TOP GONGS AWARDED

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A Euro­pean-in­spired man­sion in the state’s south and a world-class, one-of-a-kind tourist at­trac­tion in the state’s north, have taken top hon­ours at this year’s Queens­land Hous­ing and Con­struc­tion Awards.

FK Gard­ner & Sons and D T L Con­struc­tions were recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tions to build­ing Queens­land com­mu­ni­ties, tak­ing home Project of the Year and House of the Year re­spec­tively.

Mas­ter Builders’ CEO Grant Galvin said D T L Con­struc­tions’ Sanc­tu­ary Cove home, Villa Floren­tine, was some­thing you would tell your friends about — it was that spec­tac­u­lar.

“You can see the high de­gree and qual­ity of work­man­ship from the mo­ment you walk into this place,” Mr Galvin said.

“While it’s op­u­lent and grand, it’s ex­tremely func­tional, prac­ti­cal and live­able; a com­bi­na­tion that can be ex­tremely tricky to achieve, but one the team from D T L Con­struc­tions have done seam­lessly.

“The home is es­sen­tially a slice of Europe on the Gold Coast.

“It ex­udes luxury and qual­ity, with­out be­ing too much, or over the top.

“It’s the sub­tle, yet in­tri­cate and thought­ful de­tails that made is stand out from the crowd.”

The judges com­mented on the func­tion­al­ity, which they said was re­ally made it stand out.

“The mas­ter suite at one end and the other bed­rooms at the other end of the house, with liv­ing space in be­tween, means there’sa func­tional flow and plenty of pri­vacy for fam­ily mem­bers,” they said.

“The laun­dry re­ally blew us away; the stain­less steel bench­top is ex­tremely func­tional and per­fect for a big fam­ily.

“Each bed­room is themed, giv­ing each room its own unique per­son­al­ity.

“The mas­ter suite is op­u­lent to say the least — ev­ery­where you turn, you just go ‘wow’ — the live­abil­ity and gen­eral fin­ish­e­sof this place made it an ab­so­lute stand­out.”

Mr Galvin said the Cairns Aquar­ium was the ob­vi­ous win­ner for the 2018 Project of the Year.

“Not only be­cause it’s Aus­tralia’s first aquar­ium in 18 years, but be­cause it’s pro­vided such a mas­sive boost to the lo­cal econ­omy,” he said.

“Where else can you find a man-built at­trac­tion that show­cases so many World Her­itage-listed at­trac­tions in the one spot?It re­ally is a one-of-a-kind, world class venue.”

The win­ners were hon­oured at last night’s cer­e­mony held at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

TOP GONG: Gold Coast-based com­pany DTL Con­struc­tions has taken out the House of the Year cat­e­gory for Villa Floren­tine at Sanc­tu­ary Cove. Sup­plied.

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