Glen Malt – Building Manager, Dennis Family Homes
What attracted you to the industry (and when)?
From an early age, I knew I wanted to work outside, making things. Building offered a career that was hands on, outdoors and pretty flexible. Perfect for me. Something I have come to enjoy over time is the day-to-day variety on the job. When you are building, every task is different in some way and no two days are ever the same. That remains the case for me, even though I am now in a management role. I joined Dennis Family Homes as a construction supervisor 19 years ago and have held the position of building manager for 10 years now. Even after all this time, I still enjoy coming to work. Bert Dennis has built a company with a great culture and I’m confident Dennis Family Homes has offered me opportunities that I would not have had elsewhere.
What do you love most about the industry?
The people are great. I find people who work in the building industry are generally pretty easy-going and collaborative – with great attention to detail.
What do you consider your proudest moment or greatest achievement (in the industry)?
I am proud of the great team we have put together here at Dennis Family Homes. When I started working with Bert Dennis almost 20 years ago, we had a relatively small team of people overseeing new home construction. Today, there are nine construction managers and more than 35 construction supervisors working with us throughout Victoria and southern NSW and we are very fortunate to have a stable, committed team.
No regrets. I am happy with the path my career has taken. I enjoy my work.
The loss of young people from the industry. I look back on my years working with trades and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunities that have come my way. I firmly believe the building industry can offer a great career path and lifestyle to a young person. I really hope we can reverse this trend.
The changes in health and safety regulations have made a massive impact on the industry through improved practices and have undoubtedly saved lives.
What’s the biggest misconception people have when building a home?
Building a new home is often presented to the public as a process that can have unforeseen disasters and hidden costs. While it’s true that building a new home is complicated, it still runs smoothly when the builder has well-developed processes and good systems for monitoring progress and quality.
If building tomorrow, what feature would you most like incorporated in your home?
The world’s biggest man cave.
What tips would you give for future-proofing a home?
High-quality materials, good workmanship and good design are the best ways to future-proof a home. Finishes and technology can always be updated, but getting the “bones” right in the first place is most important.
What should prospective buyers look for when choosing a builder?
A proven reputation for good work and service, along with longevity in the market, are factors that should help people choose a builder.
What do you think building a home will be like in 2030?
I anticipate that domestic home building in Australia is about to enter a period of greater change than we have seen before, certainly in my time as a builder. The move toward the use of prefabricated components and lighter materials is gathering momentum. Even today, home designs feature a range of alternative cladding options and this trend may gain traction as builders turn to lighter weight and more time-efficient construction methods, like the use of prefabricated building components.