Apr 7 - Toronto's best renovators named

April 10, 2006

Toronto's best renovators named for 2006

April 7, 2006

Toronto- PROBUILT was named renovator of the year at the annual renovation and custom building awards ceremony held today by the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association.

The coveted award goes to the company whose leadership helps raise the standard for all renovators and whose efforts improve the public image of renovators in the Greater Toronto Area. The award reflects how well the renovator performed as a professional, meeting the needs and expectations of customers while contributing to the industry.

An independent survey of clients for all renovator of the year finalists was a key component of the judging process. Testimonials highlighted the commitment PROBUILT makes to meeting expectations. Client remarks ranged from "they took care of everything from design to construction," to "the neighbours had nothing but good things to say," and, "they cleaned up every day and put their tools and materials away."

In other categories Whitehall Homes & Construction Ltd garnered the award for best renovation over $300,000 for a neglected mid-century row home near Avenue Road and Dupont.  The house was completely gutted inside to allow for increased soundproofing, electrical and plumbing upgrades. Special features added to this home include removable stair railings for furniture movement and pivoting mirror systems concealing plasma screens.

Jackson & Associates took the award for best renovation $150,000 to $300,000 for a kitchen, living room and bathroom renovation in the York Mills area. Fireplaces in both the kitchen and living room were updated to become focal points for the rooms. In addition, the traditional kitchen was updated with beams to highlight the 25' ceilings.

Best renovation $75,000 - $150,000 was awarded to Cochren Homes for a kitchen renovation in Brampton. This kitchen was renovated to update its look and increase efficiency.  Along with new cabinets, granite countertops and marble backsplash, a custom designed coffered ceiling centered over the dining table creates architectural interest.
 
A front façade transformation in the Beaches earned Intrigued by Design Inc. the award for best renovation under $75,000. The new entrance for the two storey Queen Anne house combines modern and Victorian elements, such as a sweeping porch, a proportionately scaled turret roof, multiple gables and bold detailing to create a dramatic front entrance.

Windemere Custom Homes took the award for best custom home with an old world style home in Woodbridge. The natural stone exterior with cedar-shingled roof gives the home an aged appearance, complimenting the maturity of the natural environment.

Homeowners will have an opportunity to view all project display boards submitted in the competition at Destination Renovation, presented by the GTHBA, during the ten-day National Home Show, April 7-16, at the National Trade Centre.

The home renovation and custom building awards are sponsored by Renovation and Décor magazine.
With more than 1,400 members, the GTHBA is the voice of the residential construction industry in the Greater Toronto Area. Established in 1921, the association is comprised of land developers, home builders, professional renovation contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, service, professional and financial firms. We are proudly affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders' Associations.

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For further information:

Suzanna Cohen 
Director of Communications 
416-391-3450 or 416-453-3214 
scohen@gthba.ca