Winning Grey Lynn renovation a contrast of modern and historic


A villa refurbished to blend together old and new has taken out a Supreme Award at the Auckland Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year competition.

Broswick Builders Ltd was awarded the Auckland Registered Master Builders 2017 Renovation of the Year, a Gold Award and Category win for the Renovation over $1 million award.

As well, the company also won the Craftsmanship Award and the Sustainable Home Award.

Broswick Builders Ltd’s Todd Wickenden says winning the Supreme Renovation Award was an exciting moment for his team.

“It was a really great moment. We were quite surprised actually, but really happy to come away with this result,” he says.

The existing villa was refurbished and extended to include a modern three-storey extension, blending together historic and new elements.

“We upgraded the home to include new sustainable technology, including above-code insulation, solar powering, and a Tesla battery to allow the home to operate off the grid,” he says.

Mr Wickenden says the level of detail and contrast in the home, and its use of different materials, created challenges for the team, but it also created its most stand-out features.

“There were strong contrasts between the materials and finishings used, from the cedar cladding and the restored existing weatherboard cladding.

“Everything was incredibly detailed with zero tolerances, so it required a high level of craftsmanship,” he says.

Judges praised the blend of contrasting materials, and their comments show they were impressed by the quality of workmanship.

“The winning renovation was a traditional Grey Lynn cottage located close to the street, which gives little away to what’s happened behind. Both old and new blend in an interesting way, making the home full of surprises,” the judges said.

“Exquisite detailing, both inside and out, a mix of quality materials, along with exposing some of the structure internally, clearly shows everything has been thought through and executed perfectly.

“A new master suite, a large kitchen, living and dining area make this a very comfortable home. A joy to inspect.”

Mr Wickenden says he is looking forward to the national competition, and wants to see how his project compares to those around the country.

“Winning this award is great for the profile of our company, and really reinforces the standard of work we provide,” he says.

As a Registered Master Builder for seven years, he praises the Registered Master Builders Association for its reputation of quality and its ability to network other members.

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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