Building your Dream Home
Imagine a well-planned and well-managed custom home build or renovation – innovatively designed exactly to your requirements, expertly constructed to your specifications, and efficiently and cost-effectively delivered to your complete satisfaction.
In 1983, I’d recently completed my journeyman carpenter ticket and had done everything from framing to finishing carpentry. But interest rates were 18% and no one was hiring. My wife Patti said, “If you can’t find a job then maybe you’ll have to work for yourself.” Bowood was born and we’ve never looked back.
We started out specializing in finishing carpentry and renovations. It wasn’t long before I was asked to build my first custom home. Patti and I were pretty busy running a small business and starting a family, but we knew that to be successful we couldn’t do it alone. I became really involved in the Canadian Home Builders Association to learn about the industry and to develop relationships in the home building community. I took courses through the Professional Homebuilders Institute and other organizations. Perhaps most importantly, we started building a team of other talented building professionals.
Today, I am very proud of what we’ve achieved at Bowood. We’ve earned a reputation for quality design and construction, attention to detail, and excellent client relationships. Almost all of our work comes through referrals from clients, building industry professionals, and even other builders.
Bowood is a small-volume home builder that specializes in design-build custom homes and renovations. We complete about 8 – 10 new houses per year, along with several renovations and some commercial construction. We have been fortunate to work on many interesting and challenging projects in central Alberta and we are proud of the results. After all these years we can still say that we’re excited about our work and treat every new project with enthusiasm!
On behalf of my business partners – Susan Knopp, Todd Zimmerman, and Mike Bray – thank you for your interest in Bowood. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your new home or renovation.
President, Bowood Homes
2017 Renovator of the Year Award
We are very excited to be awarded the 2017 Renovator of the Year Award at the CHBA Central Alberta Awards of Excellence Gala. This is our 4th win in the last 5 years (we didn’t enter any renovations in 2014, so we weren’t a contender). We’re pumped about our winning streak! The award is based on the feedback from our clients and the quality of the renovation projects entered in the awards. Many thanks to our clients, staff, trades, and suppliers for their support and the countless ways they contribute to our success. Thanks also to Duane Rolheiser of Todayville Red Deer for sponsoring the awards – and the fantastic video work he and his team do for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Central Alberta (CHBA-CA).
Left to Right: Aubrey Stryker, Susan Knopp, Mike Bray and Duane Rolheiser.
Check out “Bowood Homes – CHBA CA 2016 Renovator of the Year” from Todayville Red Deer on Vimeo.