Coventry Homes wins big at 2022 Excellence in Housing Awards
April 29, 2022
Since winning its first Builder of the Year Award in 1990, the Edmonton-based homebuilder has amassed a huge collection of industry awards and recognition for the company and its CEO Henri Rodier, including the prestigious CHBA Awards of Excellence, Leadership Award in 2020 and 2022.
But winning this award particularly this year – after the difficult challenges of 2020 and 2021 – is gratifying, and Rodier says the award is a validation of the work done by everyone in Coventry Homes.
“This award is a great source of pride for us. It speaks volumes about the talent, dedication and hard work put in by each and every one of our team members every day,” he tells Edmonton New Home + Condo Guide.
“We’re honored to win against such amazing competitors, and would like to especially thank our trade partners, suppliers, employees and clients for their continued support and trust. Without an extensive team of truly talented individuals and supportive partners, none of this would have been possible.”
He continues that the award not only validates the work they do in the building and designing of homes but the customer service they proved to their clients, as well.
“The award is not only based on the quality of our build, but a large piece of the award is also based on customer service, of which we pride ourselves on,” Rodier says.
Coventry Homes is never one to sit on its laurels. Indeed, innovation has always been a key part of its growth. Some recent advancements have included integrating smart home technology in each of the homes they offer; an online client portal that allows buyers to keep track of the building process for their home; and virtual tours that were particularly key during the lockdown days, and which are now available for each of their showhomes and many quick possession homes.
They also put in place interactive renderings of kitchens bathrooms and exteriors, which allows the homebuyer to test out many of Coventry Homes’ selections and colour pallets before buying. The Lifestyle Packages they offer are worked on constantly and are ever evolving to take into account customer feedback.
Just introduced are the Radiant One and Watch Dog Lifestyle Packages. The Radiant One makes it easier than ever for homebuyers to go solar. Every system comes with 335 W High Efficiency Canadian Solar Modules with black frames, Alberta-made fully galvanized racking system, Battery and Vehicle Ready Premium Inverters and much more.
Buyers can pick and choose how many features they can include in the home, says Coventry Homes’ Director of Marketing & Design, Tara Van Horn. “Our solar services include securing permits, creating designs, installing solar panels on your home, and providing maintenance, if needed.”
Watch Dog, meanwhile, gives homeowners easy access to their home security. This package includes three, 2 Mega Pixel, infrared capable security cameras, 1 terabyte camera recording storage device, remote viewing capable for mobile devices and programmable recording hours of operation. Professional installers determine what your needs are for your security system and design it to fit your purposes,” she adds.
Growth remains on the horizon for Coventry Homes, and they constantly strive to be the best homebuilder in Edmonton.
“We are very excited to be able to showcase two brand new home designs this year. The Ara and the Lyra will be making their debut,” Rodier adds.
“We will also be highlighting a brand-new Oilers Fan Cave, which will have a much different look and feel than anything we have done before!”
Coventry Homes also won this year for their Odessa showhome in Riverside for Best Single Family $350,000 to $400,000, and Kalliope in Griesbach for Best Single Family $600,000 to $700,000.
Van Horn says Coventry Homes brought on eight new showhomes last year including the two that won at this year’s awards.
The group’s Impact Homes division, which focuses solely on single-family detached garage homes, was also nominated in three categories and won all of them.
Winning awards, gratifying, as they may be, is never the point at Coventry Homes.
“While we are honoured to be recognized in this way, it is more important for the community that we serve to know of the hard work we put in improving the lives of Edmontonians – not just through the homes that we build – but in strengthening the bonds of the community itself,” Rodier says.
Coventry Homes currently builds in 15 new communities in the Edmonton area, offering well-designed, lifestyle-focused single-family and multi-family homes. Rodier knows the value of hard work, having come up from the trades. “I started swinging a hammer a number of years ago,” he says, and he knows that in every challenge there is opportunity.
“Being prepared is always the best course of action. You can’t always see what’s coming down the road, but having a culture of hard work in the company goes a long way in preparing for those difficulties.” The ability to adapt has been central to their success, and Rodier also believes that his inherent optimism - of “choosing to see the bright side” – is the only way to survive and to lead.
To find out more about Coventry Homes, visit coventryhomes.ca.
About Pepper Rodriguez
Pepper Rodriguez is a writer, editor of New Home + Condo Guide's Calgary and Edmonton editions.