Seamless renovation wins Manuwatu/Wanganui regions Supreme Awards


Justin Green was proud, happy and a little bit relieved when his new business, Alteration Specialists Manawatu, won the Manawatu/ Wanganui Registered Master Builders 2015 Renovation of the Year.

Justin says that by entering the awards he opened his company’s work up for judgement. “Entering the awards means your work is scrutinised, and I think winning this shows the high quality of the workmanship we produce.” “This is a big deal for us,” Mr Green says, “because Alteration Specialists has been around for 28 years, and the company has won House of the Year awards before. 

But while I’ve been involved here for six years, this is the first year Alteration Specialists has won an award under my wife Kyla’s and my ownership.”

The renovation opened up the back end of a 1930s bungalow weatherboard house, and added a large entertaining area, which includes an updated kitchen and a dining area. A deck was also built next to a newly installed swimming pool.

“The focus of the new area is entertaining and outdoor living. It’s now the perfect spot for a dinner party or barbeque with friends as there is an abundance of space to sit and relax.” The job was very detailed, and a lot of time went into matching the new renovation with the existing home.

“We wanted the retention of the existing building to be high, and it was. Everything was matched in perfectly. Our goal was to make it impossible to tell where the old building finished and the new one began,” Mr Green says.

The judges were impressed by the winning Renovation of the Year, saying it offered hidden complexities for the builder which were executed superbly. “The integration of the renovation work into the existing structure of this home was carried out to the highest level.

Attention to the smallest detail saw the builder achieve fantastic retention of character,” they said. “A great variety of materials and a well executed kitchen provided a cohesive interior and exterior connection. Well thought out detailing offered careful alignment of timber through to high qualit y finishing and paint work — this renovation was a pleasure to judge.”

Mr Green says business advantages come with competing in House of the Year. “It’s about recognising the hard work that you put in, and being acknowledged by your industry. If you come away doing well, you prove that you can do quality work. “We’ ve been successful in the past with the awards, so I think we are really proving that the work we do is top quality.”

“It’s great to walk away from a job and see a home that a family will be much more comfortable living in.” 

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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