WFLBC Building History – what we’ve seen so far.

For the last 2 weeks I’ve been exploring Vancouver’s buildings and trying to uncover some history about them. I’m really enjoying digging through the archives and learning about Vancouver’s history. Here’s a quick recap of the buildings I’ve looked at so far.  Click on the pictures for more info/history about the building and remember to click follow while you’re visiting my Instagram Page. Also you should check out the Vancouver Archives page, it’s a great place to lose an entire day looking at the past.

The Robert Lee YMCA and Patina.

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The Marine Building.

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The Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

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Cathedral Place and the Georgia Medical Dental Building.

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The Dominion Building.

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Nelson Square.

Nelson Square

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Pictures of our city

It seems like you guys like pictures of Vancouver. It’s a pretty good looking city so I don’t blame you. Sometimes I take pictures of our beautiful city from some interesting places. I like to sneak into areas that most people never see and show them what I see. Early in the morning before I start my day, during my lunch or after hours only, just to be clear…

These are my favourites, follow me on Instagram if you like them!

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The GVHBA 2013 Ovation Awards finalists unveiled with lots of love for Surrey.

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The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) has announced the finalists for the 2013 Ovation Awards.

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 The awards, now in their fourth year, honour excellence in the design and construction of new single-family and multi-family homes, as well as the renovation of existing homes. For the first time, a People’s Choice Award will allow the public to vote for their favourite new or renovated project. Ovation Award winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on Saturday, April 20. To learn more about the People’s Choice Award and how you can vote, visit www.ovationawards.ca

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“High-quality home building and renovation are hugely important to the home owners of Metro Vancouver,” says GVHBA Chief Executive Officer Bob de Wit. “The Ovation Awards recognize the industry’s leaders in innovation and excellence.”

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Here’s a complete list of the nominees including many great projects in my hood, Surrey! Also all of the pictures in this post are projects located in Surrey! Check out www.ovationawards.ca for more info and see photos of these great projects on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gvhba

Scott.

Best Kitchen Renovation: Under $50,000

  • Intermind Design Inc. (New Westminster), Simplicity 2569
  • Level One Construction Ltd. (Vancouver), Mirrored Cuisine
  • Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc. (North Vancouver), Ross Kitchen
  • Associate: Sensitive Design (West Vancouver)

 Best Kitchen Renovation: $50,000 – $99,999

  • Level One Construction Ltd. (Vancouver), From Take-out to Home Cooking
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Cypress Cityscape
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Modern Metamorphosis
  • Associate: Sarah Gallop Design Inc. (Delta)

 Best Kitchen Renovation: $100,000 and over

  • Lonetree Enterprises Ltd. (Vancouver), Collins
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Vintner’s Dream
  • Associate: Connected Spaces (Vancouver)
  • TQ Construction Ltd. (Burnaby), Yale Kitchen

 Best Kitchen and Greatroom Renovation

  • G. Wilson Construction Co. Ltd. (Vancouver), BeachRES
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Coastal Revival
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey),  Lofty View

 Best Bathroom Renovation: Under $35,000

  • Green City Builders Inc. (Vancouver), Blend and Flow
  • Sarah Gallop Design Inc. (Delta), Relaxing Retreat
  • TQ Construction Ltd. (Burnaby),  Townhouse Ensuite

 Best Bathroom Renovation: $35,000 and over

  • Kenorah Construction & Design Ltd. (Delta), Craftsman with a Dash of Contemporary
  • Kenorah Construction & Design Ltd. (Delta), Path of Pebbles
  • Sensitive Design (West Vancouver), MacBeth

 Best Renovated Room

  • Klondike Contracting Corporation (Vancouver), An Asymmetric Overhaul
  • Associate: Architrix Design Studio Inc. (Vancouver)
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Brookside
  • Associate: Sarah Gallop Design Inc. (Delta)
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Vintner’s Dream
  • Associate: Connected Spaces (Vancouver)

Best Addition/Conversion Renovation

  • Best Builders Ltd. (Delta), Eagleridge
  • Kenorah Construction & Design Ltd. (Delta), Classic Heritage Revised
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Lofty View

Best Accessible Renovation

  • Intermind Design Inc. (New Westminster), My Intentions
  • Vancouver General Contractors Inc. (Vancouver), East 18

Best Heritage Renovation

  • Best Builders Ltd. (Delta), Arthur Drive
  • Harald Koehn Construction Ltd. (Vancouver), Timeless Comfort
  • Associate: Richard Kadulski Architect  (Vancouver)
  • JDL Homes Inc. (Vancouver), West 2nd
  • Associate: Modern Classic Building Solutions Inc. (Vancouver)

Best Exterior Renovation

  • Green City Builders Inc. (Vancouver), The ‘Updo’ House
  • JDL Homes Inc. (Vancouver), West 2nd
  • Associate: Modern Classic Building Solutions Inc. (Vancouver)
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Lofty View

 Best Condominium Renovation

  • G. Wilson Construction Co. Ltd. (Vancouver), BeachRES
  • Intermind Design Inc. (New Westminster), Modena Qube
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Cypress Cityscape

Best Renovation: Under $250,000

  • Intermind Design Inc. (New Westminster), Konstant
  • Associate: USAR Contracting and Design Inc. (Surrey)
  • Mountainside Renovations (Abbotsford), Indoor and Outdoor Transformation
  • Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc. (North Vancouver), Forrest
  • Associate: Sensitive Design (West Vancouver)

Best Renovation: $250,000 – $499,999

  • Klondike Contracting Corporation (Vancouver), An Asymmetric Overhaul
  • Associate: Architrix Design Studio Inc. (Vancouver)
  • Mountainside Renovations (Abbotsford), Cedar Avenue
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Coastal Revival

Best Renovation: $500,000 – $799,999

  • Kenorah Construction & Design Ltd. (Delta), 50’s Classic West Coast Modern
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Lofty View
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Vintner’s Dream
  • Associate: Connected Spaces (Vancouver)

Best Renovation: $800,000 and over

  • Cirrus Homes (North Vancouver), Montroyal Post and Beam
  • G. Wilson Construction Co. Ltd. (Vancouver), BeachRES
  • G. Wilson Construction Co. Ltd. (Vancouver), W14RES

Best Custom Home: $500,000 – $999,999

  • Best Builders Ltd. (Delta), Butterfly House
  • Econ Group Construction and Development Ltd. (North Vancouver), The Inter-Generational Family Home
  • Projekt Homes Ltd. (Maple Ridge), Projekt Keil

Best Custom Home: $1 million – $2 million

  • Insightful Healthy Homes Inc. (Vancouver), Harmony House
  • Tavan Developments Ltd. (Vancouver), Classic Beauty
  • Tavan Developments Ltd. (Vancouver), Riverside Elegance

Best Custom Home: Over $2 million

  • Best Builders Ltd. (Delta), Sentinel
  • Falcon Homes  Ltd. (Port Coquitlam), Butterfly House
  • VictorEric Premium Homes (Vancouver), Chen Residence

Best Single-Family Detached Home: Less than 2,000 s.f.

  • Portrait Homes Ltd. (Richmond), Hampstead

Best Single-Family Detached Home: 2,000 – 2,999 s.f.

  • Portrait Homes (Richmond), Hampstead
  • Vesta Properties Ltd. (Langley), Milner Heights Seasons Phase2
  • Vesta Properties Ltd. (Langley), Vantage Single Family Home

Best Townhouse/Rowhome Development: Less than 2,000 s.f.

  • K.A.O. Construction Design Studio Inc. (Vancouver), The Fraternal Courtyard Duplex
  • ParkLane Homes Ltd. (Vancouver), Flatiron at Bedford Landing
  • Royale Properties Ltd. (Surrey), Nature’s Walk

Best Townhouse/Rowhome Development: 2,000 s.f. and over

  • Bluetree Homes Ltd. (Vancouver), Bluetree Homes at Kanaka Creek

 Best Multi-Family Lowrise Development

  • ParkLane Homes Ltd. (Vancouver), The Village at Bedford Landing
  • Porte Development Corp. (Vancouver), Origin
  • Tien Sher Group of Companies (Richmond), Quattro3

Best Multi-Family Highrise Development

  • Concert Properties Ltd. (Vancouver), Patina

Best New Kitchen: Under $100,000

  • Best Builders Ltd. (Delta), Sentinel
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Modern Tranquility
  • Usar Contracting and Design Inc. (Surrey), Olam
  • Associate: Intermind Design Inc.

Best New Kitchen: $100K and over

  • Falcon Homes  Ltd. (Port Coquitlam), Butterfly House
  • Tavan Developments Ltd. (Vancouver), Riverside Elegance
  • Tavan Developments Ltd. (Vancouver), Southlands Gem

Best Outdoor Living Space: New or Renovated

  • Best Builders Ltd. (Delta), Sentinel
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Vintner’s Dream
  • Associate: Connected Spaces (Vancouver)
  • reVISION Custom Home Renovations Inc. (Vancouver), Ribs and Relaxation

Best Special Feature: New or Renovated

  • Falcon Homes Ltd. (Port Coquitlam), Butterfly House
  • G. Wilson Construction Co. Ltd. (Vancouver), BeachRES
  • Tavan Developments Ltd. (Vancouver), Shaughnessey Charm

Best Interior Design Custom Residence: New or Renovated

  • Falcon Homes Ltd. (Port Coquitlam), Butterfly House
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Vintner’s Dream
  • Tavan Developments Ltd. (Vancouver), Shaughnessey Charm

Best Interior Design Display Suite: Single-Family or Multi-Family

  • Bluetree Homes Ltd. (Vancouver), Bluetree Homes at Kanaka Creek
  • Concert Properties Ltd. (Vancouver), Patina
  • Royale Properties Ltd. (Surrey), Nature’s Walk – Light Palette
  • Associate: Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing (Surrey)

Best Marketing Innovation

  • Portrait Homes (Richmond), Hampstead

Best Marketing Campaign

  • Bluetree Homes Ltd. (Vancouver), Bluetree Homes – Your Friendly Neighbourhood Builder
  • Concert Properties Ltd. (Vancouver), Patina
  • ParkLane Homes Ltd. (Vancouver), River District Vancouver
  • Associate: Braun/Allison Inc. (Vancouver)

FortisBC Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency in New Construction: Single-Family Home

  • Insightful Healthy Homes Inc. (Vancouver), Harmony House
  • Insightful Healthy Homes Inc. (Vancouver), Vancouver Net Zero Energy Ready Home

FortisBC Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency in New Construction: Multi-Family Home

  • Porte Development Corp. (Vancouver), Origin

GRAND OVATION AWARDS

RenoMark Renovator of the Year – Small Volume

  • Cirrus Homes (North Vancouver)
  • Intermind Design Inc. (New Westminster)
  • Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc. (North Vancouver)

 RenoMark Renovator of the Year – Large Volume

  • Kenorah Construction & Design Ltd. (Delta)
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey)
  • TQ Construction Ltd. (Burnaby)

 Custom Builder of the Year

  • Best Builders Ltd. (Delta)
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey)
  • Tavan Developments Ltd. (Vancouver)

Single-Family Builder of the Year

  • Portrait Homes (Richmond)
  • Vesta Properties Ltd. (Langley)

Multi-Family Builder of the Year

  • Concert Properties Ltd. (Vancouver)
  •  ParkLane Homes Ltd. (Vancouver)
  •  Royale Properties Ltd. (Surrey)

People’s Choice Award Entrants

  • Best Builders Ltd. – Sentinel
  • Bluetree Homes  – Bluetree Homes at Bishop Creek
  • Bluetree Homes – Bluetree Homes at Kanaka Creek
  • Cirrus Homes – Montroyal Post and Beam
  • Concert Properties Ltd. – Patina
  • Falcon Homes Ltd. – Butterfly House
  • Kooney Homes Ltd. – The Boardwalk Townhomes
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. – Lofty View
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. – Modern Tranquility
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. – Vintner’s Dream
  • ParkLane Homes Ltd. – Flatiron at Bedford Landing
  • Royale Properties Ltd. – Nature’s Walk
  • Tien Sher Group of Companies – English Mews
  • Tien Sher Group of Companies – Quattro3
  • TQ Construction Ltd. – Deer Lake Spa Bath
  • TQ Construction Ltd. – Inside-Outside Renovation
  • TQ Construction Ltd. – Princess Park Kitchen
  • TQ Construction Ltd. – Seclusion
  • TQ Construction Ltd. – Yale Kitchen

My second love, buildings, bridges and public spaces

I love many things in this world, my family is obviously first on the list. My second love may come as a surprise to some, unless you read the title. Buildings, bridges, public spaces, I love architectural design, industrial design and well planned neighbourhoods. A beautiful building or bridge is like art soaring into the sky or spanning a body of water, well planned public spaces energise the streets, bring foot traffic to local businesses and inspire families to move into urban areas.

Whenever I have the chance I take pictures of my favourite places using my Smartphone (Sony X12)  and Instagram. I’ve gathered up some of my favourites and wanted to share them with you.

1500 West Georgia, Vancouver.
1500 West Georgia, Vancouver.
Central City Tower, Surrey
Central City Tower, Surrey
Alexandria Bridge, Fraser Canyon near Hell's Gate
Alexandria Bridge, Fraser Canyon near Hell’s Gate
Athletes Village main square, Vancouver
Athletes Village main square, Vancouver
BC Place looking towards Mount Baker, Vancouver
BC Place looking towards Mount Baker, Vancouver
Burrard Street Bridge, Vancouver
Burrard Street Bridge, Vancouver
English Bay and the West End, Vancouver
English Bay and the West End, Vancouver
Georgia Street, Vancouver
Georgia Street, Vancouver
Granville Street Bridge and False Creek
Granville Street Bridge and False Creek
White Rock Pier, White Rock
White Rock Pier, White Rock

 

Granville Island, rust can be beautiful, Vancouver
Granville Island, rust can be beautiful, Vancouver
Granville Street Bridge, Vancouver
Granville Street Bridge, Vancouver
Harbour Centre and Hastings Street, Vancouver
Harbour Centre and Hastings Street, Vancouver
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver
Lonsdale Quay looking across Burrard Inlet, North Vancouver
Lonsdale Quay looking across Burrard Inlet, North Vancouver
Main Street, Whistler Village
Main Street, Whistler Village
Manhattan Apartments at Robson and Thurlow, Vancouver
Manhattan Apartments at Robson and Thurlow, Vancouver
Queensborough with the Alex Fraser Bridge in the distance, New Westminster
Queensborough with the Alex Fraser Bridge in the distance, New Westminster
Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Saint Paul's Hospital, Vancouver
Saint Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver
The DTES as seen from the Sun Tower, Vancouver
The DTES as seen from the Sun Tower, Vancouver

 

The Electra, Vancouver
The Electra, Vancouver

 

The Qube, Vancouver
The Qube, Vancouver

 

Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey
Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey

 

Vancouver Public Library main branch, Vancouver
Vancouver Public Library main branch, Vancouver

 

White Rock Beach pier, White Rock
White Rock Beach pier, White Rock

 

 

Grab your smartphone or camera and take some pictures of your favourite places, it’ll make you appreciate the place we call home and you might find something great that you didn’t know was so close to you.

Scott.