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.
Designed for a growing modern family, this five-bedroom home on the rural edge of Hamilton has heart with a capital H. The H-shaped layout features one wing for kids and guests and another for the master bedroom and office/nursery. Central open-plan living bridges the two, providing a natural meeting point for everyday life.
A 700kg solid concrete island bench anchors the stunning custom-designed kitchen/scullery. Raking ceilings and a wood fire reflect the refined yet cosy atmosphere at the opposite end of the living space.
Inside flows to a louvre-roofed deck area and swimming pool via a 7m sliding door. Multiple smaller outdoor spaces provide flexibility and balance.
The material palette is inspired by the outdoor setting and busy family life. Polished concrete floors grace the shared spaces. Carpet keeps the bedrooms cosy. Cedar features enhance the entrance, theatre and kitchen; the games room is lined with plywood.
The three beautifully appointed bathrooms provide a refined rustic feel and everyday functionality that’s in tune with the family’s lifestyle.