Steel Frame House Wins HIA Display Home Of The Yea

Steel framed house wins HIA display home of the year

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Serenity Homes’ Soudai won the HIA Australian Display Home of the Year 2007, crowning its already long list of industry awards and achievements. The Award was presented at the HIA Awards Ceremony held 12 May in Sydney.


According to HIA judges, Soudai epitomises the way of the future for single allotment suburban housing. They explained that it contains all the latest innovations that take the industry forward and makes superb use of a variety of colours, materials and textures.

In addition, ‘Soudai’ won the Delfin Best Patio Display Home and the Premier Display Home in South Australia and then went on to win the National Premier Display Home.

Soudai is an architect designed 359.2 square metre home with 3 bedrooms, 3 separate living areas and a mezzanine study area. Materials include a TrueCore® steel frame, plasterboard walls and ceilings, custom made solid timber mouldings and stairs and solid timber and glass doors. On the exterior are Colorbond® steel roofing and commercial aluminum doors and windows. Stone walling has also been used to great effect.
One of the materials at the very core of the house and one frequently described by Serenity Homes’ owner, Gary Barnes, as particularly “future considerate” is the steel framing. “Innovation isn’t just about fancy design features or hi-tech accessories,” said Gary, “it’s about thinking through the entire process and enhancing every aspect as much as possible. This starts with the initial concept work and goes all the way through to predictions about how the design will perform in the years to come.”

Responsible for fabricating and installing the steel frames is Steel Frame Solutions, who’s SA Manager, Gary Scott, said “Gary Barnes and I only work on one level and that is one of premium quality,” he explained. “Every frame we install for Serenity Homes will provide the homeowner with peace of mind that the core of their dream home will be structurally sound well into the future. It won’t bend, rot, twist, or be eaten by termites.”

Builder:      Serenity Homes, Highbury, SA

Frame fabricator and Installer:  Steel Frame Solutions