THREE generations, hard work and a passion for construction forms the foundation of luxury Perth builder A. Di Bucci & Son.
Since the 1970s, the Di Bucci men have been committed to creating stunning custom designs for their clients.
But it’s their love for family which drives their successful business and ahead of Father’s Day, Community News spoke to them about the company’s humble beginnings, regular Friday night drinks and their love for fishing and footy.
Amico (Mick) Di Bucci arrived in Fremantle in 1960 at the age of 25, leaving his wife Angela and son Greg behind in Italy.
Determined to build a new life for them in Australia, he was offered a job as a bricklayer. One year later, he had saved enough money to bring his wife and son to Perth.
Fast forward 60 odd years and the 82-year-old works alongside his son Greg (qualified roof carpenter and joiner) and grandson Alex.
The 23-year-old said it was an easy decision joining the family business because building was in his blood.
“What attracted me to building is mainly the carpentry aspect of it all and being able to construct large projects,’’ he said.
Aside from construction, Alex said he and his Dad shared the same taste in music and creating homemade foods like garnished olives, Italian sausage and tomato sauce.
Greg has been in the business since he was 10, starting out by helping on weekends and eventually completing a Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship at Balga Technical College and becoming a registered builder in his own right.
With a swag of awards under their belt, including the Master Builders Association WA Top Home Award (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2018) and a reputation for producing upmarket, highly specialised quality builds, the Di Buccis understand the importance of family and taking time out of their busy lives to enjoy time together.
“We go out most Friday nights to a local drinking hole with a couple of other guys and chat about the week and go out for dinner at various restaurants,’’ Greg said.
“My dad and I have a holiday house together at Ledge Point and try to get up there to fish, drink, eat and now carry out some maintenance.
“We also like to go away on a supporters trip to the eastern states to catch a Glory , Dockers or Eagles game.”
Building a business based on fairness, attention to detail and high integrity hasn’t come easy, but Greg believes it is their loving and understanding father/son/grandson relationship which keeps the business running.
“While my dad and I like a lot of similar things, we are different personality wise, making for some interesting and colourful discussions in the day to day running and goings on of the family business,’’ Greg said.
This Father’s Day, Greg will enjoy lunch with his kids in Fremantle, before catching up with his dad in the evening for pizza and coffee.