House of the year

00:36, Jul 11 2009
EYE FOR DETAIL: Developer Alan Trent's house won top prize at last night's awards ceremony.

Developer Alan Trent's house at Venture Cove near Kaiteriteri and the Wakatu Incorporation's new base in Montgomery Square have won the top prizes in Nelson's premier building awards.

The Nelson Registered Master Builders House of the Year and Commercial Project Awards, announced at a gala dinner at Hope last night, saw the work of 18 different building firms recognised.

Ezebuild Ltd, a firm owned Mr Trent, Anthony Herring and Paul Richards, won the Placemakers Supreme Award for renovations carried out on Mr Trent's home in Tokongawa Drive. The property also won Ezebuild the $500,000 plus renovation award and the kitchen, bathroom and Gib Living Solutions awards.

The judges said the property was "truly a stunning piece of work with every detail executed to perfection".

"The four levels of the property are linked to a curved staircase that is lined with a series of beautifully curved windows - it is really quite a spectacular design. Every element of the property has been thoroughly planned right down to the last detail."

The builder travelled with the client to the United States to handpick everything from furniture to the fittings, the judges said. The property has the latest in modern technology with LED lights inserted into the tap fittings designed to light up relative to the water temperature.


"This property is truly a work of art."

Ezebuild director Paul Richards said it was sensational for the building team to be acknowledged for its workmanship.

He likened the project to turning a "sow's ear into a silk purse".

"It's a been a huge challenge, it's been a two-year project.

"Although it wasn't an old house when I inherited the project, it was a build that started as a small alteration that turned into a complete refit and remodel and that was based on what we continued to find as we opened it up and also a client's brief that continued to grow as well.

"It's very much been a collaboration between the client and myself and the building team that I've got."

Wakatu House was built by IMB Construction - formerly Ian McCully Builders - which won the Commercial Project of the Year award. IMB also won the Trafalgar Insurance Brokers Retail and Business Project category for Wakatu House and the City Fitness Health Project category for its work on the Stoke Medical Centre.

The judges said the "incredibly tight" location of Wakatu House made it a challenging project. "The decorated precast panels which comprise the outside facade of the building are a highlight and have been finished to perfection. Congratulations to the builder for a superb job on what will be a first class office building for years to come."

IMB co-owner Brian Mazure said they were extremely proud of the building, and praised the way the entire project team worked within the confines of the available space.

"It's unsual to be in a project where the client gives the architect a little bit of latitude in a commercial project.

"They wanted to build a special building that looked good in the centre of Nelson, and I think they were very successful."

The Nelson Mail Tourism and Leisure Project Award went to Coman Construction for the Trafalgar Centre southern extension. Wilkes Construction's work on a Kina home saw it pick up the award for new homes over $1 million and the living outdoors award. Paul Brockie Builders won the new homes $650,000 - $1m category, followed by K Fowler Homes in the $450,000 to $650,000 category, Jennian Homes in the $350,000 to $450,000 category, GJ Gardner Homes in the $250,000 to $350,000 category and Tasman Holdings in the under $250,000 category.

The James Hardie Showhome Award went to Peter Ray Homes and the Nulook Builder's own home award was claimed by Anchor Construction. Harrington Hybrid Homes won the Pink Batts Ultra Energy Efficiency Award and the Meridian Sustainable Homes $500,000 to $1m category. Fitzgerald Construction received the Placemakers Award for a renovations under $250,000.

The Nelson Mail