GOLD Coast company McGowan Building Services was thrilled to learn it had won the Housing Industry Australia award for Hunter Home of the Year.

Its innovative design was recognised by the judges who voted McGowan’s as the best custom-built home over $1 million and the overall best custom-built home.

The winners were announced at the HIA-CSR Hunter Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards which recognised the achievements of designers, builders, suppliers and manufacturers.

Thornton company McDonald Jones Homes picked up the most awards on the night, but McGowan Building Services was the big winner.

The judges praised McGowan’s work, saying there was little evidence of the complexity of the design from the street but once inside the detail was evident.

‘‘Excellence of the highest standard is evident throughout this impressive modern home and as you enter, the first wow factor is only surpassed by the following wow factor,’’ one of the judges said.

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