Andrew Klein of Klein Builders Ltd believes the biggest business advantages of taking part and succeeding in the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2012 House of the Year are the exposure gained and the morale boost for his team.
Klein Builders Ltd took out the PlaceMakers Renovation Award up to $250,000 for a home in Taupo, and Mr Klein says the reward of being part of the House of the Year competition is invaluable.
“Winning this award was reassurance that we are doing things right and our work is to a high standard. We’ve had great exposure through the competition,” he says. “This year, business has really picked up for us and part of that is definitely due to House of the Year.”
Klein Builders is a team of only three, and Mr Klein says this made the win all the more rewarding.
“We only have a small team, and we’ve only been Master Builders for the past three years. We entered House of the Year a couple of years ago and won local awards,” he says.
“But we were absolutely ecstatic to win the national award in 2012. It’s a fantastic competition to enter, and it was a real achievement for us all, including Fraser Cameron Architecture.”
The judges saluted the Taupo renovation as delivering a cleverly thought-through facelift to the 1950s property.
“The builder has truly met the renovation challenge of turning this ‘not so plumb or square’ property into a modern and very functional home that will meet the needs of its owners for a long time to come,” they said.
“A new angled edge, north-facing deck provides maximum sun, while the cedar louvres, lending privacy to the glazed stairwell, and floor to ceiling sliding doors, bring a modern look and feel that gives this property a new lease of life.”
Mr Klein loved being part of House of the Year, and has every intention of continuing to enter.
“I’ll definitely keep entering the competition, but I’ll only ever enter jobs that I think have that X-factor. Hopefully, this is only the beginning for us!”
The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, James Hardie, Gib, Nulook, MBIE – Building and Housing, Future-Proof Building, Carters, ITM, Plumbing World, Resene and Westpac.
For more information about the competition, visit the Registered Master Builders web site at www.masterbuilder.org.nz.