Mark Haimes of Haimes Building Ltd was thrilled to take out the Nulook New Homes $600,000 – $1 million category and the Platinum Award at the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year.
The Platinum Award is presented to companies that win five or more national category titles, recognition that Mr Haimes is particularly proud of.
He says House of the Year is a tough competition, and winning or losing can come down to the tiniest detail.
“The team put so much effort into this house, and into all of our entries over the years — we worked really hard on the detailing and making sure the build was exactly how we wanted it,” he said.
“The Platinum Award is fantastic recognition for the company. It’s a strong indicator of the quality of work we deliver, showing that we perform at a consistently high level.
“Winning a House of the Year award speaks volumes. It’s a pat on the back, and it’s recognition for all the effort you put in and what you’ve managed to achieve.”
The judges said the build comprises of comfortable living and easy access to sheltered outdoor spaces to maximise the sun and views.
“Custom made for a retiring couple, this lakeside home in Taupo is very well crafted with excellent attention to detail, design and planning. The large verandas, dormers and dark weather boards create an abode of unique character,” they said.
“Briefed to create a property that best responds to the site, a traditional gable form with an attic upper level was selected, allowing generous space without creating a bulky two-storey building.
“Sustainable in their approach, the owners have consciously invested in new and practical services technology, ensuring the house will be comfortable and enjoyable for decades to come.”
Mr Haimes says every builder should experience being part of Registered Master Builders and the House of the Year competition.
“I joined Registered Master Builders for the whole atmosphere of being part of your peer group. It has so many support systems in place that you feel like you have back up — Master Builders offers that camaraderie.
“When you join Master Builders, it’s up to you how much you get out if. Get involved and utilise the benefits, don’t just sign up for the sticker.
“The same can be said for House of the Year — even if you don’t win, take on all the feedback the judges give you. You’ll come out a better builder!”
The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, James Hardie, GIB, Nulook, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Future-Proof Building, Carters, ITM, Plumbing World, Resene and Westpac.