DESIGNING A BREEZE
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.