Coming from far and wide to experience first-hand the 2018 HIA–CSR Australian Housing Awards, HIA members united to celebrate this year’s winners. Showcasing the amazing talent and workmanship of Australian builders, the national awards presentation ends months of suspense for finalists from every region.
Each year, 22 awards are presented to HIA members for excellence in construction, design, innovation, efficiency and technology in housing, kitchens and bathrooms. Ranging from custom built homes to apartment complexes, outdoor projects, bathrooms and kitchens, the awards also recognise talent in customer service and business management through the Business Partner and Professional Builder awards. Providing winners with recognition from peers and exposure to customers in the residential building industry, the awards shine a spotlight on HIA members who are producing high-quality projects, and displaying incredible talent and workmanship.
This year, judges, attendees and sponsors alike were impressed by the meticulous work shown by both finalists and winners. Attendee Domenic Nardelli, managing director of Aquila Homes, was impressed by Construct Central Coast, the winner of the 2018 HIA–CSR Australian Home of the Year, commenting on the ‘stunning representation of quality workmanship and pride’. While Domenic was particularly fond of the home and he felt it was deserving of the industry’s highest accolade it didn’t take away from the quality of many other homes showcased on the night.
David Houston from Liberty Steel Reinforcing, sponsor of the 2018 HIA Australian Project Home, could not agree more: ‘There were a lot of really high-quality builds [on show], from bathrooms [and] kitchens to the displays,’ he says.
One such project was the winner of the HIA–CSR Australian People’s Choice Home of the Year, Gremmo Homes of NSW. Winning the vote of other HIA members and the general public on the HIA Facebook page, this category is awarded to a company that has produced a project deemed worthy of recognition by peers and customers.
A similar feeling of quality imbued the awards night itself, with David Houston commenting that it was a very well-structured event. Peter Fry from Peter Fry Agencies felt that the awards night went very smoothly.
Contributing to the success of the event was MC Dave Hughes: introducing the sponsors and entertaining the crowd, he lit up the stage once again with his presence, with many citing the comedian as a particular highlight. Peter Fry, who has attended a number of HIA award ceremonies agreed.