Renova is building its future on its DNA of renovations, new luxury homes

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Company wins Calgary Region BILD Award for Small Volume Multi-Family Builder of the Year.

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There are so many awards that require regular dusting in Justin Mauro’s office in southeast Calgary that one might wonder how he has time for his actual work.

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Each of the many awards that are proudly displayed are family treasures. Many are Sales and Marketing (SAM) awards, the precursor to the Calgary-area Building and Land Development (BILD) industry awards that recognize the exceptional work of builders, renovators, suppliers and partners in the residential construction industry.

Some were attributed to Mauro’s cousin’s business, Albi Renova, which he bought in 2018. Some were featured at Albi Homes, a high-end home building company that his parents, Tom and Debra Mauro, sold to Brookfield Residential in 2015.

Four of the most recent trophies on display were won by his company, Renova Homes and Renovations, and were accepted by Mauro and his team at the 2021 BILD Calgary Region Awards on April 30. Renova won Best Town Home/Villa $380,000 and over, Best Kitchen Reno $100,000 and over, and Best Exterior Reno/Outdoor Living Space.

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Renova also won a grand prize for 2021 Multifamily Builder of the Year, Small Volume. No small feat for Mauro, 41, who learned the trade of construction and renovation through osmosis.

“It’s kind of innate in me. But you know, when I looked at other industries when I was younger, they didn’t interest me that much,” he says.

Renova’s roots are in renovation, but since the purchase of Albi Renova, Mauro has diversified into new construction. There are plenty of new home builders making single and multi-family products – Truman, Jayman Built and Homes by Avi to name a few – but with renovations in the mix, Renova had material for BILD submissions. in three categories.

“With this adaptation comes a pretty unique skill set. We have two teams here – one that focuses on low density single and multi-family and the other that focuses on renovation. It requires a different expertise because renovations are different from building a house from scratch,” he says.

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It was a boutique townhouse project in Sunnyside that earned Renova two nominations, a subsequent BILD award, and the grand prize.

Casa Bianca Units A and C were two floor plans in a four-unit corner development that were finalists in the Best Townhouse Style categories. The project featured insulated concrete form construction that ensured each unit would be soundproofed — as much as possible like single-family homes, Mauro says.

“Each had individual mechanical systems and garages. They had very nice, very contemporary finishes and open spaces. We pushed the boundaries of style and they were very well received,” he says, noting that homes have sold for between $600,000 and around $700,000.

Renova has larger multi-family projects planned for 2022 for the Riversong area of ​​Cochrane. One is an attached single storey villa community and the other is a townhouse development.

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The company is currently building a single-family product in the city’s Precedence neighborhood. Mauro entered a show home during the 2021 awards but didn’t get a love this year.

“Our homes only fall into a few categories, but that’s okay. We have some great products to show off, so hopefully we’ll have nominations for individual families next year,” he says.

Renova’s renovation prices were for a kitchen renovation in Arbor Lake and an exterior renovation and living space in Wildwood. The latter involved the addition of a front porch with a steel shed roof, brick columns and built-in heaters for owners who wanted to socialize in the front of the house rather than the back. Mauro has noticed an increased demand for outdoor space and recently completed work at Watermark where his team integrated a swim spa into a covered patio.

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Although Calgary’s real estate scene has been robust in 2022, it is highly competitive with new businesses joining the fray every day. More “little guys” come to market when it’s hot, while big players tend to take over in tougher markets, Mauro says. Renova and its family heritage are here to stay.

“Over the next 20 years, I think if you’re not a versatile builder with a few different product streams and some diversification, it’s going to be hard to be successful in the long run,” he says. “I don’t have the desire to be a massive, massive company. I prefer to be really good at what we do and be a little smaller and a little more cohesive. I think it’s more fun for me. We’ve been around for 30 years, and we’re going to be around for another 30 years.

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