Challenging renovation comes out top


Jonny Lewis was thrilled when he heard his company was awarded the Marlborough, Nelson and West Coast Registered Master Builders 2015 Renovation of the Year award, as well as a Gold Award and overall category win for the Mitre 10 Renovation $250,000 – $500,000 category.


Mr Lewis, of J Lewis Building Ltd, knew this was a special renovation that took a lot of hard work. He was pleased that the team was able to be recognised for such a great project.


“We were confident that this renovation would do well in this year’s competition, based on the breadth of the project, but we’re thrilled to take out the top award in the region.


“The renovation was a big one, and we went over every detail with a fine-toothed comb to make sure it was perfect for our clients.”


It was a challenging renovation for the three builders from J Lewis Building, and Mr Lewis explains that the main obstacle was the style of the home.


“The house had curved walls and lots of different angles and tricky details that we had to work with. The hardest thing was to ensure everything fit within the building codes, but that it also functioned well and would be pleasing to the eye.”


Judges called this a well-executed renovation and an inviting Nelson home.


“The builder did a fantastic job of meeting the client’s brief and expectations. A stand-out feature was the kitchen which was beautifully integrated with an outdoor entertainment space,” they said.


“The curved facade proved to be a challenge which was overcome superbly, and made the most of the fantastic view. Both the finishing and workmanship were a credit to the builder.”


Mr Lewis says winning House of the Year is a fantastic way to get your name out there in the industry, and build credibility for your business.


“House of the Year is a really beneficial competition. Winning the award gives clients the peace of mind that when they work with you, they know they’re working with a quality builder who they can trust.


“Our clients know we’re customer focused, and we will do whatever it takes to build their dream home.”


Mr Lewis says being a Master Builder is invaluable. “The brand of Registered Master Builders has such a strong presence in the market. People recognise it, it’s trustworthy and it enables us to showcase our work.”


Mr Lewis is looking forward to entering the competition in 2016, and is already working on a project that he thinks could be another winner.


“The competition is great for the industry, and celebrates excellence across the sector. We can’t wait to continue to enter our projects into future competitions.”


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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