They’re the best in Ottawa and possibly throughout Canada.  In your search for the perfect renovator, you might have heard of them, or you might have missed them. In either case, we’re sure you’ll want to know more about them.

We know they’re the best because the judges have said so. And the judges know what they’re talking about. They’re engineers, architects, designers, planners and other reputable experts in the field.

Every year the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) holds a competition to spotlight the extraordinary talent in the building industry within Ottawa alone. There are 42 different categories. Many are related to the building of new homes; many are specifically geared to renovators.

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The awards are announced at a gala at the Ottawa Convention Centre, and it is one of the social events of the year. Previous to the gala, no one knows the name of the winners – not even the judges, who make their selections on numbered submissions. The GOHBA accounting firm, Ouseley, Hanvey, Clipsham and Deep, are the keepers of the secrets until they present the envelopes on Awards Night.

The submissions themselves are detailed and laborious. Contestants must follow strict guidelines, including professional photographs, drawings, testimonials from clients and intricate descriptions of the projects. The submissions must be completed within three months from the time the guidelines are released.

One of the awards is a “people’s choice” award, and this comes about when visitors to the Ottawa Home and Design Show (in September) vote on the custom building or renovation they like the best. The ballots decide who will receive the Citizen’s Choice Award (because it’s sponsored by the Ottawa Citizen). This special award is also announced at the Awards Gala.

Ottawa Renovates is proud and pleased to present the contributors to the latest GOHBA renovators’ awards. We hope you’ll notice their extraordinary work… and perhaps go and tell them in person.