Blenheim renovation a striking transformation


George Guthrie of George Guthrie Construction was extremely happy when he found out his Blenheim renovation was named the Nelson Marlborough West Coast Registered Master Builders 2016 Supreme Renovation of the Year, as well as being awarded a Gold Award and Category win for the Renovation Award $250,000 – $500,000.

Mr Guthrie says he was incredibly proud of his team, and winning the award was a fantastic recognition of their hard work.

“This was our first time entering the House of the Year competition, so winning the award was a nice surprise and a great achievement,” he says.

Mr Guthrie says the many angles of the home and sloping ceilings were stand-out features, but were also the most challenging aspects of the renovation.

“The angles of the home were definitely unique, but working with angles and unlevel ceilings made the renovation a lot more challenging. We had to work with precision to make sure everything was aligned seamlessly.”

Judges were impressed with the home’s clever architectural transformation, and praised the builder, architect and artistic home owner. 

“This renovation converted an existing 1970s double garage into an art studio, attached to a fully functional one-bedroom contemporary home for the live-in artist,” they said.

“A clever use of materials showed that the budget didn’t limit quality, form or function. The use of recycled rimu vertical boarding, staggered painted brick veneer, sharp black aluminium joinery and a cleverly angled sloping roof provides the basis for this striking transformation.

“This was an extremely well-crafted renovation, with attention paid to the small details.”

Mr Guthrie said winning the award has increased the company’s recognition and credibility in the industry.

“The renovation was an extensive project — in many ways it was like a rebuild, so it’s great to be acknowledged for our hard work and our high standards,” he says.

Mr Guthrie praises the Registered Master Builders Association for their support to members, the recognition of quality amongst the community, and being able to enter awards such as the House of the Year.

George Guthrie Construction is looking forward to the national competition this month, and being able to see the range of new builds and renovations that have been taking place across the country.

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

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