Mahia home’s magic outlook delights judges


Sweeping 180° views and the environmentally-friendly living of Landmark Homes Gisborne’s Mahia build impressed the judges sufficiently to take out the New Home $550,000-$700,000 category at the 2017 Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards.

It was also awarded the Hawke’s Bay East Coast Supreme House of the Year.

Landmark Homes Gisborne director Sam Bain credits his clients’ simple and stylish taste, and the quality of workmanship for the win.

Landmark Homes Gisborne’s team of four builders took 10 months to complete the build, and they spent many nights sleeping at the site due to Mahia’s distance from the builder’s own homes in Gisborne.

The remote location and reasonably tricky building platform also posed other challenges, but the end result is striking.

“The building site is exposed to the weather, and the access to the site was via a steep driveway. This meant that some subcontractors got stuck, and we had some challenges getting different trucks up there,” Mr Bain says.

“Installing the big aluminium cavity sliding joinery was one of the most challenging but rewarding parts of the build,” he says.

The judges were impressed, commenting that the aluminium cavity sliders created a wonderful flow to the wraparound deck. They said the end result is something the builder can be proud of for years to come.

The judges commented that the home provides a sensational outlook for its owners, further complimented by the good indoor/outdoor flow to the exterior living areas.

Vertical cedar cladding lets the building blend in with its natural surrounds, with generous windows enhancing the feeling of open space. 

The home’s light-filled interior offers relaxed modern living, and the home is fitted with its own solar power which allows its two ovens, two fridges and two freezers to be run off the grid.

Mr Bain says he was “pretty chuffed” about his company’s success, and he will be entering again this year.

“The awards are great for our reputation, and they give prospective clients the confidence that our team can build to a very high standard,” he says.

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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