ON THE LEVEL

Graeme Huguet, owner of My House Design/Build Team keeps the conversation real when discussing the construction phase. Realistic timelines, building permits, inspections, anticipating interruptions – a discussion, on the level.

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SCREW IT!

Building plans. Construction estimates. Material Selection. Trade quotes. Sarah Gallop, Founder of Sarah Gallop Design Inc breaks down the importance of the pre-construction planning stage, so you don’t get screwed down the line!

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Ami McKay Measure Twice Cut Once

FRAMED!

Interior Design choices impact all facets of homebuilding. Ami McKay, Principal Designer at Pure Design, frames her home design journey with wisdom, insight and finding the golden thread. Love the space you live in! Listen now!

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Measure Twice Cut Once JDL Homes

THE HIGH LIFE

What’s a high-performance home, and why does it matter to you? Doug Langford of JDL Homes looks behind the walls, enlightening listeners to the lifestyle benefits, costs and energy savings.

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Nuts & Bolts Podcast

Nuts & Bolts

Pre-design planning. With so many experts available, Joshua Young of Maestro Development unravels the mystery of who you need on your dream team, in particular, the expertise required to build a high-performance home.

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Nailing It Down Podcast

Nailing it Down

Budget. It’s not a scary word if you know how to nail it down the details with your builder in advance. Matt Senf of Sasen Homes offers planning strategies to help you manage your home building budget.

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Building Blocks Podcast

Building Blocks

Like shoring up blocks for a solid foundation, HAVAN Chair, and President of Shakespeare Homes & Renovations Mark Cooper, walks us through finding the right builder for your home building project.

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SAW THE LIGHT

Shedding light on HAVAN, CEO Ron Rapp shares his personal insight on how you can find the resources to build your home right, the first time! You’ll also meet our co-hosts Mike and Jenn!

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Resources to Prepare Businesses for a Second Wave

As more businesses re-open in the fall and cooler temperatures keep people indoors, infectious disease experts warn that Canada will likely see a second wave of COVID-19. This could put additional stress on businesses which were hard hit during the first wave of the pandemic. That’s why it’s critical to prepare now, should new restrictions…

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Jaswinder Signh Parmar AMC Insurance

HAVAN Spotlight: Jaswinder Singh Parmar

We interviewed HAVAN member Jaswinder Singh Parmar of AMC Insurance Services 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…

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Home Renovation Budgets: Reality vs Television

Photo credit: TQ Construction Ltd. Guest Blogger: HAVAN Member Alisa Aragon, Bridgestone Financing Pros Home renovation shows are one of our favorite TV programs to watch. They are entertaining and showcase the latest design trends, but they also tend to lead viewers to believe home renovations are easy and quick. It is important for homeowners…

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Great partnerships start with a simple introduction.

As a proud member of the Homebuilders Association Vancouver, helping you do more business is our business. Find comfort in knowing that American Express® has your back during uncertain times; as we navigate these times together and your cash flow needs evolve, we can provide a payment solution that suits your unique business needs. Whether…

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Diana Dilworth

HAVAN Spotlight: Diana Dilworth

We interviewed the newest member of the HAVAN Team Diana Dilworth, Director of Government Relations 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…

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HAVAN Spotlight: Shannon Cupskey

We interviewed HAVAN Member Shannon Cupskey, Marketing Manager of Armstrong Flooring, 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…

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Kris Alexander Long Life Windows

HAVAN Spotlight: Kris Alexander

We interviewed HAVAN member Kris Alexander of Long Life Windows & Doors, 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…

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Predict the Winners Game Rules and Regulations

Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN) “Predict the Winners” Game. TO ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN: The HAVAN Predict the Winners” Game (“the Game”) begins June 1, 2020. To enter for your chance to win: Follow @HAVANofficial on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, share with your friends, using #HAVANawards, and enter one or all four games. All…

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Win $1,500 Jamie Banfield Design Consultation!

Home Design Consultation. $1,500 Value!   Offered exclusively through the 2020 HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence Predict the Winners Game Review rules and regulations @ www.havan.ca/awards   This offer entitles the winner to a virtual design package for your residential renovation or new build project equalling ten rendered design hours ($1,500.00 value) provided by Jamie Banfield…

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Win $1,500 Vancouver Development Design Consultation!

Home Design Consultation. $1,500 Value!   Offered exclusively through the 2020 HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence Predict the Winners Game Review rules and regulations @ www.havan.ca/awards   Offering a full spectrum of services in residential & commercial, architectural and interior design, new built, renovation, construction management, and real estate investments & acquisitions, this prize entitles the…

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Win $1,500 Llano Developments Design Consultation!

Home Design Consultation. $1,500 Value!   Offered exclusively through the 2020 HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence Predict the Winners Game Review rules and regulations @ www.havan.ca/awards   Offering a full spectrum of services in design, build, and realty services, this offer entitles the winner to eight hours ($1,500.00 value) of consultation services, within the Metro Vancouver…

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Win $1,500 Abstract Home & Renovations Consultation!

Home Design Consultation. $1,500 Value!   Offered exclusively through the 2020 HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence Predict the Winners Game Review rules and regulations @ www.havan.ca/awards   Offer can be used as a credit towards any new build project OR Credit towards designing your Kitchen or Master Bedroom Renovation. The prize value entitles the winner to…

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HAVAN Awards Contest

Win a $1,500 Home Design Consultation!

The doors are swinging wide open to HAVAN’s 2020 Awards for Housing Excellence Gala: Home Edition. To celebrate, HAVAN is offering the chance to win one of four design consultations, each valued at $1,500. Do you like viewing new homes, renovations, and design? You’re going to love playing this game!   PREDICT THE WINNERS GAME…

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Phase 2 Reopening – BCCSA’s Recommended Phased approach

As British Columbia enters Phase 2 of the provincial restart during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are now considering how to manage office-based staff who have been working at home during Phase 1. Including a recommended gradual and staged approach to returning these workers to the office. BCCSA has prepared this document including fillable forms covering:…

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Kyle Darvasi Mira Floors

HAVAN Spotlight: Kyle Darvasi

We interviewed HAVAN member Kyle Darvasi of MIRA Floors & Interiors, 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…

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BCIT Carpentry students receive HAVAN Centra Cares Scholarships

Funds raised from HAVAN’s Fall Classic Golf Tournament, presented by Preston Mobility, with scholarships sponsored in part by Centra Cares. A big Thank you to all HAVAN Hero donors! BCIT Carpentry students Nicholas Fast, Kyle Li, Hairun Huang, and Conor MacPherson are recipients of the 2020 Home Builders Association Vancouver (HAVAN) Scholarship. With physical distancing in place…

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New COVID-resistant coating promotes safer hand washing

HAVAN member, Valley Acrylic Bath, in partnership with the University of Victoria,  is excited to announce it is working on an innovation to fight Covid 19, by creating a new line of antiviral bathroom fixtures, a new made in Canada solution for the industry and the world. A grant awarded to the university this month…

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Best Practices for Operating Safely during COVID-19

May 6, 2020, the Government of BC released BC’s Restart Plan, with timelines on the re-opening of the economy and the repealing of certain COVID-19 restrictions. What the New Normal Means for Employers and Public Institutions The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) identified the risk of transmission at busy workplaces and other institutions as a direct…

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Simone Sunderland GreenSheet

HAVAN Spotlight: Simone Sunderland

We interviewed HAVAN Member Simone Sunderland, President at Green Sheet Construction Data Ltd, 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…

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TORLYS

Shop@Home initiative offers consumers free samples & advice.

TORLYS Introduces “Shop Globally, Buy Locally” Program “Shop@Home” initiative offers consumers free samples & advice from the comforts of home. TORLYS, a global flooring company specializing in beautiful, responsible flooring solutions has launched the “Shop Globally, Buy Locally” program, aimed at offering consumers flooring options from around the world that can be easily purchased locally and…

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Open Sign

Preparing Workplaces with Pending Economic Re-Opening

Surrey Board of Trade Releases Call to Action and Planning Guide to Prepare Workplaces with Pending Economic Re-Opening The Surrey Board of Trade has released a call to action to their 6,000 member contacts and to Surrey’s business community with an Action Guide full of ideas and concepts to consider and implement, as we start…

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HAVAN awards, ovation awards

HAVAN Awards for housing excellence – Finalist showcase 2020

  Photo: Martin Knowles Photo/Media Builder: Novak Contracting & Construction Ltd. Project: Outside In Location: Surrey Project Finalist: Custom Home:$2 million to under $3 million; Best Space: New Construction, Best Special Feature, New or Renovated (2); Best New Kitchen: $50,000-99,999; and Best Master Suite:New or Renovated Open to the stars above, this fully enclosed, two-storey interior courtyard, with automated…

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Kavian Iranzad

HAVAN Spotlight: Kavian Iranzad

We interviewed HAVAN member Kavian Iranzad of Virtual Image & Animation, 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…

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Front Flats Passive House

Global Passive House Happy Hour

  Dear Passive House enthusiast; This is social distancing at its finest! This weekly event enables our Passive House community to come together to continue to share all the great work that we are doing to spread something good in the world. The Global Passive House Happy Hour will happen again this Wednesday May 6 at 4pm Vancouver, with participants joining…

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Bakertilly guide

COVID-19: Making sense of federal resources

During COVID-19, the Federal Government is offering business resources to help keep employees working with the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, and businesses operational with access to credit, deferred tax payments, and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit etc. Some resources preclude others, and not every resource will fit your business model. Understanding the offers, who it…

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Business Continuity Planning & COVID-19

  Federated Insurance is sharing resources to help members during COVID-19, including business continuity planning guides, checklists plus signage to ensure you and your business are protected. In order to develop an appropriate business continuity plan, you’ll need to know the risks your business is facing. You may not be able to prepare for each…

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Bounce Back Surrey

Bounce Back Surrey with Minuteman Press

  Bounce Back Surrey, an initiative created by Minuteman Press, offers two free services to help support neighbouring businesses as we find a way to work together through these unprecedented times. First, Minuteman Press will be distributing a COVID-19 awareness and prevention poster at no charge to any business in their service area. Second, they are…

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BCCSA Sample Sign

BCCSA: Resources & Frequently Asked Q&A During Covid-19

The BC Construction Safety Alliance BCCSA has been developing, posting, and sharing many resources around Construction and COVID-19, such as safety notices, sign downloadables, FAQs, and mental health resources. Check them out below. The BC Construction Safety Alliance is a not-for-profit association that provides services to over 40,000 construction companies employing over 200,000 workers. Resources…

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Beginners Guide to Managing a Remote Team Impact Recruitment

Beginner’s Guide to Managing a Remote Team

Reposted from: by Katie MacAlister | Mar 26, 2020 | Employer Info, General News, Impact Recruitment Updates, Job Seeker Info The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and businesses across the country are responding to changing government policies by sending their employees home to work remotely – many for the first time. As a manager, your team is going to be looking to you…

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ABSTRACT HOMES WORKING THROUGH COVID-19

How Abstract Homes & Renovations is preparing its construction company during Covid-19. As with any safety measures, Abstract Homes & Renovations is reminding its workers how to minimize risk on the job site. FOLLOW THE PROVINCIAL GUIDELINES First and foremost, they are limiting and restricting people working in close proximity to each other, as per…

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Kuhn LLP: How COVID-19 Impacts Construction Contracts

Introduction The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is significantly impacting the construction industry in British Columbia.  But is it enough to legally justify changing or terminating your contractual obligations? Business is becoming more difficult.  Some provinces have shut down all non-essential businesses.  British Columbia may soon follow.  Even if the construction industry is exempt from being shut…

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Trillium Project Shares Covid-19 Operating Procedures

Trillium Projects is a Vancouver based construction and project management company.  Over the past 20-years, they have developed over one billion dollars of real estate ranging from townhomes and condominiums, to senior assisted dwellings and custom homes. In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Trillium Projects has instigated the following site operating procedures during an anticipated…

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ALAIR HOMES Invites Industry into their Weekly All Partner Calls

Feeling overwhelmed and alone? We get together every Wednesday. Join us. Every day in communities all across North America, we help people live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Whether it’s building or renovating someone’s dream home, or bringing a community together, our goal is really quite simple. Help Others. With all the challenges COVID-19…

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Capital Home Energy – Release Covid-19 Work Site Policy

ATTENTION Important information about the site visit: As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, Capital Home Energy is sharing some best practices and our policies for site visits. These policies are put in place to help reduce Coronavirus transmission risks. During these truly unique times, extraordinary measures need to be taken for the health and…

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HAVAN Spotlight: Lucila Diaz

We interviewed HAVAN Member Lucila Diaz, Founder & Creative Director at Harmony Sense 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…

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HAVAN Spotlight: Vanessa Swanson

We interviewed HAVAN Staff Vanessa Swanson, Manager of Online Education & Marketing, 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…

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Zero in on the structure of a new build

There are many considerations when shopping for a new home. HAVAN member Alabaster Homes suggest zeroing in on the structure of the building, before getting carried away with the appliance package or design possibilities. Six recommended indicators to look for when walking through a show home are:   Floors: ensure floors are consistently flat and…

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Sandro Stefanucci

HAVAN Spotlight: Sandro Stefanucci

We interviewed HAVAN member Sandro Stefanucci of Abstract Homes & Renovations Inc., 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…

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Pam Chilton Zimba Design

HAVAN Spotlight: Pam Chilton

We interviewed HAVAN Member Pam Chilton, Zimba Designs, 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 one…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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TWIN LIONS DUSTERS – MOVEMBER CAMPAIGN

At Twin Lions Contracting we love to give back. We can think of no better way than to help to change the face of men’s health. Together we can all do our part to raise awareness. The Movember Foundation is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health, and this Movember I’m joining them.…

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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…

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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…

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Townhomes becoming ‘forever’ homes

Builders are responding to market demand with a variety of housing choices. With affordability an issue, townhomes are no longer viewed as a step to a forever home, but as a permanent home and in many cases, come complete with all the luxuries of a traditional single-family home. Take Zenterra Developments’ award-winning Soho 2 in Surrey.…

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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…

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Ask the ‘Homebuilders Association Vancouver’ Experts

Shopping for appliances Before thinking about style, colours, finishes or appliances, Lucila Diaz, Founder and Creative Director, Harmony Sense Interiors Ltd. says “The first step in creating a great kitchen is to make sure that the functionality for the end-user has been well thought through,” noting “It is important to first consider the task areas, working triangle,…

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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…

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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…

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