Jillian Harris has returned to design the PNE Prize Home.

Jillian Harris has returned to design the PNE Prize Home.

PNE Prize Home an iconic B.C. tradition

This year's home, built by Britco and decorated by Jillian Harris, will be relocated to Sun Peaks Resort



The PNE Prize Home has been around since 1934 and is an integral part of the annual summer event. Now, the 2013 home is showcasing exactly why everyone loves this lottery.

“We’re really excited about this year’s home,” says PNE spokesperson Laura Ballance. “This is the most affordable home lottery in British Columbia and there’s a lot of anticipation around it.”

For the second year in a row, the home is being decorated by interior designer Jillian Harris. She has starred on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, hosted Canada’s Handyman Challenge and is currently co-hosting Love It or List It Vancouver.

“Jillian did a fantastic job last year,” Ballance says. “It’s (wonderful) to have her back.”

This year’s home is over 3,000 square feet, designed and built by Britco. After someone wins it, it will be relocated to Sun Peaks Resort.

“It’s a fun project for us,” says Tom Faliszewski, manager of special projects for Britco. “The Fair at the PNE is an iconic event in Vancouver, and the Prize Home is a historic tradtion synonymous with The Fair.”

The home is built in an open-plan style, with a large greatroom and gorgeous French doors to the exterior decks.

“It’s perfect for entertaining,” Faliszewski says. “It has a very spacious feel to it and feels much larger than it is.”

He’s not exaggerating. With its 10-foot ceilings on the main floor and nine-foot ceilings on the upper floor, the home feels incredibly open and airy.

Once relocated, the home will be right next door to last year’s PNE Prize Home, also built by Britco. The location is truly one of the best parts of the home, since it will feature stunning views over the ski and snowboard trails, surrounding mountains and valley.

“We try to do something different every year,” Faliszewski says. This year, Britco decided to put the master bedroom on the main floor, and include a huge upper deck on the second floor with a hot tub and a covered area that Faliszewski says is almost like a completely separate living or play space. The master ensuite features a huge stand-alone claw-foot tub made for relaxing after a day on the slopes, along with a gorgeous walk-in shower with rain shower head.

The kids and even adult guests will enjoy the bunk room that holds four bunk beds and plenty of space to play. A pool table is part of the prize package, furnished by Coast Spas Lifestyles. The furniture and accessories are also part of the home, from Lane Home Furnishings. The winner will also receive appliances from Coast Wholesale Appliances, luxurious outdoor furnishings from American Home & Patio, a $2,500 grocery package from IGA and one year of house cleaning from Mini Maid.

One of the most impressive parts of the home is the contemporary glass walk-in wine cellar in the foyer. A glass of wine from your own private cellar will be the perfect way to end your day on the hill. Faliszewski also notes that there is an indoor-outdoor fireplace in the greatroom that you’ll want to curl up in front of at the end of the day.

“The deck (on the lower floor) wraps all the way around the outside of the house,” he says. “You can walk through the main rooms and then into your bedroom.”

Tickets for the home can be purchased online, via phone at 604-252-3688 or toll-free at 1-877-946-4663 or at the Fair at the PNE itself between Aug. 17 and Sept. 2. The winner will be drawn on Sept. 5. You can preview the home between July 12 and 14, July 21, July 28, and Aug. 4.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.pne.ca/pneprizehome

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