The Strathnairn Charity House SOLD at auction for $1,596,600
Officially opened on 2 March by Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry, the Strathnairn Charity House is a thoughtful collaboration between a committed builder and passionate team led by Ginninderry and Master Builders Australia (ACT) with proceeds from the sale going to four local charities.
12 MARCH 2021: Charity project launches
To kick things off, the Ginninderry Joint Venture and Master Builders ACT (MBA) collaborated on the design and construction, while a growing list of MBA members, led by KANE Constructions, volunteered to donate (or provide low cost) materials and labour.
The local charity recipients from the sale of the house were also locked in. Proceeds from the sale would be donated to Hands Across Canberra for distribution to Pegasus Riding for the Disabled, Karinya House and Canberra City Care Charnwood.
JULY 2021: Laying the foundations
Building commenced with JAG Pumping and Boral Concrete pouring the structural slab, setting the literal foundation for the project.
OCTOBER 2021: Building continues
After some delays due to COVID-19 lockdowns in the ACT, construction recommenced.
NOVEMBER 2021: Frame goes up
The home really started taking shape, with the steel frames and roof trusses installed thanks to Steel Trusses Tech.
MARCH 2022: The cherry on top
The house got its modern, long-span roofline, with raised clerestory area, thanks to the dedicated efforts and donations of Lysaght and Delnas Metal Roofing.
FEBRUARY 2023: Home hits the market
Thanks to one million dollars worth of donated materials and labour from Master Builders ACT members, the home was complete and ready for inspections (click here to see the full list of generous contributors). It was no small feat, with the construction period having to contend with a pandemic, a La Niña weather event, plus the cost of building supplies skyrocketing.
The finished architecturally designed home includes four bedrooms, three bathrooms, plenty of customised and bespoke features, and a stunning facade which stands out in Strathnairn.
MARCH 2023: A new owner and plenty of happy charities
After an entertaining 1.5 hour auction on March 25, existing Strathnairn residents Naresh and Pavithra were the lucky buyers of the charity house, paying $1,596,600. And they weren’t the only big winners. Proceeds from the sale of the home were then donated to Hands Across Canberra, who distributed the funds to local charities Pegasus Riding for the Disabled, Karinya House and Canberra City Care Charnwood.
According to Hands Across Canberra CEO Peter Gordon, the impact of auction proceeds on the selected charities, and the communities they serve, will be significant.
From the ground up...
About the Project
MBA members, led by Jo Farrell from Kane Constructions, have donated close to $1 million in materials and labour to bring the dream into reality. Proceeds from the sale of the house will be donated to Hands Across Canberra for distribution to three local charities: Pegasus Riding for the Disabled, Karinya House and Canberra City Care.
The project has seen close to 60 subcontractors across a multitude of industries, most of whom have donated their time to deliver the quality home that represents the best of local industry.
Promoting Women in Construction
The Strathnairn charity house project will have a specific focus on facilitating opportunities for women in construction.
From a design and construction point of view, the project will be led by a female architect and builder but more importantly every trade used will have a female apprentice and participants on Ginninderry’s successful SPARK Women in Trades program will also use the project as a live training site.
Supporting Local Charities
Proceeds from the sale of the charity house will benefit four local charities including Hands Across Canberra, Pegasus Riding for the Disabled, Karinya House and Canberra City Care Charnwood.
Master Builders ACT