Larkin & Drought director Drew Larkin, Master Builders Victoria CEO Rebecca Casson, fellow Director Craig Drought and Master Builders Victoria President Richard Hansen.

Local builders shine at this year’s Master Builders Awards

October 17, 2019 BY

An audience of nearly 900 witnessed Larkin and Drought Builders Pty Ltd receive dual awards for Master Builder of the Year and Regional Residential Builder of the Year, at Crown Palladium Friday night.

Master Builders Victoria chief executive officer Rebecca Casson and president Richard Hansen presented the awards, naming Larkin and Drought both Master Builder of the Year and Regional Residential Builder of the Year for a Barwon Heads home that features concrete walls contrasted with American oak as the primary architectural feature.
“One of the most compelling aspects of this home is the visual impact of the way the builders fit the concrete and wood volumes together,” Ms Casson said.

“The rough and smooth forms rest against each other in a very satisfying way.”

Torquay-based Sinclairs Building Concepts Pty Ltd was awarded Special Commendation for their popular Adeline design which continues to turn heads, and Q By Malishev won Best Custom Home for their Anglesea project.
Ms Casson and Mr Hansen also presented Peter Lo Bartolo, of APC Build Pty Ltd, with the award for Young Builder of the Year.
Ms Casson said it was an honour to acknowledge the quality of work, dedication and craftsmanship of all the winners.
“The builders and projects we honour this year are central to telling the story of Victoria, as our population growth is the quickest in the nation.

“Our members consistently meet the enormous demand for housing, with craftsmanship and professionalism that distinguishes them as the best in our state.”
Larkin and Drought Builders will now compete in the National Excellence in Building Awards to be held on November 23 at the Field of Light, Uluru.


Other winners in the 2019 Excellence in Housing Awards included:


Special Commendation
Best Display Home $350,000 – $500,000
Sinclairs Building Concepts Pty Ltd
Project: Adeline, Torquay

Best Custom Home $600,000-$800,000
Q By Malishev
Project: Anglesea

Best Display Home $250,000- $300,000
JG King Homes
Project: Cirque, Truganina

Best Display Home $500,000- $750,000
Porter Davis
Project: Sandford 47, Clyde

Young Builder of the Year
Peter Lo Bartolo
APC Build Pty Ltd