A luxury palatial house in Holt has been named house of the year at Master Builders ACT Building Excellence Awards.
Classic Constructions and TT Architecture were awarded the gong for the project, named Drake Brockman House. The build was one of the largest single-storey projects in the awards with the residence spanning more than 1150 square metres.
The home comprises of segregated pavilions clustered around a central courtyard, and the judges commented on the adaptability of the home for the different stages of family life. It features a pool, two saunas, a gym, tennis court and home theatre.
The house was also won the Custom Built/Project Home more than $2 million award. There were 45 categories on the night and a number of notable projects scooped up prizes in more than one category.
Other residential award winners included houses in Narrabundah, Googong, Pearce, Ainslie and Red Hill. Multi-dwelling winners were Haig Townhouses in Turner, Greenway Housing and Mercer Apartments in Kingston.
Renovation and extension projects were also recognised on the night.
The Veritas Building at the Australian Catholic University’s Signadou Campus, in Watson, won project of the year.
There was a significant increase in the number of finalists this year, Master Builders ACT executive officer Michael Hopkins said.
“Each year, we celebrate the best local builders, trades and design teams through our Building Excellence Awards program and this year there is much to celebrate,” he said.
“Finalists are up from last year’s 151 projects to 193 this year, resulting in large raise across the board. The Custom Built Home category is up 136 per cent with homes built over $1 million experiencing the most growth in finalists.
“Kitchen Projects are up 89 per cent and the Home Renovation/Extension category has risen 242 per cent.”
Commercial building finalists were also up 120 per cent.
The event was held at the National Convention Centre on Friday night.