2016 GVHBA Ovation Awards: Recognizing Innovation and Creativity in Development

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Spectacular sold-out gala event celebrates diverse and imaginative achievements in residential development in the Lower Mainland

It was another sold-out celebration at the seventh annual Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association’s Ovation Awards. On Saturday, April 23, 350 builders, renovators, designers and suppliers gathered at the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel to honour the best of Metro Vancouver’s trendsetting housing industry.

Projects ranged from über-modern to classical tradition, but the underlying theme was consistent – creativity in a demanding marketplace.

The Big Winners

Top winner of the night was Naikoon Contracting Ltd who continued their winning streak from the Georgies a month earlier by snagging six of the 45 awards including Custom Home Builder of the Year, Residential Renovator of the Year (Large Volume) and the prized award for Excellence in Innovation and Sustainability.

Joe Geluch, president of Naikoon Contracting, told REW.ca, "We are just so proud of our team at Naikoon for continually producing top notch products for our clients. It's always great to be recognized and the Ovation Awards bring out the best builders in the Greater Vancouver area. We are dedicated to building heathy, energy-efficient homes and our continued success can be directly attributed to our team's passion and innovation."

Three of Adera Development Corporation’s multi-family developments – Breeze, Sail and The Shore which won in the Excellence in Building Science in Residential Construction category – helped the company garner another Multi-Family Home Builder of the Year Award bringing their total count for the evening to an impressive four.

My House Design/Build Team once again came on strong, also striking gold in four categories – all for their often outside-the-box renovations – including an intriguing staircase in Hillside Splendor that got the nod as Best Renovated Room.

Taking home three golds at this year’s Ovations, Tavan Developments is clearly an ongoing force to be reckoned with. Best known for their high-end, exclusive custom homes, Tavan’s ability to blend modern aesthetics with Old World warmth and charm wowed the judges in three categories including Best Custom Home in both the $750,000 to under $1.5 million and $1.5 to under $3 million categories.

Single-family Home Builder of the Year went to Portrait Homes’ for Nelson Peak, the newest phase of their much-honoured Silver Ridge master planned community in Maple Ridge – one of two gold Ovations that went home with the Richmond-based builder.

Newcomers Making Waves

There were plenty of newcomers who proved that it’s quality and vision that win Ovation Awards. JDL Homes garnered the BC Housing Award for Excellence in Creating Innovative Housing Choices with Cypress Mews that transformed a single-family lot in Kitsilano into four urban-savvy, infill residences.

Carol Faan Interiors dazzled judges with a Shaughnessy manor designed with marble inlays, lavish use of crystal accents and even a few secret rooms to create a family home that seamlessly blends high-profile business entertaining with a warm, family-oriented lifestyle. The company took home the Best Interior Design Custom Living Space award.

In Langley, Jaheny Custom Builders drew gasps of astonishment in the Best Outdoor Living Space category for Tuscan Reflections, which included an outdoor dining room, amphitheatre with full acoustic system, infinity swimming pool and two-acre man-made trout lake.

The public spoke when it came to the People’s Choice Award, which was run by media sponsors Glacier Media Group/REW.ca in an online voting contest. The prize went to another first-time entrant, Afdon Contracting Ltd. for Alpine Kitchen in North Vancouver – a white-on-white confection of urban sophistication that integrates indoor and outdoor spaces with crisp, minimalist design.

“Vancouver’s diverse culture, unique geography and growing demand for real estate are factors shaping our neighbourhoods and housingchoices,” said Bob de Wit, CEO, during the opening ceremony.

“The housing supply being built in Vancouver is as diverse as our local culture. Issues around affordability and densification are actually great drivers for builders, developers and renovators to look at new ideas and push the building envelope with leading-edge solutions.”

For a look at all the GVHBA 2016 Ovation Award, winners visit ovationawards.ca.


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