Contrasting design helps company win building award

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A Kerikeri home built by the House Company which successfully combines two design styles earned the top accolade in the New Homes $200,000 – $300,000 category in the Registered Master Builders 2005 House of the Year competition in association with PlaceMakers. 

The house’s sleek, smooth interior betrays no hint of the angular exterior which guilds it, prompting judges to say that the home demonstrated “true building genius”. House Company (BOI 1998) manager Peter Smith says the business had received recognition in the House of the Year competition on previous occasions, but the national award win provided a real boost.

 “The House of the Year is our main marketing tool, and the free media exposure has driven a huge number of inquiries. As a result of our win, leading publications including Trends have written articles featuring the house we built,” Mr Smith says.

 His advice to other companies is to keep House of the Year in mind during the construction of each property they build. “This helps improve overall quality and ensures companies have several potential entries to choose from when the competition opens. 

“We use our success on House of the Year on all point of sale material, and we keep display boards in our office. Our confidence continues to grow as we see our work getting better and better. “We believe clients can build the house they want, not the house we say they can have, and our success in House of the Year reflects this,” Mr Smith says.