View Magazine in PDF Zeina Homes’ respect for tradition pays as much attention to building relationships as they do to building homes; it’s a family tradition that remains very much a family business. The latest development in Dundas boasting country sized lots close to scenic waterfalls and trails ensure home design in harmony with nature. Hicks Partners recently announced the move to their new office at 295 Robinson Street in Oakville. The newly renovated building was given the distinctive Hicks Partners touch and interiors and exteriors are now synonymous with this formidable architectural firm. The Open House on Thursday, November 21st, saw many clients and associates! If London is calling you… why not visit K West, a contemporary boutique hotel in stylish west London. Or Hotel Verta, it has become London’s most exclusive ‘hidden gem’, the intimate ambience and the very modern facilities offers a timeless combination of old-world glamour and classic modernity. The holidays are just around the corner and of course once again another wonderful year is coming to an end, take time to enjoy the holidays and create magnificent memories with family and friends. A special thank you to all the incredible companies and individuals who contribute to Forum Magazine; our warmest wishes for the happiest and healthiest holiday season. From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Sean & Ana Patrick Of all the elements most valued when it comes to creating a custom home – an “abode for the ages” – perhaps none exceeds a sense of tradition. Tradition means respect for tried-and-true values… the power of experience gained over years of achievement… and a deep-seated sense of integrity when dealing with customers. It’s impossible to name a custom home-building firm that respects tradition more and incorporates it into more aspects of their profession than Zeina Homes. Their sense of tradition was created from three generations of homebuilders who achieved international success and recognition by paying as much attention to building relationships as they do to building houses. It’s a family value – and Zeina Homes remains very much a family business. The relationships created by this family business extend two ways. One way is toward the customers who rely on Zeina to convert their dreams into reality. The other way is toward the gifted tradespeople who are dedicated to their craft and to creating total satisfaction among Zeina customers. Through more than 50 years, Zeina Homes has built unique homes representing the pinnacle of craftsmanship in every detail. And while a lot of uncompromising quality is hidden within the structure of each Zeina home, just as much is visible in the exquisite detailing in the homes on display at Zeina Homes’ Paradise Meadows, located in the Hamilton region; creating a community where residents enjoy more than pride of ownership – they enjoy the fulfilment of residing among other homes of equal elegance, style and quality. Across a wide range of designs, the exterior and interior details of a Zeina built home express the homeowner’s unique taste and lifestyle. This attention to individual preferences has become a hallmark of Zeina, and it represents their approach to guaranteeing customer satisfaction. Unlike many custom home builders, Zeina invites its customers to view their home at early stages of construction, before the completion of electrical wiring and the installation of heating and air conditioning systems. These viewings enable customers to reflect on their needs and perhaps modify their original decisions at a time when changes can be accommodated at little or no cost. In fact, this one aspect alone has generated deep gratitude on the part of Zeina customers because it demonstrates that the primary goal is to meet the needs of the proud owner rather than those of the builder.Perhaps more than any other single quality, this customer-centred approach is responsible for the remarkable growth record of Zeina Homes over the years – a record achieved without the use of extensive advertising and promotion. As many as fifty percent of Zeina-built custom home sales are the result of satisfied clients eager to share their experience with friends and family who, in turn, insist on Zeina quality for their own custom homes. Tradition, of course, must always respect the power of new ideas and the inevitability of changing times. Materials and techniques continue to evolve in the homebuilding industry, and many offer benefits such as longer maintenance-free life and, in the case of heating and cooling systems, impressive energy-saving performance. How do Zeina Homes maintain their tradition in the face of constant change? By blending their time-proven methods with new techniques and materials only after ensuring that every new approach meets their own high standards. Company tradition is also flexible enough to handle the all- important aspect of training future tradespeople. For more than 15 years, Zeina Homes has participated in co-op educational efforts designed to support the development of building tradespeople and technologists through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). This program enables students to actively explore careers, acquire work experience in skilled trades, earn high school credits and chart future pathways. Under the supervision of Zeina principals, students at St. Thomas More CSS are provided with the opportunity to acquaint themselves with carpentry and other trades. Similarly, Zeina supervisors work onsite with students in the Architectural Technology programs at Mohawk College. Their involvement provide essential experience, enabling students to deal with practicalities in a manner that textbook studies or a classroom environment alone could not possibly provide. These activities go beyond a concern for a large number of well-trained and qualified people to be available in the future. They also help ensure that the exceptional quality standards set by Zeina will become more widely appreciated and adhered-to. One way to guarantee a respect for quality tomorrow is to insist on it being delivered today. That’s the long-term policy of Zeina Homes.All of this activity and dedication, of course, must justify itself first through customer satisfaction – and it does. It also manages to attract attention and admiration from the homebuilding industry generally. Zeina Homes won a 2012 Award of Distinction for Best Custom Homes as a result of its Signature Collection “The Enclave,” consisting of five homes in South Oakville. Zeina Homes exceeded all expectations with the award winning home nestled alongside Lakeshore Road in Oakville’s prestigious south end just steps to Appleby College and an easy walk to all amenities of historic downtown Oakville. The Enclave community of five homes are of exceptional design with splendid detail and a passion for quality. Simply stunning, the two storey loft foyer features a hand crafted stairway. The east/west exposure offers a deluge of natural light and opens up into an open concept floor plan with superb craftsmanship and subtle design features that make the home unique and inviting; and all bedrooms have their own luxurious ensuites and private terraces overlooking the back garden. Other developments currently on hand include Dundas with estate homes in Greensville, perched on top of the Niagara Escarpment, generous country sized lots close to the Bruce Trail, rail trail and scenic waterfalls ensure that home design are in harmony with nature. Zeina Homes takes as much pride in these accomplishments as you might expect, but their business deals as much with people as with houses. That’s why the ultimate measure of their success is not the plaques on their office wall, but the smiles on the faces of every new owner. Visit a Zeina development in Oakville, Hamilton or Dundas and you’ll see what we mean.