Congratulations to 2016 CRA-HIA Australian Housing Awards winner Sammut Developments for their house ‘Nautilus’, which is now the 2016 Australian Home of the Year. This breathtaking seven bedroom, six-storey waterfront dream home captures resort style living with features like the geometric feature stair in the entry and added luxuries such as a home cinema, bowling alley, bar and music room.
The Finishing Touch are no strangers themselves to the HIA Awards, having been suppliers of architectural decorative mouldings for the HIA award winning design, The Eyrie several years ago. The builder Icon Synergy Pty Ltd met the challenge of transforming a large, ungainly and unfinished building into a stylish home and quasi gallery. The renovation won a Building Design Award 2013 from Building Design Association Victoria for Residential Design – Alterations & Additions over $500K and an Excellence in Housing Award from The Masters Builders Association for Best Renovation/Addition over $1M.
Categories for house construction or renovation for the HIA Awards are:
Custom Built Home
Individual house, which is designed and built on contract for a specific site meeting the requirements and brief of a client.
Individual house on display to the public, which is intended to be reproduced as displayed, or with standard variations to suit a client’s requirements.
Individual house based on a display home, sales brochure or similar, which is a repeatable design and has been tailored to suit the needs of the client and site.
An extension or renovation involving structural building work to an existing house or other residential building. Renovate/ upgrade a group of apartments, villas, townhouses or convert a non-residential building into a residential building.
Individual house, not built to a client’s brief or on display to the public. The house is to be sold off plan or built for sale upon completion (or during construction).
There are 11 awards in all, including categories for multi dwelling residences, bathrooms and kitchens.