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IN BUILDING 2017 Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards


Awards celebrate 30 years of success and prestige Welcome to the annual 2017 Master Builders Sunshine Coast Housing & Construction Awards winners’ magazine.


his year is extra special because we’re celebrating 30 years of the awards’ success and prestige. Each year the awards continue to attract hundreds of quality entries from across Queensland and 2017 hasn’t been any exception. The range of projects reflect the high standards and exceptional skills of the Sunshine Coast’s Master Builders. Judges scrutinised the winners based on a stringent list of criteria such as quality of workmanship, degree of construction difficulty, external appeal, siting and aspect, and amenities and aesthetics. It is a promising sign for the building and construction industry to have so many quality winners. Each winner has put their business, product and workmanship under scrutiny as part of an extremely competitive process. This year we also welcomed three new award categories for Diversity, the Institute of Building Consultants, and Bluescope Best Use of Steel Frame Housing. For home owners considering a new home, renovation or addition to an existing home, there is sure to be some inspiration among these pages. For the commercial sector, these projects highlight the Sunshine Coast’s best commercial builders with specialist staff, contractors and consultants. Since 1882, Master Builders has been the voice of the industry, representing the interests of our members and the broader industry. We are the number-one source of practical and relevant information to the industry and consumers. We have also helped thousands of builders and trade contractors to operate professional and profitable businesses that deliver superior quality outcomes to their customers. The outstanding craftsmanship on display as part of the Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards program points to the important role Master Builders plays in nurturing and promoting excellence within the industry and encouraging members to take pride in their work. The high standard of workmanship achieved by our members highlights Master Builders’ commitment to equipping members with specialist advice and professional services, which in turn helps members to provide unmatched workmanship and attention to detail for clients. Whether you are about to undertake a minor renovation or build your dream home, selecting a builder or trade contractor is a big decision. You can choose one of the award-winning builders featured here, or use Master Builders easy-to-use online search facility which provides details of properly licensed contractors who match your specified criteria. On behalf of Master Builders, I thank all winners for supporting the Housing & Construction Awards program and wish them all the best. Master Builders Sunshine Coast regional manager Will Wilson

Housing & Construction Awards 2017 03 Winners 2017 Master Builders congratulates this year’s winners who have demonstrated excellence across a wide range of categories. 04 House of the Year Kernohan Construction deliver exceptional standard and style at Sunrise Beach. 05 Project of the Year Exemplar Health consortium delivers the biggest hospital in Australia this year. 06 Rising Star and Women in Building Meet the winners, Joe McGuirk of J Co Construction and Courtney Burns of PJ Burns. 07 Apprentice of the Year and why build with a Master Builder? Morgan Brown of S J H Properties Pty Ltd (Shulz Johnson Holdings) has taken out the Apprentice Award. 08 New awards and past winners Look over the past 30 years of Master Builders awards on the Sunshine Coast and discover what’s new. 09 Grant McDonald Homes and Platinum Homes showcase their winning projects. 10

Hutchinson Builders celebrate 105 years of excellence.


J Co Constructions, TMG Constructions and Koncept

Construction showcase their award-winning work. 13 RCQ Construction reach new heights with their Mooloolaba high-rise, First Light. 14

PJ Burns celebrate three awards this year.

15 Socials See some of the faces who enjoyed the 2017 Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards.

Produced by Newscorp on behalf of Master Builders Queensland. COVER IMAGE: 2017 House of the Year built by Kernohan Construction. JOURNALIST: Karina Eastway, Erle Levey and Layne Whitburn. DESIGNER: Marlize Duggan

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Winners 2017 Master Builders congratulates this year’s winners who have demonstrated excellence across a wide range of categories

CONSTRUCTION Health Facilities over $20 million Lend Lease Building Pty Ltd Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Education Facilities up to $10 million Badge Constructions (Qld) Pty Ltd St Andrew's Anglican College Learning Hub

Sporting Facilities

Multi Span Australia Group Pty Ltd Currimundi Climbing Wall and Caving Project

Community Service Facilities

Murphy Builders Qld Pty Ltd T/A Murphy Builders STEPS Pathways College

Retail Facilities

Evans Built Pty Ltd Peregian Village Market

Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million

J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders Mary Cairncross Reserve

HOUSING Display Home $351,000 – $450,000

Platinum Property Group Pty Limited T/A Platinum Residential Designer Homes Sydney 29

MAJOR AWARDS President’s Award P J Burns Builder Pty Ltd Custom Design

Display Home $451,000 – $550,000

Project of the Year Lend Lease Building Pty Ltd Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Individual Home up to $250,000

House of the Year Kernohan Construction Pty Ltd T/A Kernohan Construction Orient Drive

Simonds Queensland Constructions Pty Ltd T/A Simonds Homes Amamoor 3412 Birtinya J Co Constructions Pty Ltd Squirrel

Individual Home $251,000 – $350,000 P J Burns Builder Pty Ltd Custom Design

Individual Home $351,000 – $450,000 Grant McDonald Homes Pty Ltd Oloway House

Individual Home $451,000 – $550,000

Lifestyle Housing for High-Care Needs, Disabled and Seniors

Tourism and Leisure Facilities over $10 million

D J Sommer Homes Pty Ltd DJSommer04

Ausmar Homes Pty Ltd Homes4Life

Individual Home $551,000 – $650,000

Excellence in Sustainable Living

Commercial Building up to $2 million

P J Burns Builder Pty Ltd Custom Design

J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders Gympie Pool Complex

Sound Interiors Pty Ltd T/A Di Henshall Interior Design Henshall Group

Commercial Building $2.1 million – $5 million Ausmar Homes Pty Ltd Ausmar Group Headquarters and Atelier

Commercial Building $5 million – $50 million Evans Built Pty Ltd Cricks Maroochydore Volkswagen

Residential Building (High-Rise over Three Storeys) up to $20 million R C Q Construction Pty Ltd First Light

Residential Building (High-Rise over Three Storeys) over $20 million J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders Breeze Apartments

Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes Badge Constructions (Qld) Pty Ltd St Vincents Aged Care and Stella Maris Church

Refurbishment/Renovation up to $2 million

E S P Developments (Aust) Pty Ltd Providore on Hastings

Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management

J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders Mary Cairncross Reserve

Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety

Murphy Builders Qld Pty Ltd T/A Murphy Builders Opportunity for Improvement and Behavioural Observation Innovations

Commercial Trade Contractor of the Year

Regson Pty Ltd T/A Regson Fabrication Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Individual Home $751,000 – $1.25 million Grant McDonald Homes Pty Ltd Gumtree House

Individual Home $1.26 million – $2 million

Madden Developments Pty Ltd T/A Stroud Homes Sunshine Coast Belli Park


Kernohan Construction Pty Ltd T/A Kernohan Construction Orient Drive

Best Residential Bathroom

Best Use of Steel Frame Housing

Best Residential Kitchen

Madden Developments Pty Ltd T/A Stroud Homes Sunshine Coast Belli Park

Best Use of Sloping Sites Lusso Concepts Pty Ltd Cornish Beach House

Home Renovation/Remodelling Project up to $275,000 Koncept Construction Pty Ltd Bollard Residence

Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $276,000 – $575,000 Gavin W McArthur T/A Smart Choice Homes Buddina Second Storey Addition

Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million Mosaic Construction Pty Ltd Lorikeet House

Medium Density up to Three Storeys – Two to Five Dwellings

Grant McDonald Homes Pty Ltd Russell Street

Medium Density up to Three Storeys – over Five Dwellings or Multiple Class-One Dwellings Sunland Homes Pty Ltd The Terraces – Stage 10

D J Sommer Homes Pty Ltd DJSommer01

Gold Leaf Constructions Pty Ltd Buderim House

Best Residential Swimming Pool

Kernohan Construction Pty Ltd T/A Kernohan Construction Orient Drive

INDIVIDUAL Apprentice of the Year Morgan Lewis Brown S J H Properties Pty Ltd

Rising Star

Joseph John McGuirk J Co Constructions Pty Ltd

Women in Building Courtney Burns P J Burns Builder Pty Ltd


Murphy Builders Qld Pty Ltd T/A Murphy Builders Family First

Alan Eichmann Memorial Award for Quality Workmanship Rutch Constructions Pty Ltd Gregson and Weight Chapel Complex

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Striking Sunrise stunner wins 2017 House of the Year A STRIKING Sunrise Beach home of exceptional standard and style by Kernohan Construction has taken out the 2017 Master Builders Sunshine Coast House of the Year. The building was designed by Aboda Design Group and with interior design and furnishings by Zooi Design. Elevated above David Low Way and with 180-degree views of the ocean, the house is built over two levels carved 4m into the edge of the dune. It features a suspended infinity-edge swimming pool to make the most of the coastal outlook. Builder Darren Kernohan enjoyed the collaboration with the architect and interior designers on the project. “Kernohan Construction, Aboda Design and Zooi Design all have offices at Level 2 1794 David Low Way, Coolum Beach. Being in the same building as the designers means we are able to ensure every detail of the home is absolutely perfect,” he said. Darren believes this was instrumental in such a stunning outcome. “From a builder’s point of view, the house was technically challenging,” he said.


“The house is elegant, with a good sense of scale and dimension... It makes for a beautiful home without having to try too hard.” “I enjoyed having to really apply myself to get it to all come together. There is an awful lot of architectural detail to be considered. “I am very happy with the overall result. The house is elegant, with a good sense of scale and dimension. I love the street presentation. It makes for a beautiful home without having to try too hard.” Particular challenges in the construction were to contain the

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500sq m volume of the home on a tapering 752sq m site while protecting and maximising the finished floor levels to capture the views, especially across the swimming pool. This was done while retaining the coastal and native vegetation and remaining under the 8m height limit. The lower level offers four bedrooms, bathroom and kitchenette. By suspending the concrete pool on block blade walls, all spaces enjoy a view of the beach. The upper floor features a main bedroom suite with dramatic views right up to the dune on Sunrise Beach and the ocean beyond. A home office has been combined behind the bedroom. The north-western wing provides lavish guest accommodation while the main living/dining area opens onto an expansive deck and the suspended infinity pool. Again, the ocean views dominate and have been enhanced by clever, thoughtful design and skilful execution. A private, street-facing courtyard adjoining the entry provides a place to retreat to when the ocean side is exposed to weather. It also adds privacy from the street and a sense of intrigue. In terms of building, the project presented a number of challenges. The sand dune was particularly steep and needed to be effectively retained before installation of a forest of screw piers. The lower level is set 4.2m below the upper level, enabling the pool to be suspended over the lower outdoor living areas. The increased height between levels has been masked by clever use of timber soffits and drop ceilings. Connecting the lower level to the dune and the upper level to the street maximises the views. This combination gives the appearance from the street that the site is flat. Custom batten screening, a living green wall and generous use of glazing gives the building an appealing street frontage without overstating the architectural detailing. In terms of passive design, the building has been set out in a

manner to moderate the south-easterly breezes when required by creating an operable indoor/outdoor alfresco and orientation of main bedroom yet still use the breezes to cool the house during summer, particularly by cross-flow, stack effect and clerestory glazing. Cool ocean breezes also flow across the pool and into the home. The exterior space is further controlled by operable Vergola roofing. The western sun is subdued by the living green wall on the street front that also adds privacy. This is a home of exceptional standard and style. Everyone involved should be immensely proud. – By Erle Levey – Paul Smith Images

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An Exemplar-y effort UTILISING cutting-edge design and building techniques, the Exemplar Health consortium has delivered the biggest hospital to be built in Australia this year. In a great test of thought, planning, collaboration and quality control, the consortium – comprising Lendlease, Siemens and Capella Capital, with partners Spotless Facilities Services – has delivered the best of facilities to the Sunshine Coast community. That was the intention from the start. What was planned five years ago would be outdated by the completion stage. Live modelling allowed the latest innovations to be included in the build. It was the same with the facilities and technology to be offered. Everything had to be thought through and tested so that services would be ready for opening day. And they were, in what can only be described as a phenomenal effort by all involved. Design changes, modifications and the rapid advances in technology meant everyone had to keep ahead of the build. They wanted the latest in here – and they got it. The Sunshine Coast is graced with some of the best medical services around. The new tertiary facility was delivered through a public private partnership contract to design, build, finance and maintain the hospital for 25 years. The Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) project comprises 150,000sq m main hospital building, the Sunshine Coast Health Institute and mental health facility. There are 3500 car parks including two multi-level above-ground car parks, a 100-place day-care facility, retail facilities and parklands on the 19.5ha site – the same footprint as Brisbane CBD. Supporting infrastructure such as roads and utilities were also included in the project. Although it was one development, all the teams involved in the construction had their own programs, which required a massive coordination effort. In addition, everyone had to be proactive on workplace health and safety. The communication process was incredible as it required planning of the work sites that included 1800 workers, as well as the coordination of stakeholders. Jobs like this bring out the best in people. There is none better than the new Sunshine Coast Public

Hospital that contains the latest in equipment and technology, from diagnosis to treatment yet also in the delivery of services. These include a network of auto guided vehicles that can transfer anything to anywhere in the hospital. Lighting is computer-controlled for efficiency and there are car parking guidance systems. Light wells and garden courtyards mean it is a healthy building. The eastern courtyard is for patient well-being – to get them out into the sunshine and fresh air. It is one of few hospitals in Australia where you will find this extra space. They wanted the latest here. It is a phenomenal facility. A tribute to all of those involved in the process. – By Erle Levey


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Women in Building Award – Courtney Burns, PJ Burns Builder

Rising Star Award - Joe McGuirk, J Co Constructions



he Rising Star award is a prestigious one. The winner demonstrates not only a commitment to the building industry as a whole, but also to the outstanding quality of their work, dedication to their team and excellent customer service. This year’s winner is Joe McGuirk, founder and working director of J Co Constructions, established 2012. The award reflects his dedication, passion and commitment to producing the best possible outcome for each client, as well as his attention to detail. Joe says while he didn’t expect the award, it’s awesome to be recognised. “We’ve won several awards previously [including the President’s Award, state and national awards] but the Rising Star is more of a personal award,” Joe says. “It’s awesome to be recognised for your hard work and to know that it’s been appreciated. “The one-on-one personal attention we give our clients ensures we achieve the result they desire. We sit down with each client and go through their individual wish list.”

Joe believes there is much room in the industry to provide special and beautiful homes at a price that is affordable, and that a perfect home needs not have a million-dollar price tag to stand out. “We strive to get the best ‘bang for buck’ for our clients. “My favourite part of the work we do is actually the feedback we get from clients after a job is completed. We’ll keep doing what we’re doing and stay at the same capacity so we can deliver a quality product on time and on budget. That gives me great job satisfaction.” J Co Constructions or 5390 9612. - By Karina Eastway

inner of the 2017 Women in Building award – Courtney Burns, from PJ Burns Builder – says building is in her blood. But that’s somewhat of an understatement with a Sunshine Coast-based family construction business dating back to 1978, including grandfather Noel Burns (who developed Kawana into what it is today), father Rick Burns and two sisters in the business. But Courtney, now 35, says she needed to get a few years under her belt elsewhere (you might remember her cheerful voice and

famous laugh from local radio Mix FM and Zinc FM) before returning to the family business. “My heart was always back in the building industry,” Courtney says. “After my third baby [she has five children now with husband Hayden], I left radio and went into the construction industry. I worked my way through the company asking myself ‘what can I learn that I don’t know yet’.” Courtney’s progression included finishing a Diploma in Building and Construction and she now also has a low rise Builders Licence. “Housing is what I love – it’s very different to commercial construction, it’s very personal. We treat each build like someone’s baby and keep a real personal touch. For example, our clients always get to speak to someone in our office rather than in a site office somewhere.” She has nothing but praise for the Master Builders Association, saying it provides such foundation of information for builders. PJ Burns Builder Pty Ltd, Unit 15/21 Nicklin Way, Minyama. (07) 5457 7600 or - By Karina Eastway

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Apprenticeship Award – Morgan Brown for S J H Constructions (Schulz Johnson Holdings).


organ Brown has taken out the Apprenticeship Award for S J H Properties Pty Ltd (Schulz Johnson Holdings). He’s been with the company for one year now under the guidance of business founder and owner Sam Johnson, who nominated the 19-year-old carpenter. “He didn’t tell me at first. But he started asking me a few questions out of the blue so I had my suspicions he was up to something,” Morgan says. “We were joking around before the awards about me getting up on stage, but I was so shocked when they read out my name – I never thought I’d receive that.” Morgan says many in his family had a trade so it was something that had always been on his mind as an option which would give him a career as well as allow him to work outside, and he jumped at the opportunity to join Sam. “Typically, apprentices cop a fair amount of stuff, but the team (at Schulz Johnson) are pretty cool. “I just always try my best to get through the work. I ask questions where I need to and ask for feedback on what I need to improve. I do my best to do that and Sam lets me know how I’m going. He’ll also give me feedback if I’m doing well. But he doesn’t expect too much of me either with it being my first year. He knows me well.” Morgan says he’s focussed now on finishing the apprenticeship, learning more and working his way up – maybe even on having his own business. S J H Properties Pty Ltd (Schulz Johnson Holdings), 0412 422 153 or

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eople often ask me: Why should I use a Master Builder? What’s in it for me? My answer is always simple: Master Builders are experts in their field – they have access to up-to-date training, and industry advice and support that other contractors and their customers cannot access. Master Builders has recently made a significant investment towards connecting home owners and renovators with the right builder or tradie. This means that you can now easily find the right contractor for your building job with our new and improved online search facility. It’s as simple as typing in the job you need done and your area postcode. The search results will give you a list of Master Builders in your area who are qualified to undertake the work. So whether it’s a kitchen reno, bathroom alteration, a deck or new home build you’re looking for, eliminate the legwork or ringing around and head to Follow the prompts to our easy-to-use online search facility. Building with a Master Builder gives you peace of mind that your contractor is appropriately licensed and has the support of Master Builders who provide members with access to practical training, advice, and up-to-date information which helps raise professional standards. Master Builders is also there to help consumers with advice and information about the building process. Value for money and a design that is tailored to

accommodate your personal lifestyle factors are two major considerations for home owners thinking of building or renovating. Master Builders members also complete more than 80% of building work in Queensland. With these factors in mind, it’s really important to do your research, find the right builder and have a good understanding about how the building process works. Our website includes information on issues like choosing land, building your dream home, getting quotes, contracts and variations, deposits and progress payments, building approvals and inspections, the construction phase and what to do before you move in. Master Builders contracts allocate risk fairly between the builder and customer and can also assist if contractual questions arise during the building process. The information on Master Builders website will give you a more thorough understanding of the building process and help improve communication with your builder. You’ll also then know what to expect throughout the various stages of building, which can assist in reducing stress, minimise disputes, and pave the way to a smoother and happier build. Visit to discover the many benefits of building with a trusted Master Builders member or find a Master Builders member who is available for your next project. Master Builders Sunshine Coast regional manager Will Wilson

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New awards for 2017

Housing & Construction Awards celebrate 30th year



2017 Master Builders Sunshine Coast Housing and Construction Awards Winner House of the year Winner Individual Home $1.26 - $2 Million Winner Best Residential Swimming Pool

he Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards have been recognised as one of Queensland’s most prestigious and longest-running industry events since 1987, when the inaugural ceremony was held. Initially known as the Housing Awards Competition, it was expanded in 1988 to encompass the residential housing and commercial industrial fields, and became what we now know as the Housing & Construction Awards. The new program was run in conjunction with the Housing and Construction Conference ’88, which was part of Brisbane’s Expo ’88 program. It wasn’t until 1993 that entries from regional Queensland were encouraged and the first Master Builders Regional Housing & Construction Awards were launched. The Sunshine Coast ceremony was much smaller than those held today, with only a handful of categories being awarded. Today there are more than 50 categories under the banners of construction, housing, trade contractor/specialty and individual. The winners of those first Sunshine Coast awards were: Project/Display House $85,000 to $125,000 P.J. Burns

Project/Display House $175,000 to $250,000 Dwyer Quality Homes Ptd Ltd Project/Display House $125,000 to $175,000 Leisure-Melbach Pty Ltd Contract House $85,000 to $125,000 R.W. Watt Pty Ltd Contract House $125,000 to $175,000 Classic Queenslanders Contract House $175,000 to $250,000 Fauna Homes Pty Ltd Contract House $250,000 to $500,000 R.J. Salmon Home Units over $500,000 Oakbay Homes Pty Ltd Commercial Building up to $2,000,000 Evans Harch Constructions Pty Ltd Refurbishment/Renovations/Commercial Building up to $2,000,000 Welch Contracting Pty Ltd Steel Framed House Unistyle Homes Thirty years later, it is heartening to see that some of these original regional winners are still Master Builders’ members. Visit for more information.

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aster Builders has introduced three new categories for the Housing & Construction Awards this year for Diversity, the Institute of Building Consultants, and Bluescope Best use of Steel Frame Housing. The Diversity award recognises a company or organisation that could demonstrate positive change via initiatives aimed at promoting diversity within their business. It includes initiatives such as pro-actively seeking to attract and place workers in non-traditional roles (such as female carpenters); promoting and encouraging flexibility in job design and hours of work (eg; flexible work arrangements, initiatives for carers and parents telecommuting options); and sustainable employment opportunities for disadvantaged workers (eg; the long-term unemployed, indigenous, or disabled). The Institute of Building Consultants award was designed to be presented to the consultant who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the building and construction industry, including exemplary customer service and teamwork and leadership skills. The Best use of Steel Frame Housing award is given to a housing project built using Steel Frames. It is judged according to workmanship; degree of difficulty; value for money; street appeal; liveability, design and innovation; and siting and aspect.

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A reputation built on excellence

Sydney style drops into the Coast



rant McDonald Homes is a renowned name that tops the list when discussing the best residential builders on the Sunshine Coast. The business was named winner of the Individual Home $351,000 – $450,000 for Oloway House, Individual Home $751,000 – $1.25 million for Gumtree House and Medium Density up to 3 Storeys – 2 to 5 Dwellings for Russell Street in the 2017 Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards At the helm of the proud local business is director and registered builder Grant McDonald, who has over 16 years’ experience in the construction industry. Prior to setting up his award-winning Sunshine Coast company, Grant spent time working in Canada. Since the business was established over 10 years ago, Grant McDonald Homes has built a solid reputation for delivering outstanding results for its clients, offering a five-star service every step of the way, from planning to completion. Grant McDonald Homes caters to all markets, specialising in everything from renovations to extensions and new homes. It is no secret Grant loves his job and is passionate about helping others create and

build their dream home. Attention to detail is of utmost importance as Grant treats every home or project like it is his own and always strives to deliver the same kind of quality home he would expect for himself. And with a swag of awards to the business’ name, clients know they can trust Grant McDonald Homes to deliver a quality product. Grant McDonald Homes has been awarded the 2013 Sunshine Coast President’s Award as well as the Individual Home $276,000 to $325,000 for its magnificent 2014 Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards residential construction at Pelican Waters. Judges commended the project and said the house was “constructed with immaculate attention to detail.” The business was also named winner of the Individual Home up to $275, 000 at the 2014 Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards. Clients know they can utilise Grant’s extensive experience as he is “always on hand to contribute ideas, offer his expert advice and help them improve their home for the better.” “I love looking at a quality project at the end of the day and thinking ‘I did that’,” Grant said.

he Sydney 29 captures a modern, classic design with a luxurious finish. At 270 square metres under roof plus an optional 18 sq m pool hut, this 4-bedroom home makes the most of Queensland’s lifestyle, with functional open-plan living designed to maximise the 18 metre wide 576 sq m allotment. You will appreciate a feeling of intimacy in your very own private resort-style home, with the master bedroom opening out directly to the swimming pool. The cleverly designed

windows in the master bedroom and living room allow you to see the water whilst relaxing in bed or the lounge. The Sydney 29 oozes style and opulence with timber-lined coffered ceilings and the use of a diverse range of textures and finishes. Remote control skylights feature in the media room and kitchen to create light and air throughout. Experience the Sydney 29’s luxurious resort-style living at the Pelican Waters display village.

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Hutchinson Builders celebrate 105 years of excellence H

utchinson Builders is Australia's largest privately owned construction company and is still proudly operated by the Hutchinson family. This year they celebrate their 105th year of operation from their humble Brisbane beginnings way back in 1912. Hutchies, as it is more affectionately known, has had a five- decade long presence on the Sunny Coast and an established office in the region since the early 2000s. The local team of 50 work on projects spanning north of Brisbane up to Bundaberg and west out to Kingaroy. Led by local team leader Michael Michell, they have delivered projects ranging from $50k right up to $70m and across the full spectrum of sectors including commercial, residential, community, health, education, infrastructure and more. Current major projects under construction include Youi’s new $49.5m global insurance headquarters at Sippy Downs, Premier Health’s new 155-bed aged care facility at Hervey Bay, Moko Living Stages 1 & 2 at Birtinya, and Noosa Shire Council’s new Peregian Digital Hub. With a local turnover of $100m a year, in typical Hutchies spirit, they are truly embedded in the local community and intend to be for a long while yet. All of their staff live locally, 80 per cent of subcontractors and suppliers are sourced locally and more importantly, they have long supported numerous local community groups, causes and charities to stay grounded and give back. Their recent partnership with Tate Duke House saw Hutchinson and their subbies donate time, skills and supplies to convert an old house into a thriving community facility used by all – this is everyday business at Hutchies. Through our valued partnership with Master Builders dating back to 1920, Hutchies are thrilled to again be celebrating local award-winning projects with the community, our clients, subbies and suppliers. These awards highlight the commitment of Hutchinson’s team in delivering high quality projects that become part of the local community fabric and building

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long-term partnerships with everyone involved during the process. Projects built by Hutchies in the region include the recently award winning Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve redevelopment at Maleny, Gympie ARC (aquatic and recreation centre) – both completed earlier this year – along with a range of facilities for the University of Sunshine Coast over the past decade, Breeze apartments by Aria at Mooloolaba, Maroochydore Government Office Building (the Coast’s first 5 Star Green Star commercial building), Quad Park Stadium at Kawana, a range of local schools, houses, community assets and more.

With their reputation of long-term relationships, delivering high quality projects and sticking around – they have been afforded a number of exciting opportunities, particularly in the local luxury residential market. Currently they are building approximately $20m worth of high-end residential projects across the region including single houses, townhouses and terraces, apartment complexes and community support facilities like aged care and mental health. "We're building some exciting residential projects across the Coast right now," Michael Michell said.
















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Top tips when choosing a builder D

ECIDING on a builder or trade contractor is a big decision and one only you can make. You may have heard horror stories about disputes and cost blow-outs but the truth is many of these issues can be easily avoided. Access to the right information will ensure you choose a Master Builder you can trust. There are many great builders out there and the choice can often be a little overwhelming. When there is a lot of money involved it is only natural to become anxious. Before you resort to randomly picking a builder or tradesperson out of the phone book, Master Builders can’t stress enough how important it is to do your homework. If you are at the quotation stage, the first tip to remember is to be as specific as possible with your plans and requirements. Ensure you are giving each contractor the same specifications, as this is the only way to accurately compare your quotes. The more details you can provide them, the less chance there is of any misunderstandings in the future.

Always talk through your quotes with the people providing them. Check all the details they give you, specifically references and credentials, as your builder needs to be someone whom you genuinely trust. Ensure you ask any questions, no matter how silly you may think they are. Having doubts and being unsure about your quote and/or builder can only lead to problems. Seeking recommendations from family and friends who have had direct dealings with builders and tradespeople is another great way to get the ball rolling. The importance of build quality cannot be overstated and a builder’s credentials and professionalism should always be your first priority. By building with a Master Builder, you can rest assured that all work being performed is properly qualified. If the value of the work is less than $3300 and you have decided to go down the DIY path, bear in mind this can often lead to more trouble in the long run. As a rule, Master Builders advises home owners to never do their own electrical or plumbing. The same advice applies for

asbestos removal. We recommend always engaging a licensed asbestos removalist, as the danger it can pose to you, your family and even your neighbours cannot be overstated. As confident as you may be, it is imperative to know your limits and when it’s time to call in a professional. It can be tempting to cut corners in order to get the job done, however this presents myriad potential problems, which can often cost more time and money in the long run than it would to hire a qualified tradesperson from the beginning. Whether it’s minor renovations or building your dream home, selecting a builder or trade contractor is a big decision. Master Builders’ Find a Master Builder search can help you avoid unnecessary stress by providing you details of licensed contractors who match your criteria. Visit

J Co Constructions – Winner $250k Individual Home and Rising Star Award (Joe McGuirk)

A BUILD ABOVE THE REST Our attention to detail sets us apart


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Jco Constructions is a locally owned business, operating on the Sunshine Coast since 2012. Specializing in new houses and catering from first home buyers, investment houses to high-end waterfront living

017 Master Builders Queensland and Construction Awards best individual home was awarded to J Co Constructions for best individual home up to $250,000 at the Regional QMBA awards evening held last Friday evening at the Kawana Community Centre. And furthermore, the 2017 Rising Star Award was presented to Joe McGuirk, founder and working director of J Co Constructions. It is the attention to details that makes J Co Constructions a build above the rest. The one-on-one personal attention given to our clients ensures our clients achieve the result they desire. Now a multi award-winning team with

Regional Winner 2015, Regional, State and National Winner 2016, and to date Regional Winner 2017. In addition, the President’s Award 2015 and 2016, and now the 2017 Rising Star award. This signifies the dedication, passion and commitment Joe McGuirk has to producing the best possible outcome for each individual home designed specifically for all clients. Joe believes there is much room in the industry to provide special and beautiful homes at a price that is affordable. A perfect home need not have million dollar price tag to stand out and be a build above the rest.

QMBA number 67723

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We are a hands-on operation, working with you as project partners and offering personalised service and attention to detail. Give us a call today to discuss how we can help with your next build or renovation.

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oncept Construction is a family-owned and operated company that has been creating luxury custom homes since 2011. With Matt’s passion and experience in residential construction and Nicole’s love for all things interior, they decided to join forces and offer their skills and expertise to create high quality homes that celebrate the best of Sunshine Coast living. Koncept Construction provides assistance with everything from architectural drawings and engineering, to construction and interior design. With projects ranging from high end custom builds and architectural renovations to sloping site builds or investment properties, they have the flexibility to offer different packages and services to suit the needs of every client. Working with a team of trusted suppliers and experienced contractors, Koncept Construction’s vision is to create exciting

designs while delivering superior workmanship and quality home construction. It doesn't matter what price the building, the attention to detail and quality of finish is the same. Their reputation as a quality builder depends entirely upon your satisfaction. Building or renovating your home is one of the most exciting times of your life. To ensure the best possible experience for their clients, every detail of the project is managed from concept to completion.

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RCQ Construction – Winner Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) up to $20 million award CQ Construction is a wholly privately owned company committed to working with clients to create success in the building and property industry. Celebrating 30 years’ in business, RCQ Construction opened its doors in 1987 and has evolved into a company that now employs more than 80 staff and delivers more than $100m in projects each year with offices on the Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Brisbane and Sydney. Their focus is on bringing valuable knowledge and experience to residential, commercial, retail, health and hotel projects throughout Queensland and New South Wales. RCQ Construction took out the 2017 Master Builders Residential Building (high-rise over three storeys) up to $20 million award for First Light. Located on First Ave in Mooloolaba, the First Light project consists of 67 two and three-bedroom apartments spread over 13 levels serviced by two secure lifts. This project was built on a challenging site; built to all four boundaries between existing residential towers in the heart of Mooloolaba. Due to the complexities of this site exceptional public relations and communication skills were deployed by the team to manage road closures, deliveries and noise to the point that initially annoyed neighbours sent correspondence of praise at the conclusion of the project.

Designed and constructed to deal with the lowest level being below sea level this project was completed in record time (10 weeks early) on a 16-month contract duration. The hybrid design that incorporates RITEK internal walls and James Hardie lightweight façade make this high-rise a standout. RCQ Construction are extremely proud of achieving this award. “We are very grateful to our passionate project team, local subcontractors, consultants and suppliers who worked tirelessly to achieve an outstanding result for all involved,” RCQ Construction executive assistant Melissa Lees said. Having grown and evolved into a leading construction company, RCQ Construction’s aim is to always exceed clients’ expectations to establish and maintain long-lasting partnerships. As a result, RCQ Construction’s repeat business clients make up 80% of their turnover and they have proudly accumulated a long list of industry awards including more than 50 Master Builder Awards. Building on relationships is RCQ Construction’s priority and partnering with clients, subcontractors and suppliers alike is the key to their success. RCQ Construction’s regional teams have sound knowledge and strong local subcontractor and supplier bases and their ethos is to use local people where possible.

Built on Reputation

Celebrating 30 years of operation

Built by Relationships 80% repeat client business

Built with Success

Winner of over 50 Queensland Master Builders Awards



1987 - 2017

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PJ Burns deliver a home to budget I

T’S exciting times for PJ Burns Builder, with a highly successful 2017 awards season. This year they picked up three industry awards, which are progressing as nominations in the state awards: the $251,000 – $350,000 Individual Home and $551,000 – $650,000 Individual Home. Courtney Burns also won the prestigious Women in Building Award. Building homes from $120,000 secondary dwellings to $1 million-plus dream homes, Rick Burns said the awards were confirmation they could succeed at delivering a home to budget across the board. With decades of experience behind them, it’s no wonder PJ Burns Builder has remained a leader in the industry. The team will be celebrating 40 years next year and intend to do so with a bang. The company started with Rick Burns in 1978 and was soon joined by his brother, Stephen, who now heads up their Wide Bay office. Rick’s daughters Courtney, Amanda and Sarah are all integral parts of the company these days, driving changes in building materials and styles within the company and greater building industry. “It’s exciting times for the building industry, everyone has their own ideas,” Courtney said. “Gone are the days of a single-colour render home, now you are only limited by your imagination and your budget.” This week they are turning soil on a knock-down rebuild in Warana, next door to an original PJ Burns home. Rick said it was only a matter of time before they were knocking down one of their own to make way for a brand-new

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PJ Burns Builder home. Over the years, the Burns family has seen a large shift in the industry across a number of areas. Once a brick-and-roof-tile home with a couple of bedrooms, one bathroom and simple rectangle shape was the norm, now a Colorbond roof is the standard and the need for a brick veneer home has dropped dramatically. Lightweight cladding, which has been around for a while, is increasing in popularity for its ability to achieve a more modern and innovative design within a tighter footprint. Design is particularly prudent these days given the reducing lot sizes within estates. PJ Burns Builder has been focusing heavily on smart design to maximise site possibilities. Secondary dwellings are on the radar for a lot of locals and PJ Burns Builder has noticed the shift.

“Secondary dwellings are available to most people with blocks over 600sq m,” Courtney said. “A compliant dwelling can be quite simple and cost-effective or more extravagant with modern design and materials, costing as much as any other dwelling. For a lot of people though, it is a great passive income available on a block you already own.” Depending on your shire, PJ Burns Builder suggests this may be worth considering. PJ Burns’ new display is up and running, with plenty of ideas for design and styling. “Clients often comment that at PJ Burns Builder you can have a custom design home with the latest products, without a million-dollar price tag,” in-house designer Joel Gravina said.


Social photos 2017 Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards night, Friday August 4.

Bec Johnston and Grant McDonald.

Brendan Bathersby, Grant Galvin and Luke Sirl.

Chris Newland and Melissa Mann.

Clare and Tony Shadforth.

Darren and Madonna Kernohan.

David and Paula Hughes.

Gary and Kim Rutch.

Jessica Watson, Louise O'Keeffe, Steve Hirst and Lisa Bathersby.

Joe and Denise Fry.

Anna and Michael Michell.

Paloma and Steve Hodgins.

Sue Stopka, Jacquie Dalton, Shirley Murray and Roz Idiens. PHOTOS: ERLE LEVEY

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Sunshine Coast Master Builders 2017  

2017 Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards

Sunshine Coast Master Builders 2017  

2017 Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards