Collaborations with leading architects, interior designers and experience with world-winning landscapes at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Garden Show help the team deliver homes that far exceed client expectations.


Atkinson Pontifex’s approach is simple. Projects are generally limited to three or four at any one time, which is vital to maintain control and deliver the quality and service their clients expect. Each project is carefully chosen, with the overall aim to select homes that are challenging, enjoyable and ultimately successful for both the client and themselves. As a result, Atkinson Pontifex is the elite builder of choice in Melbourne’s Bayside area. Their mission is twofold: to build the finest residential homes in Bayside, and with every home deliver results that far exceed their clients’ expectations. Above all else, Atkinson Pontifex stands for integrity. Dean and David pride themselves on friendly, honest service and over the last 30 years have the results and awards to prove it.


Compared to many other builders who subcontract, Atkinson Pontifex proudly employs its own highly skilled staff of 22. This means they always have the best people for the job, who share a passion for craftsmanship and attention to detail. The happy and productive workforce has a very low turnover too. In fact, the longest serving team member has been with the company for more than 20 years. The team includes an office manager, full time carpenters, apprentices and landscape gardeners.


Atkinson Pontifex was founded in 1985 by childhood friends Dean Atkinson and David Pontifex. Dean and David first met as four-year-olds playing in the sandpit at McKinnon Kindergarten, and grew up attending the same primary school. Their friendship developed into a business partnership during the 80s, as they realised their love for a challenge and similar philosophy to service. Both are qualified carpenters and joiners, and have built many award-winning, multi-million dollar houses over the past 30 years. The two establish direct relationships with every customer, and ensure open communication from start to finish. You will only ever deal with either Dean or David – so you’ll always have their attention. 

Project Manager – Nick Dowling

What is your industry experience?
Carpentry for 20 years, 10 of those in high end. Project and Site Management of 6 years.

How long you have been with Atkinson Pontifex?
Since October 2011.

Why you enjoy working for them?
I enjoy working in a team with an equal passion for building. There is a natural understanding that each project must have a strong client focus, the reward for this I have found is client satisfaction. Each home is a testament of enduring quality. At Atkinson Pontifex I can rise to the challenge and do it with a smile.

Office Manager - Brad Backman

What is your industry experience?
My background is in banking and finance, where, over a 20 year career, gained a sound understanding of the construction industry.

How long you have been with Atkinson Pontifex?
I have been with AP since January 2003.

Why you enjoy working for them?
It is extremely satisfying to work for a company where there is such a passion to produce a high quality product and deliver excellent customer service. The regular positive feedback we get from clients past and present is testament to this.