Armadale Custom Build – HIA Winner 2021

Defined by its contemporary, yet timeless design, this Two Single Occupancy Units over Basement Garage Development is the ultimate in fine detailing and crafted workmanship. Designed by Paul Conrad Architects with Interiors by MIM Design and Garden Design by Paul Bangay this development boasts cutting edge design and construction with a commitment to quality, luxurious appointments and meticulous attention to detail throughout.

Both Residences feature a gallery-like interior with many luxury appointments including Portsea Grey Limestone and European Oak Chevron Timber Floors, Bespoke Joinery through out including Poliform Dressing Rooms and Robes. Aluminium Windows and External Door Frames throughout are Raenears Thermally Broken Frames with Low E Double Glazing and Secure Basement Garaging for Four Cars to each Apartment. Other features include a Private Lift from the Garage to each Home, 5KW Solar System, Hydronic Heating, Under Tile Heating to all Stone Clad Bathrooms and En-suites, Refrigerated Cooling, Video Intercom, Control 4 Home Automation System,12,000 litre water storage and Auto Garden Irrigation System.

The beautifully detailed exterior is a combination of Brushed Sandstorm Limestone cladding, Fine Textured Render, Custom Made Louvre Screens and Bespoke Metalwork to Garden Pergolas, Services Enclosure and Access Gates



The project has many standout features with the most notable being,

Carpentry & Joinery
All feature Internal Doors & Door Jambs were custom made especially for this project. Doors were made up in a raw finish oak veneer, fitted on site including all Door Hardware and furniture then Custom Stained to the Designers Colour palette, then clear two pack in a matte finish applied. Doors were then returned to site and fitted. All the Door Jambs are solid single rebated KDHW that we fitted on site, concealed fixed to the jamb studs then stained on site and clear coated to match the Doors.

The Large Cavity Sliding Door Units for both Steel Framed and Timber Veneer Doors were custom made on site by our Carpenters. They feature Brio Zero 100 Tracks and running gear including soft close functions to all Doors. They are an absolute standout and both the Owners and Architects made mention at how beautifully they operate.

The Entry Doors to each Apartment were also custom made up on site. They have a Steel Frame internally, solid core door infills then they are clad in 6mm Marine Ply and then the Feature KDHW profiled cladding that we had machined up was applied over the ply. Our painters then meticulously hand stained and clear coated the Doors to match the Internal Doors.

Stone Masonry
The Buildings Facade is clad in a Brushed (Leathered) Sandstorm Limestone which was supplied by CDK. Four Stonemasons prepared and mechanically fixed every single piece of Limestone to the Buildings Reinforced Block Wall and Waterproofed structure. The level of skill, the precision and straightness of the cladding installation, the Mitred Corners and
reveals is absolutely exceptional. The Internal Bathrooms and Ensuite’s are all clad in Portsea Grey Marble. Other feature
Joinery Units through out including the Kitchen are clad in Vercillia Marble, again the workmanship in the installation of all pieces is exceptional

Geometric Staircase
Apartment Two has a Solid Concrete Formed insitu Geometric Stair that runs from the Basement Level to the Second Floor. The skill in the form worker’s boxing is clearly shown in the end result. The plasterers then skilfully troweled the Stairs soffit to a level 5 finish followed by the Hard Plasterers applying a Polished Venetian Plaster Finish to the Circular Stair Void Walls and Stair Structure. The feeling in the space with how the light enters the void from the Circular Skylight above and fills the space is amazing. The Metalworkers then bent up the continuous Handrail to match the radius of the void and pitch of the Stair while fitting this all in a finished rendered space was an outstanding achievement and exceptional quality of work.

Polished Plaster Walls
Many of the feature walls through out the Apartment including some of the Joinery Units in the Kitchen have a Polished Venetian Plaster finish. I did not originally think this would work over Joinery Doors but it has been successful and looks fantastic.

Chevron Floors
European Oak Floors in a Chevron Pattern have been expertly installed by our Flooring Contractor. The Floors have an acoustic rubber underlay over a self levelling floor prep. The tolerance in the floors is to 1mm

Architectural Metal Work
The skill and precision in all the custom and hand made Louvre Screens, Balustrade Panels, Garden Pergola’s and Access Gates including the Services Cupd’s and Water Jet cut Brass Lettering that was then patina’d to the Architects Spec is an outstanding example of the Metal Workers craft. The detail just in the Letterboxes alone give you an example of what to expect when first entering the property.

The only way such beautifully detailed Projects can be achieved is by having a thorough and intimate knowledge of all the Drawings and Specified Items that are to be incorporated and fully understanding the Architects and Interior Designers Design intent. The processes required to achieve this are by having an experienced and competent Site Foreman managing the day to day activities on site along with a constant and accurate flow of information from the Builders Head Office.

Sub Contractors that share this belief and have the same passion to produce highly detailed and crafted Homes are also a vital ingredient.



Whilst the Architects Specification dictates what is to be incorporated into the Build, we always try to add value where we can. The Apartments include a Control 4 Remote Access and Operating System which incorporates Control of Security, Lighting, Air Conditioning Systems, Music and Data, Blinds and Remote Access. All functions of the Apartments can be controlled remotely.



The project was originally scheduled to take 18 months to complete, however the effects of Covid 19 with restricted numbers on site, delays in receiving items from overseas and the flow on affect of all subbies being held up on their other jobs stretched the Project out to 22 months.

The Super Structure of the Building is Bored Piers and Shotcrete Walls to the Basement, Post Tensioned Slabs to each Floor Level including the Roof Slab. All External and Internal Load bearing Walls are Reinforced Core Filled Block Walls. All internal Walls are Steel Stud and Track.

Constructing such a Building and getting all the materials into the site via the narrow street frontage was always going to be a challenge. With no permanent Crane on site, the importance of Scheduling the delivery of Materials and Labour to the site was critical in trying to stay on track with the Work Programme

The Projects Interiors are a great example of what is absolutely on trend at the moment. Darker Timber Veneers to Joinery Units, Marble Clad Bathrooms and Kitchens (including Drawers), Venetian Polished Plaster Walls and Hand Made Carpets. Oak Floors in Chevron Pattern and Custom Made Steel Framed and Fluted Glass Doors.

The Master Bedrooms with their Luxurious Walk In Robes are also an example of what these High End style Homes are demanding at the moment.

The sum of all the Projects Consultants, Builders Staff and Highly Experienced Trades have in my opinion produced an outstanding and deserving, award winning result!

WINNER 2021 HIA Victorian Apartment of the Year
FINALIST 2021 HIA Victorian Home of the Year
FINALIST 2021 HIA Victorian Apartment Complex Up to $10 million