Now in its thirtieth year, the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards celebrates the best of New Zealand building and recognises the homes, builders and craftsmanship behind it. Design Builders regional offices have won many awards over the years. The Waikato Regional Awards took place on Friday, Jeff Marra and his team at Design Builders Waikato were recognised for three outstanding homes. Congratulations to the clients, teams and partners behind these wonderful winners.

Winner – Lofty Ambition

Category:                   Waikato GIB Show Home
Awards:                     Gold Award, Regional Category Winner

Hot on the heels of winning a TIDA award, this spectacular two-storey home has done it again. Inspired by the classic New York loft, it enjoys views of the Waikato River. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom house has a recycled red-brick entrance. Measuring 307 sqm, the house opens to a living area on each floor, an office space on the second level, and a play nook for the children under the stairs.

Experience this award-winning showhome for yourself: 22 Riverpoint Glade, Hamilton.
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Winner – Home on the Plains

Category:                   Altus Window Systems New Home $750,000–                                     $1 million
Awards:                     Silver Award

Positioned on a lifestyle section in Cambridge, this 300 sqm home makes full use of its site. Cleverly designed around a central living/dining/kitchen hub that encourages indoor-outdoor flow, this home is perfectly suited to a young family. The modern kitchen makes entertaining easy, and there’s plenty of room for friends and family outside, too. Partially covered and with a fireplace, the deck can be used year-round.

Winner – Rural Charmer

Category:                   New Home $450,000 – $600,000
Awards:                     Gold Award, Regional Category Winner

This 180 sqm home maximises spectacular views of Mount Pirongia and the neighbouring township. The open-plan living-dining area extends onto two decks – one with automated louvres and one uncovered – for al fresco enjoyment year-round. High-stud ceilings create a feeling of spaciousness. Designer barn doors, cedar, iron cladding and recycled bricks flowing from the entry to the interior create stunning features that complement the wood fire.

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