Queenstown home’s beautiful craftsmanship impresses


An impressive and beautifully crafted Queenstown home has won a Supreme Award at the Southern Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year competition.

Trinity QT Construction Ltd was awarded the Southern Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year, a Gold Award and Category win for the New Home over $2 million award.

Roy Van Leeuwen of Trinity QT Construction Ltd says winning the top award was an amazing feeling, especially given the calibre of entries in the region.

“We were really shocked — the competition was so hot in the region, especially in the over $2 million category. This was our first regional supreme win so it was definitely a proud moment for the team,” he says.

Mr Van Leeuwen says the result reflects the collaborative effort made by the home owners and builders, and the quality of workmanship which makes the home a stand-out.

“There were a few challenges throughout the build — the site was quite difficult to navigate with the access out on the side of the hill, and the amount of ground water we had to contend with and control,” he says.

“The owners took a lot of pride in the home, and we worked really hard to maintain the high level of quality throughout. We are really pleased with the end result.”

The home spans two stunning sections on Queenstown Hill with panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains.

The judges were impressed with the design, craftsmanship, and the way the build responded to the local landscape.

“Local schist stone strongly anchors the home into the hillside, and the use of cedar cladding and blue stone paving helps the home blend into the natural surroundings,” the judges said.

“The home offers a wonderful flow, commencing when you first step into the entry foyer and past the wine cellar which flows up the stairs.

Spacious, glazed corridors lead you onto hidden courtyards and into a majestic living room.”

“The extensive use of dark oak tongue and grooved timber wall panelling, timber flooring and basalt stone throughout gives spaces a sense of warmth and material quality.”

“This home is beautifully crafted, and one that the builder can be extremely proud to have created for the owners.”

Mr Van Leeuwen looks forward to the national House of the Year competition later this month, and praises the Registered Master Builders Association for the support and assistance it provides to members.

“The quality of construction in New Zealand continues to get better every year, so it’s great to be recognised amongst the best,” he says.

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

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