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Balancing act: House of the Year

A home cantilevered over a sea-side cliff has been named Home of the Year, the highest accolade in the 2024 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards, announced this week.

Suspended on the edge of an unbelievably steep slope, the home moulds to the landscape, preserving and celebrating the site’s breathtaking views. Concrete, Corten cladding, COLORBOND and Alucobond combine in a low-maintenance exterior ideal to withstand the coastal setting. Inside, burnished concrete floors, solid timber and high-end finishes complete this sophisticated build.

This project overcame extreme difficulty: over 1000 tonnes of concrete needed to be poured on a very steep site with limited access. Judges were stunned at the meticulous detail and execution of this project, from large-scale technical and logistical to the very smallest details. Care, attention and an uncompromising quality are evident at every turn.

The timber grain alignment on the kitchen cabinetry, the detailing on the solid timber feature panels, and the multiple uses of in-situ concrete are just a few examples. Hydronic in-slab heating, premium appliances, extensive integrated technology and a 600-bottle wine cellar are the icing on the cake for this home that perfectly combines luxury living with a laid-back coastal lifestyle.

The home also won the awards for Custom Built Home and Australian People’s Choice Home.

Sydney-based developer-builder Bronxx again won the awards for both Apartment of the Year and Apartment Complex, as they did in 2023 with a previous project.

Other award winners include M+J Builders from Northern Territory (Specialised Housing) for a housing development designed for high-dependant occupants and North Queensland’s Liam Gilligan Builders, who won Australian Outdoor Project for a resort-style outdoor space blending tropical living with refined Mediterranean influences.

‘Concepts’ by Gavin Hepper from NSW won the award for Australian Bathroom Design for a highly functional bathroom that has abundant natural light, ample storage, and privacy for a relaxing bathing experience while apprentice Oliver Burnell from Tasmania was named the Jim Brookes Australian Apprentice of the Year for consistently exhibiting an unwavering work ethic, positioning himself as a role model for his peers.

About Adam Nobel

CEO | Principal
M. Bus, Grad Dip Adv, B.Int Bus, LREA


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Adam is the founder and Principal of Hugo Alexander Property Group. With a previous career in advertising, 22 years experience in property investment, and 16 years in Brisbane real estate, he knows the market inside out to ensure his clients grow their wealth faster.

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