We never dreamed we’d end up with something this good.
‘Dave Neal turned our fuzzy idea for a deck-cum-carport into an architectural masterpiece that has completely changed our lives. He guided us from the initial design to the end, managing all the plans and engineering guff and answering our inane questions and requests with patience, professionalism and the obvious weight of many years’ experience.
We learned that it’s standard for Dave to do things the better way, not just the normal way. Like the fiddly work in how he runs his stainless steel wires that takes a lot longer but looks a million dollars in the finish. He and his boys were on time every day, and Dave always answered his phone and my emails. Dave and his talented crew have transformed our standard ex-defence elevated house into an open, seamless and beautifully finished space in the treetops that our family joyously spills on to every day.’
‘DN Building did extensive renovations to our home, and our experience has been nothing but positive. Dave continually updated us with progress, always listened and was especially helpful when we needed to make decisions. We’ve found Dave to be honest and reliable and his workmanship is exceptional. This and his strong work ethic and calm manner ensured we later went back to Dave for more work.’
‘We owned our elevated post Cyclone Tracey house in Nakara for 9 years before we decided to renovate. The house already had a large front deck, inground pool in the backyard and had been renovated inside but was still a 3 bedroom, one bathroom, one toilet premises. It was a lovely little tropical house supporting the easy living and relaxed life style of the Top End until we had friends and family over to stay.
We decided to turn it into a four bedroom, two bathroom and three toilet premises with a back deck overlooking the pool to take advantage of the wet season sea breezes. Dave Neal from DN Building came to us highly recommended, he listened as we discussed with him our design and fit out ideas. Dave really clicked in to this vision for our new home and not only made it possible, but enhanced through sharing his vast experience and ideas.
At all times he was professional and committed to the concepts we had, and his commitment to communication of what was happening and when, made us absolutely comfortable and confident in his ability to deliver on our dream.
The build was completed on time and finished beautifully; exceeding any expectations we had – and it is indeed a dream to live in. Dave has a fantastic group of trades he uses and their work is of the highest standard. Thank you DN Building, we are so pleased and completely happy with every aspect of our new house. And it does look like a new house, you cannot tell where the old and new meet! Perfection for us.’
‘From the get-go we can’t fault the patience, flexibility, efficiency and professionalism of Dave and
his team at DN Building. We had a vague vision for many years to renovate our downstairs room
and add a deck to the front of our house. But even when we finally got ourselves organised
enough to do something about it, we honestly didn’t know where to start.
Thankfully Dave turned our vague ideas into something more concrete and helped us make it
happen. He took all our requests on board and provided practical suggestions and solutions to
our many queries. Not one email, phone call, request or question went unanswered and all
correspondence was always dealt with within a timely manner.
Dave and his team of workers possess the perfect balance of being both friendly and down to
earth, yet highly skilled and professional at the same time. Our 3 year old loved seeing and
chatting to them everyday so as a result we may even have a future carpenter on our hands! The
boys were always on time and their strong work ethic cannot be faulted. They worked tirelessly to
complete the job within the time frame quoted, even battling with extremely stressful time
constraints such as an impending cyclone and the due date of our new baby! There were
numerous variations we requested along the way, but Dave and his team happily set about
meeting our requests, engaging other contractors where necessary yet still managing to complete
the project on time.
We are so thrilled with our home’s new living spaces and highly recommend the services of Dave
and his team!’
‘Ours was an extensive renovation—only three walls of the original building were remaining. The project began at the start of May and, as promised, by August we moved into our dream home. When we describe DN Building, the key words are exceptional, flexible, timely, professional, friendly, problem solvers, a keen eye for detail and ‘aim for perfection’.
Dave always accommodated any changes we wanted to make, offering advice about the best way to achieve what we wanted and always with an eye on the budget.
We highly recommend Dave Neal and his wonderful team.’
‘From day one Dave and his team delivered an outstanding service—we were continually updated on the progress of the renovation, the entire process ran smoothly and it was completed on time. The quality of tradespeople DN Building uses is reflected in the final product, and we now have a family home that we’re very proud of.’
Once upon a time, there were landowners who needed to renovate their castle. The roof was leaking, the kitchen in ruins, walls needed repair or replacement, and the whole top storey and balconies were in poor condition. They thought long and hard about what they wanted, and developed detailed plans to make a caste that was not only weather-proof and secure, but also beautiful. When they felt satisfied with their plans, they invited builders to come and quote, thinking that it would be easy to find someone, having put so much thought and work into their design. To their surprise, builder after builder declined, with claims such as “it’s too small for me”, “it’s too big for me”, and “it’s too weird for me”. Years went by, with the castle slowly falling apart.
The owners were rather disillusioned and depressed, thinking they would never find a builder that thought the job was “just right”. Then one day, ‘Shrek’ came to the ruined castle that no builder wanted to touch, and with the owners who had too many weird notions. At first, the owner’s sheepishly revealed their plans – expecting the familiar range of reactions – bewilderment, objection, and patronisation. But Shrek merely listened and discussed how the plans might be possible, within the rules of the land.
After years of waiting, it seemed that in the wink of an eye, the old, damaged and ugly elements were removed, the existing attractive features restored and improved, and new, beautiful elements were constructed. There were frequent negotiations about how the owner’s preferences might be achieved, and Shrek’s team were not only quick, but maintained a high standard of work. The team were respectful of the owner’s preferences (although at times thought to be weird) and produced outcomes that regularly exceeded the expectations of the owners.
The castle was restored, and is beautiful. The owners (hopefully) live happily ever after.
Thank you Dave, Sarah and the ‘crew’ for making the build feel like a fairy tale that came true!
‘We embarked on a major renovation, hearing from friends that “you always end up with lots of tensions with your builder”. Well Dave Neal and his fantastic team proved that adage wrong. Dave’s ideas for our old Darwin elevated house, his input into the design and choice of materials left us with a modern, crisp and classy renovation which has transformed our home.
We had a great working relationship with DN Building over the 12 months that they were coming to our place. Lots of meetings with Dave, regular updates and interest in our project was typical of him and his team. They charmed our neighbours with meal vouchers when the noise level one weekend was high and charmed us too with lots of personal interaction. Dave and his team come highly recommended and we would certainly use them again.’
‘In the recent past CJD Equipment have completed significant renovations to the Kenworth and Isuzu Truck Dealership premises in Yarrawonga. These renovations were to enhance our ability to service our customers better and to improve the efficiency of that service. We engaged the services of Dave Neal of DN Building to build internal offices and spring racking in the parts warehouse. Dave was very easy to get along with, he turned up when he said he would and the job outcome was better than we expected. He has a great team working directly for him and his trades are top class. I would not hesitate to recommend DN Building’.
Simon, General Manager CJD Equipment
‘If you want a renovation done on time and on budget, with a professional approach, DN Building is the right company for the job. Nothing was a hassle for Dave—he is personable and has a friendly manner with a ‘can do’ attitude, which made my renovation stress free. Dave has a good carpentry team and engages other quality trades when required (that actually turn up).’
‘DN Building have been working with Easy Glass Services for many years to provide a superior outcome for their clients. Dave and Sarah have a keen eye for detail and provide a top class building solution to suit your needs. Whether you require a new build, a renovation or an innovative solution, you are in great hands with DN Building!’
Mary Linnell, Easy Glass Services
“We love working with David and the DN Building team on all projects, big and small.
Their tropical designs, innovative ideas and quality craftmanship make their job sites a pleasurable and safe place to work.
From the design and planning stages, right through to completion, David and Sarah ensure its a smooth run for all involved.
Their creativity and personality compliments our vision and custom made joinery superbly!’
Luke, Custom Cabinets Design
‘Reece Plumbing and Bathroom Life have been a supplier to DN Building for several years in Darwin and have forged a professional
and organised relationship over this time.
Dave is always available to answer any questions we might have with each specific project either via phone or email, which in turn, makes each project run smoothly and on time.
Dave’s knowledge, expertise, and attention to detail make DN Building a team that quality suppliers love working with, and happily
recommend to anyone wanting to achieve their dream home or renovation.’
Reece Bathroom Life, Berrimah
‘Our Kitchen, lounge, dinning room and out door living area renovations were carried out by DN Building. David organised and ran the whole project with all the necessary tradies. We are incredibly happy with the outcome of our home. Money well spent for a home we love to live in. Thank you to you and your team for such a professional job. We will be sure to use you again in the future.’
Shaun, Tennison Cresent, Anula
‘I have worked closely with David Neal since the early years of DN Building, in that time I
have watched Dave or better known as Shrek develop both on and off site into what I
personally regard as one of Darwin’s finest builders!!!
During our dealings he has continuously demonstrated and conducted himself in a
professional and competent manner. He is continuously bettering himself and everyone else
around him, especially his construction crew, a trait you don’t often see on a building site. He
always strives to achieve the best outcome for the client and demands the ethos form his
subcontractors/ team members.
The last few years has certainly been a true testament to his hard work and dedication to the
industry, results certainly speak louder than words. I have never met anyone as enthusiastic,
dedicated, hardworking and passionate as Dave, no matter how tough the task he always
has a smile and a warm presence onsite.
Dave has always started and ended a construction project with the best intentions towards
the client, were they are a first time home owner or a seasoned investor. Has always strived
to achieve a great product given the tight time lines we face in this crazy industry of ours.
I regard Dave as a real hands on builder, he has meticulous nature I have no hesitation in
recommending to anyone who wants either renovate an existing home and or build a new
home. I strongly believe that Dave and wife Sarah are both an asset to the building industry
and will lift the bar higher and higher with each challenging project.’
Nicholas Kastellorizios, Director/ Structural Engineer, Albright Services Group Pty Ltd