December 14, 2011

Renovations Showcase Impressive Projects

Nine categories cover every room in the house and every budget

BY LESLIE PETERSON

Renovation – the transforming and reshaping of homes – has been an important component of the Georgie Awards for many years. Nine categories cover everything from projects less than $100,000 to more than $800,000, kitchen makeovers large and small and condominiums. There’s also a catch-all designation to accommodate bathrooms, living areas, master suites and media rooms.

Despite the uncertainty of the HST, the renovation industry in B.C. seems to be healthy, CMHC’s provincial forecast for 2012 approximating this year’s $7.6 billion, about $3.7 billion in the Lower Mainland.

Those who log on to the Georgie Awards website (www.georgieawards.ca) will find a fascinating showcase of imaginatively redesigned finalist projects that open up spaces, bring in light and dramatically improve the quality of life for homeowners.

In West Vancouver, Upward Construction & Renovation’s 1930s Creery home made the finalist list for Best Kitchen Renovation Over $100,000 and Best Renovation Over $800,000. The conversion – which took the home down to the studs — added more than 800 square feet to create an open-concept kitchen and a new master suite with a spacious walk-in closet and ensuite.

Upward maintained the home’s character by building a brick wall in the master bedroom, cladding the exterior in stone, installing wainscotting throughout and by retaining the shape of the barrel-vault windows and front door.

Vancouver’s maison d’etre design-build is a finalist for Best Kitchen Renovation Under $100,000 and for two homes in Best Condo Renovation: All About Storage and Pied-a-Terre. Before-and-after photographs of the kitchen show a dramatic transformation, from cluttered and dated to sleek, modern design.

All About Storage involved moving a bathroom wall to increase space, doubling walk-in closet space and creating a single unit for display, TV, dresser and drawers. In Pied-a-Terre, an additional 400 square feet of deck greatly enhanced the 569-square-foot interior, a colourful, funky place for entertaining or accommodating guests, the focal point a blue translucent boomerang-shaped bar.

In Ritz it up on Richards, finalist for Best Renovation – Any Room, REVISION Custom Home Renovations ripped out a standard shower and replaced it with a wider, floor-to-ceiling glass shower with spa-like features. A unique-shaped vapour-green sink was installed to add a touch of elegance, while an Imperial 600-Air shower head with three spray modes, 12-inch dual rain and triple massage transformed an ordinary ensuite bath into a stimulating wellness shower.

Longtime Georgie Award winner Kenorah Construction & Design is once again a strong contender this year, in three separate renovation categories: Best Residential Renovation Under $100,000 for a great room; Best Kitchen Renovation under $100,000 for a Coquitlam home and Best Kitchen Renovation Over $100,000 for a Burnaby home.

“We’re honoured by the achievement on top of another year of delivering exceptional results to delighted clients,” says Kenorah owner Graham Collins.

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