The Top 100 homes in the country achieve Gold Reserve status each year, and proceed to the National Finals.
This is awarded to the builder with the highest score in the Workmanship category of the judging criteria.
Local Category Winner
The highest-scoring Gold Award Winner becomes the Local Category Winner.
These are given to entrants who achieve 90% of the available points and judged to be at least 80% above industry standard.
Local Bathroom Excellence
Given to an outstanding bathroom that best caters to the owners’ needs.
Against a backdrop of established trees, this site in Ngahere Park, Palmerston North, has been pining for the perfect home. With the arrival of this three- bedroom beauty, the wait is finally over.
Approaching the driveway, it’s easy to appreciate the harmonious union of Rockcote plaster and Linea weatherboard in contrasting greys. The aluminium front door in dark walnut woodgrain is inviting and durable. Inside, timber-look tile planks contrast with stark white walls, drawing the eye into the magnificent hallway that serves as a gallery, library, office alcove and cosy sitting spot. Recesses, nooks, large windows and sliding doors reign supreme in this home, leading to hidden treasures and outdoor rewards. The hallway is the heart of the home, with specialised shelving for books, photos and much-loved mementos. The office nook boasts a unique polished concrete top with highlights of blue glass and a periglacial blue finish to the back wall. A private sitting area is the perfect place to read or enjoy a quiet drink and chat. In the main bathroom, a freestanding Athena Cassini bath rests under bi-fold windows so the bather can enjoy the view while relaxing after a hard day’s work. A spacious scullery-equipped kitchen and a freestanding fire welcome guests into the open-plan living area. A double garage, with separate quad bike access, and a well-appointed laundry serve the clients’ needs nicely. Bedrooms and living spaces all flow to covered decks, taking in the views. In the master suite, sliding doors open in three directions for superior outdoor flow. A generous walk-in wardrobe and ensuite complete these fine sleeping quarters.