Bright builder takes house award

Myrtleford Times - - News -

AN Ovens Val­ley builder has claimed one of the top prizes at this year’s HIA North­ern Vic­to­ria Re­gional Hous­ing Awards.

About Bright Builders won the cat­e­gory of cus­tom-built home up to $350,000 for their three bed­room, three bath­room home in Moun­tain Mist Drive in Bright.

Owner-builder Lochie Graves ac­cepted the award at the in­dus­try night in Al­bury on Septem­ber 15 and said the prop­erty was uniquely com­posed to suit hol­i­day rental or a shared home liv­ing.

“Dual-key prop­er­ties en­able one space to be shared by three sep­a­rate par­ties or ten­ants,” he said

“The prop­erty has three en­trances through which all oc­cu­pants can en­ter, along with a com­mon area and shared lounge and kitchen.

“Each ten­ant can have a sep­a­rate key that un­locks only their own bed­room and bath­room ei­ther for hol­i­day rental or shared ac­com­mo­da­tion of any form.”

About Bright Builders have been op­er­at­ing in Bright for the past 18 months af­ter Mr Graves and his fam­ily re­lo­cated to the Ovens Val­ley from Broome.

“We were in Broome for 25 years so this is the first time our busi­ness in Bright has en­tered the awards on our own,” Mr Graves said.

“We were de­lighted to win and would just like to thank the hard- work­ing con­trac­tors who all did an amaz­ing job.”

COR-TEN sheet metal has been used to pro­duce tex­ture and a rus­tic style fea­ture walls, of­fer­ing a vi­brant con­trast next to the colour­bond and ren­der­ing fea­ture walls on the outer of the house.

Fo­cused around in­door-out­door liv­ing, it seam­lessly con­nects the kitchen, liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas with the out­side north fac­ing pa­tio, with an un­der­cover deck to an out­door bar­beque area.

Re­claimed tim­ber picket fenc­ing has been used to con­struct a fea­ture wall within the lounge and mas­ter bed­room.

“The key to our modern rus­tic space is an open floor plan with modern fixtures and light­ing,” Mr Graves said.

“The colour scheme is very sim­ple with large win­dows bring­ing the out­doors in.

“Re­claimed wood makes a mag­nif­i­cent im­pact in our ex­te­rior as well with Tal­low wood col­umns salvaged from Mel­bourne’s wharf used through­out the pa­tio we also used salvaged gates to add to the ap­peal.

“For us the ben­e­fits of us­ing re­claimed ma­te­ri­als are many, cladding a wall with re­claimed tim­ber adds a sense of scale, char­ac­ter and cre­ativ­ity.

“It brings a feel­ing of warmth to a space, adding tex­ture that the eye can im­me­di­ately re­late to.”

Abut Bright Builders will now go up against other cus­tom-built homes from around the state in the 2017 HIA CSR Vic­to­ria Hous­ing and Kitchen and Bath­room Awards in Mel­bourne on Novem­ber 10.

BEST IN THE STATE: The cus­tom-built home that was judged best in its cat­e­gory in the state. (In­set) Bright Builders’ Lochie Graves with the HIA award.

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