Thoughtful solutions, meaningful spaces.

We design and build new custom homes, major renovations and laneways.

Novell Expo Boulevard Yaletown Kitchen Modern Wood White Cabinets

HAVAN Award Winners 2024

The Cheeky Yaletown Penthouse & The Douglas Park Residence are both HAVAN Award Winners in their respective categories.

Multiplexes are coming to BC

Our Director, Laurel James sat down with Jennifer-Lee and Mike from the HAVAN Podcast, "Measure Twice, Cut Once" to discuss Multi Family Homes.

Truly Design Build

Our company was founded by a designer & a builder, both experts in their respective disciplines, and both committed to a better way of building homes.

Explore Our Projects

Renfrew Residence

Burnaby Heights Residence

Kerrisdale Residence

Grandview Woodlands Modern Infill

Douglas Park Residence


The renovation has stood the test of time and remains a very special, inspirational space. Team communication throughout the 10 month project was frequent, transparent and honest. Obstacles were solved collaboratively. The trades we worked with were skilled, reliable and professional. We happily recommend Novell and without hesitation

J. Lindberg

…some of the most genuine personal care and reasonably priced attention to detail that I have ever received, period.

It's been seven years since Novell designed and constructed our laneway home and we love it more than ever! The home construction has held up well with minimal maintenance, and still looks terrific.

P. Fraser

The integration of Design Build meant that there were no promises made that could not be kept.

Laurel and her team were the design inspiration for our kitchen renovation. She really took the time to understand our lifestyle and how we wanted make the best use of an existing space. We really love our new space and would offer the highest recommendation.

M. Remillard

This home is proof that good design is money well spent.

Laurel James of Novell Design Build helped us achieve a space that is warm, bright, healthy, inviting. The design also follows form as the domes allow for creativity, healthy flow ... and indeed, a great working environment. "We love our home, we love our home, we love our home". Thank you for your most brilliant design work.

M. Mariash

This home was build with thought, care and integrity. We cannot express how happy is was to work with Novell and especially the dynamic team of Laurel and Angelito.

They are a hands on boutique design-build company who offer professional services with a personal touch. We found them a joy to deal with regarding all aspects of the building phases. This home was build with thought, care and integrity. We cannot express how happy is was to work with Novell and especially the dynamic team of, Laurel and Angelito. Novell is truly a GEM in this chaotic design/ build contractor business.


They were very professional yet very friendly. You know a reno has gone well when you're happy to see your contractor! The crew was pleasant and reliable, as were the sub-contractors. Novell is very professional with their estimates and billing. We feel very fortunate to have found them, and would do it all over again. I highly, highly recommend them.

J. McIntosh

We loved working with Novell. They were great at listening to our design goals & narrowing down a realistic scope of work. All of the trades they brought in spoke very highly of them. And they have gone above and beyond with the final follow up details to make sure we are very happy with our finished renovation. I would highly recommend them!

B. Wilson

Novell Design Build's team specializes in crafting new custom homes, major renovations, and laneways. They are amazing to work with - they are professional, creative, and efficient.

D. Kim

Novell did an amazing job with our major renos in 2008-2009. Laurel had some really innovative ideas that let us get what we wanted within our budget. Highly recommended.

J. McIntosh

News & Updates

In Search of the Missing Middle

Great news! Regulatory change from the Province of BC will permit the development of three or four residential units on lots currently zoned single-family or duplex and up to six units on larger lots. The goal is to increase housing supply, reduce the red tape associated with middle-density, and improve housing affordability.

Building Ahead of Step Code with Higher Performing Homes

A high performance home utilizes design, construction processes, methods, materials and technologies that prioritizes energy efficiency, sustainability and durability.

Benefits of Design Build

Design-build is a construction approach that combines the design and construction phases of a project into one seamless process, with a single entity responsible for both.

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