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Bathroom Renovators,What makes an award winning home? Surprisingly, the cost of the home is a minor consideration. When judging homes, architects and builders are more interested in style, sustainability and the innovative use of space and materials. Whether you're building a new home or looking for ways to renovate and get the most out of your existing home, find inspiration in these 10 award winning Australian homes.

1) Rush House : In 2012, the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded a prize to Townsend & Associates Architects for their renovation of the Rush house in Canberra. Their brief was to provide a contemporary and flexible dwelling for a growing family; and retain the character while improving the livability of the existing 1950s house.

2) The 2013 HIA-CSR Home of the Year award went to Cave Constructions and Clever Designs for a home they built on a steep rural site in Tasmania. The judges were impressed by how well designed and constructed the home on an "extremely complex" site was.

3) Peregian Beach House 2 , designed by Sparks Architects in Queensland was a recipient of an AIA award in 2012. The client wanted to minimize the environmental impact of their new home. At the same time, they wanted to be able to enjoy their stunning natural landscape at all times of the day and year. An excellent example of passive solar design, the home has good cross ventilation and with the opposing pitches of the two roofs winter sun penetration whilst protecting the central outdoor space from the harsh southerly winds.

4) The Building Designers Association Victoria (BDAV) awarded Wilson id Pty. Ltd. their 2013 House of the Year award in the up to $300,000 Construction Cost"" category. Rose of South Yarra was chosen in part because of the clever use of recycled building materials that ""reinforce the early industrial aesthetic, while a playful and seemingly random arrangement of steel framed colored glazing allows light to penetrate the full height void within.

5) The ArchitectureAU 2014 award for Sustainable Living was awarded to Breathe Architecture for their multi-residential project, The Commons. The architects commented: We took out car parks, airconditioning, second bathrooms, individual laundries. Instead we gave space, height, thermal efficiency, double-glazing , solar hot water, solar PV and tiny utility bills.

6) ArchitectureAU's 2014 House of the Year was awarded to "Invisible House" by Peter Stutchbury Architecture. Located on a hill in a stunning rural setting, the house received the House of the Year award because there was something absolutely Australian about this project, not just its connection to an undeniably spectacular setting, but also its modesty, clarity, resourcefulness and consequential delight.

7) In the year 2000, architect Stanic Harding won the AIA NSW State award for a renovation to a terrace house in Surry Hills. According to the architect, the Gibbeson Litynski House was "a poorly built mid 80's three level townhouse that needed to be stripped out and the interior completely redesigned and rebuilt.

8) The harsh Northern Territory climate calls for sustainable home design. In 2013, the HIA regional award for Affordable Housing in the NT went to Vantage Homes for a first home builder's house that managed to fit within their budget without compromising on space. In addition, the site "orientation and planning allows for the flexibility of future growth.

9) A Neutral Bay refurbishment project by a+ Design Group won the 2014 Sydney Design Award in the "Architecture -- Residential -- Constructed" category. Working with a small budget on apartments on two blocks, the design group used sustainable and recycled materials. "Natural ventilation, rainwater collection and generous solar access" added to their appeal, without detracting from the modern makeover.

10) A Beulah Park extension awarded the 2012 "Small Project Award" by the AIA is an example of what a big difference sustainable passive solar design can make even in a small renovation project. Designed by Scholz Vinall Design, the construction materials were ""chosen for maximum external insulation with internal thermal mass to improve thermal comfort without the need for air-conditioning.

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