Country house with eclectic style tops 2019 Master Builders Mid West awards

Inside the Waggrakine residence named Best Country Home at the 2019 Master Builders-Bankwest Building Excellence Awards for the Mid West.
Inside the Waggrakine residence named Best Country Home at the 2019 Master Builders-Bankwest Building Excellence Awards for the Mid West.

A GERALDTON-BASED builder won a swag of gongs for a country house with eclectic style at the 2019 Master Builders-Bankwest Building Excellence Awards for the Mid West.

McAullay Builders scooped 11 honours including the Best Country Home award for the custom residence on a bush block in Waggrakine described as a striking example of unique and inventive building work.

The block’s Bushfire Attack Level rating of 29 added complexity to the planning and management of materials and construction methods, with the builder triumphing in the alternative construction, energy efficiency and recycling categories.

The home’s excellence in trades such as plastering, roofing, concreting and external finishes was also celebrated.

“The home has a smorgasbord of external finishes including rammed earth, local granite, corrugated iron and recycled timber,” regional awards judge Charlie Baggetta said.

“Inside, the home has polished concrete floors, more rammed earth and recycled timber as well as recycled brick in the kitchen.

“It has a high energy efficiency rating, with lofty ceilings and lots of glass facing north to capture the winter sun.”

Judges assessed houses valued from less than $150,000 to $2.5 million and commercial projects from $1.5 million to $20 million, with McAullay Builders receiving the Small Builder of the Year prize.

The best commercial project award went to Crothers Construction for the upgrade of Champion Bay Senior High School.

Trainee plumber Bailey O’Donnell was named Best Regional Apprentice.

Master Builders regional manager Paul Kerr said local builders and trades had been hard hit by the economic doldrums of recent years but they maintained first-rate professionalism.

“Geraldton is known for having high quality trades such as bricklayers, tilers and carpenters,” he said.

“They need to produce good results or they won’t get work.

“Reputation and word of mouth are important in the local industry.”

Award winners will be considered for next year’s state-wide housing and construction awards.

Award winners

BEST REGIONAL PROJECT

Crothers Construction Pty Ltd

Highbury Street, Rangeway

BEST COUNTRY HOME

McAullay Builders

Bore Road, Waggrakine

BEST CONTRACT HOMES

$200,000 – $250,000

WA Country Builders

Forecastle Street, Sunset Beach

$250,000 – $300,000

WA Country Builders

Spindrift Vista, Glenfield

$300,000 – $350,000

WA Country Builders

Polwarth Parade, Deepdale

$350,000 – $400,000

Poynton Building Company

Tern Way, Jurien Bay

$450,000 – $550,000

Plunkett Homes

Chapman Road, Beresford

$750,000 – $1 million

McAullay Builders

Bore Road, Waggrakine

$1.5 million – $2.5 million

Zorzi

Catalonia Street, Cervantes

BEST ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS

Under $150,000

McAullay Builders

Coastside Crescent, Glenfield

$150,000 – $200,000

Ulawa Street, Mount Tarcoola

$250,000 – $300,000

McAullay Builders

Bowes Springs Road, Northhampton

$500,000 – $750,000

Geraldton Building Services & Cabinets

Blackburn Crescent, Tarcoola Beach

BEST MULTI UNIT DEVELOPMENT

Two to five units

Steele Campbell Homes

Estuary Drive, Drummond Cove

BEST REFURBISHMENT OR RENOVATION

Under $1.5 million

Poynton Building Company

Walton Close, Geraldton

BEST PUBLIC USE BUILDING

$1.5 million – $5 million

Crothers Construction

Edward Road, Utakarra

BEST GOVERNMENT BUILDING

$1.5 million – $5 million

Geraldton Building Services & Cabinets

Aeromedical Road, Moonyoonooka

BEST EDUCATION BUILDING

$10 million – $20 million

Crothers Construction

Highbury Street, Rangeway

BEST RETAIL BUILDING

$5 million – $10 million

Crothers Construction

Pass Street, Wonthella

BEST BUILDING FIT-OUT

$1.5 million – $5 million

Crothers Construction

Edward Road, Utakarra

EXCELLENCE IN PLASTERING

FD & ME Plastering

Bore Road, Waggrakine

EXCELLENCE IN CEILINGS

Sun City Ceilings

Blackburn Crescent, Tarcoola Beach

EXCELLENCE IN CARPENTRY

Geraldton Carpentry and Metal Roofing

Tilti Rise, Moresby

EXCELLENCE IN ROOFING

McAullay Builders

Bore Road, Waggrakine

EXCELLENCE IN EXTERNAL FINISHES

McAullay Builders

Bore Road, Waggrakine

EXCELLENCE IN FLOOR & WALL TILING

Basile’s Wall and Floor Tiling

Chapman Road, Beresford

EXCELLENCE IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY

McAullay Builders

Bore Road, Waggrakine

EXCELLENCE IN RECYCLING

McAullay Builders

Bore Road, Waggrakine

EXCELLENCE IN PAINTING

APE Painting

Tilti Rise, Moresby

EXCELLENCE IN CONCRETING

Keith Gregory

Bore Road, Waggrakine

SILVER TROWEL

Andy Pope Bricklaying

Hill Creek Road, Moresby

EXCELLENCE IN BRICK & BLOCK PAVING

Geraldton Landscaping

Polwarth Parade, Deepdale

BEST WATERWISE HOME

McAullay Builders

Bore Road, Waggrakine

EMPLOYER TRAINER OF THE YEAR

Geraldton Building Services & Cabinets

SMALL BUILDER OF THE YEAR

McAullay Builders

BEST ALTERNATIVE CONSTRUCTION HOME

McAullay Builders

Bore Road, Waggrakine

EXCELLENCE IN WORKPLACE HEALTH & SAFETY

Geraldton Building Services & Cabinets

BANKWEST BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

Geraldton Building Services & Cabinets

KEVIN GIUDICE BEST REGIONAL APPRENTICE

Apprentice: Bailey O’Donnell

Employer: Skill Hire

BRIAN NEIL AWARD

Steele Campbell Building

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