowned for its award-winning projects and honourable mentions in various publications (Australia House & Garden, Queensland Home Magazine, and Country Living Magazine).

Rochele Interiors is now truly established as a vibrant and dynamic design studio that continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation in the field of interior design.

Contact Details:-

Address:- 8 Frodsham Street, Albion Queensland 4010 

Phone number: – 1300 808 164

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The Häfele Group is a German family enterprise with its head office in Nagold. Häfele is the leading international manufacturer and supplier of furniture fittings and architectural hardware, with customers in more than 150 countries.

Since Häfele’s first entrance into the Australian market in 1977, Häfele has been supplying cabinetmakers with quality German design and manufactured hardware and accessories. Häfele is Arete Joinery’s hardware supplier of choice and we are proud to be associated with this world-leading brand. 

Warranty: – 


Warranty Period

Kitchen hardware components 

Lifetime warranty

Cooking appliances and white goods

24 months

Mixer taps

24 months

LOOX lighting products

36 months

HAFELE Sinks20 years

Find out more about Häfele’s warranty

Supplier Contact Details:-

Address:- 30 Arc Place, Larapinta Queensland 4110 

Phone number: – 1300 659 728

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Polytec is an Australian decorative board and laminate brand and is the fastest-growing decorative surfaces brand in Australia. Australian-owned and manufactured, Polytech values quality and brings the latest in manufacturing and logistics technologies to our shores. It is Polytech’s eye on sustainability and environmental awareness that also sets them apart and make them Arete Joinery’s chosen board supply partner.

Polytec has also partnered with the McGrath Foundation to help raise funds to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia. By selecting Polytec products for your next project from Arete Joinery you will be helping to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia.

 Warranty:- Minimum 7 Years

Find out more about Polytech’s Warranty

Supplier Contact Details:-

Address:- 66 Merivale Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Phone number: – 1300 300 547

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Established in 2007, YDL Stone offers Brisbane Stone’s best value-for-money engineered stone without compromising quality. 

YDL Stone has now also made the transition to low silica surfaces with their range now containing less than 40% silica making their products substantially safer for fabricators of engineered stone surfaces.

YDL Stone’s ongoing objective is to ensure all products remain affordably accessible and are the top choice for your low silica surfaces.

Warranty: – 10 Years

Find out more about YDL Stone’s warranty

Supplier Contact Details:-

Address:- 43 Telford Cct, Yatala Queensland 4207

Phone number: – 07 3089 0368

Website: –

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