Alaichi’s Dundas home earns Hamilton-Halton Home Builders accolades

Community May 10, 2017 by Debra Downey Dundas Star News

Ali and Laila Alaichi are continuing a legacy of excellence in home building that began 56 years ago in Lebanon.

The Alaichi family’s home near Tew’s Falls recently earned an Award of Distinction from the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association for best custom home over $3 million.

Laila Alaichi said as she and her husband accepted the award at a gala dinner last month, she couldn’t help but think of her father-in-law, Mustapha, who died in November 2016.

“We dedicate this award to (Mustapha), our founding father and mentor. He may have passed, but he forever lives within us,” she said.

Mustapha Alayche earned his living by building condominiums in Lebanon before coming to Canada in the early 1990s. His sons, including Ali, are now partners in Zeina Homes.

The Alaichis’ Dundas home took nine months to build, and the family — which includes five children ranging in age from seven to 19 — settled in about 18 months ago. They previously lived in the Golf Links Road area of Ancaster.

“(This home) is something we have always wanted. It’s peaceful and quite, and yet not far from the city,” said Laila.

Building the house was an “amazing experience,” she said. Ali tended to the actual construction work while Laila looked after the interior design and decor details.

“You always have a vision, but you wonder if that vision will carry through to the end of the job, but this is exactly what we had in mind,” said Laila.

Cindy McIntosh, events co-ordinator, for the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association, said homes in the custom-built category were judged on elevation, utilization of lot and landscaping, creative use of space, careful and innovative detailing, functionality of space and overall appeal.

The home-builders association hands out the awards annually to recognize the highest levels of achievement in the home-building industry and provide a showcase for the latest ideas in their field.

Whether patriarch Mustapha’s legacy of home-building carries on to the next generation of Alaichi children remains to be seen.

Laila and Ali’s eldest son Jacob, 19, has his sights set on a career in medicine, while Phatima, 17, is focused on either law or politics. Ismael, 14, is undecided and Raphael, 7, is too young yet to have an idea of what he wants to do in the future. Kamal, 9, however, did recently show a lot of interest in a school project involving the study of structures.

 


Alaichi’s Dundas home earns Hamilton-Halton Home Builders accolades

Tradition of Zeina Homes began 56 years ago in Lebanon

Community May 10, 2017 by Debra Downey Dundas Star News

Ali and Laila Alaichi are continuing a legacy of excellence in home building that began 56 years ago in Lebanon.

The Alaichi family’s home near Tew’s Falls recently earned an Award of Distinction from the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association for best custom home over $3 million.

Laila Alaichi said as she and her husband accepted the award at a gala dinner last month, she couldn’t help but think of her father-in-law, Mustapha, who died in November 2016.

“We dedicate this award to (Mustapha), our founding father and mentor. He may have passed, but he forever lives within us,” she said.

Mustapha Alayche earned his living by building condominiums in Lebanon before coming to Canada in the early 1990s. His sons, including Ali, are now partners in Zeina Homes.

The Alaichis’ Dundas home took nine months to build, and the family — which includes five children ranging in age from seven to 19 — settled in about 18 months ago. They previously lived in the Golf Links Road area of Ancaster.

“(This home) is something we have always wanted. It’s peaceful and quite, and yet not far from the city,” said Laila.

Building the house was an “amazing experience,” she said. Ali tended to the actual construction work while Laila looked after the interior design and decor details.

“You always have a vision, but you wonder if that vision will carry through to the end of the job, but this is exactly what we had in mind,” said Laila.

Cindy McIntosh, events co-ordinator, for the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association, said homes in the custom-built category were judged on elevation, utilization of lot and landscaping, creative use of space, careful and innovative detailing, functionality of space and overall appeal.

The home-builders association hands out the awards annually to recognize the highest levels of achievement in the home-building industry and provide a showcase for the latest ideas in their field.

Whether patriarch Mustapha’s legacy of home-building carries on to the next generation of Alaichi children remains to be seen.

Laila and Ali’s eldest son Jacob, 19, has his sights set on a career in medicine, while Phatima, 17, is focused on either law or politics. Ismael, 14, is undecided and Raphael, 7, is too young yet to have an idea of what he wants to do in the future. Kamal, 9, however, did recently show a lot of interest in a school project involving the study of structures.

 


Alaichi’s Dundas home earns Hamilton-Halton Home Builders accolades

Tradition of Zeina Homes began 56 years ago in Lebanon

Community May 10, 2017 by Debra Downey Dundas Star News

Ali and Laila Alaichi are continuing a legacy of excellence in home building that began 56 years ago in Lebanon.

The Alaichi family’s home near Tew’s Falls recently earned an Award of Distinction from the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association for best custom home over $3 million.

Laila Alaichi said as she and her husband accepted the award at a gala dinner last month, she couldn’t help but think of her father-in-law, Mustapha, who died in November 2016.

“We dedicate this award to (Mustapha), our founding father and mentor. He may have passed, but he forever lives within us,” she said.

Mustapha Alayche earned his living by building condominiums in Lebanon before coming to Canada in the early 1990s. His sons, including Ali, are now partners in Zeina Homes.

The Alaichis’ Dundas home took nine months to build, and the family — which includes five children ranging in age from seven to 19 — settled in about 18 months ago. They previously lived in the Golf Links Road area of Ancaster.

“(This home) is something we have always wanted. It’s peaceful and quite, and yet not far from the city,” said Laila.

Building the house was an “amazing experience,” she said. Ali tended to the actual construction work while Laila looked after the interior design and decor details.

“You always have a vision, but you wonder if that vision will carry through to the end of the job, but this is exactly what we had in mind,” said Laila.

Cindy McIntosh, events co-ordinator, for the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association, said homes in the custom-built category were judged on elevation, utilization of lot and landscaping, creative use of space, careful and innovative detailing, functionality of space and overall appeal.

The home-builders association hands out the awards annually to recognize the highest levels of achievement in the home-building industry and provide a showcase for the latest ideas in their field.

Whether patriarch Mustapha’s legacy of home-building carries on to the next generation of Alaichi children remains to be seen.

Laila and Ali’s eldest son Jacob, 19, has his sights set on a career in medicine, while Phatima, 17, is focused on either law or politics. Ismael, 14, is undecided and Raphael, 7, is too young yet to have an idea of what he wants to do in the future. Kamal, 9, however, did recently show a lot of interest in a school project involving the study of structures.