The Top 100 homes in the country achieve Gold Reserve status each year, and proceed to the National Finals.
Two Local Supreme Awards are awarded from each regional event.
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.
Relocated, renovated and extended, this classic 1900s villa has had quite a journey. But the new and improved New Plymouth home hasn’t lost any of its original charm along the way.
The extension comprises a new entry, double garage, laundry, kitchen with scullery and open-plan dining and living area. New weatherboards, French doors, rolled verandas and large bay windows look right at home. Recycled rimu flooring in the extension ties in beautifully with the existing home. Recycled and river-recovered rimu was sourced for the additional architraves, skirting boards and panelling. A rimu panel ceiling was repaired and reinstated in one of the bedrooms. The adjacent room, formerly the kitchen, has been transformed into a bedroom with built-in wardrobe. Here, too, the timber panel ceiling was rescued and restored.
In the new kitchen, a Rayburn wood stove, complete with wetback, can be used to cook on. It also heats the entire home, with the help of radiators throughout and a separate wood burner in the new living area. An existing bedroom has been converted into a large walk-in wardrobe and ensuite for the master bedroom. A door from the original home was incorporated into the new space. Due to its connection to Mum and Dad’s room, the “wardrobe” is currently serving as a nursery for the owners’ new arrival. Another bedroom now leads a double life as a toilet and new family bathroom. Ideal for younger members of the household, the acrylic shower and freestanding bath offer the choice of a quick wash or a splashing good time.