Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition winners named

A Calley Homes built in Welcome Bay won the year’s tallest house over $1 million category. Photo / Delivered

A Welcome Bay home with a view, a spacious new Taupō home and a renovated 100-year-old fisherman’s house are among the top winners of a recent building competition.

The winners of the Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition have now been announced.

A Calley Homes built in Welcome Bay won the year’s tallest house over $1 million category, Resene New Home $2m-$4m category and a gold award in the competition.

The judges’ comments said the home was designed to take advantage of “stunning views” of the Tauranga region.

“The house is located at the end of a long, winding, country road which slowly reveals itself with the striking black Abodo cladding placed to give a glimpse into the generous lobby.

A Calley Homes built in Welcome Bay won the year's tallest house over $1 million category.  Photo / Delivered
A Calley Homes built in Welcome Bay won the year’s tallest house over $1 million category. Photo / Delivered

“A large revolving door with vertical oak ribs welcomes visitors into the generous entrance, which has a polished polished concrete floor.

“This attention to detail is followed throughout the interior joinery with a feature revolving door revealing the main living area with terrace down to a sunken lounge.”

The judges said the property had an “excellent wooden ceiling, an impressive large built-in bookcase, the media room and kitchen with a utility room” all with a “perfect finish”.

This year was also the first year the competition had a category of highest house of the year under $1 million.

A home in Wharewaka, Taupō, by David Reid Homes Taupō won this category as well as the Volume/Group Housing New Home $500k-$750k category, and a gold award.

According to the judges’ notes, the home was built in six months.

“There is a very high standard of finish and detail throughout, including the nicely oiled vertical cedar planks, offcuts of which were used to make planters.

“The space has been well optimized with a generously sized kitchen and large rooms, this consideration for space also extends to the deck which is cleverly positioned between two pavilions.”

A home in Wharewaka, Taupō by David Reid Homes Taupō.  Photo / Delivered
A home in Wharewaka, Taupō by David Reid Homes Taupō. Photo / Delivered

The living areas have views of the lake and the mountains.

A 100-year-old fishing lodge on Lake Rotoiti renovated by Urbo Homes won Supreme Renovation of the Year, Renovation up to $750,000 category and a Gold Award.

The judges said the renovation preserved the character.

“The home has been in the family for many generations and to preserve it for future generations, all facilities have been updated to a very high standard.

“A fun feature is the retention of the dart hole covered door and wall around the old dartboard, this serves as a reminder to those who have missed in the past.”

Top prize winners

• Highest house of the year Over $1 million: Calley Homes – Welcome Bay, Tauranga
• This year’s top house under DKK 1 million. USD: David Reid Homes Taupō – Wharewaka, Taupō
• Outstanding Renovation of the Year: Urbo Homes – Lake Rotoiti, Rotorua
• Renovation up to $750,000 – Urbo Homes – Lake Rotoiti, Rotorua
• Bunnings renovation USD 750,000 – 1.5 million. USD: Gudsell Designer Homes – Mt Maunganui, Tauranga
• Renovation over DKK 1.5 million. USD: Fairbairn Builders – Mt Maunganui, Tauranga
• New home up to $500,000:M&M Builders – Welcome Bay, Tauranga
• Altus Window Systems New Home $750,000 – $1M: NAS Construction – Papamoa, Tauranga
• CARTERS new home $1m-$1.5m: Urbo Homes – Samurana, Rotorua
• New home $1.5 million. – $2m: Duncan Hare Builders – Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
• Resene new home $2 million. – $4m: Calley Homes – Welcome Bay, Tauranga
• New home over $4m: Todd Gray Builders – Mt Maunganui, Tauranga
For the full list of winners go to masterbuilder.org.nz.

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