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Fernie builder wins regional award

Fernie Home Builders has won a CHBA award for their Elkhorn Chalet on the ski hill
The Elkhorn Chalet at the Fernie ski hill won a regional award for best single family detached home between $1,000,000 and $1,500,000 in Kamloops last week. (Image courtesy of Matt Kuhn / Matt Kuhn Photography)

The Elk Valley’s own Fernie Home Builders have chalked up a big win, with their Elkhorn Chalet development named as best single family detached home between $1 million and $1.5 million at the regional Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) Awards.

The four-bedroom chalet located at the ski hill beat submissions from across the CHBA’s Central Interior division at the April 9 Keystone award ceremony in Kamloops.

“We were thrilled to be judged best in class with Canadian Home Builders Association of the Interior of British Columbia for Elkhorn Cabin at the recent Keystone Awards Event in Kamloops,” said owner of Fernie Home Builders, Mike Delich.

“The special mountain residence has special features including a copper surface on a kitchen counter that kills pathogens, a nano window between the living room and the outdoor decks for freedom of movement, a fast charging EV outlet and a collection of wood species from the forests of British Columbia.

“The beautiful landscape consists of perennials and mountain grasses, weather hardy and in harmony with the natural forest. We thank and are grateful to all contractors, the stone masons, wood craftsman, employees, skilled professionals and interior designers in Fernie.”

The Elkhorn Chalet is located right in the thick of it at the ski hill, with views across the Mighty Moose to Deer Chair and Timber Chair – so lucky residents can see if there’s a line or not.

The 2022 Keystone awards were the first for the CHBA Central Interior Division in two years, with that past few years of awards disrupted by the pandemic. Submissions for 2022 included developments and projects from 2019 to 2021.

The CHBA awards had 27 categories for home-builders, developers and designers can enter their projects into. The 2022 awards had a record number of entries, with over 100 entries and 40 finalists according to Executive Officer with the CHBA, Rose Choy.

Choy said that Fernie Home Builders’ entry was up against a lot of stiff competition.

“(Elkhorn Chalet) won because of the quality of work and crafsmanship of the house,” she said.

Choy said that the building industry had “never been busier than right now” as it grapples with a worker shortage, supply chain issues and a surge in investment through the pandemic.

The Elkhorn Chalet was named as a finalist in December 2021 alongside Fernie development company Parastone Developments for its Yirri Cottages development. The winner of that category (best single family detached home under $500,000) was a Kamloops-based company.

READ MORE: Two Fernie home builders finalists in CBHA awards
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