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DE­SIGNER and builder Lee-Ann Pitcher is rid­ing a wave of suc­cess af­ter win­ning half a dozen ma­jor awards.

Ms Pitcher’s work on 21 fives­tar vil­las at the Ni­ra­maya Vil­las and Spa re­sort in Port Dou­glas re­sulted in a Mas­ter Builders Queens­land Women in Build­ing Award.

The ini­tial villa also won re­gional and state awards for best dis­play villa over $401,000 as well as best bath­room.

The vil­las, which are now sell­ing for more than $1 mil­lion, were a first for Ms Pitcher.

The de­signer and builder with a de­gree in ar­chi­tec­ture grew up in the Ather­ton Table­lands and con­sid­ers her­self lucky to work on her cho­sen ca­reer in a re­mote area.

“Both my father and brother were in the build­ing in­dus­try so I was very ex­posed to it and I find it very sat­is­fy­ing,” she said.

“I en­joy hands-on work on site e and I’m not afraid to get my hands ands dirty.dirty

“I don’t just yell or­ders from an of­fice.”

Ms Pitcher also ap­pre­ci­ates be­ing in­volved in the en­tire process of con­struc­tion in­clud­ing in­te­rior de­sign.

“I feel lucky to take a pro­ject from start to fin­ish,” she said.

“I like the chal­lenge of find­ing a so­lu­tion to a prob­lem and hav­ing to think cre­atively and I’m par­tic­u­lar about de­tails and sat­is­fy­ing client’s briefs.

“I of­ten end up quite good friends with my clients as build­ing homes is such a per­sonal process.”

Ms Pitcher be­lieves her ex­pe­ri­ence of Far North Queens­land helps her to build and de­sign the best homes for her clients.

“I’ve lived in the area for a long time so I know where the breezes come from,” she said.

“But the warmth is what I en­joy here.”

Nom­i­na­tions are now open for the 2016 Mas­ter Builders Hous­ing and Con­struc­tion Awards, with early bird en­tries clos­ing March 31.

Re­gional win­ners go on to be judged at a state level and win­ners are short­listed for the Na­tional Ex­cel­lence Awards.

TROP­I­CAL STYLE: De­signer and builder Lee-ann Pitcher in her award-win­ning Ni­ra­maya Villa Vil­las in Port Dou­glas.

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