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Queensland’s best builders have been recognised for their artful housing and construction skills at the Master Builders Brisbane Housing & Construction Awards held earlier this month at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

The award for the 2016 Brisbane Project of the Year went to Watpac Construction Pty Ltd’s One-Eighty Brisbane, while the Brisbane House of the Year award was handed to Gala Homes Pty Ltd (Cornubia) for their five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home.

Watpac’s Brisbane Project of the Year really set the tone for future construction of Brisbane high-rises. The project One-Eighty Brisbane comprises of 34 storeys with almost 60,000 square meters of A-grade commercial space and facilities.

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Master Builders President’s Award was won by McDonald Jones Homes Pty Ltd for their project, Oasis 35.

The President’s Award went out to McDonald Jones Homes for their work on Rochedales’ Oasis 35, as well as the awards for Best Display Home in the price range of $251,000 – $300,000 and $301,000 – $350,000.

The judges commented on the display homes that are specifically designed for Queensland living, saying the homes boast clever living spaces, generous storage options and plenty of flexibility for families of all ages.

“Encompassing innovative technology in its build, design and styling, the home’s thoughtful zoning shows a high level of craftsmanship and superior livability,” they said.

The Gala Homes masterpiece was built on a sloping site and took out the low-set luxury category. The contemporary low-set Allen residence is a luxurious home that exuded class and elegance to the highest degree, said the judge.

“Boasting five bedrooms, an impressive seven bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen with butler’s pantry and a huge integrated alfresco area, this home is all about the ‘wow factor’,” they said.

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Master Builder Awards Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million was awarded to Corella Construction Pty Ltd, Bardon.

Corella Construction Pty Ltd (Bardon) won the Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million, and also took the award for Best Residential Swimming Pool. Master Builders’ executive director Grant Galvin said: “The standard we have seen this year is incredible and demonstrates the impeccable talent and expertise of our industry”.

“The Housing & Construction Awards provide an opportunity to recognise this talent, and it is great that after 29 years, they continue to be sought-after by the state’s top builders and tradespeople,” he said.

The Excellence in Sustainable Living award was handed to McLaughlin Home as the company’s strong sustainable philosophies, attention to detail and architectural sophistication were highly commended.

“This high-impact, low energy home offers strong passive solar opportunities and cooling elements, cleverly using orientation, shading, glazing, ventilation, renewables and insulation, making the living conditions for the owner, greatly enhanced,” said the judges.

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