Townsville’s House of the Year


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WHEN the judges laid eyes on this custom-made Townsville home, their immediate thoughts turned to its quality finishes.

Constructed on iconic Castle Hill, the house, named Seaview, was designed to make the most of its location and water views.

It was those considerations that led to the design being named the HIA CSR Townsville – CQ Home of the Year.


“This architecturally impressive custom home was designed with well thought out aspects and carefully put together high standards of workmanship,” the judges noted.

“The home includes the newest of technologies with great room functionality, natural lighting and breezes throughout.”

Built by multi-award winning firm, Lifestyle Constructions NQ, the house on the hill was a labour of love for builder Jeff Sexton.

Mr Sexton said the owners and his team looked at about half a dozen houses and several “blocks of dirt” before settling on the site.

“You see, we do a lot of renovations as well but basically, for 12 to 18 months, we looked at multiple properties until the owners found this patch of dirt, and then we worked with our designers to come up with this custom-build,” he said.

“The owners wanted the house built around the orientation, so the best use of the site, and when you look closely, you can see there is no wasted space.”

Mr Sexton said the site was not without its challenges, but he was proud of the finished product.

He said there was roughly 9m of cross-fall on the site, but that the design meant it went unnoticed.

“That’s due to the way we introduced the pool, the cantilevered deck and the undercroft to contain the services for the house,” he said.

“We did have to chew out a bit of rock for about three weeks straight, but it was definitely worth it.

“The whole project took about 11 months, so longer than the average, but the owners are over-the-moon.”

The HIA CSR Housing, Kitchen and Bathroom awards were held in Townsville on November 1, with the ceremony honouring the latest in modern trends.

Members and guests from across North Queensland attended the annual ceremony, with a host of local and regional companies taking home gongs.

“The finalists and winners’ entries showcased a range of new products, technology, architecture and the highest standard of workmanship from the building industry in North QLD” HIA North Queensland executive director Peter Fry said.

“With design and decor changing all the time, these awards help to keep the industry up to date with new trends as well as displaying the high standards of quality that our HIA members are renowned for.”

Lifestyle Constructions NQ also took home awards in the following categories – Townsville & Central QLD Custom Built Home, Custom Built Home over $800,001, Renovation/Addition Project and Renovated Kitchen up to $25,000.

New Home Solutions won the highly sought-after North Queensland Professional Small

Builder/Renovator category, and the Townsville categories for Custom Built Home $550,001 – $650,000 and Residential Building Designer

Other local winners included Bill and Ben The Cabinet Men, who won ownsville & Central QLD Kitchen of the Year for their project in North Ward, while Campbells Kitchen

Cabinets secured five Townville and Central Queensland awards.

MyStyle Homes Qld took out the major award for the night – the HIA-CSR North Queensland Home of the Year for 2019 for their My Panorama project in Cairns.

The judges described that house design as “stunning”.

“The stunning MyPanorama home is a feature-abundant three level, four bedroom home that demonstrates the pinnacle of expertise and execution in modern architecture, design, construction and finish, designed to capture breathtaking views over Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef,” they said of the project.

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