Christchurch builder Clive Barrington of Clive Barrington Construction knew he had built a quality home even before he was awarded the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award at the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year.
“I wasn’t shocked at all,” Mr Barrington says. “The bathroom had an amazing palette of materials, including beautiful stone tiles, natural timber finishes and exquisite tapware.
“There was not much natural light. However, the lighting worked well with the dark tones.”
The judges were impressed with the ensuite bathroom. “This is a sophisticated and comfortable master ensuite. The bathroom boasts great attention to detail and a well-balanced use of warm timbers and soft colours,” they said.
“The recessed wall lighting further highlights the eloquent use of full height marble tiling to all walls and the shower area, and excellent design ensures privacy in what is a very modern and elegant space. Overall, this is a fabulous space to complement this very high quality property.”
Mr Barrington is a regular on the House of the Year circuit, and is a recipient of the coveted Platinum Award. He’s been involved since the competition’s inception, and when he’s not entering, is also a judge — which he’d like to do more of in the future.
“We’ve been involved for 20-odd years, and I think it’s a great event that has been growing and growing. If you’re a residential builder, it would be silly not to be involved with Registered Master Builders. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
Mr Barrington has been winning awards regularly, and aims to keep up the momentum. “The recognition we have received from House of the Year has been great for me and my company’s reputation. It gives people the confidence that we’re doing a good job,” he says.
“The public are very aware of House of the Year these days. A lot of the properties nominated are high end. However, there are also affordable houses receiving awards these days, not just the ‘architect’s dream home’.
“It’s a great way of advertising and it also gives you the chance to compare yourself with others — how do you know how good your work is without comparing it to others? This is the only way to judge it.”
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.