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Luxurious perfection takes out Home of the Year

Media release

Luxurious perfection takes out Home of the Year

Media release
The HIA-CSR North Queensland Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards are the pinnacle of the residential building industry. In front of a capacity audience in Townsville, the region’s leading builders, designers, contractors, and suppliers enjoyed a gala night celebrating the exceptional achievements in innovation, design, and craftsmanship from across the North Queensland housing industry.

Swell Pacific won the coveted 2023 HIA-CSR North Queensland Home of the Year for their Larimar project at Airlie Beach. The architectural elegant design with cathedral ceilings, polished concrete floors, and rosewood cabinetry, seamlessly blends into the beauty of its natural surrounds with its breath-taking views over the waters of the Whitsundays. The lavish 4-bedroom home boasts sophistication and luxury with a designer marble kitchen benchtop, integrated appliances, and a rosewood wine room. An alfresco area seamlessly connects with the pool creating the perfect place to relax and entertain.

HIA North Queensland Executive Director, Peter Fry commented, “The awards showcase the very best in residential housing, kitchens and bathrooms from members across Cairns, Townsville and Central Queensland.”

“The quality and quantity of this year’s entries was exceptional displaying the high level of talent, commitment and determination of our members particularly given the challenges in the industry over the past few years,” Mr Fry said. 

Harrison Ghidella took out this year’s HIA North Queensland Apprentice of the Year. Working for MyStyle Homes in Cairns, the judges were impressed with Harrison’s proactive attitude in wanting to get the job done along with his professionalism and communication skills. Harrison has a bright future as he looks to become a qualified carpenter and building estimator.

HIA North Queensland Kitchen of the Year was awarded to Micale Cabinets for their sensational kitchen incorporating a waterfall illusion carried from the ceiling by the illuminated granite splashback to the island bench and flowing to the timber floors. The kitchen boasted “elegance, luxury, and quality,” commented the judges.

G.J. Gardner Homes Cairns and Pacific Kitchens took home the HIA North Queensland Bathroom of the Year for their luxurious ensuite that blended meticulous attention to detail with functionality style creating a sanctuary for escape.

The winners of the prestigious HIA business awards were Townsville’s New Home Solutions Qld, taking out HIA North Queensland Professional Small Builder/Renovator and Ethos Interiors winning the inaugural HIA North Queensland Small Business Management award for 2023.

“In a memorable evening of entertainment and glamour, the industry came together to network with friends and recognise the creativity and innovation, showcasing modern trends, outstanding homes and renovations and particularly the remarkable people behind them”. “Congratulations to all our winners and finalists and thanks to our award partners for their ongoing support.” concluded Mr Fry.

View North Queensland winners

Earlier in the night the 2023 HIA-CSR Townsville – Central Qld Housing, Kitchen & Bathroom Awards were presented with the major winners going on to compete against winners from Far north Qld region in the North Queensland Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards section.

Townsville Home of the Year and Custom-Built Home of the Year was won by Swell Pacific who went onto win the 2023 North Queensland Home of the Year. Townsville Kitchen of the Year was won by Tropical Homes & Moduline Kitchens with Tropical Homes also winning Display Home of the Year and Project Home of the Year for Townsville- Central Queensland.

Other major award winners for Townsville Central Qld were M Homes who took home Spec Home of the Year and Townhouse Villa Development of the Year. Lifestyle Constructions for Renovation Addition Project of the Year and John Gray Constructions for Steel Frame Project with Ethos Interiors winning Bathroom Design of the Year.

View Townsville and Central Queensland winners

For more information please contact:

Peter Fry

Executive Director – North Queensland
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