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    • Another CIFH First: Net Zero

      December 05, 2018

      Copper Island Fine Homes has always been first when it comes to builder qualifications and certifications in the Shuswap. Recently, we notched another first by achieving our Canadian Home Builders' Association Net Zero certification.

      A Net Zero home is so energy efficient, it only uses as much energy as it can produce from on-site renewable energy such as solar and geothermal. Such homes are designed, modelled and constructed to produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis.

      As a result, a Net Zero home is 80 percent more energy efficient than a home built to conventional standards. So a Net Zero home protects you from future increases in energy prices. Over the years, that could be a very big deal. And a Net Zero home is also more durable, given its high performance, warm windows and better insulated walls and roof.

      Advanced construction methods and materials along with superior heating, cooling and ventilation equipment means even temperatures throughout the house, along with exceptional indoor air quality for healthier living. A built-in filtered fresh air system reduces allergens and asthma triggers, such as dust, pollen and outdoor air pollution.

      And because they are tightly built and well insulated, a Net Zero Home is quieter--outside noise such as traffic, lawnmowers and barking dogs are virtually silenced.

      If you're interested in having your new Shuswap dream home being Net Zero, Copper Island Fine Homes is the only contractor in our area who is qualified to help you. Please contact us for more information.

    • Celista Man Cave +

      November 25, 2018

      One of our more interesting autumn starts is a shop plus suite that we're constructing in Celista for clients from Whitecourt, Alberta.

      This project is all about elevating the man cave concept to the next level. The 1426 structure features west coast influenced styling, as you can see in the plans below. The finished product will feature HardiPlank siding, powder-coated exposed steel beams, and wood soffits and stone accents.

      Clopay commercial garage doors with wall-mounted jack shaft openers will provide reliable access year-round, and a metal roof with snow stops will provide long life and durability in even the most extreme weather. Inside, mini split heat pumps and a pellet wood stove will provide ample heating.

      Once completed, the clients will move forward with a new waterfront home.

      With all permits in place, the footings for this project were recently poured, and framing is now well-underway. Completion is slated for late spring.

    • Blending Old & New

      November 15, 2018

      In Eagle Bay, Copper Island Fine Homes is making great progress on one of the most unique projects we've ever had the pleasure of being involved with.

      Our clients, who are from Kelowna, had an existing summer home that just wasn't adequate or large enough for their needs. Given a need to satisfy their need for a larger and more modern home in a way that meets local building requirements, our clients opted to renovate the existing home--and also blend it with an additional 2,400 square feet of living space provided through new construction.

      The plan below gives you an idea of what the finished product will look like, while the photo shows our progress as at the end of October.

      Shortly after the photo was taken, the roof trusses were delivered onsite and installed, and roofing is our current priority--we need to integrate the new roof with that of the old structure, and then install shingles while the weather holds.

      Other work underway on the project includes finishing of key drains and the septic field, designing retaining wall options for the driveway and septic field, and completing all design choices for cabinetry, flooring and other finishes. We're also moving into electrical and plumbing rough-ins. Of particular note is the HVAC system selected: high performance, ultra-low temperature mini-split heat pumps by Fujitsu. These types of units represent an intriguing, cost-effective and increasingly popular method of providing top quality heat and air conditioning throughout a home.

      At the time of writing, we're entirely on schedule as we look to a possession date in the Spring of 2019.

    • Moving Up to the Highlands

      November 05, 2018

      The Highlands subdivision of Shuswap Lake Estates offers magnificent views of Copper Island and the Shuswap Lake, not to mention excellent access to golf and other recreational opportunities. This combination certainly convinced one our recent set of clients, who hail from the Lower Mainland, to purchase a beautiful view lot in the subdivision.

      Since August, we've been working steadily on their custom-designed home in order to bring it to lock-up stage before winter arrives.

      The walk-out basement home features approximately 3,000 square feet of living space, along with a three-car garage. Two oversized decks offer plenty of outdoor living space and captivating views.

      Framing has been completed, and windows installed. The top rear deck has been prepped and is ready for Duradek installation. Fireplaces have been ordered and scheduled for install. Mechanical installs (HVAC and plumbing) are also well underway, and following completion, the house will be wrapped and prepared for exterior finishing in HardiPlank and stone. Soffits and gutters are in the process of being installed, and inside, cabinet layouts have been prepared.

      Being completed to lockout allows our interior finishing crews—drywall, painting, finish carpentry, and flooring—to have the luxury of finishing their work in a warm and dry environment. Delivery is schedule for mid-spring.


    • Update: St. Ives Makeover

      October 28, 2018

      One of our more interesting projects throughout 2018 has been a whole-house renewal in sunny St. Ives, on the Shuswap's North Shore.

      The clients wanted to rebuild at the site of their existing outdated home. A West Coast design was selected, which would allow for improved lake views, better deck use, and more refined and modern living spaces. With the design completed, we commenced our teardown of the existing structure, and got to work with a new foundation on the existing footprint. 

      Since then, our crews have been working diligently in order to hand over the completed project to the clients this November.

      Outside, we've completed Allan block walls, rock stair treads, planting zones, and torch-on decks covered with 16" landscape pavers. We've also completed sanding and staining on the home's exterior LVL wood beams, and acrylic stucco with longboard metal siding highlights.

      Inside, we've installed flat gloss acrylic panel cabinets with Cambria counter tops, as well as appliances and all light fixtures. All flooring, closets and painting have also been completed.

      The finished product is taking shape as a stunning, contemporary all-season home with spectacular lake views. Our thanks to our clients for letting Copper Island Fine Homes bring their dreams to reality.


    • Cedar Heights Vistas

      October 15, 2018

      Our crews are working hard in Cedar Heights this October, as we get closer to locking up an amazing custom log home in preparation for winter finishing.

      Our log package has arrived, and we're in the process and sanding and sealing inside and out. The upper floor sub-floor and interior wall framing are now complete, and roof sheeting is also close to completion. The basement floor has been prepped, with finishing scheduled for this week.

      This architecturally-designed home will feature some incredible custom additions. Among these are a glass ceiling for the workout room, geothermal heating, radiant heating throughout, a wet sauna, a copper rear turret, and much more.

      The entire home will feature captivating vistas of the Shuswap Lake and Copper Island.

      Look for more photos in future updates.


    • In With The New

      October 08, 2018

      Another one of our autumn/winter projects for 2018 is a new lakefront home in Eagle Bay. The owners, who live overseas, have opted to completely remove the existing home and make way for a brand new, architecturally-designed masterpiece. They are entirely involved in the design process and are enthusiastic to make use of the most up-to-date energy efficiency features, including geothermal heating.

      Currently, we have completed tear down of the existing structure, with a focus on on recycling as many of its components as possible. We have completed our CSRD development permit, riparian assessments and bylaw exemptions necessary for extending the footprint of the house toward lake, and for building over-height.

      The new home will feature approximately 4,300 square feet of living space, along with a 580 square foot garage.

      Some of its other energy-efficiency features include zoned heating, heat recovery ventilator, steam humidifier, solar roof array, higher insulation values, and Innotech triple pane windows and doors. The home will also have a generator with auto switch and propane backup, a lower deck hot tub with exterior shower, an electronic entry gate, torch-on decks with Hydroslab deck pavers, and a HardiPlank/stucco/stone exterior.

      Completion is scheduled for July, 2019.


    • Heights Lakeview Beauty Underway

      September 26, 2018

      September finds us well underway with yet another spectacular lakeview home in MacArthur Heights. The foundation has been poured and backfilled, main framing has been completed, and trusses installed.

      In the coming months, we'll be completing septic field installation, roofing, installation of Plygem Vista Series windows, exterior finishing with HardiPlank siding and cultured stone, upper and lower decks, and retaining walls. Once locked up, we'll rough in plumbing and electrical, prior to proceeding with interior finishing in the upcoming winter months. Construction was exactly on schedule at the time of this update.

      The photos below show the foundation completion with drain rock in place for radon gas prescription, the main framing from the front of the home, and the spectacular view from the deck. Watch for more updates as construction continues this fall.


    • Home Hand-Off!

      September 13, 2018

      Earlier this summer, we handed over the keys to one of the most ambitious and exacting projects we've ever had the pleasure of working on. Located in Scotch Creek, this spectacular lakefront home features almost 5,500 square feet of finished living space and took approximately two years to complete. It has stunning finishes throughout the interior, which are complemented by the natural fir and stone exterior finishing. Below are a couple of photos of the designer kitchen and the soaring great room. This is our opportunity to thank the owners for entrusting this project with us, as well as our employees and superb sub-trades, without whose dedication and skill we could not have completed this superb home.


    • 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.