Eileen’s best in the business for building

 

BUILDING A WINNER: Eileen Arriguetti from Airlie Designs accepts her Women in Building award from Construction Skills Queensland’s Bruce Fyfe. Photo: Wricor Photography. 

WHITSUNDAY local Elieen Arriguetti of Airlie Designs doesn't mind getting her hands dirty when it comes to building dreams. The builder and designer recently took out the Women in Building Award for Mackay and the Whitsundays at the Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards. Ms Arriguetti said she almost couldn't believe it. "When my name was called out they stumbled on my surname," she said. "My heart was pounding." The awardee said she was so taken aback by the honour she struggled to get her speech out. "My voice was quivering. I'm hardly ever lost for words, so I was very overwhelmed," she joked. "I'm greatly honoured with this award. There were many women nominated who were worthy of this award." Originally a designer, Ms Arriguetti said she moved into the construction side of the industry to ensure her clients got exactly what they wanted. "What I love doing is consulting with my clients and just finding out exactly what it is they want for their home and their lifestyle, and creating that lifestyle for them," she said. "But I found when it got into the builder's hands, I was having to explain the vision. "So I decided to do the course initially so I could understand the way builders think, but I loved it so much I decided to go into it." Operating in a male dominated field, Ms Arriguetti said she didn't think there needed to be a distinction between the genders. "Females in building is unique, but I don't look at it this way," she said. "The fundamental tool in building is to engage your client, translate their ideas and create their dream." Ms Arriguetti thanked Master Builders Australia for challenging the industry, and the "dozens of people without whom this experience wouldn't be possible". 

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