Hopes and plans crafted into superb home


A stunning beachfront home in Matua earned Tauranga builder Conrad Kuriger his fi rst national award for the New Homes $400,000 to $600,000 category at the Registered Master Builders 2005 House of the Year Awards, held in association with PlaceMakers. 

The home was a long held dream for the owners, who are in their seventies, and the judging panel agreed that “the builder had taken their hopes and plans and crafted a superb property which executes their vision with precision and care”. 

Paramount to the design of the three-bedroom home were views of the harbour and nearby Kaimai Ranges, and indoor/outdoor living so the owners were able enjoy retirement to the full. Kuriger Builders also gave careful thought to the offshore breeze, and the outdoor living areas were created to accommodate this. 

Conrad Kuriger says the exterior of bagged and painted brickwork, band-sawn cedar weatherboards and copper details provides texture against the home’s other features such as American white oak, large windows and interior tiles. 

“The materials selected for this project were intended to emphasise the natural appeal of the home and complement the warmth and style of the design,” Mr Kuriger says. The house incorporated features the owners had seen, thought of and noted down throughout their lives. 

“It was a special project to work on for a number of reasons. We felt honoured to make this cherished dream a reality for such an enthusiastic couple. Winning a national award and being able to share this with them was the icing on the cake.” 

A regular entrant in the House of the Year competition, Mr Kuriger says the competition is the only promotional tool he uses to leverage his business as it complements word of mouth, and the initial investment carries on long after the competition is completed. 

“It has also increased the value we deliver to clients as the quality standards have assisted in improving our performance and expectations.” With projects under way in Tauranga and Taranaki, there is no holiday in sight for this busy builder, but he is not complaining. 

“Being involved in projects which demand all your skills and experience are challenging but, ultimately, very rewarding.