When a builder builds his home


Nick Hol­croft is hope­ful his Chartwell home, tucked on to a 400-square-me­tre site above the Waikato River, will please the judges of the 2017 Mas­ter Builders House of the Year awards.

Hol­croft’s com­pany, Hol­croft Pres­tige Ltd, built the house with a sim­ple life in mind. But af­ter al­most two decades liv­ing in the coun­try, it’s not ex­actly a sim­ple home for the sin­gle fa­ther and his daugh­ter.

Knocked to­gether in a quick five months, it sets the stan­dard for a com­pany which con­structs high-end houses.

The house which ticks all the boxes is spa­cious, light-filled, strictly mono­chrome and high- spec.

The ground floor is con­sumed en­tirely by liv­ing space. A kitchen is at the cen­tre and the home the­atre sits in the front of the house, the lounge at the back.

The up­stairs floor has four be­d­rooms; the mas­ter bed­room and en­suite of­fer glimpses of the river.

While no fine de­tail has been left unat­tended, Hol­croft in­sists the house is de­signed for func­tion.

Judges for this year’s awards have been travers­ing the coun­try to view more than 370 homes in con­tention for 10 re­gional awards.

The win­ner of the Waikato Mas­ter Builders House of the Year award will be an­nounced at the Claude­lands Events Cen­tre on Fri­day, July 14.

Builder Nick Hol­croft and his dog Coco are happy to be near the river.

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