Country’s top houses
Three Manawatu building firms were highly successful in the national Registered Masterbuilders 2015 House of the Year when all three won their categories.
Arnott and Arnott Builders won the James Hardie New Homes $500,000 to $650,000 category with a Rongotea home.
Judges praised the home for its governing design principles, energy efficiency, the flexible use of space and how well it suited its stunning location.
In the Manawatu/Whanganui regional competition the home was the Supreme Award for House of the Year, won a Gold Award and was Category winner.
Alteration Specialists won the Mitre 10 Renovations $250,000 to $500,000 with a comprehensive renovation of a 1930s bungalow. It added a large entertainment space, an updated kitchen and dedicated dining space. A large deck was built overlooking a newly installed swimming pool.
In the regional competition the project earned Alteration Specialists the Supreme Award for Renovation of the Year.
Mossman Construction won the Masterbuild Services Renovations up to $250,000 for its work on a five-bedroom Hokowhitu home. In the regional awards Mossman Construction won both the Gold Award and the Category Award for its work on this English-style country home.
In the regional competition new homes are judged on workmanship which includes finishing, structure, external cladding and roofing, as well as the selection, installation, innovation and suitability of products. The second is design, functionality and style, with points awarded for how the build fits the site, marketability, access, entrance, aesthetic appeal, and future proofing.
Renovations are judged against the quality of workmanship and several other criteria, including the retention or creation of character, integration of the renovation/ alteration to the existing home; and the level of future proofing.
Each category is judged by a pair of judges (one builder and one architect) who rate each property against a scorecard with a maximum of 2000 points. Awards are given depending on the threshold of points achieved: a gold award-winning property is exceptional, having achieved 1800 (90 per cent) or more of the points available. A silver award-winning property is excellent, having achieved at least 1650 (82 per cent) of the points available. A bronze award-winning property is very good, having achieved a minimum of 1500 (75 per cent) of the points available. There is no limit to the number of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards given in each category.
The best of the best are pitted against each other in the national competition.
Each year a maximum of 100 residential entries from the regional competition receive Gold Reserve status.
All of the Gold Award results throughout the country are pooled. The top three Gold Award winners from each category are automatically selected. Should a category have fewer than three Gold Awards, then only these will go through.
The remaining places (to make up to 100) are given to the remaining highest scoring properties regardless of their category.
All National Gold Reserve finalists are then judged by a new national judging panel to find one winner in each category.
Manawatu House of the Year category winners, from left, Durham Mossman, Justin Green, and Craig and Denis Arnott.