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Local home builders nominated for VIBE awards

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GNB Builders known for their quality “planet-friendly” homes are thrilled and honoured to be a finalist for the 2016 VIBE awards sponsored by the Canadian Home Builders Association. The award-wining builders are nominated for the following categories: Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Vancouver Island – Best Production home, Best Renovation, Best Kitchen new over $50,000, Best Any Room, Grand VIBE Award Project of the Year, Grand VIBE Award Renovator of the Year, Grand VIBE Award Single Family Builder of the Year.

Two of the awards “best project” and “renovation” are based on the transformation of a small A-frame into a custom dream home.

The owners took their environmental responsibility seriously not only for energy efficiency but to protect the ecosystem in Yellow Point where they were building in. The home was also built to be dog friendly.

The existing home was 1470 sq. ft. and the owners decided not to demolish but to renovate. A garage was built on one side of the existing home and a bedroom was converted into a dog grooming/mudroom area. The new wing was designed to be level entry and includes the private master suite, using the old home as guest quarters.

A central covered outdoor living area was added along with a sun patio both with multiple access points. To tie the buildings together a metal roof was added to the new and old home and the use of a stairwell tower seamlessly connects the addition.

Besides being sensitive to the eco-system of the area, the owners incorporated energy efficiency and green features into their Built Green “Platinum” Energuide rating 83 home.

GNB’s Greg and Heidi Bianchini are pleased with the home. “The outdoor living space is going to be used year round” says Greg. “It looks like it belongs there,” says Heidi.

GNB Builders was a joy to work with, say owners Tom and Mary Shillabeer. “They were very responsive to our concerns and requests. The final product is more than we had even dreamed.” Nestled into the landscape this truly is a treehouse amongst a forest.

Trades and companies who contributed to this project include GNB Builders, Daniel McGrath Ltd., Pope & Sons Refrigeration & Heating, United Floor, and Nova Integrated Pest Management Ltd, please see ads on this page and J.E. Anderson & Associates Surveyors – Engineers, please see ad on page 22.


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