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Parade of Renovated Homes

In case you missed it, here is a link to the Parade of Renovated Homes article in the Decor and Renovations July issue.  

Green Space 2014 Feature: Alchemy's Fourplex

 Alchemy Construction's four plex project in North Vancouver took home Ovation Awards for energy efficiency, but its high-density approach also created affordable flexibility in the high-priced North Vancouver. READ FULL ARTICLE featured in BIV Green Space 2014.

Georgie Awards® 2014 Call for Entries Entry Submissions

BURNABY, B.C. JULY 9, 2014 – The Georgie Awards®, operated and hosted by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC, are recognized both provincially and nationally as the residential construction industry’s most prestigious awards program. The annual Awards honour outstanding excellence in all areas of building including planning, design and construction, renovation, marketing, innovation, special achievement and more.

Entering the Awards provides a tremendous opportunity to showcase projects, innovative designs and the high standard of quality that conveys a company’s level of commitment and professionalism to customers while gaining valuable exposure.


The Georgie Awards® are open to all members of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC including members from its 10 local affiliated home builder associations located throughout all regions of British Columbia. Members are encouraged to enter regardless of the size of their company or project.

Projects and products built, renovated, developed, created and/or marketed for the period of January 1, 2013 – July 31, 2014 are eligible for entry. Winners will be announced at the 23rd Annual Georgie Awards® Gala on Friday, February 27, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver with more than 500 industry professionals, senior government officials and media in attendance.

Simpler Application and Submission Process

CHBA BC has refined the categories and made some improvements to the process for entering including:

  • A 50% reduction in the requirement for paperwork submission of plans
  • Elimination of the mandatory requirement to enroll in the AVID Ratings system for the Grand Georgie categories with the exception of the Customer Choice Award
  • Integration of the previous sustainable awards programs into the Georgie Awards® by adding three new categories specifically for Built Green® & R-2000 homes.
  • Created a new easy, online registration and submission process

Steps to Enter Review the categories available online, choose the categories that highlight your company’s best projects, and prepare your submissions. Complete the online entry form and pay the entry fees. Submissions will be open until September 30, 2014.

CLICK HERE for the Categories and Criteria |  CLICK HERE for the Online Entry Form

For further information, or if you have any questions, please call 604-432-7112 or e-mail or visit |


GVHBA welcomes these new members

On June 17, 2014, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association welcomed 12 (twelve) new members: Hot Soup Media, Shapiro Hankinson & Knutson Law Corporation, Steelhead Contracting Ltd., Hari Homes Incorporated, PN Construction Consulting, AXIS Real Estate Solutions Inc., GQ Flooring, Green Apple Construction Ltd., DSD Document Systems Direct Ltd., Canplas Industries Ltd., Procasa Developments Ltd. and Staburn Group.

Hot Soup Media
Graphic and Web Design, Marketing.
Referred by:                                   
1) Erynn Johnson, Marcraft Homes Ltd.
2) Lynn Harrison, Harrison Marketing Resources Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Hussein Samnani 
Phone: 604-844-2874
The company is a creative agency that designs websites, marketing materials, and communication pieces.
Shapiro Hankinson & Knutson Law Corporation
Referred by:                                   
1) Chris Gardner, Britco
2) Yvonne D’Arcy, Avant Contractors Inc.
Contact: Ms. Seema Lal
Phone: 604-684-0727; Fax: 604-684-7094
For more than 22 years, the team has provided legal services as it relates to the construction and real estate industries.
Steelhead Contracting Ltd.
Renovator, General Contractor
Referred by:                                   
1) Kevin Belton, Cloverdale Paint Inc.
2) Scott Frampton, Standard Building Supplies
Contact: Ms. May Nembhard
Phone: 604-420-9368, Fax: 604-420-9378
The company provides a wide range of renovation services to residential and strata clients throughout the Lower Mainland.
Hari Homes Incorporated
Builder (1-49 units, single, multi-family), Renovator
Referred by:                                   
1) Yash Nagaraj, The Lighting Warehouse
2) Surb Hyare, Ply Gem
Contact: Mr. Aloke Chowdhury
Phone: 604-593-5568; Fax: 604-539-5569
With years of industry experience, the company builds homes primarily in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey.
PN Construction Consulting
Construction Management, Consulting Services
Referred by:                                   
1) Graham Collins, Kenorah Construction & Design Ltd.
2) Brian Gibson, Proactive Hazmat and Environmental Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Peter Nielsen
Phone: 604-948-2074
The owner brings more than 15 years project management experience with low-rise and high-rise multi-family projects.
AXIS Real Estate Solutions Inc.
Real Estate Sales and Marketing
Referred by:                                   
1) Sanveer Shoker, Sunmark Developments Ltd.
2) Avtar Johl, Platinum Group of Companies
Contact: Mr. Nav Kandola
Phone: 778-574-2869
The company is a marketing and sales team dedicated to promoting and selling the best built residential communities in British Columbia.
GQ Flooring
Flooring (Wood, Carpet, Vinyl)
Referred by:                                   
1) John Alley, Julian Ceramic Tile Inc.
2) Paul Thomson, Ames Tile & Stone Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Enrique Quiroga 
Phone: 604-540-9575; Fax: 604-540-9573
For more than seven years, the company has been providing integrated flooring solutions to the building industry.
Green Apple Construction Ltd.
Referred by:                                   
1) Kim Elliot, Port Coquitlam Building Supplies Ltd.
2) Amir Asghari, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
Contact: Mr. Saeed Amani
Phone: 604-800-1973
The company provides full-service renovation services primarily in Vancouver and on the North Shore.
DSD Document Systems Direct Ltd.
Office Equipment Sales and Services
Referred by:                                   
1) Alisa Aragon, Your Mortgage Solutions Group
2) Colette Justa, Federated Insurance Company
Contact: Mr. Diego Iribar
Phone: 604-204-3202
The company’s principal brings years of experience helping customers manage their business document needs.
Canplas Industries Ltd.
Ventilation Products Supplier
Referred by:                                   
1) Rita Georgeson, Mitten Inc.
2) Nathan Funk, VSA Enterprises Inc.
Contact: Mr. Bill Gay
Phone: 1-800-455-1771 x. 6005; Fax: 604-455-0452
For decades, the company has been a leader of plastic solutions for fluid transport in the field of building materials.
Procasa Developments Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, custom, single family)
Referred by:                                   
1) June Yang, Standard Building Supplies
2) Devin McCann, Weatherguard Gutters Inc.
Contact: Mr. Michael (Chi Tung) Wu
Phone: 604-521-5234
The company builds custom and single family homes primarily in Vancouver, Burnaby and the tri-cities.
Staburn Group
Referred by:                                   
1) Norm Couttie, Adera Development Corporation
2) Robert McArthur, Polygon Homes
Contact: Mr. Stephen Henderson
Phone: 604-521-5234
The company is a long-time developer with its current project Wallace & McDowell under way in North Vancouver.

Westcoast Homes & Designs - Ovation Award Winners

 Best Builders winning home featured on the cover of Westcoast Homes & Design plus coverage of the 2014 Ovation Award winners. Read article here!

Home Decor and Renovations: GVHBA Ovation Awards featuring Shakespeare Homes & Renovations and Alchemy Construction

 A lot of media buzz was received surrounding the GVHBA annual Ovation Awards Finalists. Read coverage of the Ovation Awards finalists and Shakespeare Homes and Renovations as well as Alchemy Construction HERE

GVHBA welcomes these new members

On May 20, 2014, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association welcomed 21 (twenty-one) new members: Morrison Windows Ltd., DVL Homes, Patagonia Solid Wood Corp., EQ3 Ltd., Arcom Design & Construction, BC Eco Paving, ALP’s Mechanical, Helpful Handyman, DEKORA Staging Inc., Exterior Worx, Azuro Concepts Inc., Cantu Bathrooms, CMC Wood Group Ltd., Talius, NRT Development Inc., Pacific Safety Consulting Group Inc., TMT Plumbing & Heating Ltd., Garaventa LiftBC, Mainland Tile & Stone Ltd., Canstone Development Ltd. and Duradek Canada Ltd.

Morrison Windows Ltd.
Windows, Skylights
Referred by:                                   
1) Minder Bhullar, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
2) Sheron Devi, Oasis Windows Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Gurtej Dhillon 
Phone: 604-539-1315; Fax: 604-539-1305
The owners bring more than 10 years experience to a new company that supplies and installs windows, doors and skylights.
DVL Homes
Builder (1-49 units, single family), Developer
Referred by:                                   
1) Minaz Popitia, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
2) Troy Abromaitis, Bucci Developments Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Nick Dosanjh
Phone: 604-603-7422
The company has been building and developing single family homes primarily in Surrey for more than 10 years.
Patagonia Solid Wood Corp.
Wood flooring
Referred by:                                   
1) Enrique Ponce De Leon, NWI Contracting Ltd.
2) Doug Walden, NUCASA – The Finishing Touch
Contact: Mr. Jorge Ravenna 
Phone: 604-935-4665
The company supplies and sells solid wood floors and carpets in the Lower Mainland and BC.
EQ3 Ltd.
Interior Designer and Sales Consultant specializing in modern furniture, lighting, rugs and accessories.
Referred by:                                   
1) Mike Cairns, Modern Classic Building Solutions Inc.
2) Sasha Todorvich, Federated Insurance Company of Canada
Contact: Mr. Navin Ramani 
Years in business: 10
Phone: 604-681-5155; Fax: 604-681-5154
With 12 stores in Canada and the US, EQ3 manufactures and distributes furniture of modern design and functionality.
Arcom Design & Construction
Design, Project management.
Referred by:                                   
1) Aaron Singh, EMCO Corporation
2) Amir Asthari, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
Contact: Mr. Hamdi Homayoon 
Phone: 604-653-9183
The company specializes in the design and project management of custom homes and major renovations.
B.C. Eco Paving
Paving contractor
Referred by:                                   
1) Andrew Orr, Insight Business Development
2) Brad Katronis, My House Design / Build Team Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Bradley Lavigne 
Phone: 604-785-3795
The company uses 100% recycled rubber material to resurface driveways, patios, playgrounds and pool decks.
ALP’s Fireplace Service Inc. dba ALP’s Mechanical  (Previous member)
HVAC, Mechanical contractor
Referred by:                                   
1) Paula Yang, EMCO Corporation
2) Andrew Orr, Insight Business Development
Contact: Mr. AJ Prakash 
Phone: 604-375-4932
Since 2008, the company has been providing full-service HVAC and mechanical services throughout the Lower Mainland.
Helpful Handyman
General Contractor, Renovator
Referred by:                                   
1) Larry Clay, Clay Construction Inc.
2) James Gray, Graytek
Contact: Mr. Bruce Preston 
Phone: 604-882-0442
For more than 8 years, the company has been offering a wide range of renovation services, large and small.
DEKORA Staging Inc.
Home staging
Referred by:                                   
1) Robert Crowe, Robert Crowe PREC (RE/MAX Real Estate Services)
2) Caithlin Scarpelli, Atira Women's Resource Society
Contact: Mr. Michael Nathanson 
Phone: 604-876-4355; Fax: 604-215-3897
The company is a leading home staging décor company providing services to create inviting spaces with broad appeal.
Exterior Worx
Siding / Exterior sub-contractor
Referred by:                                   
1) Robert Capar, maison d’etre design-build inc.
2) Randy Edmunds, R&A Makena Construction Inc.
Contact: Mr. Ryan Soiper 
Phone: 800-475-7018
The company provides siding and exterior finishing services throughout the Lower Mainland.
Azuro Concepts Inc.
Water features, Outdoor living design
Referred by:                                   
1) Paul Clarke, MPB Construction Ltd.
2) Sasha Todorovich, Federated Insurance Company of Canada
Contact: Mr. Byron Wilson 
Phone: 604-649-5888
The company’s owners bring decades of experience building backyard spaces and water features.
Cantu Bathrooms
Bathroom and kitchen products, door hardware
Referred by:                                   
1) Mario Sidler, SIDLER® International
2) Tony Testini, American Standard
3) Tony Liu, COPA Development Corp.
4) Greg Nielsen, G.D. Nielsen Developments Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Bill Sauder 
Phone: 604-688-1252; Fax: 604-688-1232
The company is a distributor and retailer of luxury bathroom and kitchen accessories and products.
CMC Wood Group Ltd.
Hardwood floor supplier
Referred by:                                   
1) Rich Maidment, Kemp Construction Management Ltd.
2) Barb Rush, Wholesale Blind Factory
Contact: Mr. David Sun 
Phone: 604-688-1252; Fax: 604-688-1232
The company is a distributor and manufacturer of hardwood flooring since 2001.
Roll shutters, Screens
Referred by:                                   
1) Ralph Mathiesen, Townline Homes
2) Blair Wilson, G. Wilson Construction Co. Ltd.
Contact: Mr. James Grieve 
Phone: 250-832-7777; Fax: 250-832-8577
For more than 33 years, the company has manufactured roll shutters and retractable screens for installation province wide.
NRT Development Inc.
Builder (1-49 units, single, multi- family), Developer
Referred by:                                   
1) Tracy Wheeler, Powerhouse Tile Ltd.
2) James Li, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
Contact: Mr. Ramin Towfigh
Phone: 604-729-2884
The company had been building and developing single family homes and duplexes, primarily on Vancouver’s west side.
Pacific Safety Consulting Group Inc.
Health and safety consultants
Referred by:                                   
1) Simone Sunderland, Green Sheet Construction Data Ltd.
2) James Johnson, Multivista Construction Documentation Inc.
Contact: Mr. Fernando De Melo 
Phone: 604-278-3512
For more than 8 years, the company has provided hazardous materials consulting and safety training and assessments.
TMT Plumbing & Heating Ltd.
Referred by:                                   
1) Jay Marwaha, Trail Appliances Ltd.
2) Frank Bruni, EMCO Corporation
3) Alisa Aragon, Your Mortgage Solutions Group
Contact: Mr. Ricky Dhadwal 
Phone: 604-726-4545
The company provides full-service plumbing, gas fitting and heating services for new construction and renovations.
Garaventa LiftBC
Elevators, Lift devices
Referred by:                                   
1) Gordon Wilson, G. Wilson Construction Co. Ltd.
2) Greg Nielsen, G.D. Nielsen Developments Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Jason Retallick 
Phone: 604-461-6636; Fax: 604-461-0525
For decades, Garaventa has been designing and manufacturing commercial and residential accessibility lifts and elevators.
Mainland Tile & Stone Ltd.
Tile, Stone distributor and retailer
Referred by:                                   
1) Brad Katronis, My House Design / Build Team Ltd.
2) Alisa Aragon, Your Mortgage Solutions Group
Contact: Mr. Amir Amarhoun 
Phone: 604-451-8453; Fax: 604-451-8423
The company distributes and retails tile and stone flooring products.
Canstone Development Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, single family, custom), General Contractor
Referred by:                                   
1) Enoch Deer, Sen Western Wholesale Lumber Ltd.
2) Ted Wong, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
3) Loy Leland, Loy Leland Architect Inc.
Contact: Ms. Nancy Liao
Phone: 778-888-2451
The owners bring years of experience been building single family and custom homes, primarily on Vancouver’s west side.
Duradek Canada Ltd.
Deck and roof membrane products, Fences, Rails
Referred by:                                   
1) Wayne Didio, Adera Development Corporation
2) Monica Ballard, Shell Busey's Home Improvements
Contact: Mr. Kevin MacMillan 
Phone: 604-591-5594; Fax: 604-591-3100
For decades, the company has distributed and manufactured sheet vinyl for outdoor, maintenance free applications.

Building Smart Webinars - BC Building Code Requirements – Part 3 Energy Efficiency

Building Smart webinars, presented by the Homeowner Protection Office, are live, moderated, interactive online educational 0pportunities for residential construction industry professionals. This particular webinar series explores best practices and Building Code requirements for the design and construction of large residential buildings in British Columbia. Topics will include an overview and compliance of the National Energy Code for Buildings and ASHRAE standards, thermal envelope performance, heating ventilation air conditioning and domestic hot water, energy modelling, and lighting and electrical power. Licensed Residential Builders, contractors, building officials, architects, engineers, trades and others involved in Part 3 construction will learn the latest research and technologies through these practical and informative sessions. Learn more and register to join the sessions online or as part of the studio audience.

Metro Vancouver New Condo Guide: Looking to Sell? How Staging Helps

Read my current article "Looking to sell? How staging helps" featured in the Metro Vancouver New Condo Guide "Tips & tricks."

Metro Vancouver New Condo Guide: Walk the Talk

Here is my recent article "Walk the Talk" in the Metro Vancouver New Condo Guide discussing how walkability affects livability. READ ARTICLE