Recognising building excellence

The Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition celebrates and acknowledges the achievements of our members. Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards are presented to competition entries throughout New Zealand. These awards are highly prestigious and confirm the Registered Master Builders Association’s commitment to building excellence.


What do the quality marks mean?

The quality marks are only available to award-winning entrants. They are a tangible stamp used to demonstrate the high quality of work.


How many awards are given out?

All entrants have the chance to receive a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. At the same time, if a property does not achieve the minimum of 1500 points then no award will be given.


How does the judging work?

The entries in each category are judged by the same judges across New Zealand. This ensures consistency throughout the country i.e. a Gold Award presented in Queenstown represents the same high standard as a Gold Award presented in Auckland or New Plymouth.

What does a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award mean?

Each entry is judged and marked out of a possible 2,000 points.

Gold is awarded to entrants achieving at least

1,800 points or 90% of the points available.

Silver is awarded to entrants achieving at least

1,650 points or 82.5% of the points available.

Bronze is awarded to entrants achieving at

least 1,500 points or 75% of the points available.

* Information sourced from House of the Year Quality Marks Flyer 2015

Check out two of our listings on the RMB House of the year website

Look at some of our plan designs to get you started

Finesse Residential designs and builds quality homes, taking projects from concept to completion. We also renovate existing homes to the same high standard.

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This major and lengthy addition/renovation project was undertaken by Finesse on behalf of Geoff, one of our Directors. We transformed an old brick farmhouse into a large, modern, open-plan home.

Only the very best Gold Award entry per category wins the Local Category Award. We are proud of this accomplishment andalso very proud of our builders for their extremely high level of craftsmanship.

Not only did we receive a Gold Award and win the Category Award, this project achieved Gold Reserve status and is now being judged for the national competition.

Gold Award 2015

Category | Builders Own Home

Winner 2015

Category | Builders Own Home

Gold Reserve Award 2015

Category | Builders Own Home


Lombardia Way

This was Finesse’s second show home, which generated us a huge amount of work. It was one of the eight houses in the “ "Life at Home Street of Homes.” 

This magnificent home, designed by award-winning 

architect Frans Kamermans, achieved a Gold Award

Gold Award 2013

Category | Show Home


Cosy Place

This was the first Show Home that Finesse built.

We spent a lot of time working on the design and detailing of this home, to showcase our abilities to our clients. 

Our hard work paid off as we were honoured to receive a

Gold Award.

Gold Award 2010

Category | Show Home


Harbourside Drive

We were pleased to receive a Silver Award for this Karaka

home. This single-level home which Finesse designed and built

is currently being enjoyed by its new owner.

Silver Award 2015

Category | New Home $300k - $400k


This major renovation was a pleasure to work on. With

outstanding north-facing sea views, its location was second

to none.

We re-built and doubled the size of the top floor which became

the master suite area. During construction our client decided

that a deck on the roof would enable them to enjoy the sea

views over a glass of wine in the evenings.

We accommodated their wishes, and the finished product was outstanding.

Silver Award 2014

Category | Renovation


We built this new, architecturally designed home for an interior designer. We worked closely with our client to achieve the high level of detail and finishing she wanted.

This is a truly wonderful home.

Silver Award 2012

Category | New Homes


This was a very challenging project for Finesse. We added a

large living area to the rear of the property, which had very limited access. The client's brief was for the new work to match the original character of the 100-year-old home.

We succeeded and had a very happy client.

Silver Award 2010

Category | Renovation


This was a major renovation to a very large, three-storey masonry home. We transformed this 1970’s home into a modern masterpiece.

Silver Award 2010

Category | Renovation

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Finesse build and pre sell approximately 50 new “affordable”

house and land packages in Takanini each year, mainly to

investors and first-home buyers. To achieve an award for one of 50 in a volume building environment was especially satisfying.

Bronze Award 2015

Category | New Home under $300k


This was a major renovation/re-build. In fact, all that remained

of the existing house was the floor and the fireplace.

We re-built the home completely and the result was


Bronze Award 2011

Category | Renovation