Harmony and balance in custom homes

It is a wise decision to source award-winning builders and renovators to help you build your dream home. It is also a good idea to ensure there is harmony between builder and designer. HAVAN members Landa Global Properties, in partnership with Sublime Interior Design Ltd. built and designed the custom home ‘Landa’ – an award…

Kuhn LLP

COUNTING THE DAYS – UNDERSTANDING THE “21 DAY NOTICE” PROCESS UNDER THE BUILDERS LIEN ACT

A builders’ lien can be an effective tool for those in the construction industry, such as contractors, subcontractors, workers, and material suppliers to secure payment. A lien hinders owners from selling their property and can hold up project financing, providing a lien claimant with significant leverage in payment disputes. However, there is a very strict…

Mike Freedman

HAVAN Spotlight: Mike Freedman

We interviewed HAVAN member Mike Freedman of Audio Insider: Your Chief Technology Insider, and asked him a series of questions about himself! He shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and…

Greg Baarts Grenor Homes

HAVAN Spotlight: Greg Baarts

We interviewed HAVAN member Greg Baarts of Grenor Homes, and asked him a series of questions about himself! He shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to help connect with…

HAVAN’s 24th annual Coats for Kids

HAVAN’s 24th annual Coats for Kids campaign, in support of the Lower Mainland and Surrey Christmas Bureaus, two groups whose many initiatives help to provide a brighter winter for low-income families wrapped up on December 6th at Trail Appliances, 3388 Sweden Way, Richmond, from 8:30am to 10:30am. HAVAN member companies provided 72 drop-off locations across 16 Metro Vancouver municipalities for…

Silvie Pantsios

HAVAN Spotlight: Silvie Pantsios

We interviewed HAVAN Member Silvie Pantsios, Designs by KS, and asked her a series of questions about herself! She shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to help connect with…

14 ways to prepare your home for winter

Now that we are into December, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for winter and the freezing weather that comes with the change of season. If you followed our fall-maintenance checklist, you may have already gotten a head start on some of these items, but today we present you with our top-14 things you…

Mark Sakai

HAVAN Spotlight: Mark Sakai

We interviewed HAVAN staff member Mark Sakai, Director of Government Relations, and asked him a series of questions about himself! He shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to help…

Todd Best Best Builders

HAVAN Spotlight: Todd Best

We interviewed HAVAN Member Todd Best, President at Best Builders Ltd, and asked him a series of questions about himself! He shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to help…

Laurel James Novell Design Build

HAVAN Spotlight: Laurel James

We interviewed HAVAN Member Laurel James, Novell Design Build and asked her a series of questions about herself! She shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to help connect with…

Blake Ponuick Preston Mobility

HAVAN Spotlight: Blake Ponuick

We interviewed HAVAN Member Blake Ponuick, COO & CMO at Preston Mobility, and asked him a series of questions about himself! He shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to…

Giovanna Perot Averill Giovanna Averill Interiors Inc.

HAVAN Spotlight: Giovanna Perot-Averill

We interviewed HAVAN Member Giovanna Perot-Averill, Founder & Principal at Giovanna Averill Interiors, and asked her a series of questions about herself! She shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and…

Centra Windows

2019 Centra Cares Home Renovation

Presenting our winners for the 2019 Centra Cares Home Renovation Contest! For a third consecutive year, we will be awarding a deserving family a house full of windows. The past 8 weeks have been an emotional ride and we are so grateful to have stepped foot into many homes and learn about the struggles and…

HAVAN Spotlight: Renée Auer

We sat down with Renée Auer, HAVAN Senior Director, Membership & Sales, and asked her a series of questions about herself! She shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to…

Dawn Sondergaard HAVAN

HAVAN Spotlight: Dawn Sondergaard

We sat down with Dawn Sondergaard, HAVAN Senior Director, Marketing Communications, and asked her a series of questions about herself! She shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to help…

Kuhn LLP

TRUSTEE TROUBLES – A NEWLY DEFINED DUTY TO DISCLOSE LABOUR AND MATERIAL PAYMENT BONDS

The purpose of a labour and material payment bond is to provide a form of security to labour and material suppliers on a construction project by giving them a right to claim against a surety (typically an insurance company) if they are not paid for their work by the bond’s principal (such as a general…

HAVAN Spotlight: Wendy McNeil

We sat down with Wendy McNeil, HAVAN VP Marketing & Education, and asked her a series of questions about herself! She shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to help…

HAVAN Heroes: Easter Seals Fundraiser

HAVAN with the participation of a dedicated and brave group of HAVAN HEROES raised an astounding $22,000 for the benefit of Easter Seals and Children with Disabilities. Our group of 14 HAVAN Heroes dropped over the edge of the 25-story (328 feet) Guinness Tower, 1055 West Hastings Street, and rappelled down to the plaza below. Dressed in…

Flex rooms expand livable space in micro-homes

Micro-homes are a solution for adding housing to existing neighbourhoods to sustain thriving communities. Given the high cost of renting in Vancouver and low interest rates, the micro-home is a housing form worth considering. With a smaller footprint and lower purchasing price, micro-homes are suitable for first-time buyers, young families wanting to get into the…

Ron Rapp HAVAN

HAVAN Spotlight: Ron Rapp

We sat down with Ron Rapp, HAVAN Interim CEO, and asked him a series of questions about himself! He shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight. Members and consumers look to HAVAN for connections in the residential construction industry. HAVAN’s Spotlight features HAVAN staff and members to showcase who we are and to help connect with…

A SPLASH OF STYLE!

HAVAN members Kalu Interiors know how to splash out when it comes to personalizing a home. Working with On Time Construction Ltd. they remodelled a two-bedroom condo into one master suite with striking full-sized spa. Key steps taken to reach the homeowner’s goals include: Replacing the original built-in tub with a free-standing tub, adding a…

STRIKING BALANCE BETWEEN BEAUTY & FUNCTION

Designed for an active family, this 2019 Ovation Award winning kitchen by Bolder Homes Ltd. showcases the outstanding results achieved by working with professionals to properly plan for quality craftsmanship, function, and design excellence. The ten-foot coffered ceiling and bank of eclipse doors gives a sense of spaciousness and invites natural light in, blurring the…

Silver Lining Brings Home the Gold

Every renovation has a story and this one is a winner, with a silver lining. Multi-Ovation Award winning builder Tavan Developments Ltd., builds and renovates dream homes in South Surrey, Shaughnessy, Kitsilano, and South Granville. Specializing in homes that truly fit into their neighbourhoods, not only are they beautiful and functional by today’s standards, but…

REAP the benefits of award-winning living

Constructing homes to meet today’s building standards set by the province and municipalities across BC requires an integrated approach of highly skilled trades, including builders, designers, architects, energy advisors and more. When shopping for a new home, it is important to be aware of the changing industry standards and advancements in building science found behind…

Townhouses: A viable option for everyone

Townhouse living today far surpasses the starter homes of generations gone by. The ‘Shaughnessy Residences’ by Alabaster Homes, nominated as a finalist for five Ovation Awards including – Best New Kitchen: Under $50,000; Best Residential Community: Multi-Family, Best Townhouse/Rowhome Development (Production): 1,500 sq. ft. and over; and Best Interior Design Display Suite: Multi-Family Home – is…

Beautiful kitchens take smart planning

Have you ever wondered what it takes to build an award-winning kitchen? There is no secret recipe. It takes good planning and attention to the construction details, with a keen eye for design. Winning the 2019 Ovation Awards Best New Kitchen: $50,000 – $99,999 for Dazzling Mix in Douglas Park (Vancouver), True Maple Construction Limited, with Beyond…

NATS Nursery Ltd.

NATS Nursery recently supplied the Rotary Interpretive Center at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum on the Fraser Highway in Langley with a “LiveRoof” green roof.  “LiveRoof” is the hybrid modular green roof system, providing a fully rooted and established sedum, native perennials and grasses, living roof that offers a bio-diverse habitat.  The interpretive center and the…

Construction Cares by Naikoon Contracting

Naikoon Contracting’s 2nd annual CONSTRUCTION CARES fundraiser was held on Sunday, June 9th at the Pipe Shop in North Vancouver in support of The MPS II Research Fund. ABOUT CONSTRUCTION CARES Construction Cares is the brainchild of Joe Geluch, President of Naikoon Contracting Ltd. Net funds raised at Construction Cares will go directly to the MPS II…

Tour opens doors to 19 homes

The doors of 19 spectacular Metro Vancouver residences will be open to the public next weekend when Homebuilders Association Vancouver holds its 26th annual Parade of Homes. HAVAN – formerly the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association – is presenting the self-guided tour on June 9 from 10am to 4pm.

 

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Sneak a peek at the Annual HAVAN Parade of Homes

The Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN) is hosting the 26th annual HAVAN Parade of Homes on Sunday, June 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for families to tour 20-plus award-winning homes across Metro Vancouver. A must-see on the parade is a breathtaking home in the 10 Plums development by Wallmark Custom Homes, located on a private cul-de-sac of all new single-family…

Choose a floorplan wisely

Townhomes come in different shapes and sizes. Visualize life in your new home and choose the floorplan that’s right for you. Greatrooms on the main are the norm, however the layout of the floorplan can make a significant difference to your lifestyle. Consider site lines, access points and the functional use of space. Walk from…

Award-winning housing: Choices in gentle densification

A thriving community is one that offers a complete mix of housing to provide for a variety of families and their housing needs. Neighbourhoods that embrace gentle densification versus ‘keeping the status quo’ contribute to an increase in a municipality’s economic base from which local schools, businesses, amenities and services can thrive, and help keep…

The lowdown on the low-rise building

The lowrise apartment, a form of condominium, provides flexibility for different segments of the market, from families starting out, to empty nesters downsizing. Mercy, a four-storey high-end concrete multi-family development comprised of 17 residences and one level of underground parking, has been nominated as a finalist in the 2019 HAVAN Ovation Awards for Best Multi-Family Lowrise Development.…

Caliber Projects Kindergarten Field Trip

Kindergarteners from Irvine Elementary School in Port Coquitlam were led on a tour through a Caliber Projects work site in Willoughby, by Caliber owner Justin Bontkes and project manager Ian Baird. The goal of the tour, explained Caliber’s Jerry Pol, who helped lead the youngsters through the worksite, was “to plant seeds in those young minds…

Display suite inspiration and design

It’s Ovation Awards season, the time of year when the residential construction industry celebrates the best projects HAVAN members have built, renovated, designed and marketed in Metro Vancouver. Showcasing single-room renovations through to new condo developments and custom-built homes, HAVAN Ovation Award builders set the bar high as they go for gold! Working with Landa Global Properties, Sublime Interior…

25th Annual Homebuyer Forum

It’s a great time to buy in the Lower Mainland. For the first time since 2012, Vancouver has become a buyers’ market. Gain expert advice at the upcoming 25th annual Homebuyers Forum on Wednesday, March 6th, at the Hyatt Regency, Vancouver. Featuring Alisa Aragon of Bridgestone Financing Pros offering financial strategies, and Scott Brown, Fifth…

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Homebuyer Forum 2019

Are you wondering how you can afford a home in Metro Vancouver? The 2019 Homebuyer Forum will provide you with strategic tips on how to enter the Metro Vancouver market. Presented by BC Housing, forums feature industry experts in a series of educational panels covering tactical topics such as buying from developers, up and coming…