The firm has been operating since 2008, and its directors – James Doyle, Eddie Kwiecien and Ryan de Visser – have combined experience of some 50 years in construction.
‘The best part of our job is being able to share the journey with our clients as their ideas materialise,’ Ryan says.
‘The clients for this project wanted us to create a comfortable family home that pushed the boundaries in terms of design and style,’ he says.
‘So we designed two townhouses on the same block: both with three bedrooms and double garages and both planned very much with families in mind.
‘The block has a very wide frontage with both sides angled back towards the rear. So we designed it to create more room at the front by moving the entry door down the side. Then, as the house goes back, it follows the shape of the block thus creating as much usable space as possible.’
The award judges were especially impressed by the use of recycled bricks in the project, both internally and externally, which wrap around the entry façade of each townhouse and entice the visitor inside.
‘They were from an old house in the Adelaide Hills,’ Ryan says.
‘It was our first experience with recycled bricks and, since then, we’ve used them for more of our clients. It wasn’t driven by cost but by aesthetic appeal, one of a number of different materials to bring the project to life. We wanted to build the house around this: as you walk into the house the recycled bricks return in the lounge room.’