THE crew of Bienefelt Dolan weren't sure they should head to Sydney for the 2006 HIA NSW Housing Awards, but their late decision to go paid off, with the Coffs Harbour building firm picking up two of the prestigious awards.
"We're only a small family business, so going to Sydney is quite a big expense," Kim Dolan said.
"But HIA kept ringing telling us they really thought we should go.
"We were so excited to find out we had won, it's such a huge achievement holding our own against the big guys.
"We mainly concentrate on really good quality homes that are the work of local architects, and that paid off."
The Clayton House on North Bonville Road, which was designed by architect Fiona Bennell, won the Custom Built Home under $800,000.
The judges described it as a fascinating home that frames the many views of the surrounding countryside.
"Working to a complex design, the builder has achieved an outstanding quality of work using a very good mix of materials. Thoughtful planning makes this a home that will be envied," the judges said.
They commended the Redding House on Mildura Street at the Jetty for its finishes and materials used and said it was a very liveable home with many desirable features.
This home was designed by architect Frank Scahill and won the Custom Built Home under $300,000.
Congratulating Bienefelt Dolan on its success, HIA's NSW executive director Graham Wolfe said the awards represent the pinnacle for excellence in the State.
"They recognise the achievements, both of companies and individuals, who lead the way in the design, construction, innovation and technology of housing," he said.
Coffs Harbour building company Varley Enterprises also received a 2006 HIA NSW Housing Award. The family business won the award for the best renovation and addition project under $150,000 and was a finalist in the judging for the best renova- tion and addition projects under $450,000.