Finely detailed build: John Garlick Builders

An amazing Avonside build has added to its accolades by being in the Top 100 homes in the Registered Master Builders 2022 House of the Year Awards.

The house, constructed by John Garlick Builders, was also judged Overall Winner and won gold status, in the Canterbury Regional category for the $2m to $4m new homes.

The brief was for an eco and sustainable home with efficient functioning. Thermally broken windows, and double walls provided extra sound and temperature insulation.

The tight, narrow section for the 282sqm South Architects design meant the majority of work was onsite. The cedar-framed natural and white-painted exterior and Gaboon plywood interior required forward planning to implement the customised detailing.

Constructed onsite were the main sectioned window, sweeping hand-constructed cedar gable, and hand-cut Cedar fins providing structure, aesthetics and privacy.

Director Kade Atkinson project-managed alongside the company’s original founder.

“It was John’s very last house – and he placed a meticulous eye over it,” says Kade.

“It’s unique – a handcrafted masterpiece by craftsman tradesmen. Their attention to detail pulled off the intricate and technically complex geometric elements.”

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