With Saskatchewan’s population reaching record levels and experiencing steady growth in the past five years due to an economic boom, the challenge to develop housing solutions is a priority in communities across the province. A fast growing Regina based company has accepted this challenge, and has stepped up to provide a solution as an industry leader.
A multi-faceted company, Deveraux Homes and Developments are not only renowned for creating exceptional new custom homes, but are also well respected for a number of accomplished related endeavours that include; commercial and industrial building, construction management, the development and construction of rental communities and rental property management. President and CEO Denis Jones and VP of Construction Kevin Gelsinger established the company in 2007 and have since built a strong reputation for quality homebuilding that prides itself on evolution and innovation. Denis and Kevin also own and manage Altern Properties, a full service property management company that currently manages over 600 multi-family apartment units. In 2011/2012 Jones and Gelsinger co-founded Auctus LP, a private real estate limited partnership which currently has 654 apartment units actively rented and another 320 units under construction.
This commitment by Jones, Gelsinger, and the entire Deveraux team is a true testament to what they stand for and behind Deveraux is a dedicated team that have pooled their expertise to create what is today one of Regina’s most dynamic home development companies. “We pride ourselves in being innovative, and I believe that’s what we have become known for,” states Jones. “From bringing modular construction into Saskatchewan, or currently building the first steel frame home in Regina through BONE Structure technology, or leading the way in carriage and lane-way homes within our residential arm, these are the types of things that we have implemented into our building process and it truly starts from being a more innovative and forward-thinking company.” Deveraux has been able to achieve this by creating a close knit team with shared talents and responsibilities across the board, with the company culture of always delivering a positive and reliable experience. This team of highly skilled workers and experienced leadership strives to do their best at all times, and they work to continuously improve by constantly pushing industry’s standards to new heights. “Through our group of companies we do have a large amount of work so right from the hiring process we make sure we hire people who share similar vision and values as us. Through our management system we ensure that we hire a great core of like-minded individuals so we can work together towards a common goal.” says Jones.
THE DEVERAUX DIFFERENCE
As a solid foundation is essential in residential home building, Deveraux’s core values are the foundation and pivotal to the success of their company. They have developed a philosophy called The Deveraux Difference that not only ensures a successful company but fulfills Deveraux’s dream beyond anyone’s expectations. This difference is based on three pillars – masterful design, exceptional quality and superior service. This foundation accounts for some of the most progressive home designs in and around Regina. As a passionate and dynamic group of professionals, Deveraux has worked continuously to contribute to sustainable development of innovative high-quality products and services. “Having integrity and transparency with our customers is extremely important to us. We make a commitment to them to ensure that they are well aware of what’s happening throughout the building process, we are dedicated to open communication regarding any changes that may occur.” There is no shortage of lifestyle choice with Deveraux’s selection of communities in Regina and surrounding areas. Whether you’re looking for a home in a vibrant urban community or in a neighborhood that offers more recreational amenities among natural settings, you’ve come to the right builder. Deveraux currently has developments in seven communities and present a large range of housing styles through its home building division. When guests visit a Deveraux developed property they see and feel a distinct difference in the architectural styling. They invest a great deal of time, talent and energy to design their homes with innovative styling, expert craftsmanship and exacting standards, a difference that allows their homes to remain timeless, not trendy. They include extraordinary features, eye-catching details and a myriad of creative options to delight their homebuyers and give their homes their special warmth and appeal. “We try to be innovative in our designs and match design with function. As an example with our steel frame homes we are bringing into the city we have more architectural freedom than we would with regular stick built designs. We can expand areas, have much larger windows and living spaces that become an integral part of its aesthetics and allows the home great flexibility in its design.” As a result, their neighborhoods stand apart from the rest, providing their homeowners with stylish, dramatic homes to enhance their lifestyles for years to come. Deveraux is also proud to be an Authorized Builder of BONE Structure Homes in the Regina area. What distinguishes BONE Structure homes from stick-built homes is that they are made of light steel rather than a wooden frame, making them more durable. BONE Structure homes are easier and faster to build, minimizing opportunities for human error and reducing waste. Deveraux has embraced the BONE Structure method so much that their new 7000 sq ft. office building will be constructed using BONE Structure technology.
FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION
Being a builder of choice means giving customers more to choose from. This means more options when it comes to models and floor plans. Their homes are hallmark creations that people can inhabit rather than merely live in. Each home is unique in its own way, but bears the standards of Deveraux excellence – whether it’s their West Coast Series in the Harbor Landing community, or The Carriage Homes development in the Greens on Gardiner neighbourhood. These bespoke creations that embody luxury from every perspective. These are not just homes – they are habitations for the discerning of taste and the lovers of space. They are built with only one thing in mind – the desires of buyers to own homes that are as singular as they. With a highly affordable price range, starting from the low 400’s, there is a home plan designed to fit any budget and a dream home is obtainable within the means of today’s consumer. If a client is in search of a custom built home then Deveraux has a reputation for commitment to quality and true customer care. Ranging in size from 1200 to 6000 sq ft, they understand the custom home process is unlike any other relationship, and when a client wants to build a custom home with Deveraux you do so directly with their design team. In accordance with the Saskatchewan New Home Warranty Program, Deveraux ensures that their service and warranty specialists address any concerns you may have with your new home in a responsive and timely manner.
ANSWERING THE CALL – MODULAR CONSTRUCTION
As impressive as their portfolio is in the residential sector, Deveraux Developments has implemented modular construction into their already impressive portfolio and have become Saskatchewan’s largest modular builder. Working closely with North American modular suppliers, Deveraux Developments has constructed over 600 apartment and rental units in the Regina marketplace that have assisted in addressing the city’s housing shortage. These include Sky Harbour Estates, a 314 unit complex located in Harbour Landing in Southwest Regina, Sky Pointe Estates, a single 75 unit building located in Northwest Regina, 75 well positioned units at Rochdale Crossing in Northwest Regina, and another 160 units at Deveraux Heights in Southwest Regina. All developments offer spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for rent and are within proximity of schools, shopping centres, and restaurants. Deveraux Heights also offers innovative, yet functional double storey apartment units on the top floors.
A dedicated team of construction professionals oversee all aspects of their projects, from design and engineering to interior finishes and landscaping. The modules are built indoors in a controlled environment of the manufacturer in an assembly line system, and are transported to the desired site. The advantage to this construction method is they are not susceptible to any weather conditions; they continue to build units without being effected by wind, rain, snow. By being inside, they can make much better use of materials and reduce the waste factor that comes into other forms of construction. “We can build a 75 unit building within 9 months from the time we put the first shovel in the ground. The construction process is in a controlled building and we wrap the modules in protective packaging and prepare them for transport where a crane is waiting to unload them When onsite, the modules are then bolted together with steel bolts and steel bands top and bottom and sideways ensuring a very solid structure and a very rigid structure,” Jones says. “You also have double wall systems and double roof truss systems bolted together so you have a group of modules that are arranged to provide a stable building form.” Deveraux is developing as a leader in commercial and light industrial construction and recognizes the demand to provide industrial space in a growing Saskatchewan market. Their broad range of commercial and industrial construction services including everything form interior office renovations to large commercial building and warehouse construction. Combining pre-engineered and BONE Structure options are all common elements in their applications and Deveraux is able to assist with finding the right solution when building an asset for this type of client.
With the direct team at Deveraux embracing the company vision to provide its clients with an outstanding home buying experience, that same vision is also translated in the key partners and trades they have worked closely with over the years. As such, Deveraux is determined to only working with individuals and trade partners who carry this principle to heart. In a diverse industry, Deveraux separates itself from the competition through its attention to detail and commitment to personal touch. Compassionate and approachable, Deveraux recognizes that it is not only dealing with the building trade, but also the needs of its clients through the building and buying process. “Our relationship with our trades is extremely important. Just like how we choose our employees who share the same passion we choose our sub-trades based on those same values. We use well established trades and that have a great track record and we make sure that we all have a goal to complete each home with the utmost attention and care.”
If a measure of a company’s success is in the accolades and awards they have won, then Deveraux has been riding the crest of the wave for quite a few years. However, the fact that they are not going to rest on their laurels is probably why they are still impressing their customers and the industry with the work they provide and the relationships they build. Deveraux is a widely recognized and multi-award winning company. Their commitment to quality and excellence has led to an extensive list of recognitions acknowledged by the Regina and Region Home Builders Association and the Canadian Home Builders Association (Saskatchewan) including the 2013 Best Multi-Family Development (3 to 4 stories) for their upscale condominium The Strathmore, the 2013 Best Custom Home Builder under 1600 sq. ft. and Best production Home under 1500 sq. ft. award located in Harbour Landing, and the 2012 Regina and Region Home Builders Association award for Best New Show Home over 1500 sq. ft. located in the Greens of the Gardiner community. This confirms that their commitment to top quality, satisfied customers, environmental responsibility, superior service and exceptional, forward-thinking design translates into quality and value for their customers, and inspires the Deveraux team to continue creating vibrant neighbourhoods.
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
Deveraux believes in supporting and serving the communities in which it operates by being a strong corporate citizen. By donating time, effort and dollars to deserving organizations it has been able to help a variety of organizations. This includes being a sponsor of Ronald McDonald House where they donate $1000 for every new home built in the community as well as the builder of choice for a future Hospitals of Regina Home Lottery Show Home. Deveraux’s philosophy of giving back to the community is also reflected with being associated with Hope’s Home, a medically integrated learning centre that provides Daytime and Extended Respite services to medically fragile children. Other organizations the team supports include being a sponsors for the Dress for Success campaign that promotes economic independence of disadvantaged women, the Regina Pat Canadian Midget ‘AAA’ Hockey Team, and the Premier’s Golf Ball Fundraiser with proceeds going to various locally based charity organizations. Deveraux recognizes that their achievements would not have been possible without the support of their community so takes great pride in giving back for old and new causes close to home.
As Deveraux continues to expand, it is committed to constantly growing and improving in every area of the company. From construction to customer satisfaction, Deveraux aims to reach a new level of excellence within the Saskatchewan market. The constant desire to be better drives the company to not only build a home customers love, but to create a reputation that will keep home buyers returning for years to come. The Saskatchewan market has been one of the most progressive in Canada in recent years, and Deveraux has been both a contributor and benefactor of this trend. Looking toward the future, Deveraux has seen significant growth as they continue their modular building excellence. Moving forward, Jones says the company will continue to pursue improvements aligned to their key values as he predicts this will lead to further positive outcomes and strengthens the position of Deveraux as the builder of choice both locally and nationally. With their single-family carriage and lane-way developments keeping at the same pace, and latest additions of Bone Structure models growing their presence, the adage is apt for the vast amount of multifamily development that will serve as a catalyst in core markets. Jones shares that within the multi-family arena there are plans to enter Alberta and Manitoba.
From functional design work, to their dedication to the best in workmanship, Deveraux has united its expertise and knowledge in home building in establishing not only an industry leading residential building organization that serves the Regina marketplace, but also a well-recognized community builder that is truly devoted to offering only the best in modern home design. With such a strong message being conveyed from the very top, it’s no wonder that Deveraux has achieved such great success throughout its lifetime, and it’s no wonder that their business is continuing to grow and develop at extraordinary speeds.