Judges Scott Jury, an architect, and Graham Coe, a builder,
assess a Wakatipu house. Entries cannot be identified.
Photo by Christina McDonald.
How well nails have been put in, how well doors have been
hung and the quality of the paintwork were scrutinised in five
Queenstown homes this week.
An architect and a builder were judging Wakatipu homes in a
specific price range before continuing throughout the country
as part of the Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the
There are different judges for different price categories and
more homes in Queenstown will be judged this weekend.
A total of 317 homes nationwide are in the competition and
they range from new homes to show homes to renovations and
builder's own homes.
In the southern region - which includes Alexandra,
Invercargill, Wanaka, Mosgiel, Cromwell, Queenstown, Wyndham,
Outram, Arrowtown, Frankton and Dunedin - there are 40 homes
entered. Twelve are in Queenstown and two in Arrowtown.
Regional winners will be announced at events in July and
August and the southern event will be held in Invercargill on
The competition has been going for more than 20 years and
Registered Master Builders Association chief executive
Warwick Quinn said it gave builders the opportunity to ''see
how they measure up against their peers''.
''Registered master builders continue to enter the
competition year after year, because winning a House of the
Year award is a fantastic tool for promoting their
business,'' Mr Quinn said.
There is a 29% increase from 2013 in entries from the
Canterbury area, which reflects the completion of homes
during the rebuild.
There are also increased entries from the Auckland, East
Coast, Manawatu, Wanganui and southern regions.