Although Craig observes even stainless steel suffers from a ‘tea-staining’ effect caused by salt air, which looks like rust. So, for those façades of the townhouses which were meant to be stainless steel, he substituted Colorbond® steel and for the roofing Colorbond® Ultra steel, a thicker material.
There was then the choice of splashback in the kitchen. ‘This was originally tiled but I suggested a smoked grey mirror because, sitting at the island bench, you have a terrific view of Port Phillip Bay. Why not look at it in the reflection instead of a tiled wall?’
The HIA award judges were also impressed with the project’s environmental sustainability featuring high levels of insulation, double glazed composite windows, hydronic heating system and rainwater storage tanks.
A qualified carpenter with more than 30 years’ experience, Craig says that his time now is mostly taken up with project management and client needs. Yet, occasionally, he manages to get back ‘on the tools’ and work alongside his team.
‘For this project, that included working on the pre-fabricated walls and the roof in 40-degree heat,’ he says.