Collaboration to amaze nation

WHEN builder Stephen Orth started work on a striking and rare home at Dubbo he had no idea that one day it would go on show to the whole country.

He looked on the Kintyre Estate project as a collaboration with the owners and designer to produce an "awesome product", but more was to come after its completion.

Its elements recently captured the attention of a television program scouting for a location to amaze its national audience.

The Seven Network's Australia's Best Houses left the capital cities this week to film the Dubbo home, which won a Master Builders Association (MBA) award last year.

Mr Orth reunited with Gavin Dale of Dubbo-based Gavin Dale Design and owners Peter and Debbie Pritchard for the occasion.

"The relationship between the four of us is great, the understanding, that's why we have such an awesome product," Mr Orth said.

The program presented by Gary Takle approached the builder in December about featuring the house after reading of its MBA award.

"For a small country town to be recognised on a national show, it was really amazing," he said.

"It's a credit locally to a good designer and a team of suppliers and sub-contractors."

During the six hours of production the visitors conducted interviews and filmed the rooms and the views of Dubbo they offered.

The day in the front of the cameras occurred in the 10th year of Orth Building's operation, a reason for celebration for Mr Orth and co-director and wife Anna.

With a builder as a father, Mr Orth "grew up into" the trade and it continues to give him a buzz.

"I like being able to stand back at the finish and see what we built from nothing, starting with a pile of dirt, the finished product a client gets to enjoy," he said.

Mr Orth understands the segment will screen on March 12 at 9.30pm on 7Two (channel 62).

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