2006 award-winning home makes most of striking harbour views


A stunning holiday home overlooking one of New Zealand’s most beautiful harbours and the rolling hills of Banks Peninsula was the winner of the New Homes $600,000-$1 million category in the Registered Master Builders 2006 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers.


Built by Andrew Wallace Builder Ltd, this beautiful beach house in the historic and picturesque town of Akaroa boasts striking harbour and countryside views, which can be seen from the 76 sq m front terrace, the interior living areas and the master bedroom.


The judges applauded this work of art by Andrew Wallace, and said viewing the home reveals many complex yet minimalist features but, above all, impressive and functional designs.


“The combination of quality workmanship, practical features and functionality of design make for a fabulous place to relax and soak up the atmosphere,” the judges said.


This is just one example of the excellent coordination and control that Andrew Wallace has achieved.”


The property has four spacious bedrooms and four bathrooms spread over two levels, which can be either used independently by owners and guests or together as one spacious family home.


The first floor includes an open kitchen, dining and living area which flows to the front terrace, while the ground floor design includes an additional kitchen, living area and laundry.


Adjacent to the first floor kitchen is a cosy patio area, the perfect location for capturing early morning sun over a relaxed breakfast.


Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors open to the tiled terrace with glass panels surrounding the area, so the sweeping views are unobstructed. The large terrace easily operates as an outdoor dining area with sail canopies used to provide shade.


The contemporary architecture of the home is particularly reflected in the bathrooms which have a very high standard of design and fixtures, while the interior colour tones complement the outstanding vistas from the home.


The exterior design embraces the harbour surrounds, and includes plaster walls and aluminium facades, while louvres and glass balustrades frame this holiday home with functional trendsetting style.


The open plan living area features hi-tech audio components, an air-conditioning system and a cabinet over the large custom-made gas fireplace, cleverly disguising a large flat screen TV behind its sliding doors.


Contemporary joinery and cabinetry throughout the house is of excellent quality, and the standard of bathroom finishing is particularly impressive — namely the clever labyrinth entries to the showers and the wallboard work around door and window openings.


Andrew Wallace Builders entered the House of the Year competition after seeing fellow Registered Master Builders enjoy the prestige and recognition obtained after winning awards in this highly regarded competition.


“This recognition of our workmanship needs to be shared by my dedicated team of staff, loyal subcontractors and suppliers,” Mr Wallace says.


He is also pleased that the competition increases the public’s trust in the construction industry by showcasing builders’ skills and innovative Kiwi design.