You get a lot of 'wow' factor home renovation for more than $800,000.
Take for example, the awe-inspiring white mansion Cypress Hill Estates in Coldstream near Vernon.
Bercum Builders, which has operations in both Vernon and Kelowna, renovated the property, top to bottom, inside and out for stunning results.
In fact, the project was so extensive and impressive that it recently won the Canadian Home Builders' Association National Award for Housing Excellence in the 'best whole home renovation over $800,000.'
Bercum and Cypress Hill were also finalists in two other categories -- best exterior renovation and best single-room renovation.
"A tremendous amount of hard work and determination from all our trades and supplies enabled a successful completion," said Bercum owner Darren Witt, who also happens to be the president of the Central Okanagan branch of the Canadian Home Builders' Association.
"We'd like to especially thank our clients who entrusted the renovation of their home with the Bercum team."
While Bercum is primarily a new custom home builder, it also does award-winning renovations.
After all, Bercum recognizes that some people would prefer not to move, and instead can get their dream home with a renovation, be it big or small.
In the case of Cypress Hill, it was definitely a big renovation for maximum results.
Kelowna-based 3rd Generation Homes won the National Award for Housing Excellence for a new home on Harvard Road in Southeast Kelowna in the 'best detached custom home 4,001 to 5,000 square feet.'
The home has lots of mid-century modern architectural elements and design with its clean lines and minimalist interiors.
"This was a really special award for our team," said 3rd Generation owner Cassidy deVeer.
"We love challenges and are always trying to push ourselves to be better than we were the year before. This will be a project that we cherish for decades."
The National Awards for Housing Excellence is the premier recognition program in Canada for new residential construction, renovations, community development and marketing.
This year, a record 800 entries were submitted for consideration in 48 categories.