Southerners don’t do things by halves

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Methven-based Snowfed Builders is determined not to do things by halves. It is this attitude which helped them achieve a National Gold Reserve Award in the Registered Master Builders 2005 House of the Year, held in association with PlaceMakers. Snowfed Builders were recognised for building a striking Oamaru Stone home (pictured) which took advantage of the magnificent rural outlooks. 

Situated on a 50 acre block, the home brings new meaning to the term outdoor living. A verandah surrounds the house, with the four bedrooms, kitchen and living areas all opening onto it.“This verandah just begs to be entertained on,” director Dave McLeod says. 

With its superb layout, textures and fl ow, Snowfed Builders knew the home was something special when they entered it in the House of the Year competition. The property won Gold and the New Homes $200,000 to $300,000 category in the Ashburton competition before being selected as a National Gold Reserve Finalist. 

“It is an awesome achievement to reach that level and know you stand among the best in the business,” Mr McLeod says. Despite the accolades, he is aware that you can never become complacent, and believes every home he builds should have the potential to be a National Gold Reserve Award winner. 

“You cannot do things by halves — you become a national fi nalist because you build one home well, but all the work you produce must meet that standard,” Mr McLeod says. He says the company’s achievement has generated a lot of feedback, and clients have told him they feel privileged he is their builder. 

“It is great to feel appreciated and valued. Home owners spend a lot of money on their homes and the least we can do is set a high standard for every job we undertake.” His next project is building his own home, and he admits the pressure is on. 

“Every house provides an opportunity to learn and, try as you might, some things don’t turn out as you expect. There are always changes you’d like to make.” One hundred National Gold Reserves were picked from the local Gold Award winners after the local competitions were held throughout New Zealand.