Home' Special Publications : House of the Year 2012 Contents As co-ordinator of the Nelson and
Marlborough region Registered Master
Builders House of the Year Awards,
Karen Lane has the rare privilege of
seeing dozens of the combined regions
most outstanding residential properties
in person, alongside photographer
Carly Ave as they photograph the
entries for this publication.
Karen and Carly visited 26 residential
properties across Nelson and
Marlborough with entries ranging from
environmentally-friendly baches to
sustainable family homes.
Now in her 8th year at the helm of
the event, Karen says it is exciting to
have joint Nelson and Marlborough
awards this year. Visiting the nominated
homes is always a highlight of her role
along with meeting the homeowners
and builders who are very proud of
their end result "It s fascinating to see
the diversity of these new buildings,
the craftsmanship involved, and the
emergence of new trends in design,
materials and approaches - especially in
the area of sustainability." She adds that
every year, without fail, the properties
entered have the wow factor .
The number and standard of the award
entries is a commendable feat during
these tough economic times, she says.
"It also says a lot regarding the support
from local Registered Master Builders
and their property owners - as well as
local and national sponsors - in this well-
respected competition. Their support is
integral to making the House of the Year
competition so successful."
President of the Nelson Registered Master Builders Association
Carly Ave has been a
for 10 years, including three
years with the Nelson Mail.
She leads a busy life juggling
photography, teaching in
bilingual education and raising
This is the fifth consecutive
year she s worked on the
Nelson region Registered
Master Builders awards
project. "I always enjoy the
wide variety of residential
and commercial properties
around the region, and the
opportunity to showcase them
through my photography,"
The project is a demanding
one. This year Carly had 26
properties to photograph in
a very limited timeframe, and
had unsettled weather to
contend with too. "It s a great
challenge and it pushes me
to think quickly in order to get
the shot," she says.
2012 heralds the inaugural PlaceMakers
Nelson Marlborough Registered Master
Builders House of the Year Awards.
As host President it is a pleasure
to again be involved in a combined
celebration and recognition of Nelson
and Marlborough members outstanding
efforts. I extend my congratulations to all
entrants, with special accolades to the
award winners; your clients are rightly
proud of their spectacular new homes,
renovations and an increased number of
stunning sustainable projects.
Our members continue to work through
the current economic recession and
record low building consents. It s a
great testament to their professionalism
and exceptional workmanship that our
members are weathering the economic
storm while maintaining excellence that
will stand the test of time.
I extend a big thank you to all the
Registered Master Builders who entered
this year; it s not easy to be judged by
your fellow peers. A big thank you also
goes to our clients for allowing their
homes to be judged, and to the industry
subcontractors, suppliers, architects
and designers who work along side
us. Thanks also to our sponsors who
helped make our awards ceremony and
dinner a wonderful event.
Every year the competition is fierce
and this year is no exception, with
above industry standards being set by
the bronze, silver, gold and category
winners. Our best wishes to those gold
reserve award winners who will go on to
be judged at national level, with results
announced at the gala awards evening
in Auckland in November. We will watch
their progress with our full support and
interest. The best of luck to you all.
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