This year Master Builders is celebrating 30 Years of House of the Year! Join us in taking a look back in time.


Notice the ever-evolving trends, innovative designs and quality craftsmanship throughout the ages.

Check out our Supreme Winners from the past below.

 

2019  |  2018  |  2017  |  2016  |  2015  |  2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  2011  |  2010  |

  2009  |  2008  |  2007  |  2006  |  2005  |  2004  |  2003  |  2002  |  2001  |  2000  |

  1999  |  1998  |  1997  |  1996  |  1995  |  1994  |  1993  |  1992  | 1991  |

 

Supreme Renovation Winner

Builder: Spice Building Solution

The need to strengthen and restore a 135-year-old former church resulted in a stunning apartment conversion.

The building process saw a fantastic collaboration between the owner and builder, with a result that can only be described as a masterpiece. It has perfectly retained the original character of the building, while breathing new life into it. The builder put painstaking effort into working from historic photos to reinstate every external detail of the building. This demonstrates a strong ability to undertake work of exceptional calibre.

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Spearhead Developments, Southern

Last year’s win is set high in the foothills of Mt Pisa, overlooking the Grandview Ranges and the mighty Clutha River. Designed by architect James Stockwell, this home with its multi-faceted ceiling, is inspired by Japanese astrophysicist Koryo Miura’s ‘Miura fold’. The home, named Rangi Kahu, was a huge technical challenge and is beautifully finished. Soaring walls of glass span the length of the building, cleverly protected from the summer sunlight, and warmth still immerse the interior in winter.

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Supreme Renovation Winner

Builder: Takahe Construction Limited

A stunning renovation that captured the owners’ discerning tastes, no expense was spared in delivering this entertainer’s paradise.
The grand home, built in the 1990s, was extensively damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes. The client engaged the original architect to complete a full re-design, while retaining the elegance of the original home. This renovation required a team with an extensive skillset. A collaborative approach between client, architect, engineer and builder made this project a success.

The quality demonstrated in both the re-build work and the overall renovation is a credit to the team involved. This is a spectacular and enduring family home.

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Metzger Builders Ltd, Canterbury

Nestled among established trees on a generous rural-style site, this two-storey home brings an ultra-contemporary edge to its Christchurch suburb. All sharp lines and modern, glazed volumes, the house with six-bedrooms and ensuites is flooded with natural light and packed with state-of-the-art features.

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Supreme Renovation Winner

Builder: Planit Construction Limited

An extensive renovation opened this four-bedroom Wellington villa to city views and capitalised on alfresco living potential. An emphasis on quality and simplicity ensured the home’s elegant, classic character remains intact.

The magnitude of this renovation should not be underestimated. The overall success of this project is a classic example of everyone working in a collaborative manner, utilizing their skills and knowledge to the maximum to produce a stunning result.

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: John Creighton Builder Ltd, Canterbury

Built by John Creighton Builder Ltd, this home took out the Supreme award both regionally and nationally. Simple yet striking in a contemporary exterior of concrete, aluminum and glass, this Christchurch abode speaks volumes.

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Supreme Renovation Winner

Builder: John S Macdonald Builders

With the owner's brief to retain the character of the house, this grand residence was relocated from Auckland and sited in park-like surroundings. The exterior weatherboard cladding was refurbished and the original single-storey section of the house re-arranged. Guest accommodation was cleverly incorporated to provide privacy and separation from the kitchen. The informal dining space provides the link where the family and guest areas merge. The kitchen is a true family space, with expansive glazed doors opening to the louvre-roofed deck. A simply stunning home and a credit to the owner and the builder.

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Richard Davidson Builders Ltd, Auckland/Northland

This Cape Cod-style stunner features five bedrooms, four bathrooms and three living spaces. The architecturally designed home features striking structural detailing, alfresco spaces and a sumptuously decorated interior.

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Supreme Renovation Winner

Builder: Glover Homes Limited

The design of the home is outstanding — it’s made for entertaining. Five luxurious bathrooms, a contemporary kitchen, expanded outdoor living and a stunning swimming pool all have the future firmly in their sights. Superb indoor-outdoor flow connects the large lounge to extensive decking. All this adds up to an exceptional build by a quality builder.

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Shaw Builders Ltd, Bay of Plenty/Central Plateau

Spectacular beach views dominate this coastal home. Built by Shaw Builders, the luxurious home was built to maximise the views and the sun. With its restrained palette of materials, it was designed and built for comfortable living.

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Supreme Renovation Winner

Builder: Absolute Building Services Ltd

This was a renovation of major proportions, with numerous challenges for the builders. Structurally, everything except the garage, kitchen floor joists and lift shaft were removed. The builder was also faced with a difficult building environment, with a steep site requiring scaffolding over 10 metres high, and a narrow shared drive providing the only access to the site.

The kitchen was removed and placed in storage before being reinstated in the existing position. Clever cavity sliders allowed the entry foyer to be closed off from the large living area, and the balance of the home was incorporated into three levels.

The result is a beautifully functional modern home with faultless attention to detail.

 

Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: PSL Construction Limited, Northland

Situated close to the beach, this well-designed home gives the owners various living options. As you walk in the front entry, the hallway meanders down gentle ramps to beachfront views. A matching in situ concrete fireplace and chimney is also found in the main living space, together with the timber floors and poplar plywood ceilings, in a home that has been meticulously built.

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Supreme Renovation Winner

Builder: Wilson Building Limited

This renovation included a high level of difficulty and substantial challenges throughout the build.

Major structural work was required, including undermining, underpinning and tunnelling under the building – complicated by the proximity of the neighbouring properties.

Completed while sitting on temporary piles seven metres off the ground, the home is finished with recycled timber floors throughout and a panelled ceiling through the kitchen and living area. Where possible original features have been restored and retained as well as adding custom-made windowsills, colonial skirting and architraves.

The result is a beautiful home which retains all of its turn-of-the-century character whilst cleverly incorporating modern technology conducive to this century’s lifestyles.

 

Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Phil Benton Builders, Christchurch

With a cleverly constructed in situ concrete wall positioned between the living and sleeping spaces as its backbone, the build and design successfully incorporated a mixture of concrete, tiles and marble. The rawness of the concrete, layered steel frames and aluminium-edged roof planes are offset by the use of wood elements including oak internal joinery giving the spaces a sense of warmth and quality.

 

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Supreme Renovation Winner

Builder: Riordan Construction Limited

This renovation is exceptional, and allows for the family’s changing lifestyle, without moving outside the original footprint. Care has been taken to maximise the outlook of its stunning site.

Old elements have been retained, with original roof tiles and cobble stones re-laid and fireplaces and handrails restored.

The builder and owners worked well together to turn this much-loved family home into a masterpiece of workmanship.

 

Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: PSL Construction Limited, Auckland

This second House of the Year Supreme win by PSL Construction Limited used construction techniques that were innovative at the time, including a concrete floating floor slab and aluminium double-glazed sliding doors. Large rugged walls of bagged block create six-metre-high hanging spaces, superbly balancing the structure.

 

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Supreme Renovation Winner

Builder: Clarke Construction

This renovation shows exquisite attention to detail, and great teamwork between client, builder and architect. The renovation replicates the original home with faultless workmanship delivering the best of the original design and home, with contemporary living. It was a stunning result for a first-time entrant in the competition.

Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Glenroy Housing, Marlborough

Glenroy Housing pulled off an intense build for this four-bedroom Marlborough home with stunning views across the water. Acute angles highlight the dramatic environment. The judges commended the builder for giving the small house more thought per square metre to this home than any other entry.

 

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Supreme Renovation Winner

Builder: Pearson Group Limited

This renovation was faultless. From the timber boards, to the window, it is hard to see what has been altered in the 100-year-old house. The original character was retained and enhanced to meet the owner’s needs, including retaining a fireplace discovered during demolition.

 

Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Lindesay Construction Ltd, Auckland

This Auckland home was Lindesay Constructions second House of the Year win. The single level stunner was constructed from about 15 different species of chemical free timber and was built with attention to detail in every area across a large scale.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: PSL Construction Limited, Auckland

This home by PSL Construction Limited was beautifully crafted and exceptionally designed. Featuring anthra zinc cladding, stone, cedar battens, recycled ironbark sunshades, French oak flooring, plywood ceilings and honed concrete terraces, the construction had a degree of difficulty and detailing that the builders delivered with a magnificently crafted interior and exterior.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Lindesay Construction, Russell

Architecturally designed, this elegant holiday home perfectly melds with the surrounding environment. The property was put together with exquisite detail, resulting in an artful home.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builders: JJ Oskam, Dunedin

This family home in Maori Hill, Dunedin, represents modern simplicity. The builder paid outstanding attention to detail, with features including an indoor swimming pool, wine cellar, chef’s kitchen and mirrored glass tiled alcove purpose-built to display a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: NT Stevens Ltd, Wellington

The four-bedroom home was dramatically transformed from a solid but unspectacular 1940s suburban house into a grand hilltop mansion, worthy of its magnificent site and stunning 180° views of Wellington’s harbour and cityscape. With impeccable workmanship throughout, the finishing on this home was flawless.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Barton Builders Ltd, Piha

This architecturally designed home is organised around an internal black honed block. This wall forms the spine of the house and splits the living areas on the ground floor. The upper level makes a distinction between the guest and owner’s precinct. The home incorporates high-quality finishes and exhibits an outstanding example of construction in all aspects. The builder completed the project faultlessly.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: G J Bonham Builders, Auckland

This stunning five-bedroom home on Auckland’s North Shore is a unique house of exceptional quality and showcases the builders ‘outstanding skills and workmanship. This 2004 winner features some of the latest trends in design at the time.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Clive Barrington Construction Ltd, Christchurch

Quality and collaboration are two key traits of a Master Builder – and this unique home demonstrates these qualities. Clive Barrington Construction’s winning entry in 2003 included outstanding construction skills and great teamwork. The result was a remarkable family home in Christchurch.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Rod Percival Builders Ltd, Matarangi

This house illustrates the close relationship between the owners, architects and the building team. The home graces a superb site set amongst majestic mature trees, on the beachfront. The skills of all trades in the construction team are evident in every aspect, culminating in high-quality finishing throughout the project.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Design Construction Ltd, Christchurch

This two-storey home boasts extensive views over the city of Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. The collective skills of the construction team are evident in every aspect of this house, from the extensive site works to the Tudor style slate roofing. The building team demonstrated their high standard of workmanship and the ability to work seamlessly with everyone involved in the project.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Ian McCully Builders Ltd, Nelson

The builders put major effort into this project and it paid off with a remarkable home and first 21st century House of the Year win. The beautifully constructed home features timber windows and joinery with specially designed stained glass. The delightful result suited the site and the region.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Replica Homes (Canterbury) Ltd, Christchurch

This outstanding two-storey home in Christchurch was worthy of its award in 1999. Walking through the house it is easy to notice the high-quality finish of the internal spaces and beyond. The choice of materials used throughout the house, their appropriate use, and the workmanship involved culminated in an outstanding, well-built family home.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Wilkes Construction, Nelson

The property boasts an extensive view of Nelson. The home is an excellent example of a well-coordinated project from beginning to end and showcases the builders’ craftsmanship.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Rickie Shore, Timaru

This country cottage-style townhouse exudes more than a little hint of yesteryear. With the benefit of modern building materials, technology and design skills, two distinctive eras were successfully brought together by the builders. Extensive attention to detail authentically reproduces the past.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Barry Hutchison, Blenheim

This home is crafted to perfection. Designed initially to be used as a holiday home with the possibility of it becoming a retirement home for the owners, this simple, unobtrusive home is at one with nature. The quality, detail and precision of workmanship is a tribute to the builder, who successfully conquered the constraints of a 35-degree slope and hard-to-reach site.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Bradford Construction Co Ltd, Ashburton

This project was a rare opportunity for any builder. It came with a brief from a knowledgeable client and a top architect’s interpretation and drawings. The builder was welcomed as a partner in constructing a new homestead for the historical Mt Somers Station in Canterbury. According to the builder, it’s a home which will last well into the future.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Philip Bayne Builder, Wanaka

Philip Bayne Builder demonstrated that it wasn’t just Master Builders in the North Island that could build outstanding homes. This brick home with mountain views was a stand-out in the competition and featured the latest trends in design, materials and building techniques.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Eaglen Homes, Auckland

House of the Year has always recognised the best of New Zealand building, and this 1993 winner is a fine example. This 6,000 square metre house was built to give its owner unrestricted wheelchair access to the four-bedroom home. One of the most striking features is the steeply pitched, multi-angled slate roof which involved eight weeks’ work for six men. The builders’ attention to detail provided an excellent result.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: JE Haimes, Kuratau

1992 JE Haimes, Kuratau This home built by J E Haimes showcases the quality craftsmanship of our Master Builders. They constructed a beautiful house featuring timber cladding, overlooking Lake Taupo.

 

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Supreme New Build Winner

Builder: Wells and Wadsworth Ltd, Whanganui 

In the first ever House of the Year competition we saw Master Builders, Wells and Wadsworth take home the top award for this three-storey house in Whanganui. The home features an all-weather tennis court, large swimming pool, five bedrooms and three bathrooms. It’s a quality home built to last.

 

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Note: Supreme Renovation Winner was introduced in 2010.