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Horizon shortlisted for four VIBE Awards

Horizon Pacific Contracting is honoured to be selected as a finalist in four categories of the 2017 Canadian Home Builders’ Association VIBE Awards, including the Grand VIBE Award for project of the year (custom home pictured above). The VIBE Awards showcase the best in residential construction, design, and renovation from across Vancouver Island. The judging panel consists of industry professionals and longtime CHBA members from outside Vancouver Island. Horizon was selected as a finalist in these four categories: Best Single Family Home over 4,500 sq. ft. Best Residential Renovation between […]

11 Costly Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Renovations and home additions can increase your property value and improve your family’s overall well-being. But making big changes to your home doesn’t come without risk. There are a lot of moving parts in the process of remodeling, and lots that can go wrong. Over the years, we’ve done hundreds of renovations and dozens of custom homes in greater Victoria. We’re also the contractor that often gets called to clean up problems created by DIYers or other general contractors. And we’ve seen some doozies. With that in mind, here’s our […]

5 Reasons Why a Custom Home in Victoria BC is a Great Investment

Finding a home in Victoria BC can feel a bit like a bloodsport. Low housing stock and perpetually high in-migration rates create a competitive marketplace with few winners. But buying an existing home isn’t your only option. If you want to get into the Victoria housing market, you basically have four options: Buy an existing home Buy a production home Buy a “spec” home Build a custom home While each of these options has its benefits, only a custom home gives you that one-of-a-kind space in the location you lust […]

CBC Interviews Mike Holmes about Horizon

CBC sat down with Mike Holmes to talk about his Holmes approved Homes program and his recent partnership with Horizon Contracting. The interview goes into detail about what this means for consumers in Victoria and the Gulf Islands and the future of home building and renovations.

Horizon Partners with Mike Holmes

Horizon Pacific Contracting is proud to announce that it is Vancouver Island’s first official HOLMES Approved Homes Partner Builder. As part of an elite group of builders across Canada, we’re the only custom home builder to offer the exclusive HOLMES Approved Homes Program in Greater Victoria and the Gulf Islands. “We’re excited to offer our clients this Program,” said Tim Agar, managing partner of Horizon. “This gives them third-party verification from an internationally recognized expert that our homes meet the highest quality standard out there, adding value now and at […]

A Modern Custom Home in the Victoria Woods

Photography by Heath Moffatt Photo. We built this modern custom home for Tanya and Carl Munro in 2013, but to this day it keeps generating interest, with the most recent being a 2015 VIBE award for Project of the Year. Not surprising as it features some amazing design elements, both inside and out. Designed by D’Ambrosio Architecture, this 3,000 square foot modern home sits on the crown of a maturely forested lot, juxtaposing horizontal lines with the vertical trees that surround it. Four distinctive outdoor spaces are terraced to harmonize […]

8 Steps to a Happy House Raising in Victoria BC

Whoever first said, “dirt is cheap” must not have spent time in Victoria. With the high price of land, it’s no wonder why so many people here are choosing to raise their houses. I know this because Horizon has always done a handful of house raises every year, but lately we’ve seen an upsurge in inquiries from local home owners. What’s the advantage of a house lift over a house addition? Well for one, home additions aren’t cheap. They also require working within sometimes onerous municipal setback restrictions. This alone […]

Relocating to Victoria BC? A successful home buyer offers 5 tips to get what you want

Ah, those warm Island summer days. It’s what every Victorian lives for, and what every other Canadian lusts after. It’s also what makes this our busiest time of year answering questions from out-of-towners dreaming of relocating to Victoria BC. Sadly, most of those dreams go unfulfilled. If you’ve been stalking the MLS, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Many of the Victoria properties you lust after will seem old or overpriced―or both. And that’s exactly where, says realtor and lifelong Victorian, Tony Joe, your expectations need to come back to […]


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