Having what it takes ‘feels terrific’


A solidly constructed Waikato home with an affi nity for its rural environment took top honours in the New Homes $600,000 – $1 million category at the Registered Master Builders 2005 House of the Year Awards, in association with PlaceMakers. 

The extensive, single level home was praised by judges for its fl ow, perfect position and mix of materials. “It took considerable talent to make sure all the elements of this large home worked together seamlessly and were not overwhelmed by the scale of the project,” they said. 

The home’s exterior is a combination of grey/green solid plaster and South Island schist, and is complemented by tongue and groove cedar-stained soffits and a shingle roof. Twenty-two stone pillars surround the home to frame the rural views from almost every room. 

R & A Windsor director Richard Windsor says every job has challenges. “For this particular project the challenges were the size of the home and creating harmony and integration amongst the materials we used for construction.” 

Mr Windsor says consistency and attention to detail were imperative throughout every stage of the project, and a longer than usual construction period meant extra vigilance was needed. A slip in any part of the building meant that the rest of the building would be compromised.

 A first-time entrant in the House of the Year competition, Mr Windsor entered on a whim due to encouragement from the Waikato Association and his clients, who had expressed an interest in entering. He thought it would be a good cross reference on how the company was performing against others. 

The home more than measured up, garnering an array of local and national awards which Mr Windsor says boosted team morale, business opportunities and his confidence. “The results were staggering, and proving to yourself that you have got what it takes felt terrific.” 

“The whole experience was worthwhile, the exposure was tremendous and it was great to be able to acknowledge our clients and the part they played in our success.”

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