Bricks & Sticks

by Desi Auciello

Desi Auciello is the 2006 GTHBA President, and is also president of Cachet Estate Homes.

Renovation Award Finalists Revealed

Date: March 24, 2006 

While not explicitly implied by our name, the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association represents more than 175 professional renovation contractors operating throughout the Greater Toronto Area (visit renomark.ca for a searchable database by project type/geographic area).

Each year, our renovator members compete for coveted awards in six categories including the prestigious Renovator of the Year. The finalists were recently notified and will now sweat it out until April 7, when the winners will be announced in conjunction with our association's annual Industry Luncheon which kicks off the National Home Show, April 7-16, at the National Trade Centre, Exhibition Place.

A. Lifetime Contractor, PROBUILT by Michael Upshall and Whitehall Homes & Construction Ltd. are finalists for the renovator of the year award. This highly esteemed award goes to the company whose commitment to quality and service helps raise the standard for all renovators and whose conduct improves the public image of renovators in the Greater Toronto Area. The award reflects how well the renovator performs as a professional, meeting the needs and expectations of customers while contributing to the industry.

Finalists in all categories are as follows:

Renovator of the Year:
- A. Lifetime Contractor
- Whitehall Homes & Construction

Custom Home
- Domus Development Corporation
- Queensgate Homes
- Windemere Heights Homes

Renovation $300,000 or more
- Gorman-Mazzon
- Northern Edge Construction Services
- Whitehall Homes & Construction

Renovation $150,000 to $300,000
- Capoferro Design Build Group
- Jackson & Associates Inc.
- Northern Edge Construction Services

Renovation $75,000 to $150,000
- Cochren Homes
- Royal Home Improvements

Renovation under $75,000
- A. Lifetime Contractor
- Canstruct General Contracting and Project Management
- Intrigued by Design

The entries were judged by an eminently qualified panel of five professional renovators from across Ontario who were astonished by the quality of work being done by our contractors here in the GTA. The judges, many of whom have participated in the past, commented that this year's entries are the best they have ever seen, which is a proud reflection not only on our members, but on the sophistication and attraction to quality of the homeowners they are honoured to call clients.

Award winners will be publicized online at www.gthba.ca on April 7.

Destination Renovation

Homeowners will have an opportunity to view all project display boards submitted in the competition at Destination Renovation, presented by the GTHBA, during the 10-day National Home Show, April 7-16, at the National Trade Centre, Exhibition Place. The featured projects run the gamut from exterior renovations to kitchens and baths, to additions and total makeovers.

The 29 display boards feature before and after photos of renovations of all types and budgets, from under $75,000 to over $300,000 (in many cases well over $300,000), plus custom homes. While all the projects are impressive, those over $300,000 will take your breath away -- and so they should considering that's more than most people spend on their home purchase, let alone renovating the home to suit their taste. It's why we call this aspect of the exhibit renovation inspiration.

Another aspect of Destination Renovation is Renovation Conversation, your chance to talk renovation one-on-one with a professional contractor. Throughout the 10-day show, our renovators will be on-hand to discuss your proposed renovation project in a relaxed, no obligation setting. They can help you ballpark the cost of various renovations, keeping in mind that so much depends upon the specifications for finishes and fixtures. They can help you understand what approvals may be required and therefore the timelines involved. They can talk about renovation trends, take a look at your sketches or drawings -- it's whatever you want to make of it and it's free with Show admission. You can even advance book your renovation conversation on line at www.renomark.ca or by calling 416-391-HOME (4663), ext 0.

The third component of Destination Renovation is Renovation Information, free literature on the renovation process including our RenoGuide: Five steps to a successful renovation, our professional contractor listing and a handy publication from RE/MAX on the return on investment of various renovations.

I'll tell you more about the National Home Show in a future column. In the meantime, for further information, visit the Website at www.nationalhomeshow.com.