House of the Year winner a competition veteran

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Terry Clegg of Terry Clegg Builders says winning the PlaceMakers New Homes $350,000 – $450,000 award at the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year was a real achievement for his team of talented builders and a wonderful client.

He says winning this award is reassurance for current and future clients that his team is consistently producing high quality work.

“Our workload has increased since we won the national award. Our clients are quite aware of House of the Year, and are aware that we are regularly winning awards,” he says.

“The competition is a very good advertising avenue for our business. We’ve been to the nationals five times, and to actually come away with a national award was just great.”

The judges said with its ultra-modern, sleek lines, this slick two-bedroom townhouse was a stand-out in the category.

“This is an extremely well-designed property on a tight site, with clever use of window placement and lighting allowing maximum privacy,” they said.

“The builder’s workmanship and attention to detail was second to none. Expert delivery using a variety of materials including timber, concrete and granite has created an immaculately presented home.”

Mr Clegg first became a member of Registered Master Builders 16 years ago, and he has been heavily involved at a local and national level since he first joined.

“We became members of Master Builders when we were just a new player in the industry, and I saw them as an organisation that was really proactive for their members,” he says.

“Master Builders is very helpful in sending us up to date info in all new construction techniques and new building regulations, which is so valuable. The value of having an organisation like Master Builders has been more apparent than ever over the last couple of years, with so many licensing changes. It’s vital for us to keep up with changes in the industry.”

Mr Clegg says he would encourage anyone who is new to the Master Builders or has never entered a house in the competition to give it a go.

“Putting yourself out there to be judged against your peers is a really tough thing to do, but if you’re comfortable in what you produce and in your team then I would encourage anyone to do it. 

“This is our thirteenth year entering House of the Year, which speaks volumes. It’s a great thing to be involved with.”

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.