Show home scoops top award with superb finish and sustainability


Matt Gudsell of Gudsell Designer Homes says he was delighted when he found out his Matamata home was named the national winner in the GIB Show Home Award category at the Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year competition.

Mr Gudsell says winning the award was a great achievement for his whole team.

“We dedicated a lot of time and effort to this project, so it’s really rewarding when all your hard work pays off,” he says. 

Mr Gudsell explains that the team worked hard to ensure the build was finished to a high standard, with top-quality craftsmanship. 

“The house required a lot of traditional carpentry skills, so attention to detail was paramount,” he explains.

“There was quite a bit of tongue and groove work which was challenging, but the outcome was definitely worth it.”

Judges were impressed with the range of sustainable and eco-friendly features, and said its superb finish represents the best that is available in a show home.

“The stunning home features raking ceilings and walls lined in tongue and groove timber, and a Eurotray roll cap roof covering its gable forms. 

“The property includes a stunning oak and stainless kitchen and scullery that opens up onto the dining/living area and two adjoining covered decks on each side,” they said.

Mr Gudsell says the House of the Year Awards were a key reason for joining the Registered Master Builders Association 12 years ago.

“The Awards are a great opportunity to measure yourself against others in the industry. Entering the competition, and doing well, proves to yourself and prospective clients that you’re doing it right,” he says.

Gudsell Designer Homes is hoping for another successful outcome in the 2016 House of the Year awards, with the company entering two builds in the competition.

Mr Gudsell credits Registered Master Builders for keeping members up to date with news and information about the construction industry.

“Any new information that comes out of government is passed on in a timely manner. It’s also great to be able to liaise with other members in the Association,” he says.

The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build Services, GIB, Nulook, Future-Proof Building, Carters, Plumbing World, Resene and Bunnings.

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