Not surprisingly, the vanity was the most challenging aspect of the design. The engineering precision required meticulous planning to ensure stable anchor points, while also ensuring the joinery suspended from the ceiling was carefully geared.
Another issue was managing the falls, which Sonja says can be tricky when large format tiling is specified. But the challenge turned into an opportunity to showcase the build’s attention to detail, as highlighted by the blade wall around the shower, which is mitred perfectly.
‘It’s great to see this level of craftmanship. Even though as a whole it involved a lot more work from our builder, Mass Construction, and joiner, Heiniger Joinery, it’s a really fantastic outcome.’
With more than 20 years’ experience, Sonja has seen her share of award programs.
But this win was a complete surprise.
Turning her back away from the stage just as the winner was announced, she was amazed when she heard her name read out.
‘I seriously didn’t expect it at all,’ she laughs. ‘My face was in shock and I actually still can’t believe it.’
The win is testament to her approach, where she believes her design is only as good as the builder building it, and she is committed to work hard to provide a good service. She’s also recently come back into the residential market after various iterations of her business over the years.
‘I’m staying small and keen to showcase our ability and credibility,’ she says.
With this big win, we’re not sure she’ll be small for long.