21 November 2023

Barn-storming win: Wagga builder leads way as Riverina makes mark at HIA Awards

| Jarryd Rowley
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Higginson Homes & Constructions scooped the HIA-CSR award for ACT & Southern NSW Riverina Home of the Year. The American barn-style house was lauded for its use of natural light. Photo: Supplied.

The winners of the HIA-CSR ACT & Southern NSW Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards were announced on Saturday (11 November), with seven coming from the Riverina.

Higginson Homes & Constructions was the big winner on the night, bagging the Riverina Home of the Year and Country Home gongs.

Wagga Wagga’s Higginson Homes & Constructions owner Mark Higginson said he was humbled by the judges’ decision.

“The were a number of impressive submissions that we were up against, so it was a really nice surprise,” Mark said.

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“The designers as well as my wife, Courtney, put a lot of effort into designing the home, so to receive the award was a nice acknowledgement of the time spent on the house.”

Mark said the wins would help to spread awareness of the Higginson brand and promote the company’s high-quality designs.

HIA regional director Greg Weller said the awards aimed to recognise the skills and professionalism of designers and the commitment to delivering projects of the highest standards.

“As we begin to emerge from one of the most challenging periods for the industry, it was also an occasion to acknowledge the resilience of the building industry across the region,” Mr Weller said.

“The HIA ACT & Southern NSW Home of the Year was won by ACT based Prostyle Building Group. The home was described as a modernist marvel in the heart of Canberra, showcasing 21st-century architectural innovation. It features iconic curved and cedar battens rising above the glass lower floor that pay homage to the city’s mid-century design heritage.

“From the outside, the house resembles an open garden gallery with glass and brick walls, embracing light and creativity. The soaring timber elements, expansive green areas, and a stunning roof garden reflect the ambition and daring. Judges were impressed with the meticulous attention to detail and quality of the build.

“The Riverina Home of the Year was won by Higginson Homes & Constructions, for a modern five-bedroom, American barn-style home in Gumly Gumly, near Wagga. The design prioritises northern aspects to maximise natural light year-round, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere and a home to suit the modern family.”

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The other big winner on the night was Jacinta Bodel Homes, which won the Townhouse/Villa of the Year award. The company will now be a finalist for the national awards, which will be announced on 18 May in Cairns next year.

“The property is a pretty special design,” owner Jacinta Bodel said.

“We were very happy with the outcome. It has a very Mediterranean aesthetic, something you don’t often see in the Riverina region.

“We were quite surprised to hear our name announced as the winners but it was such a fantastic night that everyone would have enjoyed themselves even if we didn’t win.

“It was a really special night for Riverina designers overall.”

The Riverina winners were:

  • Higginson Homes and Constructions – Riverina Home of the Year and Country Home
  • Jacinta Bodel Homes – Townhouse/Villa of the Year
  • TG Homes – Custom-Built Home $400k to $600k
  • TG Homes and Harrison’s Joinery – New Kitchen up to $50k
  • PAH Innovative Construction – Professional Small Builder of the Year
  • Bec Hopper from PAH Innovative Construction – Professional Business Woman of the Year
  • Jamie Carroll Constructions was highly commended in the custom-built $900k to $1.5m category.

To view all winners, click here.

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