David Sparkman shows off his kitchen which won him the Best Kitchen Renovation Project Award and Kitchen Project of the Year.
David Sparkman shows off his kitchen which won him the Best Kitchen Renovation Project Award and Kitchen Project of the Year.

Local builders a class above

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

LOCAL builders performed a class act last weekend, not only by taking out nearly one third of the 2005 North Queensland HIA building awards but also some of the best categories.

Craig Christensen of CCF Homes took out the nominated category of Best Display Home valued over $200,000 in the Housing Industry Awards. The home also took out Best Display Home of the Year.

And in a back to back win the home also was named the Home of the Year. Last year Mr Christensen took out Home of the Year for his entry valued between $400,000 to $600,000.

'The key to success is attention to detail and the reason I do it is so that the customers can see the full benefits at resale,' he said.

Dave Sparkman of Sparkman's Cabinet and Joinery won the Best Kitchen Renovation Project valued $15,000 to $25,000 and topped it off by snagging the Kitchen Project of the Year.

Mr Sparkman's project earned a placed in the prestigious Kitchen and Bathroom Quarterly recently, but that is not what prompted him to enter the competition.

'I've entered the competition in past years and have had a few wins,' he said.

The third Gladstone area winner was Darren Humberstone of DJH Homes.

Mr Humberstone took out the Best Custom Built Home valued $400,000 to $600,000, the Best Custom Built Home valued more than $600,000, the Most Innovative Use of Steel and Most Innovative Use of Timber awards.

'It's good to be recognised in the industry,' he said.

'It's also good for residents that there are so many quality builders winning awards.'

The award night was at the Rockhampton Leagues Club last Saturday.



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