Newsreel & Accolades Archives - Novell Design Build
- By London Camaclang
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!
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.
- By London Camaclang
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.
- By London Camaclang
Our Grandview Lanway Residence is still one of Vancouver’s best laneway designs! This week, its custom features caught the eye of Montecristo Magazine’s design team:
Inside 9 of Vancouver’s Coolest Laneway Houses | Montecristo Magazine
A living green roof and a 360-degree, floor-to-ceiling bookcase are highlights of this dreamy Grandview laneway residence by Novell Design Build.Katie Nanton |Montecristo Magazine
Take a peek inside some of our favourite building features:
- The bedrooms downstairs are designed for comfort and relaxation, while the upstairs kitchen, living and south-facing patio allows for sunlight-filled entertainment.
- The vaulted, 12 foot high ceilings and the 360-degree custom shelving for beautiful CD storage.
- Hidden drawers and convertible closets make for hassle-free storage.
- The mechanical room is suspended horizontally and accessible from the deck.
- It features an eco-friendly and cost-effective living green roof.
Most of all, a beautiful space is best when it provides an abundance of joy!
Multigenerational Design Build houses are the future of Vancouver’s residential growth. Hidden density can be accomplished without demolition, or losing the character of our neighbourhoods.
- By novelladmin
“…It can be a little daunting to tackle a home renovation, and downright terrifying to tackle a home build, without having the know-how to give you the confidence you need.
Fortunately help is at hand – for free – at the B.C. Home + Garden Show on February 19-23, thanks to the experts from Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN)…”
….Including Novell’s very own Laurel James ~ Friday February 21, 2020 @ 7pm on the Main Stage !
- By novelladmin
…“Our expectations have to shift,” said Laurel James, co-owner of Novell Design Build. “There are tradeoffs we can make to live in Greater Vancouver.”
When James founded the Vancouver-based company with her husband, Angelito Camaclang, 14 years ago, clients wanted open-plan aesthetic upgrades to their main living areas and dream kitchens.
“People wanted to improve their homes to self-actualize, or for the benefit of their immediate family and to fit everyone around the table on special occasions,” she said.
“That has shifted,” she said. “Over 90 per cent of the potential clients that we meet now want to accommodate three-plus generations.”
Multi-generational households are the fastest-growing household type in Canada, according to the most recent federal census. The number of households with at least three generations under the same roof grew by 37.5 per cent between 2001 and 2016.
Read the full story from The Vancouver Sun here: bit.ly/2GXm2Pv
- By novelladmin
…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.”…
- By novelladmin
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!