GM Coast Developments Directors Phil Mills and Andrew Gaul have realised their vision to bring design to the forefront of the build process, winning the 2018 Master Builders Housing and Construction Award in the Golf Course Display Home Over $551,000 category.

The daring designers shook the industry in their latest project by directly connecting with clients without external architects stepping in. Their award-winning Sunshine Coast entry in the 2018 Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards is proof that the days of traditionally liaising with external designers may be phasing out. “This build in particular was very personal and it’s a building from my heart,” said Phil. “It’s a vision of adapting a home to the landscape and thinking outside the box with a strong emphasis on design.”

As part of the challenge, Phil says he sought to find an “obscure” lot for the home with the aim of maximising the block without losing the same sense of flow found in a home on conventional rectangular block. “Our aim was to show potential clients as a concept-to-completion construction company. We can adapt to any shape block.” By collaborating with clients without the middle man, miscommunication is minimised throughout the build process. While the design elements on the outside of the home are state of the art, there is no shortage of innovation in the interior. Highlights include the media room, an open walkway with low level floor lights, a partitioned powder and shower room, 2-Pac doors and a master bedroom with a spectacular ensuite and walk-in robe.

Phil admits he had moments of self-doubt when the house was being constructed. However, his hard work paid off as “the response from visitors when they came through was just ‘wow’, and you get revitalised by that”. Phil credits his wife Lee who had a key supporting role with elements of the interior design. “This is a very abstractly-designed house and Lee, with her interior design input throughout the project, furnished and dressed the home perfectly with her finishing touch,” he said. “It’s helped bring the emotion into the place.”

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