Two Blenheim builders get gold

HEATHER SIMPSON
Last updated 08:53 04/08/2014
Dave Weir

WINNING RENO: A top-to-toe renovation of a 100-year-old villa near Blenheim scooped renovation of the year at the Marlborough, Nelson and West Coast Registered Master Builders

Dave Weir
GOOD AS GOLD: Stonewood Homes Marlborough won the gold award for a retirement home they built on Howick Rd, Blenheim.

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A remodelled 100-year-old vineyard villa near Blenheim has been named this year's best upper South Island renovation.

Two Blenheim builders took gold on Saturday night at the Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year contest regional final.

Roger Hogg Builders scooped the renovation of the year award, as well as a gold award and overall category win for the future-proof building renovation award over $500,000.

Stonewood Homes Marlborough took gold and the category win of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment new homes under $250,000.

Judges were impressed by Roger Hogg Builders' winning renovation, saying the firm had succeeded in incorporating modern features while still retaining the existing period character of the home.

"Boasting meticulous attention to detail throughout and an extremely high level of workmanship, the merge of old with new is capped off with a beautiful modern timber joinery system. This is a renovation to be proud of," the judges said.

Roger Hogg said yesterday the brief was to retain the period character of the home through a top-to-toe renovation.

"The client primarily wanted a warm home full of natural light with some additional living spaces. It very much still has the character of a period home but has another lease of life for at least 80 years." Hogg said his favourite space was the family kitchen.

"It was a challenging build but it was satisfying working with clients who knew their brief and were easy to deal with."

Stonewood Homes Marlborough took gold for the second year running.

Director David Campbell said the winning property was a retirement home for a couple that moved from Wellington.

The little brick house with a tiled roof is part of an integrated development on Howick Rd. It was only the second steel-framed property the Blenheim firm had built.

"The client has done a magnificent job putting their fingerprint on it. It is landscaped really well and is a lovely little property.

"We won this category last year and we are over the moon to win it again."

The gold winners have made it through to the national final in Auckland.

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- The Marlborough Express

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