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.

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



2017 Regional Building Award Winners



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2016 Regional Building Award Winners
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Regional Residential Builder of the Year

Brooker Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Metung
www.brookerbuilders.com.au
Photographer: Brendan Pfanner, Brendan Pfanner Photography


Designed to maximise the ability to retain the occupier’s independence within the home, the construction entailed the mounting of a concrete ground slab on piers with timber/steel roof framing (and metal deck roof) with a suspended reinforced concrete floor slab to the upper level. A reverse concrete block veneer wall is used downstairs with aluminium and rendered finish external claddings. The courtyard walls comprise locally sourced stonework and concrete block rendered walls. The ground floor slab is geo-thermally heated with a concrete polishing finish applied. The design intent was to maximise passive solar access while capturing the lake views. Internally the finishes and fittings were selected to provide a high quality look that is understated. A domestic scale lift was utilised internally to access the bedrooms.




Regional Commercial Builder of the Year

BFN Developments
Project: Abbey Gardens Aged Care Facility, Warragul
www.bfndevelopment.com.au

The scope of works for the construction of a new 123-bed Aged Care Facility on a green filled site included a ground slab, a suspended slab, timber framing and brick veneer, rendered walls, feature stone cladding, timber arbours, a BBQ pavilion, street works, car parks and landscaping. The east end and middle section of the building is single-storey with the west end of the building being 2-storey with a plant room and undercroft at basement level. In ground precast piling with concrete columns have been constructed to support the ground floor suspended slab. Efficiency, precision, problem solving and outstanding client service have cemented BFN Developments as a preferred builder and developer with a commitment to building high quality projects on time and to satisfaction.



Best Renovation / Addition under $200,000


Latrobe Valley Building Services P/L
Project: Traralgon
Photographer: Belinda Riddle, Digital Devotion


Sustainability and innovation were an important part of this design, with many factors being considered to ensure a balance between interior and exterior spaces. The extension boasts a number of glass sliding doors and windows, with a high-pitched roof fading to the feel of space and light. Neutral colours combined with natural woods provide a sense of warmth and sophistication.



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


Latrobe Valley Building Services P/L
Project: Sale
Photographer: Belinda Riddle, Digital Devotion


Renovations were conducted throughout this home after a fire destroyed the majority of the building. Intricate wood detailing at the entry blends beautifully with the warmth of polished floorboards throughout the house leading past a large book shelf and family area into the open main lounge, kitchen and dining area. High quality fit-outs are evident throughout the stylish kitchen and its new appliance and storage areas, in the bedrooms and bathrooms with built-in robes and intricate detailing on the roofs surround the centre descending lights. Warm colours throughout compliment the homely feel of the property.



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


Benson Industries
Project: Sale
www.bensonindustries.com.au
Photographer: Geoff Parrington, Reflections Photography


This project entailed the demolition of previous renovations and the extension and renovation of the 1911 Victorian home in order to cater for the growing needs of a young, modern family. The construct included the addition of a large family/entertaining and sunroom with a north-easterly aspect, a modern kitchen area with butler's pantry, laundry, powder room, office, fourth bedroom and a new master suite with ensuite and walk-in robe. All materials and work were conducted in such a way as to maintain the aesthetics of the original home.



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


Colmac Homes Pty Ltd
Project: Alexander 210, Bairnsdale
www.colmachomes.com.au
Photographer: Geoff Parrington, Reflections Photography


The Alexander 210 is an attractive four-bedroom, two-bathroom home featuring two large living areas. Designed for families wanting a home that makes the best use of space, whilst maintaining a feeling of warm sophistication, this home has a contemporary minimal style. The focus is on maximising the living and entertainment zones with a natural flow from the spacious, open-plan interior kitchen with walk-in pantry and out to the dining and family area, opening to the alfresco dining space and a rumpus room hidden away at the rear.



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


Virtue Homes Pty Ltd
Project: Bentley 35 V-3, Traralgon
www.virtuehomes.com.au
Photographer: Catherine Thatcher, CS Photography


This stylish and sophisticated display home was designed to provide prospective clients with innovative ideas that showcase both high quality of workmanship and original, modern design concepts. The use of stainless steel for a feature pier combined with matrix cladding cut into a random jigsaw pattern, and finished with a marine-ply timber feature responds to the expectations of today's modern client. Special internal features, such as the imported Italian mosaics in the ensuite wet room, the recessed feature ceiling in master bedroom and the use of a raked ceiling with Velux roof windows combined with a large butt-glass window have resulted in stylish, light-filled spaces. The open kitchen/pantry area has also provided clients with a practical option for entertainers and modern day family living. The home has also been fully automated through pioneering technology.



Best Volume Builder Display Home under $250,000


JG King Homes
Project: H6, Traralgon
www.jgkinghomes.com.au
Photographer: Cecille David, Cecille David Photography


The H6 fits on a 12.5m block, and is part of the Up Collection – a versatile home with multiple living spaces that makes it a popular design for all types of buyers. Featuring a formal living area separated from the open-plan living space, this home is perfect for entertaining. With an additional four large bedrooms including a spacious master suite, this is a home for the future. The home was built using steel frames, which are designed and manufactured by a JG King Building Group-owned business, Steel Frame Solutions.



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


Simonds Homes
Project: Hudson 2212, Bairnsdale
www.simonds.com.au
Photographer: William Hung, William Hung Photography


The Hudson is designed to serve a growing family that entertains often and is looking for a orderly lifestyle. The Portland façade is a striking, modern creation that provides a volumetric and sculptural form. The entry arbour adds punctuation to the streetscape. The floor plan encompasses three generous bedrooms plus a theatre, two bathrooms and two living areas that flow from the centrally located kitchen, dining and living room with an alfresco area providing an indoor-outdoor living space to complement a growing family’s needs. The master bedroom at the rear provides a resort-style living option with direct access to the alfresco area. The home also works wonders with a corner allotment.



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


Metricon
Project: Botanica 36, Traralgon
www.metricon.com.au
Photographer: Kirralee Ashworth, Grandview Photography


The new single-storey Botanica is an exciting new design offering a flexible floor plan and a great deal to celebrate, especially for customers in charming regional Victorian areas! The contemporary home features a capacious master bedroom located at the front of the home with a large ensuite bathroom and two walk-in robes. Three other bedrooms (one with built-in robes), a large bathroom and an additional powder room can all be found tucked away along one side of the house. The other side of the home features a large open-plan living area that includes a contemporary kitchen design with butler’s pantry and family and outdoor rooms. There is also plenty of storage space located throughout the home, and a large rumpus room and double (or triple) garage complete this perfect package.




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


Virtue Homes
Project: Traralgon
www.virtuehomes.com.au
Photographer: Catherine Thatcher, CS Photography

With a fixed budget and design in mind, the owners created a modern family home with strong street appeal featuring clean lines and dark-render colours combined with timber features on a slightly elevated block. Large fixed-glass windows and an oversized timber-and-glass entry door have enhanced the clean-line appeal. The contemporary styling and finishes are evident from the well-appointed theatre room off the front entry to the open living area at the rear of the home. With a focus on an open living area and in keeping with modern styling, the kitchen is the central hub of the home. An alfresco area located off the living area and oriented directly to the north is ideal for entertaining family and friends as well as providing breathtaking views of the surrounding valley and hillside areas.



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


Roseleigh Homes
Project: Warragul
www.roseleighhomes.com.au
Photographer: Lauren Munro, Lauren Munro Photography


The design of this home makes use of its natural contours and elevated position, with magnificent views to the north. Upon approach and entering, the home features a large internal/external blade concrete block wall, which provides privacy to the alfresco area and creates texture and interest. A step down into the living area exposes burnished polished concrete, a raised three-metre ceiling and large 6.4- metre sliding stacker doors, oriented to the north and leading out to the alfresco area, that create an impressive, light-filled, modern space. The sleek, clean-lined white, matt-vinyl-wrap kitchen, with oversized island bench, featuring oak floor cladding, complements this contemporary home while the master suite offers spacious accommodation. A luxurious ensuite has floor-to-ceiling tiling, and features an egg-shaped freestanding bath that forms the centrepiece to the room.
 




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

Beach House Constructions
Project: Silverleaves
www.beachhouseconstructions.com.au
Photographer: Warren Reed, Coast Media Pty Ltd


This striking home is nestled in an established native garden within the sought-after Silverleaves area on Phillip Island – just a short walk from the foreshore. It’s compact design boasts three bedrooms with an open-plan kitchen, dining and living room that opens onto a unique deck with recycled timber pergola. It also features a studio for yoga and fitness that can be converted into another room for guests during the summer months or when entertaining. In addition to being positioned for maximum light, the 6-star-energy-rated, heavily insulated home has double-glazed windows, zero-formaldehyde joinery, water tanks, low-VOC paints and high-WELS rating tapware.



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

Roseleigh Homes
Project: Warragul
www.roseleighhomes.com.au
Photographer: Jonathan Tabensky, JT Photo


The combination of no eaves and the external textures and colours makes for a smooth-lined, striking residence that sits comfortably in the landscape. On entering, the home opens up to a modern clean-lined kitchen, meals and living space with feature sunken lounge area encased in a bespoke Victorian ash, double-sided vertical feature nib wall. Burnished and polished concrete features in the entry, kitchen, dining and rumpus rooms, reinforce the contemporary nature of the home. Large stacking sliding doors in both the living area and near the meals area create a light and spacious feel to the home, again highlighting the views. The master bedroom is cantilevered atop the garage, and oriented to the south to capitalise on the outlook. A feature wall in the bedroom ensures privacy for the large ensuite. The eastern side of the home comprises three additional bedrooms, together with a rumpus room, bathroom and laundry.



Best Custom Home $1M - $2M

Brooker Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Metung
www.brookerbuilders.com.au
Photographer: Brendan Pfanner, Brendan Pfanner Photography


Designed to maximise the ability to retain the occupier’s independence within the home, the construction entailed the mounting of a concrete ground slab on piers with timber/steel roof framing (and metal deck roof) with a suspended reinforced concrete floor slab to the upper level. A reverse concrete-block veneer wall is used downstairs with aluminium and rendered-finish external claddings. The courtyard walls comprise locally sourced stonework and concrete block-rendered walls. The upstairs walls were 400mm thick and light timber-framed with cladding matched and aligned with wall portions. The ground floor slab is geothermally heated, with a concrete polishing finish applied. Internally the finishes and fittings were selected to provide a high quality look that is understated. A domestic scale lift was utilised internally to access the bedrooms.



Best Sustainable Home

TS Constructions P/L
Project: Cape Paterson
www.tsconstructions.com.au
Photographer: Warren Reed, Coast Media Pty Ltd


This stylish, single-story, carbon-neutral, energy- and water-efficient coastal home sits within the top one per cent of sustainable homes in Australia. The home’s state-of-the-art design, construction and fit-out combine to keep the home beautifully comfortable in all weather conditions, while reducing annual running costs. The ground floor consists of a large, north-facing living zone and kitchen that opens onto a wide deck with views of the garden. There are three bedrooms, a study and a large pantry. Rooms and windows have been situated to capture both prevailing sea breezes and wonderful views of Bass Strait.



Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings under $1M

TS Constructions P/L
Project: Bunyip Netball and Tennis Pavilion, Bunyip
www.tsconstructions.com.au
Photographer: Alan Foon, Foons Photographics


The scope of works of this project entailed the design and construction of a multipurpose pavilion with good access and views towards the existing courts and children’s play ground. The south side of the building required gallery space facing the tennis courts used for viewing and administration of the tennis games, while the netball office needed to be accessible from the courts for administration on game days. Change rooms and accessible toilets are shared by user groups with a separate facility provided for game-day umpires. Additional change facilities are provided with external access only for time when the facility is not completely open. A kitchen is central to the multipurpose space with a servery window on the north side of the building with suitable un-encumbered roof coverage.



Commercial Buildings $1M - $3M

Waltcon Constructions
Project: Traralgon Tennis Show Courts, Traralgon
www.waltcon.com.au
Photographer: Angela Landua, Danae Studios


The works on this project consisted the construction of two new tennis show courts to Tennis Australia standards, and finished with a Plexi Cushion surface. Tiered pre-cast concrete seating with one side also including a ramped walkway and rolled Danpolon roofing are on two sides of the courts. Major lighting was incorporated into the project including new LED court lights, LED strip lights under the tiered seating, uplights to the rolled roof along with new lighting to the surrounding car park. A large deck was also built on the north side of the courts including a glass balustrade enabling for a closer viewing spectacle.



Commercial Buildings $3M - $6M

TS Constructions P/L
Project: Karmai Children's Centre, Korumburra
www.tsconstructions.com.au
Photographer: Alan Foon, Foons Photographics


In addition to the construction of this new 1400-square-metre childcare building with external play areas, landscaping and an entry road with car parking, the scope of works on this project included the redirection of an overhead power line, lengthy negotiations with the gas authority with regard to underground natural gas and the use of long screw piles as the new building was positioned directly over an old rail cutting. It also required the demolition of two existing houses as well as the blending of three titles and two portions of road reserve into a single title.



Excellence in Commercial Buildings over $6M

BFN Developments
Project: Abbey Gardens Aged Care Facility, Warragul
www.bfndevelopments.com.au


The scope of works for the construction of a new 123-bed aged care facility on a green-filled site included a ground slab, a suspended slab, timber framing and brick veneer, rendered walls, feature stone cladding, timber arbours, a barbecue pavilion, street works, car parks and landscaping. The east end and middle section of the building is single-storey; the west end of the building two-storey with a plant room and undercroft at basement level. In-ground precast piling with concrete columns have been constructed to support the ground floor suspended slab.




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Regional Residential Builder of the Year

Signature Homes
Project: Newtown
www.signaturehomes.com.au
Photographer: Peter Redmond, Geelong Real Estate Photography


The home stays true to its surrounds offering design inspired by high-class lifestyle living and pure superiority in architectural features. Simple, clear lines and bold finishes shape the external streetscape while keyless entry sets the tone for the quality and innovation within the home. On entry is a grand void - an open ceiling height of 6.5 metres with an impressive commercial window capturing the views of the outdoor space. A spectacular open staircase is suspended from the sidewall. The dining and lounge space is understated, but the flow into the kitchen and pantry space is impressive. To the left of the main entry are a resort-like master suite, ensuite and walk-in robe with a golf putting-green. The grand pool is the cornerstone of the architecturally designed home and features a sunken alfresco area with bench seating, a fire pit, full kitchen, outdoor shower and projector.



Regional Commercial Builder of the Year

Rendine Constructions P/L
Project: Eastern Hub - Karingal, East Geelong
www.rendine.com.au
Photographer: Seagull Photography


Selecting the original headquarters as the location for the new Hub, provided a site that benefits from three street frontages. The external entry which demonstrates an interesting and alluring architectural design, mixing shapes and a variety of materials such as steel, recycled timber in the formation of scissor columns, plywood and rammed earth walls, sets the tone for what lies beyond the front doors. Polished concrete flooring throughout with circular feature just beyond the entry doors uses coloured blue glass, which was cut back and exposed during the polishing process to add an element of visual interest when entering. The Hub demonstrates growth by departing from the institutional buildings of the past, and creating warm and welcoming spaces that encourage the interaction of Karingal people and the general public.



Best Renovation/Addition under $200,000

Fusion Build Victoria
Project: Denver


This renovation encompassed the transformation of the original woolshed into a house, while maintaining the rustic feeling. Insulation was thorough, and large north-facing doors and windows with low-maintenance aluminium outside and composite timber inside provide warmth during winter. A tilt-and-turn option allows for great cross-ventilation in summer, while an inline fan at the top of the gable allows for quick removal of hot air. All timber was dressed and sanded for effect within the build, and redgum was used as a large reveal around windows and doors. Recycled iron in gable- and lime-washed lining boards were used on the ceilings throughout the dwelling, and high quality mod-cons are hidden behind a facade of old timber to keep with the aesthetics.



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

Little Constructions
Project: Rippleside
www.littleconstructions.com.au
Photographer: Lauren Spolding, Lily & Henry Photography


The clients wanted a striking architectural and modern addition to their grey weatherboard, and the priority was to create a practical layout that would meet the needs of a young family over many years to come. The home was designed to bring in light through the rear glass sliding doors to bring an abundance of natural light into the home. The rear of the house was demolished in order to incorporate an open-plan kitchen, dining, living space and mezzanine study that is light and spacious. Glass sliding doors lead from the dining area access the under-cover alfresco area to an open-air entertainment zone. The front of the home, which includes a bathroom, hallway, three bedrooms and lounge also got upgrades, including new carpet, painting, electrical works and general maintenance.



Best Renovation / Addition over $500,000

George Banjanin Constructions
Project: Newtown
Photographer: Greg Jones & Partners P/L


This project comprised the extensive renovation of the existing 1916, double-brick and tile Californian bungalow, and the addition of a dining room, third bedroom, rear deck and garage/studio. Substantial structural steel was utilised to bolster the existing structure and to create the larger spans needed, while large sliding stacker doors, double-glazed windows and eight Velux skylights provide an abundance of natural light throughout. Tasmanian blackwood was the closest local timber that matched the original California redwood so it was used extensively throughout the house in doors, cabinets and panelling. The intricate door furniture was specially cast and electroplated to maintain the aesthetic while intricate brickwork and a wrought-iron and mesh front fence complete the picture.



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

Hotondo Homes Ballarat
Project: Kirkby 267, Alfredton
www.hotondo.com.au
Photographer: William James Photography


The Kirkby is the ultimate family home with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Featuring three separate living areas and a study nook, there is plenty of space for everyone in this home. The kitchen features a massive walk-in pantry, perfect for those who love to cook. The stand-out feature is the massive alfresco area which connects directly to the kitchen, creating the perfect blend of indoor/outdoor living. The master bedroom is cleverly separated from the other bedrooms and features a walk-in robe and ensuite.



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

Great Ocean Homes
Project: The Erskine 27, Torquay
www.greatoceanhomes.com.au

Designed for the harsh coastal environment, the Erskine 27 is a great example of a spacious family home including three- and four-bedroom options, a designer kitchen with walk-in pantry, a master ensuite and large main bathroom with in-situ shower bases and lineal drains, mirrored shaving cabinets and an additional powder room. The living zone includes a main family room, front lounge, media hub and large study with cabinetry, a feature garden window on entry, custom clear-glass skylights and sliding-door access to a protected external deck. Sustainable elements include double-glazed windows throughout, solar lighting as standard and WI-FI compatible heating and cooling for external control.



Best Volume Builder Display Home under $250,000

Metricon
Project: Lawson 22Mk2, Armstrong Creek
www.metricon.com.au
Photographer: Kirralee Ashworth, Grand View Photography


Aimed at young professionals and families on a budget, consisting of four bedrooms, two living areas and an outdoor room, the Lawson 22MK2 is ideal for those looking to maximise the value in their home. The portico is oversized for the scale of the home, creating a grand entrance and strong street presence. The master bedroom is well-positioned at the front of the home, and features a large walk-in robe and ensuite. The minor bedrooms are smartly zoned away from the main living areas with a large leisure space for the kids to unwind, creating a great separation between the living and sleeping zones. The living area is well-proportioned and open-plan while the kitchen is highly functional with a focus on space.



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

JG King Homes
Project: Barossa 255, Fyansford
www.jgkinghomes.com.au
Photographer: Cecille David, Cecille David Photography


The Barossa 255 is a sophisticated, well-proportioned home offering stylish space to embrace and enjoy. The open-plan living design with direct access to the alfresco space incorporates a lavish family-and-meals area complemented by a gourmet kitchen and walk-in pantry. The home features three large bedrooms including a master bedroom complete with a walk-in robe and ensuite. A study or fourth bedroom, plus an additional living room, are situated at the front of the home ensuring plenty of space to grow and flourish.



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

Metricon
Project: Botanic 32, Fyansford
www.metricon.com.au
Photographer: Kirralee Ashworth, Grand View Photography


The single-storey Botanica 32 is a well-designed and exceptionally inviting home offering a flexible floor plan that will delight the astute buyer. These delights include a capacious master bedroom located at the front of the home with a large ensuite bathroom and two walk-in robes. Three other bedrooms one with built-in robes, a great-sized bathroom and an additional powder room can all be found tucked along one side of the house. The other side of the home features a large open-plan living area that includes a contemporary kitchen design with butler’s pantry, family and outdoor room. The great-sized outdoor room provides a year-round entertainment zone for family and friends.



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

JM Homes Surf Coast
Project: Torquay
www.jmhomessurfcoast.com.au
Photographer: Kellie Fergusen, Blade & White Real Estate Marketing


The brief was to capture the views of the ocean and to optimise on natural light. The residence was to be big enough for visiting family and friends but not too large to maintain. Abundant natural light was captured by way of large glass panels to the rear of the home, and the ocean views were optimised with an eastern-facing deck area. Traditional raked ceilings played a big part in the living/kitchen area, which then incorporated a Velux skylight to further enhance the light. An ample master suite complete with walk-in robe was established in the main bedroom, while the other rooms were designed to be primarily functional but easily transformable to allow for entertainment.



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

Signature Homes Geelong
Project: South Geelong
www.signaturehomes.net.au
Photographer: Peter Redmond, Geelong Real Estate Photography


Representing inner city living at its finest, and nestled on a tiny corner allotment, the design of this inner-city home meets the brief of the client perfectly, and makes the best use of the small space. Hand-picked, reclaimed bricks that provide a dramatic finish to the high parapet ground- floor walls were sourced from a Melbourne demolition yard. Teamed with black Colorbond to the first floor, the distinctive angled wall to the east elevation finishes the front streetscape. The reclaimed bricks remain a focal point for the architectural home, extending from the external blade wall at the entry to inside the home spanning from ground-floor to first-floor walls, the entire length of the staircase. A feature matte-black pendant light to the entry void is a statement piece. The home comfortably provides open-plan living; two separate living spaces, three spacious bedrooms and outdoor living.



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

Lachlan Fleming Constructions P/L
Project: Woodend
www.flemingconstructions.com.au
Photographer: Tim Collins, Sky Images Australia


The scope of this project was to provide a spacious family home with a high-end industrial, yet luxurious, finish that attracts a broad audience’s appreciation. The architecturally designed five-bedroom home with a conventional brick veneer and Colourbond roof belie the eclectic floor plan featuring a mix of raw and recycled materials and light, airy living spaces with seamless detail throughout. Sound environmental practices ensure that despite its size, the residence is a sustainable and energy-efficient family home.



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

JG King Homes
Project: Wendouree
www.jgkinghomes.com.au
Photographer: Cecille David, Cecille David Photography


The scope of this project was to provide a spacious family home with a high-end industrial, yet luxurious, finish that attracts a broad audience’s appreciation. The architecturally designed five-bedroom home with a conventional brick veneer and Colourbond roof belie the eclectic floor plan featuring a mix of raw and recycled materials and light, airy living spaces with seamless detail throughout. Sound environmental practices ensure that despite its size, the residence is a sustainable and energy-efficient family home.



Best Custom Home $800,000 - $1M

Signature Homes Geelong
Project: Newtown
www.signaturehomes.net.au
Photographer: Peter Redmond, Geelong Real Estate Photography


Simple, clear lines, and bold finishes shape the external streetscape while keyless entry sets the tone for the quality and innovation within the home. The dining and lounge space is understated, but the flow into the kitchen and pantry space is impressive. To the left of the main entry features a resort-like master suite, ensuite and walk-in robe, with golf putting green. Often seen in commercial construction projects, the home opens to the outdoor space through a five metre wide by three metre high tilt window system. The bottom panels are fixed to 1200mm height and the top 1800mm tilts open overlooking the pool and outdoor alfresco area. This window truly provides unobtrusive views designed to tilt and rise up out of the way.



Best Custom Home $1M - $2M

Malishev Constructions
Project: Curlewis
www.malishev.com.au
Photographer: Simon Draper, Top Snap Geelong


The brief for the design and construct of this large, double-storey custom home was to capture the north water views and create protection from the cold south winds. Significant thought was applied to every aspect of the design to accommodate everything from zoned living areas and views from as many rooms as possible, right down to boat storage. The home offers separate sleeping and living areas and has a spectacular, first-floor open-plan area that flows onto the rear balcony which is perfect for entertaining. The overall home represents excellent value and features quality fittings and finishes throughout.



Best Multi Unit Development up to 3 Units

Trevor Homes
Project: Port Arlington
www.trevorhomes.com.au
Photographer: Simon Draper, Top Snap Geelong


This three-unit development situated on a corner site in a prime location of The Esplanade offers two beachfront double-storey dwellings with reverse living and a single-storey dwelling facing the side street. A mixture of external cladding consisting of acrylic rendering, black stone bricks, matrix boards with shadow lines, semi-commercial windows and a tiled pier to the cantilevered balconies creates a contemporary façade. Full-width glazing of the first floor dining and living zones, with nautically inspired balconies, offer unobscured views across Port Phillip Bay and Melbourne’s skyscrapers. Each unit features an open-plan living, three spacious bedrooms each with their own private bathroom and a spined-beam timber staircase with patch fittings to the frameless glass balustrade to visually increase the size of the entrance.



Best Multi Unit Development 4 to 12 Units

Trevor Homes
Project: Newtown
www.trevorhomes.com.au
Photographer: Simon Draper, Top Snap Geelong


Maximising the land space and providing mid-range inclusions to suit the market, this development comprises eight townhouses with three bedrooms, a walk-in robe for the ensuite, main bathroom, two living spaces, a walk-in laundry and double-car garage. External finishes include flat metal roofing and a mixture of cladding materials, as well as cedar-panel garage doors. Internal features include oversized internal doors, Vic Ash staircases, translucent sliding doors, Westinghouse kitchen appliances, stone bench tops and porcelain tiles – all of which attest to the superior quality of fixtures and fittings throughout.



Best Sustainable Home

Homes with Integrity
Project: Highton
www.homeswithintegrity.com.au
Photographer: Reife Braun, Reife Braun Films & Photos


The blend of materials that were ultimately used on this project, were considered firstly from an efficiency aspect and then from an aesthetic point of view. The Thermal mass element of the build included the concrete raft slab, made with polished white concrete and coloured pebble aggregate giving the function required as well as the desired aesthetics. This provides increased energy efficiencies to heating in the winter months and cooling during the summer when protected by shade. Although initially suggested for its wonderful texture and colours, and the way it complimented the polished concrete floor, the reverse block work made from Western Australian Limestone blockwork for both internal and external walls, was chosen for its insulation properties to further improve the home rating. The use of reclaimed blackbutt hardwood timber provided a reduction in carbon emissions, additionally it introduced a character and warmth differing from the harsh elements of the blockwork and concrete floor.



Excellence in Commercial Buildings $1M - $3M

BDH Constructions P/L
Project: Brae Luxury Guesthouses, Birregurra
www.bdhconstructions.com.au
Photographer: Trevor Mein, meinphoto


The environmentally efficient attached villas with exteriors of galvanized metal and brick result in a structure of luxury that nestles in the countryside like a large shearing shed. Each 60-square-metre suite features a large bedroom, detailed ensuite with bath, star-gazing sky light, sitting area, cocktail bar, climate control with heated slate flooring and private outdoor seating with views to the rolling hills of The Otways. Rich, Australian recycled timbers, brick, raw steel and brass are all old materials utilised in rural settings. The project purposefully plays off the materiality and self-build nature of old rural buildings, reinterpreting them into contemporary and luxurious interiors, framing views of the working landscape beyond.



Excellence in Commercial Buildings over $6M

Rendine Constructions P/L
Project: Eastern Hub - Karingal, East Geelong
www.rendine.com.au
Photographer: Seagull Photography


Selecting the original 1952 Karingal headquarters as the location for the new Hub, the site presented three street frontages to the east, west and south directions, and a vacant block and residences immediately to the north. Initial works included the demolition and extensive remediation of the site. The newly constructed facility now provides a range of indoor and outdoor spaces for activities, events and services for people of all ages and abilities across Karingal and the broader community.




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Regional Residential Builder of the Year

Lekeal P/L
Project: Yarrawonga
www.lekeal.com.au

This project was based on the client’s request for a home with crisp, clean lines married with the natural aspect of stone, sunlight and the ability to bring in the local environment of grey trees from Lake Mulwala. The home was to reflect resort-style outdoor living, as well as incorporate a completely different design for the lower- level basement. The home is constructed from brick veneer walls and render to the west, north and east facades. A stand-out feature of the custom built home is the semi-underground media lounge entertainment area, with wine bar and Jetmaster open fireplace, featuring a spotted gum timberlined ceiling and polished concrete flooring. With expansive open-plan living, the house has a seamless flow to the outdoors with a resort-style pool.



Regional Commercial Builder of the Year

Zauner Construction P/L
Project: Trinity Anglican College - New Senior School, Thurgoona
www.zauner.com.au
Photographer: Simon Dallinger, Simon Dallinger Photography


The project involved the construction of a new senior secondary school facility at Trinity Anglican College, Thurgoona Campus. The works comprised a double-storey building and single-storey building and all associated earthworks and external paving. The buildings provide 20 general learning areas in an open-plan format facilitated by sliding and openable glass dividing walls, and are flanked by a storeroom and administration offices, as well as bathroom and kitchen amenities for staff. The building planning deliberately sought to break down the traditional concept of individual classroom ‘cells’ through offset and angled walls and deliberately diffused delineation among rooms through openable walls and floor finishes. Given that the works linked to existing facilities, it was essential that the construction activities did not conflict with any of the existing building’s ongoing operations.



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


Hedger Constructions P/L
Project: Ghin Ghin
www.hedgerconstructions.com.au/
Photographer: Paul West, Paul West Photography


The aim of the renovation and deck extension was to bring the garden and rural setting into the home via large double-glazed panels that also allowed for more light. The construct also enabled the reconfiguration of the room layout to allow for a more functional use of space in the kitchen, living and dining areas while allowing for the zoning of private bedrooms and the ensuite, with a guest wing that had its own facilities. From an external perspective, the inclusion of earthy features such as Clancy wall stone and spotted-gum timber provide a connection to the rural setting. The extensive ironbark and merbau deck area, with its use of carefully placed lighting, allow for day and night use in a variety of private or entertaining settings.



Best Renovation / Addition over $500,000


Greg Pearson Building
Project: Shepparton
www.gregpearsonbuilding.com.au
Photographer: Diana Spriggs, Diana Spriggs Photographer


The scope of this project involved the demolition of a poorly designed extension done prior to the current purchase, and the construction of an extension along the south boundary in order to open rooms up to the back yard. This allowing for the master bedroom to be at the back of the property, and access to the other three bedrooms from the front hallway. The old part of the house largely kept its Art Deco features intact, but new doors, handles, cornicing and stipple render were added. The sophisticated living, dining and kitchen areas feature vaulted ceilings with 360-degree views of the sky, creating a beautiful connection with the outdoors and gas-log fireplace. Floor-to-ceiling stacker doors wrap around the living and outdoor areas, seamlessly joining entertaining zones and bar.



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


Clarke Carmody Constructions
Project: The Wellington, Wodonga
www.clarkecarmody.com.au

The Wellington design is a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home that fits on a standard suburban block. Offering two living areas, a large walk-in pantry, laundry and oversized double garage, it is ideal for the larger family. A variety of materials were used to ensure conformity with the proposed architectural features including a Matrix parapet and limestone tile feature walls. The use of Australian spotted gum from a renewable source for wall cladding and Hardie decking in lieu of rainforest timbers from overseas was a sustainable initiative, and having a side entrance provides an effective point of difference to many of the houses being built currently.



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


Lekeal Pty Ltd
Project: Yarrawonga
www.lekeal.com.au

Leakeal’s display home is constructed of brick veneer, with a rendered finish, linea boards and timber windows. Internal features include luxury paint, tiles, carpet and superior fixtures and fittings. Featuring three large bedrooms, the master has a walk-in robe and the en-suite features a double shower. The living room features a flame- gas heating unit, and an expansive relaxing space incorporating the kitchen and dining areas. The kitchen, with a butler’s pantry, is showered in sunlight, which is brought into the home via the huge light well positioned over the island bench. The house then flows out towards the large covered entertaining area with KD Hardwood lining boards and beautiful James Hardie deck.



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


Dennis Family Homes
Project: Waterford 232 Savannah, Wodonga
www.dennisfamily.com.au

This spacious and light-filled family home comprises two living spaces, four bedrooms and an alfresco. The well-appointed kitchen incorporates stainless steel appliances and Caeserstone bench tops. There is laminated cabinetry throughout including bench space in the laundry. There is a number of quality construction items that go unnoticed in the finished home including the use of steel support posts during construction inside the brick piers rather than temporary propping, and there is a load-bearing wall within the home to break the span of the trusses and nullify movement and cracking along cornices. The facade of the home is contemporary in form as are the use of a mix of materials, including cladding and render.



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


Dennis Family Homes
Project: Macedon 322 Boulevard Wodonga
www.dennisfamily.com.au

The Macedon is an expansive home that includes many features and spaces to accommodate lavish entertaining, as well as private spaces when required. The design features have the master suite and living space separated from the rest of the home at front. The master suite is a sizeable sanctuary featuring his-and-her walk-in robes and an ensuite with his-and-her vanities, a large shower and separate WC. The spacious, contemporary kitchen includes a butler’s fit-out to the kitchen pantry incorporating a sink, mixer tap and extensive cabinetry and pot drawers with shelving above. Optional extras featured in the Macedon display include a Jetmaster fireplace in the front living room, an extended alfresco area accessed through large panel bi-parting doors and a separate study space.



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


Diverse Builders
Project: Numurkah
www.diversebuilders.com.au
Photographer: Serana Hunt Hughes


This brick veneer home was designed for the purpose of creating a low-maintenance, practical and comfortable home for retiree clients, both of whom are in their 80s. As avid travellers, they wanted little maintenance, open living and meals areas and three bedrooms to cater for when the family visits. Zero thresholds to all entry doors and walk-in showers were added for ease of access. To make the most of the creek and park views a large window was included in the open-living area, and additional concrete beyond the verandah allows the owners to sit under the verandah in the heat of summer or enjoy being out in the winter sun.



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

Ground Up Earth Builders
Project: Benalla
www.groundupearthbuilders.com.au
Photographer: Donna Burgess, Donna Burgess Photography


The high level of finish, thermal performance and expected longevity of this house represents exceptional value for money. A philosophy of Ground Up Earth builders is to present the structural material as the finished product as far as is possible and effective. This requires a high level of planning and execution that is evident in this build. Double-glazed windows, over 16 metres or 44 tonnes of 300 mm thick, insulated thermal mass walls, insulated slab, ultra efficient Sanden Heat Pump, 5-Kv solar power system, LED lighting throughout, automatic pellet-fed heater, and a most complementary landscaping design and construction ensure this cleverly constructed home is at the forefront of sustainability and innovation.



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


Heath Nicholson Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Kialla
www.heathnicholsonbuilders.com.au
Photographer: Rodd Young, Drummond House Photography


Designed to sit graciously on a corner plot, this five-bedroom home showcases undeniable style and opulent living. Displaying a bold contemporary design, the ground floor features multiple of living areas including an open plan living, dining, and separate family room and a ‘Great Room’, as well as a separate study upstairs. Downstairs boasts elegant timber flooring throughout, complemented by an outstanding cohesion with quality finishes. Upstairs, through double doors, boasts a magnificent master suite complete with private retreat, en-suite and walk in robe.



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


DKM Builders
Project: Benalla
www.dkmbuilders.com.au

Built to match the owner’s unswerving vision of light and sustainability, this home has a unique and innovative design that is highlighted by its long and narrow form. By utilising the north-facing aspect and installing several highlight windows, sunlight is able to flow in for optimum natural light and warmth while strategically placed eaves help block the harsh summer sun. These aspects add to the long-term sustainability of the home by utilising the elements to keep running costs to a minimum. The project was completed in one of the wettest winters in a long time, so there were some unforeseen delays. However, the project pushed on and the project was completed within the desired time frame.



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


Lekeal Pty Ltd
Project: Yarrawonga
www.lekeal.com.au

This project was based on the client’s request for a home with crisp, clean lines, married with the natural aspect of stone, sunlight and the ability to bring in the local environment of grey trees from Lake Mulwala, effectively reflecting a resort-style space. A stand-out feature of the custom built home is the semi-underground media lounge entertainment area, with wine bar and Jetmaster open fireplace, featuring spotted-gum timber-lined ceiling and polished concrete flooring. With expansive open-plan living the house has a seamless flow to the outdoors with a resort-style pool. The home is constructed from brick veneer walls and render to the west, north and east facades.



Best Custom Home $800,000 - $1M


Connelly Construction Services
Project: Tabletop
www.connellycc.com.au
Photographer: Simeon Latham, Freeride Imaging


This home has been very much individually tailored to meet the needs of the client’s young growing family, incorporating five bedrooms, family/kitchen/dining room, rumpus plus separate private main bedroom suite. Accommodation also includes a guest room with ensuite, office, gymnasium and a mud –room, enjoying direct access from the garage. The clever design has taken into account all the requirements of daily living, emphasising the use of highlighted windows to allow natural light into the main areas and to capture the stunning views overlooking the Hume weir. The usage to timber beams, high quality timber flooring, designed timber front feature door brings warmth into this modern contemporary home.



Best Custom Home $1M - $2M


J & P Spinelli Building Contractors
Project: East Albury
www.spinellibuilding.com.au
Photographer: Simon Dallinger, Simon Dallinger Photography


This large two-storey, hillside residence comprises five bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living rooms and a rumpus room plus a separate study, office and meeting room. The downstairs guest bedroom and bathroom create a separate area for guests with a living room/rumpus room in the same zone. The contemporary kitchen and butler’s pantry feature Calcutta Nuvo Caesarstone bench tops and a solid timber spotted gum breakfast bar, while large bi-fold doors open onto an enclosed Alfresco area incorporating: a wood fired pizza oven, inbuilt natural gas BBQ with roasting hood and natural gas two-burner cooktop, sink and electric overhead radiant heaters. An in-ground pool with waterfall feature, covered pool house, four-car garage and underground wine cellar complete the picture.



Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings under $1M


Connelly Construction Services
Project: Dutch Media Head Office & Production Facilities, Wodonga
www.connellycc.com.au

This design and construct contract involved a new media and production facility with the latest building technology combining with an older heritage building on the site. Creating an industrial style, the design incorporates the use of timber lining, concrete floors, steel beams, high ceilings with large windows for natural light, and open airy office spaces with glass windows. The entry features a large open space and stairwell including tall glass and open space offices upstairs, and on the ground floor. A major challenge was to connect the new media centre to the current heritage style building onsite, and blend the two successfully to complement each other.



Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $1M - $3M


Premier Building & Construction P/L
Project: Our Lady’s Primary School, Wangaratta
www.premierbc.com.au
Photographer: Simon Dallinger, Simon Dallinger Photography


The scope of works for this established school build entailed a comprehensive refurbishment of all learning spaces and toilet facilities to bring the buildings up to standard, plus the construction of a new deck and pergola. Electrical, mechanical and hydraulic upgrades were undertaken. As an operational school environment the project delivery team worked within the constraints of moving students and staff between play areas around the construction zone. The site manager and the principal liaised on a daily basis to ensure all deliveries and trade movements were out of school hours and all asbestos removal works were undertaken on weekends when students were not present.



Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $3M - $6M


Connelly Construction Services
Project: Upper Murray Family Care New Head Office, Wodonga
www.connellycc.com.au
Photographer: Simeon Latham, Freeride Imaging


The new double storey Upper Murray Family Care head office in Wodonga was required to link and compliment the adjoining offices built in the early 1900’s, while emphasizing its individual creative design features, as a stage of the art modern office facility. The quality of construction and attention to detail is visible throughout and can be attributed to the specified materials, excellent quality of workmanship, site supervision and the architects continual involvement in the project throughout the construction process. The footprint and plan involved many angles and precise lines. A lot of detail and thought was put into the positioning of shade structures, glazing and composite panels to create an appealing facade.



SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $3M - $6M


Premier Building & Construction Pty Ltd
Project: Wodonga West Primary School, Wodonga
www.premierbc.com.au
Photographer: Simon Dallinger, Simon Dallinger Photography


This educational project called for the construction of a new administration building, kindergarten and learning centre. Working within an operational school environment, it was imperative that the site manager and principal were liaising on a daily basis to ensure the students and staff moved between play areas safely around the construction zone. The structure utilises timber framing and laminated veneer lumber timber roof and structural framing. Internally, interesting finishes include Hoop-pine joinery, artificial grass ramps and plywood laminate.



Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings over $6M


Zauner Construction
Project: Trinity Anglican College- New Senior School, Thurgoona
www.zauner.com.au
Photographer: Simon Dallinger, Simon Dallinger Photography


Works on this new secondary school project provided a double-storey building on the south wing combining with a single storey building on the north wing. The set-out of the interior intentionally sought to break down the traditional concept of individual classroom ‘cells’ through the use of offset and anguled walls, deliberately creating a diffused delineation between rooms through moveable walls and floor finishes. The high volume of glass and architectural metalwork used in such style ethos, demanded a high calibre of precision in translating shop details into reality, and it is a testament to the local fabricators and installers of these elements that they have been completed successfully towards such high tolerance parameters.

North West



Regional Residential Builder of the Year

Todd Newman Builders
Project: Junortoun
www.toddnewmanbuilders.com.au
Photographer: David Petersen


This elegantly proportioned home makes room for everyone with three brilliantly integrated living zones, four spacious bedrooms and a study, as well as a two-car garage with extensive storage. The double storey’s high ceilings and extensive window walls ensure glorious ambient light and a blissful sense of space. With clean, sleek lines, the home sits perfectly in the modern urban landscape. Open and spacious, it combines sophisticated looks with cutting-edge building technology, materials and systems. Built to stringent environmentally sustainable design standards, this home is naturally cool in summer and warm in winter, saving energy costs for luxurious, year-round comfort. The result is a sophisticated and inviting home that will service this family’s needs for many years to come.



Regional Commercial Builder of the Year

Fairbrother P/L
Project: 111 Mitchell Street, Bendigo
www.fairbrother.com.au
Photographer: Vicki Harrington, Classy Creations Photography


111 Mitchell Street is a mixed-use development that combines retail, commercial and high-end apartment living. The scope of works included retaining part of the existing façade of the building, reinstating and rebuilding the façade in some areas, and installing new façade screening, as well as rebuilding the existing basement area. The ground floor comprises car parking, three retail spaces and main entrance lobby giving stair and lift access to the upper floors as well as shared wet area amenities for the retail spaces. Level one contains two open-plan commercial spaces with kitchenettes and shared wet-area amenities for the tenancies, while level two consists of four residential apartments, all with outside tiled deck areas. Level three consists of three residential apartments, all with outside timber deck areas. The internal fire stair continues to the roof area where the plant, plant platform and solar panels are located to service the building.



Best Renovation/Addition under $200,000


Adrian Bassett Homes
Project: Spring Gully
www.adrianbassetthomes.com.au
Photographer: David Petersen


Having lived in the home for five years with an exposed rooftop deck, the owners knew the reality of summer and winter outdoors in Bendigo and had a clear vision of what the outdoor room should look like and what it needed to achieve. The scope of works was to maintain light, warmth and a sense of space and openness but to also provide privacy and protection from the sun. Both striking and tested architectural features mark this extension. The sandstone flooring and pressed metal wall have a warm and inviting presence with a modern appearance.



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


Jason Wescott Builder P/L
Project: Bendigo
www.jasonwescott.com.au
Photographer: Nathan Clarke, Top Snap


This Victorian-style home comprises a central hallway with three bedrooms and a lounge. The lean-to on the back of the existing house included the kitchen, meals, laundry, bathroom and WC. The deteriorated parts of the house were either replaced or fixed, and the lean-to on the rear of the house was demolished and a large 120 square-metre extension added including a new master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in robe, kitchen with walk-in pantry, dining, living area and laundry. Features from the original home were utilised into the extension linking the two, while other features from the Victorian era such as a decorative plaster arch, Victorian cornice, classic-style joinery, fretwork and timber handrails and balustrading were added.



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


Cavalier Homes Bendigo
Project: The Cambridge 28, Ascot
www.cavalierhomes.com.au
Photographer: Leah Ladson, Leah Ladson Photography


The Cambridge 28 display home was based on one of Cavalier Homes’ standard plans, and then modified slightly to distinguish it. Impressed immediately at the beautiful entry, one is greeted by a timeless brick feature wall that draws the eye into the formal lounge. Higher-than-standard ceilings and an abundance of windows flood the open-plan kitchen, dining and living areas and a generous-sized sliding door leads to the alfresco area, effectively combining the interior with the freshness and space of the landscaped gardens. This plan also features three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a generous-sized study that could be used as a fourth bedroom for when extended family decides to drop in.



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


JM Homes Bendigo
Project: The Hampshire, Strathfieldsaye
www.jmhomesbendigo.com.au
Photographer: Marisa Wanefalea Photography & Design


Bright, open spaces created by raked ceilings and unusual angles are at the forefront of this design. The floor plan works exceptionally well with a large central living space and the second living to the rear. The master bedroom is set to the front of the home with the minor bedroom wing to the rear. Movement around the home is seamless allowing ample space to mingle while also providing space for quiet time if required. The quality of construction is complemented with superior fixtures and fittings including Grohe tapware, Oliveri sinks and Villeroy & Boch bathroom fittings, as well as polished concrete floors and Smart Stone benches.



Best Volume Builder Display Home under $250,000


JG King Homes
Project: H6, Jackass Flat
www.jgkinghomes.com.au
Photographer: Cecille David, Cecille David Photography


The H6 is a versatile home design with multiple living spaces that is extremely popular with all types of buyers. Featuring a formal living area separated from the open-plan living space, this home is perfect for entertaining. With an additional four large bedrooms, including a spacious master suite, this is a home for the future. The H6 fits on a 12.5m block, and is part of the Up Collection, JG King’s most affordable range of homes. The home was built using steel frames, which are designed and manufactured by a JG King Building Group-owned business.



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


Metricon
Project: Delta 28BP, Strathfieldsaye
www.metricon.com.au
Photographer: Kirralee Ashworth, Grand View Photography


The Delta starts with the master bedroom, located at the front of the home, leading to an opulent ensuite and walk-in robes. The rear of the home features a children’s wing, with a rumpus room perfectly positioned for liveability. The open-plan living is distinctively executed as a stacked living layout, with the kitchen, dining and living areas flowing on from one another into the outdoor room. This is a perfect setup for young families and those who enjoy entertaining. The kitchen is perfectly suited for those who love to entertain or who have a young family, with the addition of a butler’s pantry to store dirty dishes and keep the front- of-kitchen clear for entertaining.



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


Dennis Family Homes
Project: Hartley 333 Tempo, Strathfieldsaye
www.dennisfamily.com.au
Photographer: Dennis Family Homes


The designer-glazed double-door entry and high ceilings of the Hartley 333 Tempo provide an immediate sense of a spacious and comfortable family home. The master suite is at the front of the home and includes an ensuite with his-and-hers vanities, a large shower and separate WC. The second bathroom is located so that it can also be used as an ensuite for the second bedroom that could be for older children or guests. Corner stacking doors open the expansive kitchen, meals and family space to the alfresco area to further enhance the home’s considerable entertaining capabilities, and there is plenty of storage with a double- door linen cupboard, walk-in pantry as well as built-in broom cupboard.



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


Southern Vale Homes
Project: Goornong
www.southernvale.com.au
Photographer: Jason Robins, Jason Robins Photography


This home is a ranch-style design with a total house width of almost 30 metres. The home features a generously sized kitchen with spacious walk-in-pantry in an open-plan configuration with the meals and family areas. Wide windows overlooking the kitchen bench top allow plenty of natural light through the open-plan main areas and an extra-wide under-roof alfresco area is located towards the back of home. The second living area and study flank the wide entranceway to the home while three more bedrooms are located on the left-hand wing of the home, leading to a two-car garage.



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


Jason Wescott Builder P/L
Project: Junortoun
www.jasonwescott.com.au
Photographer: Nathan Clarke, Top Shop


This home is modern and comfortable, but has a traditional external design including recycled bricks, coach lights, panelled garage doors, and decorative timber on the verandah posts and gables. Entering through the front door these traditional details continue including 2700mm-high ceilings, a Victorian-inspired plaster arch, panel doors, large decorative architraves, skirtings and cornice. The recycled-brick wall is also continued from outside featuring in the wall behind the freestanding fireplace. The living, meals and kitchen are the heart and main feature of this home. A second family room is located behind a beautiful recycled-brick feature wall, which not only brings warmth aesthetically but also retains heat from the fireplace acting as a thermal insulator.



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


Cavalier Homes Bendigo
Project: Junortoun
www.cavalierhomes.com.au
Photographer: Leah Ladson, Leah Ladson Photography


On approach, you are greeted at the front door of this stylish custom home with a beautiful cathedral-inspired entry, finished off with a cluster of pendant lights and a striking internal brick wall. As you make your way towards the open-plan kitchen, dining and living areas you are treated to a raked ceiling with hi-light windows and a bi-fold stacker door leading to the alfresco area, which lets in loads of beautiful, natural light and provides a feeling of freshness and space. The kitchen boasts state-of-the-art appliances, stone bench tops and a walk-in pantry. The home features four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a powder room with a- salon for the owner to have the ability to work from home while raising her family.



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


Lane Building Contractors
Project: Haven
www.lanebuilding.com.au
Photographer: Ashley Davidson


This home was cleverly designed and includes features such as raised ceilings and large pre-fabricated double-glazed sliding doors and windows with highlights that provide visual and physical access to the outdoor entertaining and pool areas. The home has a definite feeling of spaciousness and luxury from the moment you step inside. Light filters into the main living area, highlighting the feature wall with a large flat-screen television, gas log heater and floating shelving. Designed to adapt to the changing needs of the family for which it was built, the clever floor plan ensures that it provides both internal and external living areas. The master bedroom has a magnificent ensuite and the robe is cleverly concealed behind a false wall.



Best Custom Home $1M - $2M


Todd Newman Builders
Project: Junortoun
www.toddnewmanbuilders.com.au
Photographer: David Petersen


The design and construction of this huge home meets the clients’ need for a home that combines modern, sophisticated looks with cutting-edge building technology, materials and systems. The floor plan incorporates three living areas, four bedrooms, study and extensive storage space. All fixtures and fittings in the home have been sourced from a variety of leading manufacturers and designed to ensure that they are aesthetically pleasing whilst providing ongoing reliability and functionality. This 6 star home ticks all the boxes in regards to sustainability, creating an ambiance that is warm and inviting.



Best Sustainable Home


VR Builders
Project: Metcalfe East
www.vrbuilders.com.au
Photographer: Shayne Hill, Xtreme Visuals


While this house achieves a six-star energy rating, it is not a true reflection of the exceptional quality and energy-efficiency of this home. The exterior construction is predominantly reverse brick veneer, which is beneficial because the thermal mass is on the inside where the temperature is controlled. All of the framing and majority of the cladding are all sustainably sourced timbers; even the verandah posts are recycled from an old road bridge. The house was designed facing true north and there are large windows that reduce the overall green star rating, however thoughtful planning and veranda shading offset this. The house also features a wood- and solar-fired hot water system, a septic treatment plant, an underground rainwater tank and a grid-connect solar pv system.



Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings under $1M


H & D Phillips Master Builders
Project: Bridge Hotel, Echuca
www.instylehomesvic.com.au

The Bridge Hotel is a heritage-listed building in the Port of Echuca. This building was in need of significant works to bring it up to standard and compliance with DDA requirements without losing its character and charm. On inspection, it was discovered that many structural items were beyond repair so all deteriorated materials were replaced with new materials in keeping with the original style and vintage. Interior and exterior works were carried out, including a new slate roof, replacement of deteriorating timbers, verandas, balustrades and staircase, timber flooring, paving and pathways, electrical and plumbing fixtures, upgrades of amenities and the construction of additional amenities. This building has been fully restored and has regained its original beauty for the public to enjoy for many years to come.



Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $3M - $6M


Nicholson Construction
Project: Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative, North Bendigo
www.awnicholson.com.au
Photographer: Anthony Webster, Imagine Pictures


Providing a space that is able to promote the strong relationship to the bush within Aboriginal culture was considered an important factor in the co-operative’s philosophy of providing a holistic approach to the health of their clients. Bendigo District Aboriginal Cooperative’s (BDAC’s) objective was to construct a number of new stand-alone high quality buildings, with modern, high standards in a facility that integrates into their natural landscape. The facilities consisted of three standalone buildings that included a new administration block, a new health and wellbeing facility, and family and children services facility. The buildings were designed to be sympathetic to their environment, and to resemble a leaf on the ground.



Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings over $6M


Fairbrother Pty Ltd
Project: 111 Mitchell Street, Bendigo
www.fairbrother.com.au
Photographer: Vicki Harrington, Classy Creations Photography


The scope of works called for the construction of a mixed-use development combining retail, commercial and high-end apartments. The structure utilises a combination of precast panels, structural steel, brickwork, light-weight framing and cladding. Arranged over three floors and basement; the ground floor comprises car parking and three retail spaces, with open plan commercial spaces situated on the first floor. The high-end apartments are arranged over level two and level three, all complemented by outside timber decks.

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