Innovation is the key to builder’s home of the year

Zoe KeenanSouth Western Times
WA Country Builders South West took out seven awards at this year's Australian Housing Industry South West Housing Awards.
Camera IconWA Country Builders South West took out seven awards at this year's Australian Housing Industry South West Housing Awards. Credit: Supplied

Innovation and sustainable features garnered a Manjimup builder the 2019 Housing Industry Australia South West Home of the Year award.

Sam Karamfiles of Karamfiles Builders took out the coveted award, as well as 10 other awards, at the annual HIA CSR South West Housing Awards at the weekend.

The builder claimed the top honours for a home in Deanmill that impressed judges with its innovation and environmentally sustainable features, according to HIA WA executive director Cath Hart.

Features included a 7.2 star energy rating and 60 tonnes of recycled rock taken from the construction site works.

“This home creates an enviable rural lifestyle for its owners,” Ms Hart said.

“It is specifically designed for this rural property and overlooks a large swimming dam facing directly north which is perfectly situated for solar capture.”

The business also claimed the Innovation in Housing and GreenSmart Sustainable Home awards.

WA Country Builders South West won the overall award for Project Home, as well as the Golden Key Award Display Home of the Year.

ProLiving and Construction won the Residential Building Designer award for a project in Busselton and Phil Kelleher Homes took out the overall award for Renovation/Addition Project for their work at a Dunsborough project.

“The quality of construction and design of winners and finalists at this year’s awards is a representation of their ongoing commitment to excellence,” Ms Hart said.

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