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This outstanding Yallingup property built by Denis Poor Building Services, demonstrates the exceptional workmanship and careful attention to detail for which this state and regional award-winning builder is renowned.

The company was awarded the project on a tender basis through the project’s architects, Zuideveld Marchant Hur Architects, and was engaged to undertake all of the building works.

Situated on a sloping site, the project came with a number of challenges. With only a clay soil foundation, there was a need to cut into the existing ground level in order to provide an even and solid building platform. The site also has a number of subterranean streams running through it, for which surface cut-off drains and sub-soils drains were used to divert the water away from the building area.

The main structure of the building is predominantly constructed of steel, which was erected prior to the floor being poured in order to minimise any patching of the floor around the column base plates. The roof cover was then installed, providing a covered area to work under during the winter months. To complement the property’s surrounding escarpment, raw, earthy materials and colours were used externally to give the residence a rural appeal.

Zincalume steel roof and wall cladding has been used in conjunction with textured Shadowclad plywood, which features vertical grooves to match the ribs of the steel wall cladding. The external infill walls and all internal walls are constructed from H2 treated pine framing.

Inside the home, smooth polished concrete floors act as a solar gain medium with the north-facing windows, using e-glass and the angular overhanging roof shape to protect the windows during summer while allowing the full use of the lower winter sun. The use of local natural granite stone on the firebox adds texture, which again reinforces the rural aspect of the home.

In recognition of the project’s outstanding innovation and workmanship, Denis Poor Building Services took out multiple award categories at the 2013 Housing Industry Association (HIA) Western Australian South-West Housing Awards. This includes Framed Housing $650,001 & Over and Innovation in Housing Project of the Year.

Denis Poor has been in the architecture industry for some 40 years, commencing with Parry & Rosenthal Architects in 1969 before moving to Peter Overman & Associates in 1972. Peter Overman and Associates is a forerunner of the architectural practice Overman & Zuideveld Architects, which is now Zuideveld Marchant Hur Architects.

Since relocating to the South-West in 1996, Denis Poor worked in site management on large hotel and residential projects in Busselton before joining Innovest in 2001 as its Residential and Operations Manager.

In 2004 he established his own building company, Denis Poor Building Services, doing work primarily in the residential field, and providing a design and construct service. The company will soon commence two twostorey residences in Albany on the south coast, on small CBD lots overlooking the harbour and town site.