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Taupo builder takes both supreme awards in local competition

Media release: 4 August 2014

Taupo builder takes out both supreme awards in local competition

Haimes Building in Taupo has this year taken home both Supreme Awards for the House of the Year and the Renovation of the Year in the Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year.

Haimes Building took out a total of seven regional awards for its two entries. The Supreme Award-winning House of the Year also scooped the Gold Award and category win for the Carters New Homes $1 million - $2 million, as well as the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award, while the Supreme Award-winning Renovation of the Year collected a Gold Award and category win for the ITM Renovation Award $250,000 - $500,000.

The House of the Year winning home impressed judges who said, “This was an extremely small and restrictive site on a corner overlooking the lake. The builder faced a spate of challenges in terms of access, excavation and shocking weather on a very exposed site.

“The end result is mind blowing. With exceptional craftsmanship and faultless detailing throughout the home including a spectacular vertical timber wall in the stairway, the builder’s attention to detail goes well beyond what the architect calls for.

“This builder is a long standing and worthy House of the Year winner. Known for consistently going the extra mile, Mark Haimes and his team have yet again demonstrated building excellence.”

The judges went on to praise Haimes Building for its comprehensive alteration and addition project that took out the Supreme Renovation of the Year.

“The builder managed to retain the character of this 1950s home, despite the fact that it was a very large operation. Marrying the old with the new was a real challenge in this build, and it was executed incredibly well,” they said.

“Intricate workmanship and detailing, and retention of the home’s original charm, made this a stand out entry. The owners and their family will be happy here for many years to come.”

The results were announced at a gala dinner on Saturday, 2 August at ASB Stadium Baypark in Mount Maunganui. The event was attended by members of the local building industry and the Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau Registered Master Builders.

There were 13 Gold Award winners from the Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau Region which will now be assessed alongside Gold Award winners from across the country to find the National Gold Reserve finalists, to be announced in early September.

National category winners and the Registered Master Builders Supreme Awards for Renovation of the Year and House of the Year will be announced at a gala dinner in Auckland in November.

The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, James Hardie, GIB, Nulook, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, Future-Proof Building, Carters, ITM, Plumbing World, Resene, Westpac and Master Build Services.

For more information about the competition, visit


Notes to the editor

About the Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year

The competition is structured on two levels – regional and national. Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners are determined using a points-based system. These award-winners are announced at 11 regional events held throughout New Zealand during July and August.

The top local Gold Award winners become Gold Reserve National Finalists, announced in early September. The national finalists are then re-judged by a panel of judges who determine the overall national winners, which are announced at a gala dinner in November.

ITM Renovation Award $250,000-$500,000
Gold & CategoryHaimes Building LimitedTaupoBOP-02-5205
GoldUrbo Homes LimitedRotoruaBOP-02-5284
PlaceMakers New Homes $250,000-$350,000
SilverUrbo Homes LimitedRotoruaBOP-05-5371
PlaceMakers New Homes $350,000-$450,000
Gold & CategoryK Fowler Homes (Bay of Plenty) LimitedPapamoaBOP-06-5319
GoldPenny Homes LimitedTokoroaBOP-06-5173
GoldDesign Builders (Taupo) LimitedTaupoBOP-06-5351
SilverDesign Builders (Taupo) LimitedTaupoBOP-06-5243
BronzeDebec Building Solutions LimitedTaurangaBOP-06-5322
James Hardie New Homes $450,000-$600,000
Gold & CategoryGudsell Designer Homes LimitedTaurangaBOP-07-5187
GoldK Fowler Homes (Bay of Plenty) LimitedBethlehemBOP-07-5313
BronzeKnight Building (2008) LimitedTurangiBOP-07-5515
Nulook New Homes $600,000-$1 million
Gold & CategoryRichard Stewart Building LimitedWhanarua BayBOP-08-5212
GoldUrbo Homes LimitedPapamoaBOP-08-5334
GoldHarwood Homes NZ LimitedTaurangaBOP-08-5237
BronzeBlue Steel Buildings LimitedTe PukeBOP-08-5458
Carters New Homes $1 million-$2 million
Gold & CategoryHaimes Building LimitedTaupoBOP-09-5192
Westpac New Homes over $2 million
Gold & CategoryRiordan Construction LimitedTaurangaBOP-10-5372
GIB Show Home Award
Gold & CategoryHarwood Homes NZ LimitedTaurangaBOP-12-5197
SilverDebec Building Solutions LimitedTaurangaBOP-12-5252
SilverHome Builders BOP LimitedTaurangaBOP-12-5363
Supreme Award and Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year
Haimes Building Limited for a home in Taupo
Supreme Award and Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau Registered Master Builders 2014 Renovation of the Year
Haimes Building Limited for a home in Taupo
Lifestyle Awards
Craftsmanship AwardGudsell Designer Homes LimitedTaurangaBOP-07-5187
Outdoor Living AwardRiordan Construction LimitedTaurangaBOP-10-5372
Heart of the Home Kitchen AwardHarwood Homes NZ LimitedTaurangaBOP-12-5197
Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence AwardHaimes Building LimitedTaupoBOP-09-5192
Resene Sustainable Home AwardRiordan Construction LimitedTaurangaBOP-10-5372
Gerrand Flooring Interior Style and Design AwardHarwood Homes NZ LimitedTaurangaBOP-12-5197

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