Mike Holmes is one tough builder, and now he’s brought his national brand to Saanich.
Best known for his television show Holmes on Homes, and more recently, Holmes Inspection and Home Free, the demanding tradesman visits unlucky families who have been ill-served by contractors and builders. He points out what is wrong and sets about fixing things. The people who appear on his show are the lucky ones: they get their issues dealt with.
Holmes is not just about his television brand, nor his patent look of black overalls on a size-too-small crew neck shirt (which he fills nicely). He also has a HOLMES Approved Homes program that integrates proper building practices. It stands by cutting-edge products and technology in order to develop customized building specification that go above and beyond residential standards, from construction to final inspection.
And on Vancouver Island, Holmes has partnered with Saanich’s Horizon Pacific Contracting as an official HOLMES Approved Homes Partner Builder.
Horizon will be the only contractor to offer the exclusive program in Greater Victoria and the Gulf Islands.
“I partnered with Horizon because they believe the same things I do,” said Mike Holmes. “They go beyond industry standards, and their projects, reputation and awards prove it.”
Holmes was named the second most widely trusted person in Canada by Reader’s Digest in 2010.
His philosophy is simple: The things you don’t see in a home are more important than the things you do, and addressing these critical details today protects your investment, saving you time, trouble and money tomorrow.
Holmes launched the HOLMES Approved Homes Program in 2011, which implements his mandate in new-home construction and give home buyers the opportunity to purchase a home built to his standards.
“We’re excited to offer our clients this program,” said Tim Agar, managing partner of Horizon. “This gives them third-party verification from an internationally recognized expert that our homes meet the highest quality standard out there, adding value now and at resale time. It’s another way to demonstrate the high calibre of homebuilding we have built our reputation on.”
Every new build or major renovation registered in the HOLMEs approved program undergoes a series of inspection conducted by Approved Mike Holmes Inspectors. The inspection process ensures homes are built to the highest quality and energy efficiency standards, resulting in buildings that are safer, healthier, and that last longer.
Horizon is a certified BUILT GREEN builder, winner of a 2015 Canadian Home Builder’s award for project of the year, and builder of Victoria’s first LEED platinum residence (certification pending).
Horizon was founded over 25 years ago and grew from a two-person partnership to a company running six full-time crews.