OHBA Announces Awards of Distinction Winners for 2008

September 24, 2008

OHBA Media Release

September 24, 2008 Village at Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood, Ontario – Mattamy Homes of Oakville, captured top honours when it was named 2008 Ontario Home Builder of the Year by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association. The award highlights the home building company that sets the standard for the rest of the industry through its leadership in improving the overall image of the industry.

This is the second time Mattamy Homes has won this prestigious award, taking home the title in 2006. The award is presented to the company that demonstrates the highest levels of performance based on surveys from home buyers along with stringent judging criteria in the areas of sales and marketing excellence, unique floorplan design, community service, support of the industry and its ability to adapt to changing needs.

Ontario Home Builder of the Year is among 30 categories in the OHBA Awards of Distinction program which honours innovation and excellence in the areas of design and sales and marketing. The 2008 Ontario GREEN Builder of the Year was presented to Minto who clearly demonstrated that it is possible to take an enthusiastic environmental approach and apply it to all facets of their company. Judges of this highly sought after award included representatives from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Tarion Warranty Corporation, the Consumers’ Association, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the EnerQuality Corporation.

A record number 563 entries were submitted this year from some of the finest builders, renovators and marketers in Ontario. The following companies took home first place awards in 2008:

Most outstanding production built home — one storey up to 1,900 sq. ft.: Doug Tarry Ltd., for Lake Margaret Estates — "The Chamberlain," St. Thomas

Most outstanding production built home — one storey, 1,900 sq. ft. and over: Monarch Corp., for Bronte Creek — "The Granary" (Elevation "C"), Oakville

Most outstanding production built home — two storey up to 2,500 sq. ft.: Fieldgate Homes, for Blue Sky —"Jasper," Stouffville

Most outstanding production built home — two storey 2,500 sq. ft. and over: Rawlings Homes, for Sunningdale — "The Valleyrun," London

Most outstanding custom home — under 2,500 sq. ft.: Windrush Hill Construction, for "Suburban Style," Thorold

Most outstanding custom home — 2,500-5,000 sq. ft.: Christopher Simmonds Architect, for Riverview House, Dunrobin

Most outstanding custom home — 5,000 sq. ft. and over: Windemere Custom Homes, for Bridle Path Manor, Toronto

Most outstanding attached multi-unit home — semi/townhome/stacked: Dunpar Developments Inc., for Sand Beach — Sand Beach Road Townhomes — Lot 3, Etobicoke

Most outstanding highrise building: Tridel, for Parc Nuvo, Etobicoke

Most outstanding highrise condo suite: Aspen Ridge Homes, for vü Condominiums — SPHI - 1, Toronto (credit to Hariri Pontarni Architects; Cecconi Simone; The Brand Factory)

Most outstanding home renovation: Windemere Custom Homes, for Raymar Place, Oakville

Most outstanding kitchen: Premium Building Group, for Credico Residence, Niagara (credit to Tom Zivcic, Cromade Custom Cabinetry)

Most outstanding bathroom: Tridel & Concert, for Huntington — 3C+LF, Toronto

Best Internet website: Eden Oak, for The Estates of Credit Ridge — www.edenoak.com/credit_ridge

Best TV or on-site video/digital presentation: Bazis International Inc., for 1 Bloor, Toronto

Best highrise ad campaign: Cresford Developments Ltd., for NXT at Windermere by the Lake, Toronto

Best lowrise ad campaign: Empire Communities, for The Estates of Wyndance, Uxbridge

Best project logo branding: Mountainview Homes, for Hillside Estates, Lincoln (credit to Toolbox Strategies Inc.)

Best new home sales office under 1,500 sq. ft.: Branthaven Homes, for Mosaic, Burlington (credit to: Toolbox Strategies Inc.)

Best new home sales office 1,500 sq. ft. and over: Empire Communities, for Riverland, Breslau

Best design centre: Mattamy Homes, for Mattamy Homes Design Centre, Oakville

Best interior decorating – model home/suite — under 2,000 sq. ft.: Canderel Stoneridge, for Aura — Model Suite, Toronto

Best interior decorating – model home/suite — 2,000 sq. ft. and over: Empire Communities, for The Estates of Wyndance — "Roxborough II, Elevation B," Uxbridge

Best project sales brochure — lowrise: Branthaven Homes, for Forest Hill, Ancaster

Best project sales brochure — highrise: Cityzen Development Group/Fernbrook Homes Ltd., for L Tower, Toronto

Project of the Year — Lowrise: Empire Communities, for The Estates of Wyndance, Uxbridge

Project of the Year — Highrise: Tridel & Concert, for Huntington, Toronto

2008 product of the year — non builder: Black and Decker, HHI Group, for Weiser Lock "Smart Scan," Mississauga

2008 Ontario green builder of the year: Minto, Toronto/Ottawa

2008 Ontario homebuilder of the year: Mattamy Homes, Oakville

In addition, Jacky Hill, Vice President, National Real Estate, Trader Corporation was presented with the 2008 SAMMY (Sales and Marketing Member of the Year) Award recognizing her outstanding contribution to the field of sales and marketing of new homes.

For further information contact Norma Kimmins or Dave Henderson at OHBA offices Ontario Home Builders’ Association
20 Upjohn Road #101, North York, Ontario M3B 2V9 (416) 443-1545 Toll Free:800-387-0109 Fax:(416) 443-9982 email: info@ohba.ca

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