Local builders win big at house of the year awards

Salter Builder’s Hoddy Rd build won the top spot at this year’s local Registered Master Builders 2021 House of the Year competition. Photo: Supplied.

Erin Bradnock

Salter Builders not only scooped the top prize at this year’s Registered Master Builders House of the Year awards, but nabbed a further four wins during Friday’s ceremony.

Salter Builders won the Supreme Award at the Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast Registered Master Builders 2021 House of the Year competition, as well as a gold award for Outdoor Living Excellence, the Resene New Home Over $2 million category and the Hubbers Flooring and Soft Furnishings Interior Design Lifestyle Award.

Registered master builder and licensed building practitioner owner Trevor Salter says he’s “humbled” by the wins and the affectionate commentary from his peers.

“We’re very humbled by the whole thing really, with five awards on the night it’s pretty exciting. It was a special house and a special build.”

Trevor says he knew the house would be special as soon as he saw the design for the Redwood Valley home on Hoddy Rd.

“There are several elements that make this home special, one being it makes the most of its location. Where it’s situated is on top of a hill with an estuary all around it with views three-quarters of the way around the water.”

The judges agree the home has been cleverly designed to maximise the array of views from the mountain ranges to the water. The Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition recognises the very best homes, builders, and craftsmen across New Zealand.

This year the regional competition had over 347 entries across 11 regions.

This is the fourth year Salter Builders have entered the awards and the first supreme win for the team.

Trevor says the breath-taking property is the result of a cohesive and motivated team including Simon Paul from JTB Architects and his foreman Vinny who, Trevor says, was able to get the best work out of everyone.

“This is a really good example of when things are right between the architect, owners and builders and everyone all works really well together."

Other winners from the night include Rodger Kenning Builders, who won the renovation $500,000 to $1 million category for a Motueka home.

Stonewood Homes Nelson won the new home up to $450,000 category for an “exceptionally designed” Richmond home.

Jennian Homes Nelson Bays won the new home $450,000 to $600,00 category while Contemporary Homes won the Altus window systems new home $750,000 - $1 million category and the Plumbing World bathroom excellence award for a Ruby Bay home.

You Build won the Carters new home $1 million - $1.5 million category and a kitchen excellence award for a Kaiteriteri build.

Other winners include Golden Bay Builders for a new home $1.5 million to $2 million category, Pink Batts craftsmanship award for a Pohara home.

Milestone Homes Nelson Bays won the volume/group housing new home up to $450,000 category for a Richmond home. Mike Greer Homes Nelson won the volume/group housing new home $450,000 - $750,0000 category for a Stoke home.

Scott Construction won the master build 10-year guarantee multi-unit category for a set of Richmond apartments and R Fry Builders won the Builders own home category for a Motueka home.