Supreme homes recognised at Canterbury House of the Year awards
A modern house overlooking a golf course and home fit for knights and damsels are among the winners at Canterbury's House of the Year competition.
The contest, held by Canterbury Registered Master Builders on Friday night, named a Clearwater house in the $1 million to $2m category as the region's supreme new home. The house was constructed by Metzger Builders.
Paul Reed Homes won the supreme renovation award for their $500,000-plus overhaul of a hillside house in Hillsborough.
A modern solar-powered castle built by Bradford Building in Tai Tapu was named best new home in the $2m-plus category.
The homes, and others which won gold and category awards, will be in line for national recognition later in November.
Friday night's judges said the Clearwater house was "a standout home". It also won the best bathroom award.
The house is built of schist, plaster, steel and cedar outside, with vaulted cedar ceilings with glass gables within. Features include a stone feature wall with wood burner, a kitchen connecting morning and afternoon courtyards and dark American oak joinery.
"This was an impressive build with a complex, challenging design. The variation of material use, stone work and interior panel work required a lot of skill," the judges said.
"Clever innovations including access to some rooms concealed behind wall panels instead of traditional door openings made this home a stand out.
"This build was a case study in builder, architect and client working together to achieve the best result."
The judges also praised the Hillsborough renovation, saying the team maintained the character of the original home to an impressive standard.
"Built on the hills overlooking Christchurch, this was an outstanding renovation which came with its fair share of complexities and challenges," they said.
"Incredible skill and planning was required to hold the house up while the ground floor was dug out underneath and replaced with a whole new foundation and brick cladding.
"Looking at this home, you wouldn't know it went through a major renovation. It looks substantial, solid, well-crafted and complete – a credit to the builder and a striking renovation."
The Tai Tapu castle-style house is huge with four living areas and four bedrooms, with unusual features such a minstrel's gallery and garaging for 14 cars. It stores all its own water, while solar panels and new technologies create more power than the house needs.
Other category winners were High Country Homes for a house in Rangiora and another in Hurunui district, HQ Construction for a home in Papanui, Residential Castles for a Lincoln house and Todd Starkey Builders for another Rangiora house.
A total of 38 homes won gold awards.
The House of the Year awards are in addition to similar contests held by architects and architectural designers.