Peter Breen of Breen Homes believes his partnership approach was the key to his success at the Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year competition.
Winning the ITM Renovation Award $250,000 – $500,000, Mr Breen says a lot of hard work goes into producing a house of this quality, and it was fantastic to see the efforts of his team and a great client recognised.
“Leading up to the event I was pretty casual about the awards, but that all changed when I walked into the venue and saw the huge number of tables and the effort that went into the evening,” he says.
“I realised that even qualifying for the nationals was a massive achievement — to be named a national category winner was a great feeling.”
The judges said this home extension is very well constructed and finished, in harmony with the existing house with retention of character well maintained.
“A 112 sq m extension with vertical tray copper cladding, exterior joinery that is thermally broken, and schist all complement the Central Otago scenery,” they said.
“A large amount of internal schist lines the media room, complete with a ‘picture frame’ window, as well as hallway walls and a large open fire.
“Interior features include a large frameless glass cavity slider leading to the link, which separates the existing house from the extension.”
Mr Breen says there are a range of business advantages involved with taking part and succeeding in House of the Year.
“House of the Year is a great opportunity to showcase the quality of our work to our potential clients.At Breen Homes we believe that real improvement comes from external review, so it’s great to be able to measure our work against the best and see where we can improve,” he says.
“We look for where we can improve in terms of quality of finish, but also in how we deliver a project, so the client can enjoy the process too. Part of building a great house is working for great clients, so we’re always looking for ways to improve the experience for them.”
The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build Services, James Hardie, GIB, Nulook, Future-Proof Building, Carters, ITM, Plumbing World, Resene, Westpac and Mitre 10.