Master Builders House Of the Year Awards - Alteration Specialists
2015 National Winner


Bye-bye bashful bungalow, hello Hokowhitu heartthrob. With a little slice of paradise in Palmerston North, the owners can now indulge their love of entertaining and outdoor living.

The original 1930s galley kitchen was small and dark, and the home’s cramped living spaces left a lot to be desired. An expansive open-plan family area, including a new, classically styled kitchen, has changed all that. Spacious and super-functional, the central island bench incorporates double sinks, dishwasher, rubbish and vegetable storage, cutlery and crockery storage, and seating for the family of four. Perfect. A large skylight overhead adds to the feeling of spaciousness. The window seat provides old-fashioned charm and a wonderful place to curl up in the sun with a good book, or chat to the cook.

A computer and sewing alcove off the new living area is cleverly concealed behind bi-fold doors. The fully covered alfresco room provides indoor- outdoor flow and an easy-breezy base for gatherings. Summers will never be better – the newly installed pool makes a real splash with kids and adults alike. Bordered by glass balustrades, there’s no barrier to the sense of openness. A poolside lounging area with landscaped gardens creates the feeling of being on holiday every day.

Back inside, top-quality fittings and finishes enhance the modern feel of the home without diminishing its original charm. Everyday chores are made that much more pleasant with the appointment of a new laundry. Here, colourful laminate ties in beautifully with the kitchen and guest toilet. Overall, the humble 40sqm extension has made a big impression on this fantastic four-bedroom home.


The judges were impressed by Alteration Specialists Manawatu’s property, saying it offered hidden complexities for the builder which were executed superbly.

“The integration of the renovation work into the existing structure of this home was carried out to the highest level. Attention to the smallest detail saw the builder achieve fantastic retention of character,” they said.
“A great variety of materials and a well-executed kitchen provided a cohesive interior and exterior connection. Well thought out detailing offered careful alignment of timber through to high quality finishing and paint work – this renovation was a pleasure to judge.”