National Category Winner
Given to those who win a National Category title.
National Sustainable Home
The winner of the most sustainable home in the country
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.
Local Outdoor Living
Awarded to a home that best maximises exterior and interior living.
Local Sustainable Home
This recognises excellences in sustainable building and energy efficiency.
The owners had an absolute field day creating this unique home for themselves and their three teenagers on a staggering nine-acre section north of Auckland. Inviting outdoor spaces unfold naturally off the generously glazed living areas and elegant master bedroom. Extensive landscaping sets the scene for star-studded summer gatherings. Stylish and spacious, the pavilion design features five bedrooms, four bathrooms and three living spaces on a mammoth 511sqm footprint. The layout will adapt to shrinking numbers when kids fly the nest. With its high feature ceilings and chic concrete floors, the home’s open-plan heart exudes a highly polished look and feel. A relatively pared-back approach to styling means every detail of the build is exposed – perfection was the only option here. Bathrooms deliver tasteful opulence. Extensive earthworks and plenty of in-situ concrete ensure a solid foundation. Solar panels revel in solar gain, making this an absolute power house that snaffled the Builder's Own Home and Sustainable Homes National titles.