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.
Small but perfectly formed, this low-maintenance Lyttelton lovely has been designed for owners heading into retirement. Two bedrooms, one bathroom and an open-plan kitchen/dining/lounge area tick all the boxes for modern living on a modest 144sqm. Reminiscent of a boat shed, the earthquake rebuild is at home in this historic port town. The contemporary abode exudes an appealing industrial feel, with exposed structural details and high raking ceilings. The open-plan soars to incorporate a mezzanine space. This versatile area serves as a second living room, observation platform, spare bedroom and office. Smartly positioned windows, including skylights, frame picturesque harbour views. Loads of natural light is a bonus, amplified by a modern white palette. Warming wood features add texture and depth. In-slab heating and a stylish log burner promise to keep the whole home warm and cosy through winter. When sunny weather arrives, a large front deck and private rear courtyard provide superb options for outdoor living. The best of both worlds.