IBN Builder of the Month 2021

May 2021 - Owen Built Homes, Warrnambool VIC


As a multi award winner with the Independent Builders Network, it’s never a surprise that Chris and Anna Owen and their awesome team at Owen Built, step up to receive another.

This time it’s not due to their volume of houses delivered, marketing prowess or professionalism that has given them the kudos but their generosity and their amazing staff who have absolutely delivered.

This year for the first time since Covid hit our shores, the traditional IBN Zone Meeting took place.  Our Zone Meetings are what sets IBN apart from Franchises and other builders where our Members get together and work through problems, share ideas and basically teach each other how to become the best builder in their own town.  As our Members do not compete with each other, these Meetings are extremely important for them as it gives the IBN Builder an edge over other Builders in their respective home towns.

This year with a difference, being one of our largest Builders, Chris and Anna Owen offered their services and their Staff to provide training to the smaller builders and show the latest in estimation, GeoSite IT*, colour selections and sales administration. Aaron Shiells who does so much at Owen Built and whom is really the most under the pump with the current workload resulting from booming house sales, was paramount in providing the above-mentioned training.

Aaron has been a great supporter of the IBN Networking and alongside Chris, Anna and Tara Owen, he has always been available to give support to fellow IBN Members. 

After the training provide by Owen Built the inclusive zone meeting concentrated on current building material shortage challenges which were met with robust discussions and plenty of wonderful ideas coming from fellow Members and IBN Head Office pushing consideration for alternative building materials that can see new homes delivered.

Having some IBN Members come from over 3-hours away to attend this training was testament to our Members striving to improve and it doesn’t come as any surprise that the epicentre of professional development from within came from Warrnambool, one of the furthest IBN outposts in regional Victoria.

We not only congratulate, but thank Chris and Anna for providing their premises and their services in such busy times, this goes above the call of any Member and as a public show of appreciation, we acknowledge the whole Owen Built Homes team as our Builder of the Month.



April 2021 - Hofbuild Pty Ltd, Bright VIC