An Illawarra builder has received recognition for completing an "ultra modern-style home" that brings a fresh style of build to its suburb.
The 'Benjamin House', located in Mt Kembla, was recently built by Kiama-based Saltbox Building Co.
The home was designed by South Coast Building Design, with the interiors done by Birdblack Design.
The end result was featured in a recent issue of Home Beautiful magazine.
"The owners had the existing home demolished, and we started with a clean slate," Saltbox Building Co owner Kye Furlong told the Mercury.
"Mt Kembla's a reasonably old suburb, we were digging up all sorts of things.
"We were digging up a lot of this locally brewed ginger beer; all these bottles from a company from like a hundred years ago.
"We got heaps of them as we were digging up, so obviously the site's been dug up and filled in a few times."
Mr Furlong said the finished home was "probably a bit of an unusual take for Mt Kembla".
"It's a modern house, and I think people tend to go traditional up there. If you go up there it's mostly traditional.
"But it sits so beautifully in that village I think there wouldn't be too many people who would be unhappy with it."
Mr Furlong said the home was built for a local family.
He said it took about 12 months to complete.
He described the style of the house as "contemporary, and built for a growing family".
"It really is built for entertaining," he said.
"It's open plan with this big, beautiful pool in the backyard. The owners, they are entertainers. They love to have people over and that is reflected in the design."
Mr Furlong said there were other key features.
"The bathrooms are so spectacular, and the kitchen was so well put together.
"You just walk through that entry, and there's this beautiful set of concrete stairs that opens up on to a room with a five-metre-high ceiling, with 68 hanging lights.
"It really does hit you as you walk through the front entry as a spectacular house."
Mr Furlong said it was a project that all involved knew was going to be special.
"To be featured in a magazine is rewarding for the effort that everybody put in; a great accolade for everyone that worked on the house," he said.
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