Marina magic in Kinloch

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David Reid Homes Taupo took full advantage of its client’s stunning location to produce an award-winning home with multiple views of the neighbouring marina.
The Kinloch home took out the national title for New Homes $350,000 to $450,000 in the Registered Master Builders 2007 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers.

The modern architectural style of this stunning lakeside residence fully utilises the steep section on which it was built, with the three-level home following the contours of the land down to the lake.

The home is generous in size, with four bedrooms and a guest suite. The private master suite and spa bath enjoy views of the marina and lake, and provide access to a deck shared with the living area.

The modern kitchen features brilliant Bisazza stone bench tops, and forms the centrepiece of the open-plan living area.
A Jotul fire with wetback and a solar option provides heating to the tiled kitchen and dining areas. The family area is heated by a Jetmaster open fire with a schist surround and raised hearth, creating a cosy ambience.

The home incorporates an expansive hardwood deck from the kitchen, and a panoramic picture window enables enjoyment of the views from the deck or the comfort of the lounge area.
New Homes $350,000 to $450,000 is one of the most popular categories in House of the Year, and with close to 100 entries in the 2007 competition, Mike Grove of David Reid Homes 

Taupo was well aware he had plenty of competition.
Mr Grove cites the steepness of the property and the height restrictions of the location as two key complexities of the job. But he maintains it’s managing the project and all those who work on it which is the real challenge.

“Gone are the days when you just have a chippy, plumber and sparkie on a job. Including subcontractors, we would have had at least 40 people working on this residential home, and that means a lot of teamwork.”

Mike says it takes everyone doing their very best in attitude and practice, because the energy, dedication and skill of many are required to produce an award-winning home.
“You are only as strong as your weakest link, which means everyone has to be producing high-quality work and working in harmony with each other. We found that having great builders and subcontractors on this project really lifted everyone’s game.”

Mr Grove was rapt when he heard the property had won a national award at the House of the Year awards gala dinner last October, especially as he had invited his clients — the owners of the property — to attend.

“Our clients were delighted but it was really special to see the team so chuffed with the result,” he says.
He opened the David Reid Homes franchise in Taupo four years ago as a family business with two sons, a daughter and his wife, who are all an integral part of the business.

He says the evolution of a winning project took a relatively normal course — the clients met with a David Reid Homes Taupo Ltd sales consultant to discuss their vision for the home. Architectural designers at ADR Concepts then designed the home from this initial brief.

But the execution was anything but ordinary. David Reid Homes Taupo maintains that while building every home is a rewarding process, and the team always puts 100% into every project, some homes are just a little bit more special.

“Every so often it just clicks — the customer, the design, the site and the team.”
With three properties entered in this year’s competition, Mr Grove and the team are hoping for another “click” in 2008.