“Immaculate:” renovated Khandallah home wins builders’ supreme award

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Press Release – Master Builders House of the Year
A renovation in Khandallah (above) and a new home in Masterton have been named this year’s finest Wellington and Wairarapa homes, winning Supreme Awards in the Wellington and Wairarapa Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year.

Plan It Construction Limited was awarded the Supreme Award for the Wellington and Wairarapa Registered Master Builders 2014 Renovation of the Year, as well as the Outdoor Living Award and a Gold Award and category win for the ITM Renovation Award $250,000 – $500,000. The company also won a Silver Award and the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award for another entry in Mt Victoria.

The judges called Plan It Construction’s winning build an immaculate renovation on an extremely difficult site.

“This was a building with historical significance to Wellington, and the builder was tasked with matching up all weatherboards, details and skirtings as per the original build,” they said.

“The builder overcame a number of challenges, including a steep site with restricted access and a large excavation to create a seamless addition to a historically important building. Built with accuracy and precision, the builder has fully carried out his client’s wishes.”

Design Builders (Wairarapa) took out four regional awards, including a Gold Award and category win for the James Hardie New Homes $450,000 – $600,000, the Craftsmanship Award and the Supreme Award for the Wellington and Wairarapa Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year.

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Design Builders’ winning home impressed judges, who praised the builder for a well-tailored response to his client’s brief.

“The builder went to great lengths to suit the home to the owner’s lifestyle, working closely with the homeowner to integrate their personality throughout,” they said. “Boasting subtle but beautifully crafted features, including ground concrete floors, a tastefully displayed bookcase and fireplace, the workmanship in this home was difficult to fault.”

The results were announced at a gala dinner on Friday at Te Papa. The event was attended by members of the local building industry and the Wellington and Wairarapa Registered Master Builders.

There were seven Gold Award winners from Wellington which will now be assessed alongside Gold Award winners from across the country to find the National Gold Reserve finalists, to be announced in early September.

National category winners and the Registered Master Builders Supreme Awards for Renovation of the Year and House of the Year will be announced at a gala dinner in Auckland in November.

The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, James Hardie, GIB, Nulook, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, Future-Proof Building, Carters, ITM, Plumbing World, Resene, Westpac and Master Build Services.

For more information about the competition, visit www.houseoftheyear.co.nz.

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