House of the Year judges visit Richmond home
A Richmond show home received a speedy visit from House of the Year judges as they tour the country looking at the best of the best in building.
Registered Master Builders House of the Year judges Tony Pexton and Faye Pearson-Green said on Tuesday that the competition was all about finding quality built homes.
"Obviously it's a builders' competition so quality of workmanship is probably the highest thing we're looking for. Aesthetics are part of it, design and functionality as well, if it works well, sustainability, whether they've got any solar or any of those sort of things," Pexton said.
"There's companies that specifically target that and are much more bent on that style of building, I think there's still a little bit of reluctance, you know it's still quite expensive to do. Certainly down south, in the South Island there is a lot more than there is in the North Island."
Pearson-Green said the position of the house on the site was another thing to consider.
"We look at how the house faces north, how well it's laid out, how it orientates to the road and outdoor living things like that as well," she said.
The location of the home could not be revealed while judging was under way.
Pexton and Pearson-Green are judging three of the 12 different categories of homes while they tour the country.
"We're doing the show home category, renovations between 250,000-500,000 which is very different to try to judge in terms of trying to pick out what has been changed or altered and two million plus new-builds, they allow us more time to walk through those ones so it's pretty interesting," Pexton said.
Pexton and Pearson-Green are both industry professionals in their second year of judging the annual competition which has been going for 26 years.
Registered Master Builders Association chief executive David Kelly said the quality of entries each year was consistently improving.
"House of the Year is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the talented, passionate and skilful builders in our industry. We're proud to be running a competition that gives them the recognition they deserve."
The judges will continue scouting the homes of New Zealand until June before regional awards nights are held.