A beautiful home built by a master craftsman and his team


Bryce Dunlop of Dunlop Builders was ecstatic when he found out his Wanaka home was named the national winner in the Nulook New Home $650,000 – $1 million category at the Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year competition.

Mr Dunlop says the company was humbled by the win, acknowledging the high calibre of houses they were competing against.

“This was our second year at the national competition so we understood the high standard and quality of the builds. To come out on top was fantastic and quite surreal,” he says.

Mr Dunlop explains that the feel of the home gave it a unique quality.

“Our clients wanted to feel like they were on holiday while living at this home, and it definitely feels like that. The view of Lake Wanaka gives the home a wonderful warm feeling. It’s not something visual, it’s a feeling,” he says.

Mr Dunlop says while the build had many challenges, the amount of timber work involved was particularly notable.

“The timber work on this build was all exposed — the joinery, the flooring and the cladding. We put in a lot of effort to ensure that our carpentry skills were at the highest level because what you see is what you get,” he says.

Judges were impressed with the features and craftsmanship of the home.

“Situated close to Lake Wanaka, this cedar-clad home boasts an American white oak stairwell and flooring throughout. The upper floor living area opens out onto a covered timber deck overlooking the lake.

“Cleverly designed to provide separate living and sleeping areas on both of the two levels, this home meets the client’s brief perfectly,” they said.

“The heating is a diesel boiler system controlled remotely, and monitored via an iPad. Extensive timber joinery throughout allows for plenty of storage, and the use of hidden LED lighting looks amazing at night and dusk.

“It is a simply beautiful home built by a master craftsman and his team.”

Mr Dunlop says winning the award has enhanced the company’s recognition.

“Winning the award shows that we are on top of our game, and it sets a high standard for us to aspire to. When you win a national award, it’s a big achievement for everyone involved,” he says.

Mr Dunlop praises the Registered Master Builders Association for the support they provide to their members, and credits the annual House of the Year competition for allowing businesses to grow and succeed in the industry.

Dunlop Builders is hoping for repeat success this year, with another home entered in the 2016 House of the Year.

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