Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

Ex­mouth build­ing com­pany Bruce Turner Cre­ations took out the award for best con­tract home over $1,000,000 at the Mas­ter Builder As­so­ci­a­tion’s Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley awards.

The win­ning house on the Ex­mouth ma­rina is a dou­ble-storey, rammed earth lux­u­ri­ous home with jar­rah col­umns and front door.

The pool, deck­ing and out­door kitch­enette in the back­yard are fit­ting for the sunny Ex­mouth life­style.

Busi­ness owner Bruce Turner not only built the house but de­signed it as well.

“I’m not re­ally in­ter­ested in build­ing lit­tle tiny boxes... I’m more of a cre­ativ­ity sort of guy and re­ally want to get cre­ative with what I’m do­ing,” he said.

“The owner here — he was such a busy guy so a lot of the time he’s left it up to me to make the de­ci­sions so all the make up for the house is pretty much all my ideas,” he said.

“That was just such an op­por­tu­nity and you don’t get those op­por­tu­ni­ties much in life so to win an award for it and to get no­ticed for it — for me it was recog­ni­tion.”

Mr Turner moved his fam­ily and busi­ness to Ex­mouth after spend­ing eight years build­ing and renovating lux­ury homes in the South West around Al­bany and Den­mark.

He hopes the win will open up doors for him to get into the lux­ury home mar­ket in the Pil­bara.

“Com­ing here I’ve had to start all over again from scratch (and) start from the bot­tom again,” he said.

“To win that over-a-mil­lion­dol­lar lux­ury home award was re­ally what I wanted so I can re­ally pro­mote my­self as part of that mar­ket up here.”

Although the de­mand for mil­lion-dol­lar homes in Ex­mouth is lim­ited, Mr Turner re­mains pos­i­tive about the fu­ture of the town he and his fam­ily have grown to love.

“The in­dus­try’s re­ally tight. I think there’s 13 or 14 builders in the town at the mo­ment and only 2500 to 3000 peo­ple here,” he said.

“These guys (who are) start­ing to come here and build here, es­pe­cially peo­ple with a bit of money, they’re re­al­is­ing how nice a place (this is).”

“It’s a dif­fer­ent way of life up here... I moved up in the mid­dle of sum­mer so hit the heat straight up and there was no bush and there were no trees and it was so dry and so bar­ren but the years go on and you re­ally just fall in love with the place.”

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Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Bruce Turner of Bruce Turner Cre­ations at the award-win­ning home on the Ex­mouth ma­rina.

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