Second heritage resurrection

HERITAGE GEM: Pat Skinner, Blaike Brims, Murray Johnson and David Brown in front of the High St home that has scored the builder a second excellence award.
HERITAGE GEM: Pat Skinner, Blaike Brims, Murray Johnson and David Brown in front of the High St home that has scored the builder a second excellence award.

Builder David Brown and his wife Kerrie have won another Master Builders Excellence in Regional Building award, this time for their renovation of the derelict house at 159 High Street which has been resurrected as a hairdressing salon.

The Browns were presented with the award in the ‘restoration of a heritage building’ category at a glittering ceremony in Ballina recently, and are very proud of their achievement.

“This building had been empty for about 30 years and most people remember the condition it was in,” Mr Brown said.

“We decided in 2012 to give the place a new lease on life, and save it we did. It is extremely satisfying to be recognised and congratulated by our peers from within the industry for what we achieved.

“Although we are the recipients of the award, we both realise we couldn’t have achieved the trophy without the help of others.”

Patty Skinner, Murray Johnson and Blaike Brims laboured on the project, and Mr Brown commended them as great workers and keen to learn.

“Linda Lee and Danielle Ware contributed to the interior design, and it looks and feels amazing,” he said.

“This is our second award for this type of work, so we must be doing something right.”

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