Canadian Design and Construction Report special feature
Homebuilder Lacey Developments Ltd. has been recognized for its Farmhouse Reimagined project in the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) National Awards for Housing Excellence in the category of Best Whole House Renovation 2016 – $250,000 – $500,000.
Now in its seventeenth year in business, president Erik Lacey started the company based on his experience in civil construction and local construction projects. While he began by buying properties and renovating them to resell, the company has since shifted its focus to high end residential. “At the heart of this we are a family run business. My wife Lesa is our business manager.”
Lacey says the Deroche, B.C. based company would not be where it is today without the amazing work of the company’s team, suppliers and trades, many of whom have been with Lacey Developments for more than 10 years.
He says Lacey Developments is proud to promote women in the trades and in fact, more than 25 per cent of the company’s staff of 20 are women. “We have an amazing crew that will help our clients with every aspect of work and we have our own construction equipment and can do all the work start to finish with this same qualified crew.”
Building between six and nine homes a year, the company works primarily in the eastern Fraser Valley. Lacey says however, he has also completed projects from Whistler to Boston Bar, including several off the grid cabins and homes. Understanding the stress building a home can place on clients, Lacey says his staff is focused on providing personal customer service that exceeds expectations. “We work with our clients daily, often meeting on evenings and weekends to make the process as seamless as possible.”
The company is also focused on providing a high quality end product that often features locally sourced materials including finished timbers. “Our homes are built and renovated with love and a positive attitude that comes from every member of the crew. We make our clients’ vision come to life, helping them refine their ideas or bringing to life magazine clippings they’ve been dreaming over for years.”
He says clients can access their selections, inspection reports, plans, quotes, change orders and contracts from the company’s online construction management platform. Since the majority of clients live out of town, he says this is a key factor in keeping regular communication with clients and trades.
The award winning Farmhouse Reimagined project was a 1950s farmhouse bungalow on a working dairy farm that was transformed into a two-storey dream home. “Working closely with the family to minimize disruption to the farm’s operation, we removed the roof and added upper bedrooms and living space while retaining the garage and a recently renovated kitchen.”
As with any Lacey Development project, he says the home features some gorgeous touches including tongue and groove ceiling, locally sourced timbers, hardwood floors and a uniquely customized laundry room.
“We are extremely proud to have won this award. Previously we have been a finalist nationally and provincially in a similar category and this win means a lot to our team and to our client. Lacey says the company is very active with CHBA locally and now provincially. “We love seeing the amazing work our peers do across the country. Being on hand at the awards event and walking the red carpet together to get the award was a really special moment.”
He says the company is currently working on four other custom homes including a lakefront home in Lake Errock that also features some amazing custom touches and details and that the client is referring to as ‘new rustic.’ “We are also in talks with a client in rural Mission to work with their well known architect to build a beautiful new modern custom home and we work with local First Nations on renovations and new work and are very proud of our long term relationships there.”
Lacey Developments is a member of the CHBA Fraser Valley chapter, and is active with the HPO Builder Qualifications Committee. For more information, visit http://www.laceydevelopments. com.