Sub-contractors praised in awards

Taranaki "subbies" have been praised for their contribution to two winning homes at the 2012 Registered Master Builders house of the year awards.

Paul Jones Construction Ltd and Abode Design and Build Ltd were both named category winners at the weekend's Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2012 house of the year awards.

Paul Jones Construction won the new homes $450,000 to $600,000 category for a home near Eltham.

Abode Design & Build won the James Hardie Show Home Award for a show home in Highlands Park, in New Plymouth.

Paul Jones Construction owner Paul Jones said the award was a testament to Taranaki's building industry.

The Lockwood home, located above a valley in Mangamingi, was a beautifully designed and constructed house, Mr Jones said.

Its high standard was largely a reflection of the hard work of the sub-contractors.

"We've got a loyal bunch of subbies who do a top-notch job." he said.

Abode Design and Build owner Lyall Dix also applauded the sub-contractor's work on its award-winning Highlands Park show home.

"It's just a real take off your hat to all the tradies really," Mr Dix said.

This was the second time Abode Design and Build had won the award for best show home, he said.

The show home category was one of the most hotly contested awards "because the show homes are supposed to be the best of the best", he said.

For Paul Jones Construction this was the first house of the year award it had won in its 26 years in business, Mr Jones said.

"We've been supporters since day one and I think it's a great concept and a great way of promoting quality in the industry."

With just a small team of eight, the company constructed only a few houses each year, so to win against the big players was extremely rewarding, he said.

The Supreme Award went to PSL Construction Ltd for a cliff-top home in Remuera, in Auckland.

Taranaki Daily News