A MEGA mansion influenced by a love of travel has been named ‘House of the Year’ by one of Queensland’s leading construction industry bodies.
Drawing inspiration from Europe, England and Cyprus, the palatial property in the sleepy suburb of Belmont is the work of Gold Coast-based builder Romark Design Constructions and won the top gong at this year’s Master Builders Brisbane Housing & Construction Awards.
Dubbed ‘The House of Happiness’ by its owners, the artisan home is a combination of family history and fond European memories.
Features include stone imported from Turkey, a dry stone wall hand cut in Greece and French Oak parquetry timber boards from France and Belgium.
The project was also awarded ‘Best Individual Home over $2 million’.
“Wow is somewhat of an understatement here!” the judges said.
“Romark have delivered an exceptional level of detail on this project of the highest standard and have raised the benchmark.
“Every aspect has been delivered, every detail considered and constructed with the highest degree of craftsmanship.”
The judges also described the project as “stunning from start to finish”, and commended it for bringing all facets of the construction process together.
The other major award winner was Hutchinson Builders, which took home ‘Project of the Year’ for its $1 billion Brisbane Skytower development, which was also awarded best Residential Building over $20 million.
The 90-storey tower has 1138 apartments, the highest roof in Queensland and is the largest residential building in Australia.
The judges were impressed with the amount of overall planning that went into the Skytower project.
“Just completing a building of this magnitude is a credit to the experienced construction team and subcontractors,” the judges said.
“Skytower is an imposing presence on its environment but is beautiful in design and has a real wow factor with its slender yet robust profile.”
Hutchinson Builders’ Fantauzzo Art Series Hotel project also won the ‘Tourism and Leisure Facilities’ over $10 million’ category.
Brighton Homes won the Brisbane ‘President’s Award’ for their contemporary-meets-country project, Kenzie 26.
The stylish, single-level house offers a lot for the affordable price tag.
Dark charcoal timbers have been teamed with warm, rustic tones, with the raked ceiling and concrete kitchen giving a sense of luxury.
The judges described the entry as “value for money with high standards of finish at affordable levels”.
“Jam packed with features at every turn, this design and project is a credit to the whole team and a win for the new house builders. They really have ‘let life in’ on this project.
“A contemporary yet rustic home inspired by the charm of old Australia.”
Master Builders Queensland CEO Grant Galvin said the winners this year were examples of resilience at a time when the stresses of COVID-19 threatened to derail the industry.
“The quality, attention to detail in finishes and overall craftsmanship was exemplary, and we saw innovations we haven’t seen before or were even expecting,” Mr Galvin said.
“It’s a true testament to the quality and range of building that happens in and around Brisbane.”
OTHER MASTER BUILDERS AWARDS BRISBANE 2020 HOUSING WINNERS
*House of the Year – Romark Design Constructions Pty Ltd for “La Maison du Bonheur” (The House of Happiness) (Belmont)
*Individual Home over $2 million – Romark Design Constructions Pty. Ltd. For “La Maison du Bonheur” (The House of Happiness) (Belmont)
*Project of the Year – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Brisbane Skytower (Brisbane City)
*Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) over $20 million – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Brisbane Skytower (Brisbane City)
*President’s Award – McDonald Jones Homes T/A Brighton Homes for Kenzie 26 (Rochedale)
*Individual Home $751,000 – $950,000 – McLachlan Special Projects Pty Ltd T/A McLachlan Homes for The Hicks & McInerney Project (Warner)
*Individual Home $951,000 – $1.25 million – Tabrizi Home Builders Pty Ltd for River Park (Fig Tree Pocket)
*Individual Home $1.26 million – $2 million – Graya Construction Pty Ltd for Laurent (Paddington)