August 1, 2016
The Last Word: Barry Du Bois
Father, businessman and expert builder, Barry Du Bois heads up The Living Room renovations team, but before making his television debut, Barry’s building career spanned more than 30 years. In his early years, Barry specialised in renovation and small extensions, before moving onto buying and renovating small homes and terraces for resale and renovating multi-million dollar waterfront homes. Barry is a passionate advocator for R U OK Day, the Cancer Council and a firm believer in environmental sustainability. In 2012, Barry’s family grew by two with the addition of his beautiful twins, Arabella and Bennet. A lover of all things outdoors, Barry spends his spare time surfing in Bondi, sailing the high seas, racing cars, riding motorbikes and spending time with his family.
I grew up in … the western suburbs of Sydney.
The first thing I do when I wake up is … I am woken up by the kids at 6am, they are keen to play, but I talk them into coming with me to get a coffee. We head to the shop and they insist on having a babychino everyday, which they never finish!
If I could be better at anything it would be … styling my hair! I haven’t changed it since the ‘70s.
I am at my happiest when … I’m home with my family and when I’m with my other family – The Living Room family! I’m very lucky.
When I am not working I am … sailing with my family. My wife and I enjoy sports, so we are a very active family!
I wish I could … play the guitar.
My biggest fashion blunder was … a mullet.
Most people don’t know that I … was involved in local politics in my council of Bondi Beach in the early 2000s.
When I was growing up I wanted to be … just like my dad. He was a hero and anything you needed, he could make!
I couldn’t live without … my wife and two children.
My greatest achievement is … my family. My wife and I went through a lot to have a family, so my greatest achievement is my children, Bennet and Arabella. They are my everything.
My most annoying habit is … I am too analytical. I analyse everything to the nth degree.
I laugh out loud when … I am with Amanda Keller.