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Perfecting house design

Planet Homes have entered this Pelican Waters property into the 2017 HIA awards

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Perfecting house design

The 2017 Housing Industry Association’s prestigious awards are upon us again and this year’s entries will not disappoint.

HIA Sunshine Coast branch manager Stuart Collins says the quality of homes continues to surpass expectations as each year passes, confirming the region’s reputation in the construction and architectural industries.

“The residential construction industry is a tough industry to operate in with heavy regulation and constant change,’’ Collins tells My Weekly Preview.

“Each year the awards allow us to put to one side all the challenges and celebrate industry’s achievements.

“Our members build outstanding homes, which lead the way in design, innovation and workmanship, and it is an absolute privilege to showcase these projects.”

Five minutes with Stuart Collins, HIA sunshine Coast Branch Manager
Q) What advice do you give to people thinking about entering the awards in the future? 
What are you waiting for? If you have a project that you are proud to have built then get the recognition you deserve. If you are not successful then learn from the experience. It is a great night out and you can gain inspiration from other entrants. While there have been many first-time entrants that have won awards, there are also those that have been unsuccessful initially but continually improved their product and have gone on to win multiple awards.

Q) What changes have you noticed over the years in regards to entries?
Unsurprisingly the dollar values across all kitchen and bathroom and building award categories have increased significantly. The industry has also seen the emergence of new specialised areas with their own award categories such as small-lot housing, innovative housing, outdoor kitchens, interior design, outdoor projects and affordable housing.

 

Kerry Pengelly, HIA Awards judge

Kerry Pengelly has immersed herself in creativity. Her background is in architectural illustration, house design, property development, landscape design and installation. She is also a watercolour artist. Pengelly has been a HIA Awards judge for the past nine years and says she enjoys seeing the house design industry evolve with the times.

Q) What are the benefits of the HIA award for entrants?
Recognition and exposure of their talent, problem solving, skill and flair.

Q) What advice do you give to people thinking about entering the awards in the future?
Awards matter and it is reassuring to those wishing to build to know a builder has met a high standard in all areas.

Q) What changes have you noticed over the years in regards to entries?
The big improvement in outdoor spaces and an acknowledgment that, in this climate, homes are often open to the garden or patio, and outdoor areas are lovely places to spend time.

Q) As a judge what are you looking for when considering the difference between a good entry and a winning entry?
That’s a complex question as the criteria and points allotted alter for each category.  When you have two good entries it comes down to quality of finish and detailing.

Q) How is the standard of entries this year?
The benchmark just seems to shift up a notch each year. It’s difficult to not be in awe of what is achieved.

Q) How has the building and design industry changed in the past decade on the Sunshine Coast?
Continually improved design, a paring down and coming to terms with the essentials of living as building lot sizes have reduced in size. Houses that open up to the outside or where the line between the inside and the outside is blurred.

Q) What can people learn from these homes and apply to their own projects?
Many of the homes viewed are fantastic value for money and are affordable to those looking to build. Small-lot housing continues to evolve, including multiple use of spaces. This is where much of the building construction is happening, and there’s been a big investment by builders showcasing beautiful small-lot houses. The display homes are well worth an enjoyable leisurely look. Make time to have a look – you’ll be delighted.

Q) Tell us about the quality of builders on the Sunshine Coast? Are they on par with larger cities?
Every year I see a few homes that really are a piece of 3D art, that you can live in – where the volume and space, material use and line take your breath away, where the inside and outside is blurred, where’s been a big investment in design time and how the space will impact on the inhabitants. Where there is not only an excellent, highly skilled finish, but it is liveable, has design flair and comes from a place from within the builder’s heart and soul.

Kerry’s top three tips for building your dream home:
Aspect, lighting and flow, especially between the interior and exterior of the home.

 

Dean Costa, HIA Judge

It’s been 25 years since Dean Costa first entered the construction industry and he hasn’t looked back, going on to build a hugely successful business. This is his first year judging the prestigious awards.

Q) What is your favourite part about judging the competition?
My favourite part was the team that I was judging with and seeing the great efforts from all the builders on the Coast that entered the awards.

Q) What are the benefits of the HIA award for entrants?
The benefits for the awards is that it strengthens the builder’s name and identity as a builder and it is also a great achievement.

Q) What advice do you give to people thinking about entering the awards in the future?
Select the category that you are going to enter and make sure you execute your build correctly with minimal defects and great workmanship.

Q) What changes have you noticed over the years in regard to entries?
Over the years I have noticed that the standard of housing is pushing the boundaries of construction and design.

Q) As a judge what are you looking for when considering the difference between a good entry and a winning entry?
The quality of workmanship and design considerations.

Q) How has the building and design industry changed in the past decade on the Sunshine Coast?
The building and design industry over the past decade has evolved into some really great contemporary and architectural designs pushing boundaries.

Q) What can people learn from these homes and apply to their own projects?
Over the years as I have evolved as a custom builder you see all these great award-winning homes in magazines and you become inspired from these great homes. Things that can be taken from these homes can be how they are orientated and use of materials.

Q) Tell us about the quality of builders on the Sunshine Coast? Are they on par with larger cities?
I believe that the quality of the builders on the Sunshine Coast are of a high standard and this shows with the amount of awards that the Coast has produced and won at a state and national level.

Dean’s tip for building a dream home:
If I was to build my dream home I would make sure that the orientation was correct to get the right amount of light and breezes.

The HIA-iLandscape Sunshine Coast/Wide Bay Housing Awards will be hosted on October 6. To read about the winners, be sure to grab your copy of My Weekly Preview on October 27. 

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