Parkview Homes emerged from the outstanding efforts of two long-time friends who have known each other since elementary school and shared their love of the homebuilding industry to eventually create the largest new home building company in the Kawarthas.
Founded by Paul Dietrich and Steven McLaren in 1985, Parkview Homes quickly became Peterborough's home town builder and builder of choice in new home construction for many families in the area.
Our very first project began when this dynamic team purchased one lot at a time, completed much of the on-site construction and labour themselves and then sold the finished product in order to buy another lot and do the same again. This is how our company began... two determined young men working long days on site and long nights doing paperwork in order to establish a foothold in a very competitive industry.
In 1988 building began in Hunter's Ridge in the West End of the city and in Cityview Heights in East City. Our company also branched off into custom home building in College Park Estates, which led to further custom home projects on the Kawartha Lakes.
One of our company’s earliest successes was in the Towerhill Heights area, where we successfully built 15 homes selling out in only three weeks time. We were then awarded the opportunity of building a further 78 homes in 1993 within the same community. Longer days and longer nights were now becoming the norm.
This success allowed operations to move from a very small one-room office to a modest 900 square foot leased space in the city's South End in January 1994. Buying used office furniture, setting up a visitor reception area, and adding a fax line were huge milestones for these entrepreneurs. Their dedication to the industry was unmatched and all of their hard work was beginning to take off. Paul managed the administration, paperwork, finances, and staffing while Steve spent long days on site scheduling trades and overseeing the construction from a second hand trailer, often meeting with Paul to complete the many office tasks well into the evening hours. Cell phones and computers were starting to become commonplace and made communication easier for networking and growing the business.
From there, Parkview Homes expanded to build single family homes in several subdivisions throughout the city including such prestigious neighbourhoods as NorthPointe, Kings Walk, Lyon's Gate, Thompson Creek, Valleymore, Parkview Meadows, Middlefield Valley, Meade Creek Estates and Woodland Acres.
As the company grew, staff compliment increased, office space expanded and several communities were being constructed at one time. Simultaneously, Paul and Steve expanded into commercial property acquisition, residential rental property acquisition, and acquisition of land assemblies for potential new housing development communities. The need for experienced and loyal employees became integral to the operation and ongoing success of Parkview Homes, resulting in the longevity of a few of the first employees hired with the company who are still employed with Parkview Homes today.
While building continues in Thompson Bay, Mapleridge, Timberwoods, Foxmeadow, Victoria Gardens and The Meadows creating thriving communities, we at Parkview Homes have received several prestigious awards and recognition for our achievements, including Project of the Year in 2008, Builder of the Year in 2009 and the Readers Select Diamond Award in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Other awards over the years include, Energy Star Award, Patented New Home Flex Design and Owner awards for dedication to the industry, just to name a few.
As Paul and Steve's roles have changed over the years; both went on to marry and have children, but their dedication to the industry, staff, vendors and trades have never wavered. They continued to be involved in every aspect of the business to ensure its continued success.
Totaling more than 1000 new homes in 25 years, today you won't have to travel far to come across a Parkview Home in Peterborough and the Kawartha's. Our corporate office is still located on The Queensway and has been renovated and updated to reflect the growth and success of the company. There are several professionally decorated model homes in Peterborough and one in Lindsay. Our company employs 30 full time employees; from Sales, Marketing and Production to Construction, Excavation and Customer Service. We also partner with more than 300 vendors and contractors who rely on work generated by Parkview Homes. Paul and Steve are proud to have this dedicated team of professionals as a vital part of the Parkview Homes Family.