‘Rustic-style Queenslander’ home wins top prize

Winner of the 2014 Wide Bay Home of the Year at this year's House Industry Association Awards built by Hervey Bay's Rick Walters of Rick Walters Homes.
Winner of the 2014 Wide Bay Home of the Year at this year's House Industry Association Awards built by Hervey Bay's Rick Walters of Rick Walters Homes. Contributed

ONE Hervey Bay builder has trumped the competition with his 'rustic-style Queenslander' at this year's Housing Industry Association Wide Bay Awards.

Held at Bundaberg Rowers Club on Friday, the awards sought to recognise the achievements of the local housing industry with a focus on design, construction, innovation and housing technology.

Rick Walters of Rick Walters Homes has been building in Hervey Bay for 25 years and managed not only to score top prize at this year's event but gained a further three wins out of a total of nine categories.

Mr Walters won Wide Bay Home of the Year for his rustic style Queenslander located at Point Vernon which also collected top prize in the category of Kitchen Project, Bathroom Project and Custom Built Home over $500,000.

Mr Walters said while he has won a number of prizes at the HIA Wide Bay Awards in the past, this was his best result to date.

"This is the first time we've entered in six years. We thought we'd give it a go again and make sure we've still got it and we were certainly surprised to come away with the awards," he said.

"We probably haven't had a haul like this before. We've won one or two in the past but this is probably one of the biggest ones."

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Mr Walters said the project was completed over a 12 month period and at its peak involved up to 40 sub-contractors, with the key feature being the timber threaded throughout the house.

"The timber running through the house is predominantly the features and masterpiece."

"There's not many homes like this one in Hervey Bay, that's the good thing about it. Even the judges down south that came up and said you don't see homes like this in Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast areas.

"A home like this is a one-off thing. You've got to have the right block of land and the right client," he said.

As a result of winning Wide Bay Home of the Year, Mr Walters and his project will go on to compete at the next stage of the competition, going up against homes from the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast in October.

"We won up here so now we go down there and see how we go against the big guys down on the coast."

The other big winner from the region was Bungalow Homes which managed top prizes in both the Country Home and Coastal Home categories making it a total of six wins out of nine for Hervey Bay.

This house built by Hervey Bay's Rick Walters Homes is the winner of the 2014 Wide Bay Home of the Year as well as Best Kitchen at this year's Housing Industry Association Awards.
This house built by Hervey Bay's Rick Walters Homes is the winner of the 2014 Wide Bay Home of the Year as well as Best Kitchen at this year's Housing Industry Association Awards. Contributed

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