Concrete, glass, marble home takes honours

Last updated 05:00 17/11/2013

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A $2 million plus Christchurch home beat the rest of the country to take top honours last night as New Zealand's best property.

Built on a recently subdivided back section in Fendalton's Poynder Ave, the family home is concrete, glass and marble.

It has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and two living rooms.

"The rawness of the concrete, layered steel frames and aluminium edged roof planes are offset by the use of wood elements including oak internal joinery and ceilings which take their cue from Scandinavian modern architecture giving the spaces a sense of warmth and material quality," judges said in declaring it House of the Year at the Registered Master Builders 2013 .

More than 500 builders turned out at a swish black tie dinner at Auckland's Langham Hotel last night for the awards ceremony.

The winning house was built by Phil Benton Builders.

A revival of a "grand old lady" of Wellington won renovation of the year for Wilson Building.

The four bedroom home in Mt Victoria had a do over at a cost of more than $500,000.

The judges called in an "incredibly challenging renovation" which involved lifting it seven metres off the ground and tunnelling while supporting the old house and neighbouring buildings.

"The result is a beautiful home which retains all of its turn of the century character, whilst cleverly incorporating modern technology conducive to this century's lifestyles," the judges said.

"The builder has used every ounce of his construction nous to deliver this home in the heart of Wellington."

Registered Master Builders Federation Chief Executive Warwick Quinn said the industry was "incredibly proud" of the winning builders.


Other category winners were:

Craftsmanship Award: WG de Gruchy Construction Limited for a home in Herne Bay, Auckland

Renovation Award up to $250,000: Brockie Renovations Limited for a renovation in Nelson

Renovation Award $250,000 - $500,000: Todd Grey Builders Ltd for a renovation in Tauranga

Future-Proof Building Renovation Award over $500,000: Wilson Building for a renovation in Wellington

New Homes under $250,000: JD Homes Limited for a home in Rolleston, Christchurch

New Homes $250,000 - $350,000: J Lewis Building Ltd for a home in Kaiteriteri

New Homes $350,000 - $450,000: Terry Clegg Builders Limited for a home in New Plymouth

New Homes $450,000 - $600,000: Inhaus Developments Limited for a home in Split Apple Rock, Nelson

New Homes $600,000 - $1 million: Haimes Building Limited for a home in Taupo

New Homes $1 million - $2 million: Clive Barrington Construction Limited for a home in Governors Bay, Christchurch

New Homes over $2 million: Phil Benton Builders for a home in Merivale, Christchurch

Builders Own Home Award: van Baarle Construction for a home in Lower Hutt

Show Home Award: H D Building Limited for a home in Albany, Auckland

Outdoor Living Award: Lindesay Construction Limited for a home in St Mary's Bay, Auckland

Kitchen Award: Stewart Hanna Limited for a home in Hamilton

Bathroom Excellence Award: Clive Barrington Construction Limited for a home in Sumner, Christchurch

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- Fairfax Media


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