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Tasmanian builder’s cliffside masterpiece claims prestigious national housing award


The 2023 HIA-CSR Australian Home of the Year title, the most esteemed residential building award annually presented by the Housing Industry Association (HIA), has been awarded to a cliff-anchored home constructed by Tasmanian builder Lane Group Construction. The judges commended the property as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime build’.

The victors of the 2023 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards were announced to an audience of 550 industry leaders during the grand finale of the HIA 2023 National Conference on Hamilton Island.

The award-winning, single-level home boasts a stunning design securely anchored to its wind-lashed, bushland site by substantial stone pavilions. An abundance of floor-length glass windows contribute to the serene atmosphere, connecting inhabitants and their guests to the stunning rugged coastline of the Derwent River from all communal and private living areas.

“HIA is committed to recognising the outstanding achievements of our members. The HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards allow us to acknowledge their skill and their commitment to quality in design, material selection and construction. Our Awards’ program brings together members who excel in building exceptional homes, kitchens and bathrooms and run highly successful businesses,” HIA’s Managing Director, Graham Wolfe, commented.

This extraordinary home additionally won the HIA Australian Custom Built Home category, backed by ActronAir. Burnished caramel concrete floors and spotted gum timber cladding harmonise seamlessly with the earthy hues of the striking stonework that prominently feature in the home. The indoor/outdoor infinity pool, spa, and sauna, spectacularly cantilevered, serve as an opulent addition to this entertainer’s haven.

The HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards annually recognise remarkable projects, businesses, and individuals across Australia. The HIA Jim Brookes Australian Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Bethany Mercieca from NSW for her robust work ethic and dedication to her craft, in a category partnered by Stratco.

A meticulously restored and extended heritage-listed bluestone residence by Victorian builder BCG Constructions won the HIA Australian Renovation / Addition Project, supported by COLORBOND steel. The home exudes an exquisite blend of classic charm and contemporary elegance.


Western Australia’s Ultimo Constructions was honoured as the HIA Australian Professional Small Builder / Renovator for the fourth occasion, reinforcing their reputation for delivering personalised service, expert guidance, and a collaborative approach to the building process, with the category backed by Companion Systems.

South Australia’s Craig Linke Bespoke Building took home the HIA Australian Kitchen of the Year, backed by Robam Kitchen Appliances, for a remarkable kitchen showcasing a blend of aged brass, granite, and exotic marbles, topped by a custom brass canopy.

Hunter builder Greenbuild Constructions won the HIA Australian Bathroom of the Year for a master bathroom boasting a moody aesthetic yet exuding a luxuriously spacious and light feel. The category was backed by HIA Business Solutions, and the firm also won the HIA-CSR Australian People’s Choice Home.

The HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards serve as the ultimate stage to spotlight the nation’s leading builders and designers. The winners are selected from state-based finalists across 23 different categories, including Professional Builders, display home, apprentice, bathrooms, and kitchens. The awards are supported by leading building products company CSR.

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