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Vote for Western Living’s 2017 Home of the Year!

Have a say in our first-ever readers’ choice awards.

Each year, we feature dozens of gorgeous homes from across the West, and this year, we’re announcing the inaugural Western Living Home of the Year Awards, as chosen by you, our readers. Each home below is already a winner—from the hundreds of homes to cross our desks each year, we’ve narrowed the finalists down to just 15, from a sleek cliffside studio in the Okanagan to a glamorous, eclectic and over-the-top first design from fashion designer Paul Hardy. We’ve included a taste of each home in the poll below, but if you’d like to see more, click through to the story as it appeared in the magazine.

UPDATE: December 7, 2017
Due to a glitch in our previous software, we’ve reset the vote with a new polling system to determine the top five finalists in our 2017 WL Home of the Year readers’ choice awards. Scroll through the homes to find your fave, and then submit your vote at the bottom of article.

Vote as often as you’d like and share your favourites with friends. We’ll be narrowing it down to the Top 5 on Wednesday, December 13, and crowning the victor—2017’s Western Living Home of the Year—on December 20.

(Photo: Ema Peter.)

1. Bowen Island Getaway

A home on Bowen Island designed by Patrick Warren of Frits de Vries Architects captures forest and ocean views—and the happiness of its residents within.

(Photo: Laura Moss.)

2. Phoenix Rising

Calgary designer James McIntyre turns his Arizona vacation home into the ultimate design experiment with a one-of-a-kind Morocco-meets-Tom-Ford vibe.

(Photo: Ema Peter.)

3. Black, White & Bold

As designer Andrea Rodman demonstrates, the key to a light and bright home is a little Scandinavian influence and a touch of black.

(Photo: Phil Crozier.)

4. Global Retreat

A fateful trip to Paris set the stage for the multinational influences in this Stephanie Brown-designed Calgary home.

(Photo: Rose Matis.)

5. Northern Light

A historic community hall gets a second life as a warm and welcoming home for a young family, designed by the homeowner herself—owner of Smithers’ Salt Boutique.

(Photo: Tracey Ayton.)

6. Modern Update

A family home in Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood is given new life (and a lot of love) with the help of Mango Design Co.

(Photo: Jon Adrian.)

7. Cliffside Beauty

A cantilevered studio from Ply Architecture on the property of winery owner Ian MacDonald is a rather literal leap of faith in the Okanagan.

(Photo: Phil Crozier.)

8. California Meets Calgary

Designer Paul Lavoie brings some California cool to a Calgary home with views for miles.

(Photo: Kerry Puckett.)

9. Palm Springs Retreat

Vancouver designer Mitchell Freedland gets playful with his Palm Springs rancher, incorporating bold colours, quirky patterns and plenty of California cool.

(Photo: Josh Dunford.)

10. Okanagan Cabin

Designer Robert Bailey reimagined the classic B.C. cottage while subtly respecting its roots.

(Photo: Gillian Stevens.)

11. Natural Holiday

Designer Sophie Burke brings a tactile and organic new layer to her own home—and to celebrating the holidays with her family.

(Photo: Phil Crozier.)

12. Animal Instinct

Renowned fashion designer Paul Hardy takes on his first interior design project, with predictably dramatic results—think gold ceilings and chandeliers galore.

(Photo: Janis Nicolay.)

13. Art House

A family home in Vancouver is equal parts light-and-airy gallery and warm-and-welcoming hideaway.

(Photo: Phil Crozier.)

14. Colourful Christmas

Calgary designer Aly Velji brings a Palm Springs Christmas vibe to his mid-century home.

(Photo: Eymeric Widling.)

15. Big Sky Home

A grand traditional-meets-contemporary house designed by Rockwood Custom Homes to host five or 50 manages to be both magnificent and homey.


Cast you vote for Western Living’s Home of the Year!

To vote, select your fave home from the options below (by clicking the home’s title or button to the left) and then click submit.

Comments

A

So difficult to choose. So many beautiful homes.

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L

I vote for number 8 Paul Lavoie California meets Calgary

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D

i only see one vote button on the very last listed home. how do you vote for one of the others, there is no vote button on them

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K

Hi Diane,

You’ll want to select the home you want to vote for first (by clicking the photo or the button to the left of the photo), and then click the vote button to submit. Sorry for the confusion! I’ll add some instructions to the post so that no one else votes incorrectly.

Thanks!
Kaitlyn

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P

Only Vote button to be seen or found on my iPad is for last entry so voting defaults to the last entry.
Read the instructions for voting but it doesn’t work from my iPad.

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K

Hi Paulette,

Sorry to hear you’re having trouble! There is only one vote button, but clicking it will not automatically award a vote to house #15.

You’ll want to select the home you want to vote for first (by clicking the photo or the button to the left of the photo), and then click the vote button to submit.

Results for all houses will load once you’ve done this—simply scroll up to see how your fave is doing in the race!

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S

#1 Bowen Island.

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D

Paul Lavoie

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L

I hit vote at the end of the list because I thought another window would pop up. I didn’t intend to vote for #15. I’m sure I’m not the only one and that is why it has 79%

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K

Hi Lucy,

You’ll want to select the home you want to vote for first (by clicking the photo or the button to the left of the photo), and then click the vote button to submit. Sorry for the confusion! I’ll add some instructions to the post so that no one else votes incorrectly.

Thanks!
Kaitlyn

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D

I had the same problem and am now trying to figure out how to vote for the house.

Why is there only one place to vote at the bottom of the page? Is this for the last house? I hit the vote button and it just flashed.

This process may need a bit of explanation on how to vote somewhere on the page.

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K

Hi Diana,

We’ve added instructions to the top of the poll to help avoid further confusion. Please select the house you want to vote for (by clicking the photo or the button to the left of the photo) and then click the “Vote” button at the bottom to submit!

Rest assured, house #15 is not receiving extra votes by mistake.

Thanks!
Kaitlyn

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S

It would only pick #15 if you actually picked that house! You have to click on the house and a black dot will appear in the little circle beside it. If you don’t pick anything there is no vote. Maybe you all should stick to paper votes!

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N

WL – I only get a “Vote” button on the last house. Looking at the results, I’m not the only one. I clicked on Vote, hoping to be able to choose from there, but it looks like my vote went to the wrong house. I’m #14 all the way!

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K

Hi Nancy,

You’ll want to select the home you want to vote for first (by clicking the photo or the button to the left of the photo), and then click the vote button to submit. Sorry for the confusion! I’ll add some instructions to the post so that no one else votes incorrectly.

Thanks!
Kaitlyn

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C

The voting process is totally unclear! Better start this process over and make it clearer and simpler. It looks like all the votes are incorrectly skewed to the last house listed.

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R

Can’t seem to vote on any but the last one… doesn’t seem like a fair contest since the website isn’t user friendly (I’m on Safari)

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C

I pressed the vote button at the bottom and it didn’t give me any options for which to vote upon… seems like 15 will get more vote since there is no other choice!

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C

I clicked the vote button at the bottom and there were no choices, I didn’t want to vote for 15…. there should be either a vote button next to each choice or an option to choose once you hit the vote button. It’s only by default that 15 will win now, not fair on the others.

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K

Hi Cari,

You’ll want to select the home you want to vote for first (by clicking the photo or the button to the left of the photo), and then click the vote button to submit.

Rest assured! House #15 is not receiving any votes by mistake.

Thanks!
Kaitlyn

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C

It was the last one I clicked on then pressed vote thinking I would be allowed to select the one I liked, and it said I had voted… so yes I did vote for 15 by mistake, the system isn’t clear and it’s unfair. It should be scrapped and redone fairly.

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K

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the confusion regarding the voting process—I’ve now added some instructions to the top of the poll:

First, select the home you would like to vote for (by clicking the photo or the button to the left of the photo). Once you’ve selected your fave, click the vote button to submit!

Only homes that have been clicked will receive votes, so you can all rest assured that #15 is not winning by default (unless you are accidentally clicking on the photo before pressing the vote button).

Please let me know if you’re still having trouble and we’ll do our best to help!

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A

It is clear that the voting process has been compromised by the earlier confusion. It seems only fair to all concerned that the count is reset. If the last home is truly in front then this trend will continue regardless.

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D

Kaitlyn;
I just went back and used your instructions. Did not seem to work. I think I voted for number 15 again!. It appears to now have 51% of the vote!

I hit picture number 5 and then scrolled down to the vote button. Hit it. The screen showed number 15….

Maybe fix the site and then put the voting process back up again. Zero everything out!! Let’s start again.

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K

Hi Diana,

When you click “Vote” it will show the results for all houses—simply scroll up to see how the others are doing! I can confirm that house #15 is not being rewarded votes by mistake.

Thanks!
Kaitlyn

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A

Thank you Kaitlyn…

Seems some people don’t understand that you have to actually click on the House in order to vote for it. If you don’t pick a house there is no vote submitted for ANY house!
Starting over would be totally unfair to thr house that is clearly and fairly winning the race.

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E

I had the remarkably good fortune to walk around the Bowen Island Getaway design by Frits De Vries Architects (Patrick Warren) and it is truly outstanding! It blends perfectly with the topography and setting and is breathtakingly beautiful.

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C

No. 2 Phoenix Rising is such an amazing home… had a chance of staying in there and it’s full of brilliant ideas 🙂

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t

I wondered why the voting was so skewed. i originally clicked the vote button thinking instructions were going to pop up and accidentally voted for 15 too. plus you can vote for as many and as many times as you like… perhaps a poll where you can only vote once would make this a bit more legit? honoured to be recognized regardless 🙂

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K

Hi Tanya,

Clicking the “Vote” button without making a selection will not automatically reward house #15. To vote, please select a home (by clicking the photo or the button to the left of the photo) and then click the vote button. If you scroll up, you should see the results for all houses 🙂

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A

Love the look of #8

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A

Very calming and airy space.

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B

This seems to be set up to favour the last house – look how out of balance the votes are!

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L

I vote for #3, I love it!

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s

Should the voting process be looked at? seems skewed,

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L

My vote keeps going to #15 but I am trying to vote for #6… I followed the instructions at the top but the count keeps rising on #15 each time I vote yet #6 is not changing… I think there may be a problem?

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K

Hi Liz,

I’ve just updated the poll so the result show the number of votes each house has received as well as the percentage. Since some homes have received thousands of votes, while others have received much less, it takes quite a few votes to make the percentage increase or decrease.

You can vote as many times as you’d like to help your fave become WL Home of the Year!

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a

The voting process is not working for some of the houses, you have a issue. please have a look because this is not fair. We had a bunch of different people let us know they have voted and the number does not change

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K

Thanks for your concern! We’ve performed several tests to confirm that the poll is working properly. As mentioned above, because some home have received thousands of votes and others have received much less, the percentage will not adjust after all votes (but they are being counted correctly!).

Keep on voting to try to keep your fave in the top 5!

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D

Kaitlyn,

This is not working at all! Although i understand that it takes a lot to move the percentage up due to the thousands of mistaken votes for a few of the candidates. If you test it properly, you will see that the number of votes does not increase, the percentage is not a problem. Me and several others voted over 20 times to only move the number of votes up by 2 in the past 2 days. This has nothing to do with the percentage, this has to do with when i vote for anyone it adds it to #14 (hence the 19000 votes.). I am not sure what “tests” you have done, but this is completely incorrect. This whole voting needs to be re-started with a program that actually works.

A

Once you pick the final 5 do you reset he vote count and just go with the same format or do you continue with the current vote count? Clearly no one is going to catch up with #14 who must have lots of familly and friends voting. Seems the votes are very skewed. I would hope for the final 5 the process will be more balanced.
Can you please provide a response?

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K

Hi there!

Yes, we will be resetting the votes to zero when the top five is announced.

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D

This needs to be reset prior to picking the top 5. Completely incorrect and not fair to the talented designers that are not getting votes due to your program issues

A

When the final five are selected, will it be another vote such as this readers choice vote?

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L

My votes are still going to the last one, not that it isn’t deserving of a win. They are all very successful projects. It’s just a shame the count will be off.

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A

What is the process when you narrow it down to the final 5? Clearly allowing everyone to vote as often as they’d like isn’t going to yield any kind of accurate result. It’s obvious that #14 and #15 simply have family friends voting repeatedly all day and night. How is that really a representation of peoples opinion? The one with the most family and friends wins the House of the Year?

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J

Seems like this is set up so that whoever gets a bot or two voting for them will win. Bots’ choice awards.

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A

I’ve tried to vote a few times in a row for one project, but these votes don’t seem to be registering. How long does it take for the votes to show up?

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L

No matter how many times I vote the number of votes showing does not change. I either tap on the picture or on the small circle to the left of the picture. Looking for an explanation.

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K

Hi all!

Sorry for the trouble some of you are experiencing—we’ll try our best to get this cleared up when we announce the final five homes.

As far as we can tell, votes are being calculated properly (though there may be some delay on mobile devices). We recommend you vote using your desktop/laptop computers as much as possible.

Voting for the final five will work much the same way since it is readers’ choice, but we will take all of your comments into consideration when creating the new poll.

Thanks!

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C

I’m not sure how the actual count (not percentage) on a project could actually decrease since yesterday… something is not right here.

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D

Thank you Kaitlyn. But I have been using the desktop computer for it, and this is definitely not adding up properly. If this is how you are determining the final 5, this is not a fair voting system.

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S

BOTS , this is not what one would expect from western living. We in the industry who really care about building quality homes, should not have to cheat or ask everyone we know to vote 24 hrs a day to try and get some recognition. We will have to resign to the fact that we are very proud that our home was on your cover and in a separate article in the same year and that our clients are happy. Maybe next year some more thought could be put in to the process. Thanks for your time.

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D

This voting is not working. Me and several others voted yesterday, and the amount of votes only increased by 1 overnight, when I know there were at least 7.

This voting process should start over

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A

I do not think your voting is working properly. I voted for the home on my desktop but it never got reflected in results, even after I checked later in the day. The number never changed.

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A

I’ve tried voting for #6 several times on my smart phone and my desktop, and the vote total never changes. But other vote totals are increasing. What’s going on here?

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B

Kaitlyn,

I AM SORRY.. the current vote accumulation defy’s understanding. ALL 15 of these Readers Choice entries are wonderful. I am sure vote calculation is correct; however; voter submission has to be an issue. Can this be addressed?

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S

Yes Brenda,
I agree,
I love the interior design too; but the loss to enjoying the design what happens. This silly vote is still going on….

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M

Hi Tanya,
I clicked the button for #9 and then voted yet again it went to #15. There is something wrong with your poll set up. I just saw my vote going to # 15.

Thanks

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K

Hi everyone,

I’d like to apologize again for all of the trouble we’re having! We’re working on resolving the issue and will reveal an updated polling system on Thursday, Dec 7—stay tuned!

Best,
Kaitlyn

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L

I loved to see the system you are going to use to declare a winner.

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