Good job’s a win­ner

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

S & R Res­i­den­tial have a hum­ble of­fice in Tawa, but their award- win­ning ren­o­va­tion is any­thing but hum­ble.

The com­pany, formed six years ago by Adrian Rus­sell and Tayn Ste­fani­dis, cleaned up at the Welling­ton Wairarapa Reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builders House of the Year Awards on Au­gust 31. Their nine-month ren­o­va­tion of a Karori home won the award for a ren­o­va­tion over $500,000, the GIB Liv­ing and crafts­man­ship awards, and Place­Mak­ers supreme award.

Mr Rus­sell says they are still buzzing about their achieve­ments.

‘‘We don’t tend to rise to the oc­ca­sion for that sort of stuff [ pub­lic speak­ing], but it was such a spe­cial night. The crafts­man­ship award was some­thing we both wanted, so we’re re­ally happy to come away with that.’’

The Karori project was big and gave them plenty of chal­lenges but also the op­por­tu­nity to show off their skills. Over 30 sub­con­trac­tors were in­volved as they added 120 square me­tres to the top of a 1920s home, with rimu and matai throughout.

Both men spent plenty of late nights and week­ends to fin­ish the job and en­joyed shar­ing their suc­cess with their clients.

Judges said the ren­o­va­tors main­tained the charm of the orig­i­nal build­ing and ac­knowl­edged the dif­fi­culty in car­ry­ing out the al­ter­ations.

‘‘It was re­ally re­ward­ing, sit­ting at the din­ner with the own­ers, we shared this with them,’’ Mr Ste­fani­dis says.

The awards have given the duo fur­ther be­lief in an ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive mar­ket, where con­stant work is never guar­an­teed.

They de­cided to form their own com­pany at the height of the build­ing boom but have faced plenty of quiet patches since.

‘‘It is tough out there right now and be­ing recog­nised like this does give you con­fi­dence,’’ Mr Ste­fani­dis says.

‘‘We put our heart and soul into ev­ery job we do, from the $50 fixer-ups to a mil­lion-dol­lar ren­o­va­tion. These awards are great but we need to make sure we stay com­pet­i­tive and of­fer our ser­vices right across the board.’’

The Karori home will now come un­der the scru­tiny of na­tional judges, who will an­nounce win­ners in Novem­ber.

Win­ning feel­ing: Tayn Ste­fani­dis and Adrian Rus­sell are still soak­ing up the plau­dits from tak­ing top hon­ours at the re­cent re­gional Reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builders Awards.

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