First-time entry recognised as New Zealand’s best kitchen


A first-time entry into the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards resulted in a national win for Paragon Developments (2011) Ltd.

Their striking Taupaki renovation won the Heart of the Home Kitchen Award at the 2017 competition.

Clint Madsen of Paragon Developments, says winning his first national award was a proud moment for the whole team involved in the project.

“As it was our first time entering the competition we didn’t know what to expect, but we were absolutely floored by the result,” he says.

“The build was a huge undertaking by everyone involved, so to come away with that result was absolutely fantastic, both for our company and the client.”

Mr Madsen says the unique detailing of the kitchen made it stand out from the competition.

“The attention to detail is flawless — it is truly a one-off, bespoke and hand-built kitchen. All of the different elements — the usability, layout and products — come together as an amazing entertainer’s kitchen,” he says.

Mr Madsen explains the sheer magnitude of the large-scale renovation presented challenges for the team, as it had to be virtually rebuilt from the inside out.

“The home doubled in size during the renovation, so it was definitely challenging to undertake a project of that scale,” he says.

“We were determined to bring the existing home up to the high standard of work our company delivers, and ensure the client got the absolute best quality result.”

House of the Year judges praised the award-winning kitchen’s bespoke detailing.

“At this home’s heart is a kitchen arrangement of exceptional detailing and design. The kitchen comprises two fully- equipped cooking areas which are linked and functionally complimentary,” the judges said.

“The quality and detailing of cabinetry, stone surfaces and the sheer scale of the kitchen, which also provides a direct link to dining and living areas, is an entertainer and master chef’s delight.”

Mr Madsen says winning the award has been fantastic for the reputation of the company in the high-end building industry.

“The exposure from the awards has been amazing for us. The recognition has opened new doors to potential customers, and has created new opportunities for us,” he says.

A Registered Master Builder since 2012, Mr Madsen praises the Registered Master Builders Association for the ability to network with other members, and the quality resources available.

Paragon Developments is already eyeing up its next award, with something “pretty special” in the pipeline for the 2019 House of the Year competition.

House of the Year is made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, the Master Build 10-Year Guarantee, GIB, Nulook, CARTERS, Plumbing World, Resene and Bunnings Trade.

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