Category Archives: Home Building

Averra on HTGV Massive Moves

Averra Developments on HGTV
Averra Developments big house move finally aired on HGTV’s show Massive Moves a couple weeks ago! The Vancouver heritage home was safely moved to its new home on Vancouver Island.
The HTGV show, Massive Moves shows the entire thing. Check out the Coastal Cruise episode.
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Making a Custom Teak Countertop

The use of teak in counter tops is becoming increasingly popular among designers and clients for its hardwood attributes, rich red/brown grains, and resistance to water and moisture.
Here is some of our advice and steps to helping you creating your own custom teak countertop.
Purchasing and Selecting Teak Raw Material
Most teak comes from sustainable  …

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1915 Heritage Home move on Dunbar a Success; looking forward to the future.

The Dunbar character home that was featured in The Province, The Vancouver Sun, and on various Vancouver news broadcasts including the CBC has now been successfully moved from its original property and is waiting on a barge dock at the Southlands Musqeum Indian Reserve before crossing the Georgia Straight on its way to its new  …

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Moving a house in the Dunbar area of Vancouver to save it from Demolition

Our latest residential home build/development has had an
interesting start compared to the others. Typically new homes are designed and built to satisfy demand in the market and ultimately replace old homes that have little value left. These homes are demolished to make way for something that is better designed with energy efficiency in mind.

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Choosing Enviroshake for your Roof

We recently had a great experience with enviroshakes on the roof of our Trout Lake project. The product is attractive, made from recycled materials, works with standard roofing tools, and has an impressive warranty. As standard shakes each one is individually nailed which takes more time than traditional asphalt which results in higher install cost.  …

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Solar Hot Water Systems in Vancouver

Interested in using solar power to help heat your home’s hot water? Now might be the time to investigate whether or not your house is suitable for solar hot water.
For a limited time, Vancouver’s Solar Home Pilot is offering a $3000 incentive towards the cost of solar hot water systems in Vancouver. The funding  …

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Efficiency in Your Home – Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are a unique kind of heating system, because they can do the work of both a furnace and an air conditioner. Thus, there’s no need to install separate systems to heat and cool your home. Heat pumps can also work extremely efficiently, because they simply transfer heat, rather than burn fuel to create  …

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Efficiency In Your Home – HRV’s

Heat Recovery Ventilator Heat Recovery Ventilators commonly referred to as HRV systems/units are used when you want to introduce large amount of outside air in to occupied environment to increase actual level of indoor air quality.  The air in many homes is 2 to 5 times more polluted then the worst outdoor air. The HRV  …

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Efficiency in Your Home – Tankless Hot Water

When you turn on a hot water faucet or have a hot shower in the home, cold water travels through a pipe into the tankless hot water unit, where a gas burner heats the water. The faucet acts as a key for turning on the gas to heat the hot water you need and the  …

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Piledriving in Trout Lake, Vancouver

We recently started a new home and laneway project for a client in the Trout Lake area of Vancouver. The land surrounding the lake is essentially a peat bog with the water table 3 feet below grade. Houses un-anchored to the rock solid glacial till 28-38 feet below grade will shift, crack, and deform over  …

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