Christchurch builder a deserving winner of House of the Year award

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Clive Barrington of Clive Barrington Construction was “stoked” to win the Carters New Homes $1 million – $2 million award at the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year.
Mr Barrington says winning this award reinforces that after 33 years the company is still at the top of its game, despite difficult circumstances surrounding this winning build.

“It was a typical hill site — long, narrow and steep, and difficult to access,” he says.
“And not long after we started the build, the February 22 earthquake hit, right after pouring the main floor slab. We ended up with a large bulge in the floor, which we had to rectify. The quake put us back a bit in terms of timing, but all things considered, we were pretty lucky.

“It was a difficult time to be doing that kind of build, but the results were fantastic. It is a large modern home, but it was built to be comfortable. It has great finishes and French oak flooring and stonework — it’s very special.”

The judges called it a very comfortable home, complemented by a high standard of workmanship, detailing and furnishings.
“Extensive excavations and a massive retaining wall on a difficult, steep site were required to establish a building platform for this beautiful Christchurch home on a six acre site overlooking Governors Bay,” they said.

“Externally clad in plaster over concrete block and horizontal cedar, the interior is superbly finished in a combination of French oak and recycled Halswell stone.
“With the view to the south east and sun behind, maximum high level windows throughout were employed to create a light and airy feel to rooms that spill out on to extensive decks. A long time in the planning, this home has real soul.”

Mr Barrington joined Registered Master Builders as he believes it’s important to be aligned with a trusted brand.
“Master Builders is the best industry organisation to be affiliated with. It is the biggest and the most trusted, and who government tends to consult with,” he says.
“Customers want you to be aligned with a trusted brand. You wouldn’t buy a car from somebody that isn’t a licensed motor vehicle dealer. I think it strengthens customers’ confidence in my business.

“House of the Year is a wonderful experience, and a great way of proving to your existing clients that your standards remain high. The competition is a nice thing for your staff to be involved in too — it’s recognition for them as much as it is for me.”

The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, James Hardie, GIB, Nulook, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Future-Proof Building, Carters, ITM, Plumbing World, Resene and Westpac.