as printed in the Kamloops This Week
Darcy Franklin is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Meranti Developments with five Keystone Awards.
The custom home builder based primarily out of Sun Peaks Resort, raked in the awards at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s annual Keystone Home Builders Awards of Excellence . . . winning in five categories — more than any other builder.
There was a hint of déjà vu at the gala for Franklin, owner of Meranti Developments — the company won six golds and several silvers at the 2013 awards.
“It’s always nice to be recognized. The industry is competitive and there are lots of great companies out there,” Franklin said.
In 2016, Meranti won Keystone awards for best single-family detached home — in both the 2,000 to 2,499 square-foot and the $1,500,000 or more categories — as well as awards for building efficiency, best kitchen design project of $30,000 or more and best customer service by a CHBA Central Interior member.
Franklin formed Meranti Developments in 2006, driven by the goal of building custom homes with a specific focus on resort and recreation areas.
The company’s resort roots are reflected throughout its builds, with log and timber features typically taking centre stage. But crisp and contemporary interior finishes are becoming more and more prevalent, Franklin said, as trends tip toward a preference for modern finishes amongst his clientele
Meranti has always said its homes are often high-end, always high quality. Though Franklin and his team have built their share of flashy custom homes the company also constructs family homes.
Meranti has worked with Revelstoke Mountain Resort since 2008 and is still the area’s preferred home builder. It was also the preferred builder for Tobiano Resort before its receivership sale.
Sun Peaks has always been the base of operations for Franklin and his wife, who are also raising their family in Kamloops’ nearby resort municipality. The company has also built a handful of homes in the River City, though Franklin said it has never been a strong focus.
What has been a focus in the last decade, though, is building a company culture based on team and family. “I am blessed to work with a team of employees, trades and suppliers that look at every project individually and do what
is best for our clients,” Franklin said.
“To sum it all up, we love what we do and feel blessed to be able to do it.”