JD Homes attributes House of the Year win to ‘subtle little differences’


Jesse de Wys of JD Homes Ltd says winning the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment New Homes under $250,000 award at the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year was “a massive achievement” for him and his team.

Mr de Wys said this was a particularly challenging build, and the win really reiterated that the team is doing a good job.

“It is very difficult to build a home that has a bit of flair and something special, but still fits into the under $250,000 price bracket,” he says.

“This home had some really subtle little differences, particularly around the cladding, that made it stand out as being a little bit special.”

The judges called the home “an all-round tidy package in a new Christchurch subdivision, suiting the owner’s requirements to a tee and setting the bar for affordable housing”.

“The three bedroom home features smart use of space in the kitchen, sloping soffits to give greater light reflection and polished concrete floors,” they said.

“This mono pitched, blockwork home boasts a simple but well thought out floor plan, giving good value for money.”

Mr de Wys says the networking opportunity with House of the Year is a huge benefit to him and his team.

“You end up meeting builders from all over the country at the gala event, which I found extremely valuable,” he says.

“Most builders are pretty cagey about talking to another builder down the road from them, but it’s different talking to a builder from another city. It was great to make those connections and spend some time bouncing ideas off others.”

Mr de Wys says JD Homes is aiming to be a regular entrant in the competition.

“I think every year we’ll continue to enter at least one home in House of the Year. It’s fantastic for the team to have something to strive for, and being fairly competitive, I really enjoy the competition side of things,” he says.

“The exposure you get from the competition is astronomical. I think most home owners do a lot of research into builders before making their choice, and being a national category winner is a real feather in our cap.

“If there is anyone out there considering entering House of the Year, my advice is to jump in and do it. There is no reason why you shouldn’t.”

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