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    • 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      The clients wanted to rebuild at the site of their existing outdated home.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.


    • 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!