After entering seven homes over the past three years, Mr Walker thought it was “about time” he won a national award.
“My initial thought was ‘finally!’ when I won” he laughs.
“It could have been any builder that picked up the award. The thing about House of the Year is that there are very few points between the finalists. Everyone at the nationals was a winner in my opinion,” he says.
Mr Walker says it was a good use of costs and a smart design that made this home stand out from the others in the category.
“It had polished concrete floors, polished concrete showers, and a polished concrete vanity top. It all looked fantastic,” he says.
Mr Walker says the house was designed for just two people, but can expand to accommodate guests.
“There is a separate wing off the living area at the other end of the house, a further two bedrooms and another bathroom, which is great for family coming to stay,” he says.
The judges thought the home was well-tailored to suit the owners’ requirements.
“This is a home to sit back and enjoy for many years to come,” they said.
“The builder has maintained a high standard throughout, with careful consideration given to the adjacent rural views and outdoor living spaces.”
Winning the award generated great publicity for Fowler Homes (Manawatu), and Mr Walker says this was a tangible benefit of entering House of the Year.
“The award tells everybody that we’re putting out the best product possible. It means that we’re up there with the best.
“It’s not always about the awards we have won — it’s about the affordability and quality our clients deserve.”
The Registered Master Builders House of the Year is made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build Services, James Hardie, GIB, Nulook, Future-Proof Building, Carters, ITM, Plumbing World, Resene, Westpac and Mitre 10.