Spotlight shines on Far North Queensland's best builders in 2017

Published: 14 August 2017

Nathan Verri and Field Construct have taken out the major awards at this year’s Master Builders Far North Queensland Housing & Construction Awards, held on 12 August at Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns.

The 2017 Far North Queensland House of the Year went to Nathan Verri, who also took out the awards for Best Residential Swimming Pool, Individual Home $451,000-$550,000 and Individual Home $1.26 million - $2 million.

The 2017 Far North Queensland Project of the Year went to Field Construct for the Trinity Beach State School Senior Learning Centre. Field Construct also won the categories for Education Facilities up to $10 million and Industrial Building.

Cairns Quality Homes’ work on The Caitlyn netted them the 2017 Far North Queensland President’s Award, and Display Home $251,000-$350,000.

Master Builders’ CEO, Grant Galvin, congratulated all 46 winners.

“The standard we have seen this year is incredible and demonstrates the impeccable talent and expertise of our industry,” Mr Galvin said.

“The Housing & Construction Awards provide an opportunity to recognise this talent, and it is great that after 30 years, they continue to be sought-after by the state’s top builders and tradespeople.”

Higher learning

Winner of the 2017 Far North Queensland Project of the Year – Richard Field Constructions Pty Ltd T/A Field Construct

It’s not often that a project comes along with the potential to make a significant impact in a region, however Field Construct has designed and constructed the Trinity Beach State School Senior Learning Centre which may well establish the template for future educational buildings across the state. The judges were extremely impressed with the attention to detail shown, and special mention was made of the variety of materials that were used to generate interest on all facades.

Naturally cool

Winner of the 2017 Far North Queensland House of the Year – Nathan Verri Pty Ltd

The judges made special mention of the consistency of quality finishes throughout this contemporary home. Perfectly sited to make the most of the FNQ weather, it features a striking industrial-style aesthetic. Natural elements are incorporated throughout, including formed concrete bench tops and vanity bowls, and spotted gum decking. The addition of an oversized under-mounted copper sink in the kitchen and a simple grey and white colour scheme further showcases the industrial style. 

Family living

Winner of the 2017 Far North Queensland President’s Award – Lasspost Pty Ltd T/A Cairns Quality Homes

This architecturally-designed home encapsulates tropical living with a clever design that focuses on a family-oriented lifestyle. When you enter the home you are guided by an opulent stone feature, through to an open-plan kitchen and living area accented with coffered ceilings. Your eye is immediately drawn to the outdoor entertaining areas, including a terrace surrounding a pool and outdoor kitchen area. Every aspect of this home has been well thought-out and the standard of construction is exemplary.

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