DISPLAY VILLAGE BUILDERS TAKE TOP AWARDS
Awards are already flowing for builders in Townsville’s most anticipated display village, Elliot Springs.
Master Builders deputy chief executive, Paul Bidwell said it was fantastic recognition for the quality of craftsmanship and came five months out from the opening of the Master Builders display village.
Pro-View Homes, Martin Locke Homes and AP Williams & Co have taken out several awards each in the Master Builders North Queensland Housing & Construction Awards.
Pro-View Homes won best Individual Home $251,000-$350,000 for Hestia St
( pictured inset, left) at Burdell and Individual Home $551,000-$650,000 for Vistas of the Bay at Castle Hill ( pictured inset, right).
Director John Plozza said their offering at Elliot Springs would be a four-bedroom, ultramodern, on-trend, open-plan family home.
“We’re utilising beautiful raised ceilings and full height windows,” he said.
“In doing that, we can capture the stunning mountain vistas surrounding Elliot Springs.”
Martin Locke Homes took out best Display Home $251,000-$350,000 for Barramundi Circuit, Burdell, Individual Home up to $250,000 for Entourage 184, Bohle Plains and Individual Home $351,000-$450,000 for Custom 290 ( main picture) at Bohle Plains.
Director Martin Locke attributed the success to his team with the company winning Apprentice of the Year – James Barrie and Women in Building – Debbie Jones at the awards. Mr Locke said Liveable Housing Australia Guidelines, Silver Level design principles were features of every Martin Locke Homes build. However, their offering at Elliot Springs would be designed and built to the Gold Level of accessible living.
“Building a home today without these basic accessible features, is like building a home without LED lights, or solar power provision,” he said.
“There is a massive shortage of homes nationally, especially for our ageing population, that don’t even have the most basic accessible features. To truly ‘futureproof’ a home and protect your investment, which will give you that point of difference when it comes to sell or rent out, these accessible features are an absolute must.”
He said this new display home would also cater to another growing segment of the market, where intergenerational living is growing, with a self-contained kitchen, bedroom and ensuite.
AP Williams & Co won Display Home up to $250,000 for Airlie Design and Display Home $451,000-$550,000 for their Edgewater 316, each located at Burdell, Townsville.
Manager Sharnee Williams said it was an honour to take home the awards.
“It’s great to be acknowledged by others in the industry,” Ms Williams said.
She said their offering at Elliot Springs would be middle of the market with four bedrooms plus a theatre room.
“We’re designing for the tropical lifestyle with open-plan living and a nice size patio overlooking the yard,” she said.
“It will be coastal luxe with neutral tones of white and linen.”
The builders are now finalists in the Master Builders 2018 Queensland Housing & Construction Awards to be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on October 12.