Serenity Homes are Adelaide’s first choice for custom home designers and builders. We bring your dream home to life. We are a boutique builder. This means we build a small number of masterpieces every year. Our focus is on making your home remarkable.
If you are looking for cheap, mass-produced housing, we are not it. If you are looking for perfectionists seeking to build an exquisite life-long dream, then you should choose us.
Every home to us is different. Our quest as builders and custom home designers is to take your ideas and hopes, and build them into your perfect custom home.
Our focus on quality is first class. As a result, we are highly awarded. More importantly, we are rewarded by the smile on your face, on the magic day that a Serenity Home, becomes your home.
We are a family business, owned by Gary Barnes and Jennifer Barnes. We are owner-operated and driven by a strong determination to be simply amazing. We have long serving loyal staff, and carefully select our tradies based on their desire to be craftsmen. Gary will work on your project to completion, and takes personal pride in bringing your dream to life.
Historically, we began our business building custom homes on sloping site blocks in the Adelaide foothills. After years of careful attention, we are now experts in creating charming homes on your block, no matter the size.
As custom home builders, there is more attention to detail required than an "off-the-plan" builder. We begin with a consultation where together, we assess your wants, needs and desires, and get a feel for the project.
There are many steps to building a custom home in Adelaide. It's a journey that takes time, so it is important that you feel comfortable with us. It's important to us that we are the right fit for you, and are able to build your luxury custom home.
We are expert builders of custom energy efficient homes. It's not a speciality we originally set out to achieve, but it naturally happened over time. With intense attention to detail comes care for the environment, as well as a strong determination to create sustainable and economical building perfection.
We have won HIA Greensmart environmental/sustainability awards. Feel welcome to browse our Chakra and Soraya homes. Our multiple award winning, energy efficient, luxury homes.
Sure we have won lots of awards, but for us, award winning is a secondary consideration. Our processes are thorough and careful. When building your luxury home, we seek to innovate, working with quality people and selecting high-class fixtures to produce a masterpiece. It is a benchmark expectation for us that every home is award worthy.
With award wins comes increased brand value. This translates to increased value in your Serenity custom home build. As our reputation grows and more awards are won, so does the value of your home.
We invite you to discover the award winners yourself.
At Serenity Homes, we specialise as builders of custom homes on sloping blocks and other non-standard building sites in Adelaide. It can be difficult to build on a sloping site; we love the challenge, though. Sloping sites allow us to innovate with special spaces. Sloping site blocks create unusual areas. The Serenity Homes approach is to take the unusual spaces and turn them into astonishing features of your home.
Discover our Burnside custom home, winner of the HIA Best Use of Sloping Site Award, 2014.
“The decision to build a new, comfortable, quality and beautiful house that I would be proud to call my home became apparent last year; however, the choice of who to build my home appeared daunting until approaching Serenity Homes. Serenity Homes pride themselves on viewing a home as a place to create cherished memories and creating a unique boutique-style space tailored to an individual’s desires and lifestyle. In addition, Serenity’s friendly and approachable service with their impeccable attention to detail has made the building process extremely easy. It is this type of service that proved an important element in my decision to build with Serenity, and provides the peace of mind knowing someone is passionate about building my dream home.Travis Boak
Dear Gary, Dale and the rest of the Serenity team, How can we thank you enough for our beautiful new home? As first-time home builders, our experience has been unbelievably good! This is all due to your honesty, thoroughness, patience, unlimited helpfulness, advice, attention to detail, and generally just knowing how to build a house most people dream of. You’ve made our dream a reality and then gone so much further. It has been a pleasure to deal with all of you. Gary, you deserve every success and many more awards for your work. Maybe we’ll see some of you for a game of pool.Dave and Sarah
Dear Serenity Homes, Thank you so much for our beautiful home! From the initial consultation we have never doubted our choice to build with Serenity Homes. The quality of the service, the attention to detail and the value of the product made Serenity the only choice for us. Throughout the build Serenity have been more than willing to accommodate any alterations to ensure we received the home that we desired. To top this off the final inspection went down a treat. Any issue we had, minor as they were, was already identified and finished to a standard far above our expectation. To all the staff at Serenity Homes, we thank you.Matt and Kirsty
To Gary, Jennifer and the Serenity Team, Thank you very much for building our dream home and within the time specified. We are still pinching ourselves every day at how pleasurable the building experience was. We are enjoying our view immensely. Thanks for everything you have done for us.Maria and Lincoln
I engaged Serenity Homes to design and build a terrace home in 2014. I cannot speak highly enough of their service. I had direct contact throughout the process with Gary and his team. The build was prompt. When a problem arose with the supply of a product (not their fault), Serenity bent over backwards to come up with a cost effective and prompt solution.There were no hidden surprises in the costings and the end product is fantastic. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Serenity again for my next build.Nat
We would like to thank you and the entire team at Serenity Homes for building our beautiful home. When most everyone told us building a house is stressful, we proudly responded "not in our case... our builder is excellent." There are many aspects we like about your team – the quality of work, attention to details, honest advice, regular communication, quickness to respond, the use of select tradesmen and above all and the most important to us - the personal treatment we received as a valued customer. If we ever have another opportunity to build again, I will have no hesitation using Serenity Homes. So Gary, keep on doing the right things and please hang around long enough for our next house.Danny and Rosette
We took a number of years to plan our new home so we took some time to decide on the builder we were confident would build our new home to meet our needs and wishes. Serenity Homes have certainly surpassed all our expectations! Throughout the build we felt Serenity tended to the work with the utmost consideration for the style of home we wanted to create, discussing ideas and issues along the way. The interior designer also ensured the finishes produced a very comfortable home we can relax in and enjoy. So many thanks to Gary, Dale and all the Serenity team for the quality workmanship, attention to detail and post handover support all of which have ensured we have a home we are delighted with.Gordon & Ida
All we can say is ‘wow’! From the beginning when my husband and I met with Gary and we sent our initial plans off to Eric the architect - we knew we were in good hands. Nothing was too difficult for Gary, Dale & Kym. They listened to what our needs and wants were for our new family home and then transformed them into a reality. Building a home is a very exciting time and Serenity Homes made it a very enjoyable process. The tradesmen that built our home are all of a high standard and were quite happy to meet us and have a chat. The attention to detail can be seen everywhere within our home and all who visit us comment on this. Having been living in our dream home now for 3 months it’s truly such a wonderful settled feeling, knowing all the details involved in creating our beautiful abode. To the entire team and Serenity - Gary (thanks for all the chats), Kym (we appreciate all your time), Dale (you are so good at what you do) Jennifer & Kristen, we would like to say a very very big THANKYOU as we LOVE our new home and are really enjoying living in it. Good luck for your move & the future.Natalie & Trevor
We could not have chosen a better builder for our home, and shudder to consider the results and costs with a lesser builder. Throughout the process, each and every one of the Serenity Homes team were honest, friendly and helpful. Their commitment to quality and attention to detail are unmatched. We greatly appreciated being involved in the entire building process and were thoroughly impressed with their after sales service. We would not hesitate to build with Serenity Homes again. Many thanks to Gary and his team. We love our home!Guo-Rong & Clarabelle
Dear Gary & Jennifer, We would like to thank you both for your outstanding service and professional approach during and after the building process of our new home. We are delighted with every aspect of the house; it suits our lifestyle and personalities and can envisage it meeting our families changing requirements into the future. The quality and workmanship have surpassed our expectations. Even the smallest of details has been paid particular attention and now have become features. We appreciate your assistance in making our house as environmentally friendly as possible and thank you for researching and implementing ‘green’ initiatives where possible. Additionally our new neighbours have expressed their gratitude on the professionalism of all your contractors during the building process. We would particularly like to thank your building supervisor Dale for his attention to detail. We found him to be patient and friendly and able to answer all of our questions, further enhancing our building process with Serenity homes. Thank you once more.Alan & Catherine
It has been 12 years since you built our home and we are still very impressed with the quality of your work. Looking back, we had no issues at all with any of your quality trades used. Even with the updates that we have made along the way, you are always willing to help with recommending the right trades and coming out to give recommendations. We have recently updated our kitchen using what we thought was a quality, reputable company, but since day one we have had issue after issue with the quality of their workmanship. We had to ring Dale, and within a day, he sent the right tradesman out and fixed their dodgy job. We thank you again (12 years later) as we know we chose the right builder to get the perfect job. Please send anyone our way for a reference to your great company.Brenton and Andrea
From the very first meeting to the final handover, Serenity Homes, Gary Barnes and the team displayed professionalism, integrity, foresight and attention to detail. When I met Gary, I was teaching in an outback remote school. Every school holiday break, Gary made time to meet with me to discuss the planning of my home. The house site was steep and awkward requiring an experienced builder with a commitment to quality in design. Serenity Homes not only designed and built my home but also assisted with external works such as retaining walls, and obtained related engineering and council approvals. All building products and finishes were of the highest standard. Gary and Dale kept me up to date and informed at all stages of the building process. Serenity Homes were contactable at any hour, even on weekends. They were particularly thorough in responding to any queries and made me feel like their number one client. This was my first building experience which has proved to be hassle free and minimal stress. I would like to sincerely thank Gary for making my house a reality and highly recommend Serenity Homes for any building project.Tania
Building with Serenity Homes was a very pleasurable experience. We were looked after from the moment we entered their offices, and asked us what we wanted in a house. We said we want it to feel like we are on holidays every day and staying in a resort. They treated the building of our house as if it was their own. All the requirements that we wanted and any changes we had were handled with professionalism both in the office and on site. Dale the site foreman was second to none, he worked every step of the way with us and always let us know if there were any delays to the progress. On completion our house was lovingly cleaned and polished, in fact they saw things that even our sharp eyes could not see to clean. It was a lovely touch to receive a gift basket by way of thanks. Their after-sales service has also lived up to our expectation. If ever we build again I would not hesitate to use SERENITY HOMES. Thanks again, we love, love, love our house / home that we ended up with and it still makes us feel like we are living in a resort every day.Linda & Dave
We have recently built a new home with Serenity Homes Pty. Ltd. The project took some 18 months from signing the contract, to handover. During this time, we were faced with a number of challenges, some expected, some not so, but we are very pleased with the result. Building a new home has it’s highs and lows, which we found were helped substantially, by the builder, Gary Barnes, and his building supervisor, Dale Lewis. Dale, at all times was approachable, and attended to areas of concern, promptly and effectively. His congenial manner, made any concerns, easier for us to resolve. Since handover, he has addressed any after-sales service requirements. Attention and support through the entire process, made it quite a pleasurable experience, and produced a home, of which, we are proud to own.David & Chris
It was a real pleasure building our custom designed home with Serenity. We were extremely happy with the build quality and finishes throughout. Dale and his team were there throughout the entire building process, keeping us informed and responding to any questions we had. We are happy with all aspects of our building experience with Serenity.Karen
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Serenity Homes for the fantastic job of helping us to design and build our dream home at Highbury. This was the first time we had embarked on such a massive challenge in our lives having never built before. We started off the process filled with a lot of uncertainty and nervousness but from our very first meeting with Gary Barnes and Kym McMutrie right through until hand over we found the entire process extremely enjoyable and exciting. We were completely involved in every aspect from start to finish. In the planning stages of our home both Gary and Kym guided us every step of the way. Their expertise and knowledge was priceless. Once we entered the building stage we had a very close relationship with Serenity’s building supervisor Dale Lewis. We found Dale very approachable, friendly and available to us at all times. He encouraged us to get involved and to visit the build at any time. All tradespeople involved in the building process were also friendly and courteous and very helpful. We have been living in our beautiful Serenity “Award Winning” home for 2 years now and it is still as exciting walking through the front door as it was on the night of handover. We strived for a very high standard of workmanship in every detail and we received that and more. We would highly recommend anyone looking to build a home not just a house to contact Serenity Homes for an experience they will never forget. Thank you once again Gary, Jennifer, Kym and Dale.Karen & Mike
We decided to build a new home to meet the specific needs of our family. We found Gary Barnes and his team very pleasant, they listened with interest to our specific needs and were able to come up with a concept plan to suit us. We modified it on many occasions and Gary's team were very patient with us and happy to make the necessary changes. Eventually we achieved a design to our satisfaction. Construction of our new home went very smoothly and we were surprised to be given our home two months ahead of schedule. We were very impressed with the quality of workmanship delivered by Gary's team of trades personnel. They were pleasant, very approachable, and always had the time to talk to us and provide answers to any queries. Dale, the site supervisor was polite, very helpful and kept us informed about each stage of the building process. Overall, Serenity built us a beautiful home. We wish them continued success.Nigel & Judith
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