Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

One of Australia’s prominent designers and builders of luxury homes, Canny, has received a prestigious housing industry award for its leading edge design and construction work in recognition of the unique home renovations on a Federation Arts and Craft era home in Kew, Melbourne.

After picking up the award for Renovation/Addition Over $2 Million at the 2013 HIA CSR Victorian Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards at Crown Towers on Friday night, Canny won the Overall Renovation/Addition of the Year category, cementing its position as the one to watch at the National HIA Awards in May 2014.

Canny Managing Director, Damian Canny, is delighted with the recognition.

“This home is a fine example of the high-end, elegant lifestyle homes we seek to create for our clients. The brief included a number of innovative design features and required seamless fusion of the existing heritage and contemporary elements, so we feel honoured to have this home accredited with such an esteemed award.”

The front part of the home on ground level was sliced in half – the three front rooms were preserved in their original period style while the remaining back rooms were reconfigured and extended to create new space. A second storey was also added to accommodate four bedrooms, two bathrooms and another children’s retreat.

State-of-the-art design features include everything from Control 4 automation for wireless appliance control across the house to an L-shaped swimming pool with three separate areas and a Schindler lift which operates to all three floors, however one of the greatest highlights is the underground component.

The 560 square metre basement level required extensive excavation to incorporate a half-sized basketball court with six-metre high ceilings complete with outlook window from the underground rumpus room. The underground level also includes a guest retreat complete with bedroom, sitting area and bathroom, a cellar, gymnasium, a 5-car garage and a luxurious home cinema completely fitted out with a 130-inch screen and 11 leather recliners.

The owners, a family of six with four children under 13, had a distinctive vision to create a home that would evolve with the family and be an entertainment haven for the children to bring their friends home. The end result is a premium triple storey design that incorporates the ultimate in quality aesthetics, materials and build for which Canny is nationally renowned.

Canny Design’s Head Architect, Mary-Ann Woff, said her inspiration was to achieve a beautiful mansion that kept the same proportions and elegant grandeur in scale while being modern and functional for the family.

“The needs of the growing family are met with ample storage areas, separate children’s zones on every level and various play and sports zones away from these areas so that the kids can entertain themselves or friends independently”.

These two awards bring Canny’s HIA award count to eight. In May this year Canny was awarded Australian Project Home of the Year and has also previously been awarded the Victorian Project Home of the Year in 2012 and Victorian Home of the Year in 2007.


Project Details

Architect: Canny Design

Interior Designer: Canny Design

Builder: Canny

Pool Builder: Integrated Pools

About Canny:

Canny was founded by Damian Canny 19 years ago, establishing an enviable reputation for reliability, innovation and excellence.  For more information on Canny’s capabilities and experience visit .

About the HIA Awards:

The HIA Awards recognise the achievements in housing, kitchen and bathroom excellence and are a way to celebrate and award the best in construction, design and innovation across Victoria. The HIA Awards are held in the highest regard within the Victorian and Australian residential construction industry and have grown to become the state’s most distinguished Housing Awards program.

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Canny Custom Home Builders

Canny are the leading architects in Melbourne for custom designed, prestige homes. With over 19 years experience designing and constructing some of Melbourne’s finest contemporary homes, Canny’s reputation has been built on outstanding professionalism, truly creative thinking, and superb quality.



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