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Altus Window Systems New Home $750,000 - $1 million

Altus Window Systems New Home $750,000 - $1 million


National Category Winner
Top 100

Regional Category Winner
Regional Gold


David Gare from ARCbuild was stunned and proud of his team when it was announced they had won the Altus Window Systems New Home $750,000 - $1 million category at the National Awards.   

“Winning the award was such an awesome moment and I was beyond proud of the team, I think there are a lot of things that made this home stand out from the rest. There was so much thought and consideration put into every detail, for example, no skirting boards. It was also special as ARCbuild was the creator of every part of the build from the design  to the concrete, to putting the roof on,” says David.


David and the ARCbuild team were  faced with several challenges throughout the build.

“Both Covid-19 lockdown one and two created a lot of delays and slowed everything down in general. Despite this, the team did a stellar job of bringing the build together.

“Even though the build process was tough at times, for a small company like ARCbuild, this is huge. Our name has  been mentioned in our small town so much and we are getting more and more clients. We have so much pride in what we do and seeing other people enjoy the work is really exciting,” continues David.

Judges comments:

This is a special project for the qualified architect and builder who designed and crafted this property – it is a retirement home for his parents. His mum and dad wanted a single-level house that reflected the Central Otago landscape and was suited to the climate, and that’s exactly what they’ve got with this lovely three-bedroom, three-bathroom home that captures the sun and views to the Pisa and Dunstan ranges. Natural materials feature throughout.

The vaulted open-plan L-shaped living area features extensive glazing, a woodfire and connects to a sheltered courtyard created by a recess in the rectangular 225sqm floorplan. There are places to cosy up, inside and out. Landscaping takes cues from its Central Otago location, and the flair – including a yellow front door – is courtesy of the architect and craftsman behind this labour of love.