When the company started a dozen years ago, we specialized in unique lofts and living spaces but have since graduated to full-house renovation as well as new construction. We are also currently renovating nightclubs and bars, restaurants and cafes, sound studios and other small to mid-size commercial projects. A few noteworthy items:
Sam aspires to deliver the best quality renovation and building services in the Vancouver area, while enhancing the lives of every person involved in the renovation and building process. As the sole owner of Refine & Design, Sam’s main role is that of business development and client liaison. For the last 20 years he’s been at the helm of his own businesses, the last 12 with the construction company he feels such pride in owning. He believes deeply in honest business practices and feels there is a solution to every problem.
His unique ability to understand a client’s vision and steer them towards exciting and affordable solutions is one of the most rewarding aspects of his job. He possesses a keen sense of design and enjoys leading and inspiring other professionals to strive for excellence.
Sam believes in surrounding himself with other inspiring entrepreneurs, always eager to learn better systems as he grows the internal infrastructure of his company. A graduate from BCIT’s Business Management Program & Project Management, he credits most of his success with the right combination of initiative and experience, believing life and work to be the best teachers. He fosters a supportive team environment and creates great friendships from his valued list of repeat clients.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Sam is surrounded by a large network of family and friends. He and his wife Dannie live in Yaletown with their dog, Sola. He loves to travel, surf and snowboard whenever he gets the opportunity.
Senior Project Manager
Office Manager & Client Relations
At Refine & Design, we know you’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with. Here are a few partners we are proud to be aligned with:
We retain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. They have determined that our business meets accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints.
We believe our membership in the Greater Vancouver Home Builder’s Association (GVBHA) is an important way to stay connected to our community. This regional organization boasts more than 740 industry leaders as members.
The RenoMark™ symbol identifies those renovation contractors who have agreed to the GVHBA Code of Ethics and renovation-specific Code of Conduct. We are professional contractors who provide warranties and have access to information on current trends, the latest materials and new regulations.
Refine & Design holds $5 million in liability insurance with a, c, & d Insurance, one of Canada's leading providers of business insurance.
Affiliated Companies (people we like to work with)
Founded in 2007, Refine and Design has a decade of experience completing both commercial and residential projects. We believe that our work speaks for itself and third-party sources talking about us are better than anything we can say about ourselves. So feel free to browse through the media articles written about us and the awards given to us by our industry.
Sam Wainwright owns and operates Refine and Design Custom Homes and Renovations, a busy contracting firm he runs from a neatly appointed office in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour. The company offers a suite of building and renovation services for homeowners, and for bars, restaurants and other businesses. It’s a menu that keeps Wainwright’s phone ringing and his whiteboard covered corner-to-corner with details of upcoming and ongoing projects. '
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For the third year in a row, Refine & Design Custom Homes & Renovations has taken top spot in Westender’s Best of the City awards.'
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