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Gilbert + Burke joined nearly 160 home construction and renovation leaders from the Simcoe County area at the Barrie County Club for the 2018 ACE Housing Awards.


Focused on recognizing excellence and honouring creativity, innovation, and design in new-home construction and renovations, Gilbert + Burke was honoured with the award for "Excellence in Outdoor Living Space."


The SCHBA Awards of Creative Excellence team recognizes homebuilders and contractors who provide quality craftsmanship in the Simcoe County Region. Industry-watchers and consumers look to SCHBA Award recipients as the industry leaders for new home construction and renovations, such as this exterior space renovation project.


President and CEO of Gilbert + Burke, Randy Burke, says the ACE Award serves as a reminder that they are creating homes and jobs in the Simcoe County area, and building a tightknit community where people live, work, and play.


"With world-class manufacturing and innovation, Simcoe County is a region that continues to flourish. As the community grows, Gilbert + Burke is positioned to continue to help with professional service and quality home building," he says.


Larry Swalm and Brian Gilbert accepting ACE House Award for Excellence in Outdoor Living Space

Larry Swalm and Brian Gilbert accepting the award on behalf of Gilbert + Burke.  

About the Winning Home Design

The outdoor living space project is located on a lake near the shoreline, and the landscaping design utilized the existing topography and exquisite views of surrounding nature. Gilbert + Burke’s end goal was to blend the outdoor area with the existing rockscape, while also allowing for human comfort and the best possible views of the lake.


The indoor space blends seamlessly into the outdoor living space, thanks to a screened porch that protects people from bugs and other elements. Plus, the home’s great room has expansive doors that leads to the patio to connect the two spaces, and allow for panoramic views of the outdoors, as well as surplus natural light.


The patio is made of granite slabs and features a grandiose granite fireplace. Native plant life was placed in natural rock depressions, and topsoil and natural mulch contributed to filling out the area further. Granite stones and steps lead to the lake beach and pass an outdoor hot tub, nestled into a granite crevice. Near the hot tub is an outdoor shower, beneath a stunning cedar tree.


Granite rocks, which came from the excavation of the site, are used throughout the space as accents. From the screened porch and granite patio, guests and family members can view striking sunsets over the water.


Project Wins Best Outdoor Living Space Twice this Year 

In March this year, this same project won two honours at the Peterborough + Kawarthas Home Builder’s Association Home Design Awards - “Best Exterior Space” and “Custom Homes 2,501-3,500 Square Feet”.


Here are a few pictures of this incredible outdoor and living space. To view the full gallery, click here.


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pile of chopped logs under a shelter in the woods

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