Awapuni house takes out award

JONATHON HOWE AND NICOLE BENNIK
Last updated 12:00 25/07/2011
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Award winning: This Awapuni house built by Humphries Construction has been named House of the Year.

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The director of a Palmerston North construction company has praised the efforts of his staff after taking out the top prize at the Manawatu House of the Year awards.

A five-bedroom Awapuni house built by Humphries Construction won the supreme award at the Manawatu Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards on Saturday night.

The home also won the $600,000 to $1 million category, and the kitchen, bathroom excellence, outdoor living and the lighting style awards during the ceremony held at the Awapuni Function Centre.

Humphries Construction managing director Paul Humphries said the accolades were made possible by the hard work of project manager Kane Barry and his four-person team.

"We are pretty happy for the team. Kane oversaw the job, and it was their skills and workmanship that came to the fore.

"I suppose it's been a reflection of the sort of systems and procedures we've put in place over many years. We are now bearing the fruits of that."

The house, designed by architect Darren Shadbolt, took about 11 months to construct because of the detailed design and number of sub-contractors required, Mr Humphries said.

The high carpentry input needed for the home's components allowed his staff to show off their building skills, he said.

The judges were effusive in their praise of the house, which has three bathrooms and three living rooms.

"This is an amazing home. The builder has done a really nice job executing the plans, which make good use of the property," they said. "The home involves a lot of intricate detail and the builder has made superb use of natural materials like river stone and cedar weatherboards. Some of the features inside the home are really unique, like the use of totara timber for screening the staircase joinery. The builder should be commended for his attention to detail and superb workmanship." National winners will be announced at a dinner in Auckland in November.

Other Manawatu winners:

B.W. Hughes, new home under $250,000.

Benlee Homes, new home $250,000 to $350,000.

Stonewood Homes, new home $350,000 to $450,000 (silver award).

Diamond Homes, new home $450,000 to $600,000 (silver award).

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- The Manawatu Standard

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