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Local builder captures award from Canadian Home Builders Association

Crew Coulson poses with his trophy

A local home builder travelled to the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) Awards for Housing Excellence last month and came home with some hardware.

Coulson Design Build Inc. captured the award in the Best Whole Home Renovation – Over $800,000 category at the ceremony held in St. John, New Brunswick. It was the second time the firm has won such an award, the first being in 2020.

“It’s for a project we did in Harrow on the 3rd Concession,” explained owner Drew Coulson.

Coulson said the project started as a kitchen renovation and “it just blew up from there.” The project was known as “Modern Mountain Makeover” and Coulson said the homeowners were great to work with and open to ideas and suggestions. Contractors and tradespeople “exceeded expectations across the board,” he stated.

A record number of nominees were entered in that category with it being pared down to five finalists. He learned they were a finalist earlier in the spring.

“Going to St. John this year was a great feeling,” said Coulson. He pointed out the award in 2020 for a LaSalle renovation project was done in a virtual ceremony.

The Amherstburg-based builder said it is an award for the entire team.

“It’s great for our crew,” said Coulson. “We spent a couple of years on this project.”

Coulson pointed out numerous tradespeople were also involved on the project and it is a celebration for everyone.

“It goes beyond just me,” he said.

Coulson said there are some good builders in this area and this area should be better known for the quality of work being done locally. He said the award was a big deal to him and his company.

“It’s pretty huge, to be honest,” said Coulson. “It helps put us on the map.”

The home now has “a resort-type feel” and is a project Coulson Design Build Inc. has showcased. Coulson added he believes they can do even more in the future.

“I still think we can achieve bigger things,” he said.

Coulson Design Build Inc. has been in business for nearly 20 years, he said, and prides themselves on the work they do.

“We stand behind our work and our name,” said Coulson.

Local builder captures award from Canadian Home Builders Association

By Ron Giofu

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