Rodney Times, 25 June 2015, by Caralise Trayes
Silverdale-based LTD Architectural designers Joseph Long and David Maurice won several regional awards for their work on Omaha and Manly homes.
A small family home with a big design element, a woolshed conversion, a township’s bedraggled iconic pub makeover and a beachside bach renovation have scooped top architectural awards.
The majority of wins at the Auckland and Northland 2015 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards on Friday night went to Rodney designers.
Seven regional awards were presented to the most innovative, creative and aesthetic designs in residential and commercial sectors.
The awards identify standout designs categorised as new homes, interiors, alterations and additions, and industrial design.
This year’s regional winners were Bernie Kose of BK Design, Joseph Long and David Maurice of LTD Architectural, Peter Were of Peter Were Architecture and Interiors, Phil Mason of Phil Mason Consultants and Mark McLeay of Creative Arch.
It’s the second win for Silverdalebased LTD Architectural designer David Maurice who won the national title for a Residential New Home up to 150 square metres last year. This year he won the Residential Interior Award for his work on a bach in Manly and was ‘‘stoked’’ with the result.
“It was a cool project. The owner used to live in the place in his younger years but it was sold and he moved to Queenstown,” Maurice says. “He was looking to move back up to the area and saw the place was on the market again but it was in bad disrepair. The idea was to keep the essence of the older bach but update it. The interior now really suits the owner’s personality and lifestyle.”
Maurice is proud of the award and how the company he co-directs, LTD Architecturals, has grown from a team of two working from a Whangaparaoa garage in 2008, to now eight designers in their own office in Silverdale.
Colleague and co-director Joseph Long also picked up the New Home between 150-300sqm award for his design of an Omaha house.
“I was very excited as it was my first award. I’m wrapped and a little surprised as there was a pretty high standard of work entered,” Long says.
“The homeowner was keen on doing something different, something that would stand out. The main design challenges were in regards to living close to the roadside. Making sure garaging and parking worked out while still maintaining a nice living court at the front and privacy.
“Big kudos to the owner who built it himself.”
Regional winners are now eligible for the national titles announced on October 30.