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Laurel James, Author at Novell Design Build

15

Jul

Looking Back on 2020 with Gratitude

  • By Laurel James

As we look back on the previous year, one thing is for certain. It has been a brighter, and more joyous year thanks to our clients!

I’d like to share a heartfelt thank you on behalf of our team to our new, continuing and returning clients for promoting kindness and creativity during such a uniquely unprecedented year. The world opening up again, slowly, but for us, our network has been full of reconnections.

We’ve had an unprecedented number of returning clients this year. Some are embarking on their next home and have asked us to help find the right development opportunity; many are installing home workstations, doing renovations to their home, repairing decks, and installing new tech for their home, like car lifts and new garage doors.

It has been a joy to know that these homes have grown alongside families and that they’d trust us again with their next projects. We’ve been so happy to provide services again — and even more excited to touch base with these families again!

It can feel daunting to set goals and plan for the future when 2020 was such a tumultuous year. Our relationship with our homes and our families has changed. There is a renewed need for beauty, calm, and purpose in our home – perhaps now, more than ever. 

Ironically, this past year was going to be the year that Angelito and myself planned to travel. We downsized our home to an apartment downtown and planned to take more adventures. Instead of plane trips to new places, we’ve instead found new ways to explore BC, and have had the opportunity to revisit many homes from Novell’s past!

There is some light ahead as we all stretch and stumble back into familiar routines. The cycles of work and rest are carved deep into us, but we can be a little more flexible as well. We’re looking forward to continuing our design build work to make this possible within your homes. 

Sincerely,
Laurel James

08

Mar

Residential Construction Needs Women in Trades.

  • By Laurel James

Women represent only 4.5% of the skilled trades in BC.

Women represent only 4.5% of the skilled trades in BC. Residential construction needs women to help close the trade shortage, in fact: it won’t recover without women.

A 5% increase would close the gap — but let’s aim higher. As part of our celebrations and efforts this week for International Women’s Day, we want to share all the ways women in construction #ChooseToChallenge, everyday.


Our Director, Laurel James is the first Chair of HAVAN’s Women’s Council.

With 115 members and growing, Women’s Council aims to ENGAGE the industry at large, EMPOWER women to excel and ENCOURAGE more women into the industry. ⁠

As one of their efforts toward these goals, they host regular events including an online Café Series. It’s an opportunity to connect with other professionals in residential construction, drink some wine together, listen to a moderated panel, and participate in an engaging conversation!

We are excited for the next Women’s Council Café Series on Wednesday, March 24 at 4:30 pm. Three highly experienced women from the trades world will be sharing how they found their career paths, diversified their skills, and continue to thrive in our industry today.

Featuring:
– Angela Cacase, founder of http://ow.ly/BGJt50DTsyP and Owner of A.Marie Design&Build LLC
– Kahla Lichti, Electrician by day and Published comic book writer by night
– Sandra Brynjolfson, Assistant Business Manager for IBEW Local 213, past Coordinator at the BC Centre for Women in The Trades (BCCWITT), a journey electrician for over 20 years, and a mentor to other tradeswomen
– Moderated by Sean Tobin, TCA Electric

Join the conversation at http://ow.ly/fsjn50DTsyQ ✅

08

Mar

This is how we #ChooseToChallenge

  • By Laurel James

Happy International Women’s Day 2021! The theme this year is #ChooseToChallenge.

Today, women around the world are celebrating each other’s achievements, raising awareness against bias, and taking action for equality.

A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.
We #ChooseToChallenge.

Supporting and celebrating women in residential construction is an important part of Novell Design Build’s culture. We are proud to have more than 45% of our team represented by women, in all parts and all levels of the company.

This week, we will be celebrating with our team (and the rest of the globe), the social, economical, and cultural achievements of female leaders around the world. Just one day isn’t enough.

Follow along on Instagram @NovellDB.

02

Dec

Celebrating Novell Design Build’s 15 Year Anniversary

  • By Laurel James

On behalf of the entire Novell team, thank you to everyone who has been with us over the years. Congratulations to our incredible Directors, Laurel James and Angelito Camaclang for building such a positive force in our community. Thank you to everyone that has been celebrating Novell Design Build’s 15 year anniversary with us!

Laurel James and Angelito Camaclang founded Novell Design Build in 2005 on a belief that homebuilding is done best when every corner of the home is crafted with a Design Build benefit. We continue to provide creative and innovative solutions to match every custom home. Together, Laurel and Angelito have developed an iterative process that keeps the human aspect central. Novell’s work wouldn’t be possible without our excellent team, professional colleagues, associations and our local community. Over the last 15 years, Novell Design Build has become the thought leader for Design Build firms and continues to provide meaningful living spaces across Metro Vancouver.

Over the last 15 days, we’ve been offering behind the scenes insights into some of our previous projects. In celebration of 15 years of Design Build, we will be continuing to update our portfolio with additional Design Build insights.

We are turning our sights on the next 15 years ahead.

  • Novell Design Build is expanding our breadth of service to the outdoors in a strategic partnership with Novella Outdoors. This includes essential outdoor services, custom experiences and a curated outdoor marketplace.
  • We are continuing to provide custom homes, laneways and coach houses to the City of Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver and the City of Burnaby.
  • Novell is leading our industry in better business practices and supporting innovative projects with our professional associations to improve our local community. Learn more

On social media, you can explore these stories and more by following #15yearsNDB.