About uS

Experience and passion, coupled with a commitment to be “project-first” has led Occman Homes to be a recognised and respected quality builder in the Geelong region.

Believing wholeheartedly that quality doesn’t always mean spending a tonne of money, Rob and his team embrace the challenges that come with building. They work hard to build relationships and connect with clients, the foundations of which are trust and respect. They take their clients on a journey to their dream home, making it an enjoyable experience as opposed to a painstaking process, following the mantra that, “it’s not just another build, it’s not just a transaction.”

We deliver quality homes for our clients.

We utilise our network of professionals (our best team), knowledge and industry experience to ensure a holistic and supported journey.

We are committed to high quality, value and personal projects that we are proud of.

We deliver quality experiences for our clients.

Through our genuine care, open communication and project-first approach we build trust, respect and understanding with our clients.

We treat each project and client as an individual, and can be as supportive or ‘real’ as the project requires. 

We communicate clearly & honestly; with integrity, respect & a strong sense of understanding.

We are knowledgeable yet remain down to earth, supportive and approachable. We are no “Smoke and Mirrors”. We guide, not tell, and we are project-first.

Our Team

Our Team

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Rob Whatman

Director​

Rob has been in the construction industry for 28 years and throughout that time he has undertaken a variety of roles. From project managing commercial construction sites, including the multi-million dollar refurbishment of Melbourne’s Crown Casino food court and the upgrade of Clayton Utz in Collins Street, he has also taken the lead on projects across the healthcare, education, hospitality and retail sectors.

Since gaining his builder’s licence more than a decade ago Rob has been delivering impressive custom homes across the Geelong region, Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast; all varied in style, design and budget. He has since hung up the toolbelt and is now focusing on directing Occman Homes, continuing to build on its established reputation for delivering quality custom homes, clear communication and support, as well as honesty and complete trust with clients, trades and suppliers.

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Danni Whatman

Administration​

Danni has been by husband Rob’s side for more than 21 years. She quickly learnt about the industry through the couple’s own personal renovating and building experiences – which were extensive – as they took on and lived through a new project every couple of years.

Danni’s domain is interior design and her true passion is in seeing the details come to life but her role has evolved over time to meet the needs of the business, and she also oversees accounts and other administration tasks.

The continued growth of the business has now seen Danni turn her talents to its online presence and she looks after social media, photographing projects and creating digital content. She is incredibly proud to work in the family business and alongside her husband.

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Jose Carrasco

Contracts Administrator​

Jose has an extensive building background having worked for a family-owned building company where he gained experience not only on the tools but also in the office, ensuring that projects ran smoothly behind the scenes.

 He has since worked in and around the Geelong region, Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast for the better part of 15 years, and has been involved in the delivery of hundreds of custom-designed homes. During this time Jose also managed a local software company which assisted builders in setting up systems and processes for their business and spent the last five years, prior to officially joining Occman Homes, consulting in this area.

 Jose holds a Diploma of Business Management and a Certificate IV in Building Design and his day-to-day responsibilities include managing Occman’s Sales CRM, estimating custom projects, processing work orders, liaising with suppliers/contractors, developing ongoing systems, and ensuring projects are delivered on budget. 

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Domenik Kocherhans

Site Manager

The youngest and newest member of the team, Dom has been in the construction industry for more than five years and during this time he has also run his own insulation business with his wife. Dom has successfully completed his Certificate IV in Building and Construction and prior to joining Occman Homes as a Site Manager, he spent the previous 18 months in a supervising role.

Dom’s role involves managing onsite operations, quality control and is also an important part of our dedication to client relationships through site meetings and ensuring our clients’ projects remain on track. Dom’s passion for construction is clear through his friendly personality and energetic attitude.

OUR STORY

Believing wholeheartedly that quality doesn’t always mean spending a tonne of money, Rob and his team embrace the challenges that come with building.

Having originally undertaken an apprenticeship in commercial shopfitting, where he was awarded Apprentice of the Year, he was then approached by a commercial fit-out company to become a Project Manager for office and retail outlets in Melbourne. It was through this work that he met his wife Danni.

It’s true what they say; that behind every great man is a great woman. Danni was working as a beauty therapist and Rob worked on the extension project at her shop. They were engaged in three months and married within a year. Throughout their relationship and to this day, she has continued to support her husband, push him and also put her foot down when needed.

After years of giving his soul to the large corporate company he worked for, which meant he barely saw his young son for the first year of his life, Rob decided that he needed to do what he felt was right for his family. The birth of their second child was the true catalyst Rob needed to start living life more on his terms. He says it was the best decision he ever made.

What started out as smaller jobs including decks, small extensions and family jobs soon grew into a thriving business where the husband-and-wife team, also serial renovators, offered high quality, custom homes across the greater Geelong region with Rob providing the building expertise and management while Danni provided design, social media, bookkeeping and other administration support.

Believing wholeheartedly that quality doesn’t always mean spending a tonne of money, Rob and his team embrace the challenges that come with building. They work hard to build relationships and connect with clients, the foundations of which are trust and respect. They take their clients on a journey to their dream home, making it an enjoyable experience as opposed to a painstaking process, following the mantra that, “it’s not just another build, it’s not just a transaction.”

Experience and passion, coupled with a commitment to be “project-first” has led Occman Homes to be a recognised and respected quality builder in the Geelong region.

OUR STORY

Believing wholeheartedly that quality doesn’t always mean spending a tonne of money, Rob and his team embrace the challenges that come with building.

Having originally undertaken an apprenticeship in commercial shopfitting, where he was awarded Apprentice of the Year, he was then approached by a commercial fit-out company to become a Project Manager for office and retail outlets in Melbourne. It was through this work that he met his wife Danni.

It’s true what they say; that behind every great man is a great woman. Danni was working as a beauty therapist and Rob worked on the extension project at her shop. They were engaged in three months and married within a year. Throughout their relationship and to this day, she has continued to support her husband, push him and also put her foot down when needed.

After years of giving his soul to the large corporate company he worked for, which meant he barely saw his young son for the first year of his life, Rob decided that he needed to do what he felt was right for his family. The birth of their second child was the true catalyst Rob needed to start living life more on his terms. He says it was the best decision he ever made.

What started out as smaller jobs including decks, small extensions and family jobs soon grew into a thriving business where the husband-and-wife team, also serial renovators, offered high quality, custom homes across the greater Geelong region with Rob providing the building expertise and management while Danni provided design, social media, bookkeeping and other administration support.

Believing wholeheartedly that quality doesn’t always mean spending a tonne of money, Rob and his team embrace the challenges that come with building. They work hard to build relationships and connect with clients, the foundations of which are trust and respect. They take their clients on a journey to their dream home, making it an enjoyable experience as opposed to a painstaking process, following the mantra that, “it’s not just another build, it’s not just a transaction.”

Experience and passion, coupled with a commitment to be “project-first” has led Occman Homes to be a recognised and respected quality builder in the Geelong region.

We deliver quality experiences for our clients.

Building a new home is one of the biggest undertakings there is, and we treat each project with the respect and understanding it deserves.

We believe in building and nurturing relationships with our clients that continue long after we hand over the keys, because we genuinely care.

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