A strong relationship is key to a Supreme winning home

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JD Glover of Glover Homes was over the moon when he found out his renovation in Albany took the Supreme Renovation of the Year and the SafetyMate Renovation Award over $500,000 at the Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year competition.

Mr Glover says his company was very fortunate to have been involved in such a beautiful project, and it was a real pleasure to work with such a great team of architects, builders and clients.

“It is a stunning home, and we were just thrilled when we found out we won the Supreme Renovation Award. Quite a group of us went along to the gala dinner — 17 in fact — so it was great to celebrate with everyone that was involved.

“We went along to the awards with the mindset that we would just have a good night, enjoy ourselves and not get our hopes up. When our name was read out for two awards, it was just fantastic. The competition is great recognition for our company and our work.”

Mr Glover says the main feature that stood out in the winning home is the seamless indoor/outdoor flow.

“The design of the home is outstanding — it’s made for entertaining. The massive louvre-covered decks and outdoor heating were really special.

“Rain or shine, you could easily entertain a couple of hundred guests and be very comfortable. I’d say the outdoor flow is the biggest attraction, with the decks overlooking the beautiful landscaping.

“The main challenge was pulling this all together, and ensuring it was of a high standard. I often look at renovations and think, if you have to search and find what was added on, then it has been done well.

“That’s the true form of a good job — when you can’t tell what existed and what is new. That’s definitely the case with this home.”

Mr Glover says strong client relationships are the key to a good build, and it’s evident with this home. 

“If you have a neat owner it just makes the job so much more enjoyable — everything else in the project will flow. It was a real pleasure to go back to that house every day for two years. We’ve ended up with some great friends — and a great win!”

The same team of 4 to 6 builders worked on this renovation, and Mr Glover says at one stage there were around 12 carpenters on site. He says the competition has been a great way to celebrate the hard work from all the team.

“We’ve been lucky enough to build some beautiful, tip-top homes over the past 15 years, and House of the Year is a great way to showcase our work. I’m very proud of what we’ve done, and it’s great to share the Award with our workers and apprentices.”

Mr Glover has been a Registered Master Builder for 15 years, and joined after an architect encouraged him to do so.

“The architect told me what a great organisation Master Builders is, so I looked into it and also thought the guarantee system would be good reassurance for our clients.

“Along with making our clients comfortable, Master Builders is just a strong association. The monthly meetings, catch-ups with the builders and events are a great way to network and see what’s going on in the industry.”

Mr Glover is currently finishing another home, and is looking forward to entering it in House of the Year next year.

The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build Services, James Hardie, GIB, Nulook, SafetyMate, Carters, ITM, Plumbing World, Resene, Westpac and Mitre 10.