The Government announcement that the country is at Alert Level 2 unfortunately has impacted on judging for some entrants.

We have been in touch with all affected entrants about this. We are continuing to judge at Alert Level 2 where we can, with our judges taking all the necessary health and safety precautions. We are closely monitoring the Government updates and will continue to keep all entrants updated on what it means for House of the Year.

We believe it is important to continue with House of the Year for 2020 and deliver the benefits of this competition to all our entrants and stakeholders, and will be doing everything possible to make this happen.

The health and safety of our entrants, homeowners, judges, staff and the community will always be the top priority, and this will be behind every decision we make.

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The Registered Master Builders House of the Year awards celebrate the very best in residential building. The competition, judged by a team of experts who visit each home at least once, is divided into two parts. The first is at regional level, with more than 330 properties taking part in 2019. They are awarded a range of quality marks and the Regional Supreme Winners (for both new builds and renovations) are announced at local black tie events around the country from early July. All of these houses are featured on this website and in regional magazines delivered direct to homes throughout the regions.

From those entries, up to 100 properties will reach Top 100 status and go through to a second round of judging for the national competition.

In November the National House of the Year Awards take place, and the National Supreme winners and House of the Year is announced. The winning homes are showcased in the National House of the Year magazine that is available from all good magazine retailers in early December.

If you are a Registered Master Builder and wish to enter - keep an eye out for the Entries Open email and Entry Guide we will send to you each year in late December or speak to your local branch team