Upside down house a winner for builder and client
THINKING outside the box has resulted in two major awards for an Agnes Water construction company.
Gibson Building's Little Upside Down House won Wide Bay House of the Year and the Custom Home Award under $300,000 in the Housing Industry Association awards.
Designer/builder Kieran Gibson came up with the unusual design, and a different way of making an architecturally inspired home at an affordable price.
The Little Upside House uses inverted roof trusses to give an unusual look, while allowing for the practicality of overhang with no posts, to provide four metres of shade with seamless views from the decks.
And by using Mr Gibson's design-and-build method, the Little Upside Down House is not only a stunning design but within the reach of many home builders.
"Thinking outside the square to create something different and aesthetically pleasing has always been a passion of mine," Mr Gibson said.
"By using a design and build method of building, rather than the traditional method of commissioning an architect first and then incorporating the builder at the end of the process, many hours and tens of thousands of dollars are saved by the client."
Gibson Building has won awards in the past, including Custom Home in the $1 million to $4 million and $500,000 to $750,000 categories, plus Best Townhouse development, but it is the Little Upside Down House that gives Mr Gibson most pride.
"I like to call it 'build-ability'," he said.
"Designing something that takes into consideration the cost of the build at the beginning allows for something unique to be designed that won't break the budget.
"Whether the land that a home is built on has amazing views, or land within a residential development, there are always special considerations such as wind direction, sun and neighbours that can have a substantial effect on the design."