Top gong for Cairns de­sign com­pany

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - Front Page - SHAN­NON POWER

ADOPT­ING or­ganic ar­chi­tec­ture and sus­tain­able de­signs not only helped Cairns de­signer Tony Law­son trans­form a “dark and gloomy” house into a stun­ning fam­ily home, but to also win a pres­ti­gious award.

Mr Law­son’s com­pany Law­son De­sign picked up the top gong for ren­o­va­tion at the Build­ing De­sign­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land re­gional awards for the cat­e­gory of ren­o­va­tions cost­ing be­tween $300,000 and $600,000.

“I was quite sur­prised when it went through to th e st a te award,” he said. “It feels great to win.” His award-win­ning de­sign was a chal­leng­ing pro­ject but Mr Law­son is very happy with the re­sults.

“It starts on a good block but it was badly de­signed to be­gin with,” he said.

“It was a dark and gloomy house with no ac­cess to the swimming pool.”

Mr Law­son’s team ripped off the back of the house but were con­scious to re­use as much of the old house as pos­si­ble.

“I look to use nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als as much as pos­si­ble,’ he said.

“I try and in­volve nat­u­ral light.

“We wanted to c reate a strong con­nec­tion with the new de­sign.”

The gen­eral liv­ing was opened up to build up light in the area and the move com­pletely trans­formed the house.

Start­ing out as de­signer at age 17, Mr Law­son has been in the busi­ness for al­most 50 years and draws on the trop­i­cal Far North for in­spi­ra­tion.

He be­lieves there are a lot of great de­sign­ers and refers to the re­cent swag of awards won by Far North­ern­ers at the Build­ing Des i gn­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land award night.

Chris Dimarco of Dimarco De­signs re­cently won four awards in­clud­ing: best new res­i­dence be­tween $501,000 and $750,000, best new res­i­dence be­tween $751,000 and $1 mil­lion, com­mer­cial in­te­ri­ors and best small lot de­sign.

Kevin Stoter from Cad Im­presa won best residential de­sign award for new houses be­tween $300,000 and $500,000.

LET THERE BE LIGHT: De­signer Tony Law­son trans­formed a “dark and gloomy” house into a stun­ning award-win­ning home.

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