QLD SCOOPS HOUSING AWARDS
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).