Custom homes are among the favourites when it comes to housing awards. They’re often big and beautiful, but even the smallest of homes, when designed well, can make an impact.
If you love homes and design, here’s your chance to choose your favourite custom home from among the finalists in this year’s Housing Design Awards. It’s part of the voting for the Ottawa Citizen People’s Choice Award, which will ultimately determine the most popular project.
The awards are put on each fall by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA). Earlier this month, the association announced 184 finalists in 53 categories from 267 entries overall.
Winners for most of those categories will be named at a gala dinner in October after having been judged by industry experts, but the People’s Choice Award is one chosen by the public.
“The Ottawa Citizen’s People’s Choice Award recognizes the community’s favourite project of 2018 and celebrates the very best of the Ottawa housing industry,” says GOHBA executive director Jason Burggraaf.
What am I voting on?
Ultimately, you’re helping to chose what is the most popular or appealing project to the public. Love gorgeous kitchens? Then that might be your favourite. A fan of transformative renovations? Then maybe that will be your top choice.
Entries range from new homes to renovations, to kitchens, bathrooms, basements, outdoor spaces and more.
How do I vote?
Because there are so many projects to choose from, voting is done in five preliminary rounds, grouped into related categories, with the top choices in each of those rounds making up the contenders in a final round of voting that coincides with the Ottawa Fall Home Show at the end of September.
Voting is done online with five days set aside for each round, from 9 a.m. Wednesdays to 11:59 p.m. Sundays. You’re encouraged to vote in each round.
Here’s a schedule of voting times and categories for the preliminary rounds.
Aug. 22-26: production homes, condos and the green production home of the year
Aug. 29-Sept. 2: custom homes and the green custom home of the year
Sept. 5-9: renovations and housing details
Sept. 12-16: bathrooms
Sept. 19-23: kitchens
Sept. 26-30: final voting
For the final round to choose the ultimate winner, voting can be done either online or in person at the home show.
The second round that begins today involves custom homes, as well as candidates for the green custom home of the year. From small urban infills to expansive country homes, there are 20 projects in seven categories to choose from. Here’s a sampling: