Good things come in small packages


Faced with the challenging brief of developing a spacious townhouse on a 310sqm section, Nelson company Tasman Holdings Ltd successfully met its client’s expectations and took out the New Homes under $250,000 award in the Registered Master Builders 2009 House of the Year competition, in association with PlaceMakers.

“It was a complex design but we managed to build the home with two spacious bedrooms, a study, separate dining wing with a formal lounge, and two bathrooms,” company owner Bryan Turner says.

Designed with a natural colour scheme, the home features dark bamboo flooring and rimu wood trimmings — a combination that impressed the judging panel.
“The quality and detail in the finishing made this home stand out from the rest. From the rimu jamb liners to the stunning brickwork, the workmanship was of a standard that you would expect in a category of substantially higher value,” the judges said.

“In the words of the owner, she wouldn’t change a thing, and nor would we. This beautifully crafted small home shows that you can build exceptional properties within this prudent price bracket.”

Mr Turner describes Tasman Holdings Ltd as a “husband and wife duo”. He and his wife Lyn started the company together 12 years ago.
“I use to own a Shell fuel station, but Lyn and I have always had an interest in property, so when the opportunity came up we grasped it with both hands.
“We both have a background in business so I made sure I went out onto a building site and got a feel for the industry. After a couple of years beside some experienced tradesmen, I developed a really solid understanding of the building process,” Mr Turner says.

He believes Tasman Holdings has established a solid reputation through hard work and a consistent team.
“We’ve been lucky and have had the same builders on our team since we started in 1998. This means when we go back to do a new job in a home we built five years ago, the clients are dealing with the same builders.”

Last year was the second year Tasman Holdings took out a national award. In 2010, Mr Turner has entered the Nulook Builder’s Own Home category.
“The great thing about entering our own home in the competition is that we have actually had to put an end date on all the alterations. Your own home is always the last to be finished so it’s a relief to have it done.”

The Registered Master Builders 2010 House of the Year regional competitions are under way from the end of June. To view the winners of each region visit

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