Our newest award-winning homes
A 'Star Wars house' built for a pilot on the Sunshine Coast and an inner-city apartment with 360 degree views of the city from its Spanish Riviera-style rooftop terrace are among the winners of this year's Queensland Housing Industry Association awards.
Judges at the awards, which were announced on Friday night, said the standard of entries in this year's competition was the highest it had been in several years, and fierce competition on the Sunshine Coast saw that region take out six major awards.
Queensland's HIA Home of the Year was found in Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland where Quail Constructions built a home that capitalised on farmland and valley views, incorporating glass, stone and steel structures.
"Upon entry, you are greeted by a series of feature ponds which flow through to the rear lap pool, alluring you into the home's charm and tranquillity," the judges said.
Cavcorp's Le Bain apartment complex in inner-city Newstead won both the Apartment Complex and Apartment of the Year.
Head judge, Andrew Woodford, said no other apartment had made him consider moving from his acreage home into the inner-city.
"It's just that feeling of opulence from street level through the entrance to the rooftop," Mr Woodford said. "No level of detail was missed. It's a holiday destination from the minute you walk in."
The Steel Frame Project of the Year award was won by Jon Mees Homes after spending a year working on the canals of Pelican Waters at Caloundra to finish the home of a local pilot.
"It almost looks like the wing of a plane," Mr Woodford said. "The people who worked on this called it the 'Star Wars house'."
MORE 2020 QLD HIA AWARDS:
Display Home of the Year - Sanctuary 28 Projects, Broadbeach, Gold Coast
HIA comment: The Corner House is a unique residential development featuring two floors of sun-drenched living space and a resort-style swimming pool with a built-in water cabana. This dreamy light-filled space creates a pristine vista, enjoyed from all areas of the house whilst maximising family privacy.
Small Lot Housing Award - Ausmar Homes, Sunshine Coast
HIA comment: Effortlessly modern, this home boasts soaring sky-high ceilings and a chic inner-city loft vibe all nestled on a block that is only 4.6m wide. Innovative design has made use of every inch of space available without compromising on comfort and opulence.
Innovation in Housing and GreenSmart Sustainable Home of the Year - Solaire Properties for Vanquish, Auchenflower, Brisbane
HIA comment: This project location was chosen specifically as the best opportunity to utilise profit margin absorption to bench test the highest performing, energy efficient and long lasting materials, systems and designs possible in order to provide quality comfortable, affordable and healthy homes that can be scaled across industry.
Renovation/Additions Project of the Year - Shoreline Constructions, Sunshine Beach, Sunshine Coast
HIA comment: The clients dreams have been realised with the completion of this extensive renovation in Sunshine Beach. No expense has been spared in turning this large, early 80s double brick and concrete house into a luxurious and spacious family home, transformed to take full advantage of Queensland's tropical climate.
Spec Home of the Year - Sabdia Constructions, for 34 Arrol St, Camp Hill, Brisbane
HIA comment: As you pass through the gatehouse then the front door, you will quickly be drawn to the spacious hallways and feature ceilings. The heart of the home showcases a split face stone feature wall and a Miele-equipped kitchen flowing to the outdoor alfresco area.
Townhouse/Villa of the Year - Qld Built Pty Ltd for Neerim, Mooloolaba waterway
HIA comment: A duplex project designed to maximise the available block and have a bold street presence. Both homes feature 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, courtyard, pool, open plan living, dining, kitchen, alfresco and private jetty. The combination of polished concrete floors, matte black finishes, and timber tones give these two homes a modern industrial, yet elegant vibe throughout.
Trade Workmanship Bricklaying Award - TM Residential Projects & BTK Bricklaying
HIA comment: Described as 'extruded snots', the brickwork is designed to create a corduroy look, which is a one of a kind in Brisbane. The projections of the snots are an innovative, abstract, design technique to catch the strong sunlight and create a visually complex play of shadows.
Originally published as QLD's newest award-winning homes