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Winner of the 2018 Keystone Award of Excellence Recipient

Andi Towns, owner of Heritage Stone Paving & Landscaping has dug a path all the way to both the Silver Finalist and Gold Winner Award of the Canadian Home Builders Association, Central Interior (CHBCI) 2018 Keystone Awards, Best Landscaping, New or Renovated, recognizing and honoring excellence in the home building sector in central BC. Accepting the award at the Keystone Gala, February 3rd in Kamloops, Andi was humble stating "I've never won a landscaping award before and wow, to be amongst the best of the best."

Immigrating over a decade ago from the UK, uprooting his family and bringing his already honed stone paving and landscaping knowledge and experience to benefit home builders in the Vernon/Coldstream and surrounding areas, Andi's unwavering commitment to the 2018 Keystone recipient project spanned two seasons from July 2016 to September 2017. It surpassed the three main Keystone criteria of: 1. Success of landscaping as a complement to the development; 2. Selection and placement of materials in the landscaping and 3. Sensitivity to inherent environmental and climatic conditions.

Project partner of Scenic Place, Coldstream, commented "when I learned Andi used to teach sailing on Beneteau sailboats and we used to live on a 35 ft. Beneteau sailboat I knew then we were going to find the groove on this project. However, I also considered it was a daunting endeavor - a steep banked, narrow property with rocks, boulders, one lone tree, abundant noxious plants, wicked bull thistles and deer cactus and with this also being our first ever land home, it needed the vision and magic touch from Andi and his second-in-charge, Tulsa, to complete a landscaping make-over extraordinaire!

Further commending on this project and the subsequent Keystone recognition, it was significant on many levels and not just about deep pockets, or just getting it done. "My late mother born in Vernon, 1922, commented shortly before her passing in 2014 at age 92 "you can never go wrong with a piece of dirt." This past February 1st would have been a dear friend's 58th birthday, also a long-time Vernon resident, and both their financial bequests contributed in part to this project. It was about ensuring their memories were honored.

The project really started back in 2015 with Ken Hildebrandt, Hildebrandt Homes, overseeing a new home build in 2016 and also receiving Silver Finalist, 2017 Keystone Awards for Best Single Detached Home; it was his referral to Andi and HERITAGE for the complex landscaping project.

Andi and his crew were sensitive to the reasons behind this project with unwavering obligation to and guarantee of work excellence and it was a unique and special opportunity to transform a weed infested, quail nursery and deer feeding lot into a sustainable landscape while meeting all the criteria of the Keystone Category.

Laughing, the project partner maintains the real reason Andi received the Gold 2018 Keystone Award was one definitive moment: A very early July morning at 06:04 AM one of the main feed lines to the BIOHARMONY septic field, butterfly sprayers was gushing water and spraying dirt; a message to Andi and he responded by 06:22 AM in person with his magic tool box and by 06:28 AM, the line was fixed with all the sprayers working in unison.

A solid example of loyalty to clients, project excellence and finding the landscaping groove!

- The 2018 Keystone Gold Winners can be viewed on CHBACI website.

"Attention to detail; Customer Focused; Dependable and Friendly. That is how we would describe Andi and his team at Heritage Stone Paving & Landscaping. Andi has completed three separate jobs at our home in the past two years. This included a major patio installation complete with paved pathways and an excellent water feature. In all cases the finished product exceeded our expectations. Andi is a pleasure to deal with. He listens to what we want, then suggests creative ideas for achieving the desired effect. Andi and his team are hard working, courteous, and professional.

We highly recommend Heritage Stone Paving and Landscaping.

- Steve and Toby Foord.

"Can't say we've enjoyed a trade more than Heritage Stone Paving and Landscaping. Professionalism, excellent workmanship all handled in a very friendly manner. We have been delighted with our very large stone paving driveway and a water feature that gives us endless hours of pleasure. Thank you Andy, and Tulsa to, it was a pleasure to have you work at our home.

We highly recommend you to all you're future clients, some of which we hope to pass you're way.

- Jayne and Larry.


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