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Con­sumers in Queens­land are spoilt for choice when it comes to choos­ing a builder to con­struct or ren­o­vate their home.

Master Builders’ hous­ing ser­vices man­ager Phil Breeze said the 2017 Master Builders Queens­land Hous­ing and Con­struc­tion Awards were held re­cently and judges were amazed at the qual­ity of work­man­ship and ex­traor­di­nar­ily de­tailed fin­ishes.

“This year, there were some very in­no­va­tive de­sign styles; this was es­pe­cially true for the ren­o­va­tion mar­ket, where 20 to 30-year-old homes were trans­formed into con­tem­po­rary master­pieces,” he said.

Mr Breeze high­lighted open-plan de­signs as the cur­rent trend, with bi­fold doors in­cor­po­rated into homes across all bud­gets – from those cost­ing $200,000 up to $2 mil­lion.

“The doors have be­come pop­u­lar be­cause of their abil­ity to al­low air to cir­cu­late through­out the home and draw the out­side in,” he said. “Also, once the pur­vey of ex­pen­sive homes, but­ler’s pantries have now also en­tered the low-cost hous­ing mar­ket, mainly down to life­style changes.

“Peo­ple don’t al­ways have time to do the wash­ing up straight away and but­ler’s pantries pro­vide some­where to hide the dirty dishes.”

One thing that is not be­ing hid­den is the en­suite, which has now be­come a fo­cal point of the main bed­room.

“Ar­eas are be­ing blurred so that doors, walls and even shower screens are dis­pensed with and spa­ces are opened – al­low­ing peo­ple to walk be­tween the func­tions of show­er­ing and sleep­ing; even walk-in wardrobes are set into hall­ways that act as a tran­si­tion area to the bath­room,” Mr Breeze said.

He said judges for the awards also saw ex­cep­tion­ally large mir­rors be­ing used as dec­o­ra­tive state­ment pieces in the en­try hall.

“Large eye-catch­ing pen­dant lights such as chan­de­liers are also pop­u­lar in en­try halls, adding a glam­orous, lux­u­ri­ous feel to the space,” Mr Breeze said.

“Judges for our an­nual awards of­ten find them­selves in an en­vi­able po­si­tion; there’s such a high stan­dard of work be­ing com­pleted by our mem­bers on their projects.”


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