The Top 100 Homes of the Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition have been announced.
Registered Master Builders chief executive David Kelly says the awards have been recognising the very best houses, quality builders and craftsmen across New Zealand since 1991.
“Each year, we are blown away by the levels of craftsmanship and innovation delivered by Master Builders across the country. The awards are an opportunity to recognise their skills in delivering quality homes for New Zealanders,” Kelly says.
Representing the top entrants in this year’s regional competitions held in July and August, the Top 100 Homes will now be re-judged by the national judging panel to find out who will take out the national awards in November this year.
This year the regional competition had more than 347 entries across 11 regions.
The national awards will recognise the Supreme House of the Year and Supreme Renovation of the Year, alongside 15 award categories — the Pink Batts Craftsmanship Award, two Feature Home Awards, and four Lifestyle Awards, including the Outdoor Living Excellence Award, Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award, APL Sustainable Excellence Award, and Kitchen Excellence Award.
The judges say there’s real diversity among the Top 100 houses this year.
“There’s a home built out of on-site quarried schist in Queenstown, an ultra-modern box-style home in Auckland, a lighthouse-inspired bach in Timaru, and homes made out of the most high-tech and sustainable materials we have available.”
The judges also commented on the impact Covid-19 has had on the homes they are judging, particularly with the more recent renovations.
“Since our first lockdown last year, we are seeing more people pay more attention to their homes and creating a space they can not only live in but enjoy,” they said.
“We are seeing the integration of more smart systems in the home, as well as home offices or working spaces.
“Energy efficiency and sustainable homes is another trend that has been front of mind for home owners and builders throughout the country.”
The awards also recognise the construction sectors’ contribution to the New Zealand economy.
“We play a vital role in New Zealand. Every $1 million spent on house building supports $2.6 million across the wider economy,” Kelly says.
“But our greatest source of pride is that we are building the quality homes that Kiwis will live in for generations to come.”
The Awards are made possible through the support of Altus Window Systems, Bunnings Trade, CARTERS, GIB, Master Build 10-Year Guarantee, Pink Batts, Plumbing World, Resene and APL Window Solutions.
For more information about the competition, visit houseoftheyear.co.nz/results/list/#?year=2021®ion=-1&qualitymark=1317.