For many years, Dowling Homes has been quietly perfecting the magic that creates the “forever home”. Our purpose is simple: To change the lives of our customers and their families by building them homes that will be a legacy for future generations.

Our story

Building is in our blood. Before us, both our parents were in the building industry. Kym’s father built homes in and around Cumberland Park, while Jan’s father founded a large glazing business in Unley. The sights and sounds of building sites became the backdrop for both our childhoods, as we quietly learned the secrets of the craft.

By the time we went on our first date as teenagers, we already shared a love for the building industry. It was only a matter of time before this became our future.

But first, we had some skills to learn.

Kym learned his trade as a cabinetmaker, while Jan studied project management. Combining our skills, we founded a cabinetmaking business and enjoyed many successful years creating wonderful interiors.

But we had even bigger dreams. While running that business, we both studied for our individual building licences. At the same time, we renovated and extended 9 homes for us and our three children, including a beautiful old stone hospital. Opening up our homes to our friends and family is one of life’s pleasures, so each home became a second home for our children’s friends too. During school holidays, the house would be bursting at the seams with everyone cooking, swimming, playing basketball and more.

Along the way, our talent grew and, seeing our work and the care that goes into every single process, customers started asking us to build for them. The more customers asked, the more we realised where our attention should be. So we lit the fuse and launched Dowling Homes as our sole business and passion.

Today, we are proud to be one of Adelaide’s leading home renovation and extension builders.

The reason is simple. Everything we do is built around you, your family, your lifestyle, your dreams, and your style. We take painstaking delight in guiding and inspiring our clients to achieve a result beyond their imagination (but not their budget). Of course, we also have a dedicated team to help us perfect every detail, including a full-time designer, site supervisor, project coordinator, administrative assistant, and site labourer. Not to mention a large external team and enormous network of sub-contractors and suppliers – all of whom share our vision of excellence.

Of course, we are still creating our own labours of love too. We recently fell head over heels with a heritage-listed church and have renovated and extended it to create our “forever home”. It’s provided a wonderful lifestyle for our family, as well as being an inspirational venue for family weddings, milestone birthdays, and even cinema evenings for youth groups.

Talk to us about your dream home – we’d love to meet you.