Bay builder wins big in awards

Kids standing in a group posing

Calley Homes was the winner of the National Renovation up to $500,000 category for a home in Tauranga.

The judges said the home had undergone a “stunning renovation”.

“From the street, you would not know what lies behind the front fence. The renovation has transformed the home, which is spread over three levels with the ground floor flowing nicely through to the courtyard and pool.

“The seamless integration of inside to outside highlights the amazing addition of the cabana opening out onto the courtyard.” Celebrating building excellence in New Zealand since 1991, the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards celebrates the best homes, renovations, and builders across Aotearoa.

The judges were impressed with the level of quality and innovation from this year’s 347 entrants.

House of the Year judge and architectural designer Faye PearsonGreen said this year judges saw 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 craftsmanship to execute.” Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the awards were announced virtually this year.

This year is the third year more than $150,000 in donations have reached charitable organisations around the country in lieu of Craig’s sending out client gifts, with $30,000 donated locally.

Acorn chief executive Lori Luke said it was a pleasure to work with the Craig’s team and Community Foundations of New Zealand to support organisations “doing such good work in a difficult environment”.

“The local funding is very much appreciated from a corporate partner who gives so much to our region.” The Giving Committee representing the Tauranga-based Craigs employees selected 10 local organisations working for the benefit of those who need a helping hand this year.

That included Big Buddy, BOP Therapy Foundation, Good Neighbour, Graeme Dingle Foundation Western BOP, Awhina House, Live for More, St Peters House, Tauranga Community Foodbank, Takitimu House, and Under the Stars.

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