Deciding to build a winter home in the tropics, remotely from sydney, seemed a challenging exercise, to put it mildly… I met with various architects based in Cairns, most of whom were unable to “get” my vision for my site near Port Douglas, then moved onto local builders, inspecting the various display homes scattered around northern Cairns… and one company stood out— Austart - and now having spent my first winter in the house, I am delighted I chose to go with Charmaine and Phill. not only have they delivered a fantastic quality house, completely tailored to my rather specific requirements, but have been so helpful in areas outside the normal role of the house builder - managing the demolition of the old house, making excellent suggestions re the design of the house to suit the harsh beach side environment, personally overseeing the smooth , on-time completion of the house, and being readily available to assist with any questions post taking possession of the house. they made the whole process a stress-free and enjoyable adventure, and were at all times an absolute pleasure to work with. definitely deserving of 5+ stars!!!