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