These are given to entrants who achieve 90% of the available points and judged to be at least 80% above industry standard.
This home, inspired by mid-century architecture, is on a sunny north-facing site overlooking a lovely valley in Woodhill, and because it also nestles into the hill it is protected from the prevailing winds.
Within the 444sqm three-bedroom dwelling, there is passive ventilation thanks to strategically positioned glass louvres. Two fireplaces and a generator ensure warmth and power during frequent outages in the area. Challenging aspects of this build included the use of three different foundation and floor systems due to contours and different soil types on the site.
The complex roof shape, including 11 valleys, needed to accommodate the opposing vaulted ceilings. A restored 18th-century window and a solid oak parquet floor were carefully installed. Along with these, Egyptian relic doors in the main bedroom and a pre-cast concrete entrance wall are standout features.
The classic kitchen includes an expansive Italian marble island top, a butler’s pantry and a metre-wide freestanding Smeg oven that is surrounded by stainless steel working surfaces.