Master Builders Excellence in Housing Awards
 
The Master Builders Association of Victoria's Excellence in Housing Awards showcases the outstanding craftsmanship and professional standards of Association members and demonstrates the commitment to building excellence in the residential sector of the building industry throughout Victoria.

The 2011 Excellence in Housing Awards recognised the highest achievers among Master Builders. The drive and commitment to building excellence is demonstrated by the extremely high standard of project winners.

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2011 Winners

Master Builder of the Year

Concept Design & Construction
Project: Mt Buller

Website: http://www.conceptdesign.com.au

New benchmarks for quality, comfort and style on Mt Buller were established with this project. These three cutting edge residences were designed to cater to the demand for elite luxury level lodges in the alpine village. A limited time frame, and the constraints of location and climate were just some of the challenges that required innovative solutions. A range of four and five bedroom homes were constructed, each complimented by four bathrooms, flexible living/dining domains, drying rooms, garages and kitchens capable of catering for large groups. External surfaces including stone and spotted gum compliment the surrounding natural and built environment.






Regional Builder of the Year


Hedger Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Thornton

Website: http://www.hedgerconstructions.com.au

This home with many sustainable features was designed in compartmental fashion to allow for clearly designated zones. The office area alone has two distinctive areas for the owners to personalise their use of the space. A guest wing is connected to the open living, dining and kitchen areas by a hallway with feature lighting, gallery and spotted gum cabinetry. The home has excellent thermal qualities through the use of rammed earth, extensive insulation, double-glazing and a sweeping north-facing verandah. The home includes a 50,000 litre water storage collection from the roof, solar hot water system and bathroom fixtures of the highest rating.




Young Builder of the Year


James Kleverlaan
Kleev Homes Pty Ltd

Website: http://www.kleevhomes.com.au

James has over 19 years experience in the industry and his speciality has been high end custom designed projects. James was initially a bricklayer who suffered a serious injury, that consequently led him to a career in building. Having a family of engineers, builders and other tradesmen, made it a natural progression for him to utilise their knowledge and experience and to build his own capabilities, to become a builder keen on detail, customer service and projects that are built to stand the test of time. The judges were impressed with James' focus on building quality projects and developing systems and processes to enable him to lead and manage successful outcomes for clients, consultants and all other stakeholders, rather than an emphasis on growth, illustrated James strategic emphasis on how to operate as a builder, whilst being passionate about his involvement in the industry.



Best Renovation/Addition under $200,000


KF Constructions
Project: Mornington

Website: http://kfconstructions.com.au

This 20 year old residence was originally constructed with recycled handmade bricks, reclaimed exposed beams in the cathedral ceilings, and cedar shiplap cladding. To maximise views and accommodate guests an additional loft style bedroom and private balcony was built above the garage. A major undertaking in the renovation was to reposition the medieval castle style fireplace, recycle some of the chimney materials, restore the original features of the fireplace and convert it to an energy efficient gas log fire. New cedar windows and doors were installed to provide views of the stunning scenery.



Best Renovation/Addition Under $200,000

Special Commendation


Attic Group
Project: Clifton Hill

Website: http://www.atticgroup.com.au

A desire to remain in the same location was the clients’ motivation to renovate their existing home for their growing family. The residential code overlay restricted the width of the top floor area, which was compensated for by increasing the length of the renovation. Creating two additional bedrooms as well as a bathroom upstairs has provided the required extra space for the children on the first floor, and achieved more open living space on the ground floor. The beautiful views from the extension of the City and the Dandenongs have exceeded the clients’ expectations without encroaching on the neighbour’s privacy.



Best Renovation/Addition $200,000 - $300,000


Elite Homes Melbourne
Project: Yarraville

Website: http://www.elitehomes.net.au

Retaining the heritage overlay to keep the existing roof pitch and length, the carefully calculated renovation of this two-storey dwelling has incorporated a new practical living space, two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. The new cabinetry in the kitchen was constructed with recycled material and granite benchtops were installed in the kitchen and the bathroom vanities. Original solid Jarrah verandah posts were restored and beautiful black butt floors were used in the new extension. Cross ventilation has been achieved with louvered windows to the upper storey and velux sky windows provide lots of natural light.





Best Renovation/Addition $300,000 - $500,000


Hardat Developments P/L
Project: North Carlton

Website: http://www.hardat.com.au

This heritage-listed building was a police station in the past and originally in 1830 the warden’s residence for the first gaol in Melbourne, which is now a school across the road. The construction works included repairing and restoring the outside of the building and extensively renovating the interior - without changing the original footprint of the building. The renovation required underpinning walls, removing others and lowering sections of the ceiling to accommodate an attic area for the new extension. The home’s thoroughly modern interior includes a beautiful new staircase, kitchen and bathroom.



Best Renovation/Addition $500,000 - $1M


Sinclairs Constructions
Project: Middle Park

This two story Victorian terrace has been transformed into a three-story home for a client with limited mobility. The provisions of a lift allowed the indoor and outdoor living spaces to be positioned on the second and third levels. Like living in an eyrie, these lofty spaces provide a connection with the great outdoors capturing an abundance of light, ventilation and commanding views. The existing heritage house was renovated and the modern addition is characterised by a giant order of alucobond columns and beams, spandrel panels of bluestone and glazing and motorised blinds for passive control.



Best Renovation/Addition over $1M


Maximise Constructions
Project: Kew

This early 1900s Art Nouveau style home has been transformed into a contemporary home with a great deal of family friendly space. The interior is unified by a flow of tasteful finishes throughout the home. Three existing front rooms were stripped and refurbished and a new ground floor, first floor, garage, and pergola were constructed. The existing pool was totally renovated and a 44,000 litre rain water retention system was installed below ground. A plant area installed on a concrete slab conceals the hot water units and air conditioning systems.



Best Renovation/Addition over $1M

Special Commendation


Englehart Homes
Project: Toorak

Website: http://www.engleharthomes.com.au

This home has been meticulously renovated and extended to accommodate modern luxury living standards. The existing home spanning five levels, included a previous extension, which appeared somewhat disjointed. Therefore, an integrated concept was developed to unify the entire building. Externally new windows were installed and the external render restored. Large parts of the existing landscape were removed and replaced with a uniform solution. Internally, existing rooms and walls have been incorporated and parts of existing walls removed to create grand open spaces. Superior finishes inside the home include gold leaf details, marble benchtops, select grade spotted gum double herringbone parquetry flooring.



Best Display Home Under $175,000


Devine Group
Project: Brighton 175 Architectural, Pakenham

Website: http://www.devine.com.au

The Brighton design philosophy is to maximise living amenity by minimising wasted spaces on the most compact detached-housing lot. This equates to exceptional value for money. The end result is a home that offers three bedrooms as well as a study area and open plan living, which is linked to covered outdoor living and double car accommodation. Careful consideration has been applied to the façade of the home to ensure pleasing, contemporary lines with practical buildability and a variety of materials and colours.



Best Display Home $175,000 - $215,000


Henley Properties
Project: Ivory IV432, Point Cook

Website: http://www.henley.com.au

The Ivory sets a benchmark with a designer kitchen that includes a showpiece Euro style butler’s pantry complete with separate preparation area. The many more intelligently designed features include the positioning of bedrooms to bathrooms and entertaining zones, and an additional powder room make this home perfectly suited to those looking for functionality and convenience in day to day living. The Ivory presents a new alternative for today’s lifestyles and adds interest to any streetscape.



Best Display Home $215,000 - $250,000


Henley Properties
Project: Sienna Q1, Craigieburn

Website: http://www.henley.com.au

This spacious, single storey home is an excellent example of value for money and embodies energy efficient design. The master suite is a standout feature of the home with an attractive and private outlook. The larger than normal kitchen is both functional and stylish and runs parallel with the resort-style grand alfresco. Beautifully finished with timber and stone throughout, the Sienna is a home for growing families that require both secluded space for every day living as well as communal space to gather or entertain.



Best Display Home $250,000 - $275,000


Henley Properties
Project: Amalfi AM632, Point Cook

Website: http://www.henley.com.au

The Amalfi AM632 is a spacious single storey home that brings the latest in new home design trends from around the world together in a unique and distinct residence. Showcasing natural light-filled open living areas, including dining, family and kitchen, all cleverly positioned to look out to the beautiful outdoors, the Amalfi has been planned to allow for seamlessly integrated zones. The grand Epicure kitchen boasts a stunning Euro style butler’s pantry and the master suite features a freestanding bath.



Best Display Home $275,000 - $300,000


Urbanedge Homes
Project: Rouge 004, Point Cook

Website: http://www.urbanedgehomes.com.au

The superb simplicity of design is immediately apparent in this display home the Rouge 004. With a naturally flowing floorplan, this is a welcoming four-bedroom family home with many lovely spaces to enjoy life including an impressive home theatre room, a dramatic kitchen with a quasi-commercial look and an almost hidden treasure of spacious kids rumpus room. The home has an overall ambience that results from the expansive family, lounge and living zones and the seamless integration of these spaces with the outdoor entertaining area.



Best Display Home $300,000 - $350,000


Metricon
Project: Hayman 29, Cranbourne

Website: http://www.metricon.com.au

Consistently one of Metricon’s most popular designs in the mid-range Freedom series of family homes, this new 29 square home is presented with the geometrically powerful Contemporary façade. It has an impressive portico entrance, feature brickwork and rendered façade and a colorbond roof. The striking interior design includes stunning wallpaper and tiling influenced by New York apartment style. The home is completed with a large outdoor area that connects to the rumpus room and a veranda that wraps from the outdoor room around the family/dining area.





Best Display Home $350,000 - $400,000


Henley Properties
Project: Kube KM201, Point Cook

Website: http://www.henley.com.au

The Kube KM201 is a vast double storey home that blends contemporary lifestyle with an elegant style that features simple, clean lines throughout. The children have a sleeping zone upstairs with three spacious bedrooms and a multi-purpose room. On the ground floor the master suite provides luxurious privacy with a deluxe ensuite. The open plan kitchen, dining and living room provide plenty of space for a growing family, while the separate lounge room makes formal entertainment possible. The interior of the modern home is flooded with natural light that creates a welcoming and airy atmosphere.





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


Star Homes Victoria Pty Ltd
Project: Matrixx, Alfredton

Despite its inland location, this three bedroom home captures the essence of a beach side lifestyle and represents the perfect balance between functionality and luxury. Different textural elements give the exterior a ‘coastal’ appearance and a major feature of the home is the resort style master bedroom boasting direct access to the pool deck and sweeping views of the surrounding hills. The home presents a stylish kitchen with reflective glass splashback and stainless steel appliances, a functional study and the convenience of a gymnasium.





Best Display Home over $500,000


Enterprise Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd
Project: Monet, Mont Albert

Website: http://www.enterpriseconstructions.com.au

The construction of this ultra modern home incorporated an innovative new Benox block system, which was a first in Victoria. An old residence was demolished to make way for this custom built single storey home with three bedrooms, a study and an open plan kitchen, dining and living area. A mix of materials was used and the form has clean sharp lines with no architraves and no projecting skirting. A polished concrete floor in the living area, carpet to all bedrooms and external decks flush with internal floors add to this beautifully finished and light filled home.





Best Custom Home under $300,000


Q Designer Homes
Project: Torquay

Website: http://www.qdh.com.au

This four-bedroom home, plus study and rumpus room combines smart space-saving ideas with an elegant, modern elevation. The design presents a low maintenance family lifestyle without compromising on style or quality. At the heart of the home is a fully tiled meals, family and kitchen with huge walk-in pantry. The main bedroom is strategically situated away from the busiest part of the home and the remaining bedrooms. A protected alfresco area completes this appealing home that is ideal for family living.





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


Sutton Constructions
Project: Corop

Website: http://www.suttonconstructions.com.au

This remarkable home sits well in its environment, the modern skillion roof aided by galvanised iron and earthy finishes compliment the vineyard and lakeside aspect. Internally the open living has not only fantastic solar access, but stunning views that make it a wonderful place to live. The clever design has minimal hallways, maximising usable floor space as well as a double garage providing relief from the western sun. Brickwork infill is finished with a rustic style render that looks not unlike rammed earth.





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


CJ Henderson Builders
Project: Anglesea

Website: http://www.cjhenderson.com.au

Nestled in a quiet, overgrown street this unique two-storey home has exceeded the client’s expectations. The floorplan downstairs includes a dining area that features decks to both sides and an extra large kitchen perfect for the owner’s love of cooking. Upstairs the layout is designed to suit the owner’s visiting children, with an open study and separate deck. Simple finishes such as porcelain tiles and stone benchtops give the interior its contemporary appearance, while Red Baltic battens compliment and blend well with the coastal location.





Best Custom Home $500,000 - $600,000


Rycon Building Group
Project: Mitcham

Website: http://www.ryconbg.com.au

This impressive home built over three levels is a fresh and modern take on the classic weatherboard home. The challenging block with a fall of 10m is located at the end of a narrow unmade road making access difficult and determined the final design. The split-level layout encourages the comfort of open-plan living combined with spectacular views for a truly unique home. One of the many features inside the home is the timber flooring of 140x19mm natural grade Australian chestnut with a gloss finish. The enormous bedrooms share the upper level in a secluded sleeping zone.





Best Custom Home $600,000 - $800,000


Scott James Builder
Project: West Albury

Built on a long sloping site, this double-storey home has three changes of levels, all on polished concrete slabs. The striking white pallet simplifies the complexity of the internal form and materials and gives emphasis to the dramatic red western cedar cladding. The length of the house benefits from the northern sun and provides a light and spacious atmosphere. At the central atrium the home splits into four distinct areas: an upstairs bedroom wing; an L-shaped open living area; a secondary living space and the children’s bedroom and utility zone.





Best Custom Home $800,000 - $1M


Kleev Homes Pty Ltd
Project: Flinders

Website: http://www.kleevhomes.com.au


This beautiful four-bedroom home is unique in appearance yet functional in design. The vast main living area is facing north, with extensive double-glazed windows making use of the natural light and airflow to create an inviting living zone. An external feature stone blade wall runs from the entrance through the centre of the house down the long gallery creating a striking and distinctive entrance. The large kitchen with island bench looks over the open plan living areas through a double glazed fold-back door onto a massive timber deck for perfect alfresco living.





Best Custom Home $1M-$3M


Hedger Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Thornton


Website: http://www.hedgerconstructions.com.au

This remarkable home is constructed using a variety of sustainable materials designed to suit the client’s needs in the semi-retirement lifestyle and take advantage of surrounding views over the Rubicon Valley. The internal and external rammed earth walls are complimented with spotted gum timber and create a sense of an enduring connection to the landscape. Double-glazed, floor to ceiling windows and doors to two sides of the home provide ample light and further opportunity to enjoy the location. The sweeping north facing verandahs add to the sustainable features of the home.





Best Custom Home $1M-$3M

Special Commendation



Stonehaven Homes
Project: Hesket

Website: http://www.stonehavenhomes.com.au

Located on the north face of Mount Macedon, the brief was for a traditional farmhouse style home with large entertaining areas and accommodation for adult children. The home extends along the side of the mountain with a central entry, separate formal and informal areas, home theatre, master suite, library and two additional bedrooms. The library includes a second level accessed by an antique staircase fitted with a metal handrail. The exterior of the home is a beautiful blend of earthy render tones, rockwork, crisp lines of flat terracotta roof tiles and copper gutters and downpipes.





Best Multi Unit Development – up to 3 units


Concept Design & Construction
Project: Mt Buller

Website: http://www.conceptdesign.com.au

These landmark chalets are luxury four and five bedroom residences that harmonise appropriately with the alpine setting, and provide a warm and welcoming lifestyle. Effective insulation has enhanced the efficiency with which Hydronic heating is deployed throughout the homes. Double-glazing allows the sunlight in and supports the plan to ensure warmth is retained. Living areas, bright bedrooms and expansive balconies are designed to capture natural light and make the most of the mountain panorama. Stringent fire risk standards have been adhered to and durable, natural materials have been utilised as much as possible.





Best Multi Unit Development – 4 to 12 units


Better Living Group
Project: Ivanhoe

Website: http://betterlivinggroup.com.au

The design features bold horizontal forms and pitched roofs, typical of the Prairie style of the First World War that Walter Burley Griffin applied to several housing estates in the area. A transverse slab supported on core-filled masonry, forms a carpark and creates a platform for two separate buildings each housing four apartments. New York style lifts direct from each carpark service the private gallery entrance of every apartment. Stone benchtops, spotted gum flooring, semi-frameless showers and quality fittings complete these luxury apartments.





Best Integrated Housing Development


Sienna Building Pty Ltd
Project: Affinity, Berwick

Affinity at Eden Rise is a master planned integrated housing development of 142 freehold titled homes and residents’ Club House. The development achieves 19 dwellings per hectare and demonstrates higher than conventional density by innovative design. The most significant innovation is the zero lot planning theory to create guaranteed lifestyle outcomes. House designs vary slightly with each displaying a unique façade, colour scheme and landscape hedge treatment, thus creating a sense of individuality.





Best Sustainable Energy Home


Sutton Constructions
Project: Corop

Website: http://www.suttonconstructions.com.au

This is a contemporary, family friendly, energy and water efficient home that compliments its lakeside location amidst the vineyards. The home’s many sustainable design features have achieved 8.2 Star energy efficiency. North-facing glass allows the winter sun in and a highly polished concrete floor acts as a solar collector and is complimented by the concrete benchtops, which were poured on site by the builder. In the living space an interesting vaulted ceiling, formed by turning the roof trusses upside down, enables highlight windows that act as a thermal chimney.





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