Registered Master Builders House of the Year 2012 Awards

December 19, 2012

Registered Master Builders House of the Year 2012 Awards

A cliff-top home in Remuera and an exceptional renovation in Tauranga have taken out the Supreme Awards in the Registered Master Builders 2012 House of the Year.

The national winners were announced at a black tie gala dinner attended by over 500 building and construction professionals held at the Langham Hotel in Auckland on Saturday, November 17.

House of the Year

The coveted title of the PlaceMakers Supreme Award for the Registered Master Builders House of the Year went to PSL Construction Limited for its masterful development of a home in Remuera, Auckland. The home also took out the New Homes over $2 million category and the GIB Living Award.

Competition judges say the cliff-top beauty is a work of art and a place to enjoy, with outstanding craftsmanship and exceptional finishing.

“Built to perfection, this home more than deserves to proudly wear the mantle of House of the Year for 2012,” they say.

“The seamless connections between indoor and outdoor living, presented with a variety of materials and colour schemes, morph together to provide a superb back drop to the finishing touches by a very discerning owner.

“Innovative construction techniques give rise to features such as a floating concrete floor slab, while extensive effort has been made to integrate the double glazed sliding doors to give the appearance of large curtain walls.”

Renovation of the Year

Riordan Construction Limited’s three-bedroom renovation in Matua, Tauranga wowed the competition judges who say the home is exceptional. The builder was also awarded the PlaceMakers Renovation over $500,000 Award and the PlaceMakers Heart of the Home Kitchen Award.

“We were incredibly impressed with the creative enhancement of proportions to allow for the family’s changing lifestyle, without moving outside the original footprint of the home. Care has been taken to maximise the outlook of its stunning site,” judges say.

“The time and care spent to retain the old while introducing the new is evident in aspects such as the relaying of original roof tiles and cobble stones and the exquisite restoration of fireplaces and handrails.

“The finishing is second to none, incorporating a theme of oak throughout including custom made cabinetry tying in with the joinery, doors and stairwell detailing.

“The relationship between the builder and the owners was integral to the success of turning this much loved family home into a masterpiece of workmanship for future generations.

“This is not only the Renovation of the Year, but a renovation for many years to come.”

Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Warwick Quinn says the House of the Year competition continues to showcase the work of the country’s best builders, and would not be possible without the support of competition sponsors.

“House of the Year sponsors have long been faithful cohorts of the competition, and we are grateful for their ongoing support, particularly given the changing structure,” Mr Quinn says.

“Without their help, we would not be able to celebrate our members’ high level of workmanship and dedication to the quality evident in the outstanding homes presented again this year.

“We are thrilled to own this competition, and our members should all be proud to be such a vital component of New Zealand’s building industry.”

John Beveridge, chief executive of principal sponsor PlaceMakers, congratulates all the winners and Gold Reserve Finalists.

“These builders are the leaders that will inspire and reinvigorate our industry through their example and commitment to excellence. We need to make the process of building a home enjoyable for the client and an enriching experience that encourages a renewal of interest in building your ideal house,” Mr Beveridge said.

“Recognising quality and premium building skills has never been more important in a climate when certainty is so difficult to come by.”

The finalists – all National Gold Reserve winners – were selected from 12 regional competitions held throughout New Zealand during July and August.

The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, James Hardie, Gib Living Solutions®, Nulook, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Future-Proof Building, and Master Build Services Ltd.

To view all of the winners, please visit us at

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