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Renovation Should Be A Rewarding Experience

We maintain great relationships with our clients and seek to enhance their lives through our mutual collaboration. The secret to our success is based on choices. We choose to work with quality trades people who have a proven eye for detail. They are tried and tested in not only their ability to perform their work at the highest level but also in their ability to relate to the caliber of clientele we attract. We build more than just new spaces, we build relationships, one happy client at a time. 

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:


  • Our estimates with a not-to-exceed budget are super-detailed, easy to read and are just the first step of our transparent financial package. Download a free sample.
  • We value open and honest communication, always providing complete confidentiality. We're your contractor with a conscience.
  • Our work is guaranteed for one year (craftsmanship and installation).
  • Our diligent crew shows up on time, knowledgeable, equipped and eager to do their best work for you. They leave your place livable at the end of each day and at the end of the job, leave you amazed at what they’ve accomplished.


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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.

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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:


Click for the BBB Business Review of this Home Improvements in Vancouver BC
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.



renomark_LOGOThe 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 Central Agencies LTD., one of Canada's leading providers of business insurance.



We are proud to be part of HAVAN - Homebuilders Association Vancouver. Recognized as leaders in the homebuilding industry since 1974, their members include builders, developers, renovators, designers, suppliers, sub-trades and  many other industry leading professionals. 






Affiliated Companies (people we like to work with)

  • Monarch Floor & Window Coverings
  • Island Glass & Mirror
  • Perfect Fit Plumbing & Heating
  • ProWorks Painting
  • Burr Electric
  • Wicks Electric
  • PuroClean Restoration of North Shore/Burnaby
  • We also collaborate with a number of talented interior designers and architects throughout the Lower Mainland


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.



BC Business // EXPERT ADVICE FOR ENTREPRENEURS - 'Businesses seeking professional advice have plenty of options, from free services to consultants who bill by the hour. Which one is right for you? Take our guided tour-

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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Jennifer ScottWestender // FINDING 'REFINE'-MENT IN RENOVATION CHAOS - 'Big or small, renovations are stressful. As a designer, I am inherently aware of the importance of finding a team that I can align with when it comes to renovations or custom builds, and the same goes for homeowners looking to tackle a new project. It’s not just a matter of finding someone you trust to stay on budget and meet the expectations you’ve set out before the work begins – working with the right team means collaborating with a reputable builder or contractor on the overall project vision, and connecting with those that harmonize with your communication style and values.

For the third year in a row, Refine & Design Custom Homes & Renovations has taken top spot in Westender’s Best of the City awards.'


Refine & Design is a WINNER of the BEST TOWNHOUSE / CONDOMINIUM RENOVATION 250K & Over from the HAVAN AWARDS for Housing Excellence 2021! 



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