Bundaberg builder Kleidon Masterbuilt Homes won top prize at this year’s Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction Awards.
More than 30 builders, projects and individuals from Hervey Bay to Agnes Water were recognised at the livestreamed event.
Bundaberg-born-and-bred builders Brett and Di Kleidon of Kleidon Masterbuilt Homes continued their award-winning streak, winning House of the Year for their Casa Bianca build in Innes Park North.
The Italian-inspired mansion was also awarded best Individual Home $1.26 million – $2 million.
Kleidon Masterbuilt Homes sales and building consultant Melissa Steele said the lavish two-storey home was custom built for a local family.
“Initially, we had a couple come in to the office with a blue pen sketch drawing of their thoughts and dreams,” Melissa said.
“The design and construction all went smoothly, and they were able to be in the house before Christmas and the arrival of their baby.
“It was all about making those ideas, inspirations and dream in to a reality.”
Melissa said it was the first time Kleidon Masterbuilt Homes had won House of the Year, and it was an honour for all of the team.
“We are all ecstatic about the win,” she said.
“It really is pretty special, just like the house itself.”
The Casa Bianca boasts an abundance of natural light, open and spacious living areas and cross airways that capture the fresh sea breeze. This modern, two-storey, five-bedroom home is the ultimate in stylish and functional living.
The heroes of this home are the grand towering entrance and handcrafted wrought iron sweeping staircase, grand chandeliers, and marble-style floor tiles.
With a range of entertainment options suited to resort living, including a guest wing, tennis court and oceanside magnesium swimming pool, this technology-infused home was designed with lifestyle in mind.
Melissa said the Casa Bianca includes architecturally designed ceilings and a large handcrafted curved staircase, which were both quite spectacular.
“It’s definitely grand and eye catching,” she said.
“It’s located on the beautiful coastline and has amazing ocean views too.”
The Kleidon team further cemented their status as sustainable builders, picking up the award for Excellence in Sustainable Living for the same project – a feat they also achieved in 2018 for their Aura 270 home in Bargara.
Murhcie wins Project of the Year
The new Mon Repos Turtle Centre by Murchie Constructions was the other big winner on the night, recognised as the Project of the Year and for best Tourism and Leisure Facilities over $10 million.
The new centre provides the local region with a contemporary ecotourism experience, showing off the conservation and research programs that are critical to the survival of the endangered loggerhead turtle population.
Murchie Constructions were also recognised in the Education Facilities up to $10 million category for their St Joseph's Catholic Kindergarten project in Bundaberg – a build that took just 16 weeks to complete, just in time for the beginning of the school year for 2020.
WK Projects’ work on Stage 2 of Bundaberg’s Indigenous Wellbeing Centre snagged them three awards, including Health Facilities up to $20 million, Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management and Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety.
The project was applauded by the judges for its inclusion of Aboriginal Elders’ input and for its use of best-practice energy efficiencies and water management.
The coveted President’s Award was nabbed by Hervey Bay builders, NH Homes, for their stylish, yet functional Peppermint project, which was additionally recognised in the best Individual Home $251,000 – $350,000 category.
They also walked away with best Individual Home $951,000 – $1.25 million and Best Residential Swimming Pool for Esplanade Residence and Medium Density up to 3 Storeys – 2 to 5 Dwellings for their Waters Edge Duplex in Eli Waters.
Master Builders’ Wide Bay Burnett Regional Manager, Ian Langer, congratulated the winners across all 33 categories.
“In today’s climate, where so much is uncertain, recognising the great work that is done in our industry is so important,” Ian said.
“We had to do things a little differently for our Housing and Construction Awards this year, but I’m pleased to see that the Wide Bay community banded together.
“We have seen some exceptional projects this year, from tourism facilities, community centres and educational hubs, to beautiful seaside abodes and modern mansions.
“It’s proof that Wide Bay builders are built tough and can continue to shine, despite the pressures COVID-19 is putting on our industry.”
All Wide Bay Burnett winners
All Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction Awards winners:
• Health Facilities up to $20 million – WK Projects Pty Ltd for IWC Stage 2 (Walkervale)
• Education Facilities up to $10 million – Murchie Constructions Pty Ltd for St Joseph's Catholic Kindergarten (Bundaberg Central)
• Community Service Facilities – J. Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Aeromedical Base Bundaberg (RFDS and LifeFlight) (Kensington)
• Tourism and Leisure Facilities over $10 million – Murchie Constructions Pty Ltd for Mon Repos Turtle Centre (Mon Repos)
• Industrial Building up to $5 million – ASM Builders Pty Ltd for Wide Bay Crane Hire (Svennson Heights)
• Industrial Building over $5 million – BADGE Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd for HYNE Timber Processing Plant (Maryborough)
• Refurbishment/Renovation up to $750,000 – Win Constructions Queensland Pty Ltd for The Vinyard (Urangan)
• Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management – WK Projects Pty Ltd for IWC Stage 2 (Bundaberg)
• Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety – WK Projects Pty Ltd for IWC Stage 2 (Bundaberg)
• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project up to $275,000 – Norm Wales Constructions Pty Ltd for Proctor (Bundaberg)
• Display Home $251,000 – $350,000 – SAAROQ Pty Ltd T/A Stroud Homes Wide Bay for Kentucky Mountain (Branyan)
• Display Home $451,000 – $550,000 – JRZ Constructions Pty Ltd T/A JRZ Homes for Lavella Project (Bargara)
• Individual Home up to $250,000 – SAAROQ Pty Ltd T/A Stroud Homes Wide Bay for Wildflower Hampton (Bargara)
• Individual Home $251,000 – $350,000 – Nathan A Hore T/A NH Homes for Peppermint (Nikenbah) Individual Home $351,000 – $450,000 – Ricky D Cullen T/A Ricky Cullen Constructions for Hummock View (Craignish)
• Individual Home $451,000 – $550,000 – Maiden Homes Pty Ltd for Corymbia (Agnes Water)
• Individual Home $551,000 – $650,000 – JRZ Constructions Pty Ltd T/A JRZ Homes for Fantail Project (Sharon)
• Individual Home $751,000 – $950,000 – Bright Life Homes Pty Ltd for Treetop Breeze (Agnes Water)
• Individual Home $951,000 – $1.25 million – Nathan A Hore T/A NH Homes for Esplanade Residence (Point Vernon)
• Individual Home $1.26 million – $2 million – Kleidon Masterbuilt Homes Pty Ltd for Casa Bianca (Innes Park North)
• Best Use of Sloping Sites – SAAROQ Pty Ltd T/A Stroud Homes Wide Bay for Bronte Custom (River Heads)
• Medium Density up to 3 Storeys – 2 to 5 Dwellings – Nathan A Hore T/A NH Homes for Waters Edge Duplex (Eli Waters)
• Excellence in Sustainable Living – Kleidon Masterbuilt Homes Pty Ltd for Casa Bianca (Innes Park North)
• Best Residential Bathroom – SAAROQ Pty Ltd T/A Stroud Homes Wide Bay for Three Pines Lodge (Cordalba)
• Best Residential Kitchen – SAAROQ Pty Ltd T/A Stroud Homes Wide Bay for Three Pines Lodge (Cordalba)
• Best Residential Swimming Pool – Nathan A Hore T/A NH Homes for Esplanade Residence (Point Vernon)
• Residential Trade Contractor of the Year – David J Snodgrass T/A Q-TileRite for She Oak Display (Bargara)
• Commercial Trade Contractor of the Year – McHugh Steel Pty Ltd for Macadamias Australia Tourism Facility (Bundaberg)
• Rising Star – Scott Thomsen from Scott Thomsen Construction (Tinana)
• Women in Building – Gillian Tulk from Steeline Roofin Spot (Bargara)
• President's Award – Nathan A Hore T/A NH Homes for Peppermint (Nikenbah)
• Project of the Year – Murchie Constructions Pty Ltd for Mon Repos Turtle Centre (Mon Repos)
• House of the Year – Kleidon Masterbuilt Homes Pty Ltd for Casa Bianca (Innes Park North)
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