Seacastle Building’s Dave Whitfield outside the 2009 NSW Housing Award Spec Home of the Year his company built in Lennox Head.
Seacastle Building’s Dave Whitfield outside the 2009 NSW Housing Award Spec Home of the Year his company built in Lennox Head. david nielsen

Ballina builders win State awards

A NORTHERN Rivers building firm is leading the nation in the design and quality of the homes it is creating.

A Lennox Head house built by the two-man company from Ballina has won two prestigious State awards and is in the running to win gold on the national stage for what judges called ‘an outstanding home in all aspects’.

Seacastle Building won the best spec home for the Housing Industry Association’s Gold Coast and Northern Rivers Awards, and went on to win the NSW Regional State Housing Awards.

Seacastle directors Dave Whitfield and Brent Robinson said they were ‘so proud of our achievements’.

“This house is a representation of our beliefs and passion for building, and to be acknowledged by our peers further encourages us to strive for perfection,” they said.

The two men were based in Sydney until two years ago, when they came north to work on the Beach Suites development in Byron Bay, then formed Seacastle Building.

Even in Sydney they preferred to work on ‘more detailed, more high-end homes’, Mr Whitfield said.

“We thought our work was commendable and we are both into high quality, detailed finishes, but winning these awards will take us to another level,” he said.

Seacastle bought the land in Warrawee Drive and enlisted a draftsman to help design the two-storey, four-bedroom, L-shaped home, making it as open as possible.

Colin Buttenshaw, HIA director for the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers, said Seacastle had won against hundreds of entries.

These included top-end builders and architects from all over NSW and the Gold Coast, which showed the exceptional quality the partnership had produced.



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