Owner’s dream home scores top award


Takahe Construction’s top work on a Christchurch home has not only wowed their client, but House of the Year judges too.

The company was awarded the Renovation of the Year award at the Canterbury and Mid & South Canterbury Registered Master Builders 2018 House of The Year competition.

They were also awarded a Gold Award and category win for the Renovation over $1 million Award, along with the Interior Design Award and the Outdoor Living Award.

Takahe Construction director Tim Forman says the win was great, as it acknowledged the hard work of the whole team.

“We had formed a great relationship with the client, who encouraged us to enter the home into the House of the Year competition. He believed the team deserved the recognition,” he says.

This wasn’t the first win for Takahe Construction, who have been entering homes in the competition since 2012. They’ve had a string of successes, and have won several Gold Awards for their builds. 

Takahe Construction had to confront a range of challenges while working on the project, including dealing with severe structural damage from the Canterbury earthquakes.

“Our original contract was earthquake repair. This meant re-levelling the house and stripping everything back to meet the original standard.

“We also had to manage the logistics of operating cranes around an existing structure in a residential area,” Mr Forman says.

“The end result was stunning. It was also functional for the clients who are entertainers and enjoy hosting extended family for Sunday lunches. They wanted the best, and wouldn’t have accepted anything less.”

House of the Year judges were impressed by the challenges Takahe Construction had to overcome when repairing and renovating the quake-damaged home.

They applauded the company’s ability to create an elegantly composed home while maintaining the original character.

Takahe Construction has been a Registered Master Builder since 2011. Mr Forman believes the relationship offers their company a lot of support when working within the industry.

“At the end of the day builders are builders. I believe the Registered Master Builders Association can help you become a better businessman through resources such as contracts, legal information, and like-minded contacts within the industry.”

He is confident this award will cement his company’s place in the high-end architectural, new build, and renovation market.

“Entering House of the Year and winning these awards definitely builds our reputation for quality amongst our clients and peers.”

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.