Supreme Waikato House of the Year ‘the whole package’


Outstanding workmanship and attention to detail resulted in a multitude of awards for J A Bell Building Ltd at the Waikato Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year competition.

Not only did the company win the Waikato Registered Master Builders 2017 Supreme House of the Year Award for a home in Flagstaff, they were also awarded six other awards — a Gold Award and Category win for the New Home $550,000 – $700,000, the Craftmanship Award, the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award and the Carpet Mill Interior Design and Style Award for the same home.

They were also awarded a Gold Award in the Builder’s Own Home category for their home at Waihi Beach.

Justin Bell says winning the Supreme Award was a very proud moment for his team, and a fantastic result for their second time entering the House of the Year competition.

“It was a really awesome feeling. We knew we had a great package from the design, the clients, the products and the workmanship, but we were up against some really outstanding entries in the competition this year, so we were absolutely stoked with the result,” he says.

Mr Bell says the use of cedar and the co-ordination of colours and materials made the home stand out in the competition.

“The house was the whole package. It was really detailed, and required a high level of thought and workmanship.

“It is great to work with natural products, so while the cedar made the home stand out, it was also a large part of what made the project really enjoyable for the team,” he says.

“The interior design was put together by the clients themselves, which complemented and enhanced the design.

“Overall, it was a really fantastic build, with fantastic clients.”

Judges said the winning House of the Year was a cleverly designed private home on an elevated site, which created several challenges for the builder.

“The design featured multiple cladding materials inside and out, and understated bespoke detailing which required a high level of workmanship,” they said.

“Accuracy of detailing and construction was clearly shown throughout the completed home.

“The builder has executed the design perfectly with a high level of workmanship, creating an outstanding home for the owners.”

Mr Bell is looking forward to the national competition in November, and says that winning the award reaffirms the credibility of his team.

“We have been in the industry a long time, so winning these awards gives us a real boost of confidence for the high quality of the work we are producing,” he says.

Mr Bell has been a Registered Master Builder for nine years, and says he would always recommend customers choosing a Registered Master Builder.

“You know they are going to do a good job, especially if they have entered the House of the Year competition, because they are putting their work out there to be judged. It really reflects the high standard Registered Master Builders promotes.”

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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