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Sea to Sky builders up for multiple awards

RDC Fine Homes leading pack with six nominations in 2020 Georgie Awards
building success RDC Fine Homes earned six nominations for the 2020 Georgie Awards, including three for this home in Horstman Estates. photo by joern rohde / courtesy of rdc fine homes

with a world-renowned, high-end real estate market, Whistler is no stranger to beautiful and sustainably designed homes.

And, as usual, Whistler builders are well represented as finalists in the 28th annual Georgie Awards, with three Sea-to-Sky builders receiving a total of eight nominations for the March 14 awards ceremony.

Open to all Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia member companies, the awards celebrate excellence in home building and renovation in B.C.

Leading the pack is RDC Fine Homes, which received nominations in six categories: Best Single Family Kitchen Over $150,000; Best Kitchen Renovation Over $125,000; Best Master Suite up to $100,000; Best Residential Renovation $800,000 and over; Best Any Room (New or Renovation); as well as the coveted Residential Renovator of the Year.

"We won the Grand Jury Georgie for Customer Satisfaction Renovator last year," said RDC president Bob Deeks.

"It would be great to partner that up with the Renovator of the Year award."

Three of the company's nominations (including for residential renovator of the year) are for a major renovation of a log home in Horstman Estates.

Given the price of building nowadays, going down the renovation route often makes the most sense for clients, said Deeks.

"There's going to be a significant savings on the cost of excavation foundation and framing as a starting point," he explained.

Plus there is the environmental factor. When you look at it through the "lens of the climate crisis," the "greenhouse gas emission savings in reusing an existing structure are enormous," said Deeks.

Vision Pacific Contracting Ltd. is nominated in the Best Custom Home Over $3,000,000 category, a category it was nominated in last year as well.

"Vision Pacific is honoured to be nominated again this year for a best home over $3 million," said Vision Pacific owner Tim Regan in an email.

"The Vision Pacific team is very dedicated to building an excellent, creative product and we are thrilled the industry has recognized this and honoured us with this award. We would like to give special thanks to Whistler Metal Works, Clifftop Contracting, MT Studios, and High Country Landscaping Ltd. Their contributions to the project were outstanding."

The rancher style home that's nominated is 595 square metres (on one level), and features two waterfalls, a stainless steel hot tub, and a spacious front and back yard that is walled off, with a fence made of basalt pillars.

"Because it is two acres, it's a huge amount of space, which we just don't have here [in Whistler]," said Regan of the property.

Adisa Homes was also nominated in the Best Condo Renovation Under $250,000 category.

The 28th Annual Georgie Awards Gala will be held on March 14, 2020 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.

The emcees are Mickey Fabbiano and Sebastian Sevallo, the hosts of HGTV's Worst to First television show.