Pushing the boundaries

Published: 11 September 2017

Master Builders recently caught up with member, Daniel Klinge of Klinge Constructions and Developments, after he returned from a whirlwind trip to Melbourne as a guest judge on the national finale of Channel 10’s, Australia By Design.
The popular television show tasks a panel of 10 judges with counting down Australia’s most architectural buildings for 2017. Selecting from a field of innovative commercial, government and residential projects the goal is to find that special building that really ‘pushes the boundaries’.
Daniel, who was asked to be on the show by referral from another of the judges – Antonio from Ace Stone & Tile, was originally involved as a judge in the state (Queensland) competition. However, his expertise and personability cemented an invitation to return as a judge in the national finale.
“I jumped at the chance to be on Australia By Design as it offered a new experience and I relish the innovative. Being on the show enabled me to not only raise the profile of the Klinge brand but also mix with respected industry professionals and learn a thing or two.”
Sydney architect and host of Australia By Design, Tim Horton, leads the judging panel, which comprises a cross-section of building industry professions including two government architects and a landscape architect, engineer, town planner, builder, building certifier, building lawyer, interior designer, and stone and tile supplier.
The judges are given a shortlist of 10 buildings selected from finalists in the state competitions held throughout Australia, and they have to rank them from 10 to 1 – with 1 being the winner. The judging process involves round table discussions and evaluating the projects as a group, using architectural plans, photos and aerial shots. Tim Horton personally inspects each project and describes in detail the complexities of each build. Each judge then gets the opportunity to voice their opinion about what they like or don’t like about a project, then they debate their perspectives amongst the group.
Daniel conceded that one of the biggest challenges he faced while being on tour with the show was to make sure he gave his business equal love. 
“You do need to be flexible when working in TV but I didn’t want my business or clients to suffer, so I had to juggle my time effectively between both. Keeping the lines of communication open with clients about when I would or wouldn’t be available was critical in keeping everything ticking along and ensuring I kept them happy.” 
While a full day of filming can be demanding and require lots of decision making, for Daniel it was also a very rewarding experience.
“It does take up time and it is hard work, but you’ve got to go in with a positive attitude and an open mind. TV is different to being out in the real world – as you’re often put on the spot. So you need to maintain a level of professionalism but also have fun with it and enjoy the experience. I found it really interesting talking to other professions and getting their different views on what they feel makes a building unique.”
We asked Daniel what he looked for personally as a builder when judging the entries.
“I looked at the complexity of the build, the site of the building, the budget, the materials that were used and how they integrated with the local environment. Australia has such a diverse climate, so it’s important that you’re able to design and build with those needs in mind.”
Klinge Constructions and Developments is a boutique residential building business based in Brisbane, specialising in delivering high-quality luxury homes, renovations and extensions. In 2016, the business took out the category, ‘Renovation 576 – 1 million’ at the Brisbane Housing & Construction Awards. It later went on to win the state title and was nominated for a national award.

You can tune in every Saturday at 3pm on Channel 10 to watch Australia By Design.