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Duraframes Pty Ltd was founded in 2021 by Domenic Merlino and brothers Chris and Sam Sweedy. The team’s combined experience in construction, cladding, roofing and transport industries spans over thirty years and has equipped them with the knowledge to dominate the market with a highly competitive steel framing business.


When you partner with Duraframes, you are aligning your business with a team of experts who offer a diverse yet cohesive set of skills, with the network and wisdom to help you achieve your project goals.

Chris Sweedy



After his graduation from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics (Hons) in 2010, Chris pursued a career in the commercial industry in cost-consultancy and quantity surveyance before turning his attention toward residential development.


Noticing a gap in the market for full-service custom home builders in South Australia, Chris founded Sweedy Homes in 2012 and leads a talented team who are elevating the brand with every beguiling project.


Chris is perpetually fascinated by the logistical aspect of project management. He implements his scrupulous eye for coordination, planning and attention to detail throughout each stage of construction, developing an impressive network of talented craftsmen and suppliers along the way.

Domenic Merlino



Domenic founded DM Group in 2012 with DM Cladding Solutions, the first of many businesses as part of the mogul’s ever-expanding construction services empire. Having grown the cladding and texture coating specialist service to over 120 employees, 40 vans and dedicated project managers, DM Cladding quickly became the go-to for Adelaide’s premier builders.


With his expertise in managing trades, it was a natural progression for Domenic to then diversify into his own development projects with Merlino Group and, thereafter, Ironshield Roofing. Throughout this journey, Domenic began noticing inefficiencies in transport and as a further tribute to his solution-driven mindset, founded Iron Lift SA.


The relationship between Merlino Group and Sweedy Homes evolved through multiple construction projects where Domenic, Chris and Sam recognised their shared values and uncompromising attitude on delivering the best results for their clients. The opportunity to combine their genius and collaborate in a new construction servicing venture culminated in Duraframes Pty Ltd.

Sam Sweedy



Sam was born with an dynamic entrepreneurial spirit and founded multiple innovative hospitality concepts prior to formally joining his brother Chris at Sweedy Homes. In over a decade leading design, branding and construction projects across multiple food and beverage locations, Sam has refined his vision and gained crucial insight into consumer behaviour along the way.


Experience is always central to Sam’s approach, from the building process to his clients’ functionality in their new home. Custom home projects demand trust and open communication between client and builder, and Sam perpetually exceeds expectations with uncompromised service and attention to detail.

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