Supreme house and renovation

GISBORNE GOLDS: East Coast House of the Year contenders ABC Design won the Supreme House of the Year award for its design and build of this Mahia hillside home. Pictures supplied
Supreme House of the Year.
Bain Construction won the Supreme Renovation of the Year award for extensive work on this Waerenga-a-Hika farm house.
Supreme Renovation of the Year.

A Mahia home clad in scoria-red timber and a Gisborne farmhouse renovation took out this year’s supreme awards in the East Coast House of the Year competition.

Along with the Supreme House of the Year award, ABC Design Limited won a gold award, and the new home $550,000 to $700,000 category award.

For their near whole house renovation of a 1934 Waerenga-a-Hika home, Bain Construction Limited won the Supreme Renovation of the Year, a gold award and a category win for the Master Build 10-Year Guarantee Renovation up to $500,000 award. The company also won the Craftsmanship Award and the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award.

Passion and care went into ABC Design’s build at Mahia, said the judges.

Set on a hillside, the house has an elevated view of the harbour.

“Large timber columns and beams support the large verandah roof, which provides weather protection and maximises the sun and harbour views.

“Solar gain, shading and ventilation, together with functionality, have been cleverly incorporated into the design to make this a comfortable and easy house to live in.”

Carpentry and other trades work was accurately constructed, and this could be seen in the high-quality finish.

“This is a worthy Supreme winner.

ABC Design met the clients wish for the hillside home’s design to take advantage of the view of the sea, with an open plan kitchen, living area and deck, said business owner Sam Gavin. Two bedrooms at the back of the house look out to bush-clad hillside.

The clients had initially wanted “piney red” cladding for the house but Mr Gavin convinced them to go with a deeper scoria red that fits in more with the tones of the bush setting.

The lines of the kwila deck are replicated in the grooves of the soffit, the underside ceiling above the deck said Mr Gavin.

The Waerenga-a-Hika farm house renovated by Bain Construction was imbued with character and history, the judges said.

Built by the owners’ grandfather, the property had been in the same family for generations. The owners had to decide whether to knock it down or work with what they had.

“The correct decision was made, as the house had good bones. The builder has done an impressive renovation, stripping back most areas, remodelling and modifying.”

Sam Bain’s company maintained the rustic aspect of the original design, with features such as a bespoke, sliding interior “barn door”, while tables, vanities and a bench in the new kitchen area were made from matai slabs milled from fallen trees on the property.

“The owners did think about bowling it over and building a new home but the house had sentimental value and it had good bones.”

Because all finalists were contenders for the craftsmanship award, Mr Bain is proud that award was given to his company.

“That is one of the most important awards for me. An award for the quality of our work — that’s awesome.

“I’m proud of my builders and subcontractors and proud of the awards. It was a good night.”

National category winners and the Registered Master Builders Supreme Awards for House of the Year and Renovation of the Year will be announced at a gala dinner on November 24 in Auckland.

A Mahia home clad in scoria-red timber and a Gisborne farmhouse renovation took out this year’s supreme awards in the East Coast House of the Year competition.

Along with the Supreme House of the Year award, ABC Design Limited won a gold award, and the new home $550,000 to $700,000 category award.

For their near whole house renovation of a 1934 Waerenga-a-Hika home, Bain Construction Limited won the Supreme Renovation of the Year, a gold award and a category win for the Master Build 10-Year Guarantee Renovation up to $500,000 award. The company also won the Craftsmanship Award and the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award.

Passion and care went into ABC Design’s build at Mahia, said the judges.

Set on a hillside, the house has an elevated view of the harbour.

“Large timber columns and beams support the large verandah roof, which provides weather protection and maximises the sun and harbour views.

“Solar gain, shading and ventilation, together with functionality, have been cleverly incorporated into the design to make this a comfortable and easy house to live in.”

Carpentry and other trades work was accurately constructed, and this could be seen in the high-quality finish.

“This is a worthy Supreme winner.

ABC Design met the clients wish for the hillside home’s design to take advantage of the view of the sea, with an open plan kitchen, living area and deck, said business owner Sam Gavin. Two bedrooms at the back of the house look out to bush-clad hillside.

The clients had initially wanted “piney red” cladding for the house but Mr Gavin convinced them to go with a deeper scoria red that fits in more with the tones of the bush setting.

The lines of the kwila deck are replicated in the grooves of the soffit, the underside ceiling above the deck said Mr Gavin.

The Waerenga-a-Hika farm house renovated by Bain Construction was imbued with character and history, the judges said.

Built by the owners’ grandfather, the property had been in the same family for generations. The owners had to decide whether to knock it down or work with what they had.

“The correct decision was made, as the house had good bones. The builder has done an impressive renovation, stripping back most areas, remodelling and modifying.”

Sam Bain’s company maintained the rustic aspect of the original design, with features such as a bespoke, sliding interior “barn door”, while tables, vanities and a bench in the new kitchen area were made from matai slabs milled from fallen trees on the property.

“The owners did think about bowling it over and building a new home but the house had sentimental value and it had good bones.”

Because all finalists were contenders for the craftsmanship award, Mr Bain is proud that award was given to his company.

“That is one of the most important awards for me. An award for the quality of our work — that’s awesome.

“I’m proud of my builders and subcontractors and proud of the awards. It was a good night.”

National category winners and the Registered Master Builders Supreme Awards for House of the Year and Renovation of the Year will be announced at a gala dinner on November 24 in Auckland.

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