about us

Designing and building custom homes since 1995

Candel Custom Homes is passionate about building quality homes.

At Candel Custom Homes, we specialize in design-build services, aiming to ensure a pleasant building experience. Whether starting from scratch or working with existing designs, our team collaborates closely with clients throughout every phase. Our in-house design coordinator ensures seamless construction, focusing on budget and spatial planning. Utilizing web-based construction management software, we keep all parties updated and engaged, whether local or remote. With decades of combined experience, we are passionate about delivering innovative, high-quality homes.

Awards and Certifications

OHA Gold Winner 2022
Georgie Awards Finalist

Meet 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.

Kelly Dodd

Kelly Dodd


Kelly has been involved in the construction industry for the last 32 years, here in B.C. as well as Alberta.

Kelly was technically trained at NAIT as a construction carpenter/cabinet maker. Operator of his own custom design business, he specialized in building professional sound studios. Power Sound Studios, dubbed one of the top 10 legendary studios in Canada, is one of his greatest accomplishments. Kelly proudly worked in collaboration with the legendary designers of Toronto’s acclaimed Metal works studios.

He achieved his audio engineering degree in 2012 and fulfilled a 2-month internship at the Jim Henson’s Studio and the Stone Temple Pilots recording studio in Metro L.A, now named The Fortress. Here, Kelly learned the ins and outs of sound structure designs and coefficient materials.

Switching gears after returning to Canada, Kelly returned to the residential construction industry.

He has served under some of Kelowna’s major builders in Management positions over the past decade. Kelly is highly respected in the industry for his skills in conflict resolution, workplace equality and fairness and emotional intelligence.

He is a devoted family man fiercely proud of his son and daughter, who are currently establishing themselves in Kelowna society. Married to his best friend of 27 years, Kelly is committed to being a part of the community, strengthening the industry we have all come to adore, and embracing its exponential growth and leadership in the building industry.

He is looking forward to meeting, seeing, talking with you at future Candel sites in the coming years.

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 the 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.

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.

Sydney Butler

Office Administrator

Introducing Sydney Butler, our newest addition to the team in the role of Office Administrator!

With her keen eye for detail and wealth of administrative expertise, Sydney ensures that our office operations run seamlessly.

Beyond her professional skills, Sydney brings a passion for life outside the office. You might find her hiking through the picturesque landscapes of the Okanagan or cherishing precious moments with her young son. Sydney’s commitment to excellence extends beyond the workplace, enriching both her professional and personal endeavors.

We’re excited to have Sydney on board, bringing her unique blend of skills and enthusiasm to our team!


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

Client Testimonials


Kevin and
Jackie Fierbach

Randy and his team are skilled professionals that are driven toward quality and excel in communication. We would not hesitate to engage them for another custom home build project.

“Candel Custom Homes built our beautiful house in Kelowna’s heritage conservation area. Our project was an in-fill with several unique challenges. The Candel team used their extensive expertise, networking connections and problem solving skills to successfully navigate this project. Thanks to their excellent communication systems, we always had a clear picture of timelines related to budget & completion.

Our project managers, Ray and Kelly, were amazing to work with. They were responsive to our concerns, came up with great solutions to overcome problems and made several suggestions that helped improve on our vision for the home. Also, we were impressed with the many trades that helped build our home and appreciated that they were aligned with Candel’s high standards.

Randy and his team are skilled professionals that are driven toward quality and excel in communication. We would not hesitate to engage them for another custom home build project.”


Michelle and
Don Sutherland

Candel surpassed our expectations with their creativity, attention to detail, budget & reporting and quality...

“We were very fortunate to meet Randy and his team through friends of ours that built their beautiful home with Candel. 

We encountered many challenges with the District we live in and Candel overcame those challenges and saved us thousands of dollars through an alternative variance to the Districts regulations. 

Candel surpassed our expectations with their creativity, attention to detail, budget & reporting and quality. They also provided sub-trades that take great pride in their work that reflect the high standards of Candel. 

We would like to thank Randy and the entire Candel Team that took our concept and built our beautiful home that our family will enjoy for the many years ahead.”


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.”


Robert van Dijk

Quality in every little detail is definitely at the core of Candel's character...

” I am not sure what defines an ideal or perfect builder/client relationship, but I have to believe my experience with Candel Custom Homes comes pretty close.  

I met the owner, Randy, and he walked me through several homes he had recently completed. The attention to detail and pride in his team’s work was immediately evident.  After several planning conversations, we mutually agreed to move forward with my home. Thanks to COVID, I was stuck out of the country for most of the build process. However, the Candel team utilized technology and a rigorous communication schedule to keep me intimately involved. 

Upon my return to the Okanagan and seeing the final results, I was thrilled with the outcome. Quality in every little detail is definitely at the core of Candel’s character.  My appreciation and gratitude to Randy, Ray and the team for a great experience and a great final product.”


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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