Local couple win home of the year
BUILDING their dream home has been a rewarding experience for former Gympie couple Dion and Bridgett Gadd.
The couple own Dion Gadd Building Company and their Sunshine Coast home has beaten a strong field of contenders to win Home of the Year at the 2010 HIA-Melco Lanhams Sunshine Coast/Wide Bay Housing Awards.
The building company also took out an award with the Noosa home in the Custom Built Home $1 million to $2 million category.
Dion Gadd, who has been a builder for 17 years and completed his apprenticeship in Gympie under the supervision of Bob Olsen, said he was very excited with the win.
“It’s our first win, we hadn’t entered before,” he said.
The Gadds, who won a Master Builders rising star award a few years ago, said their home was designed to enhance and exist in harmony with its natural bushland surroundings. Particular attention was paid to energy efficiency and the use of natural light and ventilation.
Gadd Building Company usually builds exclusively for clients who valued discreet service, Mr Gadd said, which was one reason he hadn’t entered the housing awards in the past.
“It’s good to be recognised for all our hard work,” he said.
Mr Gadd said he did the initial floor plan for the home but an award-winning architect completed the design.
While congratulating the Gadd Building Company, HIA Branch Manager for Sunshine Coast/Wide Bay Adrian Langford said the awards recognised the achievements of companies and individuals in the state, who lead the way in housing design, construction, innovation and technology.
“Every year our entries increase, but there is never a dilution of quality,” he said.
“The awards are a strong statement of the commitment of HIA members in Queensland to deliver quality housing that will stand the test of time.