Members of the Central Okanagan branch of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association came together on January 28 at the Kelowna Delta Grand Hotel to honour their own.
The prestigious Tommie Awards have been held annually for the past 25 years to honour achievements in everything home related, from renovation to new construction, kitchen design to landscaping. Even some of the outside categories such as marketing and advertising were worthy of honours at the gala event last weekend.
A crowd of 600 were on hand to see the Okanagan’s best take home hardware for outstanding contributions to home construction and design in the Kelowna area. As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Tommie Awards, a special video was presented outlining the growth of the construction and design industry in the Okanagan through the years.
One of the major award winners of the evening was Gord Turner, principal of Turner Custom Homes who has won many coveted awards over the years at the show hosted in Kelowna. Turner took home the Grand Award, capturing Home of the Year. The winning contest entry was a spectacular lakefront estate at a private location in the Okanagan Valley.
This waterfront entry won Tommie Awards in multiple categories including best detached residence in the $3 million to $5 million level and for Residential Renovator of 2016 with his subsidiary company, Gord Turner Renovations. The Tommie was for top residential renovation in the under $100,000 category.
Multi-Family Home Builder of 2016 was given to Pentar Homes Ltd. Single-Family Home Builder of 2016, small volume, was Vineyard Developments with the large volume builder price going to Edgecombe Enterprises. Edgecombe also took top spot for Excellence in Outdoor Space in which both new home or renovation projects could qualify. Vineyard also captured an Excellence in Kitchen Designs in new home construction, in the $65,000 to $150,000 category (the price tag for the kitchen development only). That same home from Vineyard garnered a Tommie Award for Interior Feature & Innovation in a New Home for its work on a fireplace and canopy.
Best kitchen design in a new home went to Christina Hartman with the assistance of Westwood Fine Cabinetry and Hundal Legacy Homes of Kelowna. This Tommie was for kitchen design valued at $65,000 or under.
Students studying construction at Okanagan College were given high marks for Best Environmental Initiative.
Local media in Kelowna interviewed Sherri Paiement who is the executive officer of CHBA in Central Okanagan. She spoke of how valuable the Tommie Awards are as a showcase for the incredible working being done by the industry as a whole in the Okanagan and how often the entries and winners are trend-setting.
Other winners in last weekend’s awards included:
- Wilson and Company
- Weninger Construction and Design
- Alderbaran Homes
- VanMar Constructors for Excellence in Creating Affordable Homes (Pleasantvale)
- Keith Dahlen Construction
- Big Valley Homes and Renovations
- Destination Custom Homes for Best Master Suite Design for the Shepherd Residence
- Candel Custom Homes for Excellence in Landscape Design (New Construction or Renovation)
About the Tommie Awards
The first Tommies were held 25 years ago, orchestrated by the Central Okanagan Home Builders’ Association as a way to celebrate and honour the talented members representing the burgeoning construction industry in the region. By raising up its most talented and visionary members, the bar has been raised throughout the Okanagan setting new standards of excellence. It has become a world class event bringing attention to the outstanding construction and design being done outside of B.C.’s largest metropolitan areas.
A complete list of winners along with pictures of the winning entries are on the CHMC Central Okanagan website.