Stroud Homes wins Master Builders top prize

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Wide Bay Burnett Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey with the team from Stroud Homes Wide Bay who were excited they had won the President's Award for their Savannah Classic home at Gin Gin at the Master Builders Awards.

Stroud Homes Wide Bay took out the prestigious president's prize at the Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards in Bundaberg on Friday night.

The Wide Bay awards came to Bundaberg for the first time in almost three decades thanks to the Multiplex providing a suitable venue for the gala event.

The event showcases the talent and diversity of builders in the region, from homes with sweeping views to complex medical centres, dynamic school halls and intricate renovations.

The quality of craftsmanship on display by each entrant was a knockout.

Master Builders Burnett Wide Bay regional manager Ian Langer said he was thrilled the awards were finally able to be held in Bundaberg after the Multiplex won project of the year in 2018.

He said construction of the Bundaberg Multiplex gave Master Builders the opportunity to hold such a prestigious event here.

“We normally hold this event on the Fraser Coast as we didn’t have a venue to host it here until now,” Mr Langer said.

“The Multiplex created the possibility for us to do so.”

The competition was tight, with so many outstanding builders in the running to take out the top awards for evening.

Stroud Homes directors Aletha and Slade Walters at the Wide Bay Burnett Master Builders Awards.
Stroud Homes directors Aletha and Slade Walters won the President's Award at the 2019 Wide Bay Burnett Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards.

Major winner from the Bundaberg Region

Winner of the 2019 Wide Bay Burnett President’s Award went to Stroud Homes Wide Bay for its excellent use of space to suit families.

Designed with family in mind and focusing on the areas that count, the Savannah Class in Gin Gin is a featured-packed 262 square metre home.

Directors Slade and Aletha Walters were pleased to win the President's Award and said they didn't expect it, but it was nice their work was recognised with the finest in the building industry.

“This award is a bit special as the owners of the home are really good friends of ours,” Mrs Walters said.

“It's a beautiful home and what we love about it is building for the everyday person; this is the category for the starter homes under $250,000. It's just really nice.”

The Wide Bay Burnett Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards
The Wide Bay Burnett Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards President's Award winner, Saaroq Pty Ltd, Stroud Homes Wide Bay for Savannah Classic in Gin Gin.

The couple bought Stroud Homes about three years ago and in that time they have received about 18 awards.

“It's really just nice to celebrate with all of our staff,” Aletha said.

“The Savanah Classic represented fantastic value and provided a great blend of parents’ privacy, multiple family zones and open space living which blended well into outdoor living,” the judges said.

“It typified the concept of the President’s Award and is a truly affordable family home that Queenslanders can aspire to.”

The Savannah Classic will see families enjoying hours of entertaining around the stunning open plan living in the kitchen, meals and family rooms.

The large kitchen is completed by a Butler’s pantry featuring a second sink with a great functional design. With well positioned windows provide natural light throughout and corner glass pillar sliding doors bring the outside in.

The quality of the finishes ensures this is a great value family home boasting luxury features for all the family.

Apprentice of the Year

Apprentice of the Year went to Chris McKenzie for JRZ Constructions Pty Ltd T/A JRZ Homes (Bundaberg).

Chris McKenzie, Wide Bay Burnett Master Builders Awards
The Wide Bay Burnett Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards Apprentice of the Year, Chrs McKenzie.

Chris, 27, said the effort he had put in to his apprenticeship for the past three and a half years was worth it and he thanked the team from JRZ Homes for the support.

“It's been unreal and the pat on the back at the end of it makes it all worth it,” Chris said.

“I moved up from Wagga Wagga and people were saying there was low employment rate so I jumped at the opportunity when it came up.

“All the boys on site were so supportive.”

Chris finished his apprenticeship a few weeks ago and he's now a qualified chippy, specialising in estimating.

Bundaberg Regional Council’s planning and development portfolio spokesman Cr Ross Sommerfeld attended the Master Builders awards and said the growing construction industry was a benefit to the Bundaberg Region and Queensland as a whole.

“I would like to congratulate all of the skilled builders here tonight and the fantastic work they have achieved,” Cr Sommerfeld said.

“The Bundaberg Region is always evolving, and our growing development sector would not be as successful as it is today without the creative eye and innovation of those in the building and construction industry.

“These awards highlight the many talented members throughout the State who are at the forefront of building innovation and quality craftsmanship.”

Winners across the 29 categories

“The standard of entries in this year’s Awards program was extremely impressive, it definitely makes our judges’ job harder,” Mr Langer said.

“And once more it showcases the skill, knowledge and attention to detail that can be delivered by the builders in our region.

“The quality of the winning homes is second to none and epitomises what living in the Wide Bay region is all about.”

Wide Bay Burnett Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey with Master Builders Burnett Wide Bay Regional Manager Ian Langer at the Wide Bay Burnett Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards.

All Wide Bay Burnett winners

Construction award winners

• Education Facilities up to $10 million: Murchie Constructions Pty Ltd for Kepnock State High School Multi-Purpose Hall (Kepnock)

• Refurbishment/Renovation over $750,000: Murchie Constructions Pty Ltd for Bundaberg State High School Performing Arts Centre (Bundaberg South)

• Commercial Building up to $5 million: Win Constructions Queensland Pty Ltd for Icon Medical Centre (Eli Waters).

Housing award winners

• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $276,000 – $575,000: Anthony McLucas Building Pty Ltd for Oasis on Seaview(Bargara)

• Individual Home up to $250,000: Saaroq Pty Ltd T/A Stroud Homes Wide Bay for Savannah Classic (Gin Gin)

• Individual Home $451,000 – $500,000: CRJ Building Enterprises Pty Ltd T/A CRJ Designer Homes for Carrie 413 (Gooburrum)

• Individual Home $551,000 – $650,000: Nathan C Groszmann T/A Nathan Groszmann Constructions for The Green Coast Home (Elliott Heads)

• Innovative Use of Space: JRZ Constructions Pty Ltd T/A J R Z Homes for Mariners Way Project (Bundaberg North)

• Excellence in Sustainable Living: Nathan C Groszmann T/A Nathan Groszmann Constructions for The Green Coast Home (Elliott Heads)

• Display Home $351,000 – $450,000: Vivid Home Builders Pty Limited for Windsor Display (Nikenbah)

• Display Home $451,000 – $550,000: Hampton Inspired Pty Ltd for Nantucket 350 (Nikenbah)

• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project up to $275,000: Gerardus M F Gorissen T/A Vivere Homes for Lovely Long Street (Point Vernon)

• Individual Home $251,000 – $350,000: Gerardus M F Gorissen T/A Vivere Homes for Contemporary Oasis (Urangan)

• Individual Home $351,000 – $450,000: Seaera Group Pty Limited T/A Bungalow for Coastal Tide (Pialba)

• Individual Home $501,000 – $550,000: Nathan Hore T/A N H Homes for Highview (Craignish)

• Individual Home $651,000 – $750,000: Seaera Group Pty Limited T/A Bungalow for Coastal Island Views (River Heads)

• Individual Home $751,000 – $950,000: Seaera Group Pty Limited T/A Bungalow for Urban Coast Views (Urraween)

• Individual Home $1.26 million – $2 million: Maiden Homes Pty Ltd for Swell Factor (Seventeen Seventy)

• Best Use of Sloping Sites: Seaera Group Pty Limited T/A Bungalow for Urban Oasis (Pialba)

• Medium Density up to 3 Storeys – 2 to 5 Dwellings: Win Constructions Queensland Pty Ltd for Torquay Terrace (Torquay).

Speciality award winners

• Best Residential Kitchen: Master Cabinets Of Bundaberg Pty Limited for Swell Factor (Seventeen Seventy)

• Best Residential Swimming Pool: Anthony McLucas Building Pty Ltd for Pool – Oasis on Seaview (Bargara)

• Best Residential Bathroom: Hampton Inspired Pty Ltd for Nantucket 350 (Nikenbah).

Individual award winners

• Apprentice of the Year: Chris McKenzie for JRZ Constructions Pty Ltd T/A J R Z Homes

• Commercial Trade Contractor of the Year: Ky Zimpel for Icon Medical Centre (Hervey Bay)

• Women in Building: Emma Hamilton for Vivid Home Builders Pty Limited (Urangan).

Major award winners

• President's Award: Saaroq Pty Ltd T/A Stroud Homes Wide Bay for Savannah Class (Gin Gin)

• Project of the Year: Win Constructions Queensland Pty Ltd for Icon Medical Centre (Eli Waters)

• House of the Year: Maiden Homes Pty Ltd for Swell Factor (Seventeen Seventy).

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