Ballina designer scoops award

A BALLINA designer who won a State designing award on the weekend said his inspiration came from extended families who like to impose on their relatives.

John Bath is one of three North Coast designers who won awards from the NSW Building Designers Association on Saturday.

Mr Bath won a commendation in the 'residential buildings 351sqm to 450sqm' category.

Mr Bath said the owners of the Lennox Head house had family who liked to stay at their home because it was near the beach.

“But they didn't want a large house that would intrude on to the streetscape and stick out like a sore toe,” he said.

“So the bulk of the house is behind and the front of the house is single level, you'd never know.”

General manager for the NSW Building Designers Association, Edward Riddle, said the house was also built to take advantage of the wind and the sun with a north facing courtyard.

“Timber decks and polished floors upstairs are supported on large timber poles,” Mr Riddle said. “This is a wonderful home all year around.”

Skennars Head designer Neil Waldron won the NSW category of 'residential alternations and additions for over $200,000'.

Mr Riddle said he transformed a Fernleigh 1970s brick veneer into 'an appealing contemporary residence'.

Mr Waldron moved a fireplace that was blocking the views and converted bedrooms into living areas with full height sliding glass doors.

Kingscliff designer Michael Schafer won the 'low density multi-residential buildings, for up to six dwellings' for a Kirra project.

Mr Riddle said Mr Schafer's design meant the builder could construct three-bedroom units on a difficult site.

“Clever site planning, sensitive building composition, employment of visually interesting external materials and crisp architectural forms have resulted in an eye-pleasing building,” he said.

Winners of state categories will compete in the national awards.

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