Up to 100 homes achieve Gold Reserve status each year, and proceed to the National Finals.
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.
With its Cape Cod-style charm and beachy simplicity, this one-bedroom, one-bathroom Coromandel cottage turns heads alongside neighbouring baches. The unique design seamlessly links this new one-bedroom structure to an existing, partially renovated family beach house. The two are connected with expansive kwila decking. Compact yet spacious, the 101sqm new build features vaulted, white-beam ceilings throughout its open-plan living space. When open, the bedroom adds to the studio-apartment feel. Attention to detail and skilful craftsmanship are key to the success of this charming build. The solid elm slab island-top is a striking feature of the light, bright kitchen, a natural hub for socialising. The bathroom meanwhile, is a private haven with open shower and luxurious Italian brick-look tiles. External board-and-batten cladding carries inside as a feature wall with open fireplace. Bifold doors and windows enhance indoor-outdoor flow. The A-line ceiling continues out to cover the front deck.