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Illustrious HOTY winners

Celebrating building excellence in New Zealand, the prestigious Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition awards the best homes, builders and craftsmen across our country for 2019.




Supreme House of the Year and Craftmanship Award
First-time competition entrant Spearhead Developments of Central Otago took the top award for their work on the Hawk House.

The new build also took out the Craftmanship and CARTERS $1-1.5 million New Home awards.

Judges acknowledged this home to be a technical challenge in every respect.

“The Hawk House is an architectural masterpiece that sits high in the hills between Cromwell and Wanaka.

Mimicking native hawks, the unique form and use of natural material has created an incredible home that peacefully nestles into its stunning surrounding landscape.

“This is no ordinary bach. It is a home that surprises you at every turn”, says the 2019 judges.

Renovation up to $500K
TMT Construction for a home in Strowan, Christchurch

Supreme Renovation of the Year Award
Spice Build has won the Supreme Renovation Award with the restoration of a historic 135-year-old church in Petone, Wellington.

The property was also runner-up for the Craftsmanship Award.

Judges said the renovation “demonstrated a vision that is nothing short of exceptional.

“The build process saw a fantastic collaboration between the owner and builder, with a result that can only be described as a masterpiece. It has perfectly retained the original character of the building, all while breathing new life into it with a stunning apartment conversion”.

Special Award
The Special Award category was introduced last year to recognise outstanding projects or build elements.

Highly worthy of this accolade, Urban Homes claimed this award for its home in Kaipaki, Cambridge.

Tasked to create a home reminiscent of a DOC hut, hidden away on an idyllic riverside site, the judges said, “The unassuming yet sophisticated home has managed to blend its beauty appropriately with the neighbouring natural environment.

“Both the consideration given to this project and the owners’ dedication to preserving the natural beauty of this site are absolutely commendable, and makes this home strongly deserving of this Special Award.”

An additional 15 categories and four lifestyle awards were also announced and Registered Master Builders Chief Executive David Kelly says the organisation is 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,” he says.

“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.

This competition sets the standard of what is possible and is an inspiration to others across the sector.”

The awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build 10-Year Guarantee, GIB, CARTERS, Plumbing World, Altus Window Systems, Resene and Bunnings Warehouse.

For more information about the competition, visit the HOTY website.


CREDIT FOR IMAGE: Zenhusen, by Mads Mandrup Hansen of C.F. Møller Architects

The missing middle: medium density housing and its ever growing need

In an age where sustainability is front of mind, and the Bank of Mum and Dad are becoming one of the country’s biggest lenders, medium density housing might just be the answer.

CREDIT FOR IMAGE: Zenhusen, by Mads Mandrup Hansen of C.F. Møller Architects
CREDIT FOR IMAGE: Zenhusen, by Mads Mandrup Hansen of C.F. Møller Architects

Affordable, sophisticated living with a strong focus on community and proximity to amenities, this architectural typology is definitely not short of fans offshore and is establishing itself as a smart living solution on home soil. Dubbed ‘the missing middle’, medium density is classified by the Ministry for Education as comprehensive developments including four or more dwellings with an average density of less than 350 m2 per unit.
In plain speak this translates to a new generation of housing that ticks all the boxes, something that is summarised best by Architectural Designers of New Zealand CEO Astrid Andersen. “When done well, medium density can benefit the whole of New Zealand; we see improved health outcomes, less car usage and less power usage. (It) meets the requirements of a diverse community with mixed housing options; creates communities; keeps New Zealand arable land for arable use and fulfils key sustainability principles.”
Explore Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration if you’re in the market for a new abode. You may have found your dream home with the missing middle.