- Posted Wednesday, 11 November 2015 -
- In Awards
Awarded on two fronts for both innovation and craftsmanship, this local builder is proving why he is a master of his trade. Bret Nixon, the Managing Director at Nixon Build & Design, received and award for Innovation in Workplace Health & Safety and an award for Home Renovation/ Remodelling up to $275,000 at the 2015 Master Builders North Queensland Housing & Construction Awards.
The award winning renovation project at Gilbert Crescent on Castle Hill was complex, involving converting a 1970s house into a modern day residence to optimise the ideal hillside location boasting supreme views.
"The brief was to extend the main bedroom to include a walk-in robe and ensuite, replacing and remodelling the existing family bathroom, opening up the main living areas and removing the hallway,” Mr Nixon said.
"It was much, much more complicated than it sounds, we had to remove walls and install beams which took a considerable amount of time and care, the result is pretty seamless for a finer and more contemporary finish that we absolutely pride ourselves on.”
This commitment to finding the best solution for the job is something that Mr Nixon learnt first hand from his father Don Nixon who carved out a long career in house relocating and lifting by developing the pier jack house raising system in the 70s that is today widely used across North Queensland.
Mr Nixon has further advanced his father’s legacy, which led to his award for innovation this year, by developing and refining the technique to improve not only efficiency but primarily to make the process safer.
"House raising is by its very nature fraught with safety issues, because people rush when there are deadlines but this system is now much more effective so that risk is minimised,” Mr Nixon said.
"It’s not like the old pig sty method, this pier jack technique gives you clear access under the house so that when it is raised you can work unhindered underneath the house.”