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Uppink 1

WINNER:DICKS CONSTRUCTION CC, UPPINK LODGE

The lodge consists of a large central family unit containing kitchen and dining areas, main lounge and swimming pool deck.  Two separate private bedroom wings are located on each side of the main unit and are linked by timber decks.  The complex stretches across the natural hillside that slopes down to the main dam at Mziki and forms a wide elevation that blends into the tree line. Flat concrete roofs, with localised thatched areas over the bedrooms help the lodge blend into the natural bush.

Quality workmanship, luxurious finishings and the picture perfect manner in which it integrates with nature, makes Uppink Lodge a worthy winner.

HIGHLY COMMENDED:BENCON PROJECTS CC, HOUSE PHILIPS

Some of the difficulties encountered during the construction of House Phillips were the discovery of clay which placed the earthworks activities on hold for a month whilst Geotechnical investigations were conducted and drawings revised. Also sub-surface water was encountered which resulted in continuous collapsing of excavations. This necessitated the sinking of sups and constant pumping of water. Despite these difficulties the project was only extended by 3 months with consideration for minimum environmental impact being paramount. The dwelling was complex and constructed to very high standards and quality of finishes.

HOUSE SHACKS

HIGHLY COMMENDED B:FUTURE RUSTIC CONSTRUCTION, HOUSE SHACKS

House Shacks is a private double storey house built in Uvongo with clay bricks and plaster with a Gamma Zenith exterior finish. The ground floor consists of a double volume entrance that encompasses a built-in ceiling to floor glass water feature, a formal lounge with bar area that opens onto a patio that overlooks the swimming pool expanse. It has a family room, guest toilet, kitchen, scullery, en-suite guest bedroom, laundry, double garage along with an en-suite nanny’s room and enclosed courtyard. The first floor boasts an en-suite main bedroom with a walk-in closet, a home theatre entertainment room as well as a second bedroom en-suite, each with their own balcony.

HOUSE IMBRIOLO

HIGHLY COMMENDED C:GRAEME KERR CONSTRUCTION, HOUSE IMBRIOLO

The construction of this house commenced in the rainy season which brought along its own set of challenges. The piling contractor faced with unrelenting mud, was unable to proceed up the 45 degree path off site. Using initiative, excavations began in order to erect a large retaining wall first, to stop wash downs from heavy rains. Once all the ground steel work was in and ready for concrete, there was another heavy downpour and foundations filled up with mud and water. Perseverance prevailed and before long, rain was no longer a problem. The end result was an aesthetically pleasing, brick and mortar under tile double storey dwelling with high quality finishes.

HOUSE ROBERT

HIGHLY COMMENDED D: MASBUILD T/A MASTERCRAFT, HOUSE ROBERT – BALLITO GARDENS

This is a double storey luxury residence within a gated estate. The Client’s requirements were exacting in the following - adherence to programme, financial control and quality assurance. Attention to detail was paramount and this resulted in a satisfying end result. Early problems were encountered in the foundations when a high water table caused by the adjacent dam necessitated auged mini piles executed in waterlogged conditions. Time was lost and additional resources were employed in erecting the structure to return to programme. Block and beam slabs were employed as a time saving and cost effective method. The project was completed on time and budgetary control was managed with the Client’s participation

HOUSE CRUTCHFIELD

HIGHLY COMMENDED E:PHARAOH DEVELOPMENT, HOUSE CRUTCHFIELD

House Crutchfield is a double story house situated in a 5 unit complex in Southbroom. The living area is on the first floor and the entertainment facility is on the ground floor, which includes a bar/braai, rim flow swimming pool and Jacuzzi with a deck overlooking the beautiful landscape. Some of the superior finishes include limestone porcelain tiles, solid beach wood, white aluminium windows and door frames. The lounge and bar have white aluminium palace doors to enlarge the opening and create a better flow. The lounge has a built-in entertainment centre and both the main bedroom and the lounge have built-in sections for plasma televisions