Natural materials transform simplicity into stunning

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Brackenridge Builders Ltd’s striking development of an Omaha Beach property gained the top prize in the New Homes $450,000-$600,000 category of the Registered Master Builders 2006 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers. 

Competition judges were particularly impressed by the immaculate presentation as well as the simple and effective use of natural materials in this beach setting.
“Here we have a beach house not quite on the beach. This property is a combination of innovative design and impeccable detail. Incorporating natural materials effectively transforms simplicity into stunning,” the judges said.

The main living area has a coloured concrete floor forming an anchor, offsetting the large sliders designed to peel back to reveal a stunning view. A solid fireplace acts as the focal point in an airy space of oversized glass and wood grain panels.

Brackenridge Builders created a home ideally suited to its beautiful surroundings. The clever use of beech ply wall linings and kitchen cabinetry adds to the natural appeal of this simply stunning beach house.

Downstairs, a wall of large glass sliders provides access to a private, L-shaped courtyard, enclosing a barbecue and spa pool. This clever design allows for outdoor living no matter which way the wind blows.

The built-in cabinetry and the natural wood beds in the rumpus room downstairs provide durability and practicality, while eye-catching sea views are captured from sizeable windows in a large double bedroom and bathroom with wooden flooring and muted wall colour.

Externally, a contemporary visual sensation has been created with a combination of materials — stained ply side walls and a wide cedar frame to the front and rear.
The design and attention to detail are what makes the property stand out. What also made it special during its evolution was the team effort and passion displayed by everyone involved in the home’s construction.

“The owners and the builders were really passionate about the project,” Brackenridge Builders says.
When asked what made them enter the property in the 2006 House of the Year competition, Brackenridge Builders says it is continually striving to be the best, and the competition is a good way to test the business.

“We’ve been part of the competition for the past few years. But the seed to enter this property was planted when we were having several of our properties photographed for promotional purposes.

“The photographer, who photographs many House of the Year properties, said to us ‘You’ve just got to enter it!’ And we did.”
Winning a House of the Year award has had many benefits for the business.

“The win really cemented our place in the market. It also gives the team involved in the project a sense of pride. As a winner you receive a lot of effective nationwide exposure from which we have had lots of great feedback.”
Brackenridge Builders Ltd is quick to offer words of encouragement to prospective or first-time entrants.

“Using House of the Year entry as a team goal is a great motivational tool. If you are starting a project that you’re very excited about and proud to be undertaking, encourage all involved in the project that the best possible standards need to be achieved, and that the home has the potential to be a winner.”