HoY involvement helps company focus on direction

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A low maintenance home which embraces beachside living won the James Hardie Show Home Award in the Registered Master Builders 2005 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers. Situated on a large corner site, the Tauranga home features an impressive sheltered entry and elegant foyer. 

The layout has been zoned for smooth access to the large courtyard and outdoor living areas where alfresco dining can be enjoyed year round. Judges applauded the contemporary home for the extraordinary range of materials, features and finishes that potential owners were able to choose from. 

“Not only are the full range of displays impressive but the builder’s commitment to energy efficiency is commended,” they said. Constructed of aerated lightweight concrete blocks (ALC), this system provides acoustic stability and superior insulation so that a comfortable environment can be maintained throughout the year. 

Underfloor heating and double-glazed windows add comfort and style to this uniquely designed home. 

Inside, the hand-applied sandstone colourwash gives richness and depth, and the clean lines fl ow from the spacious bedrooms to the granite benchtop, lacquered cabinetry and glossy tiles of the kitchen. Vardina Homes managing director Geoff Gillies says the company knew the home was a unique design. 

“We were rapt with what we achieved. Building something economical, energy efficient and stylish was a rewarding challenge.” Mr Gillies says the company’s involvement in House of the Year has helped it focus the direction of their business and expand into markets they wanted to target. 

“To say your profile increases is an understatement,” Mr Gillies says. “The competition acknowledges your innovation and dedication to work you are passionate about. It really is as good as it gets.” The home has been a success with the public, and Mr Gillies already has his sights set on producing more award-winning properties that will delight owners.