Noosa home is best of year

ON the back of winning the Sunshine Coast/Wide Bay Home of the Year title, former Gympie builder Dion Gadd never expected to turn his wildest dreams into a reality.

But he did just that at last Friday's HIA-CSR Queensland Housing Awards, where he took out the Queensland Home of the Year Title with the Gadd family's Noosa dream home.

Mr Gadd said he was still coming down from the high of the awards night, held in the Brisbane Sofitel's Grand Ballroom.

“It's a big one. I'm really happy. I didn't know what to expect,” the first-time HIA (Housing Industry Association) awards entrant said.

HIA has issued a statement that said design aspects of various styles of architecture from different eras were fused together in the home to provide a timeless, unique and elegant building which provided its occupants with an extremely comfortable and balanced lifestyle.

Judges commented that “this home has been designed to make use of, and to complement the Sunshine Coast's ideal subtropical weather”. Earlier in the evening, the same home was named Queensland Custom Built Home of the Year.

Dion and Bridgett Gadd were excited to win the Sunshine Coast/Wide Bay Home of the Year, and best Custom Built Home $1 million to $2 million, at last month's regional awards. The pair said it never expected to win at the state level.

The Gadds moved from Gympie a few years ago; Mr Gadd has been a builder for 17 years and completed his apprenticeship in Gympie under the supervision of Bob Olsen.

The Gadds, who won a Master Builders rising star award a few years ago, said the 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 for clients who valued discreet service, Mr Gadd said, which was one reason he hadn't entered the housing awards in the past.

Dion Gadd Building Company will now represent Queensland at the 2011 Australian Housing Awards on the Gold Coast in May, where Mr Gadd will take on the best in the country.

Gympie Times


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