Otago builders shine in awards

New Zealand's best house for under $1.5 million - ‘‘Hawk House’’, near Cromwell. Photos: Supplied
New Zealand's best house for under $1.5 million - ‘‘Hawk House’’, near Cromwell. Photos: Supplied
Otago has its fair share of talented builders and home designers.

For many, the ultimate accolade is recognition at the Registered Master Builders House of the Year.

New residential builds from different parts of Otago stole the show at last weekend’s event, with top honours going to Central Otago’s Spearhead Developments for Cromwell’s ‘‘Hawk House’’.

The judges said the James Stockwell-designed home, which also scooped the New Home award in the $1 million to $1.5 million category, had surmounted technical challenges in every respect.

They described the development as ‘‘incredible’’, with a unique form and use of natural material that enabled it to nestle into its stunning surrounding landscape.

Dunedin builder Zac Williams, of Third Little Pig Homes, in Dunedin, won the Builders Own Home award for his Ocean View home, ‘‘Beach babe’’.

This Ocean View home won the Builders’ Own Home Award.
This Ocean View home won the Builders’ Own Home Award.
“This striking and beautifully crafted build is a reflection of the incredible skill of a young builder who spent months working after hours to create a home for himself and his partner,’’ the judges said.

‘‘Built on an extremely exposed site with rugged but fantastic sea views, the execution of every part of this home was nothing short of stunning.’’

David Reid Homes Waitaki also was honoured for its 175sq m three-bedroom, two-bathroom home, ‘‘Out of the Blue’’, in the New Home up to $450,000 category.

David Reid Homes co-owner Nikki Mackay said they were delighted with the win.

“We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing team of hardworking builders and our incredibly diligent subbies, who all help bring our concepts to life.’’

The monopitch designed home was built on a 550sq m section in a new subdivision in Weston.

Registered Master Builders chief executive David Kelly said the organisation was proud to showcase the best of New Zealand residential buildings.

‘‘As the building boom continues, we must ensure our focus is on building quality homes, quickly and efficiently across all price brackets.

‘‘As New Zealand’s leaders in residential building, it is exciting to see innovative approaches coming through in the homes showcased at this year’s awards.’’



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