NZ’s best bathroom recognised at 2017 House of the Year Awards

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Jason Barlow Building was awarded the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award at the 2017 Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards.

The Te Anau home, which also won the Kitchen Lifestyle Award at the Southern House of the Year competition, sits on more than two hectares of land with captivating views over Lake Te Anau.

Jason Barlow says winning his first-ever national award at the competition was a proud moment, and great recognition for the hard work that went into the build.

“It definitely came as a surprise for us. We had gone into the national competition thinking we might have a chance at the kitchen award since we won that at the regionals, so to come away with the bathroom award was a great surprise,” he says.

Mr Barlow says the extensive detailing of not just the bathroom, but the entire house, made it stand out from the competition.

“The design was absolutely beautiful. There was extensive fine detailing throughout the house which required a lot of accuracy and workmanship,” he says.

“This was challenging for us at times, getting everything in the right line, space and proportion. There was absolutely no room for error, but it was well worth it, and the result is stunning.”

The 590sq m home is divided into three sections — living/kitchen, guest wing, and a separate area for the home owners — and exudes a sense of open space. The home is stylish yet functional, and was crafted from raw materials in their true form.

House of the Year judges praised the award-winning ensuite bathroom’s stylish design.

“This ensuite bathroom situated off the master bedroom is stylish and functional, with space and light carefully considered in the design,” the judges said.

“It features fully tiled walls and floor with cedar ceilings, a custom-built oak vanity with stone top, and a free-standing bath which sits against an island wall and which conceals the his and hers showers.”

Mr Barlow says winning the award is fantastic for building the profile of the company in the high-end residential construction industry.

“It gives us recognition among our peers, and gives our clients confidence in the quality of the work we produce,” he says.

A Master Builder for more than 13 years, Mr Barlow praises the Registered Master Builders Association for their strong reputation on quality.

“Master Builders are your go-to if you want the job done well.”

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