Darrell first started in the building trade with Paul Alsop in
Blackwater building mine houses.
This involved hardwood stick framing with truss roofs and hardiplank cladding.
This lead to working in Rockhampton building houses for big volume builders and
then into our family business with his parents.
Darrell moved down to Moulamein and continued building,
here he worked with Martin Stephens for 3 years. He still travelled back
to Queensland as he was under demand for certain projects.
He worked with Donald Davis Building in Gladstone, QLD, on 3
separate shopping centre buildings in the same complex; they were about 6000 sqm in all.
He was in charge of the roof truss contract and 6 shop fit outs.
This was the first big experience with commercial work and large projects.
Darrell moved to Temora for a year & supervised for Steve Alchin Building.
2001 to current:
Darrell & Melanie moved to Barooga.
Have since completed various successful extension/renovations,
commercial projects and residential homes.
Dual HIA New South Wales Awards Winners from 2008 to 2013 &
Runner Up In the HIA CSR Victorian Awards.
The Bowden’s are a local family business.
2016 joined David Reid Homes Australasia.
COMPLETED COMMERCIAL PROJECTS:
2001 BAROOGA SPORTS CLUB, Barooga
The Garden Room Extension on the north side –
Involved a new building with a curved roof, new toilets, kitchen storage, bar and bistro.
The frame was mostly steel with commercial glass & brick toilets.
The Complete Refurbishment of the female toilets. bistro, TAB lounge -
Involved a complete demolition in 3 stages and 3 stages of new construction and handover.
They re-roofed the entire area above, barn style truss in smokers area with commercial glass front
and new TAB layout and lounge.
The Kids Room, and new Outdoor Pokies Area -
involved a decrease in size of the kids room, relocate toilets, demolition the existing, new curved steel structure over the
new smoking area, break through to the old pokies area and renovate.
2003 COBRAM OTTEREY LODGE:
In conjunction with Scope Design, this job was an entire new building with 2 wings with private rooms
and a central octagonal lounge area.
2008 BERRIGAN GOLF CLUB:
Completed Renovations, this job involved demolishing existing walls, glass doors and then building new walls in the
pokies area and a feature fire place, other general renovations, new plaster and paint.
2008 BAROOGA HOTEL:
A very extensive demolition, extension and renovation project.
This job involved initial exploratory demolition for assessment of the existing building
and then under the engineers recommendations, total demolition of the backroom and existing concrete slab.
A new raft slab was laid, built new brick veneer walls, steel front with upper parapet,
curved roof veranda’s, commercial glass front and suspended ceilings.
There is now a new gaming lounge with bar and toilets, new bistro with bar, disabled toilets and
The old bottle shop and cool room were demolished, built new cool room and turned half of the bottle shop into storage.
2009 BERRIGAN SPORTS GROUND:
Completed the new complex-
660 sq m building with 262 sq m of verandahs.
This involved demolishing the old and constructing the new.
The slab went down on May 14th and it was whole project was completed within 18 weeks.
We pride ourselves on quality, but also our efficient construction time.
2010 FINLEY ST JOSEPHS PRIMARY SCHOOL:
Design and Construction of a new Library- as a part of the BRE government project,
this was started in November 2009 and was finished on 31 May 2010.
This also included some power upgrades and renovations on the school.
The project was designed by Mat Nixon at CBBG
2010 COBRAM-BAROOGA GOLF CLUB:
Completed renovations to the new gaming room and outdoor smoking area.
2010 COBRAM HOSPITAL MEDICAL CLINIC:
Darrell was the Project Manager for this 12 month project, completed in December 2010.
This project was a 550 sq m new building with new pathology and new dental clinic, then renovations to the
existing medical clinic.
This project was done in conjunction with Libro Mustica of Oasis Homes
2011 BAROOGA PUBLIC SCHOOL:
This job was part of the “Stephanie Alexander” garden & kitchen program.
We worked closely with the school and offered our services at cost price for our local community.
2011 FINLEY LIBRARY:-
This Library project was a renovation of the old MIL building and turning into a new modern library,
It was a modern library, but keeping the old 1950’s theme of the building.
2011 BAROOGA SPORTS CLUB:
CLUB BAROOGA—SPORTIES HEALTH & FITNESS
New renovation completed. The project was to renovate the old Club Barooga into the
new “Sporties Health & Fitness”
2012 BAROOGA SPORTS CLUB:
AUDITORIUM & TOILETS
New renovation of the old
Auditorium & Toilets at the Barooga Sports Club in conjunction with ABEO Architects
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