Golden Gongs for Lakes Building Company

The award-winning Lake Hayes home built by the Lakes Building Company, in Queenstown.

The award-winning Lake Hayes home built by the Lakes Building Company, in Queenstown.

The gold awards keep coming for a Queenstown-based construction company which has been recognised among the best in New Zealand.

The Lakes Building Company, owned and operated by qualified Master Builder, Stuart Clark, won gold medals with wins in two residential home build categories in the House of the Year competition organised by the Registered Master Builders Southern Region.

It means Clark and his company are in the running for selection for the national finals in Auckland in November.

"We're absolutely thrilled to have entered two properties into this year's awards and see both of them win gold, which means judges marked them at 90 per cent or above," said Clark.

The winning homes – in scenic Jacks Point and near Lake Hayes – were within different price brackets, but both featured the use of exotic timbers and a warm, rustic appeal with a modern twist.

"We're known for a lot of timber work with high standards of quality, finish and detail," said Clark.

"We bring elements of Alpine cottage style to our builds, with grooved linings on the inside which are warm and thermal-efficient as well as looking beautiful, and stone schist features to add texture and accentuate different areas of each home."

While one home was built for local Arrowtown residents, the other was built as a holiday home for ex-pat Kiwis who lost their family home in the Christchurch earthquake.

Clark said: "They're currently living in Australia but entrusted us to build their home because they had faith in our ability to manage this long-distance business relationship.

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"Reputation is everything to me and word-of-mouth is certainly key to the business continuing to grow."

The five-bed Jacks Point home stemmed from the owners' desire to create an energy efficient design with low impact on the neighbourhood and environment. The Lakes Building Company and subbies worked closely with the owners to achieve an energy efficient family home, using the best quality materials on the market and fitting within their deadlines and budget.

With a generous sized building platform, the 340m2 house was built on a single level -- facing due North, it captures spectacular views to Coronet Peak and maximises use of passive solar heating.

Meanwhile, the eco-friendly Lake Hayes home, near Queenstown, features walls of local Gibbston schist framing large cedar front doors opening into a wide basalt stone floor entrance leading into the three-bed home.

Much work has gone into the creation of passive solar heating, generous insulation and natural materials alongside thermally broken double-glazed windows to create a comfortable cost-effective environment in this outstanding Alpine setting.

"Both homeowners were absolutely delighted to hear that their properties had won gold awards and can't wait to hear if we go through to compete at national level," said Clark

The top three gold award winners in each category and each region around the country will be judged again by a separate panel of judges to see if they qualify for the national finals.

 - Sunday Star Times

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