Three Calgary companies win top national housing awards

Three Calgary companies win top national housing awards

Douglas Homes, Jayman Built and Ultimate Renovations honoured with overall awards.

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New home builders and renovators, community developers and industry partners from across the country raised a glass to another successful year at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National Awards for Housing Excellence gala held May 10 in Saint John, N.B. None raised them higher than lucky CHBA members from Calgary who dominated the night’s top honours, capturing two of the three major awards.

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In a dead tie, Jayman Built and Douglas Homes were chosen above all other national entries for the distinguished Design Excellence Award with superior cumulative results in the new homes and new homes spaces categories. In 2023, Jayman Calgary won this award in a three-way tie, which included its Edmonton division. Jayman Calgary has now received this national honour three years in a row. The builder also received the nod for Best Attached Low-Rise Home 1,500 to 1,800 square feet for the Brook floor plan in the Streams of Lake Mahogany.

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Locally, the dust hasn’t settled on the seven trophies Jayman received in April at the Building Industry and Land Development Association Calgary Region Awards, which included Builder of the Year, Large Volume Single-Family Home.

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Cambridge, by Douglas Homes, won Best Entry-Level Home at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National Awards for Housing Excellence, presented May 10, 2024, in Saint John, N.B., during the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s Home Building Week in Canada. Photo by Jamie Bezemer /Postmedia

On the national stage, co-winner Douglas Homes scored just as many cumulative points and, in addition, picked up Best Entry-Level Home for its Cambridge model home. This achievement came after great success at the BILDCR Awards with three first place finishes in the Best Single Family Home category.

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Woodbine Elegance, by Ultimate Renovations, won Best Kitchen Renovation under $70,000 at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National Awards for Housing Excellence, presented May 10, 2024, in Saint John, N.B., during the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s Home Building Week in Canada. Photo by Supplied /Postmedia

The Renovation Excellence Award went to veteran award winner Ultimate Renovations with an excellent showing in three of the five categories in which they were finalists. That included Best Kitchen Renovation under $70,000, Best Bathroom Renovation and Best Basement Renovation. Each of these projects also won local BILD Awards in their categories.

The third major award was for Marketing Excellence, presented to Mattamy Homes and Gladstone Media in Toronto.

More than 900 entries in 48 categories were submitted, making 2024 a record-breaking year for entries. Nearly 300 volunteer industry experts nation-wide faced some tough choices as they selected the finalists and winners.

A relatively new Calgary company, Calgreen Homes, won Best Whole Home Renovation in the $500,001 to $800,000 category for a major renovation in Capitol Hill. Owner and architect Nick Han also received a BILDCR Award for this same project.

Alberta in general proved to be a great place to build a new neighbourhood, as the CHBA bestowed Canada’s Best Growing Community and Best New Community Awards upon Dream Unlimited for its Alpine Park development in southwest Calgary and Elan in Beaumont south of Edmonton.

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The Capital Region was well represented with Housing Excellence Awards presented to Jayman, UrbanAge Homes, Vicky’s Homes and Benjamin Matthew Contracting.

Two builders in Southern Alberta represented Lethbridge well, with Stranville Living and CADO Developments taking home national awards.

“These awards truly demonstrate the variety of homes that are built and renovated in Canada each year. Whether for rent or ownership, changing life circumstances or needs, the professionals that build and renovate Canadian homes and communities are creating spaces that people want to call home. We are proud of the accomplishments of this year’s winners and finalists,” said Kevin Lee, CEO of the CHBA.

The CHBA’s national organization is the voice of the residential construction industry in Canada, representing some 8,500 member firms across the country. Its membership spans new home builders, renovators, developers, trade contractors, building material manufacturers and suppliers, lenders, and other professionals in the housing sector.

A full list of winners and the finalists image gallery can be found at chba.ca/housingawards.

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