about us

Designing and building custom homes since 1995

Candel Custom Homes is passionate about building quality homes.

We aim to make the building process a pleasant experience at Candel Custom Homes. Specializing as a design-build firm, our preference is to work with clients from the very beginning of the design process. Certainly, we are also willing to work with clients that have designs in hand. The entire team is involved in every aspect of the build. We truly show our company’s strength in collaborating with homeowners. A collaboration that assists us in crossing over from building a house to your home. Our in-house design coordinator works hand in hand with our clients to ensure a smooth construction that meets the budget with great attention placed on spatial planning. Candel uses construction management software that keeps everyone involved and up to date with the build. The software is web-based, and access is always available to our clients through a personal log-in on an app, downloaded on your device of choice. This platform allows Candel to work as comfortably with local clients as clients that are remote. 

With decades of combined experience, our team always feels excited and passionate about every new project. We thrive in opportunities to be innovative, cutting-edge, and to implement creative design all the while considering value engineering. Workmanship is always held well above industry standards.

Awards, Certifications, and Our Communities

Our Team

Randy Therrien

President & CEO

Randy is a second-generation land developer and builder of both residential and commercial projects. Randy was born in Prince George BC, moved to Vancouver and eventually to Kelowna in 2004. Randy has become a multi award winning home builder in the Okanagan. Since moving to Kelowna, Randy has developed Candel Custom Homes into a group of companies that can tackle almost any project. The Candel group of companies was built on a strong foundation of core values with a diverse team. Without a strong team of suppliers, trades and professionals Randy would not have been able to build the Candel group to what it is today. Aside from the CEO & President of Candel Group Randy is very involved in his son’s hockey as a coach. Everything Randy does whether work related or personal, he gives it 100% effort and takes pride in his craftsmanship and attention to detail. While growing Candel, Randy has remained the first point of contact for all his clients. Working closely with clients and owners alike is Randy’s number one priority on every endeavour that the Candel group is involved with. When not on the job site or in an office meeting, you can find Randy on the golf course, travelling with this family, or cheering on his little ones at their activities.

Ray Wynsouw

General Manager

Ray brings a lifetime of experience to lead the construction team at Candel. Ray is a Certified Housing Professional, past President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, past Building Inspector with the RDCO and Deputy Chief at the District of Lake Country. Ray is a result-orientated professional with extensive experience and demonstrated achievements in project management, site superintending and quality assurance for industry leaders. A strategic thinker with a talent for proactively optimizing operational efficiency through industry education and change management. Dynamic leader and mentor. A skilled communicator and relationship builder with a career long record of negotiation and strategic alliance building to improve quality and reduce costs. Ray is community minded and has served on multiple sports and industry boards. He is a current Director with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

Tara Frey

SENIOR ESTIMATOR

Tara successfully completed and obtained an Interior Design Certificate from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  Additionally, she has completed several courses in Project Management over the years.  Starting her career in the Architectural and Interior Design business she has gained over 15 years of industry experience.  From large complex commercial facility projects to smaller private custom builds to Institutional multi residential projects, she has gained valuable knowledge in many facets of the business.  More recently working with Candel specializing in estimating and project management, she has proven to take new roles and succeed.  

Tara moved from White Rock, BC to Kelowna, BC 5 years ago and has embraced the Okanagan lifestyle.  Boating, Camping, enjoying the local wineries, has not been a difficult transition.  

Natalie Butler

Design Operations Manager

Natalie moved to Kelowna from Maple Ridge in 2013 with a knowledgeable background in the design/home build process. Natalie’s relationship with Candel started at this time when her and her family purchased a Candel custom home.  Natalie joined the Candel team in 2016 and has since been an instrumental team member that our clients quickly become comfortable and confident working with. Natalie has over 10 years of construction consultation and interior design experience. She is passionate about walking clients through every aspect of the house design process, and loves working alongside Candel Custom Homes to help turn your dream home into a reality.

Siobhan Savard

Project Coordinator 

Siobhan graduated from UBC in 2016 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Siobhan joined team Candel in 2016 and has been Randy’s right hand woman ever since. Siobhan enjoys getting to know the clients and the trades people and feels rewarded when she can accommodate and communicate the clients’ wants and needs with the appropriate trade. Siobhan keeps busy by spending time with family. She is lucky enough to enjoy boating in the summer and skiing at Big White in the winter. Siobhan has been a high-level baseball umpire recently giving it up to grow her young family.  Ever one to be involved, Siobhan has served on executives for various clubs and committees at school, work and in the community.

Afton Therrien

Executive Assistant

Afton operates our social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram. Afton’s early career was established as a customer service representative in the tourism industry, soon after advancing to the medical field as a Medical Laboratory Assistant. Afton has a great enthusiasm for the housing industry and has been involved in the design/home build process here at Candel since 2009. While raising her young family and personally building multiple homes along side Randy, Afton has learned a great deal related to all that is involved through the building process, giving her that understanding to share with all our clients. Afton is a dedicated health and fitness participant. When not in the office, Afton is commonly shuttling her young children to their sports, training to run the next half marathon,  or you can catch her wine tasting at one of the local wineries.

CoConstruct

Management Software

Candel Custom Homes is proud to offer our clients real-time, up-to-date information on their project through CoConstruct. You can expect the following benefits of using CoConstruct to stay up to date on your build:

  • Organized, 24/7 access to the CoConstruct app to stay up to date on your build
  • Track activity and progress in real-time
  • Seamless communication between you and the Candel team
  • Make selections right on the app
  • Access to files and progress photos uploaded by the Candel team
  • Track expenses and manage invoices
testimonial

Debby and
Murray Savard

They were professional and their work was superb...

“Candel Custom Homes was recommended to us by a well known local designer. We met Randy Therrien to discuss construction of our “Forever Dream House.” Randy was direct, honest, confident, and we immediately felt a connection.

Candel Custom Homes began construction on schedule. From the foundation, with the carpenters, framers to the painters, electricians and all the trades, they were professional and their work was superb. Our son, who is an engineer working in construction, kept telling us how well he thought things were being done. All through the build, Randy was there to supervise and our meetings were regular to discuss progress. Randy was always able to offer alternatives and would discuss the pros and cons of construction materials. He gave recommendations and would often suggest less expensive yet equally durable and aesthetic products. He seemed there for us, and was even more “visible” as the build came to the end. From obtaining permits, to scheduling and procuring the best tradesmen in the business, he stayed within budget. All was handled with ease and a smile! We have remained friends after the build.

We would highly recommend Randy Therrien and Candel Custom Homes as a credible, responsible builder in luxurious,yet affordable homes.”

testimonial

Christen and
Colin Wilson

From our initial meeting through to handing over the keys, Randy and his crew were outstanding...

“Colin and I would like to personally thank Randy of Candel Custom Homes for working with us through a very exciting journey in building our new home. I knew from the minute I met Randy he was the person I wanted to work with. When we entered the decision to build, I knew a little about what to expect having had friends who have built, but not to the extent I do now after working with Randy and his crew. I also knew that I needed to work with someone who cared about the process, what we as owners would encounter, and be willing and open to work with us through the process in full. Randy and his crew did just that. He and his team were more than knowledgeable and answered any questions we had along the way (and at times we had many questions!!). From our initial meeting through to handing over the keys, Randy and his crew were outstanding. Words truly do not express the appreciation we have as he went above and beyond our expectations. Assisting with design concepts, offering alternatives to ideas we had, and encouraging us to be involved in the process as much as we needed to, were just a few of the highlights that made this such an enjoyable experience. If I had the chance to do it again, I’d use Candel Custom Homes in a heartbeat.   

Candel Custom Homes treated our family with respect, class and dignity, and we are very thankful that you took the time to personally tender to our needs. Those particular qualities that you and your crew demonstrated made the process a wonderful experience. The quality of representation and the attention to detail from the beginning of the process to the finished product has been remarkable.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated. Needless to say, our family is very happy that we decided to have Candel Custom Homes be our “family” builder. Thank you so very much for your dedication to our project and our family. We appreciate all that you have done for us.”

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