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Kay2 Contracting wins high billing as BILD-Calgary Area’s Renovator of the Yr for the second time.

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For Amur and Katherine Abdulghani, selecting the best renovator got here down to at least one factor: a intestine feeling. Seems it was a successful resolution.

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Their residence, a surprising walkout design with custom-designed indoor pool on the shores of Lake Chestermere, lately gained a number of awards on the 2022 Constructing Business and Land Growth-Calgary Area Awards (awarded in April), whereas the renovation firm behind all of it, Kay2 Contracting Ltd., earned the highest accolade — the title of Renovator of the Yr.

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“The renovation was a large endeavor. We would have liked somebody who had expertise not simply with pool builds, but additionally with including an addition to the home. We simply had a very good feeling about Kay2, and it was completely the correct resolution for us. We’re simply delighted,” says Amur Abdulghani.

The couple had been toying with a renovation for years, particularly including an indoor pool and spa to the walkout decrease degree, however the timing had by no means been proper.

When COVID hit, all of the balls fell into place and the couple, who at the moment are empty nesters, have been able to design and reconfigure their dream residence. That they had customized and constructed the unique residence, which backs onto Lake Chestermere, in 2003.

“On the time, we considered everyone and the canine, aside from us, once we initially constructed it. Our room ended up being the smallest of all of them,” says Amur.

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They needed to create a ceaselessly residence — they did briefly contemplate buying one other residence (Kathrine is a realtor), however determined that they needed to remain put for the lengthy haul.

“I believe for us we love the placement; we’ve been right here for 20 plus years. It simply made sense for us to undertake the undertaking,” says Amur. Plus, after they crunched the numbers, it was inexpensive to tackle a renovation than to purchase new.

The renovation concerned gutting a lot of the residence, redesigning and reconfiguring the kitchen, closing within the vaulted ceiling within the open-to-below two-storey household room to permit for an opulent master bedroom on the higher degree, which extends the total width of the house, taking full benefit of lake views. The main bedroom now encompasses a 200-square-foot walk-in closet with built-in closets and an island and an opulent spa rest room with a custom-designed bathe, free-standing tub and double vanities. As nicely, a 1,000-square-foot addition was added to the walk-out decrease degree of the house, which homes a custom-designed indoor pool and spa.

“Actually all the additions and extensions have been about taking full benefit of the lake views,” says Moe Saghir, managing director and founding father of Kay2 Contracting.

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That interprets to loads of glazing, together with 28 linear ft of bifold doorways within the household room and kitchen.

“If you open up these doorways, you mainly really feel as if you might be on the lake,” says Saghir. The lower-level pool room additionally options banks of floor-to-ceiling home windows that enable for expansive lake views.

The renovation took 9 months to finish and the homeowners moved out throughout the course of, however Saghir notes that there have been a couple of hiccups, which is why he stresses that folks rent contractors and renovators who’ve the engineering experience to get the job performed correctly.

As a result of the house is positioned so near the lake, the water desk was very excessive.

“Once we excavated for the addition to place in-ground footings, there was lots of pure water; it’s simply a part of the surprises that occur in renovations. And, if issues aren’t performed correctly, you’ll have issues very quickly,” says Saghir, including that in Alberta particularly, due to the intense swings in temperature, inflicting the bottom to freeze and thaw shortly, issues, if not handled accurately, can change into much more exacerbated. He introduced in his engineering group to create particular screw piles to cope with the problem and to forestall heaving and buckling.

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“Moe was all about satisfying the client. He actually catered to our wants and went over and above our expectations,” says Amur.

Saghir handed over the keys to the finished residence in November and Kathrine, who was hands-on by the design course of, and Amur couldn’t be happier.

“We sit in our household room and take a look at our kitchen and it’s breathtaking,” says Amur. “I like the truth that the household room has change into lots cozier with out the two-storey ceilings. It’s positively my favorite room now. Individuals count on me to say the pool room as a result of it’s so stunning, however my favorite is the household room.”

Saghir began Kay2 Contracting in 2014 and says that he takes on every kind of initiatives from {custom} residence builds to renovations.

“However we’ve actually earned a high title for indoor swimming pools and spas, in addition to additions,” he says, including that he’s all the time had an curiosity in building. Initially, he gleaned inspiration and expertise by working for others, finally parlaying that into his personal landscaping firm, which then developed into Kay2 Contracting, a year-round {custom} construct and renovation firm.

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It was a pure pivot and evolution. In 2018, 4 years after beginning Kay2 Contracting, an organization that Saghir named after his father and his son, who each share the title Kay, it gained Renovator of the Yr.

And now, in 2022, along with successful Greatest Kitchen Renovation $125,000 and Over and Greatest Residence Renovation with Addition, it has additionally picked up the title of Renovator of the Yr for the second time.

“We’re actually, actually completely satisfied about incomes this award,” says Saghir, who’s obsessed with what he does. “Now we have an excellent group. We expanded into Edmonton three years in the past and we’re simply going to maintain going.”

Different renovators acknowledged on the 2022 BILD-CR Awards embrace Reborn Renovations (Greatest Residence Renovation With out Addition); Renova Properties and Renovations (Greatest Basement Renovation and Greatest Exterior Renovation/Outside Dwelling Area); Ashton Luxurious Dwelling Inc. (Greatest Kitchen Renovation as much as $65,999); Rusch Design Construct (Greatest Kitchen Renovation $66,000 to $124,999); and, Van Manna Properties (Greatest Rest room/Ensuite Rest room).


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