High-end ’70s home in Taupō wins top renovation award for Master Builder

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This 1970s Taupō home overlooking the lake has been extensively renovated, at a cost exceeding $1 million. Haimes Building won the Master Builders regional Supreme Renovation Award for the project.

SHANNON WRIGHT

This 1970s Taupō home overlooking the lake has been extensively renovated, at a cost exceeding $1 million. Haimes Building won the Master Builders regional Supreme Renovation Award for the project.

A 1970s Taupō home renovated for more than $1 million is in the spotlight in the Bay of Plenty/Central Plateau regional Master Builders Home of the Year Awards.

Haimes Building won the Supreme Renovation Award for the project, and also won the Bunnings Renovation Over $1 million category, the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award and the Outdoor Living Excellence Award.

In announcing the award the judges said the project took two years to complete, and showcases the builder’s dedicated passion for the end result.

The house was stripped back to allow for wall straightening and strengthening. It also has a new roof and cladding.

SHANNON WRIGHT

The house was stripped back to allow for wall straightening and strengthening. It also has a new roof and cladding.

“Renovations always present challenges, require great planning, and need a lot of thinking along the way to incorporate the new, maintain the old, and create a seamless result. From the Hinuera stone at the entry, to the endless straightening of the original structure to cope with the unforgiving new light from the atrium windows… the workmanship has been executed beautifully.”

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The renovation was designed to enhance the original character, while creating a home for entertaining with the luxuries of modern living.

“Stripping the house back allowed for straightening and strengthening of the existing structure,” the judges noted. “The new roof, claddings and fit-out have been carefully constructed with great attention to detail, to tie in with the existing structure.

Haimes Building also won the Outdoor Living Excellence Award for the project - there is a pool beyond the outdoor dining area.

SHANNON WRIGHT

Haimes Building also won the Outdoor Living Excellence Award for the project – there is a pool beyond the outdoor dining area.

Matching tubs are positioned to maximise the view across the lake to the mountains.

SHANNON WRIGHT

Matching tubs are positioned to maximise the view across the lake to the mountains.

“In-slab and radiator heating from the onsite geothermal bore, along with increased insulation and new windows have completed this renovation.”

The outdoor living award judges also praised the landscaping: “The ‘protect the lawn at all cost’ instructions from the owners at the start of construction meant the front landscaping was retained, giving the landscaping instant maturity at the end of the project.”

SUPREME NEW HOME AWARD

Winner of the Bay of Plenty/Central Plateau Supreme New Home Award was Edinbridge Resources, for a home in Tauranga. The firm was also won the Resene New Home over $2 million category and the Craftsmanship Award for the same project, and a separate project by Edinbridge Resources won the New Home $1.5 million – $2 million award.

Edinbridge Resources won the Bay of Plenty/Central Plateau Supreme New Home Award for this house in Tauranga.

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Edinbridge Resources won the Bay of Plenty/Central Plateau Supreme New Home Award for this house in Tauranga.

The three-level, multi-clad Supreme Award house is down a driveway on a tight and difficult site, which added to the construction complexity.

“The details of this build have been complex and challenging, from the difficult excavation to the structural concrete work, the unforgiving timber grained in-situ concrete walls, and the multiple exterior cladding junctions,” the judges said.

“Internally, there were many timber features combined with unforgiving light that required extra care. This was a stunning, complex home, built with an excellent level of workmanship and was a pleasure to judge.”

Edinbridge Resources also won the Craftsmanship Award for the Tauranga project.

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Edinbridge Resources also won the Craftsmanship Award for the Tauranga project.

The judges also praised an in-situ concrete wall with a sawn timber finish that extends two storeys beside the floating oak stair case. “Despite multiple pours, the concrete had flawless joins. This same quality was continued in the other in-situ insulated concrete walls.”

OTHER WINNERS:

  • 90 Degrees Construction, winner of the Renovation Award $500,000 – $1 million, for a home in Tauranga
  • Edinbridge Resources, winner of the New Home $1.5 million – $2 million, for a home in Tauranga
  • Totara Construction, winner of the Carters New Home $1 million – $1.5 million category, for a home in Tauranga

  • Belco Homes, winner of the Altus Window Systems New Home $750,000 – $1 million category, for a home in Tauranga
  • Tierra, winner of the New Home $600,000 – $750,000 category, for a home in Tauranga
  • Landmark Homes BOP, winner of the New Home $450,000 – $600,000 category, for a home in Matamata
  • Modern Builders, winner of the New Home up to $450,000 category, for a home in Whakatane
  • ZB Homes (BOP), winner of the Builder’s Own Home Award, for a property in Tauranga

  • Design Builders (BOP), winner of the Gib Show Home Award, for a home in Tauranga
  • David Reid Homes Taupō, winner of the Volume/Group Housing New Home $450,000 – $750,000 category, for a home in Taupō
  • The Thorne Group B.O.P, winner of the Volume/Group Housing New Home up to $450,000 category, for a home in Tauranga
The Kitchen Excellence Award was won by Calley Homes, for this project in Tauranga.

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The Kitchen Excellence Award was won by Calley Homes, for this project in Tauranga.

  • Calley Homes, winner of the Kitchen Excellence Award and the Gerrands Flooring Interior Design Award, for a home in Tauranga
  • Shaw Builders, winner of the APL Sustainable Excellence Award, for a home in Tauranga
The APL Sustainable Excellence Award was won by Shaw Builders for this remodelled home in Tauranga. Eighty blackwood trees from the driveway were milled for floorboards, wall panelling, and joinery within the alteration. The house also feature photovoltaic panels, extra insulation and double glazing.

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The APL Sustainable Excellence Award was won by Shaw Builders for this remodelled home in Tauranga. Eighty blackwood trees from the driveway were milled for floorboards, wall panelling, and joinery within the alteration. The house also feature photovoltaic panels, extra insulation and double glazing.

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Three houses took top honours in the 2019 Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards.



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