South City Beach ‘jewel’ named top WA Home
A THREE-level home, referred to as the jewel of South City Beach, has been named WA’s Top Home at the 2020 Master Builders-Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards.
Designed by Banham Architects and built by Tony Tomizzi Builders, the residence has a 10-car undercroft garage, four bedrooms each with an ensuite and multiple living areas where ceiling-height window frames and sliding doors maximise the sweeping park and ocean views.
The top home title was backed up by awards for excellence in plastering, roofing, tiling, external finishes, paving, ceilings, carpentry, painting and the silver trowel prize and the project also won Best Contract Home in the $2.5-3.5 million category.
Chief judge Robert Shaw said it was a very unusual and interesting home and it was great to see how design came together beautifully with high-class workmanship across all the trades.
“People sometimes make the throw-away remark that it’s easy to build a winning home when there’s a lot of money to spend on it but that’s not the case,” he said.
“A builder has different materials and architectural designs to deal with and the challenge is to unite all the elements with craftsmanship and precision to deliver a home of award-winning standard; it’s tough to achieve a consistently high level but some do it very well.
“Congratulations to Tony Tomizzi and all the staff, subcontractors and suppliers; a lot of trades have done exceptional work to create this year’s standout home.”
Master Builders WA has been presenting awards for housing excellence for 40 years and a range of high-class, unique and innovative homes were been honoured in this anniversary year.
Executive director John Gelavis said hundreds of properties with a combined value of more than $250 million were entered in 2020 awards.
“A Master Builders award is a sign of outstanding skill which sets a builder apart in the highly competitive market,” he said.
“The projects range from opulent mansions to modest homes for first-time buyers so the real winners are WA homeowners because they can choose a quality builder at any level.”
The Best Country Home award went to McAullay Builders for a custom-built house on a bush block near Geraldton.
Regional judge Charlie Baggetta said a high Bushfire Attack Level rating added complexity to the construction.
“A striking array of external finishes have been used on the home including rammed earth, local granite, corrugated iron and recycled timber,” he said.
“There’s a danger with such a wide range that it could have looked like a muddle but the materials have been brought together with skill and care to make a pleasing first impression.
“Moving inside, the rammed earth and recycled timber reappear, creating a link with the exterior.”
Other features in the four-bedroom home are polished concrete floors, recycled brick and Baltic pine shelves in kitchen, and a gazebo built from recycled bridge timbers from Mandurah that pays homage to the owners’ ties to the area.
“The workmanship is excellent throughout and the home has a high energy efficiency rating, with elevated ceilings and lots of glass facing north to capture the winter sun,” Mr Baggetta said.
The Best Alterations & Additions award was presented to TM Construction WA for the extensive renovation of a Lesmurdie home.
This challenging project involved major earth works, with the garage being cut into the side of the hill, a corridor under the driveway, lift shaft and other modifications to assist the client who was in a wheelchair following an accident.
Another significant presentation was the Local Government Best Practice award, won by the City of Armadale.
“Local governments play an important role in the building industry and the unique Master Builders best practice award is voted by builders, who regularly work with councils,” Mr Gelavis said.
“The City of Armadale delivers timely responses to building applications, provides reliable advice and shows high standards of communication and cooperation.”
The awards were held on February 22 at Crown Perth.
The WA winners will compete against the best of other states and territories at the Master Builders national awards in Perth on November 28.