Master Builders Regional Building Awards
 
The Master Builders Association of Victoria’s Regional Building Awards showcases the outstanding craftsmanship and professional standards of Association members and demonstrates the commitment to building excellence in the residential and commercial sectors throughout Regional Victoria.

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2016 Regional Building Award Winners



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2015 Regional Building Award Winners
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Regional Residential Builder of the Year

Waltcon Constructions
Project: Traralgon
www.waltcon.com.au

The design strategy of this new three-bedroom architectural bespoke home involves the use ‘’Versalok” masonry blocks with structural steel, to support a suspended slab on bondek, over the three separate levels of living areas. There is the ability to create an indoor/outdoor experience as the kitchen is bounded by double-glazed sliding doors, which feature the highest European quality, promoting a sophisticated and flawless finish. Exceptional workmanship and attention to detail have created a remarkably finished product that can be enjoyed by the owners for years to come.




Regional Commercial Builder of the Year - South East

BFN Developments
Project: Newmason, Warragul
www.bfndevelopment.com.au

The Newmason project features an innovative commercial/residential mixed- use development, consisting of private apartments, a 48-room hotel, fitness studio, 300-seat restaurant and commercial facilities. In addition, the development encompasses a large medical facility. Careful consideration during the design phase, and choice of building materials allowed the residential component to achieve an eight-star energy rating, meaning it uses 30 per cent less heating and cooling than a six-star development. The project was completed to the highest quality with a full tenancy of satisfied tenants.



Best Renovation / Addition Under $200,000


Latrobe Valley Building Services
Project: Traralgon


Walking into this renovation definitely delivers the wow factor, displaying beautiful, polished floorboards and a high-pitched ceiling vault with a fully automated V-Lux window system. The kitchen/dining area features a modern, provincial, open-plan style complemented by a slate fireplace feature wall. The client wanted to create an open-plan entertainment area, achieved by installing a beautiful high-pitched ceiling with a timber deck, accessible from the living area through sliding timber doors. It is evident that the highest quality of fixtures and fittings has been used throughout this project.



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


Waltcon Constructions
Project: Yinnar South
www.waltcon.com.au

Stage one of this home features the only double-compound log peak home built in Australia, which makes this extension unique. The exterior boasts rendered Hebel in natural tones promoting an earthy appearance, with wide-open verandah areas featuring Messmate timber, flowing seamlessly through to the spacious entry. 130 square metres of undercover decking varnished in hydraulic oil provides a rustic appearance to match the characteristics of the home, and allows spectacular views over the undulating hills. Exceptional workmanship and skill, with attention to detail has created a remarkably finished product.



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


Roseleigh Homes
Project: The Sienna, Warragul
www.roseleighhomes.com.au

This stylish, contemporary three-bedroom home delivers a delicate balance among the clients’ needs, expectations and the orientation of the site. A large timber deck is integrated into the large open kitchen, meals and living area, in addition to a pantry and a dedicated laundry. A separate parents’ area benefits from a formal lounge, large master bedroom complete with ensuite, separate WC and walk-in robe. Exceptional workmanship and attention to detail, both in style and materials, combine to create a exceptionally finished product.



Best Volume Builder Display Home Under $250,000


J G King Homes
Project: Barossa1, Warragul
www.jgkinghomes.com.au

The Barossa 1 is a sophisticated, well proportioned home offering stylish spaces to embrace and enjoy. The open plan living design with direct access to the verandah incorporates a lavish family and meals area complemented by a gourmet kitchen and walk in pantry. This home features three good size bedrooms including the master bedroom complete with a walk-in robe and ensuite. An additional living room is situated at the front of the home ensuring plenty of space to grow and flourish.



Best Volume Builder Display Home $250,000 - $350,000


Metricon Homes
Project: Delta 28BP Maine, Warragul
www.metricon.com.au

The Delta is a spacious home for those who seek an attractive single-storey residence that is sensibly zoned for maximum living flexibility, but which also offers a little more space where needed. The focal point of this unique residence is the integrated living area, complemented by easy access to the rear outdoor area and a fabulous kitchen with gleaming stainless-steel appliances, plus the added luxury of a formal sitting room for formal meetings, or just some quiet time. Of particular note in the living hub is the largefree-standing kitchen island bench, facing rearwards, allowing a meal to be prepared while chatting to friends.



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


Simonds Homes
Project: Rio, Warragul
www.simonds.com.au

This home has been designed to suit a growing family that entertains and is looking for a zoned lifestyle. Accommodation includes four generous bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living areas, all flowing from the centrally located kitchen, meals and dining area. High quality fixtures and fittings are evident throughout, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms, where the client is invited to customise their choice of materials. The selected Grange façade takes its cues from the classic period architecture, where the clean lines celebrate the entry, which punctuates out of the façade and roof profile, complementing the streetscape.




Best Custom Home $200,000 - $300,000


Roseleigh Homes
Project: Drouin
www.roseleighhomes.com.au

This light and spacious home has all the modern features suitable for a large contemporary home ideal for family living. Accommodation boasts four bedrooms, two bathrooms with a children’s rumpus area. A focus on family and outdoor living is represented by a large open-plan meals and living area, and in keeping with modern living, the kitchen is the central hub of the home. The modern outdoor alfresco area located off the living area is ideal for entertaining family and friends. The master suite boasts an ensuite and walk-in robe. This excellent home offers great value for money.



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


Beach House Constructions P/L
Project: Cape Woolamai
www.beachhouseconstructions.com.au

The design of this new home strives to deliver a compact home suited to the location, orientation and budget whilst prescribing to the ethos of quality, affordability, energy efficiency and sustainability. The double-storey home has been positioned to take advantage of the views to the south, and to make the most of solar access from the north. Upstairs features an expansive kitchen, living and dining room opening to the highlighted suspended slab deck. The main bedroom and bathroom also enjoy views from this first floor. Downstairs, the guest wing has two bedrooms and a bathroom.
 




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

Roseleigh Homes
Project: Warragul
www.roseleighhomes.com.au

The client called for a unique, contemporary, four-bedroom custom-designed home with a focus on open living, natural light and sustainability. The home is designed to float above the land with the use of cantilevered decks and linear external forms. Living areas are oriented towards the north, and high ceilings also take advantage of the northern sunlight through the incorporation of highlight windows. A huge butt-joint corner window has been used to capture views of the golf course. A custom-made screen designed for the lounge room window provides privacy from the street, but also creates visual appeal.



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

Kove Constructions
Project: Inverloch
www.kove.com.au

This four-bedroom holiday home in South Gippsland has been planned with inspiration from the surrounding natural vegetation. The design has created something special, with the angled projection of the upstairs living deck area angled towards river views. The ground level contains the children’s accommodation featuring polished concrete entry and rumpus area, family bathrooms and three large bedrooms with another deck area. High-end finishes are evident throughout, including spiraled exterior stairs, a combination of polished timber and concrete floors and detailed cabinetry finishes.



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

Waltcon Constructions
Project: Traralgon
www.waltcon.com.au

The design strategy of this new three-bedroom, architect-bespoke home requires the use ”Versalok” masonry blocks with structural steel to support a suspended slab on bondek, over the three separate levels of living areas. There is the ability to create an indoor/outdoor experience as the kitchen is bounded by double-glazed sliding doors, which feature the highest European quality, promoting a sophisticated and flawless finish. Exceptional workmanship and attention to detail have created a substantial finished product, that can be enjoyed by the owners for years to come.



Best Custom Home $800,000 - $1M

Refuge Homes Pty Ltd
Project: Metung
www.refugehomes.com.au

A main feature of the home’s internal living and kitchen area is the openness and extensively large windows providing a sense of connection with the surrounding landscape. The free-flowing kitchen sits adjacent to the main living area, integrating well into the overall open plan theme of the home. Privately positioned off the main living areas is the master bedroom, complete with expansive ensuite complete with floor-to-ceiling tiles. Bedrooms two and three are located on the first floor, boasting master bedroom size with capitulating views of the lake. The external entertaining areas are integrated seamlessly with the interior, creating the perfect entertainment space.



Best Custom Home $1M - $2M

TS Constructions P/L
Project: Tarwin Lower
www.tsconstructions.com.au

This stunning and impressive four-bedroom property boasts over 360 square metres of living space with an additional 50 square metres of outdoor living. The kitchen, with its expansive views, is the heart of the home, and has been finished to exceptional standards overlooking a bright and airy dining area. Adjoining the kitchen is a comfortable living area, separated by a feature stone fireplace. Large windows and sliding doors ensure that the natural environment is always a feature. To one side of the home is the master wing, with a large bedroom, generous wardrobes, a luxurious ensuite and, of course, more stunning views.



Best Sustainable Home

Roseleigh Homes
Project: The Sienna, Warragul
www.roseleighhomes.com.au

The design brief required the design and construction of a contemporary home with the main focus on achieving a high thermal performance with a minimum energy rating of eight stars. With the form of the building following its high thermal performance functionality, the contemporary design of this home features extensive glazing to the north with over 78 per cent of the total floor area having a northern exposure. Materials have been chosen on their sustainability credentials, including sustainable sourced timber, LED downlights and 100mm Uni Base board. A 2500-litre water tank collects water from the roof area, supplying water to flush the toilets and water for the garden.



Commercial Buildings Under $1M

TS Constructions P/L
Project: Big 4 Caravan Park, Inverloch
www.tsconstructions.com.au

This stunning and bold water- play complex, houses a range of slides and water play equipment at this popular seaside destination. Works required careful attention detail to ensure corrosion and degradation did not occur, including installing the steelwork in a way that ensured any corrosion protection was not compromised during construction. The flooring treatment also required extensive waterproofing and needed to be durable enough to cope with years of heavy, damp foot traffic. The extensive glazing also required significant preparation to ensure correct placement and fitting.



Special Commendation

Virtue Homes Pty Ltd
Project: Momo’s Restaurant, Traralgon
www.virtuehomes.com.au

The initial stage of this restaurant renovation involved the removal of offices and suspended ceilings from the previous layout. To be able to give the shell of the building a warehouse appeal, the concrete floors have been ground back and polished with a hit-and-miss finish, recycled bricks clad the feature walls, old railway sleepers, wagon wheels and old copper basins have been sourced to create the overall ambience. Other design features include exposed ducting painted black, a fake simulated-steel spiral staircase, and an acoustic ceiling designed to absorb noise. The overall project met all the client’s objectives.



Commercial Buildings $1M - $3M

Tyler Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Church Street, Traralgon
www.tylerbuilders.com.au

This new three-storey office building complex and car park feature a unique glazing design to the front of the building, and an east-facing balcony on level two. Through careful planning, the project has been constructed from ‘front to back’ rather than the traditional ‘bottom up’ approach, which allowed the build to progress without significant costs associated with having to shut down the main power lines, which run directly in front of the building. Adding to the complexity of the already challenging build was the management of the integrated office fit-out.



Commercial Buildings $3M - $6M

Das Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Newhaven College Administration & Learning Centre, Phillip Island
www.dasconstructions.com.au

Works on this educational project comprised a new library, toilet facilities, storage facilities, staff room, administration offices and boardroom. The set-out of the building was a challenge due to the curved radial and the sloping site. The joinery and timber beams manufactured and installed are of a high standard in the library and staff room, complemented by the blockwork and engineered timber on the outer walls. The construction works have been completed and handed over for occupation on time and within project budget.



Commercial Buildings $6M - $10M

TS Constructions P/L
Project: Rose Lodge Aged Care, Wonthaggi
www.tsconstructions.com.au

Aged care and associated facilities require careful and exacting finishes to deal with the high volume of traffic and the need for a hygienic environment. The new32-bedroom addition, with associated private ensuite, required the seamless integration with the existing building. The refurbishment works on the ground floor include the refit of the existing kitchen and extension of the existing laundry, along with provision of staff amenities and modification of the two existing resident rooms to offices. External works involve a new entry along with a new entry road, drop-off area and the provision of 37 parking spaces.



Commercial Buildings Over $10M

BFN Developments
Project: Newmason, Warragul
www.bfndevelopment.com.au

This design and build project includes an ultramodern, multi-storey hotel, retail and apartment complex in the heart of the town. Careful consideration during the design phase and choice of building materials has contributed to the achievement of an eight-star energy rating. The orientation of the building has been selected to take advantage of northern sun in winter, complemented by a pergola-style roof designed to limit western sun during the summer months. The builder is extremely proud that a regional craftsman using local trades can deliver such a complex and innovative project.




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Regional Residential Builder of the Year

Malishev Constructions
Project: Mannerim
www.malishev.com.au

This custom home is positioned perfectly to capture the spectacular surrounding views from every room. The strategic design welcomes natural light throughout and warms the home from the articulated gallery to the master suite. This home has room to move for a growing family, with large living and dining paces complimented by raked ceilings and glazed walls that allow uninterrupted views of the in-ground pool. The home is entered via the timber jetty, which leads to the luxury foyer. This paves the way to the galley and four generous bedrooms. Externally, the dramatic roof that soars above and beyond the walls below, perfectly complements the streetscape and will leave visitors in awe.



Regional Commercial Builder of the Year

Ballarat Construction Management
Project: BCM Headquarters, Mount Pleasant
www.ballaratcm.com.au

This exceptionally designed office facility encapsulates cutting edge finishes and stunning components that take construction methodology to another level. Upon entering the site, the combination of glass and polished concrete are teamed perfectly with the interlaced beams, which collectively create the ideal foundation for the offices. The LED strip lights placed throughout the building are unnoticed during daylight and when evening falls they transform the building into a canvas of changing colours that can be programmed to any sequence. The foyer has a lavish reception and waiting area that is complete with soft wood acoustic walls, feature pendant lights and exposed concrete beams.



Best Renovation / Addition Under $200,000

Greg Smith Homes
Project: Ballarat
www.gregsmithhomes.com.au

A combination of exclusive materials, uncompromising attention to detail and use of traditional building techniques have tastefully renovated and extended this classic home, in compliance with specific heritage overlays and construction challenges. The original bathroom, kitchen, laundry, dining and bedroom have been demolished, making way for a new bathroom, study, laundry under the existing roof, and adding a new kitchen, meals and family area. Rich in tasteful and innovative design features, whilst still retaining the charm of the original period home, the blend from old to new is seamless, with the owners demonstrating a keen understanding and commitment to the importance of using quality materials and workmanship.



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

Homes with Integrity
Project: Belmont
www.hwi.net.au

As this property displays a heritage overlay, the design has some complexities to combine the satisfying design criteria, along with the integration of the new addition with a requested modern concept. Externally, the home displays a beautiful blend of new reclaimed brickwork adding to the new low- maintenance Colorbond iron cladding. Internally, a fresh new life to the home has been achieved by providing a modern rustic feel with the use of solid materials including concrete and polished timbers, whilst still complementing the original style of the home.



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

Homes with Integrity
Project: Belmont
www.hwi.net.au

As the clients have a young and expanding family the need for growth and well configured spaces is paramount. Increasing the size of the main living space to include a sitting room, or home office, gave a diversity of options for future use of the space. As the family is growing, the need for an extra bedroom was a high priority, and introducing another two bedrooms into the second storey caters for this need. The small second bedroom and a dysfunctional living and kitchen space, was were transformed to provide a more modern, rustic, family friendly and free-flowing use of living space.



Best Renovation / Addition Over $500,000

Rendine Constructions
Project: Inverleigh
www.rendine.com.au

This historic homestead complex comprises two main buildings, a large two- storey brick house, stables and coach house. It is the restoration of the stables into a three-bedroom, one-bathroom family home that forms the basis of this stunning and rare renovation project. South-facing, the building is generally symmetrical in its U-shape, but not in elevation. In the side wings smaller rooms have been created such as a study and laundry. Above the kitchen and open plan living/dining zone a hay loft previously existed, and, while no longer present, the floor level of the loft remains identifiable by the positioning of the original loft beams suspended over the kitchen.



Best Display Home $250,000 - $350,000

Q Designer Homes
Project: Elysium, Torquay
www.qdh.com.au

The Elysium is designed for casual coastal lifestyle, flooded with natural light through the north-facing highlight windows and oversized stacker doors. A clever floor plan eliminates any wasted space allowing for generously sized rooms throughout. Featuring three bedrooms, a study with custom built joinery, two generous living areas and a practical kitchen with large walk-in pantry and ample storage. Externally the material blends well in the coastal environment, displaying the use of crisp white render and stained cedar.



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

Signature Homes
Project: Armstrong Creek
www.signaturehomes.net.au

From the initial views from the street, it is easy to appreciate the quality craftsmanship and materials incorporated into this four-bedroom dwelling. The front façade combines various materials, which complement the character of the home such as the wrap-around blade wall and striking parapet. Extending from the kitchen are the dining and family areas which then flow out to the generous northerly outdoor entertaining area via high-glass stacker doors encouraging the outdoors inside. With the master bedroom separated nicely away from the other bedrooms to the front of the house, the generous ensuite and huge walk-in wardrobe create a private oasis.



Best Display Home Over $500,000

Bryan & Petersen Quality Builders
Project: The Cove, Warrnambool
www.bryanpetersen.com.au

Within moments of entering this contemporary and inviting four-bedroom home, the outstanding quality and attention to detail becomes apparent. The large family room flows through to the expansive outdoor alfresco creating the ideal space for entertaining and family living. The raised roof and highlight windows over the meals and family room, combine to create the impression of opulence which can be enjoyed from the homes automated kitchen and butler’s pantry, that takes pride of place in this unique home. The master suite together with an adjoining ensuite and dressing room boasts floor-to-ceiling fixed glass following the theme of bringing the outside indoors.



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Best Volume Builder Display Home Under $250,000

J G King Homes
Project: H5, Lara
www.jgkinghomes.com.au

Ideal for a narrow block, the H5 design features a light filled open plan living space, plenty of storage, a large master suite with private ensuite and a walk in robe. The contemporary style kitchen is at the heart of the home, overlooking the meals and family area with direct access to the alfresco, allow for extra entertainment space. An additional three bedrooms and double-car garage completes this home, in addition to the garage offering secure internal access directly to the kitchen.



Best Volume Builder Display Home $250,000 - $350,000

Simonds Homes
Project: Fairview, Drysdale
www.simonds.com.au

This home represents everything a modern family could need with four spacious bedrooms and an open plan family and entertainment area boasting a contemporary design. Extra quieter entertainment spaces are available in the separate living and study areas. The master bedroom is privately located at the front of the home, featuring an impressive ensuite and walk in robe. Cleverly zoned are the three children’s bedrooms, complete with built in wardrobes and large family bathroom. The home also benefits from two separate alfresco areas.



Best Volume Builder Display Home $350,000 - $500,0000

J G King Homes
Project: Array 3, Armstrong Creek
www.jgkinghomes.com.au

Ingeniously planned, the Array is a double-storey home that displays all the elements to meet the needs of the modern family. Three further bedrooms on the ground floor complement the superb upstairs master suite with ensuite and walk- in wardrobe. A retreat for kids or guests is also located on the ground floor, away from the upstairs open plan living. Multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces allow for the ultimate entertainer’s delight.



Best Custom Home Under $200,000

G.J. Gardner Homes Geelong
Project: Newcomb
www.gjgardner.com.au

The client’s instructions were very specific: create two small, three-bedroom townhouses from their original block. The exterior of the Colorbond roofing displays a blend of different textured materials and products, which have been finished to a standard that presents a high-quality façade. All bedrooms, open- plan kitchen, living, dining, hallway and laundry have polished concrete flooring, while the wet areas have been finished with a dark-gray tile. The kitchen includes reconstituted stone benchtops and gloss tiled splashbacks. By working closely with the clients, the result has achieved the most cost effective outcome.



Best Custom Home $200,000 - $300,000

JM Homes Surf Coast
Project: Barwon Heads
www.jmhomessurfcoast.com.au

The building design has been born from the single-storey version called the Mini, which is one of JM Homes’ Surf Coast’s range of houses. Extra floor space has been added to the original design to accommodate the client’s lifestyle. The property includes three bedrooms, an external alfresco area, double-glazed aluminium windows and bamboo flooring. The open-plan living area and alfresco area boasts an opulent raked ceiling, catering perfectly for the flooding natural light. The home has been designed internally and externally to be as maintenance-free as possible.



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

JM Homes Surf Coast
Project: Curlewis
www.jmhomessurfcoast.com.au

The design of this two-storey home has been dictated by the client’s wish to capture the amazing views from the upstairs. The ground floor is angular in design and is ideal for entertaining, boasting a large open-plan kitchen, dining and living area leading out to the side alfresco area. Cathedral ceilings add volume to the home. A feature staircase from the living area leads upstairs where the whole area is dedicated to the adults, boasting a large master bedroom with two walk-in robes, ensuite and deck overlooking the water.



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

Hamlan Homes
Project: Portarlington
www.hamlan.com.au

This home offers a highly architectural design, complete with all the inclusions requested by the client. The abundance of space is immediately evident with raised ceilings from the entry through to the main living areas, complemented by hi-lite windows, which provide cross-flow ventilation on warmer days. Polished floorboards throughout further enhance the main living areas. The gourmet kitchen incorporates a walk-in pantry and huge island bench facing onto the expansive open-plan meals and living areas. Offering three well-appointed bedrooms, the master includes a full ensuite plus walk-in robe.



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

Armistead Homes
Project: Ocean Grove
www.armisteadhomes.com.au

The single-storey home has been constructed to a high standard to meet the expectations of the client. The floor plan features three luxury bedrooms, with the third functioning as a beauty salon, complete with its own adjoining sitting room and a study. The clever design has taken into account all the requirements of everyday living, highlighting a spacious kitchen/dining area opening to the large outdoor entertaining space, creating a relaxed atmosphere. There is a sense of space and luxury in the home as polished concrete floors maintain a calming and natural balance against the richness of the timber.



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

JM Homes Surf Coast
Project: Torquay
www.jmhomessurfcoast.com.au

This has become a stunning four-bedroom home complete with three separate living areas, master ensuite with steam room, copious amounts of deck area and a separate double garage with service yard to the rear. The modern kitchen boasts hand crafted joinery with Laminex high-gloss doors, and self-closing finger-pull cupboards and doors. Externally, the home displays exquisite finishes with high-gloss effect Alpolic cladding contrasted by the cedar to the deck areas, Colorbond roofing and an exposed aggregate driveway.



Best Custom Home $800,000 - $1M

Larkin & Drought Builders
Project: Fairhaven
www.ldhomes.com.au

This project involved the full construction of a beach house. The works were undertaken by a negotiated contract with early design phase engagement, enabling the builder to work closely with the architect to refine the buildability of the project. Innovative design features include the construction of disappearing sliding, glazed backsplash panels between the kitchen and scullery, to enable joint food preparation. All doors included fixed shaped and matching panels from door head height to ceiling to avoid jamb heads and architraves.



Best Custom Home $1M - $2M

Malishev Constructions
Project: Mannerim
www.malishev.com.au

The entrance foyer to this amazing home is accessed via a timber “jetty” which is positioned above a large pond, which in turn is protected overhead by a flat roof plane, supported by three substantial reclaimed timber posts which extend from the water. The living pavilion to the left of the entry contains vehicle accommodation, a large alfresco dining space, and the main indoor kitchen with a fully functional butler’s pantry linking to the laundry/garage and alfresco area. All walls of the living pavilion contain large expanses of glazing which capture views on all sides. To the right of the entry an articulated “gallery” provides access to four bedrooms, all with expansive views.



Best Multi Unit Development Up to 3 Units

Ballarat Construction Management
Project: Hepburn
www.ballaratcm.com.au

Clifftop at Hepburn is a spectacular gateway of uncommon design and unparalleled luxury, a retreat created for sophisticated travellers comprising two bedroom self-contained retreats. Built on the site of an old pine forest, the natural elements of timber flooring and timber paneling work effortlessly against the stark contrast of steel linings, exposed steel beams, expansive glazing and soft furnishings. 15 metres of towering wrap-around glass windows reveal a natural vista. A handcrafted Oblica Over imported French fireplace and stunning charcoal-and-white patterned feature tiling add to the sheer opulence of this project.



Best Multi Unit Development 4 to 12 Unitsm

Greig Design & Construction
Project: Barwon Heads


The scope of this development required the design and construction of a multi-residential four-unit development to deliver comfortable living for a range of clients. The use of Silvertop Vic Ash cladding with Cutek oil provides a softened grey tone and, together with painted FC sheet and hardwood battens, create an earthy feel that ties into the site’s existing retained trees. The kitchens are the heart of the home, connecting to the living areas and external decks to establish an indoor/outdoor open living area. Each home has three bedrooms, one/two car garages and a private secure entry point to the share driveway to the houses.



Best Sustainable Home

Larkin & Drought Builders
Project: Fairhaven
www.ldhomes.com.au

Both passive and active principles of sustainability were employed in this beach house project. Double-glazed windows are positioned to allow maximum cross ventilation, but when closed they offer a tight seal, minimising heat loss in winter. The perimeter walls have no gaps greater than 3 millimetres beneath them, requiring special dispensation to exclude sub-floor ventilation. Other inclusions are extensive wall, roof and sub floor insulation, 5 kilowatts of photovoltaic panels connected to the grid with provision for battery backup, and an innovative and voluntary installation of a bushfire sprinkler system that can be remotely activated by mobile phone.



Commercial Buildings $1M - $3M

Ballarat Construction Management
Project: BCM Headquarters, Mount Pleasant
www.ballaratcm.com.au

A showpiece of exceptional design, cutting-edge finishes and stunning components, this spectacular office facility is a once-in-a-lifetime build. Taking materials and expertise to their limits, the construction methodology is unique and extreme. The emphasis from start to finish is on quality, and this complex designed structure utilises components to their maximum whilst maintaining a strict budget. The external finishes to the building comprise polished concrete, glass, render, LED strip lighting and some minor feature Corten steel. The foyer has a well-appointed reception and waiting area, and the curtain wall glass façade allows for effortless flow between inside and out creating a stunning outlook.



Commercial Buildings $3M - $6M

Rendine Constructions
Project: Gellibrand DELWP Depot, Gellibrand
www.rendine.com.au

The redevelopment of the Gellibrand Depot required the transformation of a largely dilapidated and cumbersomely configured site into a highly functioning, safe workspace that can operate at an optimal level during peak fire season periods. Works include the progressive demolition of ten existing structures and the construction of eight buildings, including an office and amenities building, a dangerous-goods shed, a workshop-and-chainsaw shed and a burn-mix trailer shed. The environmental setting and ruggedness of the terrain influenced the overall aesthetics of the build, ensuring a smooth blend between the design and the surrounding environment.



Commercial Buildings Over $6M

Nicholson Construction
Project: Ballarat Aquatic & Lifestyle Centre 50m Pool, Wendouree
www.awnicholson.com.au

The Ballarat Aquatic Centre facility has been designed to accommodate a 50-metre pool, which incorporates a number of features to highlight its importance to the community. Exposed curved steel rafters, green night lighting, precast concrete fins, and a splash of timber-coloured façade all combine to present a highly pleasing structure. Inside the facility, the pool takes up the bulk of the building footprint, with a plant room, change facilities and administration area to the south. The finishes are designed to be hardwearing and tolerant to the wet, humid and chlorinated environment.



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Regional Residential Builder of the Year

Hedger Constructions P/L
Project: Marysville
www.hedgerconstructions.com.au

The scope of works called for the construction of a high-end contemporary home, sitting into a slight embankment and taking full advantage of the views to the surrounding hills. Given the feature porte cochere, entry bridge, main deck and horizon pool, the external design also boasts exceptional timber work, stone and other natural materials that blend effortlessly into the landscape. Internally, the first amongst many eye-grabbing features is the polished concrete floor. This then moves through to a magnificent open kitchen with its sleek design, utilising space and allowing for functionality. Floor-to-ceiling, double-glazed windows along with clerestory highlight glazing accentuate the openness via outstanding natural light.



Regional Commercial Builder of the Year

Zauner Construction
Project: MAMA - Murray Art Museum, Albury
www.zauner.com.au

Albury City Council requested a landmark public building, that will last the test of time and offer a contemporary and modern place to exhibit art. The first-class finish on the external façade is exceptional and a testament to the local contractors-- in particular, the care taken in planning, setting out, framing and installing the double-curved ply lining, internal-panel system, without damage. With the addition of a new two-level gallery with basement, the footprint of the building has substantially increased in size to include seven flexible exhibition spaces, an education workshop, permanent collection storage, an accessible loading dock, new restaurant and gift shop.



Best Renovation / Addition Under $200,000


Hedger Constructions P/L
Project: Alexandra
www.hedgerconstructions.com.au

The clients were keen to develop an upper-floor loft area and deck in this 1940s home. The loft was to double as both a retreat area and as an observatory for night-sky viewing. The deck area was designed as an entertaining area, overlooking the established terraced garden. The prime consideration during the construction required that all works including structural engineering needed to fall within the confines of the existing ground floor, which was to remain intact and continue to operate as a habited living space. Given the location, fixtures and attention to the finishing details, this build represents outstanding value for money.



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


Ovens and King Builders
Project: Gapsted
www.wangarattabuilders.com.au/

The brief called for works to improve the client’s standard of living without unnecessarily increasing the building footprint. The layout of the house has been treated virtually as a blank canvas while rearranging the floor plan. Living and kitchen areas have been relocated to the western end of the house, to take advantage of solar access from the north, through the use of large amounts of glass with sliding and stacker doors. Further works include establishing a north-facing pergola and paved deck including transforming the remaining part of the old sunroom to a functioning office. The bathroom has become an effective use of space with extensive new tiling and a walk-in shower, with a facility for a Japanese-style bathing.



Best Renovation / Addition Over $500,000


J. Wilkinson Constructions
Project: Albury
www.jwilkinsonconstructions.com.au

This home has been designed for an active retired couple moving from a spacious home with large manicured gardens and a pool, to an inner-city, single-level abode with low-maintenance gardens and large open-plan living and entertaining areas. Being a heritage-listed building, the challenge was to recreate the original layout and more than double the size of the residence, while seamlessly connecting the new with the old. Traditional techniques and finely tuned skills are evident throughout, from the carefully crafted eave brackets, routed fascia boards and eaves trimmings, to the detailed archways and traditional solid doors and hardware selected for the build.



Best Display Home $250,000 - $350,000


Hadar Homes
Project: Bahama, Thurgoona
www.hadar.com.au

The Bahama boasts a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, double-garage, open-plan design allowing plenty of room for the family. Insights from the designer include the seamless division of three internal zones comprising the parents’ zone, the living zone and the bedroom zone. In the parents’ zone is a large master suite with his-and-hers walk-in robes and ensuite, conveniently tucked away from the sleeping area. Zone two is created as an entertainer’s delight boasting a large kitchen, meals area, formal dining and a large formal lounge that continues directly onto the outdoor alfresco area complete with fireplace.



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


Southern Vale Homes
Project: Retreat, Wodonga
www.southernvale.com.au

The Retreat 35 features geometrical, ceiling-line windows on both ends of the house, which supply abundant light throughout the home and sky views. The home also features high vaulted ceilings and large open-plan living areas, in order to maximise space and light. The addition of the loft level in this home provides an extra usable space in this otherwise single-storey home, without compromising on the spacious, high-ceiling atmosphere that is present through the entranceway and main living areas. This home is perfect for a smaller allotment, allowing maximisation of space without compromising outdoor space.



Best Volume Builder Display Home $250,000 - $350,000


Metricon Homes
Project: Delta 28 BP Plantation, Wodonga
www.metricon.com.au

The Delta is a spacious home for those who seek an attractive four-bedroom, single- storey residence that is sensibly zoned for maximum living flexibility. The focal point of this unique residence is the integrated living area, complemented by sliding doors to the rear and a fabulous kitchen with gleaming stainless steel appliances, plus the added luxury of a formal sitting room for formal meetings, or just some quiet time. Of particular note in the living hub is the large free-standing kitchen island bench, facing rearwards, allowing a meal to be prepared while chatting to family and friends, or enjoying the view to the side and rear of the home.



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


Metricon Homes
Project: Botanica 32 Ascent, Kialla
www.metricon.com.au

Designed for the modern Australian lifestyle, this home showcases the best in contemporary design and livability, representing incredible value. The integrated living hub boasts a large family area with a bespoke joinery media unit, a dining area with plantation shutters and generous 6m-wide stacker doors opening to a grand outdoor room for seamless indoor/outdoor living; the Botanica is truly an entertainer’s dream. The master bedroom, in its own discreet zone, boasts a double- door entry with its own courtyard retreat linking to the exterior of the home. The childrens’ zone boasts three bedrooms, a large rumpus room and an attractively detailed family bathroom.



Best Custom Home Under $200,000


Sapphire Sky Homes
Project: Wodonga
www.sapphireskyhomes.com.au

This modern, custom-designed home Is positioned in a slightly elevated location offering breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. At the heart of the home the kitchen, remarkable for its functionality and design, comfortably connects with the alfresco area for easy entertaining. Beyond the living areas, the spacious master bedroom includes a large, fitted, walk-in wardrobe, in addition to a well-designed ensuite with double shower and marble feature tiles. A short hallway connects with the two minor bedrooms and family bathroom, each with a large floor-to-ceiling mirrored wardrobe. Exceptional workmanship and painstaking attention to detail in both style and colour combine to create a remarkable finished product.



Best Custom Home $200,000 - $300,000


Diverse Builders
Project: Numurkah
www.diversebuilders.com.au

Specifically designed for aging retirees, the home works well for the client’s present lifestyle and future needs. The home comprises a double garage, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, formal lounge, open meals and family room with a modern kitchen and walk-in pantry. The outside boasts an undercover outdoor area at the rear and a verandah to the front, making the most of the views across to the park and creek. The design has been well executed and the clients are delighted with all the standout features, including the amount of storage, the available entertaining space and the added luxuries included in the kitchen.



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

Diverse Builders
Project: Numurkah
www.diversebuilders.com.au

The unique design of this three-bedroom home has worked well in capturing the client’s vision of an open, light home with views from the lounge into the courtyard, and from the living areas out to the lake. The study at the front of the house works well for the client’s home office. The unique u-shape design takes advantage of the north-east sun allowing light in through the large windows in the open living and meals area. The client has also achieved a very appealing-looking home from the outside, with the use of split-face block work on the façade with smooth-face corners.



Best Custom Home $400,000 - $500,0000


Dixon Homes Albury Wodonga
Project: Thurgoona
www.dixonhomesaw.com.au

Entering through the large 1200mm timber front door an abundance of space is apparent. Off to the left is the Master bedroom complete with his and her walk in robes and en-suite with long double stone vanity and full width mirror. Moving back out into the entry hall there is a double timber feature cavity door for the media room, a great place to relax. As with most of today’s homes the living, dining and kitchen area is the central hub of the home where the family can gather. The living and dining room are very spacious and overlook the great outdoor alfresco and pool areas.



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


Hadar Homes
Project: Yarrawonga
www.hadar.com.au

The brief called for a four-bedroom home that presented a modern parapet façade with a skillion roof and a separate two-bedroom wing that can be closed off from the rest of the home. Leading through the main hallway to the rear of the home is the open-plan family, meals and kitchen area enjoying direct access via huge, glazed, stacker bi-folding doors to a multi-functional outdoor room. A separate formal living room boasts direct access to the pool verandah via glass sliding doors. Views out to the golf course through a cleverly placed corner window also add to the appeal of this room.



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


J & P Spinelli Building Contractors
Project: Lavington
www.spinellibuilding.com.au

Purposely designed to take advantage of the natural bush surround, this home also provides a modern, efficient floor plan. Featuring four bedrooms, this house incorporates a clever layout featuring open-plan living and dining at the centre of the home, complete with a kitchen and butler’s walk-in pantry. Easy access from this area leads to the oversized alfresco area with high ceilings, complete with an outdoor kitchen and built in barbecue, ideal for entertaining on a large scale. Wide glass sliding doors to both sides of the living area create natural airflow cross- ventilation for summer nighttime cooling.



Best Custom Home $800,000 - $1M


Hedger Constructions P/L
Project: Marysville
www.hedgerconstructions.com.au

The distinctive design is reflective of the corner block position and the need to take full advantage of the prevailing views. The client was adamant that clean, crisp lines complement the sharply angled design of the floor plan. To achieve this, the plaster finishing, commercial window fabrication, two-pac kitchens with touch fittings and the skillion-roof design have been meticulously installed and finished. Floor-to-ceiling double-glazed windows, along with clerestory highlight glazing, accentuate the openness via outstanding natural light. The integration of clever features means that from all areas of the home, the exceptional outdoor vista is experienced on every level.



Best Custom Home $1M - $2M


Hedger Constructions P/L
Project: Mitchellstown
www.hedgerconstructions.com.au

The design brief required a signature home that blends on all levels with the landscape. The floor-to-ceiling double-glazed commercial windows not only add amazing light to all spaces and encapsulate the views, but also add thermal qualities to the home. Internally, the home has a combined kitchen- dining-living area central to the build. A standout feature of the living area is the distinctive, raised, open fireplace, with its polished concrete plinth-style hearth and complementary surround. The zoned bedroom areas are fully serviced by ensuites, fully tiled in flagstone-style tiling, and boast high-end fixtures.



Best Sustainable Home


Ovens and King Builders
Project: Wangaratta
www.wangarattabuilders.com.au/

Energy-efficient design was a primary factor from the outset, achieved by adhering to solar-passive design principles and orienting the rear of the house to the north for maximum solar gain in winter. The design adapts to the occupation level, meaning the house can suit low-occupancy, requiring less energy use, yet it can open itself up to the extended family when the occasion requires. A significant amount of care has been taken in choosing cost-effective materials that enhance the design thermally, including extensive use of plantation-grown pine, chosen specifically as a renewable resource that locks up carbon.



Commercial Buildings Under $1M


Premier Building & Construction Pty Ltd
Project: St Monica's Primary School Year 3 - 4 Centre, Wodonga
www.premierbc.com.au

Works within this primary school project called for the construction of a year three-four centre, in addition to the refurbishment of two existing portable buildings, and the inclusion of a new connecting building with associated decks. The structure comprises timber framing, timber roof framing, framed internal partitions, commercial aluminum window frames and structural steel columns and rafters. The site functioned within an operational school environment, therefore site management needed to work safely within these constraints.



Commercial Buildings $1M - $3M


Connelly Construction Services
Project: Daintree Allied Health Servies Centre, Wodonga
www.connellycc.com.au

This Allied Health specialist building has been designed to complement the Stage One Daintree Medical Centre, whilst at the same time creating its own individual design features. Specific requirements called for a large, open reception area and space for patient seating, with two adjoining hallways that lead to the various specialist rooms and administration offices. With the use of light-grey colours, clean lines, feature glass, lighting and the contemporary design, the facility is open and inviting to the neighbouring and the surrounding environment. The floor plan was successfully designed according to the most efficient and effective use of space and specialists’ requirements.



Commercial Buildings $3M - $6M


Diverse Builders
Project: Woods Point Aged Care, Yarrawonga
www.diversebuilders.com.au

The scope of works on this project called for the construction of a 34-bed aged care facility within a fully operational existing centre. Due to the architectural and structural requirements, this project required a lot of attention to detail and combined efforts from the supervisor and subcontractors. This entire project showcases the expert skills of the tradesmen, learnt through experience gained over many years. The client received great value for money by engaging Diverse Builders to undertake such a complex and high-quality project.



Commercial Buildings Over $6M


Zauner Construction
Project: MAMA - Murray Art Museum, Albury
www.zauner.com.au

The project involved the major redevelopment of this heritage-listed art gallery. Works include demolition and asbestos/hazardous substance removal, installation of a lift and structural alterations and refurbishment to the existing buildings. A new two-level gallery building with basement has been built to the rear of the existing buildings. The building has substantially increased in size to include seven flexible exhibition spaces, an education workshop, permanent collection storage, an accessible loading dock, new restaurant and gift shop. The MAMA’s dual frontage on the main street establishes a cultural hub for the local community and visitors to the region.

North West



Regional Residential Builder of the Year

Todd Newman Builders
Project: Bendigo
www.toddnewmanbuilders.com.au

Designed and built as a home that suited only the needs of the owners, without any outside influence, this home is made up of two bedrooms, room for the grandkids and an amazing entry with study nook. The kitchen boasts state of the art appliances, a magnificent Calcutta butterfly marble benchtop and fully quipped butler’s pantry. Porcelain floor tiles compliment the internal timber work beautifully, while carpeted bedrooms allow for a warmer and inviting feel. Innovative design featured includes louvered celestory windows on all walls for views to the sky, and to encourage great air flow during the summer. For ultimate entertainment, perforated mesh screens and timber walls can be folded back, allowing the inside and outside to talk wonderfully together.



Regional Commercial Builder of the Year

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings Under $1M
VR Builders
Project: Lyttleton Street Clinic, Castlemaine
www.vrbuilders.com.au

Works on this heritage medical building included the construction of a larger waiting room, an airlock to stop the wind blowing in, to be wheelchair and scooter friendly and to keep operating throughout the works. The builder worked closely with heritage advisors, planning departments and designers to execute the solution for the clients. As the builder was involved right from the start, and having to conform to local laws and regulations, solutions were sought early, resulting in building the airlock under the heritage bullnose veranda, keeping the appearance original.



Best Volume Builder Display Home $250,000 - $350,000


J G King Homes
Project: Hartwell, Strathfieldsaye
www.jgkinghomes.com.au

This home flows seamlessly from the front door through a wide entryway into the heart of the home. The large open plan kitchen and meals area is an ideal place for the family to relax and play, featuring an accessible study and family area enjoying direct access to the outside alfresco, creating even more entertainment space. A separate living room provides for quieter entertainment. A three bedroom wing to the rear of the home Is ideal for privacy, situated away from the spacious master suite located at the front of the house.



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


Jason Wescott Builder P/L
Project: Maiden Gully
www.jasonwescott.com.au

The façade of this three- bedroom home presents an eye-catching appeal through the clever use of different building materials. The formal lounge and study is located off the entry along with the master bedroom, complete with a large ensuite. A step- down from the entry leads to the family, dining and kitchen displaying a raised and raked ceiling, highlight windows, a modern kitchen with a concrete benchtop and polished concrete floors. This home also enjoys a rumpus room and a two-way gas fireplace, separating the living/dining area. The merbau deck looks out over the rear of the property, a great entertaining area, and is linked to the kitchen and dining area. The two family bedrooms are complete with built in robes.



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


Todd Newman Builders
Project: Bendigo
www.toddnewmanbuilders.com.au

The brief called for a “forever home” that suits the individual needs of the clients. The home is small in space but speaks volume in aesthetics. Accommodation comprises two bedrooms, ensuite and living space for the grandkids to enjoy. A spacious kitchen with state- of- the- art appliances and fully equipped butler’s pantry, acts as a seamless interface between internal and external zones. Fantastic innovations were used throughout this project, including louvered clerestory windows on all walls, perforated mesh screens designed for ultimate privacy, but can be folded back for entertaining options, and timber walls that roll back to act as privacy screens, or blinds on hot summer days.



Commercial Buildings Under $1M


VR Builders
Project: Lyttleton Street Clinic, Castlemaine
www.vrbuilders.com.au

The builder worked with heritage advisors, planning departments and designers to meet the client’s need to create more space, an airlock to stop the wind blowing in and easy access for wheel chairs and to be scooter friendly. As the medical practice needed to keep open, it was imperative that public and practice staff were kept away from the construction through an alternative entry and working out of hours.


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