National Category Winner
Given to those who win a National Category title.
The Top 100 homes in the country achieve Gold Reserve status each year, and proceed to the National Finals.
Two Regional Supreme Awards are awarded from each regional event.
Regional Category Winner
The highest-scoring Gold Award Winner becomes the Regional Category Winner.
These are given to entrants who achieve 90% of the available points and judged to be at least 80% above industry standard.
Regional Kitchen Excellence
Bestowed on the kitchen that most meets the needs of its owners.
This grand eight-bedroom Victorian home has undergone a few renovations over the decades. It was converted from a family home to a mental health service residence, to individual flats and then back to a family home again in the 2000s. Over the past year, the 1860s Category-2 heritage house has been transformed again.
This time it’s the result of a collaboration between renowned Hawke’s Bay architect Simon Clarkson, Designgroup PMA and the newly established team at Hawke’s Bay Construction. The team loved working on the project, and especially enjoyed the result – a home restored to its former glory, with modern flair.
The meticulous kitchen is the perfect combination of old-world charm and modern-day panache. There’s a scullery, butler’s sink and plenty of storage. Dark parquet flooring, bronze hardware, Caesarstone benchtops and glass match the Victorian era of the home. This project was not without its challenges, however. When work started it soon became clear there was more to remedy than originally thought – the result of different building standards over almost 160 years.