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.

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2014 winners


The 2014 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 

Armadillo Homes
Project: Elwood
Designer: Armadillo Homes

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

The concept for this project was to undertake an innovative renovation that would take full advantage of the beachside location and reinstate the beachside atmosphere of the original building. The original interior was small and dark. The internal living spaces were disjointed and the outlook had no regard for the unique environment. The contemporary renovation is a design with a timeless classic façade and a new interior that is open and inviting, offering a seamless flow of space and welcoming in ample natural light. The long-ignored views of the bay can now be enjoyed from the existing levels with a third floor also added to capture even more stunning beach views and provide additional floor space to the fixed footprint.





Regional Builder of the Year


Scott James Builder
Project: Albury
Designer: Scott James Builder & Abode

Website: www.scottjamesbuilder.com.au

This contemporary rural home with “T shaped” floorplan, has a vast number of double glazed, aluminium framed, commercial windows that take in the surrounding Australian bushland. The entry to the home is a custom-made pivot hinged cedar door. The home which features four bedrooms, plus a study, has a resourceful use of space and stunning modern finishes and fixtures throughout. The main open-plan living zone has a raked ceiling projecting four metres beyond the building. A double-sided wood combustion fireplace acts as a subtle divider in the room. The many features in the bathroom include frameless shower screen, floor to ceiling tiles, freestanding bath and floating timber vanities with stone benches.



Young Builder of the Year


Brent Henry
BH Prestige Homes

Website: www.bhprestigehomes.com.au

Brent set up his own building company known as BH Prestige Homes in 2004. His progression to a successful builder became evident in 2010 and 2012, as on these two occasions he was the winner for Master Builders Best Display Home $300,000-$350,000 and Master Builders Best Custom Home $400,000-$500,000, which was a remarkable achievement in such a short time. He has since been involved in projects up to 1 million dollars. Judges were very impressed with his professionalism in the way he manages his business, and his attitude to the importance of his clients. They were also very impressed with Brent’s enthusiasm, motivation, grasp and management of a wide range of technical and complex issues of a project. .



Best Renovation/Addition under $200,000


Grenville Architectural Constructionn 
Project: Brunswick 
Designer: Naomi Webster & Tom Petty

Website: www.gaconstruct.com.au

The renovation of this home has brought abundant natural light indoors, with significant use of skylights drawing attention to the striking high ceilings. Coupled with the neutral colours and sleek contemporary finishes, the open living areas of the home feel enormous. The kitchen benefits from panels hiding large portions of workspace when not in use, allowing utilisation of other spaces without distraction. Natural light is also factored into the bathroom, where a seamless mix of modern and classic design ties this bold project together.




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


Elite Homes (Melb) Pty Ltd
Project: Port Melbourne
Designer: Benni Trajcevski 

http://www.elitehomes.net.au

Before this heritage home was renovated, input from neighbours was sought and council planning requirements obtained. A new second storey was added and set back to lessen the street impact. The addition blends seamlessly into the façade of the existing home. The home has a northerly aspect so roof windows and solar lights were installed to capitalise on the light and sun. A new master suite is situated on the second floor and includes an ensuite, walk-in robe, and private balcony. On the ground floor the bathroom was moved from the rear of the home to be more convenient to two new bedrooms that feature walk-in robes.  




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


Neumode Design & Construction
Project: Glen Iris
Designer: Basset & Lobaza P/L 

Website: www.neumode.com.au

This is a major renovation of a 1930s, solid brick home in original condition with an outdated 1980’s extension. The works included a complete refurbishment and extension of downstairs with a first floor addition. The new design includes a modern open plan living area with separate spaces to accommodate a growing family, and a generous outdoor entertaining area. Where possible, original features, such as the stained glass windows to the entry and vestibule, were retained and restored. The new practical floor plan has enhanced the accommodation both inside and out, and improved its suitability for a contemporary family lifestyle.  




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


Armadillo Homes
Project: Elwood
Designer: Armadillo Homes 

Website: www.armadillohomes.com.au

This original 1920s residence in a prime location had been unsympathetically renovated over the years, resulting in the property losing all its character and purpose. The vision was to restore some of the spirit of the home in a way that honoured its past through a modern and innovative interpretation of a family home. The previously pokey, dark interior was opened up to create sweeping and inviting spaces. Surrounding beach views were vital to the revised layout and an added third level to the home now takes full advantage of the vista. The home’s new façade is sand cement render and copper cladding. Both surfaces will age naturally so that together they will develop the traditional patina of centuries’ old buildings.  




Best Renovation/Addition over $1M


Spacemaker Home Extensions
Project: Malvern
Designer: Doug Bates 

Website: www.spacemaker.com.au

This renovation reflects the personality, creativity and heritage of the owners and acknowledges the home’s history with original features, such as the use of dark timbers and exposed beams, carried through the new work. The result is an exciting and eclectic mix of modern and traditional elements as well as a strong middle-eastern influence. Magnificent imported features including encaustic tiles in Moroccan colours and geometric patterns were used in external panels and brickwork. The main living area includes a study area situated behind a room divider made from an old Moroccan door. The previously dilapidated home has been transformed into a truly unique home. 




Best Renovation/Addition over $2M


DC Construction Pty Ltd
Project: Toorak
Designer: MBA Design Group, Michael Jan 

Website: www.dcconstruction.com.au

Before the construction of a stunning and sophisticated new wing could commence on this project the demolition of an existing 1940s home was required. The unusual minimalist detailing of works throughout the project required great accuracy and skillful attention to all joints. The very basic original building has been transformed into a modern, light-filled and meticulously detailed home that showcases high-level building techniques. A traditionally laid marble terrazzo floor, bronzed cabinetry, and full height walls of glazed sliding doors all demanded extraordinary precision throughout construction.  



Best Display Home under $200,000


Carlisle Homes P/L
Project: Melton South
Designer: Shane Rogers 

Website: www.carlislehomes.com.au

This single-storey home offers open-plan living with a modern kitchen boasting plenty of space to accommodate meal preparation and entertaining. The master suite is situated at the front of the home providing privacy from the main areas of the home. Two further bedrooms, complete with walk-in-robes, are situated next to the main bathroom for easy access. A separate home theatre room is located just before the central living area and could also function as a formal living room or rumpus.




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


Henley Properties
Project: Monaco Lux Q1, Craigieburn
Designer: Henley Properties 

Website: www.henley.com.au

This spacious family home is both elegant and practical. The design makes great sense for a family home with the kitchen as the centrepiece of the home. Overlooking a large and bright meals area, the kitchen has superior quality finishes providing the perfect backdrop to entertaining. Family living is further enhanced by a second living area at the rear of the home with the secondary bedrooms. Accessible from both of these living areas is the alfresco space, which again extends the entertaining abilities of this home. The master suite is situated well away from the other bedrooms, creating a new relaxation zone separate from the main family areas.  




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


Porter Davis
Project: Drysdale 30, Craigieburn
Designer: Keith Fuller/Randall Pye 

Website: www.porterdavis.com.au

The feature of this cleverly designed home is its seamless division of three internal zones, including the parents’ zone, living zone, and bedroom zone. The home has four bedrooms and two bathrooms and offers fuss free family living at its finest. A large study and a home theatre room are situated off the foyer area just before the main living area, all shielded from view upon entrance. The large kitchen has a handy informal meals area, as well as a formal dining area next to a formal lounge that continues directly to the outdoors.  




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

Special Commendation


Simonds Homes
Project: Oxford Kew, Plumpton
Designer: Bill Giannikos, Simonds Homes

Website: www.simonds.com.au

The Oxford displays a really efficient compact plan that includes four generous sized bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas and an open study. The entry gives way to a spacious lounge on one side, with a walk through to a centrally located kitchen, meals and living area. The alfresco adds and element of indoor-outdoor living within the one footprint. The centrally located staircase leads up to the first floor area where four bedrooms and an upstairs rumpus room are located.  




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


Long Island Homes
Project: Santikka 330, Williams Landing
Designer: Long Island Homes

Website: www.longislandhomes.com.au

This four-bedroom home has a large study and three outstanding living areas provide a modern lifestyle at the highest level. Care has been taken to ensure that high work load areas such as the butler’s pantry, laundry, and main bathroom were extremely well thought out, smartly appointed, and truly practical. Some very unique features of this home include a smart contemporary two-way fireplace, a main bathroom big enough for any growing family, a powder room to service guests, and oversize bi-parting sliders to further enhance the indoor/outdoor appeal.  




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


BH Prestige Homes
Project The Entertainer 41, Mernda
Designer: Phillip Abriola

Website: www.bhprestigehomes.com.au

The sloping site dictated the split level design of this home over three levels. The functional and spacious open plan kitchen, dining, meals and family area is made to feel larger by high ceilings. The mirrored splashbacks in the stunning kitchen add to the effect of greater space. The master bedroom and study are situated at the front of the home away from the children’s area. Noise and privacy are not compromised and late nights in the office do not disturb sleeping children. Three practical and zoned outdoor living areas were built to maximise yard space.  




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


Bryan & Petersen Pty Ltd
Project: Fusion, Alfredton
Designer: Jesse Plumridge

Website: www.bryanpetersen.com.au

Complementing the clean, crisp and minimalist design of this luxurious home is a lap pool positioned right at the center and fronted by a floor to ceiling glass window. The floorplan offers plenty of open areas as well as designated living areas to satisfy those who need some solitude. The home includes a children’s retreat, study and a large alfresco area. Built to cater for a large family, this four bedroom home features plenty of storage and an ultra-modern designer kitchen.  




Best Display Home over $750,000


Grollo Homes
Project: French Provincial, Balwyn North
Designer: Lou Grollo

Website: www.grollohomes.com.au

The external façade of this French provincial styled home is intricately detailed and is indicative of the impressive opulence within. The entry portico and arched solid oak front door leads to a grand entry with a soaring ceiling void, glass chandelier and oak stained floorboards. The home has a basement car park and the ground floor includes a luxurious kitchen, living areas, a master bedroom suite and an outdoor entertainment terrace with Jacuzzi and barbeque. On the top floor there is another bathroom and a further three bedrooms, one with its own ensuite. Throughout the home the old-world charm continues with superb finishes including marble finished bathrooms and plush carpets.  



Best Custom Home under $300,000


Well Known Homes
Project: Knoxfield


Website: www.wellknownhomes.com.au

Smart and practical high quality features are modestly understated in this modern home. The modern technological features simplify everyday living with inclusions such as USB points in the kitchen for charging devices. The home also features custom power switches by the front door to turn on or off all the lights in the home, or to switch off selected power points all at once. The beautiful, Wormy Chestnut flooring enriches the neutral colour scheme inside the home. There are comfortable bedrooms, with the master featuring a walk-in-robe and ensuite. This is a well built home with great care given to innovative building techniques and cost-effective technology to maximise comfortable living.  




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


Q Designer Homes
Project: Ocean Grove
Designer: Q Designer Homes

Website: www.qdh.com.au

This attractive three bedroom home with study, multi-purpose room, and open-plan kitchen, living, and family meals area is an example of quality design for family living. The home sits well within the surrounding established homes and offers a relaxing outdoor space with a pool to the north rear yard. The garage is well situated in the front of the home, with an entry leading right into the foyer. The second and third bedrooms are both located through the multi-purpose room, suggesting the possibility of a second living area specifically for children to further enhance family life.  




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


Larkin & Drought Builders
Project: Teesdale
Designer: DLB Design – Larkin & Drought

Website: www.ldhomes.com.au

The attractive rural façade of this custom built home compliments the nearby giant red gums that the home was designed and constructed to view. The 30 degree pitched Colorbond© roof with lined bell verandah creates the required classic look. The home is spacious and includes an independent children’s wing and plenty of storage. The alfresco is quite a feature with plastered raked ceilings and skylights. Standard brick veneer, good orientation, neatly fitted insulation, double glazing, window placement and eaves have achieved a comfortable 8.1 Star Energy rating for the home. The home includes other sustainable features such as a septic tank at the rear of the property and a 2500 litre rainwater tank.  




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


Berman Homes
Project: Caulfield South
Designer: Cramer Design & Berton Design

Website: www.bermanhomes.com.au

A magnificent Victorian Ash timber staircase leads to a unique feature of this tranquil home. Upstairs are three bedrooms, all with ensuites. Throughout the home the luxury theme continues with fittings and finishes such as marble, floor to ceiling porcelain wall tiles and two-pack joinery. The master bedroom ensuite also features a freestanding bath, separate shower, separate toilet and skylight. The kitchen featuring a tinted mirror glass splashback is fitted with an induction Miele cooktop and two Miele ovens to cater for all family and entertainment needs. A generous butler’s pantry with sink completes every chef’s dream kitchen.  




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


Mode Projects
Project: Mt Martha
Designer: Sabrosa Designs & Paul Fellows

Website: www.modeprojects.com.au

This two-storey home built to maximise the extensive bay views available from the site. On the western elevation, the large viewing windows are shaded and a deck with a pergola is included to create extra shade. The home is low maintenance and built with material that do not require painting such as pre-finished Colourbond© upper floor pressed cladding. The deck has highly durable ironbark posts over six metres long, with large beams, decking and shade battens all made of the same timber. The house is 33 square meters and has a bold and contemporary style with four bedrooms and a self-contained parents retreat upstairs.  




Best Custom Home $800,000 - $1M


Hansen Living Pty Ltd
Project: Port Melbourne

Website: www.hansenliving.com.au



The exterior of this three storey modern contemporary high end architectural home, features block work, unitex foam and a render system with some great use of alucobond, glass balustrading, Castellation cladding, aerial pool and roof top decking featuring built in BBQ, bar and kitchen. Internally the property features high-end fixtures and fittings, including Spotted Gum flooring, floor to ceiling imported Italian stone tiles in both bathrooms, lavish stone freestanding baths and a custom built kitchen.  




Best Custom Home $800,000 - $1M

Special Commendation


Everclear Constructions P/L
Project: Blairgowrie
Designer: Wolveridge

Website: http://www.everclear.net.au/

The robust and solid design of this home incorporates a great deal of recycled timber and a high level of detail. Recycled Blackbutt shiplap makes up the external cladding, which is fixed with copper nails. Recycled Blackbutt floorboards are used on the upper floor and are secret nailed. The internal entry, the store and the fireplace have been made of rammed earth from a local mix of soils produced on site. Recycled natural hardwood timbers have been used throughout the kitchen including on the island benchtop for food preparation. The home is for a young family who desired a place removed from the reminders of city life and with plenty of outdoor space for children to play.  




Best Custom Home $1M-$2M


CSA Development & Constructions P/L
Project: Beaumaris
Designer: IN2 P/L Mile Trpkovski

Website: www.csaconstructions.com.au

This two-storey plus basement 6 Star rated family home has both practical communal spaces and zoned usable areas that combine both functionality and sophistication effortlessly. A spiral staircase with Cyprus pine balustrade in the main entrance forms the artistic centerpiece of the house. LED strip lighting creates an effective ambiance, and a C-BUS home control affords occupants the flexibility and security of managing the home on site or remotely. Internal and external imported Italian porcelain tiles create flush floor levels between meals and alfresco areas to create a seamless flow complemented by expansive sliding doors.  




Best Custom Home over $2M


Stonehaven Homes
Project: Armadale
Designer: Roman Franetic

Website: www.stonehavenhomes.com.au

The design of this home has strong modernist architectural form with juxtaposition of material and layering of detail. The ground floor is designed for independent living with the basement living zone enabling further privacy. There is an indoor/outdoor emphasis with huge stacker doors and mechanised external blinds regulating penetration of the summer sun. There is heavy sound and thermal insulation to all walls, between the floors and in the ceilings. The flooring is a combination of pre-finished engineered timber, porcelain tiles, and carpet. Floor to ceiling doors and windows create a maximum volume effect.  




Best Multi Unit Development – up to 3 units


Kleev Homes Pty Ltd
Project: Preston
Designer: Taylor Reynolds

Website: www.kleevhomes.com.au

Attention to detail and quality of construction was of utmost importance on this unique construction of three units. On all levels there are double glazed windows and sliding doors. Each unit has open plan living downstairs, a private master bedroom, walk-in-robe and ensuite upstairs and terraces to take advantage of the views of the Yarra ranges. Beautiful oak timber flooring in the living areas and Silvertop Ash feature walls in the living rooms add stylish character to the homes. A water tank, heating and cooling, insulation to the underside of the concrete slab and excessive insulation to walls, floors and ceiling makes each house very comfortable and livable.  




Best Multi Unit Development – 4 to 12 units


Moobi Group
Project: Caulfield
Designer: Robert Buckerfield

Website: www.moobi.com.au

Designed over four levels, the carefully planned architectural layout of these 10 apartments make use of the surroundings to allow natural light to enter the interiors in abundance. The spacious balconies are ideal for entertaining in the attractive setting. The gourmet kitchens and luxury bathrooms feature imported stone and are fitted with quality fittings and appliances to provide glamorous living and comfort.




Best Multi Unit Development – over 12 units


BPM
Project: Brighton
Designer: BPM, Rob Mills Architect

Website: www.bpmcorp.com.au

Framed with open community spaces and Brighton’s amenity rich “village”, this medium density apartment block offers downsizers the perfect opportunity to make the move to a more practical, maintainable space while still providing the luxuries of the more traditional mansion home common to the area. The apartments include large bedrooms, modern kitchens, easy to maintain landscaping and quality fixtures and fitting. The west facing orientation and exposure to the afternoon sun influenced the direction of the design, making the most of the natural light but still providing adequate shading options where necessary.



Best Sustainable Energy Home


Positive Footprints
Project: Seaholme
Designer: Positive Footprints

Website: www.positivefootprints.com.au

This 9 Star home goes beyond passive design to cutting edge technologies, extensive fruit production and thorough environmental materials specifications throughout. Already producing significantly more power than it uses, this house really does make a positive footprint. Rainwater is collected and reused on site and greywater reused for garden watering and earthtube cooling. A focus on water efficiency means that mains water use should only be a third of a standard house. A compost system and worm farm for food-scraps recycling and soil improvement is part of the landscaping. Double glazing, high insulation levels and reverse brick veneer walls also make the house a very quiet, peaceful and bright space to be in.




Best Sustainable Energy Home

Special Commendation


GJ Gardner Homes Geelong
Project: Balance 9.1, Armstrong Creek
Designer: Ric La Mattina & John Van Dizonen

Website: www.gjgardnergeelong.com.au

To achieve a 9.1 Star energy rating, the design of this three bedroom home focused on the building’s orientation with a north-south aspect, glazing elements with double glazed windows throughout, and thermal mass including internal brick work and polished concrete floors. Sustainability was the key concern and technology was introduced for complete control of the home through automation. The technology allows lighting and electrical appliances to be turned on and off with the flick of a switch from an iPhone, iPad or the control panel within the building. Everything from the shopping list to heating and cooling and alarm systems can be controlled from anywhere in Australia where there is internet access.




Best Kitchen under $40,000


Rose Building Group
Project: Heathmont
Designer: Rose Building Group

Website: www.rosebuildinggroup.com.au

This high quality kitchen is part of a town house project built in the eastern Melbourne suburb of Heathmont. The kitchen has a high level finish the cabinetry was sourced from Albedor and features white gloss with a two-tone edge selected from the Ultra Finish range. The cabinet handles are concealed with a metallic gloss finger profile also from Albedor. The stone benchtops are 40mm Caesarstone on frosty carina. The glass is Starfire and the colour is Dune to match with the adjoining window roller blind. The radiance of the timber bulkhead and flooring provide soft warmth to the kitchen’s beautiful design.




Best Kitchen over $40,000


Hayden Constructions
Project: Torquay


Website: www.haydenconstructions.com.au

Situated in a luxurious home set over two levels, this kitchen is centrally located and designed for ease of use. The layout itself is simplistic with a focus on large working spaces. Without handles, the cabinetry sits flush with the walls for a clean look. There is additional lighting over the working space on the island bench, creating a unique feature in addition to added safety for cooking. An extra island bench functions as a meals space, with the ability to hide chairs in the recessed space on one side. The result is a truly functional and stylish kitchen that meets the needs of all occupants.




Best Bathroom under $30,000


Melbourne Bathrooms
Project: Bentleigh East




Delicate and smart design was the key to transforming this bathroom from an impractical period style to sleek and modern. Drawing together earthy tones that resonate with the natural surrounds to contrast with chrome elements, the room now features enviable fittings and fixtures including a freestanding bathtub, concealed cistern toilet, and wall-mounted heating vents. A floor to ceiling shower screen for the in situ shower, combined with a large mirror, and open skylight chute accentuate the sense of space. Surround sound speakers have also been installed, creating a bathroom experience with complete relaxation in mind.




Best Bathroom over $30,000


Grenville Architectural Construction
Project: Caulfield
Designer: BKK Architects

Website: www.gaconstruct.com.au

This contemporary bathroom exudes luxury and at the same time is very functional. All fixtures and features are contained within a neutral colour scheme to suit the most discerning of tastes. The absence of cabinet handles creates clean lines, and the mirror finishes add further to the bathroom’s sophistication. Sparkling white above-counter sinks provide a crisp contrast against the pattern of the grey and white marbling in the splashbacks and wall and floor tiles.




Best Kitchen in a Display Home


Long Island Homes
Project: Kayan 440, Williams Landing
Designer: Long Island Homes

Website: www.longislandhomes.com.au

The main feature of the kitchen in this Kayan home is a black Caesarstone© island bench with waterfall edges. The contemporary, streamlined look has been continued throughout the kitchen design with features such as minimal door furniture in the cabinetry, an under bench mounted sink, sleek window splashback and Italian made Ariston induction cooktop and wall mounted appliances. The cabinetry is a pattern-matched timber look Laminex with press-to-open hinges. An oversized butler’s pantry, which doubles as a cocktail bar or servery for the outdoor entertaining area, complements the modern kitchen and makes the most of the space.




Best Bathroom in a Display Home


Grollo Homes
Project: French Provincial, Balwyn North
Designer: Lou Grollo

Website: www.grollohomes.com.au

The tiling is a most significant feature in the bathroom design of this French provincial styled home. The ensuite gives the impression of having been forged out of stone with full marble slabs being used rather than individual tiles. The natural stone slabs have been expertly hand polished to a beautiful finish. The geometry of the cabinetry and benchtops maintain a traditional aesthetic with modern fittings. Clever placement of towel rails and shaving cabinets maintain clean lines while maximising space. The colour scheme is modest in keeping with the rest of the home and double French doors add romance to the space.







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