Winning Wellington renovation braves the elements


No stranger to success at the House of the Year awards, Planit Construction has another notch to add to their belt. At the 2017 National awards, they walked away with the Supreme Renovation of the Year title.

The Mt Victoria property also won the National Category Award for the Renovation over $1 Million category.

Having won a whopping 44 awards in total at regional and national competitions over the past six years, Rowan Hannah of Planit Construction says the team was absolutely elated with its first national Supreme win.

“This is our ninth property that has made it to the national final and our first Supreme win. It was what we really wanted to achieve, so we were over the moon but also very humbled by the result,” Mr Hannah says.

He says the scale, complexity and the craftsmanship of the renovation made it stand out from the competition.

“It was a beautiful property, and the quality of the build was second to none. The scale and complexity of the project was impressive — however, the location and access to the site created challenges.”

Exposed on the side of a steep hill, the large villa had to withstand earthquakes and Wellington’s notorious winds throughout the renovation.

“Access in and out of the site was very restrictive for us when we were excavating the front and back of the property. A project of this magnitude definitely comes with some challenges, but the result was stunning.”

Judges were impressed by the scale of the project, and praised the collaboration between the builder and the architect who was also the owner of the property.

“The magnitude of this renovation should not be underestimated. It combined skilful use of new and traditional detailing, and ensured the house was transitioned into a home for the 21st Century.

“A project with significant construction challenges, the builders are to be congratulated for their professional and common sense approach which has achieved a top result for the home owner.

“It was extremely well crafted. Judging this renovation was a rewarding experience for both judges.”

Mr Hannah says entering the Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition is a rewarding process, and a chance to see how Planit Construction’s work compares to the rest of the country.

“There were so many amazing properties up for the awards. That’s the beauty of this competition — you are up against the best in the industry,” he says.

“It really makes it all the more rewarding when you come away with the win.”

Entries for the 2018 Registered Master Builders House of the Year are currently open, and will close on Monday, February 26.

House of the Year is made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build Services, GIB, Nulook, CARTERS, Plumbing World, Resene and Bunnings Trade.

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