Quality craftsmanship and value win over House of the Year judges


Having entered more than 10 homes in the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards over the past seven years, Jennian Homes Otago (2010) Ltd is no stranger to success in the competition.

Their Dunedin build took out the PlaceMakers Volume/Group Housing New Home up to $450,000 award in the 2017 competition.

The Volume/Group Housing category was added to the competition last year to reflect the changing building landscape.

Jennian Homes Otago director Hayden Davis says the team was excited to win the award, and that it validated the quality work they provide.

“We were definitely pleasantly surprised, and it is great recognition for us. We had the clients at the awards with us, so to be able to share that moment with them was really special,” he says.

Mr Davis says the design and quality craftsmanship of the build made it stand out from the competition.

“It was a home that really ticked all the boxes. It had a well thought out design that utilised the site, and was tastefully appointed with fixtures and fittings.

“First and foremost, there was a really high level of craftsmanship that went into the build,” he says.

House of the Year judges praised the high level of quality and value Jennian Homes Otago was able to deliver the home owners.

“Building in an existing residential environment provided challenges which were overcome by good design, planning and execution by all trades,” the judges said.

“The house has been well designed for comfortable living, solar gain, heating and ventilation. The design also provides good access to the whole house, including the bathroom areas.

“This property was well built, providing exceptional value for money spent. It has been accurately constructed and finished to a very high standard — a worthy category winner.”

Mr Davis says entering the House of the Year competition is a great way for the company to build credibility.

“Because we have entered the competition for so many years and have achieved good results, it really shows the consistently high level of quality we produce for our clients. It reinforces the confidence that people have in our work,” he says.

A Registered Master Builder for eight years, Mr Davis praises the Registered Master Builders Association for its strong reputation in the industry.

“They really support us in the work we are doing — giving us the tools we need, whether it be contracts and guarantees or supportive people on the ground to talk to and work with.”

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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