Step inside Canberra’s 2019 House of the Year

Encapsulating the ultimate in resort-style living, this multi-generational home in Holt took out Master Builder ACT’s House of the Year. And when you take a sneak peek inside the six-bedroom, six-bathroom property—it’s easy to see why.

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Director of Classic Constructions Jason Tanchevski said the company worked with the clients over five years—from early in the design process right through to completion, in conjunction with Architect Tony Trobe.

“It was the sort of thing that we worked on together with Tony and the client, to narrow down what would work for them. They wanted something that was flexible and would evolve with the changing needs of their family,” Jason said.

The single-level residence on Drake Brockman Drive is divided into pavilions linked around the grand feature of the house—a resort-style 25-metre in-ground pool. The pool has a swim up bar, an integrated spa, is all self-cleaning and has a retractable automatic pool cover. Fun fact—it’s one of the largest lids in the southern hemisphere on a residential pool.

“It’s one of my favourite features of the house because it’s unique—it’s the focal piece of the home—everything is designed around that central entertaining area and many of the windows face towards that pool area,” Jason said.


The property also features resort style inclusions such as a luxury cabana with an inbuilt bar and kitchen, two built-in saunas, private gym, tennis court and home theatre snug room. Another one of Jason’s favourite features is the so-called ‘man cave’ section of the house—which includes a wine cellar, pool room and custom joinery with built in beer taps.

“It connects to a private gym area and is designed and built using pretty unique materials—including black steel benchtops and recycled timber all the way through,” he said.

This stunning home is an entertainer’s delight, featuring several zones to host friends and family in Canberra’s different seasonal climates. The pavilion style set up of the home also provides a practical domestic setting that suits their unique family requirements.

“Each area of the home is segregated into separate sections without losing a feeling of connection. You’ve got your entertaining spaces, separate living quarters, a master retreat area, a kids’ wing with their own bedrooms, living space, kitchen and study space—so that each part of the home can be used for multiple activities,” Jason said.

While the home, set on a former vineyard, commands a substantial 1200 square metres, it has been custom designed for its location—taking advantage of the solar orientation with very high sustainability credentials. The design and building materials blend into the beautiful semi-rural landscape—including recycled Blackbutt timber, Brindabella bluestone, rendered brickwork, basalt tiling, polished concrete floors, custom joinery and expansive glass windows to take in the vast blue vistas of the Brindabellas.

For Jason, this incredible home is a perfect showcase of the quality ‘dream homes’ that Classic Constructions can achieve. And while the company continues to build award-winning homes in the capital—designing, crafting and building quality custom homes that their clients will love—is their key ambition.

“By focusing on our philosophy to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients, the awards just seem to fall into place,” Jason said. “We get clients that are so excited about seeing their dreams brought to life, that they shed tears of joy—there’s nothing more rewarding than that.”

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