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Geranium Homes' Courts of Canterbury's elegant award-winnning design captivates

Geranium’s Courts of Canterbury’s elegant award-winning design captivates

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Geranium’s Courts of Canterbury’s elegant award-winning design captivates

As Winner of Best New Home Design at the 2020 Durham Region Home Builders’ Association (DRHBA) Awards of Excellence, Geranium invites you to explore Courts of Canterbury in Port Perry, just steps from Lake Scugog.

Collaborating with Jo-Ann Capelaci of Colours & Concepts Interior Design, The Cavendish bungalow model home showcases excellent open-concept and architectural elegance, designed to capture the imagination of right-sizing buyers. At this premier adult-lifestyle community, The Cavendish continues to be the most sought-after home.

A serene and neutral colour palette, combined with shades of white, and grey, with added accents of jewel-tone green and blue, pulls inspiration from the nearby walking trails and lake.

At the heart of The Cavendish is the 2020 DRHBA award-winning gourmet kitchen and combined dining and great room. Soaring cathedral ceilings in the Great Room and dining room provide additional windows and flowing natural light.

The kitchen shines with two-toned cabinetry and quartz stone countertops, a full height pantry, optional wet-bar with decorative glass doors, and upscale stainless-steel appliances.

All the imaginative home designs at Courts of Canterbury have a sumptuous main-floor master retreat with ensuite bathroom. The model home features a second bedroom and a den/office separated by a full bathroom and coat closet.

Purchasers will have a home designed to their personal taste, with the selection of their own finishes and colours. Built to Geranium’s stringent construction practices and enhanced techniques, results in a home built above Ontario’s Building Code.

Courts of Canterbury is a new addition to the adult-lifestyle community, Canterbury Common, minutes to downtown Port Perry, which offers an idyllic lifestyle with incredible amenities and a location convenient to Toronto and cottage country.

Two- and three-bedroom bungalow and bungalow-lofts on 50-ft. lots from $799,900.

GERANIUM

Book your model home appointment (905.982.2649) or tour virtually today.


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DRHBA names winners of 2020 Awards of Excellence

DRHBA names winners of 2020 Awards of Excellence

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DRHBA names winners of 2020 Awards of Excellence

The Durham Region Home Builders’ Association (DRHBA) recently named the winners of the 2020 Awards of Excellence.

These prestigious awards celebrate excellence in new homes, home renovations, innovative technology and construction, outstanding presentation and marketing of projects within Durham Region.

Due to the pandemic, DRHBA took the Awards ceremony online.

This year’s winners include ( full list and video ):

Excellence in Print Ad/Direct Mail Piece
Great Gulf – Whitby Meadows

Excellence in Sales Brochure Design
Great Gulf – Whitby Meadows

Excellence in Interior Decorating – Model Homes/Suite
Brookfield Residential – New Seaton, Dunbarton

Excellence in New Homes Sales Office – Small Volume
Geranium – Courts of Canterbury

Excellence in New Homes Sales Office – Large Volume
Great Gulf – Whitby Meadows

Excellence in Back to Back Townhome
Minto Communities – Windsor Corner, Ivy Ridge

Excellence in Semi-Detached or Townhome under 2,000 sq. ft.
Delpark Homes with credit to Cassidy & Co. Architectural Technologists – Kingsbridge 7

Excellence in Highrise Building Design (7 Storeys and Up)
Tribute Communities – UC Tower

Excellence in Production Built Kitchen Design
Geranium – The Cavendish

Excellence in Single (under 2,000 sq. ft.)
Geranium – The Cavendish

Excellence in Single (2,001-3,000 sq. ft.)
Minto Communities Ontario – Winchester, Ivy Ridge

Excellence in Single (3,001-4,000 sq. ft)
Minto Communities Ontario – Winchester, Ivy Ridge

Excellence in Social Media
FarSight Homes

Excellence in Website Design
Tribute Communities – UC Tower

Supplier of the Year
Reliance Home Comfort

Prestige awards

Corporate Citizenship
Minto Communities Ontario

Community of the Year
Podium Developments – Ironwood in North Oshawa

Builder of the Year – Small Volume
Holland Homes Inc.

Builder of the Year – Large Volume
Great Gulf


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The Power Seat – building industry CEOs call for government change

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The Power Seat – building industry CEOs call for government change

The Power Seat is a new feature series in which we put one pointed question to a select, specific audience.

We asked CEO level executives among the homebuilding community:

“You have been invited to a meeting with representatives of municipal, provincial and federal governments, and it’s your turn to speak. What do you say to them?”

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This year is one of continual growth, which presents the opportunity to respond to the current and future challenges Ontarians face. All levels of government project an increase in Ontario’s population of 2.6 million #homebelievers by 2031. Change is where need meets opportunity.
We need more housing supply and choice across Ontario, and that means housing can be a cornerstone solution to climate change, the employment skills gap and the economy. Instead of viewing growth as a problem, let’s view it as the change opportunity for the type of future, communities and neighbourhoods that Ontarians want to call home.

Joe Vaccaro
CEO, Ontario Home Builders’ Association

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All three levels of government need to work collaboratively, rather than in silos, and with one agenda, rather than competing ones. With a housing affordability and supply problem impacting the GTA, we need solutions-oriented collaboration.
We need to make it simpler to bring new homes to market by streamlining the process, faster to build new homes by reducing approval times, and fairer by making sure fees and taxes are equitable

Dave Wilkes
President and CEO, BILD

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Help us do our job to create new housing. We have a shortage of housing because of the lack of supply. Don’t look at new housing as a golden goose that you can keep laying on more and more municipal charges. Right now, about 24 per cent of the cost of all new housing is going to some level of government in the form of taxes, levies, charges and fees.

Gary Switzer
Chief Executive Officer MOD Developments, Toronto

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The three levels of government, as well as builders and developers, may all have different constituencies, but our objectives are remarkably similar.

Affordable housing works for all of us. Good planning works for all of us. Good design works for all of us. Building Green buildings works for all of us. Governments working together with developers works for all of us and can help facilitate all of this.

At The Rose Corporation, we accomplished exactly this, working with York Region, the Town of Newmarket and the federal government (CMHC). Together, we are now building a sustainable, complete and better overall community for having worked in close consultation with each other.

Daniel Berholz
President, The Rose Corporation

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The largest issue surrounds climate change, GHG emissions and resilience in new housing. Over the next decade, these may be some of the biggest changes our industry will face. Our building code is about to be changed to begin steering the industry towards net-zero homes.

Government needs to support the R&D side of the construction industry so that new and better products can be developed. Net-zero homes are achievable. There are a number of builders that have already constructed a discovery home and are looking at the ability to market this in a production capacity. Although from a technical perspective this is achievable, it will come at a significant cost. Net-zero homes will not be cheap.

The bigger question, then, is, will such initiatives be affordable? This is what governments will have to balance. When they regulate such a high minimum standard, our industry will be forced to meet the requirements. This is where R&D pays back. We need materials and products that are approved and available at the best price points possible to adopt into our building program.

Government should keep a close eye on the timing for mandating high standards of construction, and be mindful that affordability must be a top priority in the implementation.

Johnathan Schickedanz
General Manager, FarSight Homes, President, Durham Region Home Builders’ Association

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Housing affordability is one of the most important issues facing Canadians today. TREB remains diligent, along with other real estate boards and associations across Canada, in urging all levels of government to remove barriers and reduce the cost of homeownership.

With all levels of government in Canada, plus reputable international bodies acknowledging that we have a housing supply problem, and specifically the affordability pressures facing the GTA, it’s imperative for the growth of our city and region that we have flexible housing market policies that will help sustain balanced market conditions over the long term.

The time is now and policymakers need to translate their acknowledgment of supply issues into concrete solutions in 2020 to bring a greater array of ownership and rental housing online. As always, TREB will be there to help policymakers have the right impact on the market and Canadians.

John DiMichele
CEO, Toronto Real Estate Board

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The bottom line is this: Unless we can shorten the time it takes to bring developments through the approval process and to market faster, demand is going to continue to outstrip supply.

There have been some very positive enhancements the provincial government has put through to try and reduce these timeframes, by reducing red tape and other changes, and we’re grateful for that.

But in many cases the Province and the municipalities do not see eye to eye on how policies should be applied, and this constant fighting continuously thwarts the positive efforts and mires the process.

We have to work together – the politicians, building industry and public – to accept growth, have growth pay for growth, and not for unrelated municipal spending as well. We need to plan to have adequate supply of all types of housing, but especially what is missing in our urban areas today – the two- and three-bedroom midrise condos – the “missing middle.”

 cl_feb2020_the_power_seat_bob_finniganBob Finnigan
Principal and COO of Acquisition & Housing, Herity, Toronto

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It’s vital that all three levels of government work together to address the housing affordability issue by increasing the supply of housing to meet demands of growth in the GTA for decades to come.

Sustained infrastructure growth requires multi-level government support partnering with private enterprise to foster innovation in procurement and delivery and that the planning approval process is streamlined to avoid increased costs which impact housing affordability.

The cities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe need to actually adopt and implement provincial policies on development densities near transport nodes. Ultimately, the homeowners carry the burden of the increased costs from a lack of land supply, approval delays and development charge increases.

Niall Collins
President, Great Gulf Residential, Toronto

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Canadian economists and politicians have spent the better part of the last decade sighing with relief and sharing kudos for having skirted the U.S. housing crisis. Meanwhile, north of the border, Canadians are on a rollercoaster ride, as a result of government intervention and other factors. We’ve experienced record-high housing prices, record-low interest rates, economic downturns, and domestic speculators and foreign investors pushing people out of their homes because they can’t afford to live there anymore. We’ve seen housing inventory drop, and new development hindered by red tape and mounting development fees.

We need to keep up with housing demand to maintain sustainable housing values. It’s a complex issue with many moving parts.

To Mayor John Tory: Eliminate the municipal Land Transfer Tax, or at the very least, cap it. With Toronto’s ever-increasing property values, this tax is prohibitive in an already unaffordable market. The prospect of having to pay double LTT is deterring some move-up buyers from listing their homes, further straining the already low housing supply. How do you intend to stimulate housing market activity?

To Premier Doug Ford: Domestic and foreign immigration to Ontario is critical to a healthy economy, but as you work to continue attracting the biggest and best businesses to the province, where will you house the employees and their families? Housing supply is critically low, with developers stuck behind red tape and buried under development fees, preventing them from building the homes Ontarians so desperately need.

To Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: Canada needs a National Housing Strategy that addresses inventory and affordability in our cities. Many Canadians, especially Millennials, new immigrants and those employed in the so-called “gig economy” feel homeownership is becoming less tangible by the day. While politicians of all stripes acknowledge the mounting urgency of affordable housing, few are offering any timely or compelling solutions. Focus on creating supply and affordability in a sustainable way, instead of continuing to support corrective measures that have constrained Canadians from participating in the economically beneficial practice of homeownership.

Christopher Alexander
Executive Vice-President and Regional Director, ReMax of Ontario- Atlantic Canada

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Builder of the Year – Large Volume, Tribute Communities

DRHBA confers 2019 Awards of Excellence

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DRHBA confers 2019 Awards of Excellence

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Builder of the Year – Large Volume, Tribute Communities

The Durham Region Home Builders’ Association (DRHBA) has announced the winners of its 2019 Awards of Excellence.

Tribute Communities was named Builder of the Year – Large Volume, and City Homes took home the top honours as Builder of the Year – Small Volume. Minto Communities’ Ivy Ridge was recognized as Community of the Year.

These prestigious awards celebrate excellence in new homes, home renovations, innovative technology and construction, outstanding presentation and marketing of projects within Durham Region.

“Our Awards of Excellence celebrate the best in the business,” says Jennifer Hurd, DRHBA awards chairperson. “It’s an evening where members of the industry get together to honour our incredible builders, suppliers, manufacturers and professionals in the residential building industry of Durham Region.”

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Builder of the Year – Small Volume, City Homes

This year’s gala event was hosted by Ambrose Price, a Canadian designer and television personality, who hosts the HGTV show The Decorating Adventures of Ambrose Price.

DRHBA Regional Chair John Henry presented the Hall of Fame Award to Peter Abramczuk, of Valiant Property Rentals and City Homes, who was heavily involved with association for many years. Bob Annaert, retired from D.G. Biddle & Associates was given the Hall of Fame Award by DRHBA president Emidio DiPalo, for all of his contributions over the years. MPP Lindsey Park welcomed Ron Robinson, retired from Rob Robinson Construction, into the Hall of Fame, recognizing his achievements in the industry and with the association.

Jennifer Hurd, DRHBA awards chairperson, centre, with the HOMES Publishing team
Jennifer Hurd, DRHBA awards chairperson, centre, with the HOMES Publishing team

This year’s winners include:

Corporate Citizenship

Minto Communities

 

Community of the Year

Minto Communities, Ivy Ridge

 

Green Builder of the Year

Steve Snider Construction

 

Builder of the Year – Small Volume

City Homes

 

Builder of the Year – Large Volume

Tribute Communities

 

Excellence in Print Ad/Direct Mail Piece

Esquire Homes

 

Excellence in Logo Design

Holland Homes

 

Excellence in Digital Marketing

Tribute Communities

 

Excellence in Production Built Home (under 1,600 sq. ft.)

Minto Communities, Ivy Ridge, Victoria End

 

Excellence in Production Built Home (1,600-2,400 sq. ft.)

Holland Homes, 12 Glenview Road

 

Excellence in Production Built Home (2,401-3,400 sq. ft.)

Minto Communities, Ivy Ridge, Welton

 

Excellence in Production Built Home (3,401-4,400 sq. ft.)

Marshall Homes, Flexhouz

 

Excellence in Production Built Kitchen Design

Holland Homes, 85 Townline Road Kitchen

 

Excellence in Production Built Bathroom Design

Trademark Homes, The Queens Ensuite

 

Excellence in Custom Built Home (under 2,500 sq. ft.)

Construct and Conserve Building, Hircock Residence

 

Excellence in Custom Built Home (2,501-3,500 sq. ft.)

Marshall Homes, Modern Cottage in the City

 

Excellence in Custom Built Home (3,501-4,400 sq. ft.)

Holland Homes, 12 Elgin Lane

 

Excellence in Custom Built Home (4,401 sq. ft. and over)

Construct and Conserve Building, Uxbridge Estate

 

Excellence in Custom Built Kitchen Design

DeSousa Homes, Meadow

 

Excellence in Custom Built Bathroom Design

Trademark Homes, The Coppinwood Ensuite

 

Excellence in Interior Decorating – Model Home/Suite

Holland Homes, 85 Townline Road

 

Excellence in New Homes Sales Office – Small Volume

WP Developments, Valleyview Project in Bowmanville

 

Salesperson of the Year

Eileen Brennan, PMA Brethour

 

Outstanding Trade

The Fireside Group

 

Outstanding Supplier or Manufacturer

Rocpal Custom Cabinets

 

Online Excellence

Tribute Communities

 

Excellence in Training and Development

Cassidy & Co. Architectural Technologists

 

Excellence in Social Media

Accubuilt Construction

 

Excellence in Home Renovation/Addition (under $100,000)

Accubuilt Construction, McCrimmon

 

Excellence in Home Renovation/Addition ($100,001-$150,000)

The Reno Twins, Barbados Main Floor

 

Excellence in Home Renovation/Addition ($150,001 and up)

Steve Snider Construction, Lakeview Farm

 

Excellence in Room Renovation

Trademark Homes, The Hampton Family Room Renovation

 

Excellence in Kitchen Renovation

Paradisaic Building Group, Project Croxall

 

Excellence in Bathroom Renovation

Paradisaic Building Group, Whitby Retreat

 

For more information, visit drhba.com.

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HOMES Publishing Group launches new official magazine of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) in association with HOMES Publishing Group (HPG) is proud to announce that, beginning in 2018, Building Excellence is the new and official national magazine of the association.

Reflecting the dynamic energy and innovation that are the hallmarks of CHBA members, Building Excellence will provide wide ranging and timely insight into all aspects of the residential construction business. From new technology and products, to business and financial management, to marketing and sales.

CHBA shares a commitment with HPG to make Building Excellence the must read journal covering the home building, renovation and development industry in Canada.

HOMES Publishing Group is Canada’s leading source of home-related and award-winning magazines, web sites, newsletters and their 33 years of experience working within the industry will help ensure that Building Excellence is the most valued print information resource for CHBA’s members.

HPG also publishes HOMES Magazine, Condo Life, Active Life, RENO & DECOR, Renovation Contractor, and Ontario Design, as well as acting as the publisher of the Building Industry and Land Development’s (BILD) membership guide, the Durham Region Home Builders’ (DRHBA) membership guide and the programs for the National Home Show, GTA Home & Reno Show and the Toronto Fall Home Show. HPG and Renovation Contractor are also producers the annual Renovators’ Roundtable, a three-day trade show.

With a circulation of over 12,000 and anticipated readership of well over 25,000, Building Excellence is the only business magazine distributed to all CHBA member-companies, from Newfoundland to British Columbia.

HPG has exclusive access to the association’s member database, ensuring new members get this great resource as soon as they join.

CHBA is very pleased to be working with experienced and talented staff at HPG in this next generation of the magazine, which is sure to be extremely popular with its members, both in hard copy and online.

CHBA member companies build more than 80 per cent of all new homes in Canada, develop new communities from coast to coast to coast, and represent the professional home renovation industry.

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