Calgary-area companies honoured at Canadian housing awards

CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence recognizes top builders, developers and renovators

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Alberta members of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association triumphed at the 2021 National Awards for Housing Excellence held on May 7, winning three times more trophies than they did in 2020.

The awards recognize Canada’s best in home building, design, renovation, marketing and community development. Last year, Alberta won five awards out of 50 nominations and despite an unpredictable year, took that number to 15 out of 70 nominations. Nine awards went to Calgary and area and six went to Edmonton.

CHBA CEO Kevin Lee, who co-hosted the two-hour online ceremony with incoming president, Larry Clay, said that once again Albertans had a huge presence.

“Even in a challenging year, Alberta builders, developers and renovators continued to work safely to renovate to suit changing needs and to build the homes and communities people want to live in,” he said.

Provincially, Brookfield Residential had 12 nominations. In Calgary, the builder division won for Best Production Kitchen 175 square feet and Over, for the Lucca in Cranston’s Riverstone, a home that was also nominated for a Building Industry Land Development, Calgary Region (BILD-CR) award earlier in May.

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“We are honoured to be the recipient of this award. Brookfield Residential is committed to continually innovating and improving our home designs to bring smart, efficient and appealing plans to our customers,” says marketing manager Justin Castelino.

Regional builder Douglas Homes had three nominations in the Best Entry-Level Home Affordability category, taking one for the Glasgow, a home that was also a runner-up in the BILD Calgary Region awards.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be recognized with an award at the national level for the first time in 20 years. It is a testament to the hard work of our team through the most challenging year ever and we could not be more proud,” said Douglas marketing manager Shanda Grohn.

Trico Homes’ The Wynwood, a 2,265-square-foot Craftsman-style bungalow was awarded Best Detached Production Bungalow.

“Our team was thrilled to learn the Wynwood was given this award,” said Wanda Palmer, Trico vice-president of marketing. “We created this home to meet the needs of a very specific buyer group and it has quickly become a favourite for many others.”

For the second year, Deanmark Developments won Best Detached Production Home 1,800 to 2,100 square feet.  This year’s home, Tristan House, was created by the builder’s lead designer who holds a PhD in behavioural psychology, said director Mark Bajramovic.

“The very core of our floor plans is rooted in the understanding of how people act as individuals and how they interact with others within their home environment. Essentially, we design homes that bring out the best in individuals and their relationships with others,” he said.

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Calgary’s Ultimate Renovations captured three of their seven nominations, receiving accolades for Best Kitchen Renovation under $70,000, Best Renovated Space, Best Exterior Renovation and Best Renovated Space.

“After winning Calgary’s Renovator of the Year earlier this month, it’s exciting to also be honoured at the National level with three awards for three separate projects,” said president Danny Ritchie.

Reborn Renovations of Calgary had three nominations and won its first National Award for Best Bathroom Renovation.

“We’ve been finalists before but have never won. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride,” said Reborn co-owner Danielle Mathews.

The bathroom was enlarged and completely tiled from floor to ceiling. It had “high transformational value” she said, with nothing of the original footprint remaining.

Best Whole Home Renovation $400,001 to $600,000 went to Creek Stone Fine Homes of Okotoks. It’s also the first National CHBA Award for owner Scott Lawrie and his team for their restoration of an older home.

“We just didn’t knock this house down. We wanted to bring it up to well above today’s standards and to also be recognized for an award — that’s just mind-blowing,” said Lawrie.

Edmonton won both of the Community Development Awards. The Village at Griesbach, by Canada Lands Co., was named Best New Community and Chappelle Gardens, by Brookfield Residential, had the nod for Best Growing Community.

The other four Edmonton awards were presented to Accent Infills, North Pointe Homes, Vicky’s Homes and Brookfield Residential.

All winners are listed at chba.ca.

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