Forest Springs residence named 2015 Display Home of the Year

HUSBAND and wife Scott and Kim Underwood were the innovative minds behind 2015's Home of the Year.

The couple took home three awards at the HIA Mackay Housing Awards for their stunning display home in Forest Springs Dr, Gladstone, including Best Display Home $300,000- $450,000, Display Home of the Year and the prestigious Home of the Year.

Judges of the event suggested the display home was a "mark of excellence" and will be a high competitor in the upcoming North Queensland Regional Housing Awards in November.

Mrs Underwood said it was an honour to have won one award let alone three prestigious awards.

"Emotions always come into play when creating a display home because you really want people to be impressed with what you do," she said.

"It is a planned project that cannot happen unless you are surrounded by the right people - which we had."

Mr Underwood said he and his wife physically worked on the house themselves to save money, like any home owner would do.

"With this particular display home we knew we would turn heads.

 

"We moved furniture, landscaped and established it as our new office," he said.

"We certainly felt relieved at the end of the day when it was all done."

The Underwoods bought into the Gladstone region in 2011 and hit the ground running.

"We have been chosen to build some architecturally designed homes and our clients have been impressed with our product," Mrs Underwood said.

"With this particular display home we knew we would turn heads.

"No other display in the Gladstone region has a pool and it certainly makes a difference to the feel of the home.

"We used products that had not yet been seen in Gladstone and the use of cost-effective features also gave it a homely vibe."

The couple was nervous when the display home's doors opened in January and the owner of GJ Gardner stepped in to critique it.

"He walked in the door and was impressed instantly in the finishes, design and furnishings," Mr Underwood said.

"Most people commented on the stunning raised ceiling entry, the open plan and the innovative and cost-effective features."

Rather than the normal 16-week period it takes to design, build and open a display home, the Underwoods had it completed in just 12 weeks.

"A huge effort and good time management played an enormous role," Mr Underwood said.

"We were lucky we have great systems in place to accomplish such a great achievement."

To visit the home's award-winning display home click here



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