Media release: 30 July 2014
Waikato region’s supreme homes revealed
A new home in Hamilton and a renovation in Whangamata have been named this year’s finest Waikato homes, winning Supreme
Awards in the Waikato Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year.
Greg McGovern Construction took out five regional awards, including a Gold Award and category win for the PlaceMakers
New Homes $350,000 - $450,000, as well as the Resene Sustainable Home Award, Craftsmanship Award and the Waikato
Registered Master Builders Supreme Award for the 2014 House of the Year.
Beach House Builders was awarded the Waikato Region Registered Master Builders 2014 Renovation of the Year, as well as a
Gold Award and overall category win for the Renovation Award up to $250,000.
Greg McGovern Construction’s winning home impressed judges who said, “Designed as accommodation for farmworkers and
built in the style of an old tin shed, this home boasts a multitude of clever features.
“Panelled with sheets of ply that were carefully selected to match the grain, the builder’s eye for detail is absolutely
incredible. An exterior cedar curtain panel that acts as a sunscreen during the day and a curtain at night is the work
of a craftsman.
“The phenomenal quality of construction and response to a very bold design made this home a worthy winner of the Supreme
The judges said Beach House Builders’ re-clad and re-configuration retains the original scale yet maximises the space
“This renovation of one of Whangamata’s original baches has transformed its tiny footprint into an exciting family
retreat,” they said.
“The home is full of character, from the well-crafted kitchen and bathroom to the efficient cantilevered bunk beds. The
colourful interior spills out onto a spacious deck, providing a platform to enjoy one of the gems of the Coromandel.”
The results were announced at a gala dinner on Friday, 25 July at the Claudelands Conference & Exhibition Centre in Hamilton. The event was attended by members of the local building industry and the Waikato Region
Registered Master Builders.
There were 14 Gold Award winners from the Waikato which will now be assessed alongside Gold Award winners from across
the country to find the National Gold Reserve finalists, to be announced in early September.
National category winners and the Registered Master Builders Supreme Awards for Renovation of the Year and House of the
Year will be announced at a gala dinner in Auckland in November.
The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, James Hardie, GIB, Nulook, Ministry of Business,
Innovation & Employment, Future-Proof Building, Carters, ITM, Plumbing World, Resene, Westpac and Master Build Services.
For more information about the competition, visit www.houseoftheyear.co.nz
Notes to the editor
About the Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year
The competition is structured on two levels – regional and national. Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners are
determined using a points-based system. These award-winners are announced at 11 regional events held throughout New
Zealand during July and August.
The top local Gold Award winners become Gold Reserve National Finalists, announced in early September. The national
finalists are then re-judged by a panel of judges who determine the overall national winners, which are announced at a
gala dinner in November.WAIKATO REGISTERED MASTER BUILDERS 2014 HOUSE OF THE YEARAWARDCOMPANYLOCATIONRenovation Award up to $250,000 Gold & CategoryBeach House Builders LimitedWhangamataMinistry of Business, Innovation & Employment New Homes under $250,000 BronzeDavid Reid Homes Waikato 2009 LimitedHamiltonPlaceMakers New Homes $250,000-$350,000 Gold & CategoryGudsell Designer Homes LimitedCambridgeSilverJennian Homes Coromandel LimitedHikuaiPlaceMakers New Homes $350,000-$450,000 Gold & CategoryGreg McGovern ConstructionHamiltonGoldDavid Reid Homes Waikato 2009 LimitedWhangamataSilverBuild it Whangamata LimitedWhangamataJames Hardie New Homes $450,000-$600,000 Gold & CategoryGudsell Designer Homes LimitedMatamataGoldCHW Build LimitedHamiltonSilverJennian Homes Coromandel LimitedPauanuiNulook New Homes $600,000-$1 million Gold & CategoryAspiers Building LimitedTe AwamutuGoldSloan Annand BuilderTaumarunuiGoldUrban Homes Built with Integrity LimitedHamiltonSilverStewart Hanna LimitedWhangamataSilverDavid Reid Homes Waikato 2009 LimitedCambridgeCarters New Homes $1 million-$2 million Gold & CategoryPeter Vossen Builders LimitedTirauBuilder’s Own Home Award Gold & CategoryUrban Homes Built with Integrity LimitedTamahereGoldChris Lingard Construction LimitedWaltonGIB Show Home Award Gold & CategoryUrban Homes Built with Integrity LimitedTamahereGoldCambridge Homes 2003 LimitedCambridgeSupreme Award and Waikato Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the YearGreg McGovern Construction for a home in HamiltonSupreme Award and Waikato Registered Master Builders 2014 Renovation of the YearBeach House Builders Limited for a home in WhangamataLifestyle Awards Craftsmanship AwardGreg McGovern ConstructionHamiltonOutdoor Living AwardPeter Vossen Builders LimitedTirauHeart of the Home Kitchen AwardGudsell Designer Homes LimitedMatamataPlumbing World Bathroom Excellence AwardUrban Homes Built with Integrity LimitedHamiltonResene Sustainable Home AwardGreg McGovern Construction LimitedHamiltonCarpet Mill Interior Style and Design AwardUrban Homes Built with Integrity LimitedTamahere