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The Celico Story


Celico BuildersIn 1962, Michele Iaccino came to Canada from Celico, Italy with his wife Maria and young son, Maurizio. Michele, like many immigrants, brought his family overseas in search of a better life. Settling in Sarnia, Ontario, the Iaccino’s family grew to a family of eight. A carpenter by trade, Michele passed his craft on to Maurizio and together, they worked as a team building homes in the area. Fascinated and fully involved in the construction field, Maurizio excelled in the CET (Construction Engineering Technologist) course at Conestoga College and graduated in 1984. Throughout his working life, Maurizio has always remained in the industry, working as materials purchaser for Domtar, a site superintendent for Pidel Homes in Guelph, Ontario, and finally achieving the status of Western Canada’s top salesman for Sika Canada. After a life of gathering knowledge in the construction industry, Maurizio established Celico Builders in 2005.

Celico builds authentic homes but what makes a home authentic? What does ‘authentic’ mean? Celico Builders responded to this question: “Have you ever walked through a home and thought, “this feels right”.” You may not be able to put your finger on exactly why it feels that way but there’s definitely a sense of comfort and security and a feeling of being ‘home’ that is just as important  the right location and at the right price. What you’re experiencing is likely good architectural design and it is no accident. Good design is a combination of proper scale, proportion, mass, and authenticity that transcends time and trends. Good design also reflects current lifestyle needs and taste both inside and out.

Town ImageBut what is “authenticity”? We seem to place value on so-called “traditional” homes and we romanticize about living in something historic or “authentic”. The truth is, however, that older homes were designed and built for another day, not ours. A well-designed house today accommodates the manner in which we live today. For example, consider the modern kitchen: it’s a blend of kitchen, eating nook, and family room in one big area. A variety of influences have driven that design concept into almost every size and price of home. Arising from a desire to expand a home’s natural gathering place, modern kitchens have become a center for casual entertaining as well as a focal point for family activities such as dining, homework, and craft projects. These big rooms also provide more natural light and greater access to the outdoors – subtle yet critical changes that create a strong sense of comfort and value.

Attention to detail is another cornerstone of timeless design. Assuming that the details are appropriate to the overall style of the house, it makes sense to use materials that incorporate durability and longevity to execute these details. For example, modern engineered hardwood floors, composite siding, and composite roofing materials can help you achieve a rich level of detail and increase the value of the building. Simply put, what is “authentic” is what is current to the times, with a foundation of human scale and proportion and a respect for appropriate detailing. That’s just good design.

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