Averra Developments took home Gold for the best Condo Renovation under $200k at the 2011 Georgie Awards Gala held by the Canadian Home Builders Association of BC on March 5th. A large part of our success with the Brown residence should be credited to the designer, Keith Chalmers. Keith designed a custom millwork/cabinet layout that created storage and allowed for as much living space as possible. The flush cabinets with concealed pulls and a slick 90% custom sheen paint gave the old condo a very modern feel. We believe the use of paper backed glass tiles in the shower and bath walls, textured floor tiles, and an additional wood inlay with tile center in the entrance helped set this residence apart from the rest. Using Hanstone for the counters in the kitchen, bath, and dressing room with slabs of the same installed for the backsplash added to a sleek, non-busy feel seldom seen in condo re-designs often featuring busy mosaics and multiple colours.
From a construction standpoint the Brown Residence was an interesting project for Averra as our typical builds involve large home renovations and new home construction. In some ways renovating a house can actually be easier than a home in a multi-family condo or townhome unit. A house is a stand alone entity whereas a condo is part of a larger building with several separate homes interconnected by the structure. Dealing with strata approvals, multiple family fire codes, sound proofing, and common pathways behind the walls for gas, plumbing, and sprinklers takes more time and presents more obstacles than taking down walls in a home and starting new. When creating open living space by removing walls and adding structural headers in a condo the entire building structure, it€™s loads, and related units/floors above must all be taken into account.
Readers who enjoy this may also be interested in the Brown Residence Photo Gallery.