It Only Takes One Builder To Save 200 Lives

Cemintel high quality Designer series building materials used to enhance the luxurious and contemporary design of the rescue house project.


Coffs Harbour builder Steve Brown and wife, Rosie, visited Thailand last year envisioning a relaxing holiday spent in the sunshine. Instead, through their travels, the couple uncovered the harsh reality surrounding the sex-trafficking trade in Southeast Asia and brought home a mission to make a change.


According to the Browns, many people don’t believe the extent of what is happening but after seeing the devastation first hand, it inspired the couple to grow awareness within the local community. As such, Rescue House was developed, 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 responds 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.

“The reason the house became bigger and classier than we originally anticipated was because more people became aware and were talking about it in the community after they realised the cause behind it and discovered the evil outside our little safe part of the world,” said Steve.

Cemintel got wind of the project from local representative, Darrell Pascoe and offered Designer Series Slimline Slate and Smooth Cream at a discounted rate to assist the build of Rescue House.

“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. We saw images of the initial progress in the early months and we’re happy that Designer Series was selected, fitting the brief the way the product was intended, ” said Senior Product Manager, Ben Thompson.

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.

“Our 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 house we were aiming for. Like all building products on homes in close proximity to the ocean, there is always going to be some level of maintenance, you just can’t avoid it and with Designer Series we’re lucky it’ll be minimal, just a wash down.”

Over the past few months, locals have been donating money online that go directly towards specific building materials such as a bricks, towel rails, tiles or paint. “Local trades such as the plumber and electrician have provided labour at no costs, HIA has been extremely supportive and even Rosie’s boss completed his OH&S White Card and spent his long service leave on site doing anything that was asked of him. The people of Coffs Harbour have very big hearts,” Steve said.