This year we are celebrating 30 Years of House of the Year! Over the next few months we are going to be shining a light on some of the people who have played a massive part in the competition. Keep an eye out on our channels as our members share some of their best memories as a builder.
“After finishing school I worked at my father’s construction company. It was during this time that I came to realise I enjoyed the satisfaction from creating things and dealing with people.
I have been in the trade for 38 years and became a Master Builder member in 1998. Throughout my 38 years, I have always found my work to be very rewarding but can be challenging at times. Working in the trades with a good team around you creates a sense of camaraderie – all working together to achieve the same goal.
A favourite work story of mine occurred whilst working for my father on a holiday home where we were completing an upper level extension and renovation. We knocked off on the Friday and locked down the site for the weekend. Either that night or soon after a possum managed to get into the roof and ventured inside through a roof light and fan. The possum fell through, landing in the existing ensuite basin and hit the tap lever, turning on the water. The sink had straw in it from the fan duct above that blocked the waste, which in turn over the weekend flooded the lower level of the house. We arrived onsite Monday morning to water flowing everywhere and the possum sitting in the ensuite shower cubicle. Happy days.
Our team has entered House of the Year almost every year. We received our first win the year we became a RMB member. Since then we have had many top results. But I am most proud of the Platinum Award we received in 2013 which recognises outstanding achievement and building excellence in winning five or more national awards.
After taking a short break from entering the awards, we were over the moon to win the Supreme Renovation Award last year. It’s a great achievement for our team and all of the subtrades involved in the project.” – Mark Haimes, Haimes Building and 2020 Supreme Renovation winner