Pinnacle Quality Homes wins three SABA Awards of Distinction


STAFF WRITER – The Ontario Construction Report

Pinnacle Quality Homes has become a prominent Stratford area builder. The company, established in 1999, has received many awards since its inception, most recently earning three awards in this year’s Stratford & Area Builders’ Association (SABA) Awards of Distinction.

Pinnacle received the Energy Efficiency Award, the Most Outstanding New Home under 1,600 sq. ft. and Most Outstanding Renovation/Addition over $75,000. President John Meinen says it’s important to submit worthwhile projects to local awards programs, because the entries help draw attention to the quality work being done in the area and recognize the trades who have contributed to each project’s success.

He says 90 per cent of the homes Pinnacle builds are Energy Star rated, and his company has won the Energy Efficiency Award three times. “On this particular home we used Owens Corning wall systems. A blower door test conducted at the framing stage came in at 1.33 ACH and the final will be done shortly.”

In the category of New Home under 1,600 sq., ft. Meinen says the team constructed a home that took full advantage of narrow lots, and inside added unique features including LED lighting and crystal clean white subway tile in the ensuite for added ambiance. “We also lifted the ceiling in the centre of the living room by 12 in. to give it a more spacious feel.”

Finally, the renovation award recognized a complete redo of an existing home that removed all of the interior components. Meinen says a project of this nature is a big undertaking and can be filled with surprises but is nothing his team has not seen before or cannot handle.

Besides residential construction, Pinnacle co-ordinates small commercial projects. Whoever the customer, Meinen says the approach is the same. “What is most important is giving the customer what they want. We are committed to being open to change and to giving the customer the opportunity to make changes, especially before things are closed in.”

Pinnacle Quality Homes has been a member of SABA since 1999. Meinen served as its president for three terms in 2004-5. 2009-10, and 2010-11. He currently is the Ontario Home Builders Association’s (OHBA) president.

“You get out of the association what you put in,” he said. “For me, it’s about being involved, staying updated and being part of the community of builders, both here at home and throughout the province.”

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