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What did you want to be as young boy?

My dream was to al­ways be an ar­chi­tect but due to my fi­nan­cial com­mit­ments to my fam­ily that dream could not be pur­sued, so my first job was as a brick­layer for a won­der­ful Ital­ian fam­ily in Bris­bane. Many years later I then even­tu­ally com­pleted an Ap­plied Science As­so­ciate Diploma in Build­ing Con­struc­tion. I stud­ied part-time while I worked full-time, it took me 10 years to com­plete.

What Ital­ian in­flu­ence have you bought to your busi­ness on the Sun­shine Coast?

Style and flair of course! All jokes aside, when you have an Ital­ian her­itage you re­ally do ap­pre­ci­ate the work of true crafts­men. For that rea­son, I love us­ing high end fin­ishes or fin­ishes that ex­ude qual­ity and beauty. I love nat­u­ral stone, and try to cre­ate spa­ces that work with the en­vi­ron­ment and na­ture and blend the out­side with the in­side. I also think that the whole al­fresco way of din­ing, which I sim­ply love, works well on the Sun­shine Coast and I try to in­cor­po­rate that into my de­signs.

How and/or where do you get a fresh dose of in­spi­ra­tion prior to each project?

In­spi­ra­tion is a jour­ney and it starts when I se­cure the block of land. I need to look at the out­look and take on how it makes me feel. I like to imag­ine my­self wak­ing up in that space ev­ery day and how I would feel liv­ing there and what I would want if it were to be my home. That’s how the jour­ney starts and from there I brief my ar­chi­tect to turn those feel­ings into draw­ings.

What awards have you re­ceived over your ca­reer?

I have been for­tu­nate enough to re­ceive a num­ber of awards over the years for things like kitchen and bath­room de­sign to my mul­tires­i­den­tial and mixed-use de­vel­op­ments. It is al­ways a priv­i­lege to be ac­knowl­edged for our work and I al­ways re­spect the team be­hind me that makes it all hap­pen.

What has been your proud­est ca­reer mo­ment to date?

I have had many high­lights but I did win a State Con­struc­tion award for my build­ing "Ci­lento" at Mooloolaba and it was nice to be recog­nised by my peers.

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