Judges praise seamless transition between old and new


An ongoing commitment to quality resulted in a fourth regional supreme award for Planit Construction at the Wellington and Wairarapa Registered Master Builders 2016 competition.

Their Karori renovation was awarded the Wellington and Wairarapa 2016 Supreme Renovation of the Year, along with a Gold Award and Category win for the Renovation Award over $500,000.

Planit Construction construction manager Greg Parish says winning the award was an exciting moment for the team and a great recognition of all the hard work put into the project.

“Our team are really proud of the result. It acknowledges the quality of the work we provide and cements our place at the top of the industry in the Wellington region,” he says.

Mr Parish says retaining the style and character of the original build made the home stand out. However, he explained this also created a challenge when it came to the structure of the renovation.

“We built a complete top storey addition with three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. We also fully renovated the downstairs which involved increasing the floor area, double glazing and improving insulation,” he says.

“The second storey adds extra load, so while dealing with this we upgraded the house to the latest earthquake code using structural steel, shear walls and additional foundation work throughout.

“This was a key challenge of the build as we concealed the steel to look like a timber frame house from the exterior, and worked in a confined space below the existing house.

“The original house was beautiful. Between us and the architect, Philip Porritt, we invested a lot of time and effort into retaining this character and replicating every detail throughout the second storey.”

Judges praised the builder’s ability to seamlessly transition the renovation between old and new.

“This large home has undergone a major makeover, transforming it into one of grandeur. Thoughtful planning, coupled with excellent workmanship, has enabled the builder to produce a high standard finish throughout.

“We congratulate the builder for his contribution and efforts in making this a successful outcome for the home owner and all those involved.”

Mr Parish says winning the award is a valuable accolade for his team, and builds credibility among clients and customers.

Planit Construction has entered two homes in the Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year awards, and will be the first Wellington company to receive a Sapphire Award, presented to entrants who have achieved three regional supreme awards across either renovations or new builds.

Mr Parish has been a Registered Master Builder for nine years, and highly values the opportunity to have the company’s work and staff recognised at the Registered Master Builders Association House of the Year competition.

The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build Services, GIB, Nulook, CARTERS, Plumbing World, Resene and Bunnings Trade.