Who we are

We strive to preserve the highest quality standards in:
House design
Interior design
Craftsman construction
Energy efficiency
imagine + innovate + create
O'Dowd Builders have provided high quality professional design and construction for five decades.

Established in Point Lonsdale in 1969, O’Dowd Builders is synonymous with innovative, quality-built homes. We have set the benchmark for the design and construction of unique, energy efficient homes.

We pride ourselves on our professionalism, our integrity, our communication and the attention to detail which make our houses so exceptional. 

Our History

Over the years, O’Dowd Builders have been successful in winning twenty seven major awards in the Master Builders Excellence in Housing Awards including Regional Builder of the Year, Residential Builders of the Year, Best Custom Home and Best Sustainable Energy Project.

With a history spanning five decades and having built more than one thousand homes, our family run business have the experience required to create your outstanding new home.

Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy is simple … designing homes which are timeless, stylish, energy efficient and above all, complement the local coastal environment. The team at O’Dowd Builders have all grown up in Point Lonsdale, which drives our passion to design and construct houses that sit comfortably within this environment.  Sustainability is at the forefront of our designs, by using natural, sustainable finishes, reduced waste and energy efficiency. Our Master Builders award for “Best Sustainable Energy Project” is testament to this. By using passive solar design principles and incorporating low energy fittings, we can provide a comfortable home which is cool in summer, warm in winter with reduced energy costs.

What we do

With five decades of experience in residential design and construction, we can create the perfect home to suit your needs.
House Design

We can design a bespoke home to suit your requirements with consideration toward innovation, energy efficiency, site orientation, cross ventilation, double glazing, energy saving lighting and heating. Our houses are built to withstand the harshness of the coastal  environment. 

Interior Design

Our philosophy is to make the project as easy for you as we can. You will be guided through the interior design, spatial layout, custom joinery, lighting, appliance selection and all the fittings. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and “whole project” approach which delivers a unique and well considered house.


We strive to deliver the highest quality build through skilled workmanship and quality materials. Our tradesmen are efficient, neat and excellent problem solvers. Much thought and consideration is given to even the smallest detailing which delivers in spades in the finished product.

Extra Services

Our business is a one stop shop. We liaise with all the consultants on your behalf to deliver your custom home without the hassle. We look after town planning, building permits, energy ratings, surveying and engineering. We are confident that a decision to build with us will be a seamless and positive experience.

What our clients say

When deciding to build a family beach house at Point Lonsdale, we looked for a builder that had the following qualities:

  • Experience in the Point Lonsdale and surrounding beach areas
  • A solid and quantifiable reputation
  • The ability to work harmoniously with us
  • The ability to deliver a project on time and within budget

 O’Dowd Builders met all of these prerequisites. Furthermore, through the experience of Principal – Chris O’Dowd, we had no need for the services of an architect, which was a significant saving. O’Dowd Builders (at no charge) also offer an excellent interior decorating service. Guided by Geraldine, we found this very helpful when shaping our ideas and requirements. This service extended to the sourcing of appliances, light fittings and carpets etc. All part of the family business!

Combining our ideas with Chris and Geraldine’s expertise, resulted in a house that met all of our needs.

Our house was completed ahead of time and on budget. The work ethic and the workmanship of the O’Dowd subcontractors was exceptional. The building site was always orderly and well maintained.

Finally, Chris and his team, were at all times professional and ready to listen to our thoughts, ideas and questions. This collaborative approach meant that we felt involved with the building process of our beautiful home, every step of the way.

Marcus & Jenny

Can I take this opportunity to thank you for everything you have done and the way you have looked after us.  For what was a reasonably big project for us we couldn’t be more appreciative of the way you and Geraldine have attended to this with such extraordinary attention to detail.

We have both remarked that by taking the additional time and working through all the small details with you, we have ended up with a far superior house.  Chris, it has been an absolute delight working with you and Geraldine, we couldn't be happier with the result, and I'm certain it will be a very happy home.

Tony & Philippa

Thank you for our house, it looks wonderful. You made the process of building our house enjoyable and painless. It has been completed to a fantastic standard and in only six months, amazingly quick and under estimated time.

It had been a pleasure to deal with you all as you have been experienced, have great understanding and are highly organised. Everything went to plan!

Ross and Kim