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South Shore Cabinetry wins gold and silver at CARE awards

South Shore Cabinetry wins gold and silver at CARE awards in Victoria in late September.

Local business South Shore Cabinetry won a number of awards from the Victoria Residential Builders Association’s CARE Awards in September. The awards are held yearly and have a number of categories judged on “criteria such as architectural design, quality workmanship, creative use of space, and energy efficiency.”

“We’ve always done well,” said Roy Sandsmark, owner of South Shore Cabinetry. This year, the business worked on a project with a designer that they’ve worked with in the past, and the collaboration was an award-winning one. The house, known as “Windjammer,” (photo above) won a number of awards. South Shore in particular won Gold in the Best Custom Millwork category, and Silver in the Best Custom Kitchen category.

Sandsmark said that the recognition is great for the team.

“It gives the guys here a little pat on the back to show that they’ve been recognized for the work they’ve been doing. We’ve really had a philosophy of the importance of craftsmanship,” said Sandsmark.

About working on large and interesting projects such as “Windjammer,” Sandsmark said “we find it really rewarding. It’s challenging, interesting and fun to be able to draw something and have customers give you the confidence to just go and do it.”

As much as Sandsmark enjoys the challenge of such big projects, he also still loves to do work in the community.

“We do all sorts of projects. We’ve done ones where we take a piece of lumber from someone’s property and make it into a special mantlepiece. I never want to come across as elite. It’s fun to do (big projects) but I also still want to service the community itself,” said Sandsmark.

The awards ceremony was held on Sept. 26 at the Empress Hotel in Victoria. Sandsmark said that photos of “Windjammer,” which has been featured in several magazines, can be found online.