Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence:

Wil­son Homes proudly puts its clients’ hap­pi­ness first.

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TASSIE LIVING -

Win­ning a host of gongs at last year’s Hous­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion awards was a ‘nice bonus’ for Wil­son Homes, a com­pany that proudly puts its clients’ hap­pi­ness as its top pri­or­ity, writes SHAUN McMANUS

Last year was an­other suc­cess­ful one for Wil­son Homes, high­lighted by a swag of ac­co­lades at the pres­ti­gious Hous­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion awards.

The com­pany’s ex­cel­lence was recog­nised at the 2016 HIA Tas­ma­nian Hous­ing and Kitchen & Bath­room Awards, where it picked up six awards, in­clud­ing Dis­play Home of the Year and Project Home of the Year.

Dis­play Home of the Year went to The Sap­phire, an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of a fam­ily home at Kingston, which manag­ing di­rec­tor Scott Wil­son said was Wil­son Homes’ first at­tempt at some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent.

The home fea­tures a “par­ents’ re­treat” with a large en­suite, walk-in wardrobe, and a large bed­room sep­a­rate from the main liv­ing area up­stairs, while down­stairs there are two other be­d­rooms, as well as a bath­room and an open-plan liv­ing and din­ing area.

“It’s geared mainly around that par­ents’ re­treat — the par­ents are able to go up and spend some time away from the kids,” Mr Wil­son said. “[There’s] a real em­pha­sis on nat­u­ral tim­ber, so we’ve got a lot of nat­u­ral tim­ber in the stair­case, tim­ber floor­ing, and a lot of tim­ber high­lights through the en­suite and bath­rooms.”

De­signed from scratch by the Wil­son Homes in-house cus­tom de­sign team, The Sap­phire will be on dis­play ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day be­tween 1 and 3pm for at least the next 12 months.

Mr Wil­son said the Project home of the Year, in Bay­side Drive, Laud­erdale, was “amaz­ing” and had a real “wow fac­tor.”

The owner first viewed the Wil­son Homes dis­play home four or five years ago, and worked with the cus­tom de­sign team to tweak it to her per­sonal needs, adding wings fea­tur­ing a dou­ble garage and an en­ter­tain­ing area.

“The lo­ca­tion is amaz­ing, but the level of fin­ish, both in build qual­ity and also the in­clu­sions that are in the house, are of the high­est level,” Mr Wil­son said. “No ex­pense has been spared on any­thing.”

Wil­son Homes also took out the Af­ford­able Hous­ing, Spe­cialised Hous­ing, Cus­tom Built $350,000-$600,000, and Pro­fes­sional Ma­jor Builder awards, to cap off an out­stand­ing year.

Mr Wil­son said his team’s ex­pe­ri­ence and lo­cal knowl­edge were key fac­tors in the com­pany’s suc­cess.

“It’s prob­a­bly all down to cus­tomer ser­vice in Tas­ma­nia. If you do it right you keep get­ting re­peat busi­ness,” he said.

While he was pleased Wil­son Homes was recog­nised at the HIA awards, Mr Wil­son said it wasn’t the top pri­or­ity.

“If the client’s happy that’s num­ber one, but to get a gong from the in­dus­try, that’s a nice bonus,” he said.

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