Lo­cal home ‘best ad­dress in state’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THE Build­ing De­sign As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land has recog­nised two prop­er­ties in Port Dou­glas as be­ing the best de­signs in the re­gion and state.

The Far North Queens­land re­gional award cer­e­mony was held in Cairns in June and the Queens­land state build­ing de­signer’s award cer­e­mony was held in Bris­bane last Fri­day and Chris Vandyke De­signs won sev­eral awards and com­men­da­tions.

Of those, a du­plex at 15 the Es­planade in Port Dou­glas re­ceived both the 2012 re­gional and state BDAQ best new multi-res­i­den­tial project up to six dwelling units and the 2012 Built En­vi­ron­ment De­sign In­sti­tute sus­tain­able build­ing de­sign award in Aus­tralia.

Se­nior build­ing de­signer Mark Granger said he was thrilled with the awards as the du­plex was his first multi-dwelling prop­erty.

“Step­ping out of our com­fort zone paid off,” he said.

The prop­erty has three floors and is split into two units, a larger one for the own­ers and a smaller in­vest­ment unit. Both con­tain liv­ing ar­eas, kitchens, three bed­rooms and an un­der­ground car park.

The other prop­erty to win awards was the San­torini, lo­cated in the Beach­front Mi­rage, which won the 2012 re­gional best new home award for its size and a com­men­da­tion in the state awards for the same cat­e­gory.

“This house is on the road so the idea with the de­sign was to try ab­sorb as lit­tle road traf­fic as pos­si­ble,” Mr Granger said.

“The client is an in­te­rior de­signer down in Sydney and she did all the in­te­rior on that house, which is cur­rently for sale.”

Mr Granger said boss Chris Vandyke has been de­sign­ing houses for 30 years and has re­ceived many awards, but for him, the Port Dou­glas project was the first award he has won.

“Next up we’re just start­ing to build a three-bed­room pavilion-style house in The Sands, it’s just had the roof put on, which is quite ex­cit­ing and also work­ing on a house to start in a month on Sand St which is a hol­i­day home for clients in Mel­bourne,” he said.

Look­ing good: The Beach­front Mi­rage home and (in­set) Es­planade du­plex

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