A Bay of Plenty home built by Key Homes Tauranga Ltd was the winner of the New Homes Under $250,000 category in the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2006 House of the Year.
This cleverly designed Papamoa home displays simple exterior finishes inside and out, which enabled ease of construction without sacrificing the quality of services and fittings, or weatherproofing details.
The exceptional workmanship and great road appeal meant some very happy clients, and well-deserved recognition for Key Homes Tauranga Ltd.
The design of the property was relatively straightforward, with an internal corridor servicing three bedrooms, a generous bathroom and a separate toilet. The main bedroom has an ensuite with tiled shower enclosure and a spacious walk-in wardrobe.
Living is made easy in this home, with a large lounge and a family dining room at the heart of the house.
The house is oriented to catch the north and west sun in the main living rooms, and the kitchen features bi-fold windows opening out to an enclosed, paved court. The living and family rooms have large bi-fold doors providing access to the court, which gives the home an alfresco feel during the summer months.
Extensive storage units carefully located throughout the home allow for minimal clutter, while a study, laundry and double garage complete the accommodation, and make this single-level home a truly simple, yet stylish and functional abode.
Competition judges were impressed with the clever design, particularly the extensive storage spaces throughout the home, and say it has been a godsend for the extremely satisfied owners.
‘Little short of miraculous’
“To build a 220 square metre home of this value and meet these facility and spatial expectations is little short of miraculous. Key Homes, in today’s parlance, has nailed it!” judges said.
Key Homes Tauranga Ltd says it has entered the House of the Year competition several times over the past eight years.
“Every time we’ve entered, we’ve improved each time. Our first award was a merit and now we’re a national winner. It’s through the competition that you keep raising your own benchmark.”
The company also encourages other builders to enter the House of the Year competition, and admits the huge accolades received after a win make all the hard work pay off.
“We do a lot of marketing, but winning an award in the competition gives you huge marketing mileage that, in itself, is worth a lot. Only a few weeks after winning the award, we were overwhelmed by inquires from potential clients.”