Sweeping design sails to victory


A Queenstown builder has taken the top gong at the Southern Master Builders House of the Year Awards.

Marty Hulsman, of M & S Construction, picked up the Supreme House Award, for a build on the Frankton Arm.

While it has the “wow” factor, Hulsman was surprised by the win, given the stiff competition.

“It is pretty humbling and an honour to win it, especially in such auspicious company, when you see the other names on the trophy,” he told the Otago Daily Times.

Hulsman was involved in the project from day one and worked with the architect to ensure the design was practical to build.

“I think it was the unique design and position, along with the amount of timberwork and the craftsmanship that went into it.

“It’s not the norm. It makes it stand out above the others just in terms of design and the technical elements in it.”

The house features a curved roof, something Hulsman says was the owner’s idea.

She had been on a camping trip and liked the curved fly roof of her tent, noted it in her diary and asked if this could be created as part of the build.

While he’s chuffed with the result, he stresses the award was recognition of all those involved.

“I am only one cog in the wheel, really. The guys on site were the ones cutting the wood and making sure the nails went in the right spot.

“I just pointed them in the right direction, really. It was very much a team effort.

“But I am very proud of it. It has been a once-in-a-lifetime project. It’s something to stand back and say, ‘I created that’. It has plenty of ‘wow’ factor.”

The house also picked up a gold award and category win for the new home over $2 million award, and the craftsmanship award at the ceremony on Saturday evening in Dunedin.

Judges called it a complicated project completed with total dedication and accuracy from all involved.

“This home is anchored on the side of the hill, held up by retaining walls looking over Frankton Arm. The build was very complex, featuring an intricate multilevel steel structure to support flying curved sail roofs that float out into mid-air.

“With the cedar tongue and groove fixed to the roofs, the use of multi-claddings and a house design with minimal 90-degree corners, attention to accuracy showed in every detail.”

Hulsman now joins other regional winners in a bid to be named a national finalist.

“I’m more than pleased to have my name in the hat but there will be some pretty tough competition up north, where they do things bigger, better and flasher than we do.”

Other Queenstown winners were: Jennian Homes Southland Ltd, winning silver in the new home $300,000-$400,000 category; RAW Building won silver in the new home $500,000-$650,000 category; Landmark Homes Central Otago took bronze in the new home $500,000-$650,000 and silver in the new home $650,000-$1million section ; Trinity QT Construction Ltd (Arrowtown) won gold and category in new home $1million-$2million section; Landmark Homes Central Otago won silver in the builder’s own home award and Stonewood Homes Queenstown Ltd won bronze in show home award.

National category winners and the Registered Master Builders supreme awards for the 2016 House of the Year will be announced in Auckland in November.

Otago Daily Times