Building Awards

Winner | 2016 Home Renovation or Remodeling Project

In 2016, D&E Constructions won the Queensland Master Builders Association regional award for our verandah renovation at Riversleigh Homestead.

Watch this video to get a unique birds-eye view of Riversleigh Homestead.


The homestead, currently located in Emu Park on the Capricorn Coast, has quite a story behind it, and one of historical significance to the Central Qld region.

Originally built in the late 1890s on the banks of the Fitzroy River, the expansive 628m2 homestead served as the Manager’s Residence for the Central Queensland Meat Export Company, Lakes Creek Meatworks (now Teys Brothers Meatworks).

Before: The original Riversleigh Homestead in Emu Park. Photo courtesy of The Morning Bulletin.

In 1981 it was decided that Riversleigh was no longer required by the Company and subsequently donated to history-lover Mr Lionel DeLandelles for inclusion in his dream of creating Ross’ Run Historical Complex, in Emu Park – a collection of well-known buildings from Rockhampton and the surrounding districts that were left vacant or waiting to be demolished.

Riversleigh contains five bedrooms, a large lounge, two dining rooms, a study, a ballroom, bathroom, laundry and complete servants quarters, including two bedrooms, kitchen, living area, bathroom and walk-in pantry. As the homestead was so large, it had to be cut into five sections to be transported and rejoined at its current location.

The large verandahs, originally open, were later enclosed to protect the polished floorboards, with the intention of eventually restoring the verandah to its original era. However, this was never undertaken as climatic conditions were deemed unfavourable for open verandahs given the timber products available for use at that time. Unfortunately, Ross’ Run never eventuated as a historical complex, and Riversleigh was later sold for private residence.

During construction of the new verandah and rotunda at Riversleigh Homestead.

In December 2015, the current owners of the homestead contacted D&E Constructions to complete renovation work to Riversleigh, including a full verandah replacement and the construction of a new 30m2 rotunda in keeping with the era of the original homestead.

In collaboration with Gill Kerr Drafting Service of Rockhampton, plans for the homestead renovation were completed and construction commenced in January 2016. It was completed four months later.

Completion of the verandah renovation – May 2016


Features of the work include the use of spotted gum hardwood throughout the verandah flooring, posts, stairs and balustrade, hand-cut spires, customised brackets at the front entry, intricate carpentry in the rotunda ceiling and a full re-paint of the homestead.

Thinking of renovating your traditional Queenslander or building a heritage-style home? Contact us today to find out how we can assist you.


“A huge thank you to D&E Constructions for our beautiful home. We appreciate how helpful you were and how you made us feel like you were there with us every step of the way.”

T. & S. McLeary

“Big thanks to Dan, Liz and all the boys for all the help and hard work through everything. I’m very happy with the final result and I get lots of compliments on the quality of the build!”

B. Eade

“We chose D&E Constructions for our renovations based on their reputation, personal approach and professionalism. They were always very flexible, but thorough and approachable.”

B. & M. Thomson

“We would recommend D&E Constructions for their professionalism and constantly striving to achieve this.

Any queries or concerns we had were addressed professionally and we felt listened to.”

L. & S. Kneen

“Dan was extremely easy to deal with, constantly referring to us for our opinion instead of just bulldozing us with his. His attention to detail and skill was just amazing.”

I. & A. Hewitt
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