Revival of English-style country home wins top award


Durham Mossman of Mossman Construction said he was rapt when he found out his house in Palmerston North was awarded the title of National Winner in the Master Build Services Renovation Award up to $250,000 category at the Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year competition.

Mr Mossman said it was rewarding to win the category and gain acknowledgement of their hard work.

“The award gives us good marketing, especially amongst high-end renovation jobs. It’s something that we now have backing us to show that we can do that work and do it well,” he says.

Mr Mossman explains one of the key challenges of renovation work is attempting to make the new work look like it is part of the existing house.

“The challenge was to make it not look like it was a renovation, and that the additional building was always there — making the old tie in with the new in a seamless way,” he says.

“There was a lot of steel work involved in this job that had to be precisely lined up with the original building. It took quite a bit of working out to get things right, but the hard work paid off.

Mr Mossman credits the original house, and said the complex nature of the build made it a stand-out renovation.

“It was a beautiful house to start with so we had a pretty good canvas to work with. It was just in need of an update and an extension.”

“This was a fantastic project, and really stood out to all that worked on it,” he says. “The technical side of it was a lot more complicated than your standard extension project. The house also required a very high-end finish.”

Judges were impressed with the revival of the English-style country home.

“A new roof and supporting structure was built to provide a new grand entrance. Dark, box-like rooms were removed, and the home now features a new sense of space, light and functionality,” they said.

“The adjacent outdoor area has been enhanced to provide luxury indoor/outdoor living all year round, with the total renovation transforming the home.”

Although Mossman Construction will not be entering the 2016 House of the Year awards, they do have projects lined up for the 2017 competition.

Mr Mossman credits the reputation of the Registered Master Builders brand and the benefits their company receives.

“Being a Registered Master Builder not only means a lot to the client but, as a member of the association, it is great that we are kept up to date with the building industry,” he says.

The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build Services, GIB, Nulook, Future-Proof Building, Carters, Plumbing World, Resene and Bunnings.