HAVAN Awards recognize the city’s best-designed outside spaces
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Westcoast Homes & Design is delighted to congratulate this year’s finalists—and the winner—of the 2021 HAVAN award for Best Outdoor Living Space: Custom or Renovated. The four finalists were chosen by the Homebuilders Association Vancouver’s special judges and the finalist with the top score was declared the winner.
This year, we celebrate the talent of builder Reilly Novak of Novak Contracting & Construction, who won the top award for Outside In, an outstanding project with an elegant array of outdoor features in Surrey.
The build, a handsome west coast contemporary house, occupies almost the entire width of the property. It has precise symmetry in front, a dignified porte-cochere entrance with a garden seating area, and a modern geometrical saw-cut-herringbone driveway. The grand entrance walkway is flanked by raised concrete planters. Inside there are 12-foor ceilings on the main floor and, in the centre, an open courtyard with home-controlled louvred roof and a retractable composite deck that slides back to reveal a sunken hot tub underneath. On the deck or in the hot tub, the all-season courtyard can be enjoyed as a theatre for watching movies on a 103-inch screen.
“That house is unique,” Novak says, “and the ‘wow’ factor continues through the back yard, with an outdoor kitchen, waterfalls and a pergola.” He rehabilitated a small, neglected pond, reshaping and enhancing it with handsome rockwork from a B.C. quarry and installing waterfalls at each end. He built a pergola with a chandelier and gas firepit over a composite elevated deck and an open-air kitchen with 2.5-inch poured-in-place polished concrete countertops, overhead heaters, and aluminum knotwood-panel cabinets custom created from extra fencing material.
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 in.
The finalists of the 2021 HAVAN award for Best Outdoor Living Space: Custom or Renovated are all different and they’re all stunners.