A SCANDINAVIAN-inspired bush home and a preconception-busting aged care centre have won the top awards at the 2019 Master Builders-Bankwest Building Excellence Awards for the Great Southern region.
Judges assessed houses valued from under $200,000 to $1.5 million and commercial projects ranging from $1 million to $3 million with the total value of projects entered coming to almost $59 million.
Regional judge Charlie Baggetta said the range and quality of building work in the area was impressive.
Best Country Home was awarded to carpenter and registered builder Ascan Volckerts for The Nest, a solar-passive house where the “materials used contrasted with the natural surroundings but didn’t look out of place”.
A key design feature included bending the metal sheeting used for the roof down to form the walls and Mr Baggetta said he had never seen that done on a residential project before and the effect was striking.
“Mr Volckerts says being involved in his work as a designer and tradesman as well as a builder means he has already built a house three times in his head before it starts to rise from the ground,” Mr Baggetta said.
“That in-depth knowledge shines through in the house he built for his own family on a bush block outside Albany.
“The innovation was very good, alternative materials were used well and, most importantly, the workmanship was excellent.”
A mix of materials were used for flooring including concrete and timber.
In the living room, where the sun shines through the glass, the builder used material that warms up when heat is applied, adding to the energy efficiency of the home.
“The solar passive design, double-glazed windows and carefully designed cross ventilation systems will make the home comfortable and economical to live in,” Mr Baggetta said.
Mr Volckerts’ company Red Dog Carpentry is a first-time entrant in the awards and won five more prizes on debut: excellence in external finishes, best alternative construction and best contract home as well as trade awards for cabinet making and roofing.
The Best Regional Project award went to the Lockyer Residential Care Facility in Albany, a high-level 100-bed aged care centre built by Crothers Construction.
It involved the construction of four double-storey accommodation wings plus kitchens, offices, roads, car parks and landscaping.
Mr Baggetta said the bright, airy and welcoming building blew away old ideas of aged care homes as being dreary and institutional.
“It’s an amazing building full of smart ideas which have been well executed,” he said.
“Large structures like these, with lots of corridors, can be difficult for visitors to navigate but each wing has different finishes and decor to help people find their way around.
“The construction features open spaces and lots of glass to make the most of natural light and enhance the connection between indoors and outdoors.”
Mr Baggetta commended Crothers Construction for engaging with local suppliers and contractors to do the bulk of the work, which was completed in good time and to a high quality.
Along with the Best Regional Project title, the centre won best aged care building and site manager of the year plus the silver trowel award and prizes for ceilings and paving.
Master Builders Great Southern regional manager Linda Gibbs said building excellence could only be achieved by a skilled team working at peak performance, as shown by the variety of awards which went to the main commercial and residential projects.
She said the apprentice awards showed the skills required to be a great subcontractor or builder were being passed on to a talented new generation in the region.
“The four finalists for the Apprentice of the Year title were of such high quality that the judges had great difficulty choosing a winner,” Ms Gibbs said.
“The difference between first and last place was just half a point. “Congratulations to Jack Curlewis, who won the award against impressive competition.”
Winners will be considered for next year’s state-wide housing and construction awards.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Best regional project: Lockyer Residential Care Facility, Townsend Street, Lockyer
Best country home: The Nest, Norwood Road, Albany
Best contract homes:
Under $200,000: Engleheart Drive, McKail
$200,000-$250,000: Russel Rise, Denmark
$250,000-$300,000: O’Keefe Parade, McKail
$300,000-$350,000: Nelson Street, Mira Mar
$350,000-$400,000: Bluff Street, Mira Mar
$400,000-$450,000: Pember Road West Ocean Beach, Denmark
$450,000-$550,000: Hereford Way, Milpara
$650,000-$750,000: Rowley Street, Albany
$750,000-$1 million: Norwood Road, Albany
$1 million-$1.5 million: Marine Terrace, Middleton Beach
Best display home: Triggerplant Loop Springdale Heights, Hay
Best alterations & additions:
$150,000-$200,000: Viscount Heights, Sheringa Park
$200,000-$250,000: Cliff Street, Albany
Best multi unit development:
Under $1.5 million: Engleheart Drive, McKail
Best aged care building:
$20 million-$50 million: Townsend Street, Lockyer
Best industrial building:
Under $1.5 million: Monjebup Road, Boxwood Hill
$1.5 million-$5 million: Nyabing Road, Katanning
Best historic restoration or renovation:
Under $1.5 million: Mitchell Street, Denmark
Best public use building:
Under $1.5 million: Yurkla Way, Eucla
Excellence in roofing: Norwood Road, Albany
Excellence in ceilings: Townsend Street, Lockyer
Excellence in cabinet making: Norwood Road, Albany
Excellence in external finishes: Norwood Road, Albany
Excellence in floor and wall tiling: Marine Terrace, Middleton Beach
Excellence in energy efficiency: Inlet Drive, Denmark
Excellence in plastering: Hay Street, Mt Clarence
Excellence in carpentry: Rowley Street, Albany
Excellence in construction on a challenging lot: Pember Road, West Ocean Beach, Denmark
Excellence in plasterboard linings: Jeeda Close, Bayonet Head
Excellence in painting: Cliff Street, Albany
Excellence in brick & block paving: Townsend Street, Lockyer
Excellence in concreting: Nyabing Road, Katanning
Best alternative construction home: Norwood Road, Albany
Small builder of the year: Westruct
Project builder of the year: Plunkett Homes
Best new builder: KBuilt Construction
Judges’ innovation award: Inlet Drive, Denmark
Site manager of the year: Townsend Street, Lockyer
Silver trowel award: Townsend Street, Lockyer
Best customer service:
Small builder: North 2 South Executive Homes
Volume Builder: WA Country Builders
Apprentice of the year: Jack Curlewis, MCB Construction