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Award-Winning Homes - Knockdown Rebuild Northern Beaches

The Master Builders Association of NSW Excellence in Housing Awards is undoubtedly the state’s most prestigious residential building award. Celebrating excellence in construction, innovation and quality, the Housing Awards serves to showcase the very best in residential construction.

Peninsula Homes has had the absolute pleasure of being awarded three Master Builders Excellence in Housing Awards in 2023, 2018 and 2017 and as a finalist in 2020 for the House Additions/Alterations/Renovations Category. The importance of these awards to our team cannot be underestimated. With entries growing year on year, we are competing with the best of the best home builders in NSW. As a bespoke residential builder on the Northern Beaches, we come up against some of the largest and most impressive residential construction companies in the state. To be victorious, on three occasions so far, is by no means just good fortune or good luck. It’s by working hard and forging meaningful and trustworthy relationships alongside our clients, designers, contractors, trades and suppliers and by building the best homes we can.

What is most rewarding about the 3 winning homes is they all won in the Design & Construct category, designed and crafted from the ground up by the Peninsula Homes team. All of our projects are mindfully centred around affordability and working within fixed-price contracts, ensuring we meet the client’s brief and deliver the finished home beyond their expectation.

2023 - Excellence in Housing Awards

$1.2m – $1.3m – Design & Construct Category Balgowlah Heights

With commanding views to Manly, this low maintenance family home oozes elegance and style. Our clients also had a desire for their home to be modest and with an unobtrusive streetscape and with a busy family life, the choice of materials and ongoing maintenance was carefully considered

The desire for a generational home helped made the choice of a suspended slab construction an easy one. The resulting structure provided thermal mass to capture the morning sun, whilst the large rear eave shades much of the afternoon westerly heat. The double-brick ground floor absorbs the noise of three teenage boys, whilst keeping the temperature mild during summer.

The use of the suspended slab also helped the large angled front balcony come to life. No steel beams or brackets to rust in the coastal environment. And the painted stainless steel balustrade posts, set into concrete, will see out the life of the home.

Now that the home is built and it’s starting to settle in, we can see that it really has met the client’s brief. Family life functions well in varying spaces, as does entertaining extended family and friends. The streetscape is understated, yet stylish, and we can see that this home will only continue to look better over the passing years.

“Peninsula Homes did an outstanding job from the planning stage to handing over the keys 2 days before Christmas. Their care and attention show. Getting a beautiful house built through a pandemic and finishing ahead of schedule is above and beyond what we expected” – C & A

2020 - Excellence in Housing Awards (Finalist)

$1.4m – $1.5m House Additions/Alterations/Renovations Category

Positioned on the headland at North Curl Curl, this home captures views of the majestic Pacific Ocean from every corner of the home. 

Our clients, Paul and Caroline, engaged Peninsula Homes to modify and bring to life their DA approved architect designed home, to ensure it met all their needs. High on their priority list was a functional and energy-efficient family home.

The stunning combination of exposed concrete, structural steel and spotted gum timbers to the external facade, combined with well-considered landscaping, makes this finished home picture perfect. 

An ongoing exchange of ideas throughout the build not only provided the best possible outcome for the home but also made the build a hugely satisfying project for the entire Peninsula Homes team.

“We felt that overall, all the Peninsula crew went above and beyond, making the team easy to work with and ensuring the whole process was enjoyable, not just an end result” – Paul & Caroline


2018 - Excellence in Housing Awards

$500,000 to $800,000 – Design & Construct Category Dee Why

Judge‘s Comments:

“Peninsula Homes has designed and built a quality home to a tight budget on a fixed-price contract. The home has been designed to take in the spectacular water views from many areas. Exceptional finishes, both externally and internally. Carpentry works were undertaken by in-house craftsmen with excellent execution. Great value for money.”

Located on the Northern Beaches, situated on Dee Why Headland with incredible coastal views to the north and south, the brief for this knockdown rebuild project was to design & build a subtle Northern Beaches home with a relaxed and easy feel. A light-filled and open home allowing connectedness to the outside from every room.

Our clients, John and Jane wanted a home they could live in for the rest of their lives, opting for a well-designed and homely feel. Clever design without pushing the size boundaries meant that this home could be built under Complying Development rules and was built in 8 months.

We never take for granted the trust that our clients place in us to design and build their dream home. Sharing their vision and working alongside John and Jane, to realise their forever home, was such a rewarding and enjoyable experience for the Peninsula Homes team.

“The way the outdoor and indoor areas merge is wonderful. Working with the Peninsula Homes team was an absolute delight and I don’t think you hear that from many house builds” – John & Jane

2017 - Excellence in Housing Awards

$750,000 to $1 million  – Design & Construct Category North Curl Curl

MBA Judge’s Comments:

“A lot of thought has gone into this house to accommodate the needs of the client, the budget and the steep site. Full of great ideas to save space and make some rooms multi-functional to fit the family’s needs, a high standard of finish was maintained all the way through.”

With captivating views to Manly and the CBD of Sydney, the opportunities to make the most of this sloping site of this knockdown rebuild on the Northern Beaches were limitless. Our clients, Fran and David, had very definitive ideas on the street appeal of the new home in that it needed to be subtle from the street; to sit comfortably on the block and then open up to take in the ocean and city views to the rear of the home.

From the design phase through until the completion of building the new home, this knockdown rebuild project was a joy to work on for the entire Peninsula Homes team. The rapport between ourselves and our client meant there was a constant exchange of ideas on how elements could be done differently to build the best possible home. This ability to adapt and be flexible throughout the building process was very much appreciated by David and Fran.

An eclectic mix of new and recycled materials make this home a standout. Harbour Bridge scaffolding timbers were used to fashion a floating shelf, giant floor standing mirror and a pendant light above the dining room table. Recycled bricks were used to create a spine wall through the home; a superb feature. Light voids above the kitchen and open stairwell to allow natural light to fill the home. Click the video below and take a look at this home as featured on the Before & After TV show or click here to read more about the project.

“We wanted to build a home and build it with the right people who shared and understood our vision” – David & Fran