Seamless renovation wins regional Supreme Award


A challenging but successful renovation has resulted in a Supreme Award for Stewart Hanna Ltd at the Waikato Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year competition.

The company was awarded the Waikato Registered Master Builders 2017 Supreme Renovation of the Year for a home in Hamilton.

They also took home a Gold Award and Category win in the Bunnings Renovation $500,000 – $1 million category, the Sustainable Home Award, and the Heart of the Home Kitchen Award.

Director Steve Ross says winning the award was a great moment of recognition for his team, and reflected the commitment of everyone involved in the project.

“We were really excited about the results. The awards create amazing exposure for the company and strengthen our brand reputation going forward,” he says.

Mr Ross says the renovation’s seamless co-ordination of old and new elements made the home stand out from the competition, but explained that renovating underneath the house presented a challenge.

“We worked hard to recycle original materials to ensure that each era of the home complemented each other — we wanted the 1950s elements to seamlessly blend in with the modern ones. The attention to detail required was phenomenal,” he says.

“We excavated underneath the house to create an entirely new kitchen and living area. We also built a new bedroom, bathroom and laundry.

“Because of the age of the original home, we had to take care to manage the challenge of safely working underneath the house for all the new additions.”

Judges said the winning renovation was a classic Huntly brick home which had been brilliantly transformed.

“This home features a light and sun-filled kitchen and living area, replacing the former garage and basement space. This enabled the home to open directly to the deck and outdoors,” they said.

“Rainwater is collected and stored, low-energy lighting is used throughout the home, and the hot water cylinder is future-proofed to allow for the upcoming addition of solar hot water panels.

“The architect and owner worked closely with the builder to select and re-purpose recycled materials, creating a warm and comfortable home that functions well for the evolving needs of a young family as they grow.”

Mr Ross says winning the award builds credibility for his team among clients and the public.

A Registered Master Builder for 25 years, Mr Ross values the high standard and strong reputation the RMBA membership offers.

National category winners and the Registered Master Builders Supreme Awards for House of the Year and Renovation of the Year will be announced at a gala dinner at SkyCity in Auckland on November 25.

The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build Services, GIB, Nulook, CARTERS, Plumbing World, Resene and Bunnings Trade.

For more information about the competition and full results, visit

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