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Small builder wins big at awards

Tom O'Leary Oct 10
Small builder wins big at awards

Winning gold awards every time the company has entered the Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition demonstrates the fact that S & J Mackay Builders is consistently building homes to a very high standard, says company director Steve Mackay.

The company has entered the prestigious awards six times in total and this year came away with gold, gold reserve, local category winner for new homes $700,000-$1m.

S & J Mackay Builders also took out the lifestyle award and was named the local supreme winner in Wellington/Wairarapa.

“We pride ourselves on our high levels of workmanship on every build,” says Steve.

“We build houses we would be proud to live in ourselves.” Designed by Hunter Architecture, the home at Peka Peka has distinctive architecture and bold use of colour.

The modern 290 square metre home includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, open-plan living, multiple dining spaces, a wine cellar and large entertaining deck.

Large exposed steel frames contain big picture windows with polished concrete floors that not only look stylish but also give passive solar gain.

Steve says that attention to detail and a focus on workmanship were essential to the success of the design. Materials used include precast concrete, board and batten and zinc cladding.

In the 2016 competition the company won a gold reserve, gold and was named local category winner for the new homes $1m-2m in the Wellington/Wairarapa region. It also took out the lifestyle award.

Located on the western slopes of the Waikanae Hills, the home consists of two main forms totalling 365 square metres. Materials and finishes used traditional techniques, says Steve.

Based on the Kapiti Coast, Steve started his company in 2001 and now offers h is clients around three decades of building experience.

Initially starting with just himself on the tools it was not long before he was joined by adult apprentice Kyle Sargent who still works for the company today 12 years later.

Steve’s son Kyle is now completing his apprenticeship with the company giving S & J Mackay Builders a team of three.

Steve says the company’s size is its point of difference and a major factor in its success in the House of the Year competition.

“Being small means I have a lot of control over what we do. It’s about quality not quantity. We focus on a small number of projects each year and concentrate on one at a time meaning our clients get a very personal building experience and our full dedication,” he says.

Steve is still on the tools whenever possible as building is his passion.

He seeks to develop close relationships with his clients as he works alongside them to deliver their dream home.

S & J Mackay Builders undertakes new home builds at all levels – from clients’ own plans or the company can pair someone with the right architect.

The company also works closely with a number of architectural practices tendering for projects.

S & J Mackay Builders also undertakes renovations, alterations and additions as well as smaller jobs such as decks and fences when required.

Small builder wins big at awards

The award winning 290 square metre home at Peka Peka built by S & J Mackay Builders includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, multiple dining spaces, a wine cellar and entertaining deck.

S & J Mackay Builders generally works on the Kapiti Coast up as far as Otaki and down as far as Paekakariki but will go further afield depending on the project.

Workload is currently busy, especially with the new expressway being built. The company is just completing a new home in rural Otaki and an alteration in Paraparaumu.

Forward bookings extend into 2018 and 2019 with clients happy to wait for the company to complete their project. Steve is happy with the size the company is at.

“Winning awards shows that smaller builders can compete with the best. We plan to continue to build award winning homes.”

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