What a winner: Cabarita builder Steve Kerr surveys the Salt home which won him Home of the Year.
What a winner: Cabarita builder Steve Kerr surveys the Salt home which won him Home of the Year. Blainey Woodham

Local home worthy of HIA award

A SELF-sufficient stone-clad dream home at Salt is the region’s “Home of the Year”.

For 14 months Steve Kerr and a dedicated team of tradespeople focused their energies on building the Cylinders Drive home.

And the Cabarita builder’s efforts paid off when the four-bedroom, two-storey beachfront home took out three of the Housing Industry Association’s Gold Coast/Northern Rivers awards.

“You don’t get accolades like this that often,” Mr Kerr said.

“It’s pleasing for every- one that got involved with the project. There would have been 20 to 25 tradies working here on a daily basis.

“A lot of work goes into these things.”

The house, which is a second home for a Melbourne family, also won Custom Built Home of the Year and Custom Built Home over $2 million.

Mr Kerr, of Steve Ker Homes, started the project in November 2008 and managed to put on the finishing touches just before their Christmas 2009 deadline.

“You don’t get elaborate places like this all the time,” he said.

“For the past six months it was my sole project.

“We were moving the furniture in the day before Christmas Eve.”

Mr Kerr, with the help of his office manager and wife Sandy, have been building on the Tweed Coast for 20 years; the past 14 years specifically in architect-designed homes.

“They’re enjoyable projects if you’re willing to put the time into them,” he said.

“We’re quite small builders. We don’t build a lot but what we do build we build well.”

The 85-square Salt home features a stone-clad exterior, handmade carpet, an elevator, swimming pool, and remote-controlled lights, curtains and more.

It also produces its own electricity and has a 10,000-litre water tank.

“Congratulations to Chris Lillis, of Crisilis Architecture Koala Beach, and the fantastic team of local sub-contractors willing to put the extra effort in to achieve outstanding workmanship,” he said.

Mr and Mrs Kerr will go to the HIA State Awards at Darling Harbour on October 23.

“It’s a lot bigger area but we’ll go down confident,” Mr Kerr said.

 

Smart house

The house produces its own electricity and has a 10,000-litre water tank



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