incogneto05Winner of the prestigious and ultimate national industry award in 2008 of HIA Australian Home of the Year, the company strives for success that is simply measured by customer satisfaction. Satisfaction, not only from the finished product, but also in the integrity of the people and processes. Which is best summed up as personal builders. 00132Designed for luxury short term accommodation, the home’s four bedrooms are separated away from the communal living areas, and from each other.Rich grained veneers in the bathroom cabinetry highlight the timber in the architraves  and skirting block, with the bedroom furniture in the background completing the picture. incogneto07The spectacle of the fireplace draws visitors to the communal area of the home. In the middle of the family room is  a majestic double sided fireplace  rising vertically through a glass roof. Grandwod Homes

The HIA Kitchen & Bathroom Awards recognise excellence in the design, construction and installation of kitchens and bathrooms in Australia today. These industry awards have a significant influence on trends in kitchen and bathroom design and construction. HIA hia-kitchen-bathroom-award-winners1

indinnovation_act_main_webThis housing construction system is extremely fast, ultra-low maintenance and competitively priced but also provides high thermal performance and low environmental impact for a price similar to a very basic home. This addresses community concern regarding environmental impact and housing affordability while providing a form of architecture that appeals to the more discerning consumer. The system uses prefabricated sandwich panels as the main structure for floors, walls and the roof. Little waste is generated on site during construction and what is left over is predominantly steel waste that can be recycled. The judges said that ‘it is cost-effective, fast to assemble and extremely low maintenance’. Chapman Constructions, ACT/SNSW indinnovation_act_1_web

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kitchendes_hunter_1_web1The designers have met and exceeded the brief with this innovative design that marks a significant move away from the traditional kitchen. The kitchen has a stately island bench that is both practical and aesthetically appealing and doesn’t detract from the open plan of the home. The clever placement of task lighting and power points make every centimetre of this kitchen workable space and the sensor light in the pantry is a welcome addition to any home. The judges commented that this award-winning design by Seaside Cabinets is ‘a wonderful example of a difficult brief resulting in a spectacular finish’. Dale Gardner of Seaside Cabinets, Hunter kitchen-designer-of-the-year-2008

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bathroom-designer-of-the-yearPaul Hutchison succeeded in satisfying the clients’ request for an ensuite so they didn’t have to cross the hallway to the existing bathroom. The final product incorporates their request for two vanity bowls, two walk-in wardrobes, a double shower, a bidet and toilet, and a spa bath. The bathroom features in-mirror storage, overhead low voltage lights and incandescent side lighting. The feature tiling complements the veneer tones used in the vanity, providing an overall rustic feel while still being modern and sleek. The finishing touch is a 42-inch LG plasma television. Paul Hutchison with Bubbles Bathrooms – Victoriabathroom-designer-of-the-year2

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outdoor_vic_1_webThe judges were impressed by the quality of the workmanship in this stunning outdoor project. The new entertaining areas feature a Balinese double door for ROW access, a raised podium area surfaced with white pebbles and minimalist landscaping, a pergola with bamboo type covering for the outdoor pool furniture, and a gas heated fibre glass in-ground pool concealed with timber decking to the perimeter to provide a streamlined finish. The north-facing brick construction fireplace with perimeter ledge allows the outdoor space to be used during the winter months while the south-facing entertaining area provides a pleasant retreat during the summer months. Innovative Space Design, VIC outdoor-project-of-the-year-b

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bathproj_vic_main_web1This project involved converting a bedroom with a fireplace into a bathroom with the clients after something that suited their lifestyle without being too modern. The result is a retreat with a freestanding egg-shaped stone bath as the focal point in front of the existing fireplace, boasting separate vanities, a double shower and wiring for an iPod docking station and mini speakers. The earthy tones used throughout give an overall impression of warmth, elegance, luxury and style and complements the existing Victorian charm of the fireplace and large plaster cornices. Bubbles Bathroomsbathroom-project-of-the-year-2008

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