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Major honours for Gisborne home at House of the Year national awards

A Gisborne house has landed one of the major honours at the Registered Master Builders House of the Year national awards.

Building company DStevens' entry, named Fab One, was announced the national category winner for new homes $450,000 to $600,000 in the awards announced online on Friday.

“The hilltop views are a real standout of this well-located and functional home,” judges said.

“It has been built with a 45-square-metre footprint and is two storeys. This layout gave the builder the ability to create a double-height living space, which has resulted in amazing light and great ventilation.

“To ensure a warm and peaceful home, extra high insulation levels have been incorporated into the walls and rafters. The skilfully-fitted vertical weatherboards add real personality to this home.”

Fab One was designed by Wellington architects Bonnifait + Giesen. The 89 sqm, two-bedroom property was built on an elevated site overlooking Gisborne city.

The house was prefabricated/constructed in two 45sqm sections at DStevens workshops, then transported to site by CR Taylor and assembled by DStevens to be finished.

“Congratulations to all the homes that were awarded at the NZ House of the Year,” DStevens managing director Peter Stevens said.

“It is such an honour to showcase our work alongside New Zealand's top residential builds.

“I am so proud of our team at DStevens, the wider project team, our subcontractors and suppliers, and all the mahi that went into creating this beautiful home.

“It is a privilege to represent Gisborne at a national level and we thank our wonderful client for trusting DStevens to bring your vision to life.

“FAB ONE is a great example of what a small house with a modest budget can be. The house is a humble dwelling of simple form, beautiful materials and innovative construction that sits proudly within its natural environment.

“It is very rewarding to see our exceptionally talented team at DStevens be recognised for their extraordinary work. This award is an incredible acknowledgement of all the craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into our projects.

“We have a deep heritage in construction. For over 65 years we have been building beautiful homes and spaces. We don't build in the pursuit of awards but we're proud of what these honours signify — a commitment to built-excellence.”

A COMMITMENT TO BUILT-EXCELLENCE': This Gisborne house on a hilltop in outer Kaiti won the new homes $450,000 to $600,000 national category section at the Registered Master Builders House of the Year national awards held virtually on Friday. The house was built by Gisborne company DStevens. Picture by Russell Kleyn