Collaborative approach delivers top results

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Featuring the stunning use of natural materials, Penny Homes Ltd’s striking Taupo house was the worthy winner of the New Homes $250,000 – $350,000 category in the Registered Master Builders 2009 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers.

The black painted linea home boasts four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living areas, and has some effective uses of space and natural light, according to company owner John Penny. 
“The home owners knew the ‘look and feel’ they wanted. We just made sure that with the help of our architect, we were able to build a home that exceeded their expectations,” Mr Penny says.

“The beauty of having an architectural designer work alongside our business is that we are able to offer our clients the creative flair they want at no added cost.”
The striking home also pleased the competition’s judges, who said it was “well crafted with great thought throughout the design and layout”.

“A special feature of the home is the raised ceiling in the living area and the step-down floor in the lounge, delivering superb and generous living areas with great flow.
“These surprising interior spaces, in conjunction with exceptional workmanship and craft of the builder, deliver a stunning home — one that will stand the test of time.”

Mr Penny started Penny Homes Ltd 13 years ago, after he was presented with an opportunity to develop the Brentwood subdivision in Taupo.
“I’m where I am today simply because I started with an energetic and enthusiastic attitude, and built the company on a solid foundation of quality and high standards.”

Mr Penny believes his 13 years of experience, coupled with the company’s high level of service, has helped to build a solid reputation in Taupo and throughout the Bay of Plenty.
“We don’t take short cuts and we set extremely high standards for ourselves. Not only have we hand-picked an experienced team, but we also use the same subcontractors, some of whom have been with us for more than a decade,” he says.

“We also realised very early on that word of mouth is a powerful form of advertising — if you do a good job word certainly gets around fast.”
2010 is set to be a busy year for Penny Homes, with two entries in the 2010 House of the Year competition and five properties under development in the million dollar-plus price bracket.

“The current economic climate has opened doors for us to diversify into other price brackets. Winning a national award shows we have the skills and know-how to deliver top results that can be transferred to any category.
“The House of the Year competition is one of the ways we have managed to showcase what our company is capable of delivering despite the difficult climate. If you’re thinking of entering, I say give it a go.”