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    • 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.

    • Eagle Bay Waterfront Retaining

      September 02, 2017
      Retaining wall forming is well underway on this Eagle Bay waterfront residence after receiving approvals from the CSRD and Ministry of Environment for work within the Riparian zone. Existing failed retaining walls were removed, along with outdated septic tanks and failing concrete deck stairs.

      Septic treatment plant installation with field time dosing system is underway and relocated further from its original near lake location. Sub-surface rock is posing challenges for the install crews and hydrology engineers are on site reviewing options.

      Steel beams have finished production and awaiting pickup for future install to replace lower lakeside aged decking. Structural engineering and steel beam construction allow for improved deck space with cantilever over lakeside retaining walls.

      Future work includes replacement of upper lakeside decking and rails, new roofing, fascia, soffits and gutters plus asphalt drive, concrete walks and entry stairs.

    • Scotch Creek Waterfront Mechanicals

      September 02, 2017
      Hats off to the sub-trades, designer, our crew plus Bill and Ina for maintaining a positive and effective construction environment. Not only are the mechanical installations professional in both appearance and design, their installation was performed in such an efficient manner that  our construction schedule is now back on track after having lost several weeks to winter weather and permitting challenges.

      Enviroslate roofing with snow stops are completed. Custom Douglas Fir stained beams are in place, both inside and out. Siding materials are in shipping. Specialty Douglas Fir vertical grain soffits and 3 step Fascia are in production, as are matching interior ceiling Douglas Fir roofing.

      Hydronic floor heating installations are completed on the upper floor with concrete topping scheduled for this upcoming week. Bosch boiler for in floor heating and indirect water heater for domestic water are installed. Future installs include main floor completion and exterior concrete decking for winter ice control.

      2 Hi Velocity Lennox blower units with cooling and hot water heating coils are completed, integrated with a 5 zone forced air system for increased comfort and efficiency. Ventilation includes 9 low sone bath fans for quiet operation, Lennox Heat Recovery Ventilator for improved air quality, and 2 Desert Springs evaporative humidifiers.

      Plumbing pipe with fixture rough-ins are completed, including whole house water filtration, ultraviolet disinfection, reverse osmosis, dedicated hot water re-circulation zones, cast iron piping drain sound dampening and Sun Pack deck heaters. Shower floor joists have been modified for level entry.

      A Majestic Design see through wood burning fireplace with gas log lighter in the great room is completed, along with a master bedroom gas burning Valor. Roof chimney chase is complete for a future lower entry deck wood burning fireplace, which is currently in production.

      Home Automation rough-in is completed, including Control 4 network, Tekmar heating and cooling integration, Dolby Atmos home entertainment with 120" acoustically transparent 4K screen, smart light programming and zoned sound for inside and out.

      Electrical and Security rough-in wiring is nearing completion and finalizes prior to month's end and includes a whole house back up generator with auto transfer and gas backup. Gutter snow melt system to follow.

      Hybrid Drive elevator rough-in is completed and in use assisting the crews with gear and people movement over 3 floors. What a treat!

      Design planning is underway with AutoCad custom curved stairs and specialty interior wood finishing. 

      Custom metal clad wood windows are in production, along with custom doors, with expected arrival and installation early October after drywall installation.

      Natural Stone installation to start shortly, both inside and out, and includes significant exterior siding, decks, fireplace chimney chases and interior curved stair wall and fireplaces.

      Structural Engineering and Quality Control inspections are on-going in anticipation of closed cell spray foam application.

    • Scotch Creek Waterfront Demolition

      August 25, 2017
      Demolition is well underway on this Scotch Creek waterfront modular home removal.

      Building Permits have been obtained from the CSRD, along with Development Permits, which have included extensive planning and site surveys for riparian, hydrology, septic, archaeology and geotechnical engineering.

      Final house plans are complete for a contemporary 1864 SF rancher on crawlspace with attached garage.

      Recent site meetings with home-owners, excavation, landscaping and retaining walls have helped conceptualize future house and yard layouts.

      Underground water line boring is scheduled, along with installation of a new water pump and decommissioning of an existing water well.