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Stunning home scoops major award

Kim Stewart Nov 11
Stunning home scoops major award
Clad in cedar and Corten steel, this generous 400sqm home took out a regional win at the East Coast Master Builders House of the Year Ccompetition in the $1.5 – 2m category.

Hawke’s Bay based Jarrod Williams returned from Canada in 2004 and two years later set up his own company in Auckland doing labour-only work, eventually picking up some commercial jobs.

Deciding to shift to Hawke’s Bay he slowly established himself taking on full contract work.

A milestone in the growth of his company occurred when he built a substantial home and from then he’s concentrated more and more on high-end projects.

Today, Jarrod has a team of four, including two apprentices and his week is balanced with working on the tools and pricing and running the business.

“I’m happy with the size of the company but would like to take on one more builder. We tend to have one major new build on the go supplemented with renos and smaller jobs,” Jarrod says.

He describes the area he builds in as flourishing with work and these days most of his major new builds come by word of mouth and through the reputation he has gained.

JPW Builders has recently completed an outstanding home nestled in a precinct of high-end dwellings scattered through a vineyard at Te Awanga.

When the owners Tim and Steph Murphy approached Jarrod to look at the plans he was at that time building a home next door.

The home, located just south of Napier, and called Grape View in the East Coast Master Builders House of the Year competition, took out the regional win in the $1.5 – 2 million category.

“It’s a lovely home, full of wood and with a great design.” Entering through the front door a large main hall way runs through the house.

The 400sqm home has been cleverly positioned on the site to provide dedicated living spaces in tune with the tracking of the sun throughout the year.

A secret pivot door that seamlessly disappears into the timber panelled wall when closed has a winter room on one side and a summer room on the other.

“All the walls are lined in cedar and all the doors pivot so the house has a very dynamic feel to it in terms of how the spaces appear. The doors open themselves once pushed.”In total Jarrod and the team installed 5500 metres of cedar.

He says the build process went very smoothly and the home took just over a year to complete. The home, which is cleverly designed around a central courtyard, is clad in cedar and Corten steel and has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and two living spaces.

A marble splashback and benchtop along with glossy white joinery completes the heart of the home, the kitchen from which an entertaining area, with a built-in fireplace flows.

And to make full use of the stunning views of the vineyard the floor to ceiling windows throughout bring the outside in.

Outside the entertaining continues with a built in fire-place and extensive outdoor seating areas.As the business end of 2019 approaches Jarrod says there is plenty of work ahead.

He has just started construction of a $2m home in Park Hill and just completed a six month renovation.

Ahead also is a substantial expansion of an existing 190sqm home which, when completed will grow in footprint to 500sqm.

“That home will be stunning, constructed of Hinuera Stone and burnt larch with exposed beams throughout. “It will have a real rustic look and feel.,” says Jarrod.

When asked what he most enjoys about the cur-rent situation of his business, Jarrod says the years of hard work have now enabled him to enjoy the moments of freedom that come with steering your own ship.

“I also like these big house projects because of the challenges they present and the feeling of satisfaction you get from creating a lovely home for clients to enjoy for years to come.”

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