Giorgi Exclusive Homes took home two awards, including Australian Home of the Year, in the 2014 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards on May 23. The Western Australian builder also won the award for Australian Custom Built Home.
The winning entry, at 42 Hobbs Avenue in Dalkeith, Perth, offers a five-bedroom, five-bath, two-garage contemporary design on an 1,100 square metre block.
“We wanted to really encapsulate the home around the block, so the indoor/outdoor living was very important to us,” said Claude Giorgi, director of the company.
A major feature of the home is the Carrara marble staircase illuminated with LED lighting. Giorgi said the clients like the combination of larger stair treads with LED lighting highlighting each one, adding that the feature is “a bit of a trademark of some of our homes.”
The home holds three kitchens, including the master kitchen, a butler’s pantry and a poolside barbeque area with pizza oven. The infinity pool itself blends with the home design. T
Though the pool appears to lack child safety fencing, Giorgi said the design was such that the common safety feature was not needed.
“It’s been approved, and in fact the pool won ‘Pool of the Year,’” he said.
The home incorporates integrated electronic controls for many functions, including C-BUS home automation.
“There’s a lot of technology in this home,” Giorgi said. “We’ve used a C-BUS system throughout, which is quite common in most homes, but in particular this one’s quite different in the fact that we’re controlling every aspect of this home, from all the pool heating, the water heating—we’ve got underground water heating as well. We’ve got rain water tanks, we’ve got grey water tanks, photovoltaics, and they’re all pretty well controlled by the system, and allows us to keep the house very efficient.”
The Dalkeith home also won the 2013 HIA Perth Home of the Year and is available for about $12 million.
The HIA-CSR awards recognize projects in 21 separate categories from state-level finalists. More than 3,000 entries are judged and pared down to a short list of winners.
Another notable winner is Australian Outdoor Project by Sceam Construction of Victoria. The ‘Summer House’, an addition to a heritage property, includes a pool area, gymnasium, barbeque area, and garage. The project has “an immediate wow factor,” according to the judges.
HIA represents more than 40,000 builders, suppliers, and contractors involved in residential construction.