HIA Australian People’s Choice Home of the Year 2022 – Hazelwood Park

At Alan Sheppard Construction, we believe that every site has the potential to be the next Adelaide luxury home. That’s why we’re proud to announce that our Hazelwood Park project has been nominated for the 2022 HIA–CSR Australian People’s Choice Home of the Year award.


The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has been proudly representing the Australian housing industry for over 75 years. During that time, the HIA has identified, showcased and rewarded the best and brightest within the housing sector. And thanks to its renowned titles and rewards, the country’s best tradespeople and their businesses are highlighted for their exceptional service and high quality of work.

2021 HIA South Australian Home of the Year.
HIA Home of the Year 2021

The 2022 HIA–CSR Australian People’s Choice Home of the Year award is voted by the public and facilitated through Houzz Australia. With an estimated reach of 500,000, Houzz Australia users and the entire HIA national membership can vote for their favourite home – making the winner truly the choice of the people.

An Adelaide luxury home with ‘wow’ factor

Our clients, Neil and Sue Dunn, were particular about the architectural design and wanted to incorporate natural elements, such as stone and timber, into their new home. By combining these rustic features with modern accents, like black powder-coated aluminium windows, cladding and roofing, we were able to meet the clients’ brief – a home that embodied tranquillity and high-end design.

“A bold high-end feature home encompassing a large open plan living room with striking views over the outdoor pool area. The use of natural elements like stone and timber, combined with modern black powder-coated aluminium windows and cladding, make this home a spectacular mix of the old with the new.”

HIA South Australian Home of the Year judge

The result? A home that takes your breath away. With four spacious bedrooms, a large open plan living area, and stunning views over the heavenly pool, this project is breathtaking from the moment you step inside.

Distinctive, stunning architectural features that add luxury and elegance

This home sparkles with unique, quality architectural finishes – from the striking open cantilevered timber staircase illuminated with LED lighting to the Adelaide Basket Range stone used throughout the property.

“Building our dream home was something we always had wanted to do, but the thought was a bit daunting. However, the process of building with Alan Sheppard Constructions could not have been easier, thanks to everyone involved.”

Neil and Sue Dunn

Western Red Cedar timber eaves enhance the serenity of the exterior design. The special pitched timber ceiling gives the outdoor Alfresco entertainment area a grand effect.

Not only is the Hazelwood Park project magnificent, but it’s also highly functional. The architectural louvres comply with Council overlooking requirements, protecting the home from the harsh Western sun. It also adds to the strong and dramatic design.

Environmental qualities that enhance functionality

Neil and Sue needed a home that could withstand the harsh Australian elements while maintaining a comfortable relaxed interior.

“A sublime and elegant home which flowed beautifully – both structurally and aesthetically. It had a ‘wow’ factor from the moment we entered the residence.”

HIA South Australian Home of the Year judge

To create the luxury home of their dreams, several environmental features were added to Neil and Sue’s home design to ensure a high level of serenity: 

  • • 14.88kW grid-tied PV solar system with Tesla Battery back-up 
  • • 10.38mm VFloat toughened glass – Grey (prevent solar gain) 
  • • All internal walls (and external) insulated R2.5 (acoustic and thermal properties) 
  • • Solid core doors throughout (assist with thermal zoning) 
  • • Roof blanket, reflective sarking, and ceiling insulation (R4.0) to all roof areas 
  • • Louvres to cut out the Western sun over large window spans

“We could not be happier with the result that was achieved. Without hesitation, we recommend Alan Sheppard Constructions.” – Neil and Sue Dunn

Challenges to overcome

“From the plans in the beginning to selections before the build, and the tradesmen during the construction, everything went so well. Our dream home came to life under the very experienced and watchful eye of Alan Sheppard.” – Neil and Sue Dunn

The path to glory isn’t without its challenges. And the Hazelwood Park project is no exception. But thanks to our master planning, urban design experience and 40 years of experience, we were able to find unique solutions.

The home was surrounded by exposed brick houses and located opposite the Hazelwood Park Reserve. Clients Neil and Sue wanted a grand home that flowed with its surroundings, without appearing obtrusive. To overcome this challenge, the team at Alan Sheppards surveyed the area and took many photos. That way, we could incorporate the colours of the Reserve into the home’s exterior to ensure that it blended seamlessly with its surroundings.

The Alan Sheppard architects used an eyedropper tool to create a new palette for the home’s exterior. Inspired by the colours of the reserve, the house was painted in tones that both reflected and enhanced the beauty of Australian wildlife.

A large tree near the cross also proved to be a challenge. How could Neil and Sue ensure the tree’s well-being, without jeopardising the design of their dream home? 

After speaking with several experienced arborists, we developed a plan to design a submerged water drip system that would be installed beneath the concrete. This would ensure the tree had access to water and our clients could enjoy its beauty.

“An exceptionally sophisticated residence oozing with high end and unique quality architectural finishes.” HIA South Australian Home of the Year judge

Awards hold little worth unless they reward you, the homeowner. You win and we smile when an award-winning design functions superbly, fits your lifestyle and is unique and timeless in its design.

Looking for a luxury home builder in Adelaide? Consider Alan Sheppard Constructions. We specialise in luxury home design, assisting our clients with creating their dream home with all the luxury features they deserve.

Alan Sheppard Constructions specialises in luxury home design, assisting our clients with creating their dream home with all the luxury features they deserve. Vote for our Hazelwood Park project HERE.

Get in touch

Take a private tour of our feature home or speak to our team.

Take a private tour of our feature home or speak to our team.

Helen Sheppard
Sales & Marketing Manager
0407 600 678
helen@alansheppard.com.au

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