Coats for Kids – Help us make a difference

With the excitement of the upcoming holidays, it’s easy to forget that Christmas can be a difficult time for those in need. Every year the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association helps to provide a brighter Christmas for families less fortunate with their Coats for Kids campaign. In lieu of celebrating this 20 year strong campaign, giving dates have been extended for ‘20 Days of Giving’ from November 13 to December 2 with drop off points all over the lower mainland. This year Coats for Kids really need your help and is specifically looking for jackets for tweens and teens ages 12 – 18 years old.

Portrait Homes is proudly participating in the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) annual Coats for Kids campaign to help make a difference in our community and we hope that you can show your support by dropping off donations to one of our locations listed below.

Portrait Homes Headoffice: 1100 – 21320 Westminster Highway, Richmond. Open Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm.

Nelson Peak Sales Centre: 22850 136th Avenue, Maple Ridge. Open Saturday to Wednesday 12pm – 5pm.






Happy Halloween!

If you’re looking for a fun and scary Halloween activity, check out the Glenhurst Manor Haunted House! Located at 11661 Glenhurst Street in Maple Ridge, prepare yourself for a good scare as you tour the haunted house and meet all of its frightening guests. Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to the Friends in Need Food Bank. The haunted house is open from October 30th to October 31st from 5pm to 10pm so don’t miss out!

While Halloween is fun for trick or treaters, it can be a scary and dangerous time for pets which is why it’s always a good reminder to keep your pets safe inside the house until the Halloween festivities are over.

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Halloween this weekend!



It’s Pumpkin Carving Time!

A visit to Laity farm this weekend is fun for the whole family!

Laity Farms located at 21145 128th Avenue in Maple Ridge offers over 18 acres of farmland to explore and makes for a perfect weekend outing. Boasting a huge pumpkin patch for sourcing your perfect jack-o-lantern, many farm animals for the kids to visit with and an acre long corn maze to wander through. Put your boots on, enjoy some fresh air and enjoy this fall season by visiting your local pumpkin patch…because Halloween just doesn’t feel the same without a carved pumpkin sitting on the porch!

For more information please visit the Laity Pumpkin Patch website.



Fresh Local Food for Thanksgiving

If you’re like me you enjoy nothing more than adding local seasonal food to the Thanksgiving table. We are lucky to live in an area abundant with options.
Think about adding some fresh cheese or butter to the table (great for getting that wonderful colour on the outside of the turkey). Check out Cheesecrafters where they make their own selections of Jersey Blue (my personal favourite), Havarti, Cheddar, Brie and more. Your kids can watch through the window as they make the cheese while you do the shopping.
Need some fresh cranberries? Hopcott’s Farm is having their annual Cranberry day on Oct. 10 where you can taste the cranberry products, tour the bog and of course purchase cranberries in bulk or in bags…they also have lot’s of activities for kids.
The Haney Farmers Market is also on this weekend with a great selection of pumpkins, apples, pies, wine and brussel sprouts. Come on down to Memorial Peace Park between 9-2 on Saturday. I recommend getting there earlier in the day for the best selection.
Other options for fresh treats for the table can be found on the circle farm brochure

Enjoy your shopping and I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.



Around and About in Maple Ridge This Weekend?

Maple Ridge is not just a pretty place…there are always lots of fun and interesting activities going on and this weekend is no exception!
Do you have a creative side that you would like to explore? This Sunday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, local artist Robi Smith will be hosting a Free Lantern-Making Workshop! Put your creative talents to use and make your own lantern. Finished lanterns will be installed in the park during the Rivers Day and Culture Days weekend for all to admire. Not just for the young of heart, this activity is open to all ages and requires no experience. For more information please visit Robi Smith’s website for more information.

If you’re more keen on taking advantage of the great weather we will be having this weekend, then you might be interested in participating in the Bike to Farms tour happening this Sunday on September 6th. A leisurely 15km bike ride along mostly quiet roads in Maple Ridge, get to know your local farmers and learn more about where our food comes from. There will only be two groups participating in the tour with a maximum of 25 participants in each so make sure to register sooner rather than later!
For more information and how to register please click here.

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Find out about other activities happening in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows by checking out the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Parks & Leisure calendar.


Great side table for your new stand alone tub…

Now that you are considering purchasing a new home at Nelson Peak…or maybe you already have…time to start on the fun stuff…decorating your new home! While you visualize the new wall paper, paint, furniture and accessories that you want to coordinate you realize that you will have some running around to do. Suddenly your dream changes to fantasizing about soaking in your new stand alone tub, soft music playing, candles glowing and reaching for that glass of red wine. But, where are you going to put that glass of wine? Houzz recently published an article with great suggestions of what to consider when looking for that great little table. Check the article out here.

Free standing soaker tub in ensuites


Looking for something to do this weekend??

Why not check out the Centennial Celebration of the Aero Club of BC being held this Saturday, Aug. 29 from 9am – 10pm at the Pitt Meadows Airport? There will be a full day of activities including special viewing of vintage planes and assembled aircrafts. Watch the dozens of presentations, aviation exhibits and more.
For more information check out Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services website. Be sure to scroll down on the home page to view the community calendar.
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Come and Experience the Caribbean Festival in Maple Ridge!

Caribbean PhotoCelebrate the 15th anniversary of the Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival with over 100 entertainers performing Reggae, Calypso, Salsa & Soca music! Experience Caribbean culture with a wide variety of food vendors offering authentic foods or peruse the Caribbean open air market. With a large kid’s zone, rides, face painting and a number of other activities there will be fun for the whole family!

To make things even better, on Saturday night there will be a special musical tribute to the Eagles with a two hour concert featuring “Hotel California”, one of the most accomplished Eagles tribute productions.

The Caribbean festival will take place on Saturday August 1st from 12:00pm to 900pm and Sunday August 2nd from 11:00am to 8:30pm.

For more information on this event please visit their website. To find out about other events happening in Maple Ridge please click here.


Looking for something to do this weekend in Maple Ridge?

Check out the Haney Farmers Market running tomorrow at the Memorial Peace Park from 9am – 2pm. Along with all of the amazing fresh produce from your local farmers, try some of the wonderful prepared treats from jams and jellies to fresh baked bread, sweet treats and more. Looking for that special gift or artwork for your home, tomorrow is “Art at the Market” featuring local artisans. You can find everything from jewelry to pottery, to knits to prints. Great for the whole family. For more info check out the Haney Farmer’s Market website.

Feeling a little hot? The wee ones getting a bit stir crazy in the heat? Why not drop by one of the “Spray Parks” in the area. There are two close by….one at the Albion Sports Complex and the other at Maple Ridge Park. The water is running until about 8pm every evening. There are a few other smaller parks around as well…you can get more details from the Maple Ridge Website.


Portrait Homes Wins 2015 Avid Gold Award

We take great pride in not only the homes we build but the relationship that we build with all of our Purchasers. We are very humbled to once again receive the Avid Gold Award for the highest Customer Satisfaction in BC in 2015. The Avid award is particularly important to us as the ratings are collected and calculated by a third party and are presented to the builder scoring highest on the New Home Move-in Experience survey. The awards ceremony will be held in Toronto this year in August. Check out our videos to hear first hand what our owners are saying.


23rd Annual Georgie Awards!

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Presented by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC (CHBA BC), the Georgie Awards celebrate British Columbia’s residential construction and renovation industry and honour those who have demonstrated excellence in what they do.


Portrait Homes had a lot to celebrate this past Friday at the 23rd Annual Georgie Awards Gala held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel. After months of anticipation we were overjoyed to walk away with 4 Georgie Awards for:


 – Best Single Family Home over 2,000 Sq. Ft. under $750,000 – for Hampstead Phase 2
 – Customer Choice Awards – Powered by Avid Ratings, Single Family Production
 – Customer Choice Awards – Powered by Avid Ratings, Multi-Family (Low Rise)
 – Single Family Production Home Builder of the Year for Hampstead Phase 2


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Customer Choice Georgie Awards



And in other award news, we are excited to announce that we have been announced as a finalist for the Customer Choice Georgie Awards powered by Avid. The Georgie Award Gala will be held at the end of February and we are keeping our fingers crossed that we can take home this prestigious award for yet another year. We’ll keep you posted!



Celebrating Excellence!

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We take pride in the relationship we have with our trades. One of the videos on our website shows our Panorama Woods Site Superintendent Duncan talking about how it’s something we do better than anyone else. It’s with this unique partnership that we not only build quality homes for our customers on time and on budget but we have fun doing it!

This past Friday at our annual Trade, Supplier and Consultant’s Recognition Luncheon, we celebrated excellence in Safety and Customer Service and awarded individuals or organizations who we feel had gone above and beyond in the last year. Among the award announcements were a few for our own staff with Ron Breidt and Jamie Boyd being recognized for outstanding customer service. This year we also had a special award made for an individual who personally goes above and beyond in making sure our every need is met. We are proud to recognize Tammie Ballantyne from The Brick as our Unsung Hero!