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 minimal time and effort it takes to complete an award entry is easily outweighed by the benefits of winning. The marketing exposure and branding opportunities are endless.

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2013 winners

The 2013 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.

Master Builder of the Year 

Martin Builders
Project: Inverloch
Designer: James Stockwell


The design process of this contemporary home adopts the 1950s modernist philosophy of design as well as the concept of architecture enhancing the flow of energy throughout. The form of the house distorts mathematical and structural curves to achieve the interior concept. Compressed sand/gravel thermal mass walls warm the protective exterior, a reminder of distant sand dunes. The interior structure and joinery is made up of local Victorian timber, rammed earth and bluestone in the wet areas. The house enjoys peripheral vision of the sea and sky, opened up by tapered facades.

Regional Builder of the Year

Refuge Homes Pty Ltd
Project: Hazelwood North
Designer: Refuge Homes


Surrounding natural vegetation inspired the design and planning of this home. Boasting not only impressive beauty but also providing practical living and entertainment options, this family home is a modern masterpiece. Featuring four generous bedrooms, two living areas plus a sunroom and large alfresco area, it is the perfect mix of entertaining spaces and private retreats. Polished concrete floors are a feature as are the earthy tones used throughout. From the outset, this home creates a welcoming impression with a unique façade and expansive parapets. The Judges were impressed with the innovation & commitment to industry shown by Refuge Homes, paving the way for more durable, safer, energy efficient, distinctive homes.

Young Builder of the Year

Drew Larkin
Larkin & Drought Builders


Drew has been involved in the building industry since 1997, and during that period he has gained a considerable amount of experience in both commercial and domestic building. Drew and his business partner have their own building company (Larkin & Drought Builders Pty Ltd), participating in projects ranging from new homes, extensions, renovations and small commercial jobs, and is aiming to broaden their market base in the future. His company has won numerous Master Builder Awards. The Judges were extremely impressed with his professionalism in the way he manages his business, and his attitude to the importance of his clients and his enthusiasm. Congratulations Drew, a worthy winner of this award .

Best Renovation/Addition under $200,000

Cameron Construction 
Project: Malvern East 
Designer: John Redpath


The purpose of the first floor extension to this Federation style home was essentially to provide a kids zone boasting three bedrooms, rumpus rooms and a family bathroom. In addition the ground floor second bedroom and study, have been converted into a living and dining room, providing much needed extra living space. In keeping with the previous ground floor extension, the finishes and materials have been chosen to provide a compatible and sympathetic approach to the original home, thereby providing a seamless transition between old and new.. 

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

Todd Newman Builders
Project: Bendigo
Designer: Johanne and Joost Van Bree 


Works on this project required creating additional space on a limited site without adversely affecting the surrounding context. The extra space consists of a new kitchen, informal living area, two bedrooms and an additional bathroom. The internal areas interact with the external environment either visually or physically via windows, courtyards and decks. To cater for the spatial requirements of additional bedrooms and living spaces, a double storey solution was introduced which offers sufficient height to gain views of the surrounding areas. 

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

Zachary Spark Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Thornbury
Designer: Freehand Projects 


This architecturally designed renovation and addition has transformed a dated cottage into a comfortable family home, which oozes inner city urban character and charm. Exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail is evident in the new versatile living and dining space, mezzanine storeroom, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and laundry. With a strong focus on the use of sustainably engineered and recycled building materials, the renovation reveals an eclectic mix of exposed engineered beams, painted floorboards, recycled bricks and timber and a beautifully polished concrete slab. 

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

Fleetwood Building Design & Construction
Project: Glen Iris
Designer: AusDraft 


This 1930s double brick Californian bungalow with its classic external features has been completely renovated excluding the formal sitting room, which was painted a striking dark blue. The original exposed brick feature wall together with the dark stained American Oak flooring provides a welcoming entrance to the living area. This area features a dining area opening to a modern, galley style kitchen boasting high quality fittings and finishes. From the lounge area, the aluminium stacker doors peel open onto a brand new Merbau deck and cantilevered veranda on three sides. The master bedroom has been created with built-in-robes, a walk-in-robe and luxurious ensuite. 

Best Renovation/Addition $500,000 - $750,000

Twin Bay Constructions
Project: Mt Eliza
Designer: Andrew Kirk 


The charm of this original 1860s farmhouse has been restored and its warmth and character renewed. The immaculate two storey, four bedroom, three bathroom home is flooded with natural light and allows uninterrupted views of the landscaped back garden. The expansive open-plan living area, three bedrooms and a formal lounge room are located on the lower level and the master bedroom and study on the upper level. The home’s carefully planned design makes it unique and appealing. 

Best Renovation/Addition $750,000 - $1M

Project: Malvern
Designer: John Morley & Bianca Ganesan 


This project involved the amalgamation of an old existing single storey Edwardian home and a modern, new double storey extension. The front façade and rooms were retained while most of the existing house was demolished. A long hallway leading from the entrance connects the old and new sections. A living room, study, master and guest bedrooms, pantry and laundry flank the hallway which then opens up into the open plan living room, kitchen and dining. This leads out onto a verandah overlooking the swimming pool.  

Best Renovation/Addition over $1M

Icon Synergy Pty Ltd
Project: Eaglemont
Designer: Vibe Design Group Pty Ltd 


Over a ten year period, this existing residence only reached lock-up stage, resulting in a partial demolition and full scale renovation with a garage addition. The proposed design utilised as much of the 70 squares of non-function spaces, however a complete overhaul of every aspect was required during construction due to structural issues. Exacting standards throughout the project produced high quality finishes including external, curved Alucobond walls and internal black glass feature walls, both requiring precision to achieve the desired design feature.  

Special Commendation - Best Renovation/Addition over $1M

DC Construction Pty Ltd
Project: East Melbourne
Designer: ZGA 


This renovation project involved one of three exclusive four storey residences with significant heritage listing. The basic 1880s building has been transformed into a contemporary, light-filled and meticulously detailed home displaying absolute precision in building technique. The alterations required great attention to detail and a unique response to every room of the existing house. The four levels incorporate an extensive cellar, courtyard and the main bedroom converted from the original attic which boasts skylights and original timber floors. The builder has delivered a superior result.  

Best Display Home under $200,000

SJD Homes
Project: Loxton MK2, Officer
Designer: Harvan Design 


Vibrant and fresh, this home offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a double garage, alfresco and two living areas. While offering the quiet of a separate living area, the heart of the home is the vibrant kitchen, living and family area where the raked ceiling and generous windows fill the home with natural light. Designed to be affordable, it offers a functional floor plan and subtle luxuries not normally found in a home of this size.  

Best Display Home $200,000 - $250,000

Porter Davis Homes
Project: Oakdale 28, Mernda
Designer: Keith Fuller/ Randall Pye


The Oakdale 28 is a modern family home with a series of open and attractive spaces – lots of large, bright living areas as well as bedrooms and private areas including a study. The purpose of the design was to offer personal, informal spaces plus additional formal rooms to encourage easy, everyday family interaction and entertaining options. The configuration of rooms, windows and lights in conjunction with the design execution offer value for money and interior styling that ensure this house stands apart from its peers.  

Special Commendation - Best Display Home $200,000 - $250,000

SJD Homes
Project: Caversham MK2, Officer
Designer: Harvan Design


An understated, stylish and contemporary façade sets the theme of the Caversham MK2, incorporating all modern options required for entertaining, relaxing and comfort. Accommodation includes four bedrooms, master suite with his and hers walk-in-robes and an ensuite with a double vanity, double shower and separate toilet. A theatre room is separated from the main living space and an outdoor living area extends from the family room for further entertaining options.  

Best Display Home $250,000 - $300,000

Botanic Homes
Project: Bale 4, Officer
Designer: Fernando Belmonté


The golden warmth of rich timber finishes and architectural balance is showcased in this signature home, with the most prominent feature being the amazing pyramidal timber lined vaulted ceiling that covers most of the family room. Skylights punctuate the raked lounge room ceiling that overlooks a calming courtyard and feature marble bath. The elegant master bedroom is located at the front of the home and the open-plan living area and three further bedrooms sit towards the rear.  

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

Botanic Homes
Project: Abode 4s, Cranbourne West


Distinguished by faultless design and desirable proportions, this home showcases the finest in flexible, modern family living. At the heart of the home, the clean and crisp lines of the black and white kitchen draw the eye past the premium appliances and long island bench to the polished concrete floors that feature in the open meals and family room. A private alfresco dining area sweeps onto the large deck and back inside to the rumpus room. With four double bedrooms and a study nook, the master suite is situated separately for complete privacy.  

Best Display Home $350,000 - $500,000

Botanic Homes
Project: Atlantis 4s, Officer
Designer: Fernando Belmonté


The façade of this tranquil retreat is striking and clean yet it makes a bold statement. Multiple living zones are spread over two levels incorporating a sophisticated family room with a fireplace, meals and kitchen seamlessly linked to an expansive alfresco area. An impressive outdoor kitchen boasts a pizza oven and affords views of the pool. The upstairs level boasts four double bedrooms, a rumpus room and a cantilevered balcony.  

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

Sherridon Homes
Project: Grande 45, Plumpton


The design brief called for a large double storey home that appeals to a wide range of homebuyers. The large primary living zone comprises a well-appointed kitchen along with spacious, light-filled meals and family rooms that open onto a timber lined piazza via two separate timber doors. The unique layout of the kitchen and walk-in-pantry presents a very functional space and plenty of storage. A wrought iron staircase leads to the upper level where a royal master suite and three further bedrooms reside, each with their own ensuite.  

Best Display Home over $750,000

Project: California, Brighton
Designer: Pleysier Perkins


A high level of consideration is reflected in the design detailing of this home, creating both free flowing, and cleverly zoned areas with a distinct separation between quiet living and the everyday family living space. A textured blade wall that includes a see-through fireplace - subtly linking the two areas, beautifully divides the dining and family spaces. Upstairs, the zoning theme continues where the master bedroom with large walk-in dressing room and interconnecting ensuite are separated from the children’s bedrooms, but linked via a liner traffic spine beautifully illuminated via a series of full height, north facing slit windows.  

Best Custom Home under $300,000

Sienna Building Group
Project: Armstrong Creek
Designer: David Bock


The owners required a four bedroom, double garage, open-plan home that exploited the views to the east and had a north facing alfresco area. Although the budget was modest, the owners were enthusiastic about exploring non-conventional design elements to maximise space, light and ventilation. The home features a combination of brick veneer and light weight claddings, complemented by Colorbond roofing in a shale grey, providing a subtle contrast and reinforcing the coastal colour pallet. The result is a quality built home, both in materials selected and workmanship.  

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

Larkin & Drought Builders
Project: Armstrong Creek
Larkin & Drought Builders/DLB Design


The aim for this project was to create a unique looking, yet liveable home with a great energy rating. The interior design employs the use of spotted gum and butt joined glass to create a striking entrance to this three bedroom home and highly polished, off-white concrete runs through the entry, kitchen, living and wet areas. An L-shaped open-living space looks out to the racked alfresco ceiling line, allowing plenty of natural light to penetrate the bi-fold doors. The decision to use lightweight claddings on the exterior allowed the builders to gain another house square, by loosing the brickwork and cavity around the perimeter of the home.  

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

Inline Pty Ltd
Project: Niddrie
Designer: Stuart Cherry


Features of this classical home include distinctive lines, deep roof planes and expanses of glass. Downstairs, an abundant living space delivers a separate formal lounge area and a study at the front of the home, and open plan kitchen, dining and living area connected to the outdoor living space at the rear. Feature timber stairs lead up to four generously sized bedrooms, including the master suite boasting a substantial ensuite and walk-in-robe.  

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

S D Davies Builders
Project: Phillip Island
Designer: Heather Wright


This striking holiday home boasts a stunning aesthetic thanks to the use of unique textures and recycled materials with the added bonus of water views. The design was created to maximise the second floor living areas with relaxation spaces for all ages. The master bedroom is a mezzanine on the top level with a further three bedrooms on the first floor and a sunken lounge room adds a unique effect. The home is constructed using glass, timber, stone and steel; perfectly fitting with the coastal environment.  

Best Custom Home $800,000 - $1M

JA Irwin Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Dromana
Designer: Vibe Design Group - Michael O'Sullivan


The designer of this three bedroom home was inspired by the unconventional site configuration to design a V-shapped layout that took full advantage of the spectacular views over Port Phillip Bay, while maintaining optimum privacy. The living area and master bedroom create apartment style living, with zoned areas for entertaining. Attention to detail including the feature battens and disguised entry door, maintain the design intent and provide an optimum result for the owner.  

Best Custom Home $1M - $2M

Martin Builders
Project: Inverloch
Designer: James Stockwell


The design adopts the 1950s modernist philosophy of design as well as the concept of architecture as a field of energies and flows. The design of the home looks at the core idea of shelter in an exposed environment that contains all the necessary elements of domestic life. Compressed sand walls warm the protective exterior, a reminder of distant sand dunes. The interior structure and joinery boasts local Victorian Ash Timber.  

Best Custom Home over $2M

Morcon Developments Pty Ltd
Project: Portsea
Designer: Stephen Akehurst


Nestled within a garden oasis, this regal three storey home stands true to its Hampton style; light, airy and casual yet magnificently stylish. At the heart of the home are two large living rooms with high raked ceilings, leading onto stone clad terraces with intricate columns and rafters, overlooking the pool and gardens. A kitchen, dining room, laundry study and master bedroom complete the ground floor. The first floor contains three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a playroom. Tying the floors together is a winding timber staircase.  

Best Multi Unit Development up to 3 Units

Bluestar Living
Project: Mont Albert North
Designer: Design Equilibrium


This project required two sizable homes for two active, growing and professional families, reflecting their needs for elegant styling, tasteful interior design and quality construction methods. The result is two beautiful classic duplex style homes that maximises energy efficiency and provides modern and low maintenance living. Elegant classic façade lines blend with the character of the existing and well established streetscape, while internally features include a combination of split level floors, interesting northern orientated cathedral ceilings, and large glazing to the open northern living areas.

Best Multi Unit Development 4-12 Units

Tarastar T/A BPM
Project: Brighton
Designer: Hecker Guthrie


With discerning clients in mind these ten boutique luxury apartments built over three levels, required a modern, luxurious and sophisticated appeal. Inspired by 20th century Bauhaus architecture, each apartment includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms as a minimum and luxury items such as marble bench tops, timber flooring, 100 per cent wool carpet and straight lines feature heavily as a design element. The apartments have also been given a good sense of entry with larger than usual foyers.

Best Integrated Housing Development

Lightwood Property and Construction Group
Project: Elmwood, Wodonga
Designer: Lightwood Property and Construction Group

This ‘walkable’, sustainable 130 townhouse micro community is the only one of its kind in the region. Elmwood has blended commercial and domestic projects to create an entire neighbourhood from the ground up. The multi-phase project includes three bedroom terraces with 8 Star ratings and two bedroom terraces with 8.5 Star energy ratings. In addition to the private residences, developers have designed and constructed a community health facility, alfresco café and a pharmacy to create a convenient and environmentally sustainable facility.

Best Sustainable Energy Home

Positive Footprints
Project: Seddon
Designer: Positive Footprints


This 8.6 Star passive solar house featured a comprehensive environmental specification list for all stages of construction. Materials were chosen that either save precious energy and natural resources, or are taken from sustainable sources. As well as high performing windows and high insulation levels, energy modelling showed thermal mass to be effective, particularly in moderating summer temperatures in the upper levels. Clerestory windows to the roof provide northern light to the full length of the slab, and voids have been created to draw light down to the southern ground floor living and master bedroom.

Best Sustainable Energy Home Over $650,000

Calm Living Homes
Project: Upper Ferntree Gully
Designer: Anton Engelmayer


This home features a 7 Star energy rating featuring a passive solar design that is created by positioning the living areas to face the north winter sun. This allows for the internal thermal mass wall in the centre of the home to charge and act as a heat sink, warming the home in the winter months and cooling during summer. A water feature in the front entry acts as a natural form of evaporative cooling running water over a tiled stone wall.

Best Kitchen under $40,000

Moobi Group Pty Ltd
Project: Brighton East
Designer: Robert Schulberg


This project provided an opportunity to use a blend of different materials, textures, colours and products to create a harmonious backdrop. With the current direction of open-plan living, limitation to single dining and combined living spaces, the open-plan kitchen and utility is designed not to be so open and expose the mechanics required in these rooms. Exceptional quality fixtures and fittings will appeal to the most discerning of chefs.

Best Kitchen over $40,000

Cameron Construction
Project: Warrandyte
DDesigner: Carmel Wylie


The result of this renovation has transformed a dark, dated and impractical kitchen into a functional family space. Brick walls were removed and existing doorways filled in, allowing for the addition of a servery and effectively doubling the size of the space. The monochrome pallet comprising gloss and stainless steel creates an elegant, light-filled design; maximising practicality without feeling sterile. Attention to aesthetics is evident, with the Caesarstone bench top, glass splashback and undermounted triple bowl sink all contributing to a clean, seamless finish.

Best Bathroom under $30,000

First Impressions Projects Pty Ltd
Project: Mornington
Designer: Robert Rolls


Works to the existing bathroom were required to transform the space into a highly functional, family bathroom. A seamless connection was required to tie in with the floorboards in the hallway to achieve an earthy, warm feeling. The small area required a simple, uncluttered appeal in addition to the ability to function as a complete wet area, with children able to splash as they wish. Strategically placed window boxes were to provide natural light and glimpses through to the bamboo garden beyond.

Best Bathroom over $30,000

MVH Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Vermont

This outdated and impractical bathroom required updating to a stylish and user friendly bathroom. All internal walls were removed to create a very open area, giving the overall effect of a grand bathroom boasting all modern features without compromising ease of use. The result is a spacious and practical renovated bathroom perfectly suited to family living.

Best Kitchen in a Display Home

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


Complementing the luxurious feel of the home, the kitchen has been designed for lavish or casual entertaining. With a compact area to work with, it makes use of all the available space. The feature island bench combines as a breakfast bar and is further defined overhead by a dropped ceiling panel. The fridge and appliances are carefully integrated within the cupboard areas to minimise visual clutter while also maximising the feeling of space. This combined with the use of light colours ensures the kitchen is an integral part of the living and dining area.

Best Bathroom in a Display Home

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


An appropriate complement to an exquisite master bedroom, this ensuite exudes luxury. Incorporating lavish stone finishes, marble benchtops and emporite cabinets combined with minimal detailing, the feeling of space is maximised. Plenty of bench space and ledge areas via the vanity and wall niches allow for ample functional storage spaces and a decorative feature. An abundance of light is gained via large windows located on adjacent walls. Expansive full length mirrors behind his and hers vanities expand the space while the stylish freestanding bath forms the central feature.

Master Tradesman Award

Rhys Ferguson
Style Scapes


Rhys Ferguson of Styles Scapes, was nominated by Michael Hill, of Neumode Construction, for the following reasons: he has had extensive experience in small to large contracts business, he specialises in landscaping, and particularly in feature stone retaining walls. Rhys is well known for competitive pricing, high quality workmanship, is very reliable, has good people skills and has a very professional approach in all his business activities. Neumode were extremely satisfied with the work Rhys has recently completed for them and the Judges feel Rhys is a worthy winner of this award.



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