Quality homes for those less fortunate


The team at Bushnell Builders Ltd enjoys bringing their imagination and workmanship to the homes they build for Housing New Zealand Corporation. “There is a quiet sense of satisfaction that comes from building quality homes for those who are in real need,” according to director Matthew Bushnell. 

The Christchurch building company was recognised at the Canterbury Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2005 House of the Year Awards with a Silver in the Housing New Zealand Community Development Award. 

Housing New Zealand was impressed with the cutting edge design and finish of the four properties Bushnell Builders created at Aranui in Christchurch. The homes were completed in five months, and feature doubleglazed windows, concrete floors and an attached garage.

“Being able to add a touch of glamour to the lives of the tenants who are lucky enough to live in these homes makes the whole process extremely gratifying,” Matthew says. “We also enjoy building in areas traditionally ignored in terms of style.” 

Matthew credits the architects with helping the company win the award. “Wilson and Hill did a magnifi cent job bringing a timeless and luxurious look and feel into low cost, low maintenance homes that met the specifi cations the Housing New Zealand Corporation required.” 

Future entrants in the House of the Year competition should ensure they focus on attention to detail and quality finishing, but the most important element is how people are treated throughout a building project. 

“A good relationship with fellow builders, subcontractors and clients is the real key to success, and ensures you will not only become award winning but will also have the respect of your peers, something that is not so tangible to achieve,” Matthew says. 

It is clear that with an award-winning track record, Bushnell Builders’ success is a testament to this wisdom.


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