Home with 'tin shed' styling tops awards

Last updated 05:00 26/07/2014
Greg McGovern Construction
CHRIS HILLCOCK/ Fairfax NZ
OLD TIN SHED: This Hamilton area barn-style house won the House of the Year award for builder Greg McGovern Construction.

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A new Hamilton home "built in the style of an old tin shed" and a renovated Whangamata bach have been named this year's finest Waikato homes.

The two buildings took the top gongs at the Waikato Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year awards held at Claudelands yesterday.

A home "built in the style of an old tin shed" reaped multiple awards for Greg McGovern Construction, including House of the Year.

It was designed as accommodation for farm workers and had "a multitude of clever features", they said.

"Panelled with sheets of ply that were carefully selected to match the grain, the builder's eye for detail is absolutely incredible. An exterior cedar curtain panel that acts as a sunscreen during the day and a curtain at night is the work of a craftsman.

"The phenomenal quality of construction and response to a very bold design made this home a worthy winner of the Supreme Award."

It also topped the PlaceMakers New Homes $350,000-$450,000 category, won the Resene Sustainable Home Award and the Craftsmanship Award.

Renovation of the Year went to a bach re-clad and reconfiguration by Beach House Builders.

"This renovation of one of Whangamata's original baches has transformed its tiny footprint into an exciting family retreat," judges said.

"The home is full of character, from the well-crafted kitchen and bathroom to the efficient cantilevered bunk beds. The colourful interior spills out onto a spacious deck, providing a platform to enjoy one of the gems of the Coromandel."

The bach also took out the Renovation Award up to $250,000 category.

House of the Year results were announced at a gala dinner at the Claudelands Conference and Exhibition Centre.

Categories included new homes in various price brackets, builder's own home, and various lifestyle awards, including outdoor living and a heart of the home kitchen award.

Waikato entries received 14 gold awards.

National finalists will be announced in early September. For more information about the competition, visit houseoftheyear.co.nz

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