Award Winning House Designs
So do you want a house that is going to win an award?
You've come to the right place. Will Collins and Mariana Claro from Gold Coast Building Designers homes have won over 20 awards, Gold Coast, State and National. 3 Awards this year, 2 Gold Coast Awards and 1 State Commendation for Best home over $2m. See below:
What's our secret?
We are passionate about creating beautiful homes. We explore different options, we study and research different materials and construction methods. It’s not just about the floor plan, it’s also about getting the proportions right in the elevations. Not many designers out there can do this well. Not many have the talent, natural creative flair or are willing to go that extra mile. Lots of people settle for “that’s good enough”…..
If you want an award winning home it’s best to tell us at the very start that you want to win an award. That way we know from the outset and can plan from the beginning. Award winning homes take a lot more work and require a lot of detail. They also need to be unique. Unless you as a client are prepared to be a bit adventurous and step outside the square with us, it may not happen. Designing something that's already been seen several times before isn't going to work unless it’s a classic style, then it has a chance.
We need to be able to experiment with different styles and materials. This takes time and costs a bit more money in fees. Not just ours but also the engineers. And often the build will cost more too but not always, it depends on size.
So why design an award winning house? What are the advantages?
1. It's about excitement. We're only on this planet for a short period, why live a life of mediocrity? Why not be different? Live in a house that says something about you and your personality, not other people’s. Live in a house that interests you every day you wake up and look around.
2. Homes win awards because they are well designed. How good is it to live in a house that flows right, is comfortable to live in winter and summer. The clothes line is near the laundry, the kitchen not too far from the garage, the kids bedrooms separate from the adults etc etc. I know how good it is because I live in a house like that now. Often I come in on a cold winters night and I think someone has left the heater on - cursing, but it’s just because of the insulation and good placement of thermal mass and windows.
3. Re-sale value. I house that’s one an award (or several) is going to either sell easier or sell for more money or both. As long as the real estate agent uses it in the advertising an award winning house is going to be perceived better by the buyers. I frequently get requests from clients who know this fact to design them an award winning house makes good financial sense ! better re-sale value means 10’s of 1000’s of $ in your pocket.
4. Pride. Yeah OK, that's all about ego I know, but when it comes to the crunch we do like to be proud of the things around us. Proud of our kids, proud of our spouses, proud of our garden, our car? But what about that big asset that surrounds you, envelopes you in it’s arms everyday ? You (probably) wouldn’t want to be seen in a run down shack, why not go the other extreme?
Lets create a really well designed beautiful house! It doesn’t have to be big, just clever, thoughtful and creative design.