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 2012 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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2012 Winners

Master Builder of the Year

DC Construction Pty Ltd
Project: Merricks North
Designer: Wood/Marsh Pty Ltd

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

Curvaceous, rammed earth walls form the primary structure spine for this aesthetically designed, six bedroom home. Strategically placed windows were incorporated to maximise the wonderful views. A striking hallway anchors the design, with meticulously spaced, undulating timber ceiling battens creating a dramatic entry and passage through the house. Polished concrete floors extend throughout, including to the basement wine cellar. These are complemented by the stained timber-clad lining of the bedroom wings that extend out from the spine and create several sheltered courtyards and a pool area. This is a house of great complexity where the precisely executed details were both anticipated and delivered.






Regional Builder of the Year


O'Dowd Design & Construction
Project: Point Lonsdale
Designer: Andrew Thoms

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

This modern, architecturally designed property is a perfect seaside retreat for the busy owners. The highest quality materials and standard of craftsmanship are evident in this home. Limed American Oak joinery has been used in the stylish kitchen while RetroPlate® stained polished concrete flooring extends to the open-plan living area. Full-height, double glazed windows are a feature throughout as is a beautiful, timber staircase with glass balustrade. The home boasts a low maintenance exterior with the use of organic materials including handcrafted, dry-stone walls, ironbark cladding and Corten® steel. The result is a comfortable home with a natural and contemporary feel.




Young Builder of the Year


Robert Rolls
First Impressions Projects Pty Ltd

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

Robert Rolls completed a carpentry apprenticeship in 1996, and studied Architecture. Robert's building company, First Impressions Projects, has been operating for 15 years. Robert has been responsible for the construction of new homes and renovations of a large number of projects ranging in value up to $3,500,000. The Judges were impressed with his professionalism, in the way he manages his business and his attitude to the importance of his clients. Robert's enthusiasm, motivation, grasp and management of a wide range of technical and complex issues of a project make him a worthy winner of this award.



Best Renovation/Addition under $200,000


Ecobuilt Vic Pty Ltd
Project: Moonee Ponds
Designer: Sanvincenti Drafting Services

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

Careful planning and execution were crucial on this narrow block to ensure space was maximised in this renovation and extension of a 19th century, single-fronted Victorian worker's cottage. The project included extensive remodelling of the internal layout to the rear with a strong focus on a seamless transition from the original façade through to new contemporary and functional living. The addition of a new kitchen, living/dining area, third bedroom/study and eye-catching, black stained floorboards successfully transformed this cottage into a stylish, comfortable inner-urban home.



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


Neumode Design & Construction Pty Ltd
Project: Melbourne
Designer: Max Armstrong/Neumode

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

In this stunning, renovated, inner-city apartment, the builder has utilised a variety of techniques and features to create a thoroughly modern home. This home successfully unites contemporary design with comfortable living. The versatile floor plan seamlessly combines the kitchen, casual living space and more formal seating areas with the outdoor entertaining areas, and allows a flexibility that takes advantage of the stunning vista. The home also features elegantly curved walls and the latest modern functional fittings and appliances.



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

Croft Wootton Construction Pty Ltd
Project: Mornington
Designer: Adam Doherty

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

This project required the re-design and transformation of a 1960s home. Built on three levels, the original building consisted of three bedrooms, a study and a small, dark kitchen. The result, a home that is both comfortable and spacious. Works involved the demolition of the first floor walls and expanding and rebuilding the first floor to contain three much larger bedrooms with walk-in-robes, a bathroom, rumpus room and sizeable balcony. Downstairs, the walls between the sunroom and lounge were removed to create a galley-style kitchen with a large walk-in-pantry that opens to a new lower-storey balcony.



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


Riviera Building Group P/L
Project: Dromana
Designer: Terri Thompson / Foli8 Design

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

Set on five acres of bushland, this residence was designed to capitalise on the surrounding countryside and take advantage of the spectacular, panoramic views. The home features natural materials throughout, with emphasis on the natural stone fireplace as the true heart of the home. The large chimney breast pushes through the raked ceilings in the lounge and dining rooms, allowing the limestone chimney to be clearly visible from outside. Extensive used of Spotted Gum timber provides a striking impact externally, complemented by the use of Spotted Gum Sorrento Expressions cladding to all soffit linings and balcony façades.



Special Commendation

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


Ecoast (SJ Coleman P/L)
Project: Red Hill
Designer: Danny Korman /Dankor Architects

The scope of works for this project involved major renovations to an existing farmhouse incorporating new bedrooms, en suites, laundry and the construction of an attached, cantilevered structure containing the lounge and kitchen. There is an emphasis on the use of timber products throughout with all rooms lined with hoop pine plywood, custom made door jambs, Spotted Gum decking, recycled messmate eve linings and White Cyprus screening timbers. Structurally, the extension was quite challenging due to a 2.5m cantilever and large overhanging eves.



Best Renovation/Addition over $1M


Estruct Group
Project: Williamstown
Designer: Tina Lindner

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

This home has been meticulously renovated and extended to accommodate modern luxury living standards. The detailed scope incorporated taking the original home back to the timber frame, and the construction of a substantial single storey extension mounted on a concrete slab. Internally, traditional features such as ornamental cornices, wide Edwardian skirtings and architraves complement the high ceilings in all the bedrooms. Past the bedrooms, contemporary design takes over where generous open spaces in the kitchen, dining and living areas unfold. The home showcases a range of high quality workmanship with tasteful, classic design elements.



Best Display Home under $175,000

Eight Homes
Project: S-Two, Cranbourne West
Designer: Steve Maher

Website: http://www.8homes.com.au

This residence makes a definitive statement as a spacious family home striking the right balance between comfort and aesthetics; functionality and personality. The S-Two showcases two distinct living areas including a private lounge as well as an open-plan living and dining area. This area opens up into a large alfresco stretching the entire width of the home to create a perfect indoor/outdoor entertainment space. Minor bedrooms to the front, along with a separate bathroom create a separate kids hub away from the resort style master suite located at the rear. Offering great value for money, this home makes the most of its available space.



Best Display Home $175,000 - $220,000


Eight Homes
Project: s-Seven, Clyde North
Designer: Steve Maher

Website: http://www.8homes.com.au

An impressive, wide door entrance into the spacious interior is an appropriate entry to this stylish home. There are engineered timber floors throughout the home that extend into a dining, family and living area. The kitchen is fitted with ample benchtops and a butler's pantry. Adding to the spacious feel of the interior are high ceilings and a wide, timber framed bi-fold doors that link the family room to the alfresco. The floorplan is well designed with a stunning main bedroom located away from the kid's retreat. The kids' retreat is designed to link directly with the three bedrooms and a second bathroom.



Best Display Home $220,000 - $250,000


Henley Properties Group
Project: Montana Q1, Clyde North
Designer: Clendonvale Design Team

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

The philosophy behind the design of this home was to create a quality home suitable for a narrow block, without compromising the sense of spaciousness and luxury. The open-plan design achieves this and provides perfect entertainment options for the whole family with the latest in modern features. The hub of the home is a stylish kitchen, which is a gourmet chef's delight. Its smart design provides access from both the dining and family room to the resort style undercover alfresco, ideal for entertaining family and friends. The Montana Q1 sets a new standard of home that is perfect for a family and people who love to entertain.



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


Urbanedge Homes
Entry: Jardene 004, Clyde North
Designer: Steve Maher

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

This home combines prestige living and contemporary design with many practical conveniences for extended family living. Through its stunning open-plan layout, the meals, family, lounge and alfresco areas all effortlessly harmonise as one. The beautifully appointed european style kitchen features overhead cupboards, a range of designer storage options and an oversized breakfast style island bench. The master suite has been glamorously designed and is accessible through high set double-doors revealing a luxuriously appointed ensuite and oversized walk in robe. A family bathroom and additional rumpus service three double-bedrooms at the rear of the house.



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


Burbank
Project: Alder 2600, Point Cook
Designer: Burbank

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

The exterior of this contemporary home is finished with innovative features including wide tiled pillars and a contemporary Colorbond® skillion roof which is complemented by horizontal slats and 45-degree eaves. Inside the home is a huge, centrally located living zone comprising of a kitchen/meals/family area and adjoining rumpus room. There are many high quality features including timber floating floors, laminate cupboards and a mirrored wall in the dedicated gym. A large workshop is attached to the garage and a spacious alfresco completes the outside space.




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


Burbank
Project: Kingston 2700, Cranbourne West
Designer: Burbank

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

The Kingston is a home that offers flexibility without compromising lifestyle. A wide, inviting entry reveals a simple but very effective open floor plan, creating a feeling of extra space. This home boasts four bedrooms with two separate living areas and a theatre room. The kitchen delivers an inspiring chef's delight with large bench areas, overhead cupboards and walk-in-pantry. The large master bedroom has a superbly designed adjoining bathroom with closed toilet, bath, shower and double vanity. Outside, a spacious alfresco adjoins the meals/family zone, allowing entertainment to be extended outdoors.



Best Display Home $350,000 - $425,000


Porter Davis Homes (PDH Group)
Project: Sandringham 45, Wantirna South
Designer: Keith Fuller/Randall Pye

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

Grand spaces are immediately apparent in this two-storey home with an entry featuring a striking, central, double-storey void that opens onto a spacious family, dining and kitchen area that further accentuates the home's sheer volume. Downstairs are a lavish master bedroom, formal living room and study that create both a dedicated parent's zone along with communal family space. Upstairs is all about sleeping and playing with four generously sized bedrooms, two bathrooms and a spacious rumpus room.





Best Display Home $425,000 - $500,000


Burbank
Project: Havencrest 3900, Point Cook
Designer: Burbank

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

The Havencrest 3900 is a vast double-storey home, ideal for a contemporary lifestyle with its simple, clean lines throughout. A graded voided entry leads through to the meals and kitchen area, and from there is easy access to the living area, theatre room and alfresco area. The study is tucked away at the front to enable some quiet time. Four large bedrooms are situated upstairs with the master bedroom featuring a walk-in-robe and large ensuite complete with bathtub, shower and vanity. A separate family room upstairs benefits from access to a private balcony. A luxurious swimming pool with water feature complete this beautiful home.





Best Display Home $500,000 - $750,000


Malishev Homes
Project: Allure, Highton
Designer: Malishev Design Team

Website: http://www.malishev.com

This home makes a definitive statement as a spacious family home that has been designed with character and constructed with care and attention to detail. An imposing, grand entry-foyer includes a double-sided fireplace. The layout of the home takes full advantage of the open-plan living areas, together with both north and south courtyards for all year round living. The master bedroom with ensuite is located at the front of the home, and the two extra bedrooms with a rumpus and separate study feature at the rear. This is a lovely home that prioritises comfort and convenience to provide a safe and private environment.





Best Display Home over $750,000


Englehart Homes
Project: La Provence, Balwyn North
Designer: Englehart Homes

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

This architect designed home reflects the grandeur of a provincial French chateau. The entrance features French Oak parquetry flooring leading to a striking, spiral staircase, below which French Doors open to the home's main living areas. Front, ground floor rooms comprise a study/guest bedroom and formal living room displaying a marble fireplace, glassed cabinetry and leadlight windows. Towards the rear, the streamline kitchen services the family and dining areas. Upstairs, the three luxurious bedrooms each have an ensuite, walk-in-robes and expansive windows which capture views and natural light.





Special Commendation
Best Display Home over $750,000


Grollo Homes
Project: Grollo A380, Balwyn
Designer: Lou Grollo

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

The design of this display home was dubbed the A380 as a reflection of the qualities associated with the aeronautical classification. The influence of the design was key to the impression of the external façade. It incorporates large, cantilevered eaves that protrude past the body of the building, reminiscent of the wings of a plane and a triangular metallic element, representative of a nose cone. The interior displays American Oak stained timber flooring in addition to glass mosaic feature walls in the kitchen and bathroom areas.





Best Custom Home under $300,000


Q Designer Homes
Projects: Torquay
Designer: Q Designer Homes Design Team

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

In accordance with the owner's brief, this quality builder has delivered an outstanding, contemporary style home that maximises its coastal site. Internal features include; three large bedrooms, a study nook, large open-plan kitchen, living/family/meals area, oversized garage and outdoor room. The layout of the house takes full advantage of the north facing private yard. The exterior reflects current trends in urban design and creates harmony between its merging finishes. This home is an excellent example of what can be achieved from a positive builder/client relationship.





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


Eco Sustainable Homes
Project: Kinglake
Designer: Tony Carter - Eco Sustainable Homes

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

This home was designed in response to Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires and so emphasises practical bushfire protection features. Building materials combine sustainability and beauty with rammed earth and light weight BlueScope Colorbond® clad walls, high quality double-glazed windows and stainless steel kitchen bench tops. Some of the innovative protective features are; radiant heat shield walls, heat retardant plants and boxed-in eaves using heavy formply under sheeting. This is a home designed not only for the area but also for energy efficiency and comfort.





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


BH Developments
Project: Whittlesea
Designer: Troy Hazelden /Nates Adams & Associates

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

This home was purpose built to suit the clients' needs on their half-acre block. The front façade depicts a Georgian theme and features rendering, decorative mouldings, parapet walls, sill mouldings and an arched portico entry. Internally, the open-plan meals and family spaces both lead through stacking doors to the outdoor entertainment area, and the kitchen and adjoining meals areas allow for direct views to the outside. The master bedroom and study are located at the front of the home, well away from the children's zone.





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


Sutton Constructions
Project: Echuca
Designer: Peter Sutton

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

The split-level design of this modern home was dictated by the desire to take advantage of views of the river and passing paddle steamers. The kitchen on the ground-floor extends into the family, living and dining space, leading to an elevated deck overlooking the river. The deck is covered with Lasterlite® and metal slats to allow the winter sun to enter the home. The second entertaining space at the rear of the building is equipped with a folding arm awning that provides shade from the summer sun. To blend in with the streetscape, heavy aluminum window frames have been utilised to resemble timber windows, together with a galvanised iron roof and exterior weatherboards that are reminiscent of the 1960s.





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


Knight Building Group
Project: Beaumauris
Designer: 2B Scene Design

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

The superb sleek and stylish design is immediately apparent in this beach style home. With an easy flowing floorplan, this is a welcoming four bedroom, three bathroom home with many lovely spaces to enjoy, including a dramatic kitchen and impressive open plan living area. The home is packed with luxury and innovations, boasting its own squash court, indoor spa and sauna as well as a sound system throughout the home, controlled by a wall mounted ipad. Complete with its own solar hot water unit, hydronic panels and an opening and closing roof system over the swimming pool, this home has achieved everything its owners wished for, and more.





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

Englehart Homes
Project: Blackburn
Designer: Englehart Homes


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

Influenced by the architectural philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright, this design is classic, contemporary and luxurious. It combines sweeping horizontal lines, wide sheltering eaves and statement blade walls to great dramatic and practical effect. Divided into two distinctive parts, the front half of the home offers an impressive lobby, study, formal living room and master bedroom suite with ensuite and double dressing-rooms. The second half displays an expansive kitchen, dining and living area effectively doubled in size by an adjoining loggia. A wing includes the second and third double bedroom, main bathroom and generous laundry.





Best Custom Home $800,000 - $1M


Imperial Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Albert Park
Designer: Orbit Solutions /Chris Goss

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

This home was a relatively complicated build on a narrow block with two street frontages, bordered by four different neighbouring properties (all built directly on the boundary). A main courtyard and a service courtyard, linked by a long, airy gallery, separate the front and rear sections of the house. This design allows an enormous amount of light to be brought into the adjoining living spaces and maintains the largest possible footprint for the home. The home boasts high quality materials and workmanship throughout; from the fully tiled bathrooms to the American Oak flooring. The construction of this home aims to provide an extremely comfortable, modern home displaying the highest standards.





Best Custom Home $1M - $3M


Arch.10 P/L
Project: Mt Waverley
Designer: Arch.10

Website: http://www.arch10.com.au/

The builder was commissioned to design, document and construct a two-storey home comprising four bedrooms, study, four separate living areas and a basement garage with storage area. The design is based on the concept of open-plan living, but areas are formally defined and structured by variances in volume and space. A vaulted ceiling emanates down from the glass roof above the dining area, which acts as a central node of the house where all spaces are linked, including the main outdoor entertaining area.





Special Commendation
Best Custom Home $1M - $3M


First Impressions Projects P/L
Project: Williamstown
Designer: First Impressions Projects P/L

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

Commencing with the demolition of an existing residence, the scope of works required the construction of a new, two-storey home plus basement. Japanese elements were incorporated and are included in a private helm like office, Tatami room with Shoji screens, kitchen and library. The four bedrooms are all equipped with ensuites, and the master bedroom enjoys a retreat with an adjacent sitting room. Internally, with expansive voids and the extensive use of glass, warmth and character are added to the home with the use of new and recycled timber. External finishes include Spotted Gum cladding, recycled timber posts, concrete block work with rendered finish and wrap-around steel fascias. A plunge pool with pergola and Bento Box garden complete the project.





Best Custom Home over $3M


DC Construction Pty Ltd
Project: Merricks North
Designer: Wood/Marsh Pty Ltd

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

Nestled amongst a picturesque vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula, this exceptional home has an environmentally conscious design which capitalises on the magnificent surrounding views. Curvaceous, rammed earth walls required extra effort to form the major aesthetic of this six-bedroom home. A high level of workmanship was called for in features such as, polished concrete floors and staircases, cabinetry, plastering, timber veneer wall panelling and painting. A striking hallway anchors the design, with meticulously spaced, undulating timber ceiling battens, resulting in a dynamic entry passage through the house. The quality result and the satisfaction of the client demonstrate the builder's ability to deliver a superior construction project.





Best Multi-Unit Development up to 3 Units


Moobi Group
Project: Brighton
Designer: Robert Schulberg /SD Architects

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

Works involved the construction of two contemporary, architecturally designed, double-storey homes delivered with high quality workmanship. The two, open-plan homes boast large living spaces, three spacious bedrooms (including the main bedroom with luxury ensuite and walk-in-robe), as well as a separate study, main bathroom and powder room. The designer kitchen features marble bench tops and european appliances. With its modern architecture and free flowing relationship between the internal living space and the outdoors, this development sets a new benchmark for the area.





Special Commendation
Best Multi Unit Development up to 3 units


Berman Homes
Project: Caulfield
Designer: Interior Designs/ Berton Designs /Cramer Designer

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

This magnificent two-unit development encapsulates modern design, high end specifications and attention to detail. The two homes are built side-by-side, in a mirror reverse fashion featuring three generous bedrooms, bathroom, children's play area/retreat, powder room and ensuite. A stunning, open kitchen, dining room and living room have clear views of the external entertainment area with its own built in barbecue over timber decking. A flexible approach with a high level of communication and documentation by the builder, helped the clients to achieve a clear understanding of the visual and cost aspect of the items selected.





Best Multi Unit Development – 4 to 12 units


Costas Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Warrandyte

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

This very special development evolved as a solution to the lack of retirement living in the local area. The design focus of the five individual villas is on spaciousness and open-plan living. Other features include hardwood flooring, Caesarstone® bench tops, extra large showers and european appliances. A wide range of complementary façade colours and external material ensure that each home harmonises with its setting. Energy efficiency has been addressed through the inclusion of double glazing, rainwater tanks and hydronic heating. Each villa benefits from a courtyard with outdoor paving and a rock and sleeper seat. These features, together with native plants in the landscaping, further enhance the overall quality and appeal of the outdoor space.





Best Sustainable Energy Home


Positive Footprints
Project: Preston
Designer: Positive Footprints

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

This new dwelling is a functional, energy efficient home that reflects the client's sustainable values. The highly effective, passive solar design makes the house naturally warm in winter and cool in summer. This combined with solar hot water and photovoltaics provide a house with very low energy bills. Double glazing, high insulation levels and reverse brick walls also add to its environmentally friendly footprint. A 6000 litre rainwater tank provides water to run the laundry, flush the toilets and water the garden. The outcome is a 9 Star, passive solar house that fully integrates an environmentally sustainable design throughout and provides a great example of what can be achieved on a modest budget.





Master Tradesman Award


Robert Dickson
Stirlingshire Timbercraft Pty Ltd

Robert Dickson, of Stirlingshire Timbercraft Pty Ltd, has had extensive experience in small to very large contracts in a wide variety of project types, successfully completing those projects to a very high standard of finish, and to the entire satisfaction of the clients. He has displayed an exceptional amount of initiative in being able to solve the most difficult challenges. Robert's clients have advised he is most reliable and that his works have been completed in a first class manner.





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