Gympie builders shine at big awards night
GYMPIE builders, Doug and Fiona Channells, of Aspect Homes Queensland, took on the best of the Sunshine Coast region's construction talent on Saturday night and won big at their industry's major regional event, the Sunshine Coast Master Builders and Construction Awards.
So did Zerner Building Company's Chrishan Zerner.
Their victories, for homes in Gympie Region, were a high point of an event which showcased some of the most significant home design and building talent in the award's Sunshine Coast region, which includes Gympie.
Their excellence was lavishly celebrated at the awards ceremony, at the Novatel Twin Waters Resort.
But even that was not the best of it.
Aspct also took out the 2019 Sunshine Coast President's Award, for their display home, The Austen, in Heights Drive, Gympie.
Master Builders Queensland regional manager Will Wilson said judges knew they were "in for something different” with the Gympie entry.
"Aspect Homes took full advantage of the block.
"The Austen is well designed with separate living and entertainment areas that would appeal to either a first home buyer or a family.
"The finishes and fittings are of a standard normally found in a more expensive property,” he said.
The judges were even more enthusiastic.
"The entry into the home was inviting and then when you walk down the hallway and into the main area yyou were delighted with the open living opening up to the outdoors,” they said.
"The open plan living-dining area, media lounge and kitchen are exceptional for a home of this value. The island bench in the kitchen features waterfall ends and together with a butler's pantry is in a commanding position for ease of serving the various living spaces.
"For the size of the block it was a great design and use of space, especially at such a competitive price point.”
Mr Wilson said award entrants had showcased what living in the area is all about, from urban terrace designs along coastal areas and exquisite homes in rural settings to stylish yet affordable living and upgraded landmark homes.
The best builders in the broader region, including Gympie, were on hand to honour the skills and craftsmanship of their industry at the Novatel Twin Waters Resort.
Mr Wilson congratulated all winners and said judges had commented on the degree of planning, the challenges faced and co-ordination required along with the need to think outside the box and the skill to carry it through.
"They said the entries were a credit to all involved,” Mr Wilson said.
Aspect Homes took out the top Display Home category prize in the $251,000 to $350,000 bracket for the Austen.
Chrishan Zerner was overjoyed yesterday about Zerner Building Company's big win in the Home Renovation/Remodelling Project event for their Rainbow Beach entry.
"It turned out to be a good night,” Mr Zerner said yesterday.
"I knew we were in contention and we might do alright, but I didn't think we would win.
"It's good to see Gympie building being recognised, especially in such a competitive field.
"They're very competitive down there (on the Sunshine Coast),” he said. "And they do different things, interesting architectural things.
"And it's good to see Gympie region being recognised for that sort of thing.”