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Award Winner - Bill & Alison's Custom Home


21 August 2020

master builders award winning home

Individual home $751,000 - $950,000

Bill and Alison's Home

The brief was to take the modern theme and feel of MLH’s previous Master Builders award winning Isaac 303 display home to create their own personal and private sanctuary, but still fit in with the existing ‘Queenslander style neighbourhood’.

Included in that brief was also a pool, pool house and shower, a small private artificial turf play area, feature concrete/aluminium fencing with automatic entry gates, concrete paths full perimeter of the home, landscaping and the ability to access inside the home without a step.

While the corner block is a generous 810m2, given the home and pool are both 1.4m out of the ground and take up 433m2 of space, achieving everything was an enjoyable challenge.

The combination of masonry block/render, feature stone and tiled stepped entry to the front, with external timber frame and Stria cladding to the dominant street side, ensured the home externally met the clients request for a ‘modern Queenslander’.

This same theme was required for the indoor and outdoor living areas. This was achieved by having the large internal open plan living/kitchen/dining area, flowing directly onto the large ‘enclosed’ alfresco, which then looked directly over the full length tiled pool and outdoor entertaining area.

The connection between these three areas was enhanced by way of the 5.2m wide sliding glass doors connecting the internal living and alfresco being fully rebated into the tiled floor, as well as the alfresco area being fully screened, but still allowing full viewing of the private pool area.

The private tiled pool area also needed to ensure both rain and pool water drained freely, which was achieved by way of perimeter grated drains to the external walls.

The clients wanted everything 100% complete by the builder, right down to the first lawn mowing, with the only remaining job was to fill the nominated garden beds with plants, which is Alison’s passion.

This home was a great example of how, when trust is given by the client to the builder and respect and attention to detail is given back from the builder, great outcomes can happen.

We passed the flood test!

Bill and Alison’s ‘Forever Home’ was already partly built when the 2019 Floods hit Townsville.

Thankfully because the ‘slab on ground’ home was built 1.4m out of the ground it was high enough to ensure this flood and any other would not affect the home at all.

Bill & Alison with Martin Locke at slab stage

Their new home construction site during the 2019 Townsville Flood

Bill & Alison's Build Story

For a number of years Bill & Alison had been thinking about relocating from their rural property to be closer to the Townsville CBD.

Their Railway Estate property had been in Alison's family for more than 40 years so it was a big decision to choose a builder that could make their dream home come to life. 

They found Martin Locke Homes and knew the team would deliver.

CLIENT TESTIMONIAL 

Q&A

1. How do you feel now that you’re in your brand new home, is it everything that you wanted?

Oh absolutely everything that we wanted, the whole experience has been really, really good. We had some small details to smooth over at the end and the MLH team was always available, responsive and looking for the ultimate result for us, so everything is just perfect.

2. Why did you decide to build this house?

It is something that we’ve wanted for a while now, we were after a change. We had lived on acreage which was a lot of work to maintain. So coming to a low-maintenance home, built just for us is a dream.

This property has been in the family for 40 years, so it’s really nice to be here in a brand new home, it’s beautiful, it’s outstanding.

3. How did you come up with the design for your new home?

Martin and the team helped us design this home from scratch. We took some inspiration from Martin’s (Isaac 303) Harris Crossing Display Home initially and then Martin and the MLH design team helped us shape the house to what we wanted and also to suit the block.

We loved the zoned living from the Isaac 303 Display Home design, it’s a great concept having a retreat area for the kids and their friends or for visitors to come and stay.

4. What are your favourite features of the home?

Alison: I think definitely the kitchen for me and probably our bedroom.

Bill: I love the ensuite and the whole entertaining area with the pool and the enclosed covered area.

5. How do you feel moving in to a home that withstood that record flood level experienced in February?

Alison: I think we feel safe knowing that we’ve built to the right conditions. 

We thought the regulations were over the top to insist on such a high-set house because we’d never seen it flood here to that level, even with the property being in the family for so long – nobody had.

A few people have asked us how do we feel moving into a storm surge zone, so I think we’re going to be very safe and we’re happy to have been able to see it go through that and come out unscathed.

6. How do you think your new home will impact your lives? 

Alison: It’s going to give us a lot more time, being a brand new home and low maintenance I think we’re going to have a lot more time to enjoy life a lot more and being comfortable as well, in a home that’s been built just for our lifestyle.

Our kids are getting older now, our youngest is eighteen so we’ll be living here on our own but with plenty of room for them to visit. We’ve got one grand child and we’re sure there will be more on the way …. we hope….so the whole family can enjoy this home for many years to come.

7. Would you recommend MLH to others and why?

Bill: We would recommend Martin Locke Homes to anyone looking to build a home.

The quality is second to none and it’s just so beautifully finished. Martin and the team are so pedantic about everything and they also come up with great ideas – even on the run. Our little drop zone nook wasn’t on the original plans – that was Col’s (MLH Construction Manager) idea and Martin came up with quite a few ideas during the build too.

And the final result is everything that we'd hoped for and more.

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