RECOGNITION- This year’s 2012 Awards of Excellence in Housing were given out at a special event held at the Sheraton in Red Deer.

Home builders recognized with awards

A record number of submissions were received for the 2012 Awards of Excellence in Housing. The Canadian Home Builders Association of Central Alberta (CHBA-CA) presented the awards on May 5 with more than 550 people in attendance.

Some of the top awards include the Builder of the Year – large volume, which went to Mason Martin Homes and the Builder of the Year – small volume, which was awarded to Bowood Homes. Homestead Custom Carpentry was also awarded Renovator of the Year.

To win these titles entrants were awarded points for housing and/or renovation projects. This was also combined with results from homeowner and trade partner surveys. Categories in which entrants could win include single-family, multi-family, renovation, excellence in interior design, safety leadership, partner and best of the year.

The CHBA-CA is acknowledged as being the voice of the residential home building industry and has a national body representing more than 8,000 member companies across Canada. The Awards of Excellence in Housing represent the successes of the members of the CHBA-CA.

This year saw 135 submissions which was a record breaking number. Seventeen builder members entered submissions with a total of 20 participating members in all categories except the partner awards.

In the single-family home category True-Line Homes and Falcon Homes each took two awards while Laebon, Larkaun and Platinum Homes each also took one.

In order to provide awards on a more level playing field, each category is broken down into price ranges to keep entries fair. For the single-family home estate awards, Bowood Homes took both awards.

Awards were also presented for multi-family homes including apartment style under $199,999, town house/duplex style under $199,999 and town house/duplex style over $200,000. These awards were taken home by Sorento Custom Homes Ltd., Abbey Master Builder and Colbray Homes respectively.

The Safety Leadership Award went to Laebon Homes and the interior design awards went to Gina Pardy as interior designer, John Christie as architectural designer and Falcon Homes as builder. Homestead Custom Carpentry took both awards for renovation.

President’s awards were also handed out at the event including Rookie of the Year to Kevin Wilkie at True-Line Homes, Member of the Year to Lisa Buckingham at Trail Appliances and the Gus Bakke Memorial Award to Laurie Chapman at Servus Credit Union.

The awards are presented annually. For more information visit

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