S Smith Builders from Victoria has won the title for Australian Spec Home for an eye-catching Mornington Peninsula home design, awarded at the prestigious HIA–CSR Australian Housing Awards ceremony on 25 May.
Geared toward the semi-retired couple, the winning project is a modern and low-maintenance holiday home that showcases a striking marriage of glass and timber.
Inside, the generous kitchen wows with its butler’s pantry, retractable skylight and glass splashback, while hideaway doors help to zone the different areas of the home for functional living and relaxing. Outside, the rammed earth features inspired the judges as they moved from the backyard, inclusive of a private pool and cut out feature fencing, into the separate entertainment area, the rumpus room.
This year’s award winners were revealed before hundreds of industry leaders on the final night of the HIA 2019 National Conference in Perth. The HIA–CSR Australian Housing Awards are the ultimate platform to showcase the talents of the nation’s top builders and designers, with the winners selected from state-based finalists in 22 separate categories.
The Spec Home category criteria is for an individual house, not built to a client's brief nor on display to the public, which is either sold off-plan or built for sale on completion or during construction.