The HAVAN Awards recognize the city’s best-designed outdoor spaces

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The HAVAN Awards recognize the city’s best-designed outdoor spaces

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Westcoast Homes & Design is delighted to congratulate this year’s finalists – and winner – of the 2021 HAVAN Award for Best Outdoor Living Space: Custom or Renovated. The four finalists were chosen by the Special Judges of the Homebuilders Association Vancouver and the finalist with the highest score was declared the winner.

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The winner

This year we’re celebrating the talent of builder Reilly Novak of Novak Contracting & Construction, who won top prize for Outside In, an exceptional project with an elegant range of outdoor amenities in Surrey.

The construction, a beautiful contemporary west coast home, takes up almost the entire width of the property. It features precise symmetry at the front, an entrance worthy of a porte-cochere with a garden seating area and a modern geometric herringbone driveway. The large entrance walkway is flanked by raised concrete planters. Inside, there are 12-story ceilings on the ground floor and, in the center, an open courtyard with a house-controlled louvered roof and a retractable composite deck that slides back to reveal a sunken hot tub. On the deck or in the hot tub, the all-weather courtyard can be used as a theater for watching movies on a 103 inch screen.

Novak Contracting & Construction won the 2021 HAVAN Award for Best Outdoor Living Space: Custom Renovation, for Outside In, an exceptional project with a range of outdoor features in Surrey.
Novak Contracting & Construction won the 2021 HAVAN Award for Best Outdoor Living Space: Custom Renovation, for Outside In, an exceptional project with a range of outdoor features in Surrey. Photo by Martin Knowles Photo / Media /PNG

“This house is unique,” ​​says Novak, “and the“ wow ”factor continues in the back yard, with an outdoor kitchen, waterfalls and a pergola.” He rehabilitated a small neglected pond, remodeling and improving it with beautiful stonework from a British Columbia quarry and installing waterfalls at each end. He built a pergola with a chandelier and gas fireplace over a composite raised deck and outdoor kitchen with 2.5 inch cast-in-place polished concrete countertops, hanging radiators and wood paneled cabinetry. Knotty aluminum custom created from additional fence materials.

With a large covered seating area that connects to the great room and exterior courtyard through 15 foot NanaWall sliding doors, this property is a total winner, from the outside to the inside.

The finalists

The finalists for the 2021 HAVAN Award for Best Outdoor Living Space: Custom or Renovated are all different and they are all breathtaking.

The Tsawwas-Zen Garden Retreat, built by Jeffrey Craine of Craine Projects Ltd., showcases the owners' bonsai collection, drawing the interior of the Japanese-influenced home smoothly on the exterior with walkways and seating.
The Tsawwas-Zen Garden Retreat, built by Jeffrey Craine of Craine Projects Ltd., showcases the owners’ bonsai collection, drawing the interior of the Japanese-influenced home smoothly to the exterior with walkways and seating. Photo of Brett Hitchins (Brett Ryan Studi /PNG
On the other end of the spectrum is Reflections of Luxury by Troy Van Vliet of Tavan Developments Ltd., who landscaped the sun-drenched backyard with pool-side family parties in mind, complete with casita pool, lounge with seating, wet bar, full size bath and shower.  Pool jets project LED-lit jets of water into the air for nighttime entertainment.
On the other end of the spectrum is Reflections of Luxury by Troy Van Vliet of Tavan Developments Ltd., who landscaped the sun-drenched backyard with pool-side family parties in mind, complete with casita pool, lounge with seating, wet bar, full size bath and shower. Pool jets project LED-lit jets of water into the air for nighttime entertainment. Photo by Barry Calhoun Photography /PNG
At Water's Edge, by Todd Best of Best Builders, spectacular ocean views are offered in luxurious spa-like spaces featuring multi-level gardens, a beach-side patio, outdoor shower and heated pool.
At Water’s Edge, by Todd Best of Best Builders, spectacular ocean views are offered in luxurious spa-like spaces featuring multi-level gardens, a beach-side patio, outdoor shower and heated pool. Photo by Barry Calhoun Photography /PNG


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