Black and gold house 'to die for'

Last updated 23:56 09/08/2014

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A new home in Takapuna and a renovation in Devonport have been named this year's finest Auckland homes, winning Supreme Awards in the Auckland and Northland Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year.

Bonham Builders & Management took out six regional awards with the Takapuna home, including a gold award and category win for the Westpac Homes over $2 million, as well as the Craftmanship Award, Heart of the Home Kitchen Award, Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award and the Supreme Award.

''This is a unique home,'' the judges said of the Bonham Builders & Management's winning entry.

''With a series of pavilions on a small site with a black exterior and golden interior, it exudes warmth through a unique blend of birch plywood and yellow cedar.

''Boasting mind-blowing features, including an interior glazed bridge, a beautifully crafted stainless steel kitchen and the technology of window areas disappearing into floors or sliding upwards, every space and feature of this home has been meticulously designed and built.

''This house is to die for. A builder of superb skill has made the dream come true for these very lucky homeowners.''

Absolute Building Services was awarded the Supreme Award for the region in the Renovation of the Year for a property in Devonport, as well as a gold award and overall category win for the Future-Proof Building Renovation Award over $500,000.

The judging panel said the extensive renovation in Devonport required a builder of great skill and confidence, working with an extremely difficult site.

''This was a major renovation to a property which takes in the magnificent views of the harbour and the nearby naval base,'' they said.

''Beautifully crafted and styled to bring simplicity to the living spaces and an easy flow from the interior to the cantilevered decks, the builder should be congratulated for his workmanship and project management.''

The company also won a gold award for another renovation it completed in Parnell.

The results were announced at a function at Auckland's Viaduct Events Centre on Saturday night.

All up, there were 28 gold award winners from Auckland and Northland which will now be assessed alongside gold winners from other regional contests from across New Zealand to find the National Gold Reserve finalists.

Those finalists will be announced early next month.National category winners and the Registered Master Builders Supreme Awards for Renovation of the Year and House of the Year will be announced at a gala dinner in Auckland in November.

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