Builder wins na­tional award

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - ABBY BROWN

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.

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Gud­sell De­signer Homes staff with their GIB Show Home Award.

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