Wednesday, 02 December 2020


Waterways home to feature in House of the Year finals

A unique Whitianga Waterways home will feature in the national finals of the 2019 Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards which will take place in Auckland in November.

The canal-front property recently won the overall Regional Category Award for new homes $750,000 to $1 million for the Auckland region, which includes the Coromandel Peninsula. The modern, contemporary home also secured a Regional Gold Award, a Regional Lifestyle Award for Bathrooms and a Gold Reserve Finalist Award, which is the qualifying standard for the national finals.

It’s the third time Whitianga company, HAMR Home Building Contractors, has taken out the Regional Category Award in this price range, having won previously in 2013 and 2014. There was both professional and personal pride for owners, Richard and Hannah Warwick, with the company also winning a Gold Award in the Builder’s Own Home category.

“We’re pretty excited. For us building our home was just about building a forever home. We have three kids, we also both have elderly parents, so we were thinking about our needs now and into the future,” said Richard. Special features of the house include a lift and a north facing internal deck to capture the evening sun.” Hannah and Richard drew the concept plans themselves before handing them over to their architect. The house was completed earlier this year in time to be scrutinised by the competition judges.

“There are two judges for each category who come out and visit the homes entered in the House of the Year Awards. There is a total of 2,000 points awarded, 65 percent of those are for workmanship across a number of categories and the remainder is for design, functionality and style,” Richard said. A Gold Award means the home has secured 90 percent of the total available points and is judged to be at least 80 per cent above the industry standard. However, no one would find out find out exactly how any of the houses scored until after the national awards are announced on Saturday, 23 November.

“The 2019 Regional Category winner we built will now be judged again against the best homes from all around the country. Reaching this stage already puts this house in the Top 100 homes in New Zealand, which is quite an achievement. The owners are really excited, as are we,” said Richard.

The four-bedroomed house features floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views up and down the main canal of the Whitianga Waterways. “What I like about the house is its minimalist style, but it still feels very comfortable and homely. I think the quality of the finishes that the owners selected also really give it the wow factor,” Richard said.


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