December 13, 2011

Best Innovative Feature and Best Unique Feature

Winners in innovative and unique feature categories to be announced at gala in February


Focusing on creativity and ingenuity, innovation from its inception has been a popular Georgie Award category, attracting projects as diverse as a car elevator, a rainwater garden and a burn pit. Judges this year decided to split the category into two: Best Innovative Feature and Best Unique Feature.

The four 2011 finalists in the former category show a marvellous breadth, ranging from Naikoon Contracting’s reclaimed lumber in The Watercolour House, Novell’s exterior garden structure and Adera Development’s seven35 — all in North Vancouver – as well as VESTA Properties’ Milner Heights Green Street. Any one of them would be a strong candidate for a win at the Gala Georgie Awards in February.

Finalists for Best Unique Feature this year are represented by two newcomers: Richmond’s HDL Group for Timberframe Terrace (a.k.a. “Man-Cave”) and Dakota Ridge’s The Sweet Spot! Ensuite Shower and Water Feature, an enchanting natural grotto-like sanctuary.

Summerland’s Homescape Building & Design was an obvious choice for its magnificent Holler Wine Cellar, while Marcraft Homes earned two finalist awards in this category for Copper Beach Estates in Coquitlam and The Terraces in Anmore.

On Saltspring Island, B Cubed Construction was asked to build a space large enough to accommodate a boat, RV or classic cars, stylish enough to showcase an eclectic art collection, refined enough to host and welcome guests, and functional enough to support the greater property’s infrastructure requirements.

The handsome 3,500 square-foot Farm Utility Building comprises a spacious carport that doubles as outdoor living/entertaining space in inclement weather, a recycling centre with a compost system and a works yard. Custom Dutch stable doors were handcrafted on-site from locally milled fir with local artisan-forged hardware, while the operation and mechanics of the doors on such a large scale and with such significant weight required careful design, planning and wood selection. A custom gantry/chain lift system hoists objects to the mezzanine level.

Geothermal heating and domestic hot water, Energy Star appliances and low-flow fixtures contributed to the building’s EnerGuide rating of 84.

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