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Constructive Comment: Creative ways to transform spaces

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Our Principal Designer, Laurel James, talks transforming spaces in The Province with @GVHBA CEO @rdewit


Following Mortensen’s talk, I reached out to Laurel James, principal designer of Novell Design Build, to learn more about trending designs related to this concept.

To begin, I learned that the great-room concept, which has been trending for some time, is spilling over into the bathroom. James said people don’t want to be confined by the traditional toilet, sink and bath combo.

“They want function, but they also the spa-like experience, with the ability to choose how the room is used, creating different experiences for different family members within the singular space.”…

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3 Reasons to Start a Career in Construction

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April is construction and skilled trades month in BC, putting focus on the 59,000 construction jobs anticipated to open up by 2027.  As demand for construction projects grow, so does the need for skilled workers.  At Novell, we don’t just design beautiful homes, we build them. This means we rely heavily on skilled trades to help bring our designs to reality. Have you ever considered starting a career in construction or a skilled trade? Here are a few reasons that might be a great idea:

Earning Potential

Working in construction or a skilled trade can be a financially wise decision. The 2016 BC Construction Industry Survey revealed the average annual salary of a BC construction worker was $56,170. While actual earnings will vary depending on your chosen trade and level of education and experience, there is also a benefit in being able to find work in the construction space. The same survey shows that the unemployment rate in the construction sector for 2016 was only 3.4% (the all sector rate is 5.8%). That combined with the projected 59,000 jobs in the next ten years means the construction industry is booming.

Help Build the Future

When you choose a career in the construction industry not only are you growing your own skills, but you are growing communities and the future of BC. The impact you can have as a skilled tradesperson on the development of our province is huge. Imagine the satisfaction of being able to walk past a home and know that you had a part in building it. Construction careers also go beyond skilled trades. Alongside trades are positions in administration, technology and regulation. Construction is fast growing and constantly adapting to new developments and technology – opening more opportunities by the minute.

Get Support From the Province

You may be convinced that a career in construction is worth exploring, but are not sure where to start. The province is committing to supporting people interested in skilled trades, with the funding to back it up. British Columbia will be directly investing $1.2 billion in the post secondary sector over the next 3 years.  Included in this is funding to support women in the trades. Currently, only 3,600 registered apprentices in BC are women, so the province is committing $1.8 million to support and retain women in the construction industry. More and more post secondary institutions are dedicating programs to trades, and there are many scholarship and funding opportunities available.

To learn more about the province’s initiatives surrounding Construction and Skilled Trades month, and to learn more about educational opportunities in the trades, click here.

Are you already a tradesperson looking to be involved with our exciting upcoming projects? Submit your information through our vendors form to tell us more.  Or, if you are a skilled labourer interested in learning more about opportunities with our projects, see our careers page.




Multi-Generational Homes at the 2017 Vancouver Fall Home Show

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It’s that time of year again! The Vancouver Fall Home show is on the horizon, taking place October 26th-29th at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. The Novell Design Build team will be on hand to answer your questions about the design build process and show off our beautiful work.

This year’s show is sure to be full of great talks and guests, including our very own Director and Principal Designer, Laurel James, who will be speaking at the Greater Vancouver Home Builder’s Association booth about multi-generational home design.

Multi-generational living is fast becoming the norm in Metro Vancouver. Families are looking to stay together and support each other, and a multi-generational home is a great solution. This way of living allows flexibility over time to change and convert spaces to fit an expanding family.

Not every home is already equipped for multi-generational living, and Novell Design Build is here to help. We offer design solutions to get your current home multi-generation ready or expand your living with a laneway home. From the initial design all the way through the build, Novell Design Build will guide you through the process, keeping in mind your wants and needs for the space not just today, but over time.

Ready to learn more about how multi-generational living could work for you? Come join Laurel and the Greater Vancouver Home Builder’s Association at the 2017 Vancouver Fall Home Show. Presentations are taking place Friday, October 27th at 1:30pm and Saturday, October 28th at 5:30pm at the GVHBA booth. Learn more about what multi-generational living really means and the design behind multi-generational homes. Also, be sure to stop by the Novell Design Build booth to get a glimpse of our latest projects and meet our amazing team!

Tickets to the show are available online, click below to get yours and save $3!

Vancouver Fall Home Show Tickets



14 Windows That Break Convention

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These non-standard windows don’t just control privacy, light and views, they also make beautiful sense.

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GVHBA Home Reno Show at VanDusen: multi-generational families

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GVHBA’s Wendy McNeil talking with Laurel James from Novell Design Build about some great tips on renovation solutions for multi-generational families. Register for the free GVHBA Home Reno Show on April 1 at VanDusen Gardens.

Novell Design Build will see you there!





Our latest photoshoot

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A Yaletown home remodelled to perfection

This condominium remodel reorganized its old layout for modern living, complete with a light filled open kitchen, rich hardwood finishing, and customizations at every turn.

We gutted the entire apartment, relocated the kitchen, and converted the space to suit the specific lifestyle and needs of the homeowners.

It features wrap-around full height millwork with integrated appliances that help to define the space, provide a clean rich wood backdrop, and maximize storage space.

Check out the collection of photos here

Yaletown Remodel by Novell Design Build

Yaletown Remodel by Novell Design Build – Kitchen View



Hottest Spring Renovation Trends  

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Laurel James, our Principal Designer and Co-owner was recently featured in sharing her thoughts and insight into all the latest in home renovation trends, products and services.

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Laurel James, Novell Design Build

There’s a resurgence – “a nostalgia, if you will” – of traditional kitchens with built-in nooks – perfect for curling up with your morning cup of coffee. “We are renovating a kitchen to accommodate a multi-generational family, complete with a nook, fireplace and a big, stretched-out farm table to gather everyone together.”

James is seeing a trend of different seating arrangements in the kitchen to encourage family interaction – it can be various height seating, a prep island and children’s island.

Warm metals are big – brass, gold, bronze in reflective or hammered styles

Cast iron, slipper or claw foot freestanding tubs are hugely popular. “Again, it speaks to nostalgia, an emotive connection to heart.”

There’s no slowing down on the demand for walls painted in deep tones of blues and greens.

Wall coverings are in vogue in a big way. “Whether they are murals, large scale photography or emotive designs.”

Screens and shutters are very popular, “As we blur the line between inside and outside they offer shade control and sun control.”

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This advice was published ahead of the GVHBA Spring Home Reno Show at Van Dusen Gardens that we recently exhibited at. It was a great sunny day and well attended by so many homeowners looking for more information on forthcoming projects.


“The Vancouver and North Vancouver Home Reno Shows feature different renovation experts that work in these respective communities, so you can be confident these companies have the experience working in these local neighbourhoods and understand the unique building requirements,” says Bob de Wit, the CEO of the GVHBA.


Laurel also held a well attended seminar at this GVHBA Spring Home Reno show, “The Tailored Laneway – Meaningful Design & Build,” sharing her wisdom & thoughtful advice on the subject.


For the full article, by Michelle Hopkins.

If you’re thinking about a renovation

that features the most current and up-to-date design features, click here.