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01

Apr

Custom Curved Dormer Inspired by Gingerbread Turrets

  • By novelladmin

Inspiration for this Vancouver infill arrived in gingerbread form.

We fell in love with the idea of a turret …. and not just because it was covered in icing! Throughout our Design Build process, the turret has changed in location and size. The final design is a charming, custom curved dormer.

Framing this roof has been so rewarding and we wanted to share the process so far. We can’t wait to see this spectacular space completed.

This Vancouver infill is a laneway home that benefits from an additional boost in square footage. We’ve framed the custom roof to include varying slopes, custom curves, and vaulted height above the entrance and main staircase. Stay tuned for updates as our team moves into the next phases of this construction!

12

Mar

Women In Construction Week Proves Vibrant for Novell Design Build

  • By novelladmin

Since last Monday, we have been celebrating Women in Construction Week and International Women’s Day 2021. The discussions we’ve started and contributed to will keep going all year long.

We are committed to being a positive force in this industry for equal gender opportunity. This effort includes engaging with our community, professional associations, encouraging more women into residential home building, and empowering women to excel when they join.

We are proud to have a female founding director, Laurel James, who leads our diverse team. We have over 45% of staff represented by women, and know that every member is here on their merits, not because of their preferred gender.

Women in construction include a variety of professions. We are proud to say this represents every department and level of our Novell Design Build.

Laurel James is our Director and the first chair of HAVAN’s Women’s Council. She has strong feelings about the idea of a gender-balanced team.

For all her volunteerism and leadership for equality in our industry, Laurel believes that the best person for the job should be employed and supported. Women will rise to challenges and can prove their skills if presented the opportunity. While Novell Design Build doesn’t hire based on gender, it isn’t a coincidence that we’ve achieved near-gender parity on our team. Laurel and the rest of our team invite women into construction conversations often and encourage them to apply when a job opportunity arises.

Complacency, when it comes to gender hiring practices, simply isn’t an option and definitely isn’t a pseudo-solution.


The result of Laurel’s work is that we find women in construction, in all trades and professions, who believe that they are alone in their work. Women in construction aren’t alone, but our numbers are not rising at the rate we need. We need to do better.

Women in British Columbia represent only about 4.5% of the skilled trades and that number has barely moved in decades.” reports the BC Centre for Women in the Trades.

If we could attract just 5% more women in BC, the massive labour shortage would be filled.

This week, we celebrated each other’s achievements. Five of our female team members shared their experiences and challenges with the residential design build industry. They represent a future where it’s not strange to see a woman accomplishing skilled labour, managing an office, designing a home, managing a construction project, or running a company.

We #ChoosetoToChallenge by being really good at what we do. A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.

Novell Design Build for #IWD2021 and #WomenInConstructionWeek featuring 5 female team members.

See more on Instagram @NovellDB.

08

Mar

Residential Construction Needs Women in Trades.

  • By novelladmin

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 novelladmin

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.

28

Jan

Kerrisdale Residence is a Finalist in the 2021 Georgie Awards

  • By novelladmin

We are thrilled to announce our Kerrisdale Residence has been selected as a Finalist for the 2021 Georgie Awards®. This award is the 3rd accolade granted with special merit to Novell Design Build’s Kerrisdale Residence. It was recently awarded two Finalist honours at HAVAN Awards for Homebuilding Excellence.

Thank you to everyone involved who made this project possible. We could not create such meaningful homes without our incredible team, wonderful clients and network of great vendors.

Our Kerrisdale Residence project was a major renovation in Vancouver, BC. As Finalist in the Georgie Awards, this project has now earned 3 professional recognitions.

Every aspect of this home was designed to feel open and welcoming. This was possible in the kitchen because we engineered the home’s structural beams to be hidden within the custom millwork cabinets. This allowed for the rest of the living space — the dining room, family room and entranceway — to be opened. What was once a house full of walls and hallways became an open concept modern home. 

We’ve built the custom millwork to hide a refrigerator and offer custom storage solutions for all the family’s cooking and hosting needs. The cabinets are beautiful in their own right, but the hidden refrigerator has become a favourite party reveal.

Read more about the behind the scenes process for this project!


This will be the 28th annual Georgie Awards® hosted by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of British Columbia (CHBA BC). The Awards Gala will be held virtually in March 2021.

Georgie Awards® was established in 1992 by a group of industry professionals who decided to start a housing awards program, not for economic benefit, but to provide value to the residential construction industry and communities throughout British Columbia.

We are honoured to be included in this celebration of excellent homebuilding. This is Novell Design Build’s 15th anniversary, which feels like a fitting time for such extra celebrations.

16

Dec

Novell’s Sunset Residence is Featured on Houzz for Best Tiled Accents

  • By novelladmin

Novell’s Sunset Residence is showcased on this week’s Houzz Feature: Best Tiled Accents Beyond Bathrooms & Kitchens.

We’re inspired by these 21 examples of tile-accented living areas. They prove that the perfect tile can transform any space — and the options are limitless! Consider using custom tilework outdoors or in unexpected areas for an exciting surprise.

It’s important to note that many different feelings can be evoked with accent tile. The pattern often isn’t our only consideration; the type of tile, scale, size, texture and surrounding context makes for a vast range of tile opportunities. Just check out our Shaughnessy Residence and Kitsilano Residence to see just how impactful tiles can be! This is why it’s important to have a close dialogue with your design team in order to find the right fit for your home and lifestyle.


Scroll through Houzz’s feature round-up for some examples of tile-accented outdoor fireplaces and lounges, hallways, stairs and more!


Here are a few more photos from our Sunset Residence.

The fireplace is the home’s full-height focal point. Its bold colour scheme is a collection of incredible tiles, custom installed. The horizontal layers of tile are arranged to pull your eye upwards. We’ve balanced the fireplace’s visual interest with a light design rationale for the rest of the room. The white and neutrals in this living space come together to create an overall calming place to rest. In this way, the fine details of this home slip into the realm of the sublime.

Outside, we worked closely with our custom tile setters to make sure that the exterior finishes were seamless and waterproof. These tiles reflect light and make visitors feel bathed in sunlight, even in the darkest of rainy days.

Finally, the kitchen received a custom tile installation as well; although, the design rationale here is meant to add value without adding distraction. This kitchen feels light and spacious. If you look closely, you can spot some key details that add to the functional flow of this kitchen!

Thanks for joining us! Feel free to share your favourite accent details with our team on Instagram or Twitter. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

02

Dec

Celebrating Novell Design Build’s 15 Year Anniversary

  • By novelladmin

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.

27

Nov

The Early Bird Gets the Best Outdoor Deals!

  • By novelladmin

The Novella Outdoors Marketplace has launched just in time for the online shopping season. As a Novell(a) insider, use #EARLYBIRD for 10% OFF your purchase until November 30th!

Here are some of our favourite items, available now:


The Turkish Cotton Throw in Blue

  • Turkish Throws are known for their great softness as a blanket, and versatility as a towel.
  • This towel is handmade in Turkey by traditional artisans, with 100% Turkish cotton. Its detailed weave showcases the beauty of the fabric and quality craftsmanship. Turkish cotton is known to get softer with every wash!

Green Glass Lantern

  • This stunning lantern provides soft, glowing LED light for 150+ hours!
  • The cable-row texture and green-tinted glass offer a beautiful array of soft warm lighting.

The Portico Family Feast Table

  • The Portico Family Feast table is perfect for any gathering or outdoor event. Crafted from solid Acacia wood, this table features double expansions for flexible outdoor living.
  • At its most compact, the table is 71″ long and can be twice expanded — to 86″ or 102″.

Shop local this Black Friday weekend!