A historic-style home on Waiheke Island and a Remuera do-up were named the top properties in the Auckland Registered Master Builders 2012 House of the Year Awards last night.
Lite-House Limited's Waiheke build took out the Supreme Award for the House of the Year after winning the New Homes over $2 million category.
The home also took out the GIB Living Award.
The property impressed the judges who praised the build's design and finish, as well as how it fitted in the environment.
The large family home, with a boutique winery and indoor swimming pool, was described as a "dream home".
"Designed in what the builder calls a Plantation style of architecture, modelled on the Kauri Cliffs luxury lodge, a piece of New Zealand history has been repeated," they said.
"The time and effort the builder has gone to in terms of the detailing throughout the home is incredible and his choice of materials has been carefully selected to withstand the home's harsh environment."
Onform Construction was awarded the Supreme Award for the Renovation of the Year, as well as the Renovation Award over $500,000 for its transformation of a Remuera house.
The Remuera renovation was singled out for its retention of the home's historic exterior, while creating a modern interior.
"On a tight site, with one wall virtually on the boundary, the builder aptly dealt with both the constraints that the site presented and the restrictions imposed by the council."
The two houses were among 22 Gold Award winners from Auckland, which will now be judged alongside winners from 11 other regions to find the National Gold Reserve finalists.
The national winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Auckland in November.
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