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The street frontage to this building project is very deceptive. It is hard to imagine that behind this quite ordinary façade is the spectacular 5 level magnificently renovated building with breath taking views across the Coral Sea. The Northern aspect encompasses sunrises and sunsets, such is its position perched on the side of Castle Hill.

This project was completed in two stages, the initial stage being the exterior renovation. This encompassed the swimming pool with 20m infinity edge and tiered landscaping to the rear yard, a total of 5 levels including the lower garden level. Above this in ascending order is the pool and gazebo level, then the theatre, rumpus room and timber entertainment deck. Above again, 4 bedrooms, bathroom, common area and suspended concrete deck. The kitchen area and living/dining areas were also refurbished in this initial stage as were the internal staircases linking each level.

The interior renovation completed in the second stage included the refurbishment of the master bedroom, ensuite and walk in robe, main bathroom on the second level and refurbishment of the office and bedrooms.

Although it is hard to determine the most striking feature of this comprehensive project, I believe the outside living space is a standout. This generous space is well covered and north facing with little solar intrusion. The outlook would probably be one of the most sought after in the Townville region.

This build as a whole presented many challenges. Egress for much of the building material for the initial stage was obtained via the rear of the property over a 6m drop down a retaining wall to the street running behind. Complex footings were required to maintain the zero tolerance for foundation settling on the pools wet edge, which would fail if foundations moved by only 0.5mm.

There are many examples of fine workmanship and craftsmanship throughout this project. One of the more prominent features is the 120m of glass balustrade with stainless steel spigot supports and stainless steel top rail. The top rail in itself was carefully selected. It is minimalistic and nonintrusive, 50mm wide and only 10mm high adding a classy finish to the glasswork.

The tiling throughout is a work of superb craftsmanship. The attention to detail cannot be captured in a photograph and is worth a closer look. The ceilings on the lower level theatre room were constructed to accommodate the automated blinds, as most of the north facing walls are all glass.

The bathrooms have been outfitted with many quality fittings and fixtures, specifically chosen by the client to meet the needs of their family. All of these items came from Reece Plumbing Supplies.

There are many other points of value worth description, such as the bi-folds, glass and aluminium, internal stairs, the Dynalite system, the hard wall fine finish skim coat setting. Such craftsmanship is hard to find and now very rarely performed. However in this case it provided a beautiful internal finish of the lower level and internal staircase.

The renovation transformed a 1970’s style building into a contemporary finish with modern facilities and has resulted in total optimisation of the property and its position. You would be hard pressed to find any wasted space. The house itself is extremely large with a fantastic balance of garden space and outdoor living. All very well positioned and designed for privacy.

This family home now has a totally different look and feel; it is contemporary, stylish and practical and Nixon Build is proud of the part it played in its transformation.


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2013 HIA CSR Townsville Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards - Outdoor Project Winner

2014 HIA CSR NQ Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards - North QLD Renovation/Addition Project Winner

2013 HIA CSR NQ Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards - North QLD Renovation/Addition Winner

2013 HIA CSR Townsville Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards - Renovation/Addition Project Winner

2014 Master Builders Awards NQ - Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $576,000 Winner

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