Out of the ashes comes a steel-framed win­ner

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

MIALLO res­i­dent David Vi­vian has seen an award-win­ning house emerge from the ashes of his for­mer home.

Three days af­ter his pur­chase of a home in Miallo was set­tled, the house burnt down. It was Oc­to­ber 2014. In­ves­ti­ga­tions failed to find the cause – the tim­ber home was razed in 10 minutes, with emer­gency ser­vices con­tain­ing the fire from neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties.

“It took months of soulsearch­ing, then slowly de­sign­ing the new build,” Mr Vi­vian said. “There were times early on I didn’t think it could be done, but with per­se­ver­ance and some guid­ing help of the lo­cal build­ing trade ‘The Perch’ came into be­ing.”

In the Master Builders Awards The Perch took out the top re­gional gong for ‘Best use of Steel Fram­ing’ cat­e­gory spon­sored by BlueS­cope Steel.

”It was a fab­u­lous re­sult based on the qual­ity and crafts­man­ship of lo­cal builder Alan Jenk­ins and all the var­i­ous lo­cal trades that made this pos­si­ble,” Mr Vi­vian said.

“I re­ally didn’t think this was pos­si­ble af­ter the dev­as­ta­tion of the fire – just goes to show how when we pull to­gether any­thing is pos­si­ble.

“I re­ally do want to thank ev­ery­one who helped me re­alise the out­come – our lo­cal tradies re­ally are crafts­men in the truest sense of the word.”

The Perch, Miallo

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