Stuart Homes and Renovations' building project at Glenwood won a regional Master Builders award.
Stuart Homes and Renovations' building project at Glenwood won a regional Master Builders award. Contributed

$1.25m Glenwood dream house nets huge award for builders

IT TOOK 15 months of passion, dedication and hard work for Gympie region building firm Stuart Homes & Renovations to create a custom-designed dreamscape at Glenwood, and now it's reaping the rewards.

The team of five won the Master Builders Queensland regional Housing & Construction Award in the Individual Home $951,000 to $1.25 million category for its Sol-Aer project.

Stuart Homes co-owner and founder Craig Stuart, who has run his own business for 29 years and lived permanently in Gympie since 1994, said his team was "chuffed” with the result, which was announced midyear at Twin Waters.


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Mr Stuart said the team's collective patience in applying intricate and "old school” strategies had been the key to their success with the project.

"I've won other awards from Master Builders but not one as big as this. I was pretty stoked. A lot of guys don't have the time or patience to do this, but our clients wanted a top job and we were willing to do it.

"We want to do jobs that have quality so we can walk away with pride and a sense of achievement in what we have actually created that,” he said.

"It's old school. When I was an apprentice it was old-school techniques that have been lost today, so I'm big on teaching my guys old-school skills so hopefully we don't lose all that.

"It was bloody awesome. We all went down to the awards night and had a good time as a team.”

Mr Stuart said his favourite aspect of the Sol-Aer project was the "uniqueness” of the finished product and the hard work it took to complete it.

"It's purely built for their purpose. The colour configuration, the way it's decked out and fitted out is specifically for the clients, it's not something you see in an estate,” he said.

"There was so much carpentry involved. The client wanted quality workmanship and that's what they got ... it was all about the quality of the work. From a technical point of view as a tradesman, you had to really be thinking and use your skills ... it wasn't a slap-up job, and so much planning went into it. There were six decks, timber floors throughout the whole house, timber trees we had to sculpture on the walls.

"There were porcelain bench tops from Italy and hand-made tiles from Mexico. The timberwork behind the trees on the feature wall took four days of work for two guys.”

MBQ Sunshine Coast regional manager Will Wilson said the Stuart Homes team had impressed the judges of the competition with their "incredible craftmanship” and "attention to detail” among other award-winning qualities.

View the full list of winners on the Master Builders Queensland website, and follow Stuart Homes and Renovations on Facebook.