We like to think of the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards as the Olympics of our industry, with entrants from across New Zealand hoping to impress the judges. Over the years, Design Builders’ clients and teams have enjoyed some big wins. This year is no exception, with several homes created by Design Builders scoring highly on the judges’ score sheets.

Created for Living | Design Builders Taupo
Category: GIB Showhome
Awards: Gold Award, Regional Category Winner

With its clever touches, this beautiful home has the delightful charm of a heritage lodge, coupled with all the latest innovations, design features, and warmth of a contemporary home. A brilliantly designed floorplan makes the most of spectacular views to the east, and to the south-east across Lake Taupo and all the way to Mount Tauhara. Click here to view more photographs.

Natural Beauty | Design Builders Wellington
Category: GIB Showhome
Awards: Gold Award, Regional Category Winner, Top 100

Positioned on a ridge which sweeps gently down to pristine native reserve, this appealing home is inviting and a world away from the ordinary. Designed to maximise all-day sun and beautiful surrounds, this four-bedroom, two-bathroom home has spacious living, plenty of glass to bring nature indoors, and outdoor areas that nestle into the bush setting. Click here to view more photographs.

Styled for Life | Design Builders Waikato
Category: New Home $1.5 million–$2 million
Awards: Gold award, Regional Lifestyle Sustainable Award

The judges were also  smitten with this family home which features five sunny bedrooms, three bathrooms, and multiple living spaces. There’s a sense of lightness and openness, all thanks to a 2.6m stud height. The visual effects don’t stop there. The kitchen, complete with scullery, is designed for family gatherings. Glass doors to the outdoor living room open up the tempting possibility of year-round entertaining. Click here to view more photographs.

Riverside Retreat | Design Builders Waikato
Category: CARTERS New Home $1 million–$1.5 million
Award: Gold Award

Boasting wonderful views, this stunning riverside home inspired the judges to award pure gold. The house features a main bedroom suite on the ground level featuring a stylish walk-through wardrobe to a stunning ensuite. Upstairs there are two more bedrooms, a bathroom, a second living area and a kitchenette. Exterior timber cladding and coloursteel complete a striking contemporary home. Click here to view more photographs.