Hills family business, Chateau Architects + Builders, has just won two prestigious Master Builders Association (MBA) awards and is a finalist for 2019 Master Builder of the Year.

The Castle Hill- based business was established nearly 50 years ago by Malcolm McDonald, who wanted to build quality custom design homes and provide an alternative to project home builders.

Chateau Architects + Builders is now run by his sons, Rod (Director of Architecture) and Alex (Director of Construction), both lHills district residents. Their winning home in the Design and Build segment for homes between $1.7-2m is located in Pymble and is a fine example of a French provincial home.

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. 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 the council’s 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.”

Chateau was also co-winner of the MBA Spa Award, with landscaping company The Other Side Landscapes with a property in Glenhaven. The Pymble home, and another home built by Chateau in Glenhaven, are finalists in the Housing Industry Association (HIA) awards in late October.

Chateau won MBA awards in both 2013 and 2015.

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