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A r c h ite c t u r a l D e s i g n Honouring outstanding achievement in new home and condominium design

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H o m e R e n ovati o n Some renos change the view; the great ones change lives

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Ro o m D e s i g n Kitchen and bathroom layouts that will take your breath away

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P roj e c t I m ag e & A dv e r ti s i n g Marketing campaigns that plant the seed and inspire

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O n s ite Sa le s p r e s e ntati o n Seeing is believing for prospective buyers

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Cau g ht o n Ca m e r a Good times and great shots from this year’s annual conference and awards

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p r e s ti g e & OH BA A SSOCI ATION awa r ds Tridel repeats for top honour, Doug Tarry and Spallacci earn best project acclaim, Deveaux named Member of the Year as OHBA celebrates the best of the best

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O n e Vo i c e Honouring great people and projects while inspiring our future

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Wo r ds to b u i ld by Mark Basciano, President, Mountainview Homes

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One Voice

Saluting Our Stars OHBA’s best and brightest take centre stage at our 2017 conference By J o e Vacc a r o

we squeezed in a couple of additional tables, and added extra seating to others at the last minute in an effort to accommodate an enthusiastic, sold-out crowd at this year’s Awards of Distinction (AoD) gala. The buzz in the room was electrifying as an appreciative audience awaited announcements on who would take home a coveted award. Whether you were able to attend the finale event at OHBA’s Annual Conference in Niagara Falls or not, this issue of Ontario Home Builder magazine showcases not just the AoD awards, but many of the activities, speakers and programs at the 2017 conference held in September at the elegant Fallsview Casino Resort. As OHBA’s 39-category AoD is a provincial program, it was gratifying to see so many finalists and winners from all corners of Ontario. In fact, the new home or renovated projects featured in this issue hail from 31 communities from across the province. From Windsor to Ottawa, Bracebridge to Toronto, they ohba.ca

the new home or renovated projects featured in this issue hail from 31 communities. are a testament to the creativity, talent, drive and innovation among Ontario’s new home builders, professional renovators, architects, designers, marketers and their outstanding teams. Our hope is that members across the province will be inspired by these winning entries and encouraged to enter the awards program next year. Our industry builds great communities in Ontario and it is wonderful to feature many of them in our annual awards issue. OHBA’s conference also provides an opportunity to honour and recognize our association members, volunteers

and local associations who passionately support the work of our organization. Determining who will be honoured is not an easy task because, thankfully, OHBA is fortunate to have so many members who are committed to their craft, communities and provincial association. You can read all about the accomplishments and contributions from our 2017 association award winners beginning on page 11. But the OHBA conference is not just about handing out award hardware to worthy recipients; it’s also about charting an effective, productive course for the association in the coming year. In that regard, we will be well-served by the stellar group of volunteers from across the province who will serve on OHBA’s newly elected Executive Committee. Led by Ottawa’s Pierre Dufresne as President, we also welcome 1st Vice-President Rick Martins (Brantford), 2nd VPs Bob Shickedanz (Simcoe County) and Louie Zagordo (Sudbury & District), Treasurer Alexander Callahan (BILD and 10 other locals), Secretary Jackie Caille (Chatham-Kent and 16 other locals), Immediate Past President Neil Rodgers (BILD and Durham Region) and President Appointees Michael Pozzebon (BILD), Jamie Adam (Waterloo Region)and Peter DeBiasio (BILD). The Executive Committee, OHBA’s Board of Directors and our committees have many challenges and opportunities to explore in the coming year and are counting on the support and participation from our local associations and members to ensure the industry and our associations enjoy success. Speaking of success, our 2017 Conference hit the jackpot on so many fronts. And we couldn’t have done it without the sustained support of our generous sponsors and our hosts, the Niagara Home Builders’ Association. Thank you! OHB

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2017

Awards of distinc tion

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“People work for money but go the extra mile for recognition, praise and rewards.” —Dale Carnegie, Leadership Training Guru Everybody likes to win. Whether it’s motivated by a competitive spirit, a need for self-affirmation or a confirmation that your company is marching down the right path, it feels good to hear your name called during the Ontario Home Builders’ Association’s annual Awards of Distinction dinner. After the few minutes of euphoria subside and the photographs have been snapped, however, there’s time to reflect on the team effort that helped you earn that prestigious honour. And time to take pride. For that handsome glass trophy staring back at you is not simply another industry acknowledgment, but an identification of something extraordinary you’ve accomplished in the past year, be it anything from a marketing campaign for a low-rise condominium, to a bathroom reno, to the overall impact of a 6,000 SF custom residence. Knowing that your industry is watching and that there are potential accolades up for grabs at the end of the day, you can’t help but think about all those factors that helped sway a panel of learned judges who distinguished your project from those of your fellow OHBA members. Perhaps it was the exemplary workmanship of your trades, your own expertise or all those extra hours spent at the office, on the phone and on your home computer. Maybe it was the value of the talented employees who work alongside you, or your

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flexibility in accommodating the client’s wishes in some unique and innovative fashion. Likely, it was a combination of many of the above. And there’s nothing like a little competition to draw that out. Friendly rivalry is healthy, after all. It inspires us to be better than one another, to innovate, to spend a little extra time with everything we do. And the end product is always a good thing—not just for your company, but for the consumer and the industry. It gives OHBA a chance to trumpet its star members to the rest of the world. It provides ideas for other members to build upon, and a measuring stick for the competition to gauge themselves against. And there is no shortage of that competition, with OHBA representing more than 4,000 member companies organized through 29 local associations. Together they leave a massive imprint on Ontario every year, with the industry estimated to have injected some $77.5 billion into the provincial economy in 2016 alone. That included $51.4 billion in new residential construction, $26.1 billion in renovations and other related expenditures. And you can add $19.3 billion in wages for an estimated 331,631 individuals—money that was reinvested into the economy and which subsequently generated billions of dollars in income taxes, CPP and EI premiums. It feels good to know that your work is a vital part of that overall impact. But it feels even better to see the fruits of your labour rewarded. Because when you reach for the brass ring, you often pull many others along with you. OHB

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Most Outstanding Production-Built Home (one storey)

WINNER

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Carrier Residence – Fonthill (credit to: Artcraft Kitchens, Aristocrat Floors, St. Catharines Building Supplies, Gibbys Electronic Supermarket)

S O P H I S T I C AT E D I N S I D E A N D O U T Sprawling the expansive width of a pie-shaped lot that backs onto environmentally protected land, this bungalow suits a baby boomer lifestyle, with its well-appointed library/office, main-floor laundry and endless entertainment space that flows outside past large rear windows to a vast 33’ x 16’ covered deck. Ample storage is augmented by a walk-in pantry, master bedroom walk-in closet and built-in kitchen appliances. The great room features a two-toned tray ceiling, while 8”-wide Canadian Maple hardwood flooring shines below. Outside, the texture of the stone facade creates an old world charm, while an arched garage door and a dazzling mahogany front door catch the eye.

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Most Outstanding Production-Built Home (one storey)

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Hope – St. Thomas

The Lakewood – Fonthill

(credit to: Ambrose Plumbing, Geerlinks Home Hardware Building Centre & Home Furniture Store, GCW Custom Kitchens & Cabinetry Inc., Jumbo Building Products Ltd.)

(credit to: Nickerson Appliances, Artcraft Kitchens, Aristocrat Floors, Gibbys Electronic Supermarket)

INSPIRED DESIGN Designed as a Net Zero Ready hybrid home using duel-fuel technology of a Dettson Chinook furnace and Alizé air-source heat pump, Hope was built in less than 50 hours as a fundraiser house to help the family of a local building inspector who passed away last summer. Targeting the empty-nester market, the 2BR plan features an open-concept kitchen and great room area, the latter highlighted by a tray ceiling and fireplace with a wood trim surround designed to look like driftwood.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS Main-floor living will appeal to those looking to downsize in this totally open floorplan with 9’ ceilings and views from the front to the back of this bungalow, as well as to the adjacent environmentally protected area. A 2-pc bath is centrally located on the main level for guests, while the island acts as a kitchen table. Outside, unique blue tones in the stone are complemented with dark blue stucco, with copper roof accenting on the bay window.

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Most Outstanding Production Built Home (two storeys up to 2,500 SF)

WINNER

B K Co r n e r s to n e D e s i g n B u i ld Ltd.

Fairview Estates Phase 2 “Fairmont” – LaSalle (credit to: Philip Fernandes Designs)

LET THERE BE LIGHT This 2,500 SF, two-storey, 3BR, Energy Star-certified home meshes the flexibility of interior design with four distinct elevations—French Country, Tudor, Craftsman and Contemporary—to cater to individual styles and budgets. Its open concept provides spacious quarters for living and entertaining, with the kitchen accented by custom cabinetry and a breakfast nook. Nine-foot ceilings are carried throughout the main floor, except the living room, where an 18-foot vaulted ceiling allows for a floor-to-ceiling fireplace and an eight-window wall. Apart from three large bedrooms, the second floor includes an open gallery that floods with natural light from the vaulted foyer and great room balconies.

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Most Outstanding Production Built Home (two storeys up to 2,500 SF)

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Cleave View Estate “The gaboury” – Brampton (credit to: Suriano Design Consultants Inc.)

FLE XI B LE , EFFI C I ENT FO OTPR I NT Available in traditional and contemporary elevations, the 4BR Gaboury maximizes its footprint while providing excellent flow. The contemporary exterior features a stone facade with wood accents and stone columns supporting a covered porch, while the traditional version presents a more formal facade. The main floor offers an elegant double-door entry into a foyer with guest closet and powder room, while the upstairs offers a spacious master suite with walk-in closet and full-size ensuite bathroom.

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“The Westhaven” – Thorold (credit to: Artcraft Kitchens, Aristocrat Floors, Nickerson Appliances, St. Catharines Building Supplies)

RO O M TO G ROW Ideal for a big family, with four oversized bedrooms—each with a walk-in closet—the Westhaven features an energy recovery ventilator for a more comfortable environment and improved air quality. The dining space flows through four-panelled sliding doors to a covered deck. Laundry is conveniently located on the second floor outside the children’s rooms. The exterior offers a modern, prairie-style, low-pitch roofline with oversized overhangs, while accent stone bump-outs and tall stone pedestals emphasize depth and texture. ontario home builder AWARDS 2017

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Most Outstanding Production Built Home (two storeys; 2,501 SF and over)

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Solterra “The Belvoir” – Guelph F I L L I N T H E D E TA I L S A large entryway with plenty of closet space leads to a stunning T-shaped staircase and kitchen appointed with GE Monogram stainless steel appliances, a breakfast nook, a large servery and pantry. Subtle patterns in the backsplash of the kitchen are carried throughout the home. The second floor includes four spacious bedrooms, a pair of threepiece bathrooms and a luxurious master bedroom and ensuite. Unique uses of materials include ceiling wallpaper to add texture, a dining room table made of the same quartz as the kitchen island and a feature wall in the children’s room made from reclaimed wood from an old barn.

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Mo u nta i n vi e w H o m e s

(credit to: Suriano Design Consultants Inc.)

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WA L K- I N T H E PA R K Enjoying the tranquility of forests and community pathways, The Collinson in Cleave View Estate features walk-in closets in all four bedrooms, with the master suite enjoying an enormous dressing room/closet and oversized bathroom with freestanding tub, separate his-and-her sink areas, separate water closet and large glass shower. A full-size laundry room and a walk-in linen closet also occupy the second floor. The exterior features a stone facade with brick or concrete accents, with columns supporting a covered porch.

P R I VAT E S PA C E S This long-term growing-family residence opens with an office tucked off the foyer that can double as a main-floor guest suite. On the next level, the master bedroom is separate from the youths’ wing, with a media room nestled in between both kids’ rooms. Windows from every angle allow light to flood the home, while luxury, scratch-resistant, moisture-resistant vinyl plank flooring carries the way from entry to bathrooms to laundry rooms. Outside, there’s a large porch balancing two single garage bays.

Cleave View Estate “The Collinson” – Brampton

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Fernwood Phase 3 “Iris” – Niagara Falls

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Most Outstanding Attached Multi-Unit Home (semi/townhome/stacked)

WINNER

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Entertainment Central – Niagara Falls (credit to: Artcraft Kitchens, Aristocrat Floors, St. Catharines Building Supplies)

PA RT Y I N G W I T H F R A N K L LOY D W R I G H T The modern sophistication of the exterior translates to the interior in this bungalow townhome suited for a young couple that likes to entertain. Large windows and transoms and a tray ceiling enhance the airy and spacious feel. This full walkout unit offers covered rear decks on both floors, while the basement provides more entertainment space, with a long multi-seat bar and theatre area, where wood “i” floor joists allow for large open spaces without posts. Outside, Frank Lloyd Wright prairie-style architecture is accentuated by three-foot overhangs and simple geometric details, with plenty of natural light permeating the home.

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Most Outstanding Attached Multi-Unit Home (semi/townhome/stacked)

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Stationwest “Kedzie” – Burlington (credit to: Icon Architects, U31, Drive Agency)

The Villas at Forest Trail “Cottonwood” – LaSalle

TA K E I T F R O M T H E T O P Delivering a functional and open-concept floorplan that appeals to more than one demographic, this spacious 2BR, 2.5 bathroom, light-infused living space offers exteriors in alternating mixed stone, brick and stucco, making for a welcoming streetscape, with glass garage doors adding curb appeal. Luxurious touches include wide-plank laminate floating floors throughout entries, kitchens and principal living areas. This back-to-back product type, new for Burlington, is highlighted by a handsome rooftop terrace.

CLASSIC DESIGN Designed to meet the needs of empty-nesters, this main-floorliving 2BR, 2-bathroom ranch townhome boasts a tasteful combination of brick, stone and James Hardie cement siding. Filled with natural light, the home’s formal gallery is timeless, with wainscoting, heavy crown mouldings and eight-foot doors throughout. The impressive millwork carries through the openconcept living room with a coffered ceiling and a floor-to-ceiling custom marble gas fireplace. The custom painted white kitchen features an eight-foot stained sit-up island with granite counters.

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Most Outstanding Custom Home (up to 3,000 SF)

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A r t H o u s e D e v e lop m e nt s Ltd. Grand/View – Ottawa

C A P I TA L I D E A S The 14-ft. ceilings and extensive floor-to-ceiling glazing throughout the main living areas provide stunning panoramic views of the Ottawa River, Gatineau Hills and Parliament Hill with this custom design. A unique kitchen layout contains a concealed pantry area, a large island that can comfortably seat as few as two and up to 10, and a 19-ft. uninterrupted stone slab backsplash that makes for a dramatic focal point. Materials were selected for their energy efficiency and sustainability, including zero-VOC paints, FSC-certified prefinished engineered hardwood flooring, LED lighting throughout and an induction cooktop in the kitchen. Lowmaintenance exterior materials have a life expectancy of 50+ years.

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Ussher’s Creek “The Armstrong” Home – Ariss

Live Love Laugh – Grimsby

IN HARMONY WITH ITS SURROUNDINGS Surrounded by nature, this unique 2BR bungalow provides oneacre estate living with timeless architectural details that combine clay brick, natural stone, reclaimed timber and a covered front porch with oversized carriage lanterns. The master suite includes two walk-in closets, clear views to the back of the property and a luxurious ensuite with a walk-in tiled, frameless glass shower, large soaker tub and enclosed lavatory. The covered rear porch features square-cut landscape stone, recessed lighting and a stunning exterior gas fireplace.

HARDWOOD AND SOFT LIGHT The luxurious single-floor custom dwelling begins with a brick and stone facade decorated with Loewen windows and a bell cast roof detail. Inside, an enclosed sunroom is framed by a vaulted ceiling, with large windows and two skylights immersing the space with natural light. The show-stopping kitchen is a chef’s dream with its abundance of countertop space, top-of-the-line appliances and a jaw-dropping walk-in pantry. Wide-plank engineered hardwood with in-floor heating connects the entire floor.

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Most Outstanding Custom Home (3,001-5,000 SF)

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Revelstoke Drive – Ottawa (credit to: Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc)

C L E A R V I E W S O N E N E R G Y- E F F I C I E N C Y Upon entering this luxurious 4,500 SF home, a clear line of sight allows views from the foyer into the great room, where a wall of windows looks out to a backyard oasis that features a patio, fire pit, gazebo and dazzling pool. Curves help define the interior space, including a barrel-vaulted ceiling over the great room, below which a three-sided fireplace separates the dining room and great room. The spacious master ensuite utilizes a double-sided fireplace to link the bedroom and ensuite. Energy-saving innovations have resulted in an overall efficiency at 57% above code, leaving this R-2000 home with an EnerGuide rating of 89.

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Most Outstanding Custom Home (3,001-5,000 SF)

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A r t H o u s e D e v e lop m e nt s Highland – Ottawa

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Glebe Custom Residence – Ottawa (credit to: Hobin Architecture Inc., 2H Interior Design Ltd.)

A TA L L O R D E R High ceilings dominate, including 10’ in an expansive kitchen that pays homage to the owner’s restaurateur roots, with a brushed stainless steel island counter, weathered stainless steel upper cabinetry and indoor/outdoor flex spaces. The request for plenty of natural light, but limited direct light and some privacy, is showcased in the main bathroom of this contemporary design, where a unique central positioning of an open shower and linear drain integrated with the tub allows for a wall-to-wall window.

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S TA I R WAY T O H E AV E N The materials of this bold and contemporary 3,884 SF design include limestone, wood, zinc and glass. From a curated front garden walk, one can view inside to the floating Grand Stair. Veiled by lattice ipe wood, this showpiece is the product of painstaking detailing and engineering, with rich oak-slab treads appearing to float above a single minimal stringer. Features include a second-floor bridge across the two-storey foyer, invisible in-wall speakers, rainwater harvesting for landscape irrigation and sliding door slabs with invisible hardware.

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Most Outstanding Custom Home (5,001 SF and over)

WINNER

P ro f i le Cu s to m H o m e s

The Glass Corner – Mississauga (credit to: David Small Designs)

B O N D I N G W I T H N AT U R E Fulfilling the client’s wish for a home that embraces contemporary architecture, this 5,400 SF wonder is set 92 feet back for both privacy and immersion in a heavily wooded lot next to a ravine and creek. The organic bond with the surrounding property is enhanced with a heavy integration of locally sourced wood and natural stone, as well as a cantilevered wood box above the screened porch that houses the master ensuite. The second floor is divided into two distinct wings, while the highlight features two storeys of glass that engulf a corner of the home, offering a gorgeous view of the property.

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Ninth Line – Markham

Ridgevale – Markham (Credit to: Flora Di Menna Designs)

GUEST APPEARANCES A captivating exterior of brick, stone and stucco with numerous architectural focal points, a four-car garage and large terrace grab your attention before you set foot inside this 10,000 SF residence. Catering to a variety of entertainment needs, there’s a second-floor billiard room that connects to a balcony, as well as an oversized chef’s kitchen, complete with servery, frying area, walk-in pantry, professional-grade appliances and an oversized island. Five lavish bedrooms and an optional in-law main floor suite ensure plenty of room for guests, while an elevator allows easy access to all levels.

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S PA R I N G N O E X P E N S E Grand entry doors open to a breathtaking foyer topped with a cathedral-sized skylight in this unabashedly lavish 22,000 SF estate, which includes a swank indoor/outdoor swimming pool oasis, home gym, theatre, cigar lounge, elevator, golf simulator and putting green, prayer room, piano room, wine room, games room and indoor basketball court. Outside, a regal mansard roof and wrought iron gating provide curb appeal, while the garage features a car elevator that lowers to the basement to show off all things Ferrari.

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Most Outstanding Mid-Rise Building (4-10 storeys)

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No r th D r iv e I n v e s tm e nt s I n c . 4 The Kingsway – Toronto

(credit to: Richard Wengle Architect Inc., Janet Rosenberg and Studio)

EUROPEAN FLAIR Located at the apex of the Kingsway and Bloor Street West, this architecturally eye-catching flatiron-style building is a landmark residential development, with an exclusive collection of suites designed by renowned architect Richard Wengle and award-winning interior designer Brian Gluckstein, who together bring a contemporary Beaux-Arts esthetic to life. Limestone, brick and stone cover the European-inspired exterior, while high-end interiors include integrated Wolfe and Sub-Zero kitchen appliances, with marble mosaic floors, oversized showers and soaker tubs in the bathroom. Creative layouts are optimized in rounded rooms created by the turret. Outside, greenery flows from the parkette to envelop the ground floor of the building.

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101 Locke – Hamilton (credit to: SRN Architects Inc.)

(credit to: Onespace Unlimited Inc.)

UP ON THE ROOF This nine-storey, stepped boutique condominium consists of approximately 75 suites set within the established Birch Cliff neighbourhood, directly across the street from the Toronto Hunt Club and close to the trendy shops and cafes of The Beach, as well as the boardwalk and many parks that line the shore. As required by a neighbourhood study, the design is bound by two angular planes projected from the intersection of the existing grade and features rooftop indoor/outdoor amenity spaces.

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PI C K A LO C K E Nestled in the heart of Hamilton’s Locke Street village, the sixstorey design includes a generous mix of suite designs and barrierfree accessible suites, all maximizing views with floor-to-ceiling glass. As you enter the building, rich wood finishes, metal beams and exposed brick of the double-height lobby impress. Luxurious indoor amenity spaces are incorporated on the panoramic penthouse level, while bulkheads have been eliminated from suites, allowing for bright, open spaces with nine- and 10-foot ceilings and chef-inspired kitchens.

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Most Outstanding High-Rise Building (11+ storeys)

WINNER

Mo li n a ro G ro u p I n c . Paradigm – Burlington (credit to: Graziani & Corazza)

PA R A D I G M S H I F T Views of the escarpment and lake were instrumental in the suite designs for this five-tower, 929-unit, LEEDaccredited project, located steps from GO Transit in midtown Burlington. Organized around a central landscaped courtyard, each of the towers features balconies grouped in clusters defined by stacked black and white masonry frames that are varied in scale and direction. Access to the contemporary lobby is via an elegant and dramatic porte pochère. The fourth floor is predominantly dedicated to a 25,000 SF amenity space that includes games rooms, a halfcourt gym, fitness centre, indoor pool, saunas, theatre, guest suites and multiple party rooms.

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Home – Toronto

M City – Mississauga

(credit to: CORE Architects, Hullmark Developments Ltd.)

(credit to: CORE Architects, Cecconi Simone Inc.)

A PL AC E YO U C A N C A LL H O M E Several design challenges of this 22-storey project were addressed by purchasing the surrounding land over a number of years, allowing the team to realize its vision. Situated on a full city block of four street frontages, directly across from the Toronto’s Orphan’s Green Park, its communal facilities range from an artist’s workspace, pet spa and fitness and yoga studio, to an outdoor pool and steam rooms. Inside, chic bedrooms and bathrooms are on opposite sides of the suite for increased privacy.

S H A PE O F TH I N G S TO CO M E Poised to be the next landmark of the Mississauga City Centre skyline, this attention-getting 61-storey skyscraper’s unique appearance results from a 1m rotation of the corners of each floor plate from the plate below. The tower will rest upon a five-storey podium, whose prismatic shape is highlighted by its faceted glass walls. Continuous balconies made from translucent white laminated glass wrap every floor plate, while the ground level is marked by bold paving patterns that include various contrasting textures and colours.

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Most Outstanding High- or Mid-Rise Condo Suite (4+ storeys up to 800 SF)

WINNER

Woo d c li f f e L a n d m a r k P rop e r ti e s a n d M O D D e v e lop m e nt s Waterworks “B5” – Toronto

(credit to: Diamond Schmitt Architects, L.A. Inc.)

S PAC E O D D I T Y Sightlines of this 711 SF suite—both inside and over the city beyond—were carefully considered, with every square inch also planned to maximize storage and usability. The custom-designed kitchen features integrated appliances and a 7’ island that serves the triple purpose of prep area, storage and casual seating. Natural light floods the suite. Unique washroom layouts, meanwhile, allow function and design to come together as one, providing a different and controllable setting for the homeowner. This one large bedroom unit also offers generous outdoor space, making it ideal for singles or a couple who enjoy entertaining.

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Most Outstanding High- or Mid-Rise Condo Suite (4+ storeys up to 800 SF)

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Aquazul “Delano” – Grimsby (credit to: KNYMH)

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Upper Beach Club “The Kingswood” – Toronto (credit to: Onespace Unlimited Inc.)

SOUTH BE ACH ST YLING Modelled after the boutique hotels of South Beach, Miami, Aquazul’s suites are contemporary, stylish and light-filled. The Delano is ideal for singles or a young couple buying their first home and features stylish wide-plank laminate flooring, custom kitchen cabinetry, a floating vanity and step-in shower. The kitchen is separate yet open to the living/dining room while the bedroom offers a full-size walk-in closet. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a 45 SF balcony provide views of the natural surroundings.

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Q U A L I T Y A N D VA LU E I N T. O . Want to feel like royalty on a budget? The $414,900, 705 SF Kingswood suite answers the call. The internal layout of this corner unit optimizes space, with an open kitchenette delivering on innovation, with all the major appliances neatly dovetailing into the niche created by structural walls. The most stunning aspect is the openness of the unit, with a wall of glazing opening out onto a private terrace that stretches the entire length of the unit.

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Most Outstanding High- or Mid-Rise Condo Suite (4+ storeys; 801 SF and over)

WINNER

No r th D r iv e I n v e s tm e nt s I n c .

4 The Kingsway “Penthouse” – Toronto (credit to: Janet Rosenberg and Studio, Richard Wengle Architect Inc.)

F L AT- O U T S P E C TA C U L A R Drawing on the elegance of Toronto’s Kingsway neighbourhood, the entire top floor of the eight-storey flatiron building has been optimized for privacy and luxury—the distinguishing architectural feature being its flatiron shape and turret. Ceilings of this $4 million+ penthouse soar from 12’ to over 20’ in the centre of the dome, with panoramic views through large windows and an outdoor terrace wrapping the rest of the top floor. A raised outdoor pool runs nearly the length of the west side, while indoor features include a wine cellar, lush library and master bedroom with his and her ensuites with custom built-in wardrobes.

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Most Outstanding High- or Mid-Rise Condo Suite (4+ storeys; 801 SF and over)

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Insignia “Penthouse 01” – Oakville (credit to: Onespace Unlimited Inc.)

Waterworks “E1” – Toronto

PENTHOUSE SWEET This luxuriously appointed 3,117 SF corner suite boasts 10’ ceilings, two bedrooms with generous ensuite washrooms—the master BR includes its own fireplace—as well as walk-in closets, a den, separate dining room (capable of seating 12), a large eat-in kitchen capable of seating 10, private office, full-size laundry room, library/music room (with fireplace) and a living room surrounded by a large outdoor entertaining terrace that offers unencumbered views to Oakville, Lake Ontario and Toronto beyond.

270 DEGREES OF SK YLINE As you enter this King & Spadina neighbourhood penthouse, your eyes are drawn to one of the suite’s three terraces—each of which allows for outdoor cooking and dining—and the Toronto skyline beyond. Across from the second bedroom is a spectacular 20’ x 25’ open-concept kitchen and dining area, complemented by a 270-degree view of the city. The large formal living space is impressive yet understated, with multiple seating configurations, while a large media room leads to the third terrace.

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Most Outstanding Home Renovation (Actual retail value up to $250,000)

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Oa k Woo d

Entertainers’ Dream – Ottawa B R E AT H I N G L I F E I N T O A B A S E M E N T The goal: Rework a disorganized basement into a place to play and entertain. The reno: This dank space was previously used as a catch-all where sports equipment was forgotten and kids’ toys lost. Strategic space planning grouped public areas together, while providing a guest quarters, walk-in closet, a pool table gaming area, a bar area and a movie area with surround sound and built-in wall speakers. The potential for something special was always there, thanks to the existing 9’ basement ceiling (13’ in the guestroom), which allowed room for tray ceilings, enabling OakWood to hide all of the mechanical works.

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Most Outstanding Home Renovation (Actual retail value up to $250,000)

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Room to Grow – St. Catharines

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#GObigORgoHOME – Ottawa

(credit to: Aristocrat Floors)

TWO -BEDROOM ADDITION The goal: Add a second-floor addition, while keeping a new kitchen below unscathed. The reno: While a new covered porch was constructed as an extension to the roofline and new energy-efficient windows added in this $248,750 project, the big change was a secondstorey addition that allowed space for a guest room and new master bedroom with a stunning ensuite and walk-in closet. To accommodate, the roofline was drastically altered—all while keeping the newly renovated kitchen below intact.

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M O R N I N G G LO RY The goal: To make the small master ensuite bigger and better. The reno: By combining an existing closet and small bathroom, OakWood was able to create a spacious layout that allows both working clients to use the space freely without interruption or inconvenience. The $88,000 project includes a new corner tub that anchors the contemporary design, while a set of frosted glass doors improve natural lighting and help keep the rectangular room from feeling too narrow.

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Most Outstanding Home Renovation (Actual retail value $250,001-$500,000)

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Stairway to Haven – Ottawa (credit to: Ha2 Architecture Design)

S TA I R M A S T E R The goal: Turn an attic into a bedroom, and expand and rework inside and out. The reno: This original 1912 1-1/2 storey home has been expanded by roughly 500 SF into a spacious, stunning 1,650 SF abode, which included gutting the entire interior and removing the roof structure to add a full second floor. The attic has been turned into a new bedroom wing with bath, with the master bedroom significantly expanded. But the showstopper is the semi-spiral staircase that links the upper level and open vaulted dining room with the main floor and its see-through fireplace.

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Most Outstanding Home Renovation (Actual retail value $250,001-$500,000)

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M e n at Wor k D e s i g n B u i ld Ltd. Gladstone – Toronto

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Conservation Views – St. Catharines (credit to: Designs by Santy, Aristocrat Floors, Regional Doors & Hardware)

S P R E A D FA R A N D W I D E The goal: Take advantage of a wide lot to update and overhaul. The reno: With the lot of this semi-detached being wider than usual for similar Toronto homes, the team was able to cantilever the north elevation in order to house three large bedrooms on the second floor. The ground floor expansion saw a complete kitchen reno, which flows through to a new rear deck. Respectful of neighbouring properties, the design was completed within six months and under budget at $359,972.

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B R I D G I N G PA S T A N D P R E S E N T The goal: Modernize the design to bring a new contemporary esthetic. The reno: The exterior of the 1960s house was completely redone using stucco and natural wood siding. Over half the house was brought down to the main floor, with extensive re-framing required to provide large amounts of glass to open up spectacular views of the adjacent conservation area. The $489,903 reno included a custom-made, powder-coated, steel bridge from the double garage to the upper entranceway.

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Most Outstanding Home Renovation (Actual retail value over $500,001)

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S lote g raa f Co n s tr u c ti o n I n c . Britannia Residence – Burlington

(credit to: Cynthia Zahoruk Architect Inc., R S Field Design/Baudit)

B EDA Z ZLED I N B U R LI N GTO N The goal: Maintain occupancy during a major renovation inside and out. The reno: This $1 million reno of a rural Burlington home on a 28-acre parcel of land turned a windowless kitchen in the home’s core into a striking space with vista views to the north and south. Large windows throughout permit a clear view to the escarpment ridge to the south and the valley. While the underlying “Wrightian/Taliesin” form, with its wide overhangs and linear window styles, was kept 70% intact, exterior finishes and the overall look were completely modified to suit the natural landscape of the site.

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River Home - London

Herbert – Toronto

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A MA ZE’ ING GR ACE The goal: A space for each family member and an improved flow. The reno: While the previous floor plan left you feeling like you were negotiating a maze, this thorough overhaul provides a balanced flow and plenty of entertaining space, including a two-storey deck. Designers essentially built a custom home inside the frame of a recently purchased house, using existing walls—although steel beams were added in spots to assist with the new open concept.

B ROWN AN D WHITE AN D G R EEN ALL OVER The goal: The sustainable reinvention of 1905 beach house. The reno: While its exterior complements the existing neighbourhood in The Beach, this four-level, 110-year-old residence has been transformed into a contemporary home, setting new standards in design and energy-efficient green building. Designwise, the borders between roof and walls are blurred, creating a sculptural structure of asymmetrical slanted and vertical planes. Both front and rear are moulded from thermally modified wooden planks cladded to the substructure, adding depth to the house.

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Most Outstanding Kitchen Renovation

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M e n At Wor k D e s i g n B u i ld Ltd. Gladstone – Toronto

O U T D O O R C O N N E C T I O N , I N D O O R P R I VAC Y The goal: Update a dark, cramped kitchen and create a connection to the rear yard. The reno: Part of a ground-floor rejuvenation, this $359,972 project required a rear addition to provide the family of four with the kitchen they desired. A large patio door makes the kitchen bright and airy, while a large sliding barn door between the kitchen and dining/living space provides privacy when desired. Contemporary, high-gloss cabinetry offers ample storage space, a walnut floor adds warmth and contrast to this modern design and a custom desk space keeps this busy family organized.

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Most Outstanding Kitchen Renovation

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Le Cordon Bleu Chef’s Kitchen – Ottawa

European Chalet for a Home – Ottawa

A D E S I G N T O S U I T A L L TA S T E S The goal: A more workable kitchen in which to cook and entertain. The reno: Being a townhome, the kitchen footprint could not be enlarged, but OakWood managed to convert a one-sided galley with little work surface into a sweeping, functional kitchen for a Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute graduate in this $95,000 reno. A key was making the window smaller in height and raising it to just above counter height, which allowed half the kitchen to be moved to that wall. The client’s original butcher-block furniture island adds character, while seeded glass in the upper cabinets adds light.

TWO HOMES IN ONE The goal: Bring European-style elements home after a five-year military stint abroad. The reno: Maximizing wall space, Oakwood extended the millwork to feature a desk workspace. To balance the warmth, white cabinetry was incorporated to keep the space timeless and neutral, while providing the rustic cottage feel the clients sought. That rustic theme continues with a dark soapstone countertop accented with walnut floating shelves and a walnut breakfast bar that overhangs on the island. Tying everything together is 10”-wide plank wood flooring reminiscent of the clients’ European chalet.

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Most Outstanding Bathroom Renovation

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Oa k Woo d

Entertainers’ Dream – Ottawa S P E C I A L G U E S T T R E AT M E N T The goal: Give a basement bathroom an ensuite feel. The reno: OakWood took full advantage of unusually high 9’ ceilings in the $35,000 design of this inviting basement guest bathroom. Different ceiling heights, a makeup area splitting a dual vanity and irregularly shaped shower floor tiles add texture and character. Strategically placed recessed lighting, heated floors with large porcelain tiles and dark wood custom cabinets, meanwhile, contribute a warming feel in all respects. The shower niche is accented with a glass and stone listello that pulls the floor and wall tile colours together, as creamy countertops flow into the shower with matching sills.

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Most Outstanding Bathroom Renovation

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P i o n e e r C ra f t s m e n Ltd.

INVESTING IN THE PRESENT AND FUTURE The goal: Create a value-adding bathroom to enjoy for a few years until resale. The reno: OakWood initially used its 3D software to transform a dated and disproportionate space into a spa oasis in this $44,000 reno. The damage of steam rising too high to be properly exhausted was resolved by lowering and flattening the ceiling, which also improved esthetics, while an elongated custom vanity greatly improves storage. A large walk-in shower with tempered glass and heated floor controls dominates the corner, while a grey subway tile motif helps link the bathroom space.

HIS AND HERS The goal: Redesign master bathrooms to suit both clients. The reno: The entrance to her bathroom was off a hallway. Pioneer stole space from the upper landing, closed off the doorway and moved the entrance into the bedroom. The toilet now sits in the small bumpout area incorporated from the landing. The elegant interior features a stand-alone soaker tub on a basket-weave tile floor and a handcrafted transom window. Formerly cramped, his ensuite was opened up by removing the entry door and replacing three nearby standard doors with pocket doors. His maple vanity features a leathered granite countertop and a massive, lavish walk-in steam shower.

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Most Outstanding New Low-Rise Home Kitchen (up to 2,500 SF)

WINNER

H om e s by H e n d r i ks

Gourmet Cuisine – Grimsby (credit to: Aristocrat Floors)

CLASSIC AND TRADITIONAL WITH A MODERN FLAIR Designed for the epicurean entertainer, this layout offers traditional looks, such as glass-stacked cabinets with crown moulding and decorative posts framing the large rectangular undermount sink. That’s complemented by modern touches in this trendy two-tone kitchen, such as the brown walnut-finished island, with its ornate details and pendant lighting. A small custom servery built into the wall, high-quality fridge disguised by MDF panelling and showpiece custom stove with its black and gold finish complete the package.

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Most Outstanding New Low-Rise Home Kitchen (up to 2,500 SF)

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Residences at Lookout “Sandhill” – Fonthill

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R i n a ld i H om e s

Lu Residence – Fonthill (credit to: Artcraft Kitchens, Aristocrat Floors)

(credit to: Moen, Goemans Appliances, Cambria Quartz)

L O O K U P, WAY U P Although the Sandhill model is compact in size, high vaulted ceilings and an abundance of natural light create a sense of magnitude. The feeling is enhanced with pendant lighting, which hangs from a vaulted ceiling over a grey-toned kitchen island that is framed by bright white cabinetry. Features include an integrated panelled fridge and hood fan, spice rack pullouts, central vac sweep outlets, a handcrafted backsplash, wall oven/cooktop, frosted glass cabinets, a flush breakfast bar and undermount LED lighting.

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CABINET MINISTER Symmetry of the cabinets, which accentuate the 9’ ceiling, was key in this design. Upper cabinets with glass allow for extra light and detail on a 24’-long wall. Playing on geometric patterns with a tonal colour scheme, including a kitchen tray ceiling that balances the coffered ceiling of the great room, allows the eye to focus on the details. Features include a walk-in pantry, an island with multiple pots and pans drawers and wide-plank engineered hardwood that leaves the space feeling airy.

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Most Outstanding New Low-Rise Home Kitchen (2,501 SF and over)

WINNER

Losa n i H om e s

Central Park “The Corsica” – Hamilton LET THERE BE LIGHTS If the pair of wide silver pendant lights hanging over the oversized island, or the striking pendant light atop the large Waterhill tub-style undermount sink don’t grab your attention, Regency’s Swiss Coffee cabinetry complemented by a ceramic backsplash and Cristallo quartz will. Oversized appliances seamlessly blend into the cabinetry, while doublestacked stainless steel ovens add further pizzazz. Further functionality is addressed with a butler’s servery that connects the kitchen to the dining room.

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Most Outstanding New Low-Rise Home Kitchen (2,501 SF and over)

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Solterra “The Belvoir” – Guelph

Sunsets and More – Bluewater (credit to: Woody’s Premium Cabinetry)

AS CLE AR AS BL ACK AND WHITE Adorned with custom black and white maple cabinetry with gold hardware and accents, this multi-functional kitchen is furnished with energy-efficient, top-of-the-line GE Monogram appliances, a stainless steel Blanco undermount sink with Moen STo pulldown faucet, white quartz countertops and Mirage Nordic White hardwood flooring. The large Caesar Stone quartz island adds sparkle, as does a unique gold pendant chandelier over the island, while natural light floods in through four large windows and a glass doorway to the backyard.

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FOOD AND DRINK The task—to design and cohesively link a bright new kitchen space and impressive bar area—began with stunning white cabinetry in the kitchen area, with warm, darker wooden cabinets defining the adjacent bar area—a truly elegant design with a folding door system providing access to a screened porch. The kitchen sink area is highlighted by a dramatic bay window that incorporates stained glass details from the owner’s childhood home.

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Most Outstanding High- or Mid-Rise Condo Suite Kitchen

WINNER

D om u s D e v e lo p m e nt s

North Point Lofts “Layout A, Suite 412” – London (credit to: Dynamic Kitchens)

MODERN MASTERPIECE The practical use of space is maximized and adorned with high-end finishes, sleek lines and a modern colour palette with a mix of textures and natural materials in this arresting design. Innovative storage (including an ingenious removable floating table in the island) and the use of large mirrors create the sense of a larger space. A towering 12’ custom wine rack integrated with veneer panelling, a natural concrete backsplash with integrated floating shelves, LED puck lights and thick, durable Neolith countertops are among the many highlights.

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Most Outstanding High- or Mid-Rise Condo Suite Kitchen

Runner-Up

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N or th D r i v e In v e s tm e nt s Inc .

(credit to: KIRKOR Architects)

(credit to: Richard Wengle Architect Inc., Janet Rosenberg and Studio)

Westwood Gardens “E5” – Richmond Hill STYLIZED FOR AN OPEN CONCEPT This stylish, modern kitchen blends maximum form and function while also integrating beautifully into the overall open concept of this 790 SF suite. Features and finishes are made from durable, high-quality materials. A signature dual-tone colour scheme, devised by award-winning interior design firm Tomas Pearce, marks the contemporary cabinetry with extended uppers, flat panel doors and matching hardware. Energy-efficient appliances and LED under-cabinet lighting emphasizes the sustainable design, while a quartz countertop adds sparkle. 62

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GLUCKSTEIN - INSPIRED FLE XIBILIT Y A fine example of Gluckstein Design’s updated traditional esthetic, this kitchen offers abundant storage and several details, including crown moulding in the contemporary cabinetry, that tie it into larger spaces in the suite. Marble countertops and pullout appliances help create a harmonious workspace for any home chef, with everything in arm’s reach and an 11’ ceiling that promises plenty of ceiling height for flambé dishes, yet easy space navigation for grabbing a midnight snack. ohba.ca


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Most Outstanding New Home Bathroom

WINNER

O k e Woo ds m ith B u i ld i n g Sys te m s Sunsets And More – Bluewater

CARIBBEAN DREAM The owners wanted a master ensuite that replicated that of a luxury suite they had visited in the Caribbean. The opulent space includes an open-concept soaker tub with a soaring window and dramatic lighting, a water closet and dressing area. A double vanity provides ample space, while the bath is located next to a large walk-in closet that includes a private laundry area. The large shower features custom glass panels, while touches of glass, crystal and mirror throughout bring out the ‘bling.’

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Most Outstanding New Home Bathroom

Runner-Up

G r e at G u lf

“Home 2-839” – Toronto (credit to: CORE Architects, Hullmark Developments Ltd.)

EFFICIENCY EXPERT This highly functional yet elegant condo bathroom space includes a glass shower enclosure to eliminate visual barriers, as well as minimalist white plumbing fixtures and a custom vanity with integrated sink to complement the clean lines and design. Simple modern fixtures and recessed lighting add ambience. Maintenance is also a major consideration, with an attractive, extremely durable solid-surface acrylic integrated sink that is both easily repaired and even easier to clean.

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Losa n i H om e s

Central Park “The Corsica” – Hamilton MASTER OF THE HOUSE In the attempt to make this a truly special space, the sprawling master ensuite is adorned with two large walk-in closets, a separate water closet, double sinks with painted cabinetry, quartz countertops and a freestanding tub. And if the latter can’t wash away your woes, there’s an oversized shower with dual showerheads and massage jets, separate storage niches and corner benches.

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Best Video Low-Rise Project (1-3 storeys) WINNER

D o u g Ta rry H o m e s Hope – St. Thomas

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HOPE AND DREAMS Demonstrating the caring nature of both the builder and the community at large, the video—an early teaser for the 2018 featurelength documentary film Hope—takes advantage of embedded camera crews to not only raise awareness of the amazing three-day build fundraiser for a grieving family, but also show off the high quality of the construction work itself in this Net Zero Ready home.

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The Residence at Hunters Pointe – Welland vimeo.com/221477662 (credit to: 180 Marketing)

M i nto Co mm u n iti e s

Minto Longbranch – Longbranch minto.com/gta/Etobicoke-new-townhomes-condos/MintoLongbranch/main.html (credit to: Montana Steele)

Best Video for High- or Mid-Rise Project (4+ storeys) WINNER

Wo o d c li f f e L a n d m a r k P ro p e r ti e s a n d M OD D e v e lo pm e nt s Waterworks – Toronto

Vimeo.com/laincnewthinking/waterworksgary (credit to: L.A. Inc.)

H O N O U R I N G PA S T A N D P R E S E N T Within the trio of videos that highlight the food-focused retail, community centre and generously sized units (most of which offer large private terraces and balconies), MOD Developments CEO Gary Switzer effectively notes the building’s important place in the history and character of the King/Spadina district.

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M o li n a ro G ro u p I n c . Paradigm – Burlington Youtube.com/watch?v=BltyLqPTjXk

Z i n c D e v e lo pm e nt s I n c . 35 Wabash – Toronto

Vimeo.com/user47583636/review/212606818/8a52038b4c (credit to: The Brand Factory)

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Best Use of Social Media WINNER

D o u g Ta rry H o m e s Hope – St. Thomas

Facebook: Facebook.com/ProjectHopeDoc

S H A R I N G A S PEC IA L S TO RY Various social media platforms were utilized—using hashtags #projectHOPEbuild, #stthomasproud and #CdnBuilt—to create excitement surrounding the blitz build for this fundraiser home and to encourage spectators to post live feeds and photos during construction. Another goal was to promote the film Hope, a documentary that tells the story of a community rallying to help a family devastated by the loss of its patriarch.

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Social Media Corporate Campaign YouTube: YouTube.com/user/GeraniumHomes (credit to Builder Insight Group )

M i nto Co mm u n iti e s

Minto Longbranch – Longbranch Facebook: Facebook.com/mintolongbranchcommunity/ Twitter: @MIntoLongbranch (credit to: Montana Steele)

Best Website (Builder or Renovator) WINNER

Emp i r e Co mm u n iti e s Ask Empire

Empirecommunities.com (credit to: Pureblink)

EMPIRE BUILDING Empire’s clean, easily navigated site ranges from the playful and realistic animation of its “Coming Soon” properties to crisp, wellphotographed grids of its existing communities. Throughout the site, the design keeps to the black-and-orange palette of Empire’s clever logo. Drop-down menus from the main page allow visitors to quickly find locate information, while engaging them with quality design.

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Branthaven Homes website Branthaven.com (credit to: Toolbox Strategies Inc.)

Fusion Homes

The Studio at the Metalworks Themetalworks.ca (credit to: Blackjet)

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Best Low-Rise Ad Campaign (1-3 Storeys) WINNER

Fr e e d D e v e lo pm e nt s

Touchstone Resort – Bracebridge (credit to: The Brand Factory)

TO U C H I N G A LL FO U R BA S ES The branding of Touchstone Resort plays to the four-season Bracebridge lifestyle with a campaign that communicates the feeling of indulging in nature. A full-page ad features picturesque panels of each season, a radio spot transports listeners to the glimmering shores of Lake Muskoka, a brochure features lifestyle shots of families and a social media campaign reaches a broad yet targeted audience, leading to a 300% jump in brand awareness.

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Friday Harbour Resort – Innisfil (credit to: The Brand Factory)

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Mattamy Homes Brand Campaign – GTA (credit to: Bensimon Byrne)

Best High- or Mid-Rise Ad Campaign (4+ Storeys) WINNER

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Aquabella – Toronto (credit to: The Brand Factory)

WHEN A CONDO IS A LAKESIDE RESORT Given that it’s Waterfront Toronto’s single largest revitalization endeavour, destined to become the premier—and priciest—waterfront address in the city, Aquabella’s campaign embraces a luxury resort-chic feel. It begins with a simple, elegant logo, augmented by mobile-friendly brand communications and print ads consisting of candy-coloured pastels, stunning imagery and original content from prolific Toronto bloggers. The total package helped achieve sales of over 60% in just 90 days.

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Paradigm Condos – Burlington

Tr i d e l

Via Bloor – Toronto (credit to: The Brand Factory)

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Best Project Logo Branding (For individual community logo) WINNER

Fusion Homes

The Studio at the Metalworks – Guelph (credit to: Blackjet)

A N E Y E O N H I S TO RY Signifying the second phase of a five-phase series, The Studio was fashioned as a home to creative individuals. Consequently, a hip, artistic style was used throughout the branding, including the logo, the imagery of which signifies the beauty that people create each day. Cast above The Metalworks logo, in a design replicating the metal of a stained glass window, the words “The Studio” are written in Art Deco font to pay homage to the property’s earlier history.

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M at ta m y H o m e s Ltd.

Vita on the Lake – Etobicoke (credit to: L.A. Inc., Sharon Express Printing)

Wo o d c li f f e L a n d m a r k P ro p e r ti e s a n d M OD D e v e lo pm e nt s Waterworks – Toronto

(credit to: L.A. Inc., Sensational Signs, Geron Associates Ltd.)

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Best New-Home Sales Office (up to 1,500 SF)

WINNER

Geranium

Vista Flats & Towns – Whitchurch-Stouffville (credit to: Builder Insight Group)

S EE YO U R F U T U R E N OW A sales space used to sell previous phases of the community was repurposed into an open-concept sales office. Visitors can review product offerings on touchscreens that provide 3D real-time rendered community views, with the ability to zoom into any area to see it in greater detail. A model provides the scale and quality of the community, while a backlit built-to-scale window wall showcases an actual site view from a unit.

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A d i D e v e lo p m e nt G ro u p In c . Stationwest – Burlington

P r at t H o m e s

Banting Square – Alliston

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Best New-Home Sales Office (1,501 SF and over)

WINNER

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Affinity Condominiums – Burlington (credit to: RN Designs, Engine Advertising Inc., Neezo Renders)

SEEING THE LIGHT A space that was both comfortable and stylistically inventive included two interactive digital tablets that housed a custommade app for visitors to explore floorplans and building layouts as well as trigger a lighting system that lit up specific units in the adjacent scale model. This accessible and thoughtfully lit sales centre also featured a massive video wall that displayed a custom video showcasing the area’s amenities and features.

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Central Park – Hamilton (credit to: McOuat Partnership)

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M City – Mississauga (credit to: CORE Architects, Cecconi Simone Inc., L.A. Inc., Four By Eight Sign Services Inc.) ohba.ca

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Best Design/Decor Centre

WINNER

F u s i on H o m e s

Solterra “The Belvoir” – Guelph C A P T I VAT I N G C H I L D R E N O F A L L A G E S Family-friendly with an organized and modern appeal, this decor centre includes a play area to keep children entertained while parents explore. Upon entering, clients are greeted by a stunning bathroom sink and faucet display showcasing gleaming granite and quartz countertops. Custom interior door displays easily glide in and out to display contemporary interior door hardware, while unique backsplash boards are showcased with suggested grout colours.

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Design Studio – Etobicoke (credit to: figure3)

Mo li n a ro G ro u p In c . Paradigm – Burlington

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Best Interior Decorating – Model Home/Suite (up to 2,000 SF)

WINNER

K y le m o r e Co m m u n iti e s

The 6th Angus Glen “Suite 203” – Markham (credit to: Sabrina Albanese Design Inc.)

R E A L LI FE VI E WS TO A TH R I LL A series of luxuriously decorated model suites invite visitors into the actual condo at The 6th and highlight views over the park, courtyard and Angus Glen Golf Club. Living room furnishings offer accents of gold, while window treatments show off unobstructed views. Dramatic light fixtures add an estate-like feel for downsizing purchasers, while wallpaper—a major element in this suite—includes grasscloth in the master bedroom to add texture and accentuate the gold lotus chandelier.

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Do u g Ta r ry H o m e s Hope – St. Thomas

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Best Interior Decorating – Model Home/Suite (2,001 SF and over)

WINNER

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Westfield “Newhaven” – Mississauga (credit to: figure3)

I N N O VAT I V E U P S E L L I N G Despite having already sold out the development, Great Gulf completed model homes to showcase a new method of upselling. Instead of each unit offering its own level of fixtures/finishes, all units showcase a blend of standard features and upgrades. Further, each house’s architectural theme is contrasted with the interiors theme, such as Newhaven’s traditional architecture and modern furniture, with pops of colour, from fire-engine red to zingy citrus creating visual interest.

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Westfield “Coleshill” – Mississauga (credit to: figure3)

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Best Low-Rise Project Sales Brochure (1-3 storeys) WINNER

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Central Park – Hamilton (credit to: McOuat Partnership, TCGpr)

GRAND CENTRAL Soft-touch covers and clean branding help make this multi-brochure package as attractive as it is informative, with each prospective buyer receiving it in a community-branded bag. Similar to New York City’s Central Park, Hamilton’s Central Park is framed as a destination. The striking brochure highlights Hamilton’s premium amenities. Nature is also explored, from the Bruce Trail to local waterfalls and the 10-km East Mountain Trail Loop that will run through the community.

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Vista Flats & Towns – WhitchurchStouffville (credit to: Builder Insight Group)

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Minto Longbranch – Longbranch (credit to: Montana Steele)

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Best High- or Mid-Rise Project Sales Brochure (4+ storeys) WINNER

F u s i on H o m e s

The Studio at The Metalworks – Guelph (credit to: Blackjet)

C R E AT O R S WA N T E D The detail of this brochure, from the moleskin-like casing to a doublesided print of The Metalworks logo with its stained glass window effect, suggests the detail and quality of the development itself and paints a picture of the advantages of life in a community of artistic and creative types. Apart from highlighting local amenities, the brochure speaks to each unique creator as though it’s their own personal diary.

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Westwood Gardens – Richmond Hill (credit to: Montana Steele)

Woo d c li ff e L a n d m a r k P ro p e r ti e s a n d M O D D e v e lo p m e nt s Waterworks – Toronto (credit to: L.A. Inc.)

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Goemans Appliances, Mountainview Homes’ Jon Whyte, Gerry Ducharme of Regional Doors & Hardware, Mountainview’s Mike Memme and Rinaldi Homes’ Danielle Rinaldi. 3. OHBA Treasurer Alexander Callahan, Federated Insurance Company’s Mauro Di Tullio and CHBA CEO Kevin Lee.

4. Enbridge’s Don Armitage, Corrie Morton, Bruce Manwaring and Margaret Ward. 5. Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati. 6. Niagara HBA’s Chuck McShane, OHBA Second V.P. Louie Zagordo and Windrush Hill Construction owner Tony Alfieri.

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9. OHBA’s 2017-2018 Executive Committee: (Clockwise from top left) Second V.P. Louie Zagordo, Treasurer Alex Callahan, Secretary Jackie Caille, Second V.P. Bob Schickedanz, President’s Appointee Michael Pozzebon, First V.P. Rick Martins, OHBA President Pierre Dufresne and Past President Neil Rodgers.

1 0. Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, the Honourable Bill Mauro.

11. Ramsin Khachi of Khachi Design in Oakville. 12. Six String Nation’s Jowi Taylor and OHBA Sales and Marketing Committee Chair Richard Luciani.

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15. Enbridge’s Don Armitage and Margaret Ward with Union Gas’ Joe Liberty, Susan Cudahy and Gina Mancini.

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21. Awards of Distinction M.C. James Cunningham.

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Project of the Year High- or Mid-Rise

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101 Locke – Hamilton (credit to: SRN Architects Inc.)

LO C K E , S TO C k A N D BA R R EL An urban refuge for stylish boutique condo living nestled in the heart of Locke Street’s vibrant village in Hamilton, 101 Locke was also an Awards of Distinction People’s Choice finalist. From the cutting-edge modern exterior that blends with the warm heritage vibe of the neighbourhood to the double-height lobby’s embrace of rich wood finishes, metal beams and exposed brick materials, this six-storey condo is not 94

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shy on grandeur. A generous mix of suite designs and barrier-free accessible suites feature nine- and 10-foot ceilings, with all bulkheads eliminated to maximize floor space. The bright, spacious open-concept design is also bolstered by floor-to-ceiling glass. While luxurious details like chefinspired kitchens inspire within, exquisite amenity spaces are incorporated on the roof penthouse level.

High ceilings, full-height glass and an open concept bring out the best in luxurious suites while also complementing the stylish exterior of Spallacci’s 101 Locke in Hamilton.

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Project of the Year Low-Rise

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D o u g Ta rry H o m e s Hope – St. Thomas

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FIFTY HOURS, BUT A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES Were you able to somehow set aside the inspiring, tear-jerking story of a community rallying together to build a new home—the profits of which would be gifted to the Nooren family of St. Thomas, whose patriarch, Johnny, died of cancer last year—the physical project itself would still be worthy of this award. Targeting the empty-nester, this 2BR Net Zero Ready hybrid home employs duel-fuel 96

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technology and was constructed to rigid standards, despite requiring a mere 50 hours to construct. But the marketing element of Project Hope raised this project to another level entirely, from its wide-reaching social media campaign to a feature-length documentary film Hope that took advantage of embedded camera crews to reflect both the raw emotion and high quality of the build.

Modern, functional and cozy, the design of Doug Tarry Homes’ Project Hope in St. Thomas was only exceeded by the remarkable community rallying cry that inspired it.

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Renovator of the Year

Eurodale owners Jim Cunningham (pictured at left with OHBA Past President Neil Rodgers) and Brendan Charters and their staff have excelled by fostering relationships with their customers, their community and by supporting future tradespeople at George Brown College.

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Eurodale says renovator awards are important for consumers too By Garry McKay

Word of mouth is as important to the structural integrity of a renovation firm as any concrete foundation or steel I-beam, suggests Jim Cunningham of Eurodale Developments, whose firm claimed the Renovator of the Year award at this year’s OHBA Awards of Distinction. “We want to make sure at the end of the day the client is happy with the house, and when we’re gone we want them to speak highly of it,” says Cunningham, who, along with partner Brendan Charters, owns and operates Toronto-based Eurodale. “I’d like to be able to bump into those clients in the grocery store, even 10 years from now, and 98

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still have a great relationship with them.” Building good relationships is paramount when you do not partake in advertising and rely strictly on referrals. Key to that pursuit is involving your clients in every step of their home rebuild. “Any opportunity we can, we try to introduce them to new technologies and ways to help reduce the carbon footprint, like putting in solar panels, radiant floor heating—that sort of thing,” says Cunningham, who notes that Eurodale uses greywater on the worksite wherever possible. “We have to consider each individual house and look at ways to make it efficient. Not everyone

wants to spend money. Some items require money and some items save them money, so we have to educate them, to show them all the options and give them that decision, because what they decide today will affect their lives and their wallet as well—both now and down the road.” This year’s Renovator of the Year award is a validation that Eurodale is doing things the right way, suggests Charters. “For us, it’s important because it’s our peers and people who are the voice of the industry saying, ‘Hey, of (of all) members, we think Eurodale is the cream of the crop.’ “For us its also a testament to us pushing ohba.ca


the boundaries—not just the changes in the building code and that sort of stuff, but being in the forefront of leading technology and making sure we participate in the research and trials of these technologies, so that we can implement them into our clients’ homes in interesting ways,” Charters adds. Cunningham and Charters are also strong believers in giving back to the community. “We do a charity run with BILD (Building Industry and Land Development Association) and we’ve been involved with Habitat for Humanity for six or seven years now,” says Cunningham. “We donate stuff to Habitat—anything we can. From a builder’s perspective, when we’re on a Habitat site, we’re there to lend a helping hand and we know it’s going to someone who needs that help.” Eurodale has also lent its expertise to future tradespeople. “George Brown College has had some events at which Brendan has gone to speak to the students,” Cunningham explains. “We’ve also had students come to our sites to see how a jobsite operates, and we have summer students in our office to learn about the industry. We try to employ students so that they can see that you can get a good job in construction and renovation.” Those students bear witness to the team effort required in a successful firm—right down to every staff member on a jobsite, says Cunningham. “Many brains will help devise a strategy that will work for this or that individual job.” “We surely couldn’t get to where we are as a business without the help of everybody who works for us—the guys in the field, the people in the office, our families that supported us—and it’s important to acknowledge that,” echoes Charters. “This is not a one- or two-person effort; it’s everybody doing their best to deliver for the client. But without the customers giving us the trust and confidence and handing over the keys to their house and allowing us to rip it apart and rebuild it, we wouldn’t exist.” Such awards are also of great value to consumers, notes Charters, “because it shows the work that the leading professionals in this industry are doing and shines a light on those companies that take their businesses seriously, their customers seriously, their social responsibilities seriously and who are willing put forward a consistent effort to deliver for every single customer.” OHB ohba.ca

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Builder of the Year

Environmentally advanced construction, such as its Aquabella project on Toronto’s waterfront, financing scholarships to help build the trades and a myriad of community programs, including growing food for the YMCA, all helped Tridel earn a rare back-to-back Builder of the Year honour.

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Innovative construction and community efforts propel Tridel to second straight title By Ted McIntyre

Remember those childhood tug-of-wars where once your team started pulling in unison, the momentum seemingly grew exponentially until your opposition lay at your feet? It’s becoming a little like that for Tridel. Recipient of OHBA’s Ontario Home Builder of the Year honours for the second straight year, Canada’s largest builder of condominium homes was justifiably proud of its two stunning Toronto projects up for Awards of Distinction at this year’s annual conference: Aquabella and Via Bloor. But the prestigious award is often less about what you build than about the manner in which you conduct business. And Tridel has pretty much written the blueprint on the latter. “I think it’s just the manner in which we approach the entire process, and have done for generations,” suggests Tridel Executive V.P. of Sales and Marketing Jim Ritchie, whose company also won the Builder of 100

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Year crown in 2009. Midhaven Homes is the only other builder to capture OHBA’s top annual honour on back-to-back occasions, having claimed the first two ever handed out in 2005 and 2006. “It’s a mindset—how we approach the community we’re going to build in, how we interact with municipal staff in terms of the approvals process, how we engage the consumer in terms of how the products being developed,” adds Ritchie. “Anywhere there’s a touchpoint in dealing with consumers, it’s Tridel staff at the forefront. That might sound obvious, but it’s our own sales people, our own customer care people and our own construction people doing the most important things. We’re very, very careful about that process. One thing we’ve heard many times in our industry is that there is not enough communication between the home builder and future

homeowner. We make sure our customer is engaged, from the initial point where they buy the home, until they move in and certainly afterward as well. In the condo environment we can take that even further, since we have a sister company that manages the building and maintains the lifestyle we try to put forward. It’s like conducting an orchestra, where you try to have everyone in tune together.” Beyond its excellence in customer service, Tridel has played a leadership role through provincial stakeholder engagement and piloting various initiatives to push the envelope in resilient buildings. “The greening of our buildings is a process we started some time ago,” notes Ritchie. “Since 2005, we’ve brought forward about 11 million square feet in LEED-compliant buildings, and we’re now marketing LEED Platinum with both of our new projects in ohba.ca


Toronto’s Bayside Community. And we’re currently working on our first Net Zero suite, which is being developed in our Aqualina building, which we’ll be able to demonstrate next April. “It’s nice to get those (environmental) labels, but what it really means is a better product in terms of how the building itself uses energy, and also how it provides a more comfortable environment for the consumer,” says Ritchie. “We’re doing a good thing in the big picture, but the benefits accrue to the homeowners and the condo corporation in the long term, since their operating expenses are lower.” Tridel also supports social change through programs such as B.O.L.T. (Building Opportunities for Life Today), which has helped increase participation in the trades—particularly among those without the financial wherewithal to attend college—raising more than $2.8 million and upwards of 240+ scholarships. Tridel’s Bowery Project, meanwhile, continues to turn vacant spaces on its development sites into places to grow food for the YMCA, while its Take Action initiative is an employee-driven (and managementsupported) initiative that has ranged from diverting 1,634 batteries from landfill in its first year, to recycling thousands of pounds of e-waste, to building schools in South America and Africa, to raising funds for prostate cancer and Habitat for Humanity builds. Winner of 10 categories at this 2017 BILD Awards, including Mid/High-Rise Home Builder of the Year and Green Builder of the Year (for the eighth time!), Tridel’s success is ingrained from its initial hirings, explains Ritchie. “There’s a lot of competition for skilled employees, but I think we have a bit of an advantage in that we have a very strong brand, so we leverage that a bit. We have a good program in place to find good talent, but a lot of it is homegrown. We have intern programs at Tridel, whether in construction, project management or sales, where people are hired at an entrylevel position with the thought that down the road they’re going to move up in that specific discipline. We tend to hire our management people from our support people.” It’s all part of creating a culture, says Ritchie. “If you put a team together that’s focused with a single ideal—to provide an experience and product that the consumer will enjoy—then, over time, things will look after themselves.” OHB ohba.ca

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People’s Choice Award

The Losani Homes team basks in the glow of its 2017 People’s Choice Award for its innovatve, New York City-inspired Central Park development.

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Losani brings a slice of the Big Apple to Hamilton By Ted McIntyre

Intriguing, challenging, innovative, attractive, game-changing—call it what you will, but Losani Homes’ Central Park project in Hamilton has garnered more provincewide interest than any development in the Stoney Creek builder’s 40-year history. But this year’s OHBA People’s Choice Award winner started with a basic concept: “To build a community with a park at its heart,” explains John-Anthony Losani, Public Relations Manager for Losani Homes. “When we examined that ideology further, New York City came to mind, as it represents one of the most iconic metropolitan cities in the world, while also featuring stunning parklands at its core. The fact that we could maintain nearly a quarter of the entire community’s acreage 102

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to parklands and green space helped bring that vision to life in a truly unique way.” With land becoming scarce in Hamilton, there are pressures to bring higher density plans to market, but Losani Homes delivered a diverse package to satisfy a range of homebuyers, “delivering a community that features single-family detached homes, two- and three-storey modern townhouses, urban back-to-back townhomes, as well as a series of six-storey condo buildings—all the while maintaining 15 acres of parklands that stress accessibility, while being surrounded by all the amenities that today’s modern purchasers deserve. It truly is a special place and we couldn’t be more excited for our purchasers or for the City of Hamilton.”

The company was well represented across multiple categories at September’s Awards of Distinction in Niagara Falls, earning a finalist nomination in seven divisions while claiming three awards outright for Onsite Presentation, Room Design and the Prestige Award for People’s Choice. “We introduced a series of customer-centric initiatives during the initial launch of Park Avenue, the first neighbourhood of the Central Park masterplanned community,” notes Losani, whose company was also among the four finalists for Project of the Year. “Being voted as the winner of the People’s Choice Award by the public and purchasers was particularly special because it validated our entire team’s efforts throughout the launch process.” ohba.ca


In total, Losani Homes garnered approximately 8,500 of the record 17,822 votes cast for this year’s People’s Choice Awards, a testament to how well the company told its Central Park story. “Throughout the VIP sales previews, we observed that the most favoured attributes of the community was the unique infrastructure within the community itself, the architecture and the amenities,” says Losani. Included in those attributes was the whopping 15 acres of green space, a third of which will represent a spectacular pond that will feature park benches, lightposts and additional street furniture, à la New York’s Central Park. “A further five acres has been allocated for a more traditional park, which does a phenomenal job in creating an authentic New York experience, while the final five acres represents our eco-trail promenade, which will provide access to the 10-km East Mountain Trail Loop, which feeds directly into the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area, one of Hamilton’s largest concentrations of protected green spaces,” says Losani. “What makes this exciting is that the Loop is entirely paved, making it accessible to absolutely everybody. This is one of the only portions of the Bruce Trail where this is the case. The accessibility aspect of Central Park is really what separates it from any other new community in Ontario.” The development’s attractive location— nestled between the conservation area and the brand new Upper Redhill Extension—provides convenient highway access to residents. There are also plenty of entertainment options, eateries, shopping, sports and recreation, as well as numerous public and Catholic schools all within a short bike ride or walk from Central Park. The quality of the residences themselves, of course, played a major role in Losani’s victory, as evidenced by the builder’s Best New Kitchen (2,501+ SF) award for its Corsica model—a space adorned with a pair of wide silver pendant lights over a large island, high-quality oversized appliances (including a double-stacked stainless steel oven) and a butler’s servery. Losani also excelled in its presentation of the development’s leading features, including a comprehensive brochure package for each prospective buyer in a communitybranded bag, including a coffee table-quality amenities brochure that views Central Park in reference to the neighbourhood’s and city’s premium attractions. OHB ohba.ca

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Local Association of the Year

The Guelph & District HBA receives its Local of the Year award from OHBA President Pierre Dufresne.

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“When they announced us as the winner of Local Association of the Year at the OHBA President’s Gala and listed our accolades, it really brought home all that we have achieved in the past year. We’re immensely proud and honoured to receive this award,” says Stacy Cooper, Executive Officer of the Guelph and District Home Builders’ Association (GDHBA). At the gala, incoming OHBA President Pierre Dufresne praised the association for its achievements in a number of areas. “There are so many shining stars in GDHBA’s membership who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in building better homes and truly innovating building science and sustainable technologies,” he said. “GDHBA also invests in their members—new 104

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members can only be brought on if they have a mentor, which helps ensure and promote a culture and legacy of lifelong learning.” First and foremost among the local’s accomplishments is the enthusiasm and pioneering spirit of its members in advancing Net Zero Energy (NZE) home building and technology. “Steve Wright of Wrighthaven Homes laid the groundwork and got the ball rolling with his NZE building practices,” notes Cooper. “Jennifer Weatherston, Director of Innovation with Reid’s Heritage Homes [builders of five NZE homes in Guelph’s Westminster Woods community], played an integral part in advancing NZE. This year, she received the EnerQuality Leader of the Year Award. “We like to say that we’re ground zero for

net zero. The biggest players in the field are all here,” adds Cooper. Among that group is building science authority Andy Oding of Building Knowledge Canada, who was involved in the building of GDHBA member Reid’s and Whitehaven NZE homes, as well as Andy Goyda, Canadian Builder Lead with Owens Corning Canada, who played a vital role in Canada’s Net Zero Energy Project, which involved Goyda’s company, Natural Resources Canada, and 25 builders across the country. “Five of our association’s members, including Andy, are active participants in the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Net Zero Energy Council,” Cooper adds. GDHBA members were also instrumental in gaining impressive media coverage locally and nationally for Guelph’s NZE ohba.ca


accomplishments, advises Cooper. “Our association made it all possible through facilitation, collaboration and sharing best practices with the industry. Together, we’re a powerful advocacy group.” Those achievements aside, the GDHBA has been actively involved in engagement and outreach with its community and local government. “Beyond their own membership, GDHBA also seeks to connect meaningfully with the community by initiating various local in-kind sponsorships, hosting product showcase and dinner meetings open to the public, and partnering with school boards to pilot a co-op program to better expose students and parents to skilled trades,” observed OHBA President Pierre Dufresne at the President’s Gala. The association continues to be intensively engaged with the City of Guelph, meeting and corresponding regularly with City officials as well as local MPs and MPPs to discuss building industry issues. “Our relationship with the City is one of mutual respect,” says Stacy Cooper. “Under the leadership of the mayor and the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, we invited each other to talk about development policies, collaborating on positive policy changes in line with the City’s ‘Get to Yes!’ mandate, which pledges to make it easy for developers to do business with city hall. Ours is a solid professional relationship with the same goals in mind.” In its efforts to foster skilled trades in the community, the GDHBA, in partnership with the Upper Grand District School Board, established a pilot program to educate elementary and Grade 9 students and their parents on the popular misconceptions and positive attributes of working in skilled trades. “We’re taking a three-point approach to education: addressing the stigma of the industry trades as a transient, secondrate choice of vocation; working with our members to create opportunities for training; and collaborating with the school board’s ICE (Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship) initiative to set students up on the right path to skilled-trades jobs in the industry.” On October 26, key GDHBA members hosted the first Residential Construction Day for co-op students. “So far, our skilled trades pilot program has been a huge success—so much so that we plan to implement it in schools across Ontario and maybe eventually Canada-wide,” says Cooper. OHB

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Member of the Year

Tribute Communities’ V.P. of Land Development, Steve Deveaux

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Continuing commitment to multiple causes earns Deveaux prestigious honour By Ted McIntyre

Steve Deveaux doesn’t like to boast about the amount of time he dedicates to causes beyond his role as Vice-President of Land Development at Tribute Communities. Part of the reason is that it might shock his boss, Tribute co-founder Al Libfeld. The other reason is that Deveaux cares too deeply for the Ontario Home Builders’ Association to possibly dissuade others from donating their time and effort to the cause. “I don’t want to scare off anyone from potentially volunteering,” he laughs. “But I’m a firm believer in finishing what you started, so a lot of the legislative reform that I was intimately involved in as Chair of BILD (Building Industry and Land Development Association), I wanted to see through to fruition. Whether it’s related to Ontario Municipal Board reform or inclusionary zoning, I’ve been quite active on those files so that we have that continuum of knowledge through the process.” It’s that sort of dedication that earned Deveaux the nod as 2017 OHBA Member of the Year. His passion for the industry and 106

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its associations has included work alongside OHBA on government advocacy efforts on the above-mentioned issues, with presentations at joint meetings to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and PC Leader Patrick Brown, as well as many deputations to Queen’s Park Standing Committees in support of OHBA positions. “You can count on Steve,” says OHBA President Pierre Dufresne. “He always answers the call and has been an important partner with OHBA as we worked together to develop association strategy and policy positions. Also, you will almost always find him at a major OHBA event—his support and expertise are much appreciated.”   “It has been a challenging couple of years for our industry, dealing with this provincial government and their unending revisions and updates to legislation,” Deveaux admits. “But what I’m most proud of is how as an industry we’ve continually provided expert, factual information to the Province. We’ve never shied away from telling the truth. Positions we put forward

were entirely credible and correct, if often ignored. At times it was tough to find some of the successes amid the challenges with legislation that hurts our industry, but we held the line of staying away from rhetoric and focused instead on providing evidence and solutions to back our position.” The Growth Plan is one example, Deveaux cites. “When the Province was reviewing the Growth Plan and looking at projected intensification numbers for how new areas within the urban boundary were going to grow, their assumptions on the amount of land that was actually built out was entirely understated, which resulted in a built form that, quite frankly, we believe the majority of Ontarians would not be supportive of, particularly if you moved further and further away from the city. It was through the evidence and factfinding that we provided in the multitude of conversations with regional chairs, politicians and planning commissioners to show them how flawed the numbers were that caused the Province to take a bit of a ohba.ca


pause on their legislation and allow more opportunities for municipalities to come up with variations of the intensification numbers to suit their particular municipality. Without our efforts and the integrity of the background work we did, things would have never gotten there.� Deveaux says his time as Chair with BILD helped him appreciate both sides of the debate a little better. “I’ve been volunteering my time for a long time, but really dealing with politicians and municipal and provincial staff on much more macro policy levels, and seeing the big-picture items that will really shape the region for years to come, helps put things in perspective when you’re having different conversations with staff and politicians on your individual development applications,� Deveaux notes. “You can more readily relate it back to the provincial goals of intensification and making best use of the infrastructure aspects of planning. Having an in-depth understanding of where the numbers come from when debating them at that level helps you in your everyday job.� But while his chairing duties with BILD are behind him, Deveaux remains dog-witha-bone relentless in his support of current issues at all levels of the industry. Why keep such a busy schedule? “Networking aside, I think it’s important to continue to stay relevant and understand what our industry partners are doing, and show support for one another as we collectively deal with this unending barrage of legislative reform,� Deveaux says. “Attending these events, whether educational sessions or a dinner, and being able to talk to people and share experiences and come up with solutions all reinforces that we’re doing the right thing and attempting to grow the region. The camaraderie between different partners is definitely important. One such event was his presence on an recent expert panel at Greybrook Realty Partners, where his message was a positive one. “At the end of the day, the fundamentals of the GTA and surrounding region are incredibly strong,� Deveaux says. “Interest rates are low, immigration is high and it is still a relatively inexpensive market from an international perspective. The kind of investment activity that has found its way into the GTA over the past 10-15 years would be the envy of most of the world. But while it’s easy to take that for granted, you have to keep pushing for fair policies and fair taxation.� OHB

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Harry Herskowitz stressed to attendees the need to remain vigilant in fighting for industry causes.

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Herskowitz recognized for his collective contributions to the industry By Tracy Hanes

When Harry Herskowitz entered Osgoode Hall Law School, he envisioned a career working in family law. Instead, he gravitated towards commercial and business courses and became intrigued by the prospect of working with architects, engineers, builders and developers. After being called to the bar of Ontario in 1979, Herskowitz joined DelZotto, Zorzi LLP, where today he is a senior partner and leads the firm’s real estate department, with emphasis on land development and condominium law. He was awarded the OHBA’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution and leadership as past Tarion Warranty Corporation chair (2008 to 2014) and Tarion board member (since 1999), as well as for his outstanding leadership and service to the residential construction industry. Herskowitz has used his legal expertise to represent developers and help them create new home communities throughout the province. “Over his many years of service, Tarion, OHBA and the industry have benefited greatly from Harry’s keen, analytical mind, ohba.ca

his constructive arbitration skills and his vast expertise and knowledge about our industry, the law and the New Home Warranty Act. As Tarion Chair, he led the organization with character, integrity and great wisdom,” says OHBA president Pierre Dufresne. “In the 20 years I’ve known him, Harry has dedicated thousands of hours volunteering to the industry, serving on various committees without asking for any gratitude,” adds long-time friend and past Tarion board member Peter Saturno, president of Midhaven Homes. “He has one of the most brilliant legal minds and common sense minds when it comes to real estate. And he’s one of the best orators you’ll ever hear.” Herskowitz put those oratorical skills to use during his acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award, indicating that in his 40-year career he has never seen the building and development industry under such attack, from developers and builders grappling with land use policies and steep development charges to the dismantling of Tarion and the OMB. “It makes you think government doesn’t

like our industry, despite it being the only engine that’s running on all cylinders (in Ontario),” he said. Herskowitz urged those at the awards night to rally and speak up to politicians. “The government always has its hand in your pocket when there’s an election, so this is one of the times they’ll have to listen to your complaints.” When Herskowitz joined Tarion, there were no electronic records, no central organization, no construction performance guidelines or rulebook and three separate offices across the province that didn’t interact with each other, he notes. “As a lawyer, I found there was a lot of material to sink my teeth into. Through lots of dialogue with the industry, we developed guidelines to identify what a deficiency was and how to fix it. I was happy with a lot of the initiatives we implemented.” The Tarion program is due for some major changes, based on Chief Justice J. Douglas Cunningham’s review of the warranty program. Chief Douglas was appointed by the Province in 2015 to conduct the review. Among its ontario home builder AWARDS 2017

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recommendations is that Tarion no longer be the provider of warranty protection— that would be offered by third-party providers—and that it be stripped of its role as regulator of new-home builders (the province will assume that responsibility). Tarion would continue to operate under a new name and as a not-for-profit corporation, retaining responsibility for all existing homes currently enrolled with Tarion. “I thought we did a lot of great work, but the perception of builder bias on the board never changed,” says Herskowitz. “In all my years, there were never decisions made that padded the pockets of builders. Of all the things we changed, such as increasing warranty coverage, having deposit coverage, making things easier to track, there was always this vociferous group that felt Tarion was in the pocket of builders.” Currently, Tarion serves as a licensor for builders in the warranty program, as a regulator, and is also the enforcement arm. If it still exists in a reincarnated way, it will become either the regulator or the warranty provider, suggests Herskowitz, thus serving a single function instead of three. With his expertise in condominium law, Herskowitz was part of the incredible growth of the GTA condominium market. He believes government policies that both limit where development can take place and promote intensification have helped to accelerate the thriving high-rise market. “I never thought it would be so much of the market. I thought 30%. I never thought it would be more than 50%.” Herskowitz also praises the manner in which the condo market has evolved, raising the bar for design, construction and energy efficiency and including innovative amenities such as urban gardens. But he reserves his greatest respect and admiration for all of those he volunteers with and works with in the new home and condominium world. “It’s a phenomenal industry because of the people in the industry,” he says. “They are very optimistic, very creative, never take no for an answer and are always on the move, thinking of the next project, the next design— always adapting to new things.” The respect is mutual. “Anyone who knows him admires Harry,” says Saturno. “He’s a great thinker and can walk into any situation and give a balanced opinion on all sides. That’s one of his biggest strengths.” OHB ohba.ca


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Special Recognition Awards

Laura Higgs has grown membership despite battling the underground economy.

H i g g s tag g e d fo r Memorial Honour Of all the awards the Ontario Home Builders’ Association hands out each year at its annual conference, only one is named in honour of one of its own: the David Horton Leadership Award. That should tell you something about how highly regarded the man was, and what attributes OHBA cherishes when selecting its yearly winner. When Horton, just 62 at the time, passed away in 2011 a year after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), the 25-year OHBA veteran was described as “an astute strategist, outstanding organizer and skillful communicator.” He was “the man behind the curtain who made it all tick,” the association noted. That’s Laura Higgs in a nutshell. Executive Officer of the Sudbury and District Home Builders’ Association (SDHBA), Higgs was caught off guard by her award. “I was surprised—I didn’t even know the local volunteers had nominated me,” says Higgs, who applied for the Executive Officer job after seeing an ad in the paper in July 2009. Despite challenging conditions, including the everpresent underground economy that lures away many potential members, Higgs has steadily grown her local’s membership (it stands at nearly 90 now) over her nearly eight-year tenure as EO, and has a vision to go even bigger by expanding to other northern communities. Quick to support the association at every turn, she has also helped SDHBA host OHBA for numerous events and provincial consultations and workshops in efforts to keep members involved, while also ensuring that their message is heard. “I think in our municipality and many across the north, the Province plays a more significant role than people might realize, so it’s important to engage on that provincial level as much as possible,” says Higgs. “We have truly benefited from having Laura as part of our association,” says OHBA’s new president Pierre Dufresne. “Her commitments to the industry, continual engagement with OHBA advocacy and exceptional skills as a sharp communicator are some of the many ways we are grateful for her contribution. There is seldom a volunteer or staff who doesn’t know Laura’s smiling face.” —Ted McIntyre OHB 112

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OHBA President Pierre Dufresne with (clockwise) Lynda Busch, Danielle Rinaldi and Jon Whyte.

W hyte , R i n a ld i a n d B u sc h E a r n S p e c i a l R e co g n iti o n H o n o u rs “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away,” Pablo Picasso once observed. But you don’t need to possess special talents to make a difference in the world. Rather, it takes a special commitment to utilize whatever talents you have to benefit others. There is a long line of individuals like that who proudly call themselves members of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association—men and women who tirelessly volunteer time and effort for the betterment not of their respective companies, but for the association and industry as a whole. The OHBA recognized three such individuals at its annual conference in Niagara Falls in September: Jon Whyte of Mountainview Homes, Danielle Rinaldi of Rinaldi Homes and Niagara Home Builders’ Association Executive Officer Lynda Busch. Whyte was cited for his outstanding leadership within the industry and contributions to the association. A selfless leader, he serves as Chair of the OHBA Land Development Committee and is currently serving a second term as president of Niagara Home Builders’ Association. Well respected by his peers and colleagues, Whyte is a particularly engaged individual who has met with municipal leaders, moderated forums and supported several association events. Rinaldi was noted for her infectious enthusiasm and can-do attitude whenever presented with a task—from fundraising, to community group outreach, to conference administration, as well as her indispensable operations at the committee or board level. Danielle also served on the Niagara HBA’s conference planning committee this year. Busch, Niagara HBA’s executive officer, has been serving the association for 17 years. She works tirelessly to ensure that every event and meeting goes off without a flaw—tasks she seemingly accomplishes effortlessly. Her unwavering dedication is much admired and her commitment to the day-today operation of Niagara HBA has helped ensure the ongoing success of the local. OHB ohba.ca


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Ontario Home Builder - Awards 2017  

Highlighting the 29 winners of the OHBA Awards of Distinction.

Ontario Home Builder - Awards 2017  

Highlighting the 29 winners of the OHBA Awards of Distinction.

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