2021 Master Builder Awards, House Builder award
National winner: Keigar Homes Ltd
Taking great care to use the existing structures as a stylistic template, the team at Keigar Homes Ltd built five new homes that complemented the area’s rural charm.
The single-storey barns feature open vaulted ceilings with king post trusses and gallery landings, while the two-storey barns feature large, glazed frontages. A unique mix of materials including clay tiles, cottage bricks and timber cladding were incorporated and to ensure the properties were sympathetic to the surrounding environment. Dog-tooth corbeled brickwork and feature bricks were also used to create quoins, and each home’s interior was customised by the homeowner, resulting in unique aesthetics.
The land was contaminated so Keigar Homes had to apply remedial methods such as placing a chalk barrier on the ground and covering it with sub and topsoils. The local area also boasts a rich tapestry of thriving wildlife, so to help create an environmentally friendly site, the team installed bird boxes, bat boxes and even a bespoke bat loft.
With construction work taking place opposite an active primary school, great care had to be taken to minimise disruption and ensure the safety of the site. The team worked around the school’s timetable to schedule delivered that avoided clashes, and only carried out noisy and invasive works during the holidays.
The judges recognised Keigar Homes as “a house builder that is unafraid to take on projects in difficult circumstances,” and were impressed by the clever use of materials and detailing to enhance the visual appeal of the new properties.
A wonderful example of how a good quality development can positively contribute towards a local area.”
The 2021 Master Builder awards concluded in September. Could one of your current projects win an award in the next competition? Nominations for the next awards will be opening in Autumn 2022, read more about it on our awards pages or contact [email protected] for more information.