Local companies win big at Keystone Awards

Racking up awards: Meranti's craftsmanship shines in annual awards. - Photo Submitted
Racking up awards: Meranti’s craftsmanship shines in annual awards. – Photo Submitted

Two Sun Peaks companies reached acclaim at the 11th Annual Keystone Home Builders Awards of Excellence, presented by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and Conference Centre on April 2.

Twenty-six awards were handed out at the black tie gala, which celebrated the best in the industry in the Kamloops region.

“The continued passion shown for housing by builders, trades and suppliers in the Kamloops region has once again delivered some of the best homes in Canada over the past year,” said Matt McCurrach, president of Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior in a press release.

Sun Peaks-based Meranti Developments Ltd. led all winners with five gold awards, including the Best Single Family Detached Home 2,000 to 2,499 square feet, Best Single Family Detached Home $1.5 million and over, Best Kitchen Design Project $30,000 and over, Best Customer Service by a Builder, and the Building Energy Efficiency Award.

Powder Ventures Excavating Ltd., also based in Sun Peaks, was awarded the Best Innovative Special Feature for their retaining wall on a home on Lookout Ridge Drive. They also received a silver award for Best Outdoor Space.

“We’re proud. We’re very happy to get recognized. We work hard for it, but the main thing is that it’s a team approach,” said Darcy Franklin, owner of Meranti Developments. “It’s everybody that puts the work into these houses of this caliber, they are the ones that make the project come out in the end.”

Meranti, which celebrates its 10 year anniversary in May, was also awarded with 10 silver awards, but it’s the customer service award that Franklin said they take the most pride in.

“It’s a small place so if you’re not doing a good job servicing your customers, you’ve got to see them. It’s not a big city where you can hide away. It matters up here, customer service is everything,” Franklin said.