A new build in Auckland and a renovation in Hamilton have been recognised as New Zealand’s best homes, winning Supreme Awards at the prestigious 26th Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year Awards.
The Supreme Awards were announced at a gala dinner attended by more than 500 guests from the construction industry held at the Langham Hotel in Auckland. National category winners and Lifestyle Awards were also announced.
Auckland’s Richard Davidson Builders Ltd won four national awards with their Campbells Bay home, including the coveted title of Registered Master Builders 2016 Supreme House of the Year, along with the National category win for the New Home over $2 million Award, the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award, and the Craftsmanship Award.
Hamilton’s John S Macdonald Builders Ltd was awarded the Registered Master Builders 2016 Supreme Renovation of the Year for their Tamahere renovation, along with the National category win for the Renovation Award over $500,000.
House of the Year
Judges said the winning Campbells Bay home epitomised supreme sophistication and was an exceptionally crafted project.
“This home combined the architect’s vision and detailing with outstanding skills and craftsmanship to create a home full of delight, discovery and sophistication,” they said.
“The home’s adaptation of an American classic, which was built on a difficult and complex site, is bound to be a trend setter. It clearly displays the builder’s desire to create an experience that changes perceptions and the quality of lives.
“Congratulations to the Master Builder and the architect, and to the home owners without whom there is no dream.”
Renovation of the Year
Judges said the Supreme Renovation was simply stunning, and a credit to the owner and the builder.
“With no loss to the historical character, this magnificent family residence is a combination of renovation and restoration. The home has been reconfigured, and services have been upgraded to incorporate 21st Century technology,” they said.
“The rooms are full of light and space, and include subtle ornamentation and detail which blends in with the opulence of the furniture and fittings.
“There is an ease of access to the outdoors where you will find shaded deck areas and a new pool house. The pool and shaded deck areas are controlled from the kitchen.
“The residence is surrounded by a paradise of recreational activities.”
Registered Master Builders chief executive David Kelly said the number of top-quality homes entered in the competition this year has been outstanding, reflecting the ongoing commitment to quality from across the sector.
“This is an exciting time to be in the sector. Our members have an absolute focus on quality across all price ranges, and this competition reflects that.
“Even in the current construction pipeline, productivity cannot be at the expense of quality. House of the Year has been celebrating quality craftsmanship for more than 25 years — from cost effective builds to luxury homes.
“Congratulations to all of this year’s national award winners and, in particular, our Supreme Award recipients — Richard Davidson Builders Ltd and John S Macdonald Builders Ltd. The projects are truly a credit to the dedication of our members in constructing a better built New Zealand.”
All Supreme, Lifestyle and Category winners were selected from 100 Gold Reserve National Finalists, which were all award winners in the 11 regional competitions held throughout New Zealand during July and August.
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.
For more information about the competition, visit www.houseoftheyear.co.nz.