BIG WINS: Fiona and Doug Channells of Gympie home building company Aspect Homes had a fabulous night of success and peer recognition at the 2019 The Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Saturday.
BIG WINS: Fiona and Doug Channells of Gympie home building company Aspect Homes had a fabulous night of success and peer recognition at the 2019 The Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Saturday. Erle Levey

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.

Chrishan Zerner had plenty to smile about yesterday after his big win in the Master Builders Queensland regional awards.
Chrishan Zerner had plenty to smile about yesterday after his big win in the Master Builders Queensland regional awards. Contributed

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.

An inside view of The Austen's airy and open interior, which caught the attention of Master Builder award judges on Saturday night.
An inside view of The Austen's airy and open interior, which caught the attention of Master Builder award judges on Saturday night. Arthur Gorrie

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.

Dylan petty, Olly Langmead  Chrishan Zerner and Mick Bishop of Zerner Building, Gympie, at the 2019 The Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Saturday, August 10.
Dylan petty, Olly Langmead Chrishan Zerner and Mick Bishop of Zerner Building, Gympie, at the 2019 The Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Saturday, August 10. Erle Levey

"The Austen is well designed with separate living and entertainment areas that would appeal to either a first home buyer or a family.

Chrishan and Jess Zerner of Zerner Building, Gympie, at the 2019 The Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Saturday, August 10.
Chrishan and Jess Zerner of Zerner Building, Gympie, at the 2019 The Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Saturday, August 10. Erle Levey

"The finishes and fittings are of a standard normally found in a more expensive property,” he said.

Kate and TJ Craig of Cutting Edge Painting Contractors, Gympie, at the 2019 The Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Saturday, August 10.
Kate and TJ Craig of Cutting Edge Painting Contractors, Gympie, at the 2019 The Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Saturday, August 10. Erle Levey

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.

Melanie and Graham Larsen of Ocean and Outback House Removals, Gympie at the 2019 The Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Saturday, August 10.
Melanie and Graham Larsen of Ocean and Outback House Removals, Gympie at the 2019 The Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Saturday, August 10. Erle Levey

"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.

Doug Channells of Aspect Homes, winner of the President's Award at the 2019 The Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Saturday, August 10.
Doug Channells of Aspect Homes, winner of the President's Award at the 2019 The Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Saturday, August 10. Erle Levey

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.

Glenn Porter Melissa McKenzie of Porters Earthworx, Gympie, at the 2019 The Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Saturday, August 10.
Glenn Porter Melissa McKenzie of Porters Earthworx, Gympie, at the 2019 The Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Saturday, August 10. Erle Levey

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.”

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