NZ’s best built homes and renovations revealed at RMB House of the Year Awards 2020

Triple Star Management Ltd, based in Queenstown, took home the Registered Master Builders House of the Year 2020 Supreme Award for their Southern House.

For three decades, the Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition has recognised the very best homes, builders and craftsmen across New Zealand.

This year marks 30 years of the competition and, in a first for the competition, this year’s awards were announced virtually.

Builders across the country gathered with colleagues, friends and families to watch from the comfort of their own homes, workplaces or at local viewing parties hosted at Master Builders regional branches.

Supreme House of the Year

Triple Star Management Ltd, based in Queenstown, took home the Supreme House of the Year for their Southern House.

The build also received the Resene New Home over $2 million, the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence, and National Kitchen Excellence awards.

Judges were impressed with the powerful presence of this well-built home, carefully positioned to take advantage of the lake and mountain views, growing into its landscape.

“This home is an outstanding example of the builder’s attention to detail. Clever use of natural materials creates an intriguing home that has visual warmth and a harmonious balance. The geometry stirs the imagination with a dramatic use of steeply pitched roofs, sculptured shapes, and five interconnecting pavilions.

“It’s clear that this incredible home has been designed and built to successfully offer comfortable living. The flawless implementation of these details proves this build was no easy feat,” the judges said.

Supreme Renovation of the Year

Taupo-based Haimes Building won Renovation of the Year. They also walked away with the Bunnings Renovation Over $1 million award.

Judges said this renovation, that was two years in the making, was an impressive example of collaboration between the passionate home owners, a clever designer, and a craftsman builder.

“Renovations always present challenges, require great planning, and need a lot of thinking along the way to incorporate the new, maintain the old, and create a seamless result.

“From the Hinuera stone personally laid at the entry, to the endless straightening of the original structure to cope with the unforgiving new light from the atrium windows on the gib board, the workmanship has been executed beautifully.

“This is a wonderful alteration that the owners clearly enjoy, and has been built to stand the test of time.”

Other Awards

An additional 12 category awards, a craftsmanship, a special, and four lifestyle awards were announced at the Virtual National House of the Year Awards Gala on Friday, December 11.

Registered Master Builders chief executive David Kelly says the organisation is proud to have been showcasing the best of New Zealand residential buildings over the past 30 years.

“Master Builders make up some of the best builders in the country, and this competition is an opportunity to recognise their efforts to build quality homes in New Zealand. Each year we reach a new level with innovative designs and excellent craftsmanship.

“Our sector plays a vital role in New Zealand. We are a key contributor to the New Zealand economy, with every $1 million spent on house building supporting $2.6 million across the wider economy.

“But maybe our most important role in the legacy we leave is that we are building the quality homes that Kiwis will live in for generations to come.

“As Master Builders, our focus remains on building quality homes quickly and efficiently across all price brackets. This competition sets the standard of what is possible, and is an inspiration to others across the sector.

“Master Builders congratulates our Supreme Award recipients, Triple Star Management and Haimes Building, and all the 2020 winners.”

The Awards are made possible through the support of Altus Window Systems, Bunnings Trade, CARTERS, APL Window Solutions, Master Build 10-Year Guarantee, Resene, GIB, and Plumbing World.

For more information about the competition, visit