Striking kitchen wins National Heart of the Home Award


Ali Metzger was thrilled when Metzger Builders Ltd (MBL) won the National Award 2014 Registered Master Builders Heart of the Home Kitchen award for a home in Canterbury. Ali says that as well as taking out the Outdoor Living category for the same home, winning the kitchen award was a real achievement and honour for their business, and all the partners involved.

“Our whole thesis of what we do is about attaining excellence, and I think that this award is a reflection of everything we strive to do,” she says. “Winning with this particular kitchen speaks volumes of how passionate we are with our work.”

The award-winning kitchen was made of dark American Oak, stained timber and a high-gloss finish, with a built-in fish tank. Ali and Mark’s son, Jake Metzger of Jake Metzger Photography, added a striking image printed on glass of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens for the pantry splash back.

“An immense amount of detail went into this kitchen,” Ali says. “It was a very complex design, so a lot of credit goes to the designer, Trish Simpson. It’s just striking.” “A combination of high workmanship by Fineline Joinery, and stunning lighting by Lume Design, completed the client’s dream kitchen.”

The judges called this kitchen “beautifully crafted”, with the tropical fish tank a standout feature.

“Black joinery is contrasted by the cream stonetops and tiles, and finished off with beautiful splashes of colour in fit tings and splashbacks,” they said. “A large separate scullery serves the kitchen well, and all the living and outdoor areas open out from this hub of the home.” Ali says business advantages come with competing in House of the Year.

“I think it is about challenging and pushing yourself as a business,” she says. “It’s also about recognising the hard work you put in, and being acknowledged by your industry. “We feel passionate about providing the best service for our clients, no matter what the budget. Our clients deserve an outstanding job, and all kudos go to our staff for their at tention to detail.

Ali, Mark and the team at Metzger Builders Ltd are about to embark on another nervous night at the Regional House of Year Awards 2015. “Canterbury has an immense pool of very talented builders, so competition is always extremely hard. Every builder puts their heart and soul into their entries and we always admire the stunning properties in the competition.”

The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build Services, James Hardie, GIB, Nulook, SafetyMate, Carters, ITM, Plumbing World, Resene, Westpac and Mitre 10.


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