Inspiration for Your Reno at 2017 Parade of Renovated Homes

Annual showcase of newly renovated homes across Metro area on June 11 offers ideas and advice to home renovators
Joannah Connolly
May 30, 2017

If you’re looking for some inspiration and advice on your own renovation or custom build – or you just love gorgeous houses – check out this year’s Parade of Renovated Homes, presented on Sunday June 11 by the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) and sponsored by Fortis BC.

Highlights of new custom homes featured on the Parade include a Built-Green Platinum, Smart Home- and Energy Star-certified North Vancouver home with separate coach house, and an R2000 green-compliant home in Vancouver with a suite and in-ground parking, featuring spectacular views from its rooftop lounge.

Whole-home renovations on the Parade showcase the transformation of a variety of home types, including the reworking of a 1970s Vancouver Special, the updating of a 1940s Burnaby home into a forward-thinking house, and the perfect modernization of a craftsman-style home in Surrey.

The GVHBA said that the homes offer not just inspiration but also practical advice to would-be renovators and self-builders. According to Bob de Wit, CEO of the GVHBA, where decisions really count, in both savings to the homeowner and longevity to the home, are those made about the building materials, mechanicals and how these relate to the overall design of the home.

“Siding for your home may not seem as exciting as choosing appliances, but if I told you your decision can enhance the overall exterior design, increase the comfort level of living, while reducing operating costs, you might stop and think twice,” said De Wit. “Our participating builders are offering homeowners the rare opportunity to see first-hand what it takes to build above code with award-winning results, many of which may entitle the homeowner to energy-saving rebates too.”

For a glimpse into the tour, check out the images below – and for more information on the Parade, including maps and ticket info, click here.

Shakespeare Homes

Shakespeare Homes and Renovations custom-built “Poetry,” a Built-Green Platinum-certified, 5,200-square-foot house in North Vancouver 


Kerr Elton Home

Kerr Construction kept the original shape (see inset) of this 1940s forward-thinking home in this whole-house renovation project in Burnaby


RJR Aerial View

This RJR-designed three-storey home in Vancouver features a legal suite, in-ground parking and spectacular view from the green roof lounge area


TQ Parade Before and After

Originally just another stucco-and-brick-faced 1970s house (inset), TQ Construction re-invented this Vancouver Special and made it all about the “wow-factor”


Myhouse Surrey Outdoor

In Surrey, Ovation Award-winning My House Design/Build Team created a personal oasis of family-centric design combined with a year-round outdoor living space


Myhouse Surrey Kitchen

My House Design/Build Team took an outdated kitchen (inset) and turned it into part of a beautiful, functional great room in this Surrey home

Joannah Connolly
Joannah Connolly is editorial director of Glacier Real Estate, Glacier Media's real estate division. Joannah writes and curates real estate news for Glacier Media's local newspaper websites, including the Vancouver Courier, North Shore News, Burnaby Now, Tri-City News and others. She also oversees editorial content in Real Estate Weekly Homes, West Coast Condo, Western Investor and Glacier's special real estate publications. A dual Canadian-British citizen, Joannah has 22 years of journalism and editing experience in Vancouver and London, with a background in construction, architecture, healthcare and business media. Joannah has appeared on major local TV outlets as a real estate commentator, has moderated and spoken on various industry panels, and spent two years hosting the Real Estate Therapist radio show on Roundhouse Radio.