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Hills fam­ily busi­ness, Chateau Ar­chi­tects + Builders, has just won two pres­ti­gious Mas­ter Builders As­so­ci­a­tion (MBA) awards and is a fi­nal­ist for 2019 Mas­ter Builder of the Year. The Cas­tle Hill- based busi­ness was es­tab­lished nearly 50 years ago by Mal­colm McDon­ald, who wanted to build qual­ity cus­tom de­sign homes and pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive to project home builders. Chateau Ar­chi­tects + Builders is now run by his sons, Rod (Di­rec­tor of Ar­chi­tec­ture) and Alex (Di­rec­tor of Con­struc­tion), both lHills district res­i­dents. Their win­ning home in the De­sign and Build seg­ment for homes be­tween $1.7-2m is lo­cated in Pym­ble and is a fine ex­am­ple of a French pro­vin­cial home. The brief was to cre­ate a de­sign to com­ple­ment the streetscap­e, op­ti­mis­ing the views and tak­ing ad­van­tage of the slop­ing site and northerly rear as­pect. Ar­chi­tect Rod McDon­ald faced mul­ti­ple de­sign chal­lenges in­clud­ing a rigid bud­get, her­itage is­sues and the owner’s in­struc­tions for an im­pos­ing ex­ter­nal façade which con­flicted with the coun­cil’s strict height con­trols. Builder, Alex McDon­ald, said: “We are de­lighted to re­ceive an­other award from the MBA and are proud of the au­then­tic de­tail­ing and qual­ity fin­ishes through­out the home. The project was made eas­ier by hav­ing a client with great taste who em­braced all that Chateau has to offer, from de­sign con­cept through to con­struc­tion and in­te­rior de­sign ser­vices.” Chateau was also co-win­ner of the MBA Spa Award, with land­scap­ing com­pany The Other Side Land­scapes with a prop­erty in Glen­haven. The Pym­ble home, and an­other home built by Chateau in Glen­haven, are fi­nal­ists in the Hous­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (HIA) awards in late Oc­to­ber. Chateau won MBA awards in both 2013 and 2015.

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