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    • Return to Alpen Paradies

      August 19, 2018

      Copper Island Fine Homes is pleased to once again be working in the Blind Bay community of Alpen Paradies, which offers some amazing lake view building sites.

      We've commenced construction of a beautiful new daylight basement home for clients from Alberta. The home is based on custom plans designed to maximize placement on a relatively tight-fitting building lot, which has driveway access via an access road. The captivating lake view will be enhanced with a spacious ceiling vault and large windows. Other features of this home include an ample covered deck for outdoor socializing, and an oversized garage that, in addition to housing two cars, will provide space for storage and a workshop. We'll also be building a retaining wall in the lower yard to create as much outdoor garden space as possible.

      Prior to construction, the owners expressed concern about impacting their neighbour's views. Copper Island Fines Homes was pleased to work with the owners to resolve this—together, we have designed the new home so that the neighbour's site lines will largely be unaffected. This has been achieved by lowering the garage and adjusting the roof pitch.

      Our thanks to the clients for entrusting us with building their Shuswap dream.


       

    • August Heats Up

      August 10, 2018

      The weather isn't the only thing cooking this August. This month sees us starting construction of four new Copper Island Fine Homes in the Shuswap.

      One of those projects is in the Highlands subdivision of Shuswap Lake Estates. Our clients, who are from the Lower Mainland, selected the lot for its beautiful views of the Shuswap Lake.

      The home will be generously-sized with approximately 1,500 square feet on each level, and feature a fully-finished daylight basement. The lot has an ideal location for a swimming pool in the lower yard, a possibility that our clients are now considering.

      A three car garage will offer ample storage for vehicles and golf cart. Exterior finishing will be Craftsman-themed with Hardiplank and stone, allowing the home to blend in perfectly with the other new homes in the subdivision. Inside, the home will also feature many upscale finishes. Two oversized decks—one upper, and one lower—will offer plenty of outdoor living space.

      We're pleased to have this project well underway, and look forward to a Spring 2019 completion.

       

    • Lakefront Makeover

      July 27, 2018

      It's not always about new house construction here at Copper Island Fine Homes. For the past seven years, we've also specialized in renovations. And sometimes, a renovation can turn into an intriguing project. That's certainly been the case with an exterior renovation project that we recently completed on this Sorrento waterfront property.

      The owners needed a complete makeover on an aging deck and gabion/block wall. We started with a survey and a riparian assessment to determine if there were any conflicts with the property's shoreline. We then worked with the Ministry of Environment to determine the appropriate location to move the retaining wall back to, so that it conformed to the original legal boundary.

      Once that was determined, we created an engineered rock wall to replace the existing gabion wall. A new cedar deck and stairs from the upper deck were then built. The deck was completed with metal cable railing and the hot tub integrated into the structure for easier access. Another lower concrete deck, which was cracked and had drainage issues, was replaced with pavers. We then realigned the beach stairs to align better with the dock ramp. Finally, we updated the house siding to match the cedar decking, and we improved access under the deck.

      Check out the photos below. The top two are before; the bottom photo is the final result. We think it turned out exceptionally well, and we're happy to report that the owners agree!

       

    • Spectacular Lake View

      July 11, 2018

      Here at Copper Island Fine Homes, we're having our busiest July on record, with five new housing starts, along with work continuing on several other projects.

      Of particular note is a spectacular log home that we're building on a gorgeous view lot in Cedar Heights. The house, which is shown in conceptual drawings below, is architecturally-designed and unique. It consists of a 1240 square foot basement, a 1300 square foot main floor, and a 1220 square foot upper floor. Additionally, there is a 465 square foot garage. 

      The home, which will offer pristine lake views while backing onto a park-like setting, will be built of cedar logs. It features a stamped concrete deck, a three-story dumbwaiter, log-crafted stairs with handrails, geothermal heating, and glass-enclosed sun room. 

      Currently, trees have been cleared, excavation has been dug, footings have been poured, and septic field is under construction. Our thanks to the Lower Mainland clients who have entrusted this spectacular project with us!

       

    • Breaking Ground in the Heights

      June 28, 2018
      Another Copper Island Fine Home is underway in MacArthur Heights. In June, we started work on a daylight basement rancher featuring 1512 square feet on the main floor, 1325 square feet in the basement, as well as a generously-sized garage. 

      The building lot is not without its challenges, given steep terrain and rock outcroppings. Construction commenced after significant permitting revisions due to Ministry of Transport subdivision drainage right of ways and steep slopes permits from the regional district (CSRD). We believe that the payoff from overcoming these challenges will be an outstanding new home for the owners that will offer superb views of the Shuswap Lake and Blind Bay.

      This professionally-designed home will feature timber frame exterior accents, a huge concrete deck with a torch on surface and rail-free 10 mil glass, Marquis Bentley 39” fireplaces on both floors, a suspended concrete hot tub deck addition off the main deck, and much more.

      Watch for more news on this new Copper Island Fine Home in future updates.

       

    • Scotch Creek Waterfront Nearing Completion

      June 09, 2018
      Over the past year, Copper Island Fine Homes has moved into the finishing stages of one of the most ambitious projects we've ever had the pleasure of working on. 

      This stunning architecturally-designed home boasts 2912 square feet of living space on the main floor, in addition to 1990 square feet on the upper floor and 500 square feet in the basement. There's also some 2400 square feet of crawlspace. 

      The owners of this home have exceptional vision and taste, as reflected in the finishing work which is nearing completion: 

      • Nanawall glass closes in entry porch
      • woodburning fireplace with gas log-lighter
      • custom curved stairs and handrails 
      • custom kitchen cabinets/islands and bespoke bar
      • solid hardwood floors with stained vertical grain fir baseboards and mouldings
      • home automation and integrated audio
      • natural stone fireplace surrounds and stair place walls
      • upper rear deck with Terrazzo tile 
      • custom hi velocity wood air vents 
      • Cambrian black satin granite fireplace hearth  
      • custom-made stained vertical grain fir paneling, posts and beams in shaker style
      • custom-made stained vertical grain fir entry door.  


      At the time of this update, we are approximately five weeks until occupancy. In addition to the inside finishing listed above, we are also working on the exterior masonry finishing.

      We have enjoyed the challenge of this project immensely, and the finished product will be something that both Copper Island Fine Homes, our exceptional subtrades, and the new owners can be incredibly proud of for years to come.

       

       
    • Eagle Bay Overhaul

      May 28, 2018

      Here at Copper Island Fine Homes, we love the challenge of whole home renovations. And we couldn't be more pleased to be giving a serious face lift to this Eagle Bay cabin. On the exterior, we're adding new siding, deck and roof. The basement is getting a new family room, bathroom, and kitchen with Nanawall. We're planning a new patio and living space with updated landscaping outside the bottom door.

      Inside, the feature wall and ceiling will feature four inch tongue and groove pine shiplap painted white for that timeless beach feel.

      After digging out of one of the heaviest snowfalls in 22 years, we're working hard on this beachfront facelift, and planning on handing the finished product back to the clients in time for summer use.

       

    • Ready for Summer!

      May 13, 2018

      We've just put the finishing touches on this beautiful new construction in St. Ives, on the Shuswap's North Shore. With finishing wrapping up, we're ready to hand over the keys to the home to the new owners, who are to be congratulated for their excellent taste.

      The charming, craftsman-style beach front home features exceptional exterior finishing, allowing it blend beautifully into the neighbourhood and the Shuswap's natural surroundings. The interior has also been completed with timeless finishes, including natural wood trims throughout. 

      The home features three bedrooms plus a den, with 1761 square feet on the main floor and an additional 1032 upstairs. Our sincere thanks to the new owners for allowing us to construct their stunning new lakefront home!


       

    • More Accolades for Copper Island

      April 07, 2018

      In February, 275 people crowded into the Thompson Rivers University Ball Room in Kamloops to learn about this year's winners of the prestigious Keystone awards.

      Copper Island Fine Homes didn't disappoint, capturing the prestigious Gold Award for Customer Service, along with the Gold for Best Renovation over $300,000. Additionally, we won Silver Awards for Best Home and Best Home Design in the $500,000 - $750,000 categories.

      “Customer service is really about taking care of the little things," says Greg Vistisen, owner and President of Copper Island Fine Homes. "It's about sweating the small stuff. Here at Copper Island, we all strive to provide good service because we know it's important to our clients, as well as the future well-being of our business. So it’s incredible to be recognized by our peers and our customers with these honours. We're so proud of our amazing team, and we also couldn’t have achieved this without the dedication of our local sub-trades and suppliers who wholeheartedly support our efforts. With their support, our company has grown exponentially and allowed us to really stretch and become the best home builder in the Shuswap and Salmon Arm area.”

      The Keystone Awards of Excellence are present each year by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association BC Central Interior division.

       

    • St. Ive's Lakeshore Renewal

      September 16, 2017
      Permitting is nearing completion for this beautiful lakeside renewal. This includes a CSRD Building Permit, 100 m Lakes Development Permit and Ministry of Environment Riparian approval.

      Riparian assessments allow for the total removal of the existing house but re-use of the existing footings and foundation walls. Changes to neighborhood zoning allows for a foundation extension away from the lake. Challenges include machine access, removal of the existing North foundation wall and construction of new foundation wall extension with heights approaching 22'.

      New plan designs allow for improved lake views, better deck use and enhanced interior living spaces, not to mention an updated West Coast design. Re-configuring the interior stairway allows for main road access which posed a challenge in the past, having to access the house via a side door involving a walk down set of stairs. Interior stairs have been upgraded to suspended steel stringers with open Douglas Fir treads.

      Windows, doors and cabinets have been removed and re-utilized. Construction power is active and disconnected from the home. Demolition plans are in place and crews are standing by to start drywall and insulation removal for landfill separation once permits are approved.