Master Builders Regional Building Awards
 
The Master Builders Association of Victoria’s Regional Building Awards showcases the outstanding craftsmanship and professional standards of Association members and demonstrates the commitment to building excellence in the residential and commercial sectors throughout Regional Victoria.

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South East





Regional Residential Builder of the Year - South East

Brooker Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Metung

This beautiful home is in keeping with the spectacular location. It is an open plan design with extensive glazing to maximise the views of Bancroft Bay and Chinaman’s Creek. Cooling summer breezes are captured through good cross ventilation and wide eaves protect the windows from the harsh sun. The building is a light steel structure with infill stud walls and the exterior is brick veneer clad with sandstone tiles. The spacious patios have glass balustrade systems with light steel rails and balusters. Rainwater is collected into a below-ground tank for flushing systems to the toilets.








Regional Commercial Builder of the Year - South East


Kirway Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Dalkeith Community Building

This Community Centre is a two storey building constructed on a concrete slab with a combination of steel and timber framing. The internal walls are clad with plasterboard and timber veneer and the floor finishes include vinyl, carpet, tiles and exposed aggregate concrete. Externally the huge building is clad with face brickwork, fibre cement sheeting and corrugated iron. The attractive landscaping has been completed with timber fencing, glass pool fencing and exposed aggregate concrete to complete an appropriate overall finish to this impressive facility.




Best Display Home Under $200,000


Macalister Prestige Homes
Project: King 23

This is a well thought out four-bedroom home designed for those starting out on the property ladder, and offers quality fittings, excellent workmanship and attention to detail representing exceptional value for money. The home has four ample sized bedrooms and makes good use of the 23sqm of living space. The master bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in robe and the spacious lounge room is situated away from children’s bedrooms to provide parents with some well-earned peace and tranquility in the evening.





Best Display Home $300,000 - $400,000

J G King Homes
Project: The Blackwood 270

This prestigious homestead is a design that was selected specifically to suit the Gippsland region particularly for rural areas and inner urban blocks in the Traralgon area. With three floorplan sizes available the home is versatile to suite a range of block sizes. The well-crafted contemporary façade displays a range of diverse materials true to the traditional homestead appeal with sandstone, blockwork, shadow cladding, painted timber porch posts and eaves, face-brick and colourbond roof. The timber windows are constructed to reduce leakage and present an energy efficiency rating of 5.7 stars which reduces heating and cooling costs






Best Display Home $400,000 - $500,000


Macalister Prestige Homes
Project: Nautilus 36

Designed for the growing family, this four bedroom brick veneered home provides grand double-storey living in a relaxed country town. The striking rendered walls on the home’s exterior set the scene from the street. A large well-equipped kitchen has an adjoining family room and alfresco to allow an easy transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces. A spacious parent’s retreat is situated upstairs to provide some peace and serenity, well away from the hustle and bustle of the living areas.





Best Custom Home $200,000 - $300,000

Macalister Prestige Homes
Project: Lake Tyers

This understated three-bedroom home has a smart, innovative layout and is superbly constructed. The incorporation of different textures, including weathertex, give this elegant home a touch of beachside character. The home’s open plan interior, wide decking area and large inground pool represents the perfect balance between luxury and functionality. There is a gym and study and the spacious master bedroom boasts a view of the pool and surrounding landscape.






Best Custom Home $300,000 - $400,000

Neilson Builders
Project: Traralgon

The quality and class of this home is evident from the moment you walk through the custom built front entry. Designed for entertaining the owner’s brief for this project was to create functional living areas to all aspects of the home with a focus on outdoor living. The joinery is a focus of the home from the well-appointed and cleverly designed study, laundry and bathroom to the study nooks in the children’s bedrooms. Warm earthy tones, tile floors and abundant timber make an inviting theme throughout the attractive interior of this home.





Best Custom Home Over $500,000


Brooker Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Metung

This residence sits on a point bounded by Bancroft Bay and Chinaman’s Creek. The design takes advantage of the water views that are greater than 270 degrees. The building has a low profile with side eaves and a low pitch roof to ensure that the building blends well into the landscape with greater protection from the sun and wind. The finishes and fittings inside the home are high quality and understated. Feature walls and the passage way are lined with kiln dried ash veneer to compliment the ash flooring and joinery. Sandstone is featured throughout the home on the entry wall and on external paving.
 




Best Integrated Housing Development


Kirway Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Dalkeith Residential Village

This project was comprised of the construction of 25 town houses as the first stage of a retirement village that will include over 150 homes; a new community building and existing age care facility. The house structures are on-ground concrete slabs, timber framing and a combination of tile and iron clad roofs. Landscaping was designed with minimal inclines and steps to assist the residents to enjoy the surroundings. Construction of the roads and services took place concurrently with the construction of the housing and proved to be the biggest challenge in the project.





Best Multi-Unit Development 4 to 12 Units


Kirway Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Dinner Plain Alpine Village

In such an environmentally sensitive area, local council officers, planning conditions, and the village covenant strictly controlled the quality of this development’s construction. All six dwellings were specifically designed to be in keeping with the existing buildings and surrounding landscape. Each dwelling consists of three bedrooms, two bathrooms including ensuite, lounge room, kitchen dining area, laundry and storage facility. Due to the alpine conditions an extensive use of insulation was required in floors, walls and ceiling, double glazing in all doors and windows with seals to prevent heat loss.






Construction of Commercial Buildings Under $1M

T.S. Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Inverloch Esplanade Hotel – Captain’s lounge

This project is stage 2 of an ongoing development and consisted of the stablising and total renovation of the second level of the iconic Inverloch Hotel. The work has transformed the space into a modern and flexible function centre with fine dining rooms. The main bar is a very impressive feature of the project with individual pieces of timber in four colours of varying thicknesses, and a mosaic theme further enhanced by a soft backlit effect. A glass water wall in a bed of pebbles is another dramatic feature. Now consisting of a fully equipped, commercial kitchen, the spectacular feature bar, new guest amenities, a lift and a flexible function space, this project sets a high benchmark for hospitality in the region.






Construction of Commercial Buildings $1M-$3M

Macalister Constructions
Project: Maffra Secondary College – Stage 2 Music/Arts/Admin

Stage 2 of Maffra Secondary College consisted of the construction of a music room, art room and administration area. The works commenced in January 2009 and handover was in late February 2010. The internal spaces of the new teaching and administration rooms are sleek and modern and filled with natural light. The colour schemes are cool and restful and the surfaces are durable and their freshness further add to the cheerfulness of the space. The exterior is also ultra modern with clean lines creating an uncluttered appeal.




Construction of Commercial Buildings Over $3M

Kirway Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Dalkeith Community Building

This project comprised the construction of a Community Centre for the residents of the surrounding homes within the Dalkeith Retirement Village. The enormous facility included a pool, gymnasium, hair salon, doctor’s room, activity room, reading room, pharmacy, lounge room, dining room, fully equipped kitchen and cinema. The project was delivered within the contractual period with a high standard of finish throughout all trades.




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Regional Residential Builder of the Year - South West

Pivot Homes
Project: Anglesea

The difficult sloping site was positively taken advantage of in the design and layout of this contemporary home. The result is a two-story building that appears draped over the site to embrace the change in levels and take command of the outstanding views to the east. Much has been made of drawing light into the living areas, which creates an inviting sense of space and tranquillity. An immense timber deck accessed from the main living areas invites the great outdoors into the home’s impressive interior. 




Regional Commercial Builder of the Year - South West

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings Over $3M

SJ Weir (Ballarat)
Project: Ballarat & Clarendon College – Senior Centre

The senior centre project required building a new structure comprised of a suspended slab and structural steel and metal and timber studwork. The interior is designed for a broad range of uses. Generally lined with plasterboards and veneered ply panels with extra features such as patterned wall linings and a recycled old oak tree that had been removed from the previous job site now used for a feature batten wall. Acoustic standards were maintained by sound absorbing fabric panels installed throughout the drama space. Completing the building is the 200-seat auditorium with flexible features that enable the space to be utilised in a number of ways.



Best Renovation/Addition  Under $100,000

Pivot Homes
Project: Torquay

This two-storey house, previously built by Pivot Homes, required a new dining area, a living room, a larger laundry and a kitchen renovation. The new addition blends very well with the existing home, and its design has transformed the ambience and injected new life into the space. The beautiful timber floors are stunning against the new garden views on each end of the dining and living areas, and the space is enhanced by light that floods in through six skylights. The living area opens up onto a large deck, which further increases living spaces into the outdoors.




Best Renovation/Addition $100,000 - $200,000

Little Constructions P/L
Project: Torquay

This project was a second storey extension to an existing holiday home that the owners planned to retire in. A beautiful Spotted Gum open-tread staircase, with stainless steel wire balustrading, leads up to the new family room with Spotted Gum floor and gas log fire feature. The spacious addition also includes a study, two bedrooms, an ensuite and an external deck made with Modwood, a recycled plastic and timber fibre decking, which ensures that no ‘bleeding’ will mar the downstairs brickwork and concrete paving. Updating the paintwork to the downstairs completed the transformation of this now much bigger and brighter home.



Best Renovation/Addition Over $200,000


CJ Henderson Builders
Project: Manifold Heights

This renovation project required demolition to the rear of the home to make way for an extended family room, updated kitchen, bathroom, laundry and toilet. Attention to detail has maintained the Federation style exterior with the use of timber weatherboards and made-to-order stained-glass windows that match existing windows. The kitchen marble bench was a rare find with two subtle veins in yellow and grey. Embossed wallpaper complements the modern classical tones of the new interior and contributes to the French Provincial charm and elegance.




Best Display Home $200,000 - $300,000


Q Designer Homes
Project: Quintana

This is an upmarket home with a number of features that would suit a range of occupants from young families to “empty nesters”. Every room is spacious including the often-forgotten laundry. Having a large laundry is an “essential luxury” for an efficient lifestyle. A great deal of storage is integrated into this home and the garage has direct access to the home. The design incorporates passive solar principles and creates a layout appropriate for sites that have north either to the side or to the rear.






Best Display Home $300,000 - $400,000

JG King Homes
Project: Rialton

This splendid home was designed to meet the demand for larger family homes. The three living areas seamlessly blend around the impressive alfresco living area. The grand master suite boasts a full ensuite and large dressing room, with access to a private patio. Three bedrooms are cleverly tucked away so everyone in the home can enjoy their privacy. Amongst the many features is a state-of-the-art kitchen that would make cooking an absolute pleasure, a true family affair.





Best Custom Home Under $200,000


Signature Homes Geelong
Project: Ocean Grove

The rich and diverse range of building materials in this three-bedroom home were inspired by current trends in contemporary design and contribute to the considerable individuality of the building. The façade includes face bricks, Merbau deck, stained cypress pine posts, deco wood motorised garage door and designer awning windows. The design incorporates extensive north-facing glazing to the kitchen, meals and family areas that open with double sliding doors to a luxurious outdoor area with stunning Merbau decking with built in seating and sun bed.






Best Custom Home $200,000 - $300,000

Pivot Homes
Project: Highton

The design of this economical four bedroom home has provided peace and quiet for busy parents, as the master bedroom is situated well away from the three children’s bedrooms. The master bedroom has a walk-in robe and ensuite and the other bedrooms all have generous built-in wardrobes. The tiled kitchen and dining room are centrally placed in the home, which is great for families, and the home also boasts a carpeted formal lounge, separate living room and a rumpus room.




Best Custom Home $300,000 - $400,000

Pivot Homes
Project: Torquay

This spacious double storey home, on approximately 450m2 of land, has been designed to maximise views of the surrounding golf course. On the ground floor is a living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room, kitchen and meals area, powder room and laundry. On the first floor is the master bedroom with ensuite, walk-in robe and private deck from which to take in more views. Also on this floor there are two further bedrooms, a study, a family room, bathroom and separate toilet. The home also has a double garage with store room and an attractive private garden.





Best Custom Home $400,000 - $500,000

Pivot Homes
Project: Anglesea


This impressive home was built on a sloping battleaxe block, approximately 600m2 in size, with outstanding views to the east. The two-storey building nestles in well with the land’s topography and orientation. The living rooms are light filled and present aspects to enjoy spectacular views of the ocean or bushland. Special features include a massive timber deck accessed from the main living areas and a huge resort style master suite with walk in robe, ensuite and spa.





Best Custom Home Over $500,000

Malishev Group
Project: Manifold Heights

A feature of this four-bedroom home is sheltered outdoor entertainment areas; situated on both the northern and the southern sides of the home are two cosy courtyards offering protection from variations in Victoria’s weather. The interior of the home is a consistent blend of white and grey across all surfaces and textures creating a restful and harmonious atmosphere. The parents can retreat from the more active areas of the home in the luxurious master wing. This spacious area has a secondary living space that can be closed off from the rest of the home for the ultimate in peace and quiet.




Best Multi Unit Development - up to 3 units

Pivot Homes
Project: Torquay

The project required the demolition of an old residence to make way for two differently sized, modern beach-style homes. One of the homes is a small single-storey, two-bedroom unit, with single garage, and the other is a three-bedroom town house with two bedrooms, bathroom, laundry and rumpus room on the ground floor. The main living areas, kitchen and master bedroom on the second floor to take in the surrounding views. The result is a very attractive development that makes good use of the corner allotment.



Best Sustainable Energy Home

Energised Homes
Project: Portland

This home is an example of how good design makes a high level of energy efficiency very economical. The two storey, narrow building is oriented appropriately so as many habitable rooms as possible have both a northerly aspect for winter heating and light, and a southerly aspect for cross ventilation for summer cooling. The north facing windows are the largest with extra wide eaves. Greywater is recycled and the house features a rainwater tank, solar hot water and uses the lowest possible consumption electrical fittings and appliances, from LED & CFL light bulbs to a cool air ducted fridge.



Construction of Commercial Buildings $1M-$3M

Spence Construction
Project: Koroit & District Primary School

This project involved the demolition of some buildings, the renovation of two run-down buildings, and construction of a new building with four classrooms, shared areas and amenities. The new building is a concrete slab with structural steel frame with infill timber framing. The wall cladding is a combination of rolled iron and compressed sheet cladding with texture paint. A thermal chimney was included along with solar power grid and rainwater collection for toilet flushing. The windows are commercial aluminium with plastered walls and ceilings and commercial carpet vinyl throughout.



Construction of Commercial Buildings Over $3M

SJ Weir (Ballarat)
Project: Ballarat & Clarendon College – Senior Centre

This new senior centre consists of classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, an auditorium and other facilities. The exterior of the building is a robust, low-maintenance construction consisting of colourbond roofing, compressed sheet, aluminium windows, steel fascias, pressed brickwork, distinctive red-glazed bricks, coloured glass and luxalon cladding. The architecture and landscaping works fit in well with the surroundings. An environmentally friendly hydraulic system utilises the harvested rainwater stored in underground tanks for flushing toilets. Hard and soft landscaping, irrigation, fixed seating and steel and timber pergola structures create a relaxing learning environment.




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Regional Residential Builder of the Year - North West

Luke Drummond Builders
Project: Big Hill

The considerable acreage surrounding this home called for two frontages and an entry that sets the scene as you approach the home. There are many outstanding features in this home including formal and informal living zones, an abundance of natural light and lovely views over the valley and dams on the property. The home has four main bedrooms and a study with a mini storeroom. The kitchen, pantry, cellar, meals and family area with gas log fire and polished concrete mantle creates a casual area to relax and enjoy the views.


Regional Commercial Builder of the Year - North West

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings Over $3M


Morey & Hurford - A Division of Fairbrother Pty Ltd
Project: Arts/Technology Facility Assumption College; Kilmore

This Arts/Technology building is a stand-alone modern facility within the school precinct designed to accommodate a variety of activities including visual art, metal work, woodwork, ceramics, textiles, photography, drama and film. The facility also includes a lecture theatre, staff areas IT classrooms, canteen, toilets and amenities. Inside the bright and environmentally friendly workspaces will allow students to develop creative skills and display their works. The principle services of the building and air conditioning have been designed to a very high standard to achieve very low energy consumption through the year.





Best Renovation/Addition Over $200,000


Paul Gray Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Bendigo

This period style home was partly demolished to allow for an extension consisting of a modern two-storey split-level addition with main living, kitchen, master bedroom with ensuite and balcony, three other bedrooms and separate bathroom. The extension takes advantage of the spectacular Bendigo city views with floor to ceiling windows. Elegant chandeliers merge the old part of the home with the new, ultra-modern inclusions, such as the steel staircase with timber tread and stainless steel cable balustrade. Hardwearing solid marble flooring has been used throughout the extension.




Best Display Home Under $200,000

Lansell Homes Pty Ltd
Project: Kangaroo Flat

This stylish and functional home was specifically designed to suit the block and optimise all the available space while ensuring that energy efficiency was not compromised. While this economical home is on a compact allotment, it has all the features of a much larger home including four bedrooms, separate lounge, kitchen and meals area. This area opens onto a large outdoor entertainment area with a pergola. Internal access into the home, vehicle access to the back yard, clothesline, paths and landscaping complete this very liveable home.



Best Display Home $200,000 - $300,000

Dennis Family Homes
Project: Brookdale 271

This four-bedroom home has a bright open kitchen at its heart and a living and meals area that is separated from the formal living space by only a wall of open shelving. Standard features include benchtops, glass splashbacks and stainless steel appliances to the kitchen. The timber floating floors provides warmth against the cool internal colours. Practical items also included as standard are a physical termite barrier, trilock to the front door and sectional garage door. The home’s thermal rating of 6 stars has been achieved by its orientation and many design features.




Best Display Home $300,000 - $400,000

Simonds Homes
Project: Livorno

This home plan is designed around an impressive entry that flows to an opulent formal living room. As an entertainer’s hub and a great meeting point for the family, the kitchen is positioned to service both informal and formal living areas. The home has four generously-sized bedrooms, a study, two bathrooms, two living areas and an alfresco integrated into the kitchen. The well-appointed master bedroom evokes all the luxury and style of the world’s finest hotels.




Best Custom Home Under $200,000


Lansell Homes Pty Ltd
Project: Kangaroo Flat


This compact brick veneer home of just over 13 squares boasts a design of open plan living areas that creates the impression of a much greater space. A large entertainment area covered by a pergola extends the space outdoors, and a lovely covered alfresco dining area, accessible from the kitchen and living rooms, offers more opportunities for the family to spread out. The master bedroom has an ensuite and the two minor bedrooms share a bathroom and separate toilet.  A double garage with remote double doors has direct access into the home.






Best Custom Home $200,000-$300,000


Todd Newman Builders
Project: Strathfieldsaye

The design of this smart residence creates the feeling of it being a much larger home due to its extra-wide entry and its open living plan and stunning kitchen. Energy efficiency was also a key focus in the design stage, and was optimised by maximising the northerly aspect and creating minimal westerly facing windows. Water saving fixtures are incorporated throughout the home and energy efficient appliances that go above 5 Star standards. In addition to the family-oriented functional floorplan are other features such as beautiful timber floors and a large decking area.






Best Custom Home $300,000-$400,000

Jason Wescott Builders
Project: Maiden Gully

This is a three-bedroom Victorian style home built on a 1800m2 block. The wide concave verandah to the front of the home has brick steps to entry with piers and capping. The formal lounge has a brick open fireplace, ceiling rose and Tascot Crown Nova Arkabah carpet to compliment this stunning room. Stained Victorian Ash timber flooring graces the entry, hallway, family and kitchen/meals room. The family room opens onto the Merbau decking alfresco area which is under the main roof.





Best Custom Home $400,000 - $500,000


Todd Newman Builders
Project: Maiden Gully

Every part of the floorplan in this 31square contemporary home is well used. The U shaped layout puts a focus on the backyard which makes it perfect for a family with young children. Careful zoning separates the children’s play areas and bedrooms from the master bedroom. Merbau decking in the large alfresco area has a storage cupboard with polished concrete bench top and a timber and brick bar to sets the scene for entertainment. This family home is both very practical and attractive.




Best Custom Home Over $500,000

Luke Drummond Builders
Project: Big Hill

This is a stunning, expansive rural home, nestled on large acreage, with spectacular views of the surrounding property. With formal and informal living zones and an expansive outdoor entertaining area.  All materials, fixtures and fittings were selected for their quality, finish and durability. Sustainability was an important factor in both the design and material selection, and the home’s many environmentally friendly features resulted in achieving a 5 star rating.




Special Commendation

Best Custom Home Over $500,000

Paul Gray Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Yandoit

Although it’s also a striking statement of modern contemporary architecture, this home has all the welcoming and homely ambience of a distinctive rural family home. The design accommodates the lie of the land and its clean lines and flowing open floor plan acts as a platform from which one can view the incredible surrounding landscape. It is this environment that enhances the visual effect of the marble, slate, stacked stone, timber and other materials used on the exterior of the building and the combination makes both the building and its location all the more dramatic.




Best Multi Unit Development - 4 to 12 units

Lansell Homes Pty Ltd
Project: Quarry Hill

These four units are of brick veneer construction on waffle pod slabs with tiled roof and Colourbond facias and gutters. Each has three bedrooms, the master with ensuite and walk-in robe, an open plan living area, an outdoor entertainment area with pergola and internal access from the garage. The units were designed to make the most of the sub-divided, normal-sized building block without compromising energy efficiency. North-facing living and entertainment areas, water efficient shower heads, blockout drapes, solar hot water and low energy light bulbs, are some of the economic features that will also help the environment.




Best Integrated Housing Development

Lansell Homes Pty Ltd
Project: Golden Square

The design of this project harmonises with the local area and offers a complete ready-to-move-in package with everything taken care of, including the landscape. The units are brick veneer and each features three bedrooms, an open plan living area, and a spacious outdoor entertainment area. The high quality modern interiors are finished with inviting neutral colours and textures that will go well with a range of personal styles and furnishings. The ultra-modern kitchens have stainless steel appliances and plenty of benchspace.



Best Sustainable Energy Home


Lansell Properties Pty Ltd
Project: Kangaroo Flat


Energy and water saving measures were a major consideration in the design and construction of this home. The compact floor plan minimises the external wall and roof area to reduce heat loss. Passive solar shading has been incorporated to protect the east and west facing windows. The home’s timber frame was plantation grown and sourced within 200km of the site. Insulation with a higher R rating was put into the roof and wall cavities and a 1kw grid connect solar panel was installed. Two underground 22,700 litre tanks store the collected rainwater for flushing toilets and watering the garden. This is a most comfortable home with the added bonus of economic and environmental saving.





Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings Over $3M

Morey & Hurford
Project: Arts/Technology Facility Assumption College; Kilmore

Considerable thought went into the design and layout of this impressive Art/Technology facility to produce an inspiring space for creative studies and display. The colourbond corrugated iron elements are interspersed with glazed sections across the north and east facades to allow natural light to flood into the building during the day. Artificial lighting is controlled by sensor motion detectors that only turn on lights in the spaces that are being occupied. Temperatures are moderated in student work zones with in-slab hydronic heating. The overall aesthetics of the building provide a very inviting atmosphere for students and staff.



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Regional Residential Builder of the Year - North East

Scott James Builder
Project: Albury

This ultra modern home was designed and built with a layout that delivered practicality, privacy and natural light on a compact block. The construction is more typical of the commercial building industry than the residential sector with large amounts of structural steel, superior glazing and Alcubond cladding. The windows are double gazed and bands of electronically operated, clerestory windows, positioned above the rendered parapet walls, give the low-pitched roof a floating quality. Keyless entry is a further innovation with electronic at the front and keypad to the rear of the home.



Regional Commercial Builder of the Year - North East

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings Over $3M


Southern Cross Developers
Project: Kensington Gardens Community Facilities Building

Positioned centrally this stunning community facility incorporates a great number of features that will enhance the lives of the retirement village’s residents and staff. The building itself is a very solid construction with block walls externally and internally. The exterior is rendered and a tiled roof and domestic fascia and gutter give the huge structure an inviting and homely feeling. Hand built trusses installed over the pool and restaurant make a very impressive feature internally. The large tiled verandahs and covered BBQ area are an integral part of the building and the textures and finishes maintain visual continuity with the village as a whole.



Best Display Home $200,000 - 300,000

B & H Homes Pty Ltd
Project: The Clifton

The external façade of this lovely three bedroom home is meticulously detailed. Decorative Dutch gables with Federation fretwork and rolled barge capping are some of the features. The verandah boasts a curved timber lintel, exposed rafters with rolled gutter, inlay ceramic floor tiles and beautifully curved half-height brick fence and capped pier for added effect. The pavillion to the rear of the house carefully positioned for privacy and is perfect for alfresco living. The separate verandahs adorn the bedroom and lounge side of the home to protect these areas from weather extremes.




Best Display Home $300,000 - $400,000


B & H Homes Pty Ltd
Project: The Rosebay

Detailed feature brickwork including soldier course brickwork in contrasting colour and other features such as bay windows give this home immediate street appeal. Stone bench tops complete the kitchen’s elegance and enhance the custom-made full gloss cabinets with self closing doors. An inbuilt desk is conveniently located adjacent to the kitchen for potential Internet access to recipes around the world. The laundry has a generous workbench area, inset trough and cabinet, which make it convenient for families. All bedrooms are spacious and feature double built-in robes, high ceilings and an abundance of natural light.




Special Commendation

Best Display Home $200,000 - $300,000

Dennis Family Homes
Project: Elmhurst 251 Provincial

Some of the standard features in the kitchen of this delightful four-bedroom home include stone benchtops, glass splashbacks and stainless steel appliances. The vanities in the ensuite and bathroom also have stone benchtops and designer fixtures and fitting. The warm tones of the floating timber floor and the cool colours of the interior create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The home also has two living areas and alfresco area and it features evaporative cooling and ducted gas heating as standard.




Best Custom Home $400,000-$500,000

Scott James Builder
Project: East Albury

A business owner in the steel industry, these clients wanted to utilise recycled steel in their home and also have the design reflect their previous farming background. Built on slits, the shed-like structure includes a significant quantity of glazing to capture the privileged rural outlook of the suburban allotment. Far from the typical brick veneer home, construction required four metre deep pier holes and involved commercial grade double-glazing, a steel and timber façade and suspended concrete flooring. Spacious throughout, with five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a home office and cellar, this home is robust, modern and warm.




Best Custom Home Over $500,000


Scott James Builder
Project: Albury

Luxuriously set around a swimming pool, this high quality contemporary home has four bedrooms plus an office and occupies the most part of its small block. The extra large garage with workspace accommodates cars, campervan, boat and bikes. The home is fully double glazed with commercial grade window frames. Where desirable low-E glass has been utilised. The design has placed great importance home’s orientation, and despite the site’s restrictions, all living areas benefit from the northern sun. Rainwater harvesting, ceiling fans, awnings and eaves, weather seals and fluorescent light fittings also add to the sustainability of the home.




Best Multi-Unit Development Up to 3 Units

Hadar Homes
Project: Mulwala

This grand development is exposed to three frontages – the street, park side and Lake Mulwala. Each residence has its own distinct presence and individuality but with designs that take advantage of the park and lake views. The large residence includes four bedrooms and study two large living areas tiled balcony and inground pool. The townhouses include three bedrooms plus study and two living areas. The landscaping is simple and low maintenance to enable the owners to have a relaxing lifestyle.




Best Sustainable Energy Home


Scott James Builder
Project: East Albury

Salvaged steel and a prefabricated concrete box have been given a new life as the skeleton of this contemporary home. Insulation was upgraded with walls containing R2.5 batts, under the floor R3.0, in the ceiling R4.0 batts and Anticon blanket to the underside of the roof. All windows are double-glazed and a hydronic system, boosted by gas, provides hot water and heats the home in-floor and by radiator panels. The solar panels are excavated tubes. The home also benefits from rainwater harvesting and a non-chemical wastewater treatment system that recycles water for irrigation purposes.




Construction of Commercial Buildings Under $1M

Scott James Builder
Project: Albury

The design and construction of this renovation project has updated this hair salon and made it more striking and sophisticated. The entry was relocated, and a reception area, new kitchenette and cutting stations were created. Recycled red bricks were laid with rough joints for the feature walls so fundamental to the ambience of the modernised salon. The extensive customised joinery is impressive with its high gloss paint and handle free finish. The salon now has the appeal of a warehouse conversion and the benefits of improved functionality.




Construction of Commercial Buildings $1M-$3M

Southern Cross Developers
Project: Numurkah Multi Purpose Building

The strong colours and robust structure of this public building are appropriate to withstand the kind of wear and tear the facility will be subjected to when used by sporting teams. The external blockwork cladding, with a combination of smooth and textured surface, is well suited for this application and adds the building’s impressive exterior. The practical interior includes individual change rooms with bench seating that double as storage space. Modern laminex partitioning divides the shower facilities. Compressors for cool rooms are located under the rear stairs that access the kitchen and are protected with a colourbond roof and galvanised cage.





Construction of Commercial Buildings Over $3M


Southern Cross Developers
Project: Kensington Gardens Community Facilities Building

This community building was designed to accommodate various activities required by residents within this developing retirement village of over 300 detached houses. The building incorporates an auditorium, gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, restaurant/bar, arts and crafts room, library, cinema, lounge room, and administration offices. A feature of the building is an impressive vaulted space located over the restaurant. The interior’s warm natural colours and design elements create a resort-like impression that nevertheless maintains a personal and inviting atmosphere appropriate for the residential nature of the village.




Special Commendation

Construction of Commercial Buildings Over $3M


Magi-Build Building Contractors
Project: Albury Airport Terminal Upgrade

This airport extension and upgrade consisted of a five part, two-stage project with over 1,100m2 of extensions to the existing airport terminal. Construction consisted of a new departures lounge with amenities, refurbishment of existing café/bar, expanded baggage handling area with new screening equipment, new staff offices and facilities, new entry, new check in area, upgrade of existing atrium as well as associated external works. The upgrade was completed while the airport remained fully operational and the new improvements allow Albury Airport to cater for over 3000,000 passengers each year.




Sponsors

Master Builders gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the sponsors of the 2010 Regional Building Awards







For sponsorship opportunities click here or contact Master Builders Sponsorship Manager on (03) 9411 4555.


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