Contemporary Homes Make Their Mark in Queenscliff

A desire to build a “classic” coastal family home, using materials that “should stand the test of time”, has won local builder, David McDonald the title of having the region’s best house.

His dune-top home in Queenscliff’s Crows Nest Estate was named the Housing Industry Association’s Home of the Year 2007 for Western Victoria at a recent ceremony.

The prize capped off a huge night for the builder.  The house also won the title of best Custom Built home over $350,000, while another of his recent projects, the renovation of residence on The Esplanade at Queenscliff came runner-up in the Renovations/Additions category and picked up the award for best Bathroom project.

Both developments, which were opposed in their planning stages by the Borough of Queenscliff, are now vying for State-level recognition.

In conceiving a home for his own family, David said he looked for a design that worked with its coastal landscape.  “The brief to myself was to build a high quality, classic but contemporary coastal home taking full advantage of the stunning southern ocean views and sun-drenched northern front yard.“Using traditional weatherboard as the dominant external cladding, I incorporated durable recycled Australian timbers and West Australian sandstone to complete a family home that should stand the test of time”, he said.

“The renovated home on The Esplanade was transformed from a dated Tudor-style residence with minimal southern ocean views overlooking ‘the heads’ to a stunning modern home, taking full advantage of the breathtaking views the home now commands.

“Both of these homes had great difficulty in the planning process with successful, although expensive appeals at VCAT.  In saying this I feel it is a credit to Queenscliff to receive high industry acknowledgment for modern contemporary housing in what is small heritage-dominated market”, David added.

Publication: Rip Rumour Magazine
Date: November, 2007

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