Cemintel™ supplied pre-finished walling systems from their Designer Series for a unique charity project initiated by Coffs Harbour builder Steve Brown and his wife, Rosie.

Visiting Thailand last year on a holiday, the couple uncovered the harsh realities of the sex-trafficking trade in Southeast Asia and brought home a mission to make a change. To grow awareness within the local community, they decided to build a house with all profits of the new home going to Destiny Rescue Charity in Thailand.

Initially Steve planned to build a basic house on a simple block, but with the help of The Edge Real Estate, a deal was negotiated with developers allowing prime land with ocean views to be purchased at a discounted price. Armstrong Architects raised the bar further by designing a stunning two storey beach house that responded to the environment with north facing living areas, a north-east facing outdoor area on each level and great cross-ventilation to capture the ocean breeze.

As more people became aware of the Rescue House project, the house became bigger and classier than originally anticipated. Cemintel got wind of the project from local representative, Darrell Pascoe and offered their Designer Series Slimline Slate and Smooth Cream pre-finished walling solutions at a discounted rate to assist the build of Rescue House.

Senior Product Manager, Ben Thompson explains that it really was a no-brainer when it came to offering Steve and his team a reduced rate to help his bottom line and keep costs to a minimum. Having seen images of the initial progress in the early months, Cemintel is happy that the Designer Series was selected for the project.

Steve added that building materials of high quality were sourced to enhance the project, consistent with the contemporary design of the house in its spectacular location. The architect suggested Cemintel Designer Series Smooth in Cream for the majority of the house and applied Slimline Slate as an external façade feature to keep in line with the luxury, modern style of the house. Though all building products on homes in close proximity to the ocean will always need some level of maintenance, he is confident it will be minimal with the Designer Series.

The Rescue House project has attracted the attention of several locals who have been donating money online, and which goes directly towards specific building materials such as bricks, towel rails, tiles and paint. Local trades such as plumbers and electricians have provided labour at no cost.

With the house now open for inspection, they are inviting all locals interested in seeing the final results. The auction will take place on 5th July.