Paul Serra was working out of a converted home garage while trying to convince clients his business, Averna Homes, could build innovative luxury homes. His early efforts paid dividends and Averna Homes grew from four staff and two homes in the early stages of construction to 15 staff with 72 houses now completed and a further 25 currently under way. Averna Homes focuses on building only 40 homes per year to ensure that the product and service is never compromised. The homes are also built to reduce the impact they have on the environment and offer clients a range of options to suit their needs. This business has won eight Master Builders Housing Excellence Awards in just three years and was named the 2010 Rising Star by WA Business News for its achievements in the Western Australian residential building sector. In 2011, Averna Homes was named the Bankwest ‘best customer service provider for a small to medium builder’.