A new home in Christchurch and a renovation in Wellington have been recognised as New Zealand’s top properties, winning Supreme Awards at the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year Awards.
The Supreme Awards, Lifestyle Awards and category winners were announced at a black tie gala dinner attended by more than 500 building and construction industry professionals held at the Langham Hotel in Auckland last night (Saturday, 16 November).
The House of the Year award went to Phil Benton Builders for a Christchurch home that the judges say demonstrates an incredibly high level of accuracy throughout.
“Architecturally very innovative and a challenging project which has been executed to the highest standard, this home meets the needs of it owners to a tee.
“With a cleverly constructed in-situ concrete wall positioned between the living and sleeping spaces as its backbone, the design successfully incorporates a mixture of concrete, tiles and marble. The internal and external spaces are stepped across the tapering site, forming various layers of enclosure and living options.”
The home also won the Westpac New Homes over $2 million category.
The Renovation of the Year award was given to Wilson Building (Wgtn) Limited for a four-bedroom renovation project in Mt Victoria, Wellington. Again, the judges were impressed with the calibre of the project, carried out under challenging circumstances.
“A large amount of structural work was required, including undermining, underpinning and tunnelling under the building – further complicated by the proximity of the neighbouring properties.
“The result is a beautiful home which retains all of its turn of the century character, whilst cleverly incorporating modern technology conducive to contemporary lifestyles.”
The home also won the Future-Proof Building Renovation Award over $500,000.
Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Warwick Quinn says he is thrilled to celebrate the achievements of the winning builders.
“Our members strive towards building excellence, taking enormous pride in bringing people’s aspirations to life through the construction of their clients’ dream homes. We are incredibly proud to recognise and celebrate that level of excellence at the House of the Year awards each year.”
The Gold Reserve National Finalists were selected from 11 regional competitions held throughout New Zealand during July and August. As well as the two Supreme Awards, the following awards were announced:
WG de Gruchy Construction Ltd, for a home Herne Bay, Auckland
Renovation Award up to $250,000
Brockie Renovations Limited for a renovation in Mapua, Nelson
ITM Renovation Award $250,000 - $500,000
Todd Grey Builders Ltd for a renovation in Royal Palm Beach, Tauranga
Future-Proof Building Renovation Award over $500,000
Wilson Building (Wgtn) Limited for a renovation in Mt Victoria, Wellington
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment New Homes under $250,000
JD Homes Limited for a home in Rolleston, Christchurch
PlaceMakers New Homes $250,000 - $350,000
J Lewis Building Ltd for a home in Kaiteriteri
PlaceMakers New Homes $350,000 - $450,000
Terry Clegg Builders Limited for a home in New Plymouth
James Hardie New Homes $450,000 - $600,000
Inhaus Developments Limited for a home in Split Apple Rock, Nelson
Nulook New Homes $600,000 - $1 million
Haimes Building Limited for a home in Taupo
Carters New Homes $1 million - $2 million
Clive Barrington Construction Limited for a home in Governors Bay, Christchurch
Westpac New Homes over $2 million
Phil Benton Builders for a home in Merivale, Christchurch
Builders Own Home Award
van Baarle Construction for a home in Lower Hutt
GIB Show Home Award
H D Building Limited for a home in Albany, Auckland
Outdoor Living Award
Lindesay Construction Limited for a home in St Mary’s Bay, Auckland
Heart of the Home Kitchen Award
Stewart Hanna Limited for a home in Hamilton
Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award
Clive Barrington Construction Limited for a home in Sumner, Christchurch
Resene Sustainable Home Award
Shaw Builders Limited for a home in Te Puke
The awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, James Hardie, GIB, Nulook, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Future-Proof Building, Carters, ITM, Plumbing World, Resene and Westpac.
For more information about the competition, visit the Registered Master Builders website.