Todd Starkey of Todd Starkey Builders was over the moon when he found out his Rangiora home was named the national winner in the PlaceMakers New Home $300,000 – $400,000 category at the Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year.
Mr Starkey says winning the award came as a surprise, and is a fantastic achievement for all involved.
“We were thrilled when we won the gold award, and then when we won the category we were blown away! We weren’t expecting it at all as there were so many top quality builds in the competition,” he says.
Mr Starkey explains that the attention to detail was a stand-out feature of the build.
“We put a lot of effort into making sure the build was done right. We want to build homes that showcase what people can expect to get from us, and this is the quality we strive towards,” he says.
“A key feature of the home was the double-sided gas fireplace, which provides warmth and comfort throughout.”
Judges were impressed with the functionality and innovative features of the home.
“This timelessly designed and spacious home is well positioned to capture all-day sun and appreciate the semi-rural outlook.
“The Riverstone stonework on the exterior ties in with the nearby Ashley River surroundings. The high ceilings create a spacious feel from the entrance foyer and throughout.
“A double-sided gas fireplace separates the living/dining and lounge areas. Operated by a smart phone and ducted to extra rooms for added heating, this home is designed and built for comfortable living.”
Mr Starkey adds that winning the award has been a great stepping stone to further the company’s reputation in the industry.
“It has certainly got our name out there, showcasing the high level of work we aim to achieve,” he says.
Mr Starkey praises the Registered Master Builders Association for the comfort they provide to businesses in the industry, and for their support to members and consumers through the guarantee scheme.
Although Todd Starkey Builders has not entered the 2016 House of the Year, the company is looking to enter another home in next year’s competition under the Builder’s Own Home category.
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.