Shell Cove home named best contract house between $1 million and $1.5 million at the Master Builders Association NSW Excellence in Housing Awards

Win: The Shell Cove home named Best Contract House between $1 million and $1.5 million at the NSW Excellence in Housing awards.Pics: Phil Winterton Photography.
Win: The Shell Cove home named Best Contract House between $1 million and $1.5 million at the NSW Excellence in Housing awards.Pics: Phil Winterton Photography.

A newly built Shell Cove family home has been named best in NSW by the Master Builder Association.

The house built by local design and construction company GN Williams won the award for best Contract House between $1 million and $1.5 million at the Master Builder Association of NSW Excellence in Housing awards.

Built as a ‘forever home’ for a local family, it was  designed by GN Williams to suit the steep block and withstand local coastal conditions.

GN Williams director Brad Williams said the award reflected the ongoing progress and achievements of the building industry in the region.

“To win an industry award at a state level is a great achievement. It’s fantastic to know that our local trades are being recognised for their quality workmanship,” Mr Williams said.

“We have some very talented designers and builders in the area, and the bar keeps being raised all the time which is great for our community.”

Mr Williams said the achievement was a team effort involving all the staff, contractors and the clients.

It’s fantastic to know that our local trades are being recognised for their quality workmanship

Brad Williams

“An enormous amount of effort from a lot of people goes into building a quality custom home, so it’s really nice to be able to share this award with everyone involved and for everyone to receive the recognition they deserve for their talent, passion and hard work,” he said.

The judging panel were greeted by an impressive façade featuring rust panel garage door and a towering 2.7m high spotted gum entry door.

“The quality of workmanship from all trades was faultless,” the judges said.

“Inside the home a polished concrete entry with two-storey stucco feature wall leads to an expansive home with 4 bedrooms, study, rumpus room, cellar and theatre. The living area walls open for uninterrupted access to the suspended concrete balcony and stunning views across the Links Golf Course to the escarpment beyond. The pool is a very impressive feature and doesn’t miss out on the view.”

“The winning home presented many technical challenges for the builders, but the result is worth the effort”.

Features of the winning home:

  • 11 floor levels and lofty ceilings up to 4.5m high
  • Minimalist kitchen with integrated fridge and freezer, multiple ovens/steamer, electronic kitchen sink mixers, and butler’s pantry
  • Home theatre with raised floor, custom bulkheads for AV equipment and speakers, sound insulation plasterboard, and a starlight panel ceiling
  • Three-car garage on suspended concrete slab
  • Bathrooms with 2.4m x 1.2m hand-cut porcelain wall tiles
  • Energy efficient glass and high thermal comfort ratings
  • Solar energy system