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Richmond construction business named finalist for national award

Bali Brothers Construction will be attending an awards ceremony in Alberta this week.
Akaash Bali (left) and Rohit Bali are owners of Bali Brothers Construction Ltd.

A Richmond-based construction company has been named a finalist for a national renovation award.

Bali Brothers Construction was named by the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) as one of five finalists for the "best whole home renovation - under $200,000" category in the 2023 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence.

Nearly 800 projects were submitted to the national competition, according to the CHBA website.

Rohit Bali, co-owner of Bali Brothers Construction, said he and his brother were "beyond grateful" when they found out their project submission was nominated as a finalist.

"To be presenting our project among other reputable companies, where there is this whole range of values, quality work and excellence in home building and renovations, we were very honoured to receive the nomination," said Bali.

Their project submission was a complete home renovation, interior and exterior, for a family of four, explained Bali. 

Bali told the Richmond News that he and his brother Akaash were initially in the accounting industry.

After graduating from McNair secondary, the two brothers proceeded to UBC to study accounting and Rohit would work on construction-related jobs to pay for schooling.

"It kind of sparked my interest to learn about the different parts of construction, the different trades and how everything's put together," said Rohit.

"For the longest time, I've had a passion for construction."

Rohit said he would work with construction and real estate clients while he worked in accounting.

He described the jump in industries as "uncomfortable" because there was "no turning back, no Plan B" once they made the switch, but he doesn't regret it at all.

"It's something we truly enjoy and we love seeing each project being completed," said Rohit.

The Bali brothers officially established the company in 2018.

Winners and awards for the CHBA Housing Excellence Awards will be presented on Feb. 16 in Banff, AB.