Daring Christchurch build crowned House of the Year

A winning architectural combination of concrete, tiles, marble, and oak saw Phil Benton Builders take home the hotly contested supreme title at the 2013 House of the Year Awards this weekend.

2013 nz house of the year christchurchA winning architectural combination of concrete, tiles, marble, and oak saw Phil Benton Builders take home the hotly contested supreme title at the 2013 House of the Year Awards this weekend.

This elegant house also won the New Homes Over $2 million category and judges said it demonstrates an incredibly high level of accuracy and innovation 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."

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Meanwhile, Renovation of the Year went to Wilson Building (Wgtn) Limited’s four bedroom renovation in Mt Victoria, Wellington, along with 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," judges said.

“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.

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