Monday, August 29, 2011


A luxurious home renovation design on the outskirts of Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast has earned Building Designer Gerard Smith the Premier Award at the 2011 Queensland Building Designers Awards.

Mr Smith was honoured last night at a glittering ceremony hosted by the Building Designers Association of Queensland (BDAQ) at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

It was the first time in the Awards’ 20 year history a renovation design had won the main prize and BDAQ President Greg Pershouse commended Mr Smith on his triumph.

“It’s a testament to the absolute star quality of Gerard’s work that he has won this award,” Mr Pershouse said.

“Renovations are a category often handicapped by budget limitations and existing building restrictions, so this was no easy feat.”

Working for Noosa Heads’ Mojo Design, Mr Smith completely reworked an existing three bedroom home into a palatial abode complete with new master bedroom and ensuite, media room, gym and powder room.

The design also incorporated a range of sustainability features including passive solar design, subterranean concrete tanks for water harvesting, pre-wiring for a solar energy generation system, and energy efficient hot water systems.

Mr Pershouse said it was a truly fabulous home that would be a delight to live in.

The inspiration for the palette of materials and colours was drawn from the native bush surrounds,” Mr Pershouse said.

“The design objective was to match the warmth and texture of the interior to the neighbouring trees and this sympathetic approach to the natural environment creates a harmonious balance between interior and exterior.”

The Queensland Building Designers Awards are the centrepiece of the BDAQ’s calendar and showcase outstanding examples of innovation, style and quality in the industry.

This year’s event recognised designs from across the industry, including new houses and renovations, commercial and industrial projects, multi-residential and special feature categories. 

See a full list of winners and finalists by clicking on the link to the right.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


The Building Designers Association of Queensland (BDAQ) has urged new builders to consult its members and beat next month’s rush on the State Government’s $10,000 Queensland Building Boost Grant.

Aimed at stimulating the state’s struggling housing sector, the grant will be available to any Queenslander constructing or purchasing a new home for under $600,000.

The Bligh Government and the BDAQ is planning for hundreds of applications.

With the six-month application window opening on the first of August, BDAQ CEO Russell Brandon said people with building plans finalised early would avoid costly and frustrating delays.

“We expect the industry to take a huge leap when this grant comes in and builders across the state will be pretty busy from the word go,” Mr Brandon said.

“Now is the ideal time for people to get in touch with their local building designer, finalise their plans, and get a head start on the rest of the applicants.

“Getting in early will allow you to secure a better price from builders and set your own timetable.”

Mr Brandon said contacting a BDAQ building designer should be the first port of call for anyone looking to take advantage of the grant.

“Building designers aren’t involved in involved in selling buildings, so we provide unbiased, comprehensive, and expert advice,” Mr Brandon said.

“We also provide a unique set of housing plans that you can shop around to different builders for the best quote.

“That way our clients can stay in control of how their house is built.”

Mr Brandon said building designers designed homes according to the specific requirements of their clients.

“Most builders can only offer ready-made designs, but building a home isn’t about that kind of one-size-fits-all approach,” Mr Brandon said.

“Your local building designer will tailor a home to your needs, not make you adjust your needs to a home that’s already been designed.

“Building designers also have an in depth knowledge of building materials and engineering and construction techniques which puts us at the forefront of the industry when it comes to sustainability and energy efficiency.

“We urge people to go to a building designer first with their brief to ensure they get the design they want.”