Ezebuild Ltd of Nelson saw double at last year’s Registered Master Builders 2008 House of the Year when they took out two national awards for a show home in Tasman — the James Hardie Show Home Award and the Mico Bathrooms Excellence Award.
With the support of principal sponsor PlaceMakers, the awards celebrate quality, workmanship and excellence in design, something Ezebuild consistently delivers on.
Ezebuild Ltd owner Paul Richards says he puts the success of the property down to the vision and dedication of his team.
“We pride ourselves on delivering value beyond what our competitors do by adding that little extra touch,” he says.
“A key feature of the Tasman show home was its pivoting front door — which was our way of taking a standard component of the house and making it look unique.”
The competition judges were also impressed with this door, and the project team’s tasteful execution.
“It was extremely well detailed and customised throughout. This show home is a real credit to the builder, and is an example of exceptional craftsmanship with attention paid to every detail,” the judges said.
Mr Richards, who comes from an engineering background, has been building homes for around 20 years. However, building didn’t become a career for him until 1998, when he started his own construction company.
“It was really just a hobby when I started out, but over time I decided I wanted to concentrate on what I enjoy the most — designing and building great homes for people to live in.”
Almost 10 years later Ezebuild Ltd was born. The company has been so successful that Mr Richards has expanded his business portfolio to include Contemporary Homes, which focuses on design and construction, leaving Ezebuild to handle project management.
He says the company’s latest product is the “Wee House”, a modular home system that is constructed largely off-site, and can be extended over time.
“It’s a bit like a Meccano set — the basic elements are cut and made off-site, which means we only need six weeks on-site to complete the home.
“Down the track, the client can choose to add a ’module’, such as a bedroom or bathroom to their home in just a couple of weeks.
“It’s a fantastic option for the first-time buyer or those looking for a simple home featuring a contemporary design style.”
Mr Richards has already had fantastic success in this year’s House of the Year competition, taking out five awards in the Nelson region, including the Supreme Award for the region.
“Fingers crossed for a couple of awards at the national awards again this year!”