"Building a quality home takes skill, designing and building a quality home to a budget requires skills and experience, but delivering that cost-effectively and to a fixed price - that is our mission. "

John Merritt
Founder of Canwal Homes

About Us

Who we are

We are so fortunate to live in the beautiful town of Fernie, whether migrants or born here. We bring experience and enthusiasm to work each and every day and we want all our projects to be a win-win; Fernie gets busier, a client gets a great home, Canwal completes a successful project.

What makes us tick

With Australians, Brits, Canadians and Scandinavians in our crew – from a teenager to a child of the sixties, we could fill this website with what we enjoy. It’s fair to say we are all “work hard play hard” types. The beer, bike ride, fishing trip are all the more satisfying after a hard work week.

Where are we going

2015 was a great year for us, we completed 5 homes, which made us Fernie’s busiest builder. We greatly improved our processes and systems and are positioned to have a strong 2016. Canwal aims to be Fernie’s best builder in the mid to high range market, and we are confident of achieving that with the crew and sub trades we have on board.

What we do?


Design to a budget

A quality home is one that has the right accommodation at the right specification at the right price. A wonderful home over budget was not a quality build. We have in-house designers or architects and consultants to get you the best bang for your buck. Our close alliance with Brecan Homes prov

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Planning and Specifications

Once we've completed the design and worked out some initial specifications we focus upon detailed planning and detailed specifications. Since Canwal fixes its contract price the level of planning required is considerable. We don't add contingencies or fat for mistakes, we may leave undefinable items

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Fixed Price Build

It isn't easy to build to a fixed price, especially if the budget is cost-effective. But we established Canwal Homes on the premise that fixed price building is the only way to work productively and efficiently. Almost all recognized professional organizations related to construction will report

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