Local home ‘best address in state’
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