2006 Award Recipients

Winners and Finalists

Tarion is proud to announce the winners of the 2006 Tarion Awards of Excellence:  

High-Rise Category: Great Gulf Homes of Toronto, Ontario

Since 1975, Great Gulf Homes has grown from a well-known regional home builder into an international, fully integrated group of companies.  One reason for the company’s long-term success is its people-oriented corporate philosophy which focuses on approachability and accountability.  In keeping with this philosophy, key staff positions that focus entirely on meeting customer needs have been created and each community built by Great Gulf has its own team of supervisors, warranty representatives and fast-response service technicians. 

Large Volume Category: Tribute Communities of Toronto, Ontario

In its 20 years of operation, Tribute has built over 20,000 homes in dozens of communities across southern Ontario – from Kitchener-Waterloo in the west, to Newmarket in the north, and Clarington in the east.  To address customer needs, the company has an innovative ‘Total Service Policy’ which includes a 24-hour instant service response when homeowners call with a problem. Tribute also has a ‘Framing Walkthrough Tour’ that provides an opportunity for customers to see and ask questions about their new home long before its final completion. Tribute Communities was the Tarion Award of Excellence winner in the Large Volume Category in 2005.

Medium Volume Category: Rinaldi Homes of St. Catharines, Ontario 

Fostering open communication with homeowners is a hallmark of St. Catharines-based Rinaldi Homes which was founded in 1953 by Osvaldo Rinaldi, a furniture maker from Italy.  Today the company is run by Mr. Rinaldi’s sons Jerry and Frank who believe in a hands-on approach to everything from design, through construction and after-sales service.  This philosophy gives them the flexibility and versatility to respond quickly to the needs of their homeowners.

Small Volume Category: Krepstakies Custom Home Building of Waterloo Region, Ontario 

Robert Krepstakies runs this company which was founded by his father Hans in 1972. Mr. Krepstakies takes pride in building each home as if it were his own.  This means placing heavy emphasis on customer satisfaction, being on-site every day to personally oversee all aspects of construction, and working with every customer from the initial contact and planning stage through all phases of construction, including after-sales service, if and when it is needed.


2006 Tarion Awards of Excellence Finalists 

High-Rise Builder

The Daniels Corporation, Toronto, ON

Great Gulf Homes, Toronto, ON

Shane Baghai, Toronto, ON

Tridel, Toronto, ON

Large Volume Builder

Arista Homes, Vaughan, ON

Ballantry Homes, Markham, ON

Paradise Homes, Markham, ON

Tribute Communities, Toronto, ON

Medium Volume Builder

Branthaven Homes, Burlington, ON

GreGor Homes, Barrie, ON

Hayhoe Homes, St. Thomas, ON

Rinaldi Homes, St. Catharines, ON

Small Volume Builder

George Milla Construction Ltd., Guelph, ON

Krepstakies Custom Home Building, Waterloo Region, ON

Homes by Hendriks, Beamsville, ON

Menard Bros. & Associates Ltd., Cornwall, ON