Thanks to professional renovators we can stay in our homes and neighbourhoods, and still get the renewed spaces that accommodate our contemporary lifestyles, writes Dave Wilkes.
Golden Bee Homes received an award for the Best Renovation $75,000 to $150,000 (before picture shown) in BILD’s Renovation and Custom Home Awards, as well as the Renovator of the Year award, which is based on survey results from clients.
Our modern lives are different from the way we lived 20, 10 or even five years ago, and we want our homes and living spaces to reflect that.
Thanks to professional renovators we can stay in our homes and neighbourhoods, and still get the renewed spaces that accommodate our contemporary lifestyles.
I was reminded of this trend when BILD announced the winning projects in our Renovation and Custom Home Awards, which recognize excellence among BILD’s professional renovator members. Each of the “after” photos featured open, light-filled rooms. If you would like to see them all, search #BILDRenoAwards on Instagram.
The professional renovators behind these award-winning projects are GTA-based members of the national RenoMark program, which connects homeowners with contractors who have agreed to abide by a renovation-specific Code of Conduct.
- Bramson Construction, the winner of the award for Best Renovation Under $75,000, removed walls to transform a kitchen, dining and living area into a unified, streamlined space.
- Golden Bee Homes changed a floor plan with a small, enclosed kitchen and dining room into an open family space that takes advantage of natural light from an existing skylight. The company received the award for the Best Renovation $75,000 to $150,000, as well as the Renovator of the Year award, which is based on survey results from clients.
- Urbanline Architecture merging the kitchen and dining room in a dated house and created a space for entertaining guests. Its renovation includes a glazed wall that connects to light and greenery outside. They received the award for Best Renovation $150,000 to $300,000. The company also won for Best Renovation $300,000 to $500,000, for the transformation of a mid-size, three-storey house into flexible, multi-purpose spaces for a growing family.
- Lewitt Construction converted a 1920s house with small, dim spaces into an open home with large windows and high-end finishes such as walnut floors, a steel and glass staircase, and custom millwork. It won the award for Best Renovation $500,000 or more.
- SevernWoods Construction created an architecturally significant home with comfortable living spaces for family life and large events, paying attention to providing ravine views. The company was presented with the award for Best Custom Home.
- W.C. Meek Design and Construction transformed a condo suite by removing interior walls to open up the main living spaces and let in natural light. It also installed low-maintenance flooring for the client’s dogs. The company won the award for Best Condominium Renovation.
If you’ve been inspired to update your home, start by speaking with a RenoMark renovator. You can find one in your area by searching on www.renomark.ca.
Dave Wilkes is President and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), the voice of the homebuilding, land development and professional renovation industry in the GTA. For the latest industry news and new home data, follow BILD on Twitter, @bildgta, or visit www.bildgta.ca.