About Desbo Building Group

Desbo Building Group was founded in 2014 by Shane Desbrowe-Annear, who brought with him many years of building industry experience and an impressive, multifaceted skill set.

Unlike other builders out there, prior to becoming a Licensed Builder, Shane earned his qualifications in multiple trades – so he not only loves his business; he knows it inside out.

He has created a team that includes the very best tradesmen and suppliers available to deliver an exceptional product and service.

At DBG we are delighted to provide premium quality construction with the most superior high-end finishes possible. We pride ourselves on our comprehensive, collaborative process and we ensure that no corners are cut during the construction of your home.

We are prepared to work on any block, regardless of slope or style, and we use only the best fittings and fixtures while remaining within your budget for a result that you are guaranteed to love.

Meet Shane Desbrowe-Annear,
Your Local Custom Builder

Managing Director of Desbo Building Group, Shane Desbrowe-Annear started out as a bricklayer by trade in Geelong. “Desbo” is a short abbreviation of Desbrowe-Annear; the nickname was given to Shane by his peers in his early school years – and it’s this name that he’s given to his boutique building company.

Managing Director of Desbo Building Group, Shane Desbrowe-Annear started out as a bricklayer by trade in Geelong. “Desbo” is a short abbreviation of Desbrowe-Annear; the nickname was given to Shane by his peers in his early school years – and it’s this name that he’s given to his boutique building company.

Shane went on to study for his Builder’s License and is also self-taught in carpentry. His passion for building and design and focus on achieving perfection runs in his family.  Shane’s great-great grandfather was esteemed Australian architect Harold Desbrowe-Annear, who was a primary influencer in the development of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Australia between 1880-1920. Shane is extremely proud of his heritage, and his incredible attention to detail in everything he does justifies the immense pride Shane takes in the team and the quality of the product they deliver.

When you partner with DBG to bring your dream home to life, Shane and his team are with you every step of the way. Shane ensures he is available on-site to oversee all the work that is done on your home to his exacting standards.

A Member of the Master Builders’ Association, Shane has the expertise, experience, passion and focus to not only deliver a stunningly beautiful bespoke home, but to also make the process for you both as easy and as pleasurable as possible.

Unparalleled Inclusions

As custom builders, we understand what’s important to you may differ from your neighbour. 

You deserve to only pay for the inclusions you want and we refuse to make you fit into a box other builders try to mould you too.  Each job is priced with the inclusions you nominate.

As a general rule you can expect a DBG build to include (but not limited too);

  • Exposed Aggregate Driveway (up to 30m2)
  • Upgraded Insulation
  • Double glazed windows
  • 2700mm ceiling Heights
  • Square set cornices
  • 40mm stone benchtop to kitchen
  • 20mm stone benchtop to bathrooms, ensuites and powder rooms
  • Soft close doors and drawers
  • Instantaneous hot water service
  • Upgraded Fisher and Paykel appliances including pyrolytic oven, induction cooktop and dishwasher
  • Floor to ceiling tiling in bathrooms/ ensuite
  • Frameless shower screens
  • 1700mm freestanding bath
  • Inverter ducted Split system with heating, cooling and zoning
  • LED downlights throughout
  • 2300mm high internal doors
  • Hardwood or polished concrete floors



Fantastic Build & Quality

18 Months ago I was looking at purchasing a home in the Geelong region and over a few weekends I inspected many homes some new and some that had been lived in. By sheer coincidence we drove up my current street to inspect another property and came across this brand new 3 bedroom townhouse.

From the first step into this townhouse it just reflected quality and attention to detail.  The appliances were all european, the kitchen layout was spacious which included a butlers pantry and the compacting windows that leads outside just opened up the entire lower section which has a north facing  aspect. The laundry was large and so was the two and half car garage space. 

Up stairs there is a rumpus room with two bedrooms and a large bathroom that services that area, again attention to detail and quality in the bathroom just like the ensuite. One thing I forgot to mention is the house is 6 star energy rating, again another quality idea and product.

The builder was most accommodating especially around the settlement dates as we ran into a issue of the party purchasing my previous townhouse and once I explained it to Desbo Building Group they were fantastic and adjusted settlement to meet my needs. If I was to build another home or townhouse I wouldn’t look any further than these guys.

I highly recommend any person or couples who are wanting a builder that has quality staff, fantastic attention to detail not too look any further than Desbo Building Group.

It's all in the detail

After purchasing our idyllic 1 acre block, we began where most would, looking through countless display homes. We had a clear image in our minds of what we wanted; a double-storey, American-style, weatherboard home that oozed character. It quickly became clear that a volume builder would not be able to offer us the dream home we had invisioned.

We sought after a draftsperson and began drawing up some plans. It quickly became very overwhelming. We didn’t know how much everything would cost and how on earth were we going to budget.

Our first meeting with Shane was at one of his projects, townhouses in South Geelong. It was very clear at this point how pedantic him and his team were and the attention to detail was superior. From the very first meeting, he made the process seem so easy.

Throughout the process we had constant communication and inclusion with the build. We were able to make minor changes and the DBG team were very adaptable. The finishes are beyond our expectations and everything was completed to an exceptional standard.

We have now been in our beautiful home for just over a year and absolutely love it. Thank you to Shane and the team at Desbo Building Group!

Highly Recommended

We bought our house when it was under construction. Our home was completed very quickly as they did their best to accommodate our preferred moving date. The construction team had excellent customer service and always available.

When we moved in we were very impressed with the quality of materials used in construction of our house. We found many extras in the house that we never expected.

 We have been in our house around a year and everyone that has come over is very impressed with the unique design. The quality of your work stands out.

The house doesn’t require any maintenance for long time.

We love our new home and thank all the Desbo Building team for being so understanding and helpful along the way. We highly recommend Desbo Building group to everyone.

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