Views to die for in award-winning getaway


A breathtaking retreat situated west of Taupo, constructed by Urbo Homes Ltd, was the well-deserving winner of the New Homes $250,000 – $350,000 category in the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2006 House of the Year competition.

The stunning three-bedroom weekend home lies across the paddocks of a sheep station on a knoll overlooking its striking surroundings.
With Lake Taupo to the east, and Taupo itself tucked around the corner, the competition’s judges found the positioning remarkable.

“This home is a real getaway with expansive views over the lake, mountains and native bush.
”Carefully listening to the client’s brief and having an awareness of the location enabled Urbo Homes Ltd to capture the client’s dream of building a home that provides easy living and is ideal for relaxation and entertaining.”

The L-shaped design encompasses a fully glazed wing with an open-plan kitchen, dining and living areas which spill out to expansive decks on one side and a large, sheltered courtyard on the other. The judges described the views as “to die for.”

“This project has produced some very contented clients who, like ourselves, admire the contractors’ outstanding workmanship.
”The bedrooms, other bathrooms and garage open to a wide gallery to the north and form the other part of the L-shape. Two bedrooms enjoy spectacular views of the mountains to the south, while the master bedroom and its ensuite capture lake and mountain views.

“The external walls are vertical cedar shiplap boards with horizontal corrugated steel around the two-car garage. The oiled TGV-jointed cedar boarding ceiling, the polished exposed aggregate concrete floor slabs and the steel detailing are fine examples of the excellent finishing of the house.”
Urbo Homes Ltd says entering the competition provided them with a benchmark as to where they stand against other building companies, and also provides credibility of their brand to their clients.

“We are proud of all the projects we undertake, and it is fantastic recognition for the whole team to be acknowledged for their commitment through these awards.
“The award provides an excellent platform for future marketing of our brand and product.”

Winning the top award for their category in the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2006 House of the Year competition has given Urbo Homes Ltd further confidence that they are doing it right and that they have the right team to be able to deliver an award-winning home every time.