Builders nail top awards


Queenstown builders scooped the major awards at the recent Southern Registered Master Builders 2018 House of the Year competition.

AJ Saville Builder won seven awards including the prestigious supreme award and gold & category awards for a ‘new home over $2 million’ at Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort.

It also won the gold & category showhome awards for another Millbrook build.

AJ Saville Builder’s supreme award was the fourth it’s picked up in 15 years – a record for a local builder.

Owner Allister Saville believes his winning difference is “a consistent level of workmanship”.

“We do take a lot of pride and passion in our work and stand behind the quality of the homes we do for years after, not just while we’re building them.”

The supreme award’s for a stunning, 802 square metre Millbrook home which is a collection of building types, functions, claddings and interior finishes around a sunny courtyard.

The $8m build took four years and, Saville says, featured good cooperation between the clients, Christchurch architect Haden Emslie and his own team.

“Everybody involved got treated like kings building for [the clients].”

The judges were most impressed by the immaculate detailing of the curved glass galleries connecting the buildings.

Meanwhile, Saville says his award-winning, energy-efficient showhome is a timeless design epitomising Millbrook’s rural elegance and character.

Trevor Ward Builders, John Gavin Construction and Triple Star Management also won ‘over $2m’ golds.

DCD won the gold & category awards for a ‘new home $1m-$2m’ and Fixation Builders won the ‘new home $700,000-$1m’ gold & category awards.

DCD also picked up another gold in that latter category.

stoked with his $1m-$2m category win for an almost-400sqm Dalefield home he says was a complex build that was made to look simple.

His company, only three years old, is solely focused on building thermally-efficient, airtight homes modelled on the methods used to construct ‘passive’ homes.

His winning Dalefield home, he says, recorded the best airtightness result for a home of its type.

The national House of the Year awards, most likely including Queenstown’s top award-winners, take place November 24.