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2019 was another successful year for HAMR Home at the Registered Master Builders House Of The Year Awards.  This year we entered two properties, one in the New Homes $750 thousand to $1 Million Category which was built in the Whitianga Waterways.  The other was our own new family home built on the Beachfront in Whitianga. 


The Waterways home was designed in a "minimalist" white on white style.  The crisp white exterior features four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a separate powder room and a double garage.  Large floor-to-ceiling windows in the open-plan "grand room" give unabstructed views up and down the main canal of the waterways development.  Finished to an extremely high standard, it features a luxurious high-gloss kitchen with quality integrated appliances, Italian stone bathroom basins and solid American Oak Floors. This home received a Gold Award and overall Category Winner in the Auckland, Northland and Coromandel Regions.  It also took out a lifestyle award for Bathroom Excellence over the entire Region and accross all price ranges, which was a great honour.  We made it through to the National Level of the competition, receiving a Gold Reserve Award, meaning it is in the top 100 houses in New Zealand for 2019. 


The New "Home of HAMR+A" stands proud on a large waterfront section with almost 360 degree views.  The upper open-plan living area has four metre high Raking Ceilings, a huge kitchen with honed granite and oak benches, a walk-in pantry, master bedroom with ensuite and a separate powder room.  Large glazed sliders open up to a large beach-facing deck and separate internal deck with electric louvre roof enables outdoor living with shelter from the elements.  The downstairs features a lounge with kitchenette, four bedrooms, three-way bathroom, laundry and garage with toilet.  This home also received a Gold Award in the Northland, Auckland and Coromandel Region so it was a very successful night for us and something we and our team are very proud of. 










In 2018 we entered the "Castle Boatshed" into the Master Builders House of the Year Awards.  This is stage one of a two staged project for one of our local architectural designers "Studio 77".  We were absolutely delighted to receive a Gold Award in the $450,000 to $550,000 New Homes Category.  Designed in the style of a humble boatshed, this home is much more clever than meets the eye at first glance.  The cedar-clad dwelling includes everything you could need for high-end living and entertaining, from summer through to winter.  Designed to pack plenty into a 219 sqm footprint, the 'boatshed' responds well to the needs of its owners and guests.  This expertly executed, cost-conscious build achieved a score of 93% for workmanship. 


NZ Timber Design Awards 2017

We have made it through to the Finals for the NZ Wood Resene Timber Design awards in two categories!  We entered Balsom's House and have made it into the 'Exterior Innovation and Infrastructure' and the 'NZ Speciality Timber' Finals.  We are off to the Award Ceremony on the 9th of March 2017, so we will keep you posted! Click here for more information.



Master Builders House of the Year Awards

House of the Year awards 2016


In 2016 we decided to Enter Two Houses in the Master Builders House of the Year Awards.  The Balsom Residence, Wharekaho and the Taylor Residence on the Whitianga Waterways.  The houses were in different categories but both did exceptionally well.

The Balsom Residence won a gold award in the Auckland Regional Competition.  It was then selected to go through to the National Awards where we won a Gold Reserve Award in the Nulook New Home $650,000 - $1 Million Category.  This was the largest category in the competition and we were thrilled to again be recognized for our attention to detail and craftsmanship. For further information and to see why we did so well click here.

It was a last minute decision to enter the second house in the House of the Year Awards.  This home was the first of our projects using our own HAMR Home Plans.  This Plan was based on our showhome, the New Chum Design with a few changes to put the owners twist on it.  This home was entered into the Placemakers New Home $400,000 - $500,000 Category.  We won a Gold Award for this which we were so excited about.  We wanted to develop our own plans so that we could demonstrate to clients that you can build fantastic houses within a reasonable budget while still maintaining exceptional quality.  This award was further evidence that here at HAMR Home we build your home with the same attention to detail and very high standards of craftsmanship regardless of the budget. Click here to see the results and some stunning photos.






house of the year awards 2014

We completed this New Build Project in Whitianga at the end of 2013.  On 9 August 2014 we attended the Master Builders House of the Year Awards.  We were absolutely delighted to win a Gold Medal in the $600,000 - $1,000,000 New Homes Category for this beautiful home. We then went on to win the  overall Category for the whole Auckland area, which includes Coromandel and Northland.  This house was awarded a Gold Reserve Award which put us into the National Competition, thus placing it in the top 100 Houses in New Zealand.  On 15 November, we won the National House of the Year Awards for the Nulook $600,000 -  $1M Category.  This is an incredible achievement and we are so proud of our staff and our team of subcontractors.  To be judged as the best in New Zealand on our second year of entering the competition for HAMR Home is outstanding.  We strive for this standard of building regardless of the size or budget of our jobs. 




House of the year awards 2013

This Project that was completed in 2012 was entered in to the Master Builders House of the Year Awards for the Auckland Region in 2013.  We were very proud to receive a Gold Award and the Category Winner for the Nulook $600 - $1M New Homes Category.  We were then very excited to be invited to the National Awards, which meant that we were within the top One Hundred Homes in New Zealand.  At the National Master Builders House of the Year Awards we received a Gold Reservie Medal for this home. For further information about The Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards click on the Master Builders Logo above.