08vichoy2This is one of Glenneagles finest and most successful projects. The challenge was to transform the existing run down home into four double-story townhouses that capitalise the lovely views of Menzies Park to the north. The townhouses are built side by side, on a sloping hill. Each town house is stepped up from the other, creating a terrace feel, whilst maintaining privacy. All townhouses have glass-screened top floor balconies allowing stunning park views, and rear courtyard fences providing direct access to the park. The whole development blends wonderfully into the streetscape, and each townhouse maximises space and light. The judges noted the quality of finishes, the workmanship and the development’s success in maximising views. Glenneagles Homes Pty Ltd

tv_tas_1_webOn the outside, the use of different materials, the picture framed windows and the natural colours give these townhouses a distinctive character and also help to blend them into the bush setting. Inside, one of the most impressive elements is the fully retractable sliding door which seamlessly merges the indoors with the covered outdoor deck. Another clever use of space is the laundry hidden under the stairs. Extensive eaves, double glazing, and cross ventilation design make each townhouse more energy efficient and the use of Koolwall in construction gives them an energy rating of R1.4 which is above current BCA requirements. Scenport, TAS untitled4untitled5

specialpurp_nsw_1_webNatural stone, timber and glass are used throughout these units to create a welcoming and warm ambience. The open feel is achieved through the use of high ceilings and large bi-fold doors opening onto private balconies that overlook the golf course. The units are wide and spacious and feature a mix of materials to create an interesting and attractive building. Solar access is excellent. Spa baths, European appliances, integrated sound and security complete the picture. The judges agreed that ‘these units are exceptionally high quality, with the best inclusions, well built and well designed’. Allpro Building Services Pty Ltduntitled3


project_qldn_1_web2This home gives a new meaning to ‘takeaway’. This is a style of project home that goes further than supplying a kit of building materials by providing a series of panels built in the factory, sized to fit into a container. It is remarkably simple to construct and can be delivered overseas. The result is an affordable, high quality product, which judges say is ‘exceptionally well built with high level attention to detail and finishes’. This home represents the perfect combination of indoor and outdoor living for the entire family and boasts high ceilings and good quality fixtures and fittings. Gateway Constructions Pty Ltduntitleda2


kitproject_wa_1_webThis kitchen shows what can be achieved when there is a strong relationship between the designer and client. The result is a sleek, modern and inviting kitchen that has every item within easy reach and is well integrated into the living and dining areas. Many hours were spent making this a well thought out and exquisitely accomplished project. White gloss doors combined with iced snow benchtops create a strong yet subtle impact. The main feature of the kitchen is a large island bench, positioned adjacent to the outdoor entertaining area, which successfully integrates the indoor and outdoor living areas. Western Cabinetsuntitled1untitled2

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


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


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