The decision to enter his first House of the Year competition has resulted in two national category wins for Ben Redmond of Redmond Builders and Construction Ltd.
His Havelock North build won the Heart of the Home Kitchen award and the Outdoor Living award at the Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year awards.
Mr Redmond says winning the awards was incredibly rewarding, and a fantastic way to recognise the hard work of everyone involved in the project.
“As it was our first time entering the competition we had no idea what to expect, but to come away with two wins was really exciting. There was something really special about this build — it was great to get the recognition for that,” he says.
Mr Redmond says the design and blend of materials made the kitchen stand out, but explained that this left no room for error throughout the build.
“The kitchen has some really unique features, with the design, the blend of materials and the fixtures and fittings creating a really stylish space,” he says.
“There was no room for error with the materials used. We were co-ordinating timber flooring, steel joinery and stainless steel hood covers — there were so many different materials so there had to be nice clean lines between each of them. We set a very high standard early on and we stuck to that.
“It was great to also be recognised for the Outdoor Living award, as we worked hard to create a really special space that perfectly suited Hawke’s Bay conditions.”
Judges were impressed with the opulent use of materials in the kitchen and the seamless flow from the indoor to outdoor space.
“This kitchen, with its brilliant supporting scullery, is the hub of the home, and leads you through a seamless transition of luxurious indoor spaces to the outdoor areas and the magnificent views beyond,” they said.
“The kitchen design is enhanced by the panelled cabinetry and the soft palette of interior painted timber walls and floors. This is carried through into the scullery, evoking a warm, inviting atmosphere, beautifully lit throughout.
From the wicker chairs in the front verandah to the formality of the pool and its pavilions, this home is perfectly cradled softly into its surroundings. This provides a beautifully designed and constructed space.”
Mr Redmond says the award gives the company credibility and recognition amongst the public and their peers.
“You put in a lot of hard work and effort, so it’s nice to come away with that recognition and to make connections for the company in the future,” he says.
Redmond Builders and Construction Ltd hopes to come away with another win this year, having entered a home in the Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year awards in the Renovation $500,000-$1 million category.
Mr Redmond praises the Registered Master Builders Association for their strong reputation in the industry and the opportunity to enter the House of the Year competition.
The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build Services, GIB, Nulook, CARTERS, Plumbing World, Resene and Bunnings Trade.