Three local developers wracked up a total of seven Georgie Awards for their work, mostly in the Oceanside area.
Canadian Home Builders' Association of B.C. awards have been highlighting home building and renovation excellence for 21 years and are considered the top honour in the industry.
Few of the awards have been given to Oceanside companies over the years, highlighting the rare honour of so many local wins this year.
Nanaimo-based Palladian Developments won three awards for its work in Qualicum Beach, including: best single family detached home up to 2,000 square feet and and under $500,000 for their Hollyburn Home in Qualicum Landing; best residential renovation under $100,000 for their Robison renovation; and residential community of the year — Qualicum Landing.
Qualicum Beach-based Camelot Homes won Custom Home valued over $3,000,000 for Music By The Sea and Custom Home Builder of the Year.
And T.S. Williams Construction of Nanoose Bay won Custom Home valued between $750,000 - $1,500,000 for The Moorecroft (in Nanoose Bay) and another for one in Nanaimo.
Recognized as an industry stamp of quality and open to all CHBA B.C. members, Georgies organizers now get more entries than ever and this year awarded more than 130 honours in specific categories for different sizes, values and type of projects.
Held Feb. 23 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the triple win was a nice surprise for Chris Cross, owner of Palladian Developments.
"There's a lot of activity that happens on Vancouver Island; it's very high quality but there isn't a lot of industry recognition," he said in a news release. "For us to go to the Georgies and represent not just Palladian but all of the great work happening on Vancouver Island, and be recognized for it, is an amazing feeling."
Qualicum Landing was ramping up for its pre-sale launch just as the economic downturn hit in 2009, he said. The sales and marketing team decided to scrap the original vision of 2,000-plus square feet homes and focus on a smaller home with more green space and amenities. They sold 27 homes on opening day.
Check www.georgieawards.ca for more information and links to the winners.