Awards

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Winners revealed: 2020 HIA–CSR Australian Housing Awards

Australia’s most outstanding homes and the people behind them were announced via a ‘virtual’ ceremony on Friday 29 May.

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2020 HIA Australian Townhouse/Villa Development

The 2020 HIA Australian Townhouse/Villa Development award went to Creative Building Services and DNA Architects for this well considered urban development.

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2020 HIA Australian Renovation/Addition Project

Victoria’s Visioneer Builders has taken out the title of 2020 HIA Australian Renovation/Addition Project for an intricate restoration and a magnificent addition to this 1886 villa.

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2020 HIA Australian Apartment of the Year

The 2020 HIA Australian Apartment of the Year award was taken out by Western Australian builder Adrian Zorzi for a luxurious property finished to an incredibly high standard.

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2020 HIA Australian Spec Home

Camelot Homes in NSW has nabbed the 2020 HIA Australian Spec Home award for an intelligently designed project that showcases a striking mix of luxurious finishes and reclaimed materials.

Projects

AJP

Crossing the divide

From timber-clad terraces to soft shades of grey, an extensive renovation and addition turned this tired house into a modern family home.

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Set in stone

This majestic architectural delight overseeing Sydney Harbour is underpinned not only by powerful stone buttresses, but by the extraordinary workmanship of HIA member Critharis Constructions.

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Natural progression

A heritage restoration and passion project in eastern Melbourne morphed into a dream home for Technique Construction Group’s managing director Scott Davies and his family.

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Your home heartland: part one

There are so many ways that you can improve your garden to give the native animals and plants a second chance at life. Here are some ideas.

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In fine form

The construction of this dramatic concrete home took its builder right out of his comfort zone – and the results are incredible.

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In Focus

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Stamp it out

Households and aspiring homeowners have enough to contend with in our current economic climate without unnecessary tax burdens. Now’s the time to stamp out stamp duty.

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Limiting time onsite

How should I manage my construction sites during Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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I'll have what they're having

If you’ve ever had equipment stolen or a contractual dispute, you know the value of good insurance. Getting the right cover is key, and that’s where HIAIS can help.

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Get a load of this

You may be an old hand when it comes to installing basins, vanities and laundry troughs but incorrectly applying water-resistant and waterproofing requirements could mean you’re failing to meet the building code.

People

Adam Ritson AJR Construct

Daring to be different

HIA member Adam Ritson may typically prefer to work on remote projects in the quiet of Tasmania’s wilderness, but his focus on quality speaks volumes for the type of builder he is.

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One big adventure

Jake Blokker capped off his unique apprenticeship by being named the 2020 HIA Jim Brookes Australian Apprentice, but he’s determined it’s just the beginning of a rewarding building career.

When the darkness ends

Anthea Comerford, 33, is a national training manager in the automotive industry, a published author and a speaker for Beyond Blue, but she nearly didn’t make it to 24.

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Four green methods for better building

HIA member and owner of AJP Constructions Andrew Payton sits down with HOUSING to talk top tips on building green in 2020

Features

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Feel the burn

When the seasonal chill starts to set in our attention inevitably turns indoors to warmth and comfort. Fireplaces are a cosy and attractive heating option in the home, but with them comes important design and installation considerations.

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Setting the bar

A resolution for condensation in roof ventilation? Practical designs for small lot housing? Prefabricated structural building solutions? 2020 promises product advancements that are moving with the times.

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Heritage and experience: partnering with builders for half a century

Since 1953, quantity surveyors Rawlinsons has been a trusted business partner to the construction industry, but there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to these experts in cost estimation.

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Bushfire protection

Building in bushfire prone areas comes with additional considerations. HOUSING talks to a HIA member who has achieved Passive House certification to BAL-FZ, plus looks at several products that will help you to meet BAL standards on your next project.

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Hot essentials

What influences today’s trends? For some it will always be about visual appeal, beauty in design but for others there is a need for something more; how something synthesises into your life, or even the world around us.

Products

Fire and TV

Feel the burn

When the seasonal chill starts to set in our attention inevitably turns indoors to warmth and comfort. Fireplaces are a cosy and attractive heating option in the home, but with them comes important design and installation considerations.

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On trend

HOUSING's top pick of innovative building products for May 2020.

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Smarten up

Australian electronic company Laser Corporation has launched CONNECT SmartHome, the latest range of Wi-Fi connected smart home devices.

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Bright bubble

Brokis has released its latest lighting collection of suspended pendants, Awa – meaning bubble in Japanese.

Kitchens, Bathrooms and Interiors

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Colours of sanity

Wattyl has provided insights into the ideal colour palettes to help revive the home and improve mental health during COVID-19.

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Divide and conquer

Open-plan living has become increasingly popular over recent years. But there are times it can limit privacy and make it harder to zone areas. Here are a few ideas to help divide a space without putting up walls.

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Get a load of this

You may be an old hand when it comes to installing basins, vanities and laundry troughs but incorrectly applying water-resistant and waterproofing requirements could mean you’re failing to meet the building code.

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2020 Vision

Though we’re just dipping our toes into the pool that is the 2020s, there are already a few vibrant trends vying for our attention – and a few understated styles quietly stepping up to the podium. From building design to interior décor, these trends are set to make a splash within the home this year, offering enough variety and versatility to serve as inspiration for a permanent or seasonal change.

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Gone green

One had the vision and the other the expertise, and between them two Perth brothers formed a natural partnership and a passion to transform a pre-1900 heritage home, where the kitchen is the star.

Business

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Building on shifting sands

COVID-19 and the housing industry. Crisis or inconvenience? Minor change or enforced hiatus? Hope or fear? HOUSING talks to members and supporters on how they are handling the disruption.

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How the web was won

Your website should show who you are, not just what you do. HOUSING talks to a panel of experts so you can feel confident and get started now.

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Ready for your close up?

Building homes means building emotions, and to move emotions you need moving pictures. One thing is for certain, video content is more likely to be remembered – and shared.

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Resources

Looking for technical information or design inspiration? HOUSING has rounded up a few supporting tools to narrow your search and advance your knowledge in the new year.

Lifestyles

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No one likes a negative Nancy

Moods of workers are highly contagious so managing the spread of unhelpful negativity will go a long way in improving the quality of your workplace.

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Green living

There are plenty of ways to make your home more eco-friendly without expending much effort. Here are four ideas you can easily introduce at your place over the summer break.

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Balkan beauty

The pristine allure of Croatia’s meandering shores and rugged inland provinces are drawing visitors by the millions to experience the cultural delights of this formerly austere tourist spot. HOUSING’s Editor recently returned to her homeland for a family ‘vacay’ and explains why this bustling destination is currently all the rage.

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Encouraging healthy thinking

While there is particular attention of mental health during October, it’s important to manage the responsibility of workplace mental health throughout the year.

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