House of the year creates house envy

A home in Auckland’s Remuera that will give you a serious case of house envy is one of the supreme award winners at the recent Registered Master Builders 2010 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards. Auckland’s Deloitte Centre and a home renovation in Wellington took out the remainder of the big awards. 

Now in its 20th year, 700 builders and industry leaders gathered in their swishest black tie to celebrate the best of New Zealand’s new homes, renovations, sustainable homes and commercial projects. 

Taking out the ‘PlaceMakers Supreme Award for the House of the Year’ category was Lindesay Construction Ltd for its rather beatiful home in Remuera. The house also won the ‘New Homes over $2 million’ and ‘Pink Batts Ultra Energy Efficiency’ awards. 

The brief for the single level stunner, constructed from around 15 different species of chemical free timber, was to create a home that would complement the unique site and stand the test of time. 

“This build is craftsmanship on a huge scale with superb detailing and quality, rarely seen and experienced,” says chairman of the residential judging panel, Graham Anderson. 

“With attention to detail in every area of the home, on such a large scale, this new home was quite simply faultless and the deserving winner of the 2010 House of the Year title.” 

The ‘PlaceMakers Supreme Award for the Renovation of the Year’ award went to Pearson Group Ltd, for its work on a century old cottage in Kelburn, Wellington. The group also won the 'Renovation under $250,000' category. 

The judges said this delightful architecturally designed Gray Young cottage of the early 1900s was executed to perfection.

“Renovation is all about seamless integration. This renovation was faultless – you could not tell what had been altered from the timber boards, to the windows – and it was 100 years old,” they said. 

“The original character has been retained and enhanced to meet the owner’s needs, including the retention of a fireplace discovered during demolition.

“Nothing could have been improved on – a stunning renovation.”

Brookfield Multiplex Constructions (NZ) Limited took out theRMB Commercial Project of the Year’ as well as winning the ‘Retail and Business Project’ for its development of the landmark Deloitte Centre in Auckland’s Queen Street.

Panel chairman Graham Coe said the thing that stood this project apart from others was, “the clever retention of the old façade structure – the character of the bygone deco era – and integrating this with a new building.”

“It is a truly seamless integration between old and new, this is a magnificent and well-executed high-rise building that is also the first commercial building in New Zealand to achieve the five star green rating,” he said. 

“The accuracy of the build of a modern complex commercial building, including the innovative integration of the existing façade and existing structure and character, makes this a very deserving winner of the 2010 Commercial Project of the Year.”

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