Positive feedback is a welcome acknowledgement of our work by our clients. We greatly value these as the benchmark of our success in a very competitive industry.

Dean McEwan

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We are fortunate to have a beautiful home, yet we really can’t claim any credit for its creation other than having had the great sense to buy it from the people with the vision to see the potential of the site, and the technical skills to build it. The land had actually been for sale for quite some time, waiting for Dean and his team at DRM Design to bring it to life with truly inspired design and masterful building skills. We should mention it isn’t actually surprising that our home is innovative, complex and beautifully built, as being the Master Builder responsible for, amongst others, the construction of the 2014 Australian House of The Year, you wouldn’t exactly expect anything less from Dean. The latter house was designed by a friend of his, Gerard Smith, the two have their individual geniuses and are a formidable team. It is said that architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness. They have both excelled yet again in creating this home. It is also said that it is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation and the craft of the builder that will stand the test of time. As a builder, if you start a project, you must have a vision of what you want to achieve, and also to enhance and preserve whatever is there. DRM have achieved this superbly with our home which backs on to natural bushland, and which provides beauty and privacy in an urban setting.

We have now met most of Dean’s small group of employees and selected (VERY selected) group of subcontractors. The mark of success for an employer in our view is where the people who work for the man openly respect him…Dean’s people very much enjoy working with him, and he is renowned for always being superbly organised,. As one of his guys who was here doing some additions for us recently said “When you arrive at Dean’s site to install kitchens, bathrooms etc you always have clean work areas, all the plumbing and electrics are in place…and all in the right place. No wonder he has a reputation for bringing projects in on time and budget, as we can ALL be efficient, and deliver the high quality he demands, in those situations.’’

It is an understatement to say Dean and DRM create with passion, and they build and design amazing properties because their individual standards are so high. In the few months we have owned this house, we have experienced first hand the genuine attachment to it that DRM have, which goes well beyond any statutory guarantees…the little changes associated with a new build, or a bit of damage from wild storms, all attended to promptly. We have large and complex roof areas, and the phone call from Dean after a recent powerful weather event “All good there?” says a lot about the man.

At the risk of sounding like the organisers of the DRM fan club, we shall close with a few words we read recently which, in our view, could easily apply to Dean “I don’t build to have clients…I have clients in order to build.”

Janette and Garry Horton

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My wife and I engaged Dean to build our home on Mooloolah Island knowing that the high level of design would result in a complicated build. Important to us was being sure that we would end up with a home which was built to a high quality standard matching the investment we’d made in our land and plans. Having known Dean for many years, I was confident that his personal standards and those he imposes on others would achieve our desired level of finish. As a builder of custom built homes, Dean is onsite every day. I would only go about building a home like this, in this manner, where the builder is there each day taking personal accountability for the job being completed.

Dean has addressed quickly the very small number of issues we’ve had since completion, we are very happy with our home and the building process. I have no hesitation in recommended DRM Design and Construction.

Brett Mills

Dealer Principal | Ken Mills Toyota


Your company is to be commended on the recent extensions  and renovations at the Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Supporters Club. The quality of the work and professionalism shown by yourself and your associated tradesmen was tremendous, and all finished well within the time allocated.

We highly recommend your company to anyone considering a build

John Greaney

President Supporters Club

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As the designer of the home ‘River House’, I worked closely with Dean McEwan during the construction of this luxury home. Throughout this time it became evident that Dean is passionate about producing a product of the highest standard. It is this standard that Dean also expects from his sub-contracting trades. He demonstrated exceptional carpentry and building skills to produce refined detailing of exceptional quality. During this time Dean displayed a thorough understanding of building technology and of all relevant building codes.

Throughout the entire build open communication by Dean was maintained with the clients, myself and with everyone involved in the build. As a result of Dean’s building skills, work ethic and managerial skills, a technically difficult home was built to an exceptionally high standard, on time and within budget.

I have no hesitation in recommending Dean to any prospective client.

Gerard Smith

Gerard Smith Design| Architects

My wife and I had discussed renovations to our 80’s home for a number of years and were hesitant due to concerns about time frame and cost. After discussions with Dean he presented a condensed construction program which enabled us to cost effectively move out while work commenced.

Dean’s organisation of our project and co-ordination of trades was second to none.  The professional attitude and quality of work by all trades involved was very pleasing to say the least.

The project went to plan and we were back in our renovated home in no time at all. We would have no hesitation in using Dean for future projects and also recommending DRM Design and Construction to prospective clients.

M & A


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I have known Dean McEwan for 10 years and over that period I have gained & formed a positive regard for his professional skill and ability. Since forming DRM, Dean has constructed a number of projects designed by this office.  These buildings were completed on time and to the budget.

I have always been impressed with the professionalism with which Dean approaches all projects. I have found him completely trustworthy and true to his word.  On a professional level and in a personal capacity I have never been let down by Dean.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Dean for any undertaking which he was considering. His attention to the job at hand is always admirable and he would not consider any opportunity unless he was confident in his own success.

Greg Gibbs

Greg Gibbs Architects


DRM was the right  choice for our renovation. Dean has a strong work ethic. The quality of workmanship was of a very high standard, and his communication was open and direct. His costings were accurate and competitive with other quotes we obtained. The subcontractors used were a pleasure to have at our house and their work was all of a high standard.

Following the renovation, Dean has been diligent in ensuring subsequent issues are addressed and solved in an efficient manner. We would definitely be happy to use DRM again and we have recommended his services to our friends.

Michael Dean

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I have had the pleasure of selling several of Dean McEwan’s beautiful homes.  From the moment you walk in you are aware of Dean’s attention to detail and meticulous craftsmanship resulting in a truly superb end result.  His homes were always immaculately presented and boasted many exceptionally outstanding and impressive features.

Dean has a great team working for him and if you are considering building or renovating I would definitely suggest contacting Dean for an informative discussion on all aspects of building.  He is professional, competent, honest and reliable with an overall dedication to his workmanship.

Fiona Winter
Licensed Real Estate Agent | Fiona Winter Realty