Link to the Landscape

National Supreme House of the Year Under $1 million

New Home $500,000 - $750,000

National Supreme House of the Year
National Category Winner
Top 100

Regional Supreme House of the Year
Regional Category Winner
Regional Gold


Hamish O’Carroll, owner of Buildcraft,  was blown away when his team took out the House of the Year National Supreme Under $1 million Award.

“When entering the House of the Year Awards, I thought it would be a great chance to compare the quality of the build and see what we needed to improve on. To then go on and take out a National Supreme Award was a dream come true. 

“The design and how the house functions on a small section really made it a unique building. This is credit to the impressive thinking of the architects at AHHA Studio. The team did an especially great job of the gable roof – this aspect took the build to the next level”, says Hamish. 


The Buildcraft team encountered a few challenges throughout the build process. 

“Lockdowns, material shortages and increasing costs were definitely major challenges during this build. Construction wise, it was reasonably straight forward and a priority for us was maintaining quality throughout every aspect of the build” says Hamish. 

Judges comments:

Built on a small site, the architectural design of this three-bedroom holiday home is most impressive. It is a 168 square metre H-shaped home with two distinctive claddings: vertical cedar weatherboards and vertical corrugated iron – all part of the Kiwi vernacular. 

Soaring roof lines give space and volume to the living areas, while picture windows have been strategically located to give views of the mountains beyond.