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    • Elevating the Man Cave

      August 13, 2019

      Here’s really enjoyable project in Celista that we just handed off to superb clients from Whitecourt, Alberta.

      The 1426 structure is a garage – and then some. In addition to its garage storage, it has an attached carriage house that will provide a residence for the clients while they proceed with construction of a waterfront main house. And in the future, it will be the perfect guest cottage.

      With its west coast influenced styling, it features a stunning exterior. Woodtone board and batten is combined with with painted smart trim fascia, stained cedar accents over the overhead door, black aluminum vented soffits along the sides and rear, and Coulson Cedar in natural stain for the front soffits. Avaani fieldstone in Pacific Peak with tight mortar joints finishes it off beautifully.

      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 ductless heat pumps and radiant floor heat in both shop and carriage house will provide ample heating and cooling. An18 Kw boiler provides hot water for the radiant floor heating and domestic water. Other features include water filtration, heat recovery ventilator, 400 amp electrical service, dedicated septic system, polished and stained concrete floors in the garage, specialty tile for the carriage house floors and shower walls, stained walnut grain cabinets with Cambria Luxury counter tops, Phillips Core Pro LED pot lighting, RV circuit and specialty electrical wiring for shop use, and cherry grain fir flush panel textured fiberglass exterior doors with multi-point hardware.

      Our clients tell us they are extremely impressed with our sub-trade quality and project manager communication. When they’re happy, we’re happy!



    • Digging In on the North Shore

      August 04, 2019

      One of our projects this busy summer is a stunning West Coast home on the North Shore that we’re striving to bring to completion on time—and it’s going to take all of best efforts to do so. A combination of some last minute changes, such as the addition of radiant slab heating, and high demand for some of our sub-trades (particularly electrical and drywall) has put us a little behind schedule, but we’re making excellent progress in many areas.

      Insulation is completed, and we now have firm schedules in place for drywall, painting and finishing. Interior doors, trims, and flooring have been ordered, and cabinets are in production and scheduled for installation. Our clients have been diligent with their finishing decisions, and as such, appliances have been confirmed and ordered, the interior stairway design has been completed and materials ordered, and lighting has been ordered. Final details are being ironed out for bath fixtures, mirrors, custom shower doors and closets.

      Outside, metal roofing with torch on and snow stops has been completed. So too have soffits and gutters (complete with leaf guards), as well as Hardieplank siding.

      Moving forward, exterior masonry products have been ordered and install scheduled. The lower and entry concrete decks have been prepared with rebar, and stamped concrete scheduled. Mirage deck screens have been measured and ordered. A propane tank with WiFi order notification has been ordered, and a location established and prepped for install.

      Towards the lake, our staff have been working with landscapers and Ministry of Environment officials to improve beach access and establish a lot landscape design. Retaining natural rocks walls are already complete, as it is the septic system.

      Our noses will be to the grindstone over the next couple of months to deliver this outstanding home to their new owners by October.



    • Big Jobs...and Small!

      July 28, 2019

      Copper Island Fine Homes has a reputation for building the area’s largest and most luxurious homes. But that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy small projects as well—from renovations to garages and toy sheds, which is exactly what we’re building for Calgarians who have a summer home in Scotch Creek.

      The clients were hoping to have a storage building constructed in time for the fall, and the modest size of the project meant that were able to fit them into our busy schedule.

      The project kicked off with zoning reviews and permit applications. We then located a suitable shop plan and arranged for some custom modifications.

      Recently, we completed the excavation and poured footings for the projects. Foundation walls will be next, followed by framing. Garage doors, windows and exterior door have been ordered, as have metal roofing and siding.

      In addition to providing storage for boats and recreational vehicles, the attic of the structure will also provide additional storage, thanks to specially-designed trusses and a 12 foot access ladder.

      We’ll have no problem having the building completed in time for the clients to bring their toys in for this winter.

    • Mission Accomplished!

      July 23, 2019

      Our thanks to all staff and sub-trades for their superb, above-and-beyond effort to bring a challenging project to completion on schedule last week.

      The project was an extensive renovation of an existing home located near the Cinnemousun Narrows, beyond the end of Eagle Bay Road. The site has been extremely difficult to access, particularly throughout the winter and spring months. Our crews have had to push past this access challenge on a daily basis in order to bring the renovation to completion for our clients by July 19th.

      The final few weeks have seen a whirlwind of activity. Outside, we’ve had lots of equipment on site to rehabilitate the access road and excavate the front yard in preparation for the new septic field. Landscapers have also been on site discussing options and scheduling. We’ve also worked hard to complete the lower deck, install a hot tub, and complete a beautiful outdoor sauna. Work has also been completed on the upper deck. Siding, soffits and gutters have also been finished.

      Inside, all electrical and plumbing finishing was successfully completed. Cabinet and countertop installs were also accomplished on schedule. Hardwood and other flooring installs wrapped up, as did all finish carpentry. Closets, wall bed installation, and final painting was subsequently completed.

      All of this was capped off with our trademark final cleaning in preparation for hand over to our clients, who are relocating from Europe.

      “The location of this renovation, combined with some wetter than normal weather this spring, made this project a daily challenge for our staff and crews,” says Greg Vistisen, Copper Island Fine Homes CEO. “Despite this, we all worked together and pushed hard to bring this renovation largely to completion, on time. We’ll have a few finishing touches and upgrades to complete over the coming weeks, but thanks to the dedication of our staff and sub-trades, we’ve again accomplished our mission of delivering a quality renovation on time, and on budget.”



    • Doing It Right!

      June 28, 2019

      Recently, one of Blind Bay’s most iconic waterfront homes was sold. During the sale process, inspection determined a number of deficiencies in the home, which was constructed relatively recently by a Kelowna builder. The purchasers, who are from Edmonton, asked Copper Island Fine Homes to undertake the renovation and have it ready for the summer. We have largely completed the project and it will be ready for occupancy on time.

      One of the main issues was a poorly constructed rear deck. Inspection turned up significant water damage and rot within the structure. Our remediation involved removed the decking, and this revealed sub-par waterproofing material with holes in it. We then removed the deck joists. The extent of the damage we observed prompted us to obtain a structural engineering prescription. Once in place, we rebuilt the deck posts and beams, and installed a custom-made steel deck beam bracket to properly carry the load. We then added a two-ply torch-on membrane, and resurfaced the entire deck with beautiful stamped concrete.

      We also remediated rotten deck stairs, removed and replaced deck railings, and replaced rotten wood soffiting under the deck with aluminum soffit.

      Other improvements included repainting HardiePlank siding and trims, bringing caulking up to code to prevent exterior penetrations, improving the main floor master bedroom and living room south-facing window glass with low-e product, repairing drywall and repainting the entire interior of the main house and carriage house above garage, repairing finishing trims, updating home automation and audio and television systems, sheeting the boat house storage walls with G1S plywood, removing moss from roof and cleaning gutters, improving gutter and downspout locations to remove water damage to siding, building a cedar fence between neighbours for privacy, reviewing all mechanical systems and repairing as necessary, adding lake water filtration system after potable water testing determined it to be necessary, and upgrading the security system with current technology and cameras.

      This beautiful home is now in the condition you’d expect it to be in, but the extent and scope of the required renovations underscores the importance of building it right in the first place.

    • Good Weather, Great Progress

      June 22, 2019

      An energy-efficient lakefront home in Eagle Bay is on our front burner as we move into the summer construction season.

      One of the reasons that the owners of this beautiful home selected Copper Island Fine Homes is that we’re the only Shuswap builder certified in all aspects of building green and energy efficiency. Their quest was to have a new home that would incorporate high efficiency windows, geothermal heating with steam humidification, heat recovery ventilation, solar panels, and other green features. We’ve been only too happy to make their dreams come true.

      We’ve now completed wrapping the house wrap in preparation for exterior finishing, which will incorporate Lux steel siding and soffits. Use of this incredibly strong and durable cladding material required sheer wall engineering using plywood sheeting in order to stiffen up the exterior walls.

      A decision has been made to modify the plans and expand the deck, and we’re in the process of pouring new deck post footings to facilitate this. Once the deck has been expanded, we’ll be installing a gorgeous outdoor fireplace.

      We’ll also soon be pouring the garage slab, once it has been prepped for radiant heat and drywall is complete. The house has been insulated and boarded, and taping is now underway.

      Watch for more updates soon. This home is scheduled for completion in early fall, so it’s all hands on deck!

    • A Strong Foundation

      June 12, 2019

      Just as we’re bringing several homes to a conclusion, we’re also sinking our teeth into several new projects. One of those is in McArthur Heights, where we’ve resumed work in earnest on a stunning West Coast contemporary home that will offer outstanding views of the Shuswap Lake looking west. Prior to road bans, our crews worked hard to pour the home’s foundation, allowing the concrete to cure to virtually full strength prior to additional work commencing. Now, with road bans removed, we’ve been able to truck materials to the job site and get on with the work of preparing the foundation for framing.

      Perimeter drains have been installed, and all slab areas for the garage, basement, lower deck and driveway have been filled and compacted with engineered backfill materials. We’ve also trucked in some fill material and placed it on the outside of the lower deck on the lake side to improve walkability around house. The lot will also feature a rock retaining wall, and we’ve now added drain rock and filter cloth at its location and are awaiting backfilling. More rock from onsite excavation has been relocated to form future retaining of the upper bank.

      The septic system design and location have been approved by the Ministry of Health, and work will commence on that this month.

      In the basement, underground plumbing and radon prevention will also begin shortly. Our clients are also reviewing the pros and cons of installing a radiant floor heat system in the basement slab and a decision will be made shortly.

      Watch for updates as construction of this fine home continues throughout the summer months.

    • Final Push in Eagle Bay

      June 04, 2019

      It’s all hands on deck as we bring a very special home to completion in Eagle Bay.

      The project, which we were entrusted with by clients who are relocating from Kelowna, has involved thoroughly modernizing an existing lakefront home—and adding some 2,400 additional square feet of newly constructed living space. The end result is shaping up to be a thoughtful and stunning blend of old and new, tailored to our clients’ needs and desires.

      Our crews are working hard to complete the home by mid-June.

      Outside, we’ve done extensive landscaping. New side and rear retaining walls are complete, and in the days ahead, we’ll be completing the front retaining walls, as well as installing pavers in the carport. On the deck, we’ve just completed the custom wood soffiting, which looks stunning. Aluminum deck stairs are in production and will be installed next week. We’ll also be completing stonework on all posts and columns.

      Inside, cabinet counter tops have been installed. Tile flooring is complete in all bathrooms, laundry, entry and fireplace, and hardwood is also nearing completion. Carpet is also being currently being installed. The fireplace wall stone has been installed, and the custom ensuite shower is complete. Closet hardware has been completed, interior doors are being installed, baseboards and window casings are completed, and final painting and touchups are underway. The pièce de résistance is the custom stairway connecting the first and second floors—offsite construction is complete and installation will commence shortly.

      The entire jobsite is a whirlwind of activity, and it’s amazing to see all of our employees and subtrades bring a project of this magnitude to completion with such skill and professionalism. Our thanks to all those who have been involved in this amazing project.




    • Energy Efficiency in Eagle Bay

      May 25, 2019

      Copper Island Fine Homes is the only Shuswap builder that is certified in all aspects of building green and energy efficient homes, and we’re bringing all of our hard-won expertise to the job as we continue construction of this stunning lakefront home in Eagle Bay.

      Our clients, who are Canadians currently living in Qatar, wanted to ensure their home incorporated the maximum number of energy efficient features into their dream home. High efficiency windows, geothermal heating with steam humidification and heat recovery ventilation, and solar panels are just a few of the features that will yield dividends for our clients for years to come.

      We’re making excellent progress on the project. The house has now been completed to lock-up stage, allowing for completion of rough-ins for HVAC and plumbing. We’re also nearing completion of electrical and security system rough-ins. Rough-ins have also been completed for the home’s extensive automation features. All of this is allowing us to move forward into the insulation phase, which will be closely followed by drywall.

      Outside, septic tanks have been installed and backfilled, and we’re preparing to move forward with rock retaining walls and other landscaping.

      “This is an exciting project for all of us,” says Greg Vistisen, Copper Island Fine Homes CEO. “Obviously, it’s hugely exciting for our clients, who are incredibly well-informed about energy efficiency. But it’s also a superb project for all of us here at Copper Island Fine Homes, including our staff and all of the various sub-trades who work with us. More and more, we find ourselves building for clients who demand various energy efficiency and automation features, but it’s not often when we all get to build a home that makes such extensive use of all the very latest technologies. That’s why this job-site is such a pleasure to visit—everyone working here gets a great opportunity to bring so many aspects of their green building training to the fore.”

      The home is scheduled for completion in early fall.



    • Anglemont Lakefront on Schedule

      May 15, 2019

      Better weather has arrived, and it’s allowing us to make great progress with all of the 13 projects we have underway, including this custom West Coast home that we’re building on the North Shore. With framing largely concluded, we can now begin visualizing the finished space—and enjoying the spectacular lake view this home will offer the owners when complete.

      Some of the progress we’ve made to date with this home includes backfilling the foundation, construction of natural rock retaining walls, and finishing the driveway grade in preparation for concrete. The waterproof roofing membrane has been installed, and metal roofing plus snow stops are now scheduled. Windows and exterior doors are also on site and currently being installed.

      In the basement, the lower floor underground plumbing, radon rock, vapour barrier, R14 slab insulation, radiant heat piping (see photos) have all been installed, and concrete has now been poured.

      Our clients have been extremely diligent choosing finishes, which helps immensely in terms of keeping the project on track. Outside, garage doors have been ordered and are scheduled for install after the drywall has been installed in the garage. Siding material is on order, as is vinyl decking and masonry materials. Inside, the fireplace has been confirmed and ordered. So too have plumbing fixtures, with plumbing installation beginning next week. Light fixtures, cabinets, appliances and finishing trims have all been chosen and ordered as well.

      Occupancy for this stunning home is scheduled for October, and given the combined team effort from the clients, our staff and our sub-trades, we anticipate having no problem meeting the deadline.