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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 lift 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 homeowners. 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 can […]

Modernizing a Heritage House [Holmes Approved Home Renovation]

As a home builder, you face a whole new set of challenges when tasked with renovating a heritage home. It requires you to be sensitive to the past, while keeping modern lifestyle choices (and building code requirements) in mind. And as you embark on the journey, you almost always find the flaws of past renovations upon peeling back the layers. This Holmes Approved Home Renovation we completed recently in the Fernwood neighbourhood of Victoria was no exception. Built in 1892, this multi-level Victorian house had lived a number of lives […]

Retiring to Victoria BC? 5 fresh ideas to help you ace your dream home search

Ah, those warm South Island sunny 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 moving to beautiful Victoria BC. Sadly, most of those dreams go unfulfilled.If you’ve been stalking the site, 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 […]

Horizon Earns Multiple Awards for Building Excellence

March 2018 has been a big month for Horizon Pacific Contracting, with recognitions for building excellence at the local, national and international level. Horizon earned second place in the Fine Homebuilding Readers’ Choice Awards which saw readers vote for their favourite home from ten finalists selected by Fine Homebuilding Magazine. The custom home project, titled Family-Centered Modern, was the only Canadian home in the 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards and is the only Canadian home to place in the top three in the history of the competition. Family-Centered Modern will be […]

Fine Homebuilding Shortlists Horizon

Fine Homebuilding magazine has selected Horizon Pacific Contracting, along with home designer Coast+Beam, as finalists for a 2018 Reader’s Choice Award. Horizon is one of only 10 finalists, and the only one selected from Canada. The Reader’s Choice Awards involves entries from prestigious builders and architectural firms from across North America. Voting takes place through March 2, 2018. You can review all the finalists and vote for Horizon’s entry entitled “Family-Centred Modern” by clicking here.

Horizon up for CHBA National Award

Horizon Pacific Contracting has been selected from over 700 entries as a finalist for Canada’s pinnacle award showcase, the CHBA National Awards. The shortlisted entry is for a custom home project entitled “Family-Centred Modern” built in Saanich, a suburb of Victoria BC. The award winners will be announced on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Fairmont Empress Victoria. See all the 2018 CHBA National Award Finalists.

Horizon finalist for 3 Georgie Awards

Victoria BC’s Horizon Pacific Contracting has been shortlisted for three 2018 Georgie Awards. Horizon was one of only two Island-based builders to be selected as finalists for BC’s premier house building awards. Company co-founder Tim Agar said he was honoured to be a finalist. “It’s recognition of the renaissance in quality home building taking place in Victoria right now, and we’re excited to be part of it.” Horizon was selected as a finalist in these categories: Best Custom Home between $1.9M and $3M Best Custom Home over $3M Best Innovative […]

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 […]


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