Queens­land has scooped the pool at this year’s HIA-CSR Aus­tralian Hous­ing Awards, win­ning eight out of a pos­si­ble 21 awards, prov­ing the Sun­shine State is lead­ing the way in in­no­va­tive hous­ing de­sign.

HIA man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Shane Good­win said the awards were de­signed to recog­nise out­stand­ing achieve­ment within the res­i­den­tial build­ing in­dus­try.

Space Con­struc­tions, in Bulimba, won the Aus­tralian Dis­play Home gong for its Bulimba

Pa­rade home. The judges noted that clever use of dou­ble-height glaz­ing and a strik­ing fea­ture wall de­liv­ered a wow fac­tor as the liv­ing area un­folded.

Space Con­struc­tions joint prin­ci­pal Bob An­tic said the liv­ing area was also his favourite part of the stun­ning home.

Mr An­tic started Space Con­struc­tions about 10 years ago with joint prin­ci­pal Andy Tomic, and they joined forces with Hugo De­sign to work on the award-win­ning home.

“The dou­ble-height ceil­ings in the liv­ing room, with the fire­place and stone wall, and es­pe­cially the fea­ture tim­ber ceil­ing, are prob­a­bly my favourite fea­tures of the home,” Mr An­tic said. He said he was gen­uinely sur­prised to win be­cause it was a heav­ily con­tested award.

“We’re very proud and pleased with the win as it’s a com­bi­na­tion of many years of hard work, and to be recog­nised by your peers as a rel­a­tively small com­pany com­pared to other com­peti­tors was a real sur­prise,” Mr An­tic said.

Plan­build Homes, in Ke­dron, won Aus­tralian Project Home for Eper­nay, built over­look­ing the race­course at Hen­dra.

The cre­ation of Plan­build Homes man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Robert Thom­son, the orig­i­nal floor­plan was de­signed to fill a gap in the project home mar­ket, al­low­ing clients to en­joy a view from an up­stairs liv­ing space.

Plan­build Homes mar­ket­ing and de­sign man­ager Niki McKay said the home show­cased an area of the mar­ket that the com­pany had taken un­der its wing.

“We’re a project builder but we’re very good at that, so we can take a larger plan and cus­tomise it and turn it into some­thing spe­cial,” Ms McKay said. She said the de­sign brief was to cre­ate a re­sort-style home with dual recre­ational ar­eas, with a re­sort-style pool, me­dia room, bil­liard room, spa, sauna, steam room and guest/fam­ily bed­rooms on the lower level, while the up­per level pro­vided an in­for­mal liv­ing space and bal­cony show­cas­ing the views.

“We’re hon­oured by the nom­i­na­tion and win, there were some great builders and re­ally beau­ti­ful homes,” she said.

The judges were im­pressed by Eper­nay’s modern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the clas­sic Hamp­ton’s style home, say­ing it was per­fectly de­signed to max­imise the space of a smaller lot.

Aria Prop­erty Group won Aus­tralian Apart­ment Com­plex for Botan­ica in South Bris­bane. The 20-level build­ing, in­clud­ing six lev­els of car park­ing cam­ou­flaged by a liv­ing green wall, im­pressed the judges with its work­man­ship and com­fort­able com­mu­nal spa­ces. JW Con­struc­tions won the Aus­tralian Ren­o­va­tion/Ad­di­tion Project and James Thompson took out the Jim Brookes Aus­tralian Ap­pren­tice Award.

To see our Kitchen of the Year and Kitchen De­sign win­ners, turn to page 8.

Queens­land’s win­ning de­signs in­cluded Space Con­struc­tions’ Bulimba Pa­rade (front cover and be­low right); Plan­build Homes’ Eper­nay over­look­ing Hen­dra race­course (main pic­ture and be­low left); and Aria Prop­erty Group’s Botan­ica in South Bris­bane (be­low cen­tre).

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