These are given to entrants who achieve 90% of the available points and judged to be at least 80% above industry standard.
Relaxing in its sleepy waterfront settlement northwest of Auckland, this designer home boasts elegant interiors and inviting exterior appeal, ideal for entertaining late into the evening. The 238sqm design exudes style and charisma and the warm heart of any good host.
Three bedrooms, two superb bathrooms and two living areas provide space to socialise or enjoy a little solitude. The contemporary kitchen is the undeniable centrepiece of the open-plan area. Glossy finishes and negative detail lighting create a dynamic look.
Clad in board-and-batten with vertical cedar, this extremely energy savvy home ticks all the boxes for sustainability. Thermally broken concrete slab and windows, and boiler-driven underfloor heating promise a warm dry environment.
The owner is a fourth-generation winemaker, and the house itself has taken wine to heart, with its front door, bathroom vanities and entry decking all constructed from recycled wine barrels.
The result is a unique family home in an up-and-coming area that, like wine, will only get better with age.