De Gruchy wins big in House of the Year

WG de Gruchy Construction managing director Willie de Gruchy (left), from Clevedon, with son Jackson and the team. Photo supplied

NZ’S top builds and renovations announced at the Master Builders House of the Year 2021 virtual awards

WG de Gruchy Construction, whose owner is based in Clevedon, has taken home the Supreme Renovation of the Year and Bunnings Renovation Over $1 Million honours at the Master Builders House of the Year 2021 virtual awards.

The judges were impressed with the level of quality and innovation from this year’s 347 entrants. The judges observed several new trends including the comeback of the home office, bathrooms as central space to retreat, and softening colour palettes. Architectural forms and use of complex external materials also impressed the judges.

House of the Year judge and architectural designer Faye Pearson-Green said this year they have seen entrants continue to push the boundaries with their use of external materials, cladding and complex architectural forms.

“This requires more intricate detailing and a high level of craftmanship to execute,” Pearson-Green said.

Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions the awards were announced virtually this year. Master Builders from across the country gathered with colleagues, friends, and families to watch from the comfort of their homes, workplaces and even at local viewing parties.

Clive Barrington Construction took out this year’s Supreme House of the Year and Resene New Home over $2 million award for its home in Christchurch.

Judges were in awe of this home’s unique design and function. “Combining design, functionality and excellent workmanship has resulted in this fantastic home. From the foundations, the precast concrete walls, to the complex roof structure, the accuracy of this build is clear.

The curved plywood ceilings interact flawlessly with the window joinery, and the wall to floor finishes are of the highest standard. This building is inspiring, it features a clever design, meticulous attention to detail and an accurate construction,” the judges said.

WG de Gruchy Construction won the Supreme Renovation of the Year award and the Bunnings Renovation over $1 million category award, for its home in Auckland.

The judges were impressed by the combination of modern and traditional building skills. “The builder showed great expertise by completing an outstanding alteration and creating a fantastic new addition.

There has been a clear attention to detail throughout this project, with most features requiring and demonstrating an exceptional level of workmanship. This project was a tremendous collaboration between the owners, architects, builders and all other trades.

Completed with great passion, this home is an outstanding result,” say House of the Year judges.