Craftmanship wows award judges
Tucked away in Taumarunui is one of New Zealand’s top building companies.
Sloan Annand Builders took out a raft of awards at the 2016 House of the Year competition for a $1m plus home in Taumarunui that displayed incredibly high levels of craftsmanship.
“It’s about being passionate about what you do and taking pride in the finished product. There are no short cuts,” says Sloan.
Although his achievements were outstanding for a builder from a small town he says that probably not many people locally are aware of what the accomplishments mean. But word is spreading.
He has fielded enquiries from as far afield as Hamilton and Whangamata. The four-bedroom home that won the award comprises 388 square metres.
With a wine cellar and library, the high levels of craftsmanship are immediately apparent in the native timber ceilings that flow from hallway to stairwell to library to kitchen.
Sloan says all the boards had to line up through a continuous line through the various rooms, including curving at one point.
They were secret nailed and ship lapped.
The home also includes feature stone details, using local river stones, and native timber sourced from the client’s farm.
The first level is another area where craftsmanship is evident. Due to the site situation it was excavated into the side of the hill.
The first floor had to be boxed and formed in-situ.
It’s no surprise that the project took out the gold and craftsmanship awards as well as being named local category and local supreme House of the Year winner subsequently achieving gold reserve at the national award level.
“We put a lot of effort into this home and what the team achieved was really high end.
I had a lot of older builders come up to me at the awards and tell me winning the craftsmanship award would be the pinnacle of my career,” says Sloan, who also took out regional and national gold awards in the 2014 House of the Year competition.
Sloan was born and bred in Taumarunui and completed his apprenticeship there.
He worked for another building company for ten years before starting Sloan Annand Builders in 2003.
The company employs a team of two full time builders, one of which had worked for the company for over a decade.
Sloan Annand Builders undertakes new home builds, renovations and smaller projects.
In fact the company’s skilled team can virtually tackle any building project a client requires, says Sloan.
A sample of past projects the company has completed includes architecturally designed bespoke homes, an extensive renovation to a 100 year old farm house and a small scale olive processing workshop, making it apparent that there is indeed nothing the team cannot take on.
Sloan Annand Builders can complete the whole job from start to finish.
It has even just completed landscaping work and paving around a swimming pool.
This one stop shop makes it convenient and stress free for clients, says Sloan.
The company has just finished a project in Omori, which saw it build a second storey underneath a house, enhancing an existing property and adding a kwila deck to the first storey to maximise the views.
At present Sloan Annand Builders is working on renovating a house for wheelchair access including level entry showers, widening doorways and building ramps.
“Our company is customer focused and we go the extra mile for the client.”