A Hills District family business has won two awards at this year’s prestigious Master Builders Association (MBA) Awards night and was also a finalist for 2019 Master Builder of the Year. Chateau Architects + Builders, located in Castle Hill, was established nearly 50 years ago by Malcolm McDonald, to build quality custom design homes and provide an alternative to project home builders.

Now run by sons Rod (Director of Architecture) and Alex (Director of Construction), both of whom live in the Hills district, this award is far from the first for this multi award winning family team. Chateau Architects + Builders won the highly competitive Design and Build segment for homes between $1.7-2m. The winning design, a fine example of a French provincial home, was built in the affluent suburb of Pymble. The brief was to create a design to complement the streetscape, optimising the views and taking advantage of the sloping site and northerly rear aspect.

In creating the design, Architect Rod McDonald faced multiple design challenges including a rigid budget, heritage issues and the owner’s instructions for an imposing external façade which conflicted with Councils strict height controls. Builder, Alex McDonald, said “We are delighted to receive another award from the MBA and are proud of the authentic detailing and quality finishes throughout the home. The project was made easier by having a client with great taste who embraced all that Chateau has to offer, from design concept through to construction and interior design services.” The hills-based company was also co-winner of the MBA Spa Award, with landscaping company The Other Side Landscapes.

Chateau was also an MBA award winner in both 2013 and 2015. The Pymble home, and another home built by Chateau in Glenhaven, have also been nominated as finalists in the Housing Industry Association (HIA) awards with the awards evening being held in late October.

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