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Housing : July 2009
Australia’s Favourite Homes and thewinners are... F Five of HIA’s Housing Awards finalists have been voted the best of the best in the inaugural people’s choice awards. ive talented HIA members from a field of 45 finalists have been voted Australia’s favourites for their outstanding achievements in their individual categories. The Australia’s Favourite Homes contest – the first people’s choice awards of its kind – aimed to champion the hard work and success of those working in the building industry and celebrate Australia’s top builders and designers. The awards go to: • Australia’s Favourite Detached New Home – Vista Architects Design and Construct of Lennox Head, NSW • Australia’s Favourite Kitchen Project – Panache Kitchens of Seven Hills, NSW • Australia’s Favourite Outdoor Project – HS Vision Constructions of Cairns, QLD • Australia’s Favourite Apartment/ Townhouse – Linx Group of Erina, NSW • Australia’s Favourite Renovation Project – C plus C Design Construct Pty Ltd of Darlinghurst, NSW. The winners were officially recognised at the 2009 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards held in Brisbane on 24 July, and will now go into the housing industry Hall of Fame after being chosen as the best of the best. More than 12,000 visitors to australiasfavouritehome.com.au registered to vote for their favourite and be in the running to win $10,000 in prizes, courtesy of Stegbar. PeterWright, general manager – residential for realestate.com.au, said that from a general interest perspective, the awards were a tremendous success, with more than 9500 entries received. The winners will now go into the housing industry Hall of Fame ‘We have had a phenomenal response,’ he says. ‘From the moment the website went live we were inundated with people wanting to vote for their favourite space.’ He says the awards not only provide builders with the opportunity to showcase their ideas and the latest industry trends, but is also ‘a forum of inspirational ideas for consumers’. Dr Ron Silberberg, HIA’s managing director, is thrilled with the success of the new awards. ‘Homeowners now have even greater access to a wealth of professional builders, tradespeople and designers when thinking about a new home, adding another room, or improving their homes,’ he says. Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you to all those who participated. To see the winning projects visit www.australiasfavourite home.com.au. Stay tuned – the awards will be back next year. realestate.com.au is Australia’s biggest address in property. Its website attracts more than 4.8 million unique browsers each month. H HOUSING JULY 2009 21