Bright builder takes house award
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.