Our Story

Meet the team

Our highly skilled team is committed to working with you to ensure that your home is designed and built to the highest standard. We share your passion in bringing your vision to life so you have peace of mind that you’re in the very best hands.

  • Trent McDowell
    Trent McDowell Founding Director

    Trent’s extensive experience, combined with his passion and natural enthusiasm for building, allows him to offer guidance in understanding the building process, together with providing practical and innovative building solutions.

    His favourite part of the building process is the moment he gets to hand over the keys of a client’s brand new dream home, and the happiness on their faces as they explore the completed project.

    When he’s not building dreams, Trent loves rugby, fishing, and splashing about in the water with the kids. He’s recently discovered his love of a good dad joke, much to Emma’s embarrassment.

  • Emma McDowell
    Emma McDowell Business Manager

    Em is a self-confessed control freak (and some would say just a little bit OCD) but this is how she manages the business at the same time as the McDowell home and four very busy children.

    Em has worked in the business since 1996, commencing a Cert IV in Building and Construction (Contracts Administration) in 2001. She’s passionate about maintaining professionalism and delivering a superior product and service every single time.

    She loves nothing more than hanging out with family, friends and the super cute Labradoodle, Camilla. She enjoys keeping fit (all the better to chase around those four kids) and the odd glass of bubbles.

  • Katie Smith
    Katie Smith Receptionist

    Katie has been part of the McDowell team for almost 4 years, and is dedicated to upholding the high level of customer service that McDowell Homes is known for.

    She loves being a part of the journey, from the initial meeting with clients, to working alongside them and helping to turn an idea into a beautiful home.

    Katie loves dogs (sometimes more than humans!) but isn’t so keen on spiders, especially when they find their way into the office to say hello.

  • Chris Barker
    Chris Barker Estimator

    Chris has a passion for design and estimating, and believes there is nothing more satisfying than bringing a client’s dream to life. With 15 years of industry experience, Diplomas in both Architectural Technology and Building & Construction, and his exceptional eye for detail, Chris brings the high level of skill that McDowell Homes clients deserve and have come to expect from the team.

    He loves being out on the water boating and throwing a line in, camping with his fiancé and fur baby Boots, and supporting the Newcastle Knights (even when they’re losing).

Awards

Check out some of our accomplishments below

2015 MBA Excellence in Building Awards

Winner – Medium Density, Dual Occupancy

2009 MBA Excellence in Building Awards

Finalist – Best Custom Home Over $600,000

2009 Port Stephens Annual Business Awards

Finalist – Most Outstanding Builder

2008 HIA - CSR Hunter Housing Awards

Finalist – Renovations & Additions over $300,000

2008 MBA Excellence in Building Awards

Finalist – Alterations, Additions, Renovations & Restorations over $500,000

2008 Port Stephens Annual Business Awards

Finalist – Most Outstanding Builder (Homes)

2007 Port Stephens Annual Business Awards

Finalist – Most Outstanding Builder (Homes)

2006 Port Stephens Annual Business Awards

Finalist – Most Outstanding Builder (Homes)

2005 Port Stephens Annual Business Awards

Winner – Most Outstanding Builder (Homes)

2005 MBA Excellence in Building Awards

Finalist – Best Custom Home $200,000-$500,000

2005 MBA Excellence in Building Awards

Finalist – Best Custom Home over $500,000

2004 Port Stephens Annual Business Awards

Finalist – Most Outstanding Builder (Homes)

2003 Port Stephens Annual Business Awards

Winner – Most Outstanding Builder (Homes)

2003 MBA Excellence in Building Awards

Finalist – Best Custom Home Under $500,000

2002 MBA Excellence in Building Awards

Winner – Judge’s Merit: Best Custom Home Under $300,000

2002 Port Stephens Annual Business Awards

Finalist – Most Outstanding Builder (Homes)

2002 MBA Excellence in Building Awards

Finalist – Construction of a Detailed or Innovative Project

2001 MBA Excellence in Building Awards

Finalist – Best Custom Home Under $300,000

Charities and community support

Charity work and fundraising

Supporting charities is so important to us here at McDowell. We love to be able to give back to the community and help others. We regularly support the following organisations:

  • Beyond Blue
  • Movember
  • Salamander Child Care Centre

Sporting teams we support

Fostering a sense of community means a lot to us. We are involved with several local sporting teams, including Nelson Bay Gropers Junior Rugby Union, Nelson Bay Junior Football Club and Soldiers Point Public School Rugby League.