Judges look at prop­er­ties

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Tamra Carr

Ger­ald­ton’s new­est and best com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties were on dis­play a fort­night ago to the vis­it­ing judges of the Master Builders Build­ing Ex­cel­lence Awards.

Head re­gional judge and reg­is­tered builder Char­lie Baggetta said con­struc­tion qual­ity in Ger­ald­ton was sim­i­lar to the rest of the State, but there were some trends unique to the area.

“The stan­dards ev­ery­where are quite high,” he said.

“In Ger­ald­ton, there does seem to be a lot of peo­ple who want big­ger blocks, peo­ple seem to want more acreage, and the beauty is there’s lots of land avail­able.

“We’re also see­ing a bit more in­no­va­tion when it comes to al­ter­na­tive build­ing ma­te­ri­als.

“In­stead of brick and tile, or say tin, we see things like tim­ber ceil­ings.”

Mr Baggetta also noted the con­crete floor of a home.

“It’s all shiny and it looks like linoleum, but it’s just pol­ished con­crete,” he said. “There’s def­i­nitely been a move to more nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als.”

Judg­ing part­ner and re­tired reg­is­tered builder Kevin Sale said the judges were look­ing for ex­cel­lence in qual­ity and work­man­ship.

“It’s about ac­knowl­edg­ing and re­ward­ing good work, we don’t judge prop­er­ties on their looks, it’s about the qual­ity of con­struc­tion, and from all of our years ex­pe­ri­ence, we can tell if some­thing is level, if it’s done well, and how well,” he said.

The judges vis­ited 40 prop­er­ties dur­ing their week in the Mid West, from Au­gust 20-25, in­clud­ing prop­er­ties in Jurien Bay, Don­gara, Yal­goo, Hor­rocks, Shark Bay and Den­ham.

The two judges, who are from Perth and Har­vey, en­joy their an­nual vis­its.

“I re­ally like the peo­ple and the Ger­ald­ton life­style,” Mr Sale said. Mr Baggetta agreed. “The peo­ple are re­ally friendly,” he said.

“But I also like coastal cities and I love the cli­mate here.”

A pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner for the awards will be held on Oc­to­ber 14 at Ger­ald­ton Grammar School.

Picture: Tamra Carr

Char­lie Baggetta and Kevin Sale.

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