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Byron builder nails it . . . again

AWARDS WINNER: Byron Bay’s Todd Knaus was named Builder of the Year at the Master Builder’s Association Awards.
AWARDS WINNER: Byron Bay’s Todd Knaus was named Builder of the Year at the Master Builder’s Association Awards. Kate Oneill

TODD Knaus might have to build a new room on his house to store his growing swag of awards.

The Byron Bay builder added another seven to his collection at the recent Master Builder Association Awards, including Builder of the Year for the NSW Northern Region.

As well as the top award, the 32-year-old won best contract home in the $700,000-$1,000,000 and $300,000-$500,000 categories; best kitchen; best bathroom; best use of stone and best pool for work he did on houses at Byron Bay, Ewingsdale and Suffolk Park.

"We were hoping to get one or two, but when we got seven, it was unbelievable," he said.

He is now in the running for Builder of the Year in the Master Builders' State Awards in September.

The seven awards add to the four he picked up last year for best renovation, best kitchen, best pool and outdoor area and best contract house.

It's an impressive achievement for the young builder who gained his building licence only three-and-a-half years ago.

A keen sportsman, Todd initially studied sport science at university, but then decided it wasn't for him and took on a carpentry apprenticeship with Byron Bay builder Dick Pezet.

Since gaining his ticket, his business has gone ahead in leaps and bounds.

He said he loved the variety of the job.

"Every job is so different," Todd said. "I enjoy working with all the different materials and getting a good result."

Todd also recently celebrated another achievement - becoming a dad.

He finished building his own home (his second) in Baywood Chase.


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