Top gong for Cairns design company
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.