Whistler builder wins two Georgies

RDC recognized for two Rainbow subdivision projects

Whistler company RDC Fine Homes has racked up quite a few awards in recent years, but Bob Deeks, owner and president, said the two Georgie Awards RDC won over the weekend are the ones he's "most proud of."

"RDC was responsible for every design aspect of those houses," Deeks said Tuesday (Feb. 28).

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RDC Fine Homes was recognized for two Rainbow subdivision homes that are part of the resident-restricted housing inventory controlled by the Whistler Housing Authority (WHA). One home was named the "Best Single Family Detached Home up to 2,000 square feet over $350,000," while the other won for "Best Kitchen under $40,000 - New" at the 20th annual Georgie Awards gala held in Vancouver on Saturday (Feb. 25).

The Georgie Awards are presented by the Canadian Home Builders' Association of B.C. and recognize the province's best in residential home construction, renovation, design, development and sales/marketing.

"It's a real honour to be chosen as a winner," said Deeks, who noted how stiff the competition is for the annual awards.

He said the Rainbow project that won best home was designed with passive solar and solar hot water to be "very energy efficient." The home scored 84 out of 100 on the EnerGuide rating system, indicating it is highly energy efficient. Deeks noted that the home is also noteworthy because it was built at an affordable price.

"It's really nice to see it's also recognized as a beautiful house," he said.

The best kitchen award came as a bit of a surprise, Deeks said, because the competition in the category was extra stiff and the RDC kitchen's price tag was well below the $40,000 maximum. Some of the other finalist kitchens looked like they cost much more.

"I really didn't expect to win," he said. "It was very exciting."

RDC was also a finalist in the Customer Choice category for Single Family Custom Home Builder of the year.

Other Whistler-based finalists included Schreyer Construction, which received two nominations for its "Khyber House" in Spring Creek, and Glacier Creek Contracting and the WHA, which were together nominated for Best Public/Private Partnership.

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