Winner poses himself a new challenge


Mark Haimes of Haimes Building Ltd was “thrilled” when his Taupo home was read out as the winner of the Master Build Services New Homes $250,000 – $350,000 category in the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2012 House of the Year.

Haimes Building Ltd is well versed when it comes to House of the Year, winning five national titles since 2004, but in 2012 Mark set himself a new challenge.
“Although we have been entering House of the Year for many years, we have never entered a home below the $600,000 mark,” Mr Haimes says.
“As a business, we want to continue setting ourselves new challenges. The challenge with this home was offering something that we were proud of, while also staying within the allocated budget. This was a particularly satisfying win for us, and one that we worked hard for.”

The winning Taupo home was hailed by the judges as stylish and built to an exceptionally high standard, with a lot of attention to detail.
“While conventional construction methods have been employed, much consideration was given to planning and material selection to create a home that is easy to care for, allowing for maximum enjoyment of the natural beauty of the site in warmth and privacy,” judges said.
“This is an incredibly well-executed build, and is a fabulous example of a superb home in this price bracket.”

Mr Haimes believes the competition really boosts his company’s profile, and he encourages all builders to enter.
“Throughout the year we rarely market ourselves. The publicity that comes with winning House of the Year is all we need,” he says.
“House of the Year makes people aware of the work we are doing, and the quality of that work. We advertise that we are Gold Reserve winners, and the respect we gain by holding that title is incredible.”

Mr Haimes is a long-standing Registered Master Builder, and believes others should get involved and utilise all that is on offer from the organisation.
“I definitely recommend becoming a Registered Master Builder, but I would also recommend being actively involved to gain the best benefits,” he says.
“There’s a lot of information and support available, and because of that I feel like I’m up to speed with what is going on in the industry.
“Being able to enter House of the Year is a huge benefit of being a Registered Master Builder, and I will absolutely continue to take part — we have two homes entered for 2013.
“There are so many people who work behind the scenes to ensure House of the Year is a success, and they get a big thumbs-up from me!”

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

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