Builder wins national award
Gudsell Designer Homes has won a national award.
The company’s Matamata show home won the GIB Show Home Award at the Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year Awards.
Father and son Peter and Matt Gudsell, who went into business together in October 2009, had qualified for the award after winning the Gold Award and Category Winner for the GIB Show Home Award and the Heart of the Home Kitchen Award in the Waikato competition.
The company has won 28 regional awards in this competition since they started entering them in 2011, Matt said.
Peter attributed their success to atten- tion to detail and points of difference in their Peria Rd show home, which is valued at $780,000 by the company.
The judges’ comments showed they had appreciated the raking ceilings and walls lined in tongue and groove timber and a Eurotray roll cap roof covering its gable forms.
The property included an oak and stainless kitchen and scullery that opens up onto the dining/living area and two adjoining covered decks on each side.
‘‘The home also boasts a range of sustainable and eco-friendly features, which along with a superb finish, represents the best that is available in a show home,’’ they said.
The Gudsells 20 staff are often spread over three to four sites covering Waikato, Tauranga and Mt Maunganui. They also employ three painters full time. They try to use local plumbers, roofers and electricians.
Peter said his staff appreciates seeing the bosses rolling up their sleeves. They also try to encourage even the most junior builders to contribute to the decision making process.
They encourage their builders to take ownership and have a sense of pride in their projects.
Peter said having come through the ranks as a builder himself he had appreciated his good bosses and what they had taught him, so he tries to do the same for his employees.
‘‘It’s great to come to work thinking you have worth.’’
He was also proud that all the builders are friends with each other.
Gudsell Designer Homes staff with their GIB Show Home Award.