New Zealand's top house builds: 2013

Phil Benton Builders built this award-winning Christchurch Home
Wilson Building's renovation of this Wellington villa impressed judges

A new home in Christchurch and a renovation in Wellington have been recognised as New Zealand’s top properties, winning supreme awards at the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year Awards. 

The winners were announced at a black tie gala dinner attended by more than 500 building and construction industry professionals held at the Langham Hotel in Auckland on Saturday.

House of the Year
Phil Benton Builders was awarded the supreme award for the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year for the construction of a home in Christchurch. The home also won the Westpac New Homes over $2 million category.

Competition judges say this “wonderfully built” home demonstrates an incredibly high level of accuracy throughout.

 “With a cleverly constructed in situ concrete wall positioned between the living and sleeping spaces as its backbone, the design successfully incorporates a mixture of concrete, tiles and marble. The internal and external spaces are stepped across the tapering site, forming various layers of enclosure and living options.

 “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.

 “Architecturally very innovative and a challenging project which has been executed to the highest standard, this home meets the needs of its owners to a tee.

 “This is a beautiful home, created by an exceptional builder, which wears this award very well indeed.”

Renovation of the Year
Wilson Building (Wellington) Ltd’s four bedroom renovation in Mt Victoria, Wellington impressed judges who say this incredibly successful renovation was made even more of a success given the level of difficulty and challenges which arose during the build. The home also won the Future-Proof Building Renovation Award over $500,000.

 “A large amount of structural work was required, including undermining, underpinning and tunnelling under the building – further complicated by the proximity of the neighbouring properties.

 “Completed while sitting on temporary piles seven metres off the ground, the home is finished with recycled timber floors throughout and a panelled ceiling through the kitchen and living area. Where possible original features have been restored and retained, as well as adding custom-made window sills, colonial skirting and architraves. 

“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.

 “This is a wonderful achievement and a lesson in renovations by a fantastic builder.”

The Gold Reserve National Finalists were selected from 11 regional competitions held throughout New Zealand during July and August.

Supreme award for the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year:

Phil Benton Builders for a home in Merivale, Christchurch; supreme award for the Registered Master Builders 2013 Renovation of the Year: Wilson Building (Wgtn) Ltd for a home in Mt Victoria, Wellington; craftsmanship award: WG de Gruchy Construction Ltd for a home in Herne Bay, Auckland; renovation award up to $250,000: Brockie Renovations Ltd for a renovation in Mapua, Nelson; ITM renovation award $250,000 - $500,000: Todd Grey Builders Ltd for a renovation in Royal Palm Beach, Tauranga; future-proof building renovation award over $500,000: Wilson Building (Wgtn) Ltd for a renovation in Mt Victoria, Wellington; Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment New Homes under $250,000: JD Homes Ltd for a home in Rolleston, Christchurch; PlaceMakers New Homes $250,000-350,000: J Lewis Building Ltd for a home in Kaiteriteri; PlaceMakers new homes $350,000-450,000: Terry Clegg Builders Ltd for a home in New Plymouth; James Hardie new homes $450,000-600,000: Inhaus Developments Ltd for a home in Split Apple Rock, Nelson; Nulook new homes $600,000-$1 million: Haimes Building Ltd for a home in Taupo; Carters new homes $1-2 million: Clive Barrington Construction Ltd for a home in Governors Bay, Christchurch; Westpac 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; GIB show home award: H D Building Ltd for a home in Albany, Auckland; uutdoor living award: Lindesay Construction Ltd for a home in St Mary’s Bay, Auckland; Heart of the Home Kitchen Award: Stewart Hanna Ltd for a home in Hamilton; Plumbing World bathroom excellence award: Clive Barrington Construction Ltd for a home in Sumner, Christchurch; Resene Sustainable home award: Shaw Builders Ltd for a home in Te Puke.

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