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Canberra businesses win two national housing awards

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Canberra businesses win two national housing awards

Media release
Four Canberra businesses have been named winners at the nation’s top residential building awards, taking home two awards from the 2024 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards.

Pichelmann Custom Building and Precise Custom Joinery won HIA Australian Bathroom of the Year for a bathroom described by the judges as subtle, warm and with perfect flow. Australian Bathroom of the Year is partnered by Caroma.

Natural light streaming through a large skylight enhances the open plan feel of the winning bathroom, adding to the calm ambience. While the design may appear simple, the bathroom has carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship with a level of complexity rarely seen. The lighting scheme is unobtrusive yet effective, perfectly complementing the marble, copper and veneer elements throughout the space.

Attention to detail is evident from the crisp lines of the shower niche to the meticulous tile placement and seamless visual flow. 

The 2024 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards were announced on 18 May in front of an audience of industry leaders and home building consumers.

DNA Architects and Bellevue Building Projects were named the winner of HIA Australian Townhouse Villa/Development for their commitment to creating innovative and well-integrated urban spaces that enhance the local community.

The winning development consists of 12 custom designed three bedroom terrace style townhouses oriented north-south along the street frontage. Views of either Haig Park or the large rear common private garden can be seen from each home. Designed for age in place, each courtyard has direct access to the communal gardens, encouraging a connected community of residents. 

The design maintains a two-storey structure with a low pitched roof to maintain consistency in the residential area and minimise overshadowing neighbouring properties. Judges noted the high quality of workmanship, thoughtful design, and effective site use. The category is partnered by Brickworks.

Victoria’s BCM Homes won the highest residential building award bestowed each year, winning the 2024 HIA-CSR Australian Home of the Year. Designed and built with an overarching philosophy of balancing aesthetic and environmental response, the home is suspended on an unbelievably steep slope, moulded to the landscape. The low maintenance clad exterior is ideal to withstand the coastal setting. Inside, burnished concrete floors, solid timber, and high end finishes complete this sophisticated build.

Judges were impressed with the meticulous detail and execution. With care, attention and uncompromising quality evident at every turn, the home perfectly combines luxury living with a laid back coastal lifestyle.

HIA Managing Director Jocelyn Martin highlighted that the HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards celebrate the remarkable achievements of HIA members who are excelling in Australia’s residential building industry.

"At HIA, we’re dedicated to giving credit where it's due. HIA Awards are our way of recognising the exceptional talent within our membership. We are talking about members who not only build extraordinary homes, kitchens, and bathrooms but also run incredibly successful businesses," Ms Martin emphasised.

"The craftsmanship displayed by our award winners is simply outstanding. Their projects often redefine what's possible in terms of design and innovation, setting new standards for the industry. It brings me immense joy to extend my congratulations to each and every winner for their unwavering dedication to excellence."

Ms Martin also acknowledged the aspiring tradespeople of tomorrow - the apprentices - who are constantly striving to better themselves in their chosen fields and congratulated the professional builders and small businesses who are setting the bar high in areas like customer service, design, innovation, building quality, and overall business practices.

"It's truly inspiring to see such dedication and passion across the board. Congratulations to all the winners for their outstanding contributions to the industry," Ms Martin concluded.

The HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards are the ultimate platform to showcase the talents of the nation’s top builders and designers. Winners are selected from state-based finalists, with awards in 22 separate categories. The Awards are partnered by leading building products company CSR.

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2024 HIA Australian Bathroom of the Year

Winner: Pichelmann Custom Building and Precise Custom Joinery

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2024 HIA Australian Townhouse Villa/Development

Winners: DNA Architects and Bellevue Building Projects

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2024 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards winners
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2024 HIA-CSR Australian Home of the Year
Partnered by CSR
BCM Homes
2024 HIA Australian Apartment of the Year
Partnered by Bondor
2024 HIA Australian Apartment Complex
Partnered by Daikin Australia
2024 HIA Jim Brookes Australian Apprentice
Partnered by Stratco
Oliver Burnell
2024 HIA Australian Bathroom of the Year
Partnered by Caroma
Pichelmann Custom Building and Precise Custom Joinery
2024 HIA Australian Bathroom Design
Partnered by Tradelink
Concepts by Gavin Hepper
2024 HIA Australian Custom Built Home
Partnered by ActronAir
BCM Homes
2024 HIA Australian Display Home
Partnered by Clipsal by Schneider Electric
Horizon Homes
2024 HIA Australian Kitchen of the Year
Partnered by HIA Insurance Services
Craig Linke Bespoke Building
South Australia
2024 HIA Australian Kitchen Design
Partnered by Robam Kitchen Appliances
Studio Minosa
2024 HIA Australian Outdoor Project
Partnered by Toyota for Business
Liam Gilligan Builders
North Queensland
2024 HIA-CSR Australian People’s Choice Home
Partnered by CSR
BCM Homes
2024 HIA Australian Project Home
Partnered by James Hardie
The Rural Building Company
Western Australia
HIA Australian Professional Small Builder / Renovator
Partnered by Companion Systems
Ultimo Constructions
Western Australia
2024 HIA Australian Professional Medium Builder / Renovator
Partnered by Companion Systems
St Joseph Affordable Homes
2024 HIA Australian Professional Major Builder 2024
Partnered by Companion Systems
AVID Developments
2024 HIA Australian Renovation / Addition Project
Partnered by COLORBOND steel
Western Australia
2024 HIA Australian Spec Home
Partnered by Stratco
VM Building
Western Australia
2024 HIA Australian Specialised Housing
Partnered by Merlin Garage Door Openers
M+J Builders
Northern Territory
2024 HIA Australian Start-up Business
Partnered by American Express Australia
Crew Built
South Australia
2024 HIA Australian Townhouse / Villa Development
Partnered by Brickworks
DNA Architects and Bellevue Building Projects
2024 HIA Australian Townhouse / Villa of the Year
Partnered by Sika Australia
MK Building Group
2024 HIA Sir Phillip Lynch Award of Excellence Colleen May

To download images of the winning projects visit: media.hia.com.au

For more information please contact:

Greg Weller

Executive Director - ACT/Southern NSW
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