‘Winner’ Hunter Region MBA Excellence in Building Awards 2007 – “Custom Built Homes $500,000 – $1 Million”
This residence is an architecturally designed, custom built home. The building was constructed using precast concrete wall and floor panels. This method of construction could be considered unusual and unique in its residential application, but was chosen due to the time savings that could be achieved on site, the unrivalled thermal rating and strength of the finished product. The precast concrete walls were treated with an applied Rockcote finish to avoid the industrial appearance generally associated with this type of construction. An existing house had to be demolished to allow this project to be undertaken.This project displays the forward thinking that is required to ensure the building industry continues to move forward. These advancements are only possible when established methods of construction are continually evaluated and refined to determine whether they are the best solution. The location of this building is considered to be one of the most corrosive environments, a fact which had to be taken into account when selecting every material specified for use. The greatest challenge was therefore to create a home that was efficient and cost effective to build and impervious to the elements it is exposed to whilst still rivalling the aesthetic quality of new homes in this location. A site visit will confirm this challenge has been overcome and all expectations exceeded.