Sunday, 24 November 2019, 1:07 pmPress Release: Master Builders Association

Best Kiwi Homes and Renovations Announced for 2019at Registered Master Builders House of the YearAwards

Spearhead DevelopmentsCromwell Hawk House takes out Supreme New Home,Craftmanship, and CARTERS $1 1.5 million New HomeawardsSpice Builds LowerHutt 135-year old church restoration takes out SupremeRenovation and Bunnings Renovation over $1 millionawardsCelebrating buildingexcellence in New Zealand, the prestigious Registered MasterBuilders House of the Year competition awards the besthomes, builders and craftsmen across our country for2019.Supreme House of theYear and CraftmanshipAward First-timecompetition entrant, Spearhead Developments of Central Otagotook the top award for their work on the Hawk House. The newbuild also took out the Craftmanship and CARTERS $1-1.5million New Home awards.

Judges acknowledged thishome to be a technical challenge in every respect. TheHawk House is an architectural masterpiece that sits high inthe hills between Cromwell and Wakaka. Mimicking nativehawks, the unique form and use of natural material hascreated an incredible home that peacefully nestles into itsstunning surrounding landscape.

This is noordinary bach. It is a home that surprises you at everyturn, says this years 2019 judges.

Supreme Renovation of the YearAward Spice Build has wonthe Supreme Renovation Award with the restoration of ahistoric 135-year old church in Petone, Wellington. Theproperty was also runner-up for the Craftsmanship Award.

Judges said the renovation Demonstrated a vision thatis nothing short of exceptional.

The buildprocess saw a fantastic collaboration between the owner andbuilder, with a result that can only be described as amasterpiece. It has perfectly retained the originalcharacter of the building, all while breathing new life intoit with a stunning apartment conversion.

Special AwardThe Special Award category was introduced lastyear to recognise outstanding projects or buildelements.

Highly worthy of this accolade, UrbanHomes claimed this award for its home in Kaipaki, Cambridge.Tasked to create a home reminiscent of a DOC hut, hiddenaway on an idyllic riverside site, the judges said Theunassuming yet sophisticated home has managed to blend itsbeauty appropriately with the neighbouring naturalenvironment.

Both the consideration given to thisproject and the owners dedication to preserving thenatural beauty of this site are absolutely commendable, andmakes this home strongly deserving of this years SpecialAward.

An additional 15 category and fourlifestyle awards were also announced at a gala dinnerattended by over 520 people from the building andconstruction industry.

Registered Master BuildersChief Executive David Kelly says the organisation is proudto showcase the best of New Zealand residentialbuildings.

Master Builders have been building NewZealands homes and communities for nearly 130 years andthe House of the Year competition has recognised the verybest of these homes for almost 30 years.

As thebuilding boom continues, we must ensure our focus is onbuilding quality homes, quickly and efficiently across allprice brackets. As New Zealands leaders in residentialbuilding it is exciting to see innovative approaches comingthrough in the homes showcased at this years awards. Thiscompetition sets the standard of what is possible and is aninspiration to others across the sector.

MasterBuilders congratulates our Supreme Award recipients,Spearhead Developments and Spice Build, and all the 2019winners. It has been another year of outstandingbuilds.

The Awards are made possible through thesupport of PlaceMakers, Master Build 10-Year Guarantee, GIB,CARTERS, Plumbing World, Altus Window Systems, Resene andBunnings Trade.

For more information about thecompetition, visit


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