Remuera home gets top nod
A cliff-top Remuera home has earned a construction company an honour in an award ceremony which acknowledges the country's finest houses.
The PlaceMakers and Registered Master Builders at Auckland's Langham Hotel last night dished out prizes for abodes of many prices, shapes and sizes, with one award for homes over $2 million, and one for a renovation over $500,000.
There was also a category for a sustainable home, and a home under $250,000.
Taking house of the year for the over $2 million category was a cliff-top home in Remuera, built by PSL Construction Limited.
Judges said the home is a work of art with "outstanding craftmanship" and "exceptional finishing".
"Built to perfection, this home more than deserves to proudly wear the mantle of House of the Year for 2012," said the judges.
"The seamless connections between indoor and outdoor living, presented with a variety of materials and colour schemes, morph together to provide a superb back drop to the finishing touches by a very discerning owner."
Winning renovation of the year was a home in Tauranga.
Riordian Construction Limited built the three-bedroom home's renovation, which the judges said was very impressive.
The builder of the renovation was also awarded the 'Heart of the Home Kitchen' award.
"We were incredibly impressed with the creative enhancement of proportions to allow for the family's changing lifestyle, without moving outside the original footprint of the home. Care has been taken to maximise the outlook of its stunning site," said the judges," he said.
"The time and care spent to retain the old while introducing the new is evident in aspects such as the relaying of original roof tiles and cobble stones and the exquisite restoration of fireplaces and handrails."
A home built by Clive Barrington Construction Limited in Christchurch took the top spot for new homes under $250,000.
The house is constructed out of timber, and described by the judges as "small in proportion, but big in personality."
"Outstanding workmanship and exceptional design have created a home that is sympathetic to its surroundings and could well find its place in the housing solutions for Christchurch," said the judges.
A house nestled in South Head, Rodney won a prize for being a sustainable home worth between $500,000 to $1 million.
Built by Allan Wallace Builders Limited, the judges said it is a fabulous symmetrically planned house.
"It incorporates a multitude of heat capturing, energy saving and power providing components including photo voltaics, solar and a wood fired boiler," judges said.
"Thicker than normal interior concrete floors, extensive insulation, low E glazing and wood burning fires throughout provide a thermal mass requiring zero input from local facilities while recycled clad timber walls separate living spaces and bedrooms."
The winning homes were selected from 12 regional competitions held throughout the country during July and August.
The finalists - all National Gold Reserve winners - were selected from 12 regional competitions held throughout New Zealand during July and August.
Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Warwick Quinn said the competition still showcases the best builders in the country.