Beautifully crafted Taupo home wins regional Supreme Award


Workmanship, innovation and creativity are core values upheld at The Craftsmen Ltd, and this was confirmed when their Taupo home won the Bay of Plenty Central Plateau Registered Master Builders 2018 Supreme House of the Year Award.

The home was also awarded the Craftsmanship Award, the Interior Design Award, the Heart of the Home Kitchen Award, and the Outdoor Living Award.

The Craftsmen Ltd director Richard Stewart, a Registered Master Builder for eight years, says winning the award was a special moment, and reaffirms the hard work he and his team had put in to the build.

“We were thrilled to receive the award. It’s a great result for our fantastic team of builders and subcontractors, who always go the extra mile for us,” he says.

“My goal for the evening was to win the category award, and anything after that was a bonus.

“I’ve always felt the Craftsmanship Award would be a special one to win, so I was thrilled to win it with this beautiful home — it’s nothing short of stunning.

“The elements of this house work incredibly well together. The combination of Fijian kauri, cedar, maire, concrete and the bespoke glass throughout give it a warm and welcoming feeling.

“The indoor/outdoor living is the kind of space dreams are made of!”

Mr Stewart remained humble when discussing the design of the build, and credited the creativity of the owners.

“The owners did an amazing job on the design. When you walk through the home everything feels so well thought out and perfectly designed. This, along with the level of craftsmanship that we achieved, well and truly gave the home its wow factor.”

House of the Year judges praised the home’s quality workmanship.

“This cedar-clad house is a contemporary version of two opposing skillion roofs, which are offset to bring light into the interior of the home,” they said.

“A central kitchen anchors the heart of the home, featuring beautifully crafted built-in plywood joinery and ceilings. The living areas provide the owners with spectacular views across to the reserve, lake and mountains beyond. 

“Congratulations to the team at The Craftsmen Ltd for this outstanding achievement.”

Mr Stewart credits the Registered Master Builders Association for the support they provide to members and the opportunity to enter House of the Year. 

“The House of the Year awards give us credibility among our peers, and reassures our clients of the high-quality work we produce.”

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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