WINNERS: David and Helen Houston took the title for “Northern NSW Renovation and Addition Project of the Year” at the weekends’ award ceremony.
WINNERS: David and Helen Houston took the title for “Northern NSW Renovation and Addition Project of the Year” at the weekends’ award ceremony. Leigh Jensen

Turning local houses into homes

COFFS Harbour is home to a host of design and building talent.

The weekends’ prestigious 2011 Housing Industry Association (HIA) Northern NSW Housing and Kitchen and Bathroom Awards was testament to this talent with three local companies taking the titles in their respective categories.

The awards revolved around the construction, design, innovation and technology of housing with a range of categories to recognise excellence.

These include: Bathroom Project, Kitchen Project, Custom Built Homes, Display Home, Renovation and Addition Projects, Residential Lifestyle Development, Townhouse/Villa Development and GreenSmart.

Winning the “Northern NSW Kitchen Project of the Year” was Granite Transformations (2/26B Isles Dr Coffs Harbour).

Manager and kitchen designer Chris Keena said it was rewarding to receive such recognition.

“We project managed the whole job and used our own tradesman,” Mr Keena said.

“Features included a curved granite island bench, custom made joinery, hidden walk-in pantry, integrated fridge, freezer and dishwasher, curved walls and glass splash back.”

Taking out the title of “Northern NSW Renovation and Addition Project of the Year” was Houston Constructions (6 Merinda Avenue, Sapphire Beach).

Judges said this project in Sapphire overcame many challenges for design, engineering and finished presentation while working within the confines of space. They said wheelchair access within the house was “cleverly created”.

The winner of the “Northern NSW Townhouse/Villa Development Project of the Year was Toscan Homes (Shop 13 Sartos Centre, 9 GDT Seccombe Close).

Judges said this project in Sawtell reflected a modern beachy feel which took advantage of the natural light and cross flow ventilation.

Winners of the HIA Northern NSW Housing and Kitchen and Bathroom Awards will be contenders in the state competition, with NSW winners announced at Sydney in October. The frontrunners from each state will then be entered into the HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards.



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