Wide Bay builders prove they’ve got what it takes to weather the storm

3 September 2021

THE region’s best builders were on show at the 2021 Wide Bay Burnett Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards, which highlighted the talent and resilience of the local building and construction industry, despite a tough year of challenges and delays.

The Awards ceremony returned to a live crowd on Friday, 3 September at The Beach House Hotel in Hervey Bay, with local builders and tradies relishing the chance to get back in person and celebrate the abundance of talent and innovation the industry is renowned for.

Agnes Water builders, Bright Life Homes were the biggest winners on the night, snagging five gongs in total, including the highly sought-after, House of the Year and Individual Home from $1.25 million up to $2 million for their stunning seaside masterpiece, Our Place.

The home was cleverly designed around a sand dune slope, which brought a multitude of construction difficulties and challenges, earning the team the Best Use of Sloping Sites award as well. Energy rating and sustainable living was also top of mind during the build, making it a deserving winner of the Excellence in Sustainable Living title.

The Bright Life Homes team’s work on Agnes Time, another seaside abode, also took home the award for best Display Home up to $250,000.

After a devastating fire swept through the heritage Bargara Beach Hotel, Paynters undertook the design and build of a contemporary new hotel, winning them the local 2021 Project of the Year. The hotel can now deliver something no other venue in the Wide Bay region has to offer, also earning the Paynters team the Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million honour.

JRZ Homes rounded out the major winners on the night, taking home the coveted President’s Award and best Individual Home from $250,000 up to $350,000 for their Lavella Rise Project, a Hampton’s-inspired stylish and functional home in Bargara. The judges commented on the home’s incredible value and lifestyle appeal, saying it represented everything your average family could want in a home.

Other big winners on the night were Vivere Homes, taking out Best Residential Bathroom and Best Residential Swimming Poolfor theirRiver Heads beauty, The Windjammer, while company Director, Ingrid Gorissen walked away with the Women in Building award.

Innes Park local, Stephen Anderson was recognised as the 2021 Rising Star, while up and coming Murchie Constructions’ protégé, Lachlan Phillips was crowned Apprentice of the Year.

Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Regional Manager, Ian Langer, congratulated the winners across all 31 categories.

“Our members have truly lived up to this year’s Awards theme, Built to rise above, which was inspired by them and their work. The projects they’ve delivered during these challenging times are a testament to their skills and resilience,” Ian said.

“The diversity and quality of building work across the Wide Bay, particularly during this time of uncertainty, is testament to the resilience of our local industry.

“2020 was a year of unexpected challenges and hurdles, but our industry took it in their stride and have produced some truly outstanding work.

“From beach bars, medical hubs and state-of-the-art educational facilities to coastal oases and hillside mansions, the Wide Bay Burnett building community came together and smashed it out of the park.

“It doesn’t matter whether they’ve taken an Award home this year or not. Each of our 2021 entrants are a part of the Master Builders family and help cement why we’re so widely trusted and respected.”

Wide Bay Burnett major winners

Major winners

Seaside watering hole takes the cake

Winner of the 2021 Wide Bay Burnett Project of the Year – Paynters Pty Ltd for Bargara Beach Hotel

After a devastating fire swept through the heritage Bargara Beach Hotel, Paynters undertook the design and build of a contemporary new hotel.

The pub has been designed as a unique offering for locals and tourists alike. Open decks offer relaxed alfresco dining with ocean views. The beer garden also features an amazing children’s play area.

Hanging ferns, pastel tones and timber features are the standout attributes of the modern new look.

This hotel can now deliver something no other venue in the Wide Bay has to offer.

Judges’ comments:

“The quality of workmanship throughout the hotel is fantastic, and it is evident that the builder has been able to bring additional touches of elegance and functionality into the final project.”

“The Bargara Beach Hotel is a very impressive project and the skills of all involved are easy to see.”

Modern beach home a timeless masterpiece

Winner of the 2021 Wide Bay Burnett House of the Year – Bright Life Homes Pty Ltd for Our Place

’Our Place‘ offers a complex blend of textures and finishes, making it luxurious, yet natural to its secluded environment.

Stone feature walls from the Mornington Peninsula contrast beautifully with the spotted gum hardwood floors and spacious two storeys of living spaces.

Architecturally designed around stunning views which embrace the undisturbed private beach below, the true beauty of this home is that no space is left underdone.

There is a simplicity in the equality that this home provides to all who are fortunate to experience it.

This uniquely designed home is situated in the award-winning environmental estate, ‘Sunrise at 1770’.

Judges’ comments:

"The true beauty of this home is that no space is left underdone, there is a simplicity in the equality that this home provides to all who are fortunate to experience it."

"A simply stunning home that I could have quite happily never left. The quality of the finishes and the subtle touches in the design all work together to make this home perfect."

JRZ Constructions rises to the top

Winner of the 2021 Wide Bay Burnett President’s Award – JRZ Constructions Pty Ltd for Lavella Rise Project

This Hamptons-inspired residence boasts a distinctive style and immaculate features.

Designed to make the most of our beautiful coastal climate and sea breezes, this beautiful home offers four spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms, a home office space, media room, and entertaining areas that allow for an enviable lifestyle.

Designed with their client’s lifestyle in mind, the home was created to be functional and practical for everyday living and is truly a home a family would aspire to.

Judges’ comments:

“This house seems like an incredible value and lifestyle package for an affordable family home. This house represents everything that the President’s Award is about. Very desirable for an average family.”

“The builder has not skimped on anything with this house, size, finishes or quality. It represents true value for money.”

All Wide Bay Burnett winners

Construction

  • Health Facilities up to $20 million – Murchie Constructions Pty Ltd for Central Medical
  • Education Facilities up to $10 million – Evans Built Pty Ltd for Hervey Bay State High School Performing Arts Centre
  • Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million – Paynters Pty Ltd for Bargara Beach Hotel
  • Commercial Building up to $5 million – Win Constructions Queensland Pty Ltd for 10 Medical Place
  • Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes – TF Woollam & Son Pty Ltd T/A Woollam Constructions for Ozcare - Reflections on the Bay

Housing

  • Display Home up to $250,000 – Bright Life Homes Pty Ltd for Agnes Time
  • Display Home from $250,000 up to $350,000 – Kleidon Masterbuilt Homes Pty Ltd for Aura
  • Individual Home up to $250,000 – Kleidon Masterbuilt Homes Pty Ltd for Blue Sea
  • Individual Home from $250,000 up to $350,000 – JRZ Constructions Pty Ltd T/A JRZ Homes for Lavella Rise Project
  • Individual Home from $350,000 up to $450,000 – Dean Worth Homes Pty Ltd for Peppermint
  • Individual Home from $450,000 up to $550,000 – CRJ Building Enterprises Pty Ltd for Riverside Retreat
  • Individual Home from $550,000 up to $650,000 – JRZ Constructions Pty Ltd T/A JRZ Homes for Liveable Homes Australia SDA
  • Individual Home from $650,000 up to $750,000 – N H Homes Pty Ltd or Esplanade Home
  • Individual Home from $750,000 up to $950,000 – Nathan Groszmann Construction Pty Ltd for Eagle View
  • Individual Home from $1.25 million up to $2 million – Bright Life Homes Pty Ltd for Our Place
  • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project up to $275,000 – Kleidon Masterbuilt Homes Pty Ltd for Lakeview
  • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project from $275,000 up to $575,000 – McIntosh Homes (Qld) Pty Ltd for Gaden 1770
  • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project from $575,000 up to $1 million – Cam Killen Constructions for Deacons' Place
  • Best Use of Sloping Sites – Bright Life Homes Pty Ltd for Our Place
  • Medium Density up to 3 storeys – over 5 Dwellings – Win Constructions Queensland Pty Ltd for Villas on Main Stage 1
  • Excellence in Sustainable Living – Bright Life Homes Pty Ltd for Our Place

Specialty

  • Best Residential Bathroom – Vivere Homes Pty Ltd for The Windjammer
  • Best Residential Kitchen – Master Cabinets Of Bundaberg Pty Ltd for White Cottage
  • Best Residential Swimming Pool – Vivere Homes Pty Ltd for The Windjammer

Individual

  • Apprentice of the Year – Lachlan Phillips from Murchie Constructions Pty Ltd
  • Rising Star – Stephen Anderson from S D Anderson Pty Ltd
  • Women in Building – Ingrid Gorissen from Vivere Homes Pty Ltd
  • Commercial Trade Contractor of the Year – Adina Designed Interiors Pty Ltd for Bargara Beach Hotel Joinery Fitout

Major

  • President's Award – JRZ Constructions Pty Ltd T/A JRZ Homes  for Lavella Rise Project
  • Project of the Year – Paynters Pty Ltd for Bargara Beach Hotel
  • House of the Year – Bright Life Homes Pty Ltd for Our Place

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