Georgian Communities of Barrie is a five-time finalist for the 2021 Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) National Awards for Housing Excellence.
The finalists were announced Thursday in the annual competition, which recognizes the best in Canadian new homes, home renovations, community development and residential marketing. Fifty-three awards for excellence in housing will be presented during a virtual ceremony on May 7 as part of CHBA’s Homebuilding Week in Canada.
“The entries in the competition this year represent the full spectrum of Canadian homes, from highrises to single-family homes, and from rental and entry-level homes to stunning custom builds,” said Kevin Lee, the association’s CEO. “The pandemic has been challenging for Canadians in many ways. One of things things many people have experienced is spending more time at home than ever before. Our homes have needed to function as a place not only to live, but also to work, learn and play.”
Georgian Communities is a residential community developer and home builder. It’s a subsidiary of Georgian International, a multi-faceted, Barrie-based company and a leader in real estate, automotive retail and hospitality industries.
Three of Georgian Communities’ award nominations are for ‘Mountain House at Windfall’, a chalet-style residential community of more than 200 homes near The Blue Mountains. The nominations are for Best Growing Community Award, Best Production Kitchen (under 175 square feet) in the New Home Spaces category and Best Mid-to High-Rise Building (completed).
Georgian Communities is also finalist, in the Community Development Award category, for Best New Community Award for ‘Windfall at Blue’ — also near The Blue Mountains, a community which combines elements of early Georgian Bay cottages, cabins and cadets with modern, eco-friendly homes.
And Georgian Communities is a finalist in the Best Organic Social Campaign category for #LocalLovebyGC.
The National Awards for Housing Excellence competition also captures changes to how Canadians are living in and renovating their homes, and even how they are finding a community to live in or a professional to work with.
“It’s incredible to see the variety in homes we have here in Canada, and the architectural elements that differ from coast to coast,” Lee said. “But there’s a lot of pride in living in a country where we have this great mix of small family-run businesses and large companies – all who do amazing work building the communities and places that Canadians call home.”
This year, more than 730 entries of top projects from across the country were received, representing rural and urban communities. A geographically-diverse and expert panel of more than 170 judges reviewed images, floor plans and project descriptions before narrowing down the field to finalists.
A complete listing by category of all the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence finalists can be found on the CHBA website.