Taupo show home nails it


Penny Homes celebrates its 20th anniversary in July, and this depth of experience helped it nail the competitive GIB Show Home category at the 2017 Registered Master Builders House of The Year.

Penny Homes managing director John Penny says many of the team who worked on its Taupo show home have been with his company since it began 20 years ago — and he was delighted to pick up the prestigious national award.

Mr Penny says winning the award was great recognition of the whole team involved in the project.

“Lots of the sub-tradies that were involved in the build have been with us since day dot. The design was very, very, good — JT Design have also been working with us since we started,” he says.

“We believe it’s important to build a strong culture and hold on to good people, as they’re delivering the high level of workmanship we value.”

The home is slightly elevated off the road with fantastic street appeal.

“Its views face south, but the sun comes from the north, which posed a design challenge as we wanted to ensure we got both the views and the sun,” Mr Penny says.

“But we nailed this one. It has both views and light — the spaces are well thought out and it ticks a lot of boxes.”

Every detail of the fresh, stylishly presented, four-bedroom home has been well considered, lending it a feeling of light and space.

The open-plan design provides great flow from dining, kitchen and two living areas to the courtyard, with its stone feature walls and all-day sun.

Raked ceilings, beautiful white oak timber flooring and light weatherboards give the whole package a classic, laid back feel.

The judges congratulated Penny Homes on a “job well done”, and said their good product and decor selection contributed to the “excellent and appealing home”.

Show homes are a great opportunity to showcase the best you can offer your potential clients, and the judges commented that “the builder and design team have done just that, with a well put together package demonstrating their design initiatives and building skills with very good all-round presentation.”

Mr Penny says the quality of the build gives his customers confidence.

“We have a little book at the entrance, and people can leave their comments in it as they walk out. We’ve had amazing feedback.

“People just absolutely love it, and our workload for the next 12 months is pretty well booked out.”

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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