DIS­PLAY VIL­LAGE BUILDERS TAKE TOP AWARDS

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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.

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