Christchurch’s Metzger Builders takes out 2022 RMB National Supreme House of the Year Award

Metzger Builders Ltd (MBL) has won the RMB National Supreme House of the Year Over $1 million for its home in Christchurch
Metzger Builders Ltd (MBL) has won the RMB National Supreme House of the Year Over $1 million for its home in Christchurch

Metzger Builders Ltd (MBL) has won the RMB National Supreme House of the Year Over $1 million for its home in Christchurch, along with the National New Home Over $4 million category.

The judges were in awe about how the project team delivered a home with the scale of a commercial build, that retained the liveability of its much smaller peers.

It has striking marble, bluestone, herringbone timber and solid brass features sprinkled throughout its graceful living spaces.

The entrance to the property is also particularly notable, with automatic gates and a long-landscaped driveway that crosses a stream.

Celebrating building excellence in New Zealand since 1991, the Registered Master Builders House of the Year celebrates the best homes, renovations and builders across New Zealand.

The industry celebrated the House of the Year National Awards in-person for the first time in two years, with nearly 300 entries this year across eight regions.

In a first for the competition, the National Supreme House of the Year Award was split into two, recognising homes under and over $1 million.

The new award has been introduced to better reflect the market, and to celebrate top builders across different price brackets.

Buildcraft won the National Supreme House of the Year Under $1 million for its home in Wanaka, as well as the New Home $500,000 – $750,000 category.

The judges were blown away by how the project team was able to deliver this exceptionally high-quality, architecturally-designed holiday home.

The western red cedar vertical cladding, sheltered private deck, and easy indoor-outdoor flow were real stand-outs. Built for two families, the compact home has a large amount of amenities and living space for its size.

Roger Gilchrist Building Services took home three awards for its home in Oamaru, including the National Supreme Renovation of the Year, National Kitchen Excellence Award, and National Renovation Over $1.5 million category.

The judges were impressed by how the project team had turned this homestead from the 1800s into a luxurious, modern family home. Its award-winning marble and oak kitchen is elegant and well positioned as the heart of the home. 

Other awards

An additional 12 category awards, a craftsmanship, a special, a platinum and three other lifestyle awards were announced at the National House of the Year Awards at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland recently.

It was a special evening for Urban Homes, which was awarded the prestigious Platinum Award that is bestowed on builders who have achieved outstanding building excellence, winning five or more National Category titles, two of which can be lifestyle awards.

Registered Master Builders chief executive David Kelly says the organisation is proud to have been showcasing the best of New Zealand residential buildings over the past 32 years.

“Master Builders make up some of the best builders in the country, and this competition is an opportunity to recognise their efforts to build quality homes in New Zealand,” Kelly says.

“Each year we reach a new level with innovative designs and excellent craftsmanship. With over 550,000 people employed in the sector, we remain a major driver of the country’s GDP, contributing over $20 billion to the economy each year.

“The residential building sector comprises over 60% of that total, and employs 80% of our apprentices.

“Despite no shortage of challenges, we have made progress as a sector during the past 12 months. While the market is definitely softening, as a sector we feel better prepared for the changing cycle than previous ones.

“We are working with the Government to support policy settings focused on smoothing the boom-bust cycles that have beset the sector over the past 30 years. That remains key to maintaining the long-term stability and well-being of the industry,” Kelly says.

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.

To view all RMB House of the Year 2022 National Award Winners, visit

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