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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2015 winners


The 2015 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 

Imperial Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Albert Park
Designer: Nick Murray

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

The construction of this two-storey, three-bedroom home involved using many different surface materials to create layering and add texture to every area of the home. A spectacular reflection pond in the middle of the house, which is visible from all rooms on the ground floor, is an unexpected feature. Large pivoting and sliding glass doors allow this water feature to feel part of each room. Also, a stunning see- through temperature-controlled wine cellar on the ground floor showcases the client’s wine collection behind triple-glazed panels, and is especially appealing when illuminated at night. The house is well fitted out with a high quality full joinery package featuring the highest quality materials available.





Regional Builder of the Year


Camson Homes
Project: Tallarook
Designer: Mark Richards

Website: www.camsonhomes.com.au

The design strategy of this new four-bedroom home required the use of salvaged timber to construct a series of gabled pavilions in the landscape. The interior spaces are modulated and articulated by the large, salvaged timber Jarrah columns that are coupled and bolted together. Timber trusses within the lofted ceiling spaces support the prominent gabled roof form. The result is a simple and pure form that evokes images of local rural building types. The silhouette of the house is dramatised in the landscape.



Young Builder of the Year


Leigh Allchin
Allchin Builders Pty Ltd

Website: www.allchinbuilders.com.au

Leigh has been in the building industry for over 20 years, having undertaken and completed an apprenticeship in carpentry and worked for a number of builders, gaining invaluable experience before becoming managing director of the multi-award-winning company Allchin Builders Pty Ltd. He later completed a Certificate IV in Building and Construction and became a registered builder in 2009. Since becoming a builder, Leigh has successfully completed residential projects valued up to $2M. His understanding of the importance of building strong client relationships is one on Leigh’s key strengths demonstrated by the respect and time he offers his clients. The judges commend Leigh on his commitment to the building industry and to his local community.



Best Renovation/Addition under $200,000


Elyte Focus Pty Ltd 
Project: Merricks 
Designer: Mihaly Slocombe - W. Mihaly


Works on this project required the addition of a single-level extension to an existing residence comprising two bedrooms, bathroom and a theatre-type glazed walkway, linking the old with the new. The project showcases a high level of finish and incorporates highly complex integration of operable electric shutters, sliding doors and retractable motorized curtains. The close working relationship among the builder, the architect and the client has provided an exacting execution of the required design outcomes.




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


Ecobuilt Vic Pty Ltd
Project: Travancore
Designer: BSS Group 

http://www.ecobuiltvic.com.au

The renovation and addition to this period home was borne out of the owners’ desire to create the perfect home for entertaining. The new three-storey extension accommodates a beautiful new staircase with highlight windows above, and the existing windows in the meals/living area have been replaced with double- glazed extruded vinyl exterior and internal oak timber-framed windows. The new balcony constructed on the upper floor looks down on the self-contained elevated studio with ensuite, constructed on top of a steel-framed carport with space for two cars.  




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


Complete Builders Insight Pty Ltd
Project: Richmond
Designer: Fooi-Ling Khoo & Oof! Architecture

Website: www.completebuildersinsight.com.au

The aim of the design for this project required the transformation of this single- storey Victorian shop front and residence into a livable modern home. Internally and externally the existing house suffered common problems of older homes, including dark interiors and poor access to outdoor spaces. Essentially, the old additions have been replaced with a rear open-plan space that incorporates simple materials and clever design to create a home that meets the clients’ brief. Using a minimal material palette of high-quality, long-lasting, low-maintenance materials has also helped reduce the environmental impact of the home.  




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


The Zimmerman OZ Pty Ltd
Project: Kew
Designer: David Chandler 

Website: www.tzo.com.au

This project required the expansion of the footprint of this family home. To create the space for the new design, all existing walls, windows, cabinets and floors were demolished before constructing new walls with all-new insulation. To match the newly installed floors, the existing staircase has been clad with the same engineered floorboards. Works on this project also included painting, paving, a new dome-top deck with concealed fixtures and a new carport, providing the clients with a home they can enjoy for years to come.  




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


Ultra Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Newport
Designer: Tina Lindner 

Website: www.ultrabuilders.com.au

Works commenced with the demolition of an existing Californian bungalow double- fronted house to make way for an attractive three-bedroom home in a fantastic location. Extensive planning and creative design has fashioned an elegant symmetry throughout, featuring separate living areas, functional open-plan living spaces and retreats. A great entrance hall opens, with the help of large floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, onto the light-filled living and dining area that connects onto the private rear garden and swimming pool. All materials, fixtures and fittings are to a high-end standard, exemplified by the finished product.  




Special Commendation

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


Kleev Homes Pty Ltd
Project: Hawthorn
Designer: Rosemary Ross & Ross Tang  

Website: www.kleevhomes.com.au

This 1857 three-level bluestone-and-brick stucco residence, a former girls’ school, required the removal of a dated two-storey extension and the creation of a new contemporary one. Essentially a zinc-and-glass box, the new extension contains a kitchen, butler’s pantry, laundry and powder room on the ground floor, and a master bedroom above. A large opening was cut between these spaces to connect with the existing living room. The new addition orients the home towards the north to take advantage of the warmth and light, and to take in views of the garden and tennis court.  



Best Renovation/Addition Over $1M


Leone Constructions
Project: Toorak
Designer: Andrew Parr and SJB  

Website: www.leoneconstructions.com.au

The scope of works include the total strip-out of existing finishes, services, landscape areas, structural elements and removal of internal staircases before reconstruction of the existing dwelling over three levels. The design concept focuses on providing the client with a luxurious yet practical home to suit the needs of their family’s busy, modern-day lifestyle. The architectural elements pay homage to the original building, particularly in the effort devoted to each room to ensure that all living zones are presented with a custom-made appearance and authentic feel.




Best Display Home Under $200,000


Carlisle Homes
Project: Hawkesbury 25, Mickleham
Designer: Shane Rogers

Website: www.carlislehomes.com.au

This well-designed home packs a punch, despite its compact size. The objective was to create a home with a free-flowing design offering a sense of space. Featuring four bedrooms, theatre, generous living area and outdoor alfresco for entertaining, the layout optimises relaxed family living. An emphasis on functionality is reflected in the well planned kitchen at the centre of the open-planned meals and living area, complemented by a separate theatre room. Externally, the home boasts a contemporary aesthetic appeal, produced with an appropriate balance of quality fixtures and fittings.  




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


Metricon Homes Pty Ltd
Project: Agar 28 BP Kingston, Cranbourne East
Designer: Metricon  

Website: www.metricon.com.au

The Agar 28 BP Kingston is a remarkably attractive new home, a perfect choice for those wanting a four bedroom home that makes the best use of space on just a 14-metre block. It also offers features often only seen in larger homes, such as a separate study, a family room plus a spacious rumpus, outdoor room and a walk in pantry. Special attention has been given to the large master bedroom located to the front of the home, designed with a larger walk in robe and ensuite. With minor bedrooms located away from the entertainment areas and the rumpus room located nearby, it is clear that the designers have considered the practicalities of providing children with their own space.  




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


Long Island Homes
Project: Taya 300, Diggers Rest
Designer: Craig Delaney

Website: www.longislandhomes.com.au

This well-balanced modern home reflects the amount of design consideration that has been put in to it. The kitchen is well conceived, offering stone bench tops and decorative cabinetry. Further adding to the appeal of this area is a large family meals and sitting space centred on a contemporary fireplace. More family space can be enjoyed in the rumpus and home theatre room. All bedrooms are generous in size; the master bedroom is complete with a huge walk-in robe, the highly practical ensuite is accessed from a single entry point, offering both privacy and natural light.  




Special Commendation


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


SJD Homes
Project: Stanford 273, Officer
Designer: Harvan Design

Website: www.sjdhomes.com.au

With 12-foot ceilings and celestial windows, the design of this four-bedroom home maintains all the modern options required for entertaining, relaxation and comfort, but in a functional-sized home that has a huge wow factor and appeals to a variety of demographics. The attention to detail throughout the home adds to the sophistication and comfort including delicate feature tiling in shower niches, under bench double sink in the kitchen, convenient bar access to the theatre room and extensive fit out in the master walk in robe.  




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


Henley Properties
Project Lexington Vue Q1, Greenvale
Designer: Damian Cruickshank

Website: www.henley.com.au

This four-bedroom home offers the ultimate in functionality, versatility and stylish spaces. Entertaining is definitely on the menu in this home with multiple spaces including a theatre room, adjoining dining and living rooms and an outdoor alfresco. Nestled away from the entertaining areas is the impressive master suite with luxurious ensuite and generous walk-in robe, providing the perfect setting for peace and relaxation. The additional three bedrooms are tucked away at the rear of the home, with the bathroom and separate powder room cushioned between them.  




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


Metricon Homes Pty Ltd
Project: Vantage 38 Cube, Keysborough
Designer: Metricon

Website: www.metricon.com.au

The dramatic cube façade of this home, anchored by a honed and elegant portico, is a striking addition to any streetscape. A focal point of the home, the semi-cantilevered timber tread stairway rises from the central hallway to a capacious upstairs lounge area and four bedrooms. The open-plan living area to the rear overlooks the garden, and with the use of a high-quality external corner stacker door creates a beautiful aspect to the rear of the home, allowing a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. This is a grand home at a price that represents remarkable affordability.  




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


Metricon Homes Pty Ltd
Project: Balmaine 51 Oak Park, Point Cook
Designer: Metricon

Website: www.metricon.com.au

The Balmaine 51 Oak Park showcases stylish design and opulent living. The multiplicity of rooms boasts a discreet and highly polished living and dining room for formal dining at the front on the ground floor. A gorgeous return staircase provides a point of interest in the centre of the home, and a vast additional living room and an enormous integrated living hub provides easy access to the magnificent outdoor room. Upstairs each minor bedroom enjoys the luxury of a walk-in robe and its own ensuite. The secluded master suite offers the huge bonus of access to a private balcony.  



Best Display Home over $750,000


Better Living Group
Project: The Fitzgerald, Balwyn
Designer: K. Kruponovic

Website: www.betterlivinggroup.com.au

This home encompasses a modern take on an Asian-inspired theme with a fusion of Shanghai and New York glamour and styling. The minimalistic base design features are significantly highlighted by the architectural elements and the inspiration of blending light, water, fire and earth. The kitchen has been designed with the practicality and theorem of the triangular kitchen, to provide functionality and retain the connection with the entertaining areas of the home. The master suite is a sanctuary offering a delightful balcony to enjoy an outdoor retreat, which is private and provides panoramic views.  




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


Lekeal Pty Ltd
Project: Yarrawonga
Designer: Enoh Design

Website: www.lekeal.com.au

This single-storey, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is the epitome of contemporary design. The home features earthy tones in a range of textures and finishes punctuated by rich chocolate colours. The floor plan boasts spacious and clutter-free spaces. The master bedroom overlooks a private portico and displays a walk-in robe and stunning ensuite with a bath and double shower. A long alfresco area can be viewed from the master bedroom, main living area and a private sitting room.  




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


Mode Projects Pty Ltd
Project: Mt Martha
Designer: Sabrosa Designs

Website: www.modeprojects.com.au

The building went through a thorough, detailed design process with many building angles considered to maximise the northerly site location and provide glimpses of the bay. Displaying a bold, contemporary, urbane design, the home includes four bedrooms, under-stair desk office, open-plan kitchen, dining and living, in addition to an alfresco dining deck and entertainment area downstairs. Upstairs features another large living area with an attached deck and three bedrooms. The huge ground floor master suite with an ensuite provides the owner with a Zen-like space.  




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


Keon Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: West Brunswick
Designer: Delia Teschendorff Architecture

Website: www.keon.com.au

The building presents an ambiguous sculptural façade to the street with the form and scale complemented by the surrounding streetscape. A studio independent from the main house is located on the front street boundary and features an illuminated lantern that engages with the surroundings. The main entrance is not visible from the street, and is reached via a deck located between the studio and the main house. From here, a low-ceiling formal entry is accessed, leading to the main living area-- a light-filled space with high ceilings and views to the courtyards beyond. Strategic placement of windows allows for a series of sight lines throughout the internal spaces.  




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


Gibney Building
Project: Mansfield
Designer: Ben Willick, Willick Design

Website: www.gibney.com.au

Joinery is a large feature throughout this four bedroom home, displaying a mix of veneered timber panels and painted panels. All bench tops and hearths feature polished concrete poured in situ and polished by the carpenters. Externally, the home boasts a mix of rendered polystyrene and vertical Colorbond cladding, complemented by large eaves finished with a fibre cement eave lining and shadow lines installed between each panel to create a modern design.  




Best Custom Home $800,000 - $1M


R.Z. Owens Constructions
Project: Nunawading
Designer: Fred Fang, Alta Architecture

Website: www.rzowens.com.au



The scope of works called for the construction of a large five-bedroom home on a rectangular block of land with its short side and street frontage facing north. Interested in architectural solutions, the client specified requests for large open spaces, maximised access to northern sunlight, stylish fittings and fixtures, as well as good value for money. The living space is connected to both a central courtyard and the backyard, creating a space that blurs the inside-outside boundary and is flooded with light.  





Special Commendation

Best Custom Home $1M-$2M


Scott James Builder
Project: Beechworth
Designer: Scott James Builder & EDM

Website: www.scottjamesbuilder.com.au

Set on a rural allotment, the owners sought a light, spacious modern home in contrast to the dark, small cottage they were living in. The new three-bedroom building needed to be a sensitive and a worthy addition to the historic structures from the 1800s located on the site. Built on a granite outcrop, concrete pads have been used in preference to concrete footings, limiting excavation through the rock. Internally, this house is a mix of materials and precise detailing including a combination of awning, casement, sliding, fixed and bi-fold glazing, ensuring that the home benefits from amazing views and moderate temperatures throughout the year.  




Best Custom Home $1M - $2M


Clearview Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Carlton
Designer: Kennedy Nolan and owner



This was a challenging project from the outset, requiring the demolition of the interior of an existing factory and the construction of a three-storey home within the factory footprint. The house perimeter walls adjacent to the factory’s existing walls are of engineer-designed structural steel, displaying plasterboard and timber cladding. Difficulties encountered during this build include incorporating temporary bracing to ensure all perimeter walls were secure and, as the build progressed, access became limited and lifting equipment was needed more often to lift screens into place  



Special Commendation

Best Custom Home Over $2M


Ducon Pty Ltd
Project: South Yarra
Designer: Fiona Winzar

Website: www.ducon.com.au

This refined four-level home demanded an extremely high level of quality construction for both internal and external spaces. The contemporary and understated nature of the design required precise coordination of the building’s structural elements, fixings and finishings, both internally and externally. The first floor is accessible via a feature staircase enabling access to the kitchen, dining, living, reading room, guest bedroom bathroom and home theatre. On the mezzanine floor, the master suite is accessible via another feature staircase with three large sliding doors enabling the clients to see the entire first floor area when open, whilst maintaining privacy when closed.  




Best Custom Home over $2M


Imperial Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Albert Park
Designer: Nick Murray

Website: www.imperialbuilders.com.au

The construction of this new two-storey home features three bedrooms, a study, reflection pond, wine cellar and garage for two cars. All materials used have been installed with the greatest skill adding to the complexity of the project. Large pivoting and sliding doors allow a spectacular reflection pond in the middle of the house to feel part of each room. In addition, a stunning see-through temperature- controlled wine cellar on the ground floor showcases the client’s wine collection behind triple glazed panels, and is especially appealing when illuminated at night.  




Best Multi-Unit Development up to 3 Units


Gaia Construction Pty Ltd
Project: Elwood
Designer: Millar Robertson Architects

Website: www.gaiaconstruction.com.au

The features that enhance the functionality of the three properties developed within this multi-unit project include the internally accessible private garages, double car stackers in both units, private lift in unit two, maximisation of private spaces, inclusion of multiple outdoor spaces for both units, flexible internal spaces and use of high quality fixtures and fittings. A key decision to use polished concrete rather than textured concrete as the external finish on the building has resulted in an innovative and appealing feature on this high-end luxurious townhouse development.




Best Multi-Unit Development 4 - 12 Units


Bayside Construct
Project: South Yarra
Designer: Jolson Architects

Website: www.baysideconstruct.com.au

This development conceived by Jolson Architects and Orchard Piper, comprises of ten luxury bespoke apartments. The project consists of generously sized open plan living with seamless indoor/outdoor flow to terraces. Key details include a woven stainless steel mesh screen that veils the façade to filter natural light and shade, custom design and made baths and basins, Corian kitchen benchtops and 2-pac and timber veneer joinery throughout. The design consideration places a high emphasis on the functionality of living whilst maintaining a strong connection with the natural environment categorised by the location.




Best Multi-Unit Development Over 12 Units


Liberty Builders
Project: Abbotsford
Designer: KUD Architects

Website: www.libertybuilders.com.au

The brief called for the artistic fabric of this four-storey mixed use building to be brought back to life. The most outstanding feature of the building is its showpiece façade, which fuses high art, photography and architecture by utilising various textures and materials which flow seamlessly into each other. Interesting features inside include exposed satin finish, concrete ceilings and floors fashioned with the implementation of recycled formwork to create a raw-look finish. Unlike normal apartment projects, over 100 purchaser-led customisations were constructed resulting in each apartment being unique, individually designed and styled.




Best Integrated Housing Development


Cobild Pty Ltd
Project: Glen Iris
Designer: Taylor Reynolds

Website: www.cobild.com.au

The brief from the client called for collaboration with the project team to deliver three levels of apartments with car parking and a café on the ground level. Each of the ten apartments has two bedrooms and a private balcony, capturing natural light through aluminium-framed windows that open into both the streetscape and more private spaces. Large sliding doors provide a connection to the outdoors, and are an additional source of natural light and ventilation for the apartments. Modern appliances and quality finishes bring together this boutique apartment and café building.




Best Sustainable Home


VR Builders
Project: Barkers Creek
Designer: Stephen Lumb

Website: www.vrbuilders.com.au

This three-bedroom home is an outstanding example of energy-efficient design, achieved without sacrificing contemporary standards of finish and aesthetics. With meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of sustainability the design has achieved a 6.8 Star rating. A northern aspect allows natural light to penetrate through double-glazed windows and heats up the polished concrete slab. Not having a connection to the main water supply, the home is totally dependent on the catchment from the roof to fill the 160,000-litre tank. Building materials have been chosen for their natural characteristics, low embodied energy and low cost.




Best Kitchen Under $40,000


Damco Kitchens Pty Ltd
Project: South Morang
Designer: Rick Dalla-Riva

Website: www.damcokitchens.com.au

With English style curves and accessories, this unique kitchen complements perfectly the design of the home and the existing interior design. Featuring a combination of Blackwood timber and Caesarstone bench tops, the kitchen is both beautiful to look at, ergonomically functional and easy to maintain. The kitchen incorporates an abundance of cupboards and drawers in a contemporary shade of light green two pack, as well as glass door display cabinetry, allowing the owners to display important pieces and ornaments. An elaborate island bench with timber tops sits proudly at the centre of this exceptional kitchen.




Best Kitchen Over $40,000


Quality Built Pty Ltd
Project: Narre Warren North

Website: www.qualitybuilt.com.au

This grand kitchen and oversized butler’s pantry are the absolute centrepiece of this luxurious home. Decorative entry pillars, detailed ceiling cornice and meticulous joinery all add to the authenticity of the French style of this home. The kitchen itself centres around a large onyx topped island bench, carefully selected for its colour and detail, complemented by black granite through the remainder of the kitchen. Handmade Italian tiles surround the main cooking area An antique French door, masterfully restored, joins the kitchen to the butler’s pantry. The butler’s pantry complements the entertainer’s kitchen with full joinery fit-out surrounding another beautiful onyx topped island bench.




Best Bathroom Under $30,000


Quality Built Pty Ltd
Project: Narre Warren North

Website: www.qualitybuilt.com.au

The expansive guest bathroom that is complete with a private toilet for added privacy will impress any visitor. The ceiling and floors are covered in luxurious handmade Italian tiles that are complemented by the French Oak flooring flowing through from the main hallway. The frameless, oversized shower works perfectly with the glass mosaic floor tiles and creates the ideal showering arena for couples. The centrepiece of the bathroom is the divine bath imported from South Africa that is surrounded by the French vanity and Italian tap-ware adorned with Swarovski crystals. These luxurious trimmings are enhanced by the decorative lighting, which fills the room with ambience and tranquility.




Best Bathroom Over $30,000


Quality Built Pty Ltd
Project: Narre Warren North

Website: www.qualitybuilt.com.au

The master ensuite, adjoining the master retreat is complete with his and her vanity basins and separate toilets, a large shower room with two shower roses and a magnificent centrepiece bath imported from South Africa. Handmade Italian tiles, which adorn the walls from floor to ceiling, and the coffered ceiling with ornamental cornice, are customised to reflect the French style of the home. Engineered French Oak flooring suitable for wet areas flows through from the main hallway, whilst the frameless shower room and toilet floors are tiled with glass mosaic tiles. The vanity basins imported from France and Italian tap-ware adorned with Swarovski crystals, coupled with the decorative lighting all create a luxurious ambience to this bathroom.




Best Kitchen in a Display Home


BH Prestige Homes
Project: The Entertainer 41, Mernda
Designer: Philip Abriola and Interext

Website: www.bhprestigehomes.com.au

Finished in Albedor ultra finish gloss white, this stunning kitchen is both modern, stylish and practical. Featuring soft close drawers and doors, the crisp clean lines of this kitchen create that real minimalist feel. The island bench boasts a lowered servery section perfect for large families that eat on the run, or for those functions at home where the kitchen table simply will not cater for the numbers. The entry to the main butler’s pantry is flush with the oven towers creating a seamless finish.




Best Bathroom in a Display Home


BH Prestige Homes
Project: The Entertainer 41, Mernda
Designer: Philip Abriola and Interext

Website: www.bhprestigehomes.com.au

The first impression of this elegant bathroom is the abundance of floor space and the centrally located bath with a freestanding tap. Complementing the black outer shell bath is a walk in shower complete with storage niche and two completely separate vanity units offering individual storage. Conveniently located outside the bathroom is an additional elegant above counter vanity basin and cabinet, which allows guests to use these facilities without needing to use the whole bathroom.




Master Tradesman Award


Andrew Brady, Latrobe Valley Building Services

Website: www.bhprestigehomes.com.au

Andrew Brady has extensive experience with a wide variety of projects, and has always demonstrated that he is supremely capable of completing those projects successfully, to a high standard of finish and to the entire satisfaction of the clients. In performing as a tradesman, he has displayed exceptional initiative and an ability to solve the most difficult challenges. He is extremely reliable, takes every task seriously and approaches his responsibilities with enthusiasm. Andrew is a worthy winner of this award.








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