National Category Winner
Given to those who win a National Category title.
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.
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.
Some regions award a Lifestyle Award for a house showing exceptional interior design within that region.
Nestled among nikau palms with a backdrop of soaring dolomite cliffs, this 80sqm West Coast nest showcases the best of small, functional design using materials that complement the environment. Described by Upoko Architects as “an adventure in a small box”, the bach beautifully captures the spirit of natural living.
Sliding doors meet at corner junctions, enabling half of the ground floor to be opened to the great outdoors. The dining/living/kitchen space shares the lower level with a laundry and bathroom. The mezzanine contains two bedrooms with birds’ eye views of the living area. The nikau forest canopy is framed to spectacular effect by a large sliding door in the main bedroom.
The owners have chosen natural materials where possible. Walls are clad in ply and timber, creating a cocoon-like effect. The ground-floor exterior is cedar. Aluminium encases the upper storey.
With this stylish little house, the owners have achieved their dream of creating a relaxing retreat.
AFTER THEIR REGIONAL SUCCESS winning the Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast Local Category, Craftsmanship and Lifestyle awards, along with a Gold Award, this home also won a Gold Reserve and the National Resene New Home up to $450,000 Category Award in the National competition.