Media release: 4 August 2014
Taupo builder takes out both supreme awards in local competition
Haimes Building in Taupo has this year taken home both Supreme Awards for the House of the Year and the Renovation of
the Year in the Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year.
Haimes Building took out a total of seven regional awards for its two entries. The Supreme Award-winning House of the
Year also scooped the Gold Award and category win for the Carters New Homes $1 million - $2 million, as well as the
Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award, while the Supreme Award-winning Renovation of the Year collected a Gold Award
and category win for the ITM Renovation Award $250,000 - $500,000.
The House of the Year winning home impressed judges who said, “This was an extremely small and restrictive site on a
corner overlooking the lake. The builder faced a spate of challenges in terms of access, excavation and shocking weather
on a very exposed site.
“The end result is mind blowing. With exceptional craftsmanship and faultless detailing throughout the home including a
spectacular vertical timber wall in the stairway, the builder’s attention to detail goes well beyond what the architect
“This builder is a long standing and worthy House of the Year winner. Known for consistently going the extra mile, Mark
Haimes and his team have yet again demonstrated building excellence.”
The judges went on to praise Haimes Building for its comprehensive alteration and addition project that took out the
Supreme Renovation of the Year.
“The builder managed to retain the character of this 1950s home, despite the fact that it was a very large operation.
Marrying the old with the new was a real challenge in this build, and it was executed incredibly well,” they said.
“Intricate workmanship and detailing, and retention of the home’s original charm, made this a stand out entry. The
owners and their family will be happy here for many years to come.”
The results were announced at a gala dinner on Saturday, 2 August at ASB Stadium Baypark in Mount Maunganui. The event
was attended by members of the local building industry and the Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau Registered Master
There were 13 Gold Award winners from the Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau Region 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
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.BAY OF PLENTY AND CENTRAL PLATEAU REGISTERED MASTER BUILDERS 2014 HOUSE OF THE YEARAWARDCOMPANYLOCATIONIMAGE CODEITM Renovation Award $250,000-$500,000 Gold & CategoryHaimes Building LimitedTaupoBOP-02-5205GoldUrbo Homes LimitedRotoruaBOP-02-5284PlaceMakers New Homes $250,000-$350,000 SilverUrbo Homes LimitedRotoruaBOP-05-5371PlaceMakers New Homes $350,000-$450,000 Gold & CategoryK Fowler Homes (Bay of Plenty) LimitedPapamoaBOP-06-5319GoldPenny Homes LimitedTokoroaBOP-06-5173GoldDesign Builders (Taupo) LimitedTaupoBOP-06-5351SilverDesign Builders (Taupo) LimitedTaupoBOP-06-5243BronzeDebec Building Solutions LimitedTaurangaBOP-06-5322James Hardie New Homes $450,000-$600,000 Gold & CategoryGudsell Designer Homes LimitedTaurangaBOP-07-5187GoldK Fowler Homes (Bay of Plenty) LimitedBethlehemBOP-07-5313BronzeKnight Building (2008) LimitedTurangiBOP-07-5515Nulook New Homes $600,000-$1 million Gold & CategoryRichard Stewart Building LimitedWhanarua BayBOP-08-5212GoldUrbo Homes LimitedPapamoaBOP-08-5334GoldHarwood Homes NZ LimitedTaurangaBOP-08-5237BronzeBlue Steel Buildings LimitedTe PukeBOP-08-5458Carters New Homes $1 million-$2 million Gold & CategoryHaimes Building LimitedTaupoBOP-09-5192Westpac New Homes over $2 million Gold & CategoryRiordan Construction LimitedTaurangaBOP-10-5372GIB Show Home Award Gold & CategoryHarwood Homes NZ LimitedTaurangaBOP-12-5197SilverDebec Building Solutions LimitedTaurangaBOP-12-5252SilverHome Builders BOP LimitedTaurangaBOP-12-5363Supreme Award and Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the YearHaimes Building Limited for a home in TaupoSupreme Award and Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau Registered Master Builders 2014 Renovation of the YearHaimes Building Limited for a home in TaupoLifestyle Awards Craftsmanship AwardGudsell Designer Homes LimitedTaurangaBOP-07-5187Outdoor Living AwardRiordan Construction LimitedTaurangaBOP-10-5372Heart of the Home Kitchen AwardHarwood Homes NZ LimitedTaurangaBOP-12-5197Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence AwardHaimes Building LimitedTaupoBOP-09-5192Resene Sustainable Home AwardRiordan Construction LimitedTaurangaBOP-10-5372Gerrand Flooring Interior Style and Design AwardHarwood Homes NZ LimitedTaurangaBOP-12-5197