Hamilton renovation scores top award


Urban Homes has proven its building expertise, with its Hamilton renovation winning the Waikato Registered Master Builders 2018 Supreme Renovation of the Year.

It also achieved a Gold Award and a category win in the Bunnings Renovation $500,000 – $1 million category.

Urban Home director Daniel Klinkenberg was thrilled with his company’s success.

“Our team was incredibly proud of the job we did, so it’s great to be recognised for it,” Mr Klinkenberg says.

“We were up against some exceptional projects, so to take out the overall win was a really cool feeling for all of us.”

The original 1970s farmhouse proved to be a great foundation for an extensive renovation. However, the builders faced several challenges working around an existing structure.

Every window had to be adjusted to allow more natural light, while the roof had to be completely replaced and repitched.

Mr Klinkenberg says one factor that helped the project stand out in the competition was the build’s entirely new feel and look.

“We promised the client that the home wouldn’t look like a renovation. When you walk in, you shouldn’t be able to tell it was an old home. I think we hit the brief, and the client loves it.”

Judges said the renovation seamlessly created a new character home with modern conveniences.

“The house was completely modernised. It gives the impression that it is a new house — it is impossible to see what was old and what was new.

“The renovation was beautifully designed and seamlessly constructed, creating a better insulated, modern home that maximises the sun and fantastic views.

“This a beautiful renovation that has been finished to a very high standard, a worthy Supreme winner.”

Urban Homes has achieved several wins in past competitions, including 16 regional and national category awards. But this is the first Supreme win for the company since 2011.

“We pride ourselves on entering these awards and showing consistency year after year. We’re actually the most awarded Registered Master Builder in the Waikato,” Mr Klinkenberg says.

“Winning these awards helps provide peace of mind to our clients, proving that while we’re rapidly growing we aren’t compromising on the quality of our construction.”

Urban Homes has been a Registered Master Builder since 2010, and Mr Klinkenberg says the relationship is incredibly beneficial to their business.

“Being able to enter House of the Year is definitely a key benefit, as well as the Master Build 10-year Guarantee and the contract documentation.

“Being a Master Builder is also great for our clients’ own peace of mind, because they understand there is a third party who has their back if there are any issues or concerns.”

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

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