Historic Christchurch renovation wins Supreme award
Building Today - October 2017
A historic Christchurch home has taken out a Supreme Renovation Award at the Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year awards.
John Hamilton Construction was awarded the Canterbury 2017 Registered Master Builders Renovation of the Year, a Gold Award and Category win for the Renovation over $1 million award.
Mr Hamilton says winning the award was a great feeling and fantastic recognition for his team’s hard work on this special property.
“We knew we had a special house and that we might have a good chance at an award. This was our first regional Supreme award so we were really happy to come away with that result,” he says.
Mr Hamilton says that the interior of the house was completely reconstructed to improve the flow.
“We wanted to get the flow of the house working better so that it would be more user friendly for the homeowners. We opened up the house a lot more so that the overall space was used much more effectively.”
John Hamilton Construction specialises in quality renovations and extensions to heritage and character homes and Mr Hamilton says they were honoured to work on this iconic and historic Christchurch home.
“This style of historic home adds so much value to the area, so this was a very special project that we worked hard on to get the best result for the homeowners,” he says.
“The most challenging part of the project was definitely dealing with the slate roof and holding this up while we were doing all of the internal renovations. That was hard to manage, however the end result made it well worth it.”
The historic and much admired Fendalton home has been virtually re-built from the inside and the judges acknowledged the hard work that had gone into the winning renovation. “The skill of the builder is very clear as the house has been strengthened, repaired, modernized,
extended, and remodelled to ensure it lasts another 100 years.”
The judges were also impressed by the way solar heating and other sustainable features had been added. “Details have been reproduced perfectly and the décor, although contemporary, completes the project to produce a very comfortable family home for modern living.”
Mr Hamilton looks forward to the national competition in November and says that winning the award is great for the reputation of his company.
“It is fantastic recognition of all our hard work over the last 30 years. It gives us that acknowledgement for the high-quality work we produce,” he says.
Mr Hamilton has been a Master Builder for over 15 years and values the Registered Master Builders Association for the high standard of work they promote and the ability to network with other members.
The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build Services, GIB, Nulook, CARTERS, Plumbing World, Resene and Bunnings Trade.