July, 2017A house renowned in Queenstown as that binocular house with the
large numbers has made a statement of a different kind after winning
a top regional building award.
The three-level duplex in Queenstowns Hallenstein Street looking
down over the town centre, towards Lake Wakatipu and the mountains
beyond won a Gold and Local Category Award in the Multi-Unit New
Home category at the Southern Region Registered Master Builders House
of the Year competition.
The house was constructed by Arrowtown-based Bennie Builders, which
has been building homes in the district for the past seven years.
Bennie Builders features the husband-and-wife team of registered
Master Builder and Level Two licensed building practitioner James
Bennie, and practicing solicitor Mia Bennie.
The architecturally-designed lock up and leave apartments offer those
staying at the property a feeling of sophisticated solitude, even though
they are just a stones throw from the buzzing town centre.
Features in the open plan interior are a delightful surprise, including
tongue and groove ceilings, honed block work and polished concrete
Director James has 17 years experience in the building trade and has
worked on large commercial projects and residential builds in
Queenstown for 13 years.
Director Mia specialises in the companys resource management and
consent processes including procurement on land purchases for spec
James said the award meant a lot for the company as it recognised the
hard work of his team.
Master Builders House of the Year is a longstanding, established and
tough competition, and its also great recognition for the client that
Bennie Builders has delivered an award-winning product, he said.
Its technically a very difficult build made more demanding with the
tight and busy location.
There are many bespoke elements of the steel and timber finishings
which have been handcrafted specially for their spaces.
The building process involved many changes as the property went up.
Our clients wanted to build a property that reflected how they lived.
Our aim was to manage our subcontractors and respond to those
changes and as quickly and effectively as possible to ensure client
desires were met.
Since 2015, the company has received three Master Builders awards.
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