Niche design build win HIA award. Shelley Brauer and Nathan Whitlock with their award and house. Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
Niche design build win HIA award. Shelley Brauer and Nathan Whitlock with their award and house. Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

Builders win HIA gongs

PROOF the Coffs Coast is home to some of the most talented builders and designers in the region has never been more apparent.

Two local companies, Woolgoolga-based Solitary Designer Homes, and Niche Design and Build, based in Emerald Beach, took out major awards at the HIA Northern NSW Housing Awards.

Solitary Designer Homes owner/director Jim Philippidis and his son Mark were extremely surprised to take out not only the major Northern NSW Home of the Year award, but also Custom Built Home $1million - $2million and the Custom Built Home of the Year for a home built in Korora.

"I really wasn't expecting anything to be honest," Mr Philippidis said.

"To take out all three categories was pretty great."

Nathan Whitlock and Shelley Brauer, of Niche Design and Build, were ecstatic to take out the Custom Built Home $600,000 - $1 million for their home in Emerald Beach.

"It was definitely a surprise to win," Ms Brauer said.

Congratulating all the winners on such an outstanding achievement, HIA's NSW executive director David Bare said the awards were an excellent display of the housing industry's capacity, innovation and resilience in regional areas of NSW.

"It is encouraging to see that in challenging market conditions, HIA's builders and designers have maintained their commitment to excellence,' Mr Bare said.

"The calibre of entries this year shows the strong support for these awards."



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