Introducing: Adelaide Builder Gary Barlow

Introducing: Adelaide Builder Gary Barlow

Stroud Homes Welcomes Gary Barlow

He might be the new kid on the Stroud block, but Adelaide builder Gary Barlow is certainly no newbie to the building business, having been in the residential building game for 30 years.

“I enjoy working in different places, and meeting different people, I also like the variety of jobs I do and I also get a lot of job satisfaction,” he tells us.

Get to know Gary, your builder in Adelaide…


Tell me about your building experience and why you became a builder.

My experience is quite extensive as in England a builder will perform many trades, which is very common. My early jobs were kitchens and bathrooms where I learnt all aspects of the trades including joinery, plastering, tiling, electrics and plumbing – both water and gas.

I was self-employed by the age of 19 and eventually landed a contract to install 18th-century French reproduction kitchens and bathrooms for wealthy clients all across England.

At the age of 25, I started to do more and more building work and renovation work associated with kitchens and bathrooms. Then it became a lot more about doing full house renovations, extensions and also a lot of heritage listed work. My oldest project was a renovation on a church built in the 1500s.

In England, I am qualified in carpentry and joinery, and a licensed plumber, gas fitter and electrician. In Australia, I’m a licensed builder, cabinet maker, plumber and gas fitter.

Adelaide Hills Display Centre Official Opening

Gary & Rachelle Barlow at the opening of their Display Centre with Dan Cregan – Member for Kavel and James Stroud


Why did you decide to join the Stroud Homes team?

I liked the plans and the support from head office. I also liked the idea of joining a large group of builders with a variety of experience that I can tap into if needed, and the fact that nobody was in South Australia yet.

The Hills is a small community and a builder can build up a good reputation quickly especially if that builder has the winning Stroud Homes system behind them!

Gary and his wife Rachelle want to set the bar so high that other builders can’t reach it.

I have a passion for building. I love the idea of taking something on a plan or drawing and turning it into a place you can touch and walk around in. I love the idea that I’m creating shelter for a family to grow and live in and hopefully make lots of happy memories.

Adelaide Hills Display Centre Kitchen

The Adelaide Hills Display Centre


What’s the residential building industry like in Adelaide Hills?

Adelaide Hills is a high-growth area with many new estates popping up. The two key suburbs are Mount Barker and Nairne, which are being subdivided quickly.

Mount Barker is one of the fastest growing in-land towns in Australia and what a lot of people don’t realise is that it’s only 30 mins to the city and/or the beach.

The team at Stroud Homes Adelaide do not only build in the Adelaide Hills but in the metro area, North of Adelaide, down all of the coast, all the way to Victor Harbour.

There is a lot of land being released on a regular basis, and there is massive growth to come. There are various blocks mainly around the 400-500m2 range but there is also room for the acreage designs.

Montego 450 Classic Façade


What should people who haven’t built before know when looking for a builder?

Value for money and a good team behind him/her.

The builder should guide them through their choices of land so they don’t have a nasty surprise after it’s purchased. They should be able to speak to the builder when they need to, and expect honest answers on questions they might have – even if it’s not what they want to hear!


What’s your pick as the best Stroud home design for your area and why?

The Montego 450, because it’s got everything any family could want or need. One that’s a bit less costly would be the Wildflower 190 with granny flat which has a space for everyone and the grandparents get to downsize and spend quality time with their grandkids.

The Montego 450 Skillion Façade:

Stroud Homes Montego 450

The Wildflower 190 plus Granny Flat:

Stroud Homes Wildflower 190 & Granny Flat


Get in touch

We wish Gary and his team the best of luck in the building year of 2019 and we’re eager to see what the experienced team gets up to in the future! Don’t forget to check out their Facebook page to stay on top of all their upcoming news and events.

If you’re looking to build your dream home in 2019, give Gary and the team a call on 0422 756 755 today to talk about your options.

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Gary Barlow
Gary Barlow