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    • Lakeview Log Gem

      April 29, 2019

      One of several projects we’re bringing to completion this spring is a contemporary log dwelling, being constructed in Cedar Heights with magnificent views of the Shuswap Lake.

      Construction of this three story home is slightly behind schedule due to cold weather and challenges experienced by the homeowners, who are from the Lower Mainland, in terms of choosing products and finishing touches. This can be a very difficult process for many clients, particularly with larger homes being built for retirement...perfection is always the goal, and that requires planning and hard work! We’re happy to say that we’ve all been making progress and we’re now moving forward at a comfortable pace with the finishing process.

      A home of this type requires structural framing engineering reviews. We’re pleased but not surprised to report that we’ve completed and passed these reviews with flying colours.

      Currently, custom wood windows have been installed, along with temporary exterior construction doors. Electrical rough-in is well underway, and wood burning and gas fireplaces have been installed. The metal standing seam roof is complete, including a rear turret copper roofing upgrade. Sunroom glass panels are on order, while structural panel supports are in place as well as custom fir beams. A two-ply torch-on subdeck with flashing has been installed, and we’re now waiting for road ban removal in order to pour and finish the stamped concrete deck.

      This home features an incredibly efficient geothermal heating and cooling system. The vertical drilling is now complete and the interior system installed.

      All interior bathroom walls have been prepped with slip plates for future cabinetry installs (cabinets install over slip plates which allow for log settlement over time). Plumbers have been scheduled and fixtures ordered, including jetted tubs. A three-story dumb waiter has also been installed.

      We also just completed the interior and exterior log sandblasting, and staining is now underway.

      This has been a gratifying project to lead—one that’s really allowed us to grow our expertise into some new areas. We’re grateful to the clients for allowing us to build their retirement dream home.

    • Ambitious Project Nearing Completion

      April 13, 2019

      Better weather means a drier, cleaner building site, and that’s allowing us to make great progress with a unique project we’re now bringing to a close in Eagle Bay.

      The project, which we started last fall, involves renovating and adding significant new living space to existing summer lakefront home that was no longer meeting our clients’ needs. In addition to modernizing the existing structure, we’ve added 2,400 square feet of living space through new construction.

      In the original section of the home, mechanical upgrades, drywall repairs, and window and door replacements are now complete. Meanwhile, painting in the new section of the home is nearing completion. Finishing materials (stairs, trims and beams) and interior doors are now onsite awaiting installation. Flooring tile is underway, while cabinets are scheduled for install on April 24.

      Outside, aluminum soffits for the majority of the home are complete, while stained cedar engineered soffits for the lakeside of the home have been ordered and will be installed upon delivery. Duradek install is complete, and a number of unique exterior finishing touches are underway, including custom deck posts with tapered smart trim, and custom checker plate aluminum deck stairs.

      Septic system installation is also underway, and one complete, work will begin on landscaping and Allan Block retaining walls. The challenging integration from the existing access road to a new driveway with adequate turnaround space is also in progress.

      We’re happy to report that we’re on schedule for end-of-May delivery. What’s made this project such a pleasure to work on is the complete, hands-on involvement of our clients, who are relocating from Kelowna. Our thanks to them for allowing Copper Island to build their Shuswap dream.

    • The Sounds of Spring

      April 05, 2019

      Birds chirping, boats on the lake, people out gardening and walking, and of course, hammers and saws: these are all the sounds of spring in the Shuswap.

      Each year, when the snow and cold finally recede, there’s always a brief window of opportunity for us to pour foundations for the year’s slate of new home projects. The timing is critical--if we wait too long, we miss the chance to deliver concrete and other heavy materials to our jobs, given the inevitable road bans that the government imposes during the critical thaw period. Naturally, failing to pour new foundations during this time can jeopardize the entire building schedule, so we’re very diligent and focused on deadlines at this time of the year.

      That’s certainly been the case with this beautiful new home we’ve commenced in MacArthur Heights for clients relocating from the Lower Mainland. Our diligent, hardworking foundation crew did an outstanding job working through extreme weather conditions on a challenging lot. The result was that we were able to pour and subsequently strip the home’s foundation walls. However, February’s extreme -20 degree cold snap did set us back somewhat, preventing us from our goal of having the foundation back-filled prior to road bans. Our goal is to make up for lost time when we are finally able to move machinery and materials onsite later in the spring.

      Behind the scenes, our clients are currently meeting with our interior design team to start selections for plumbing fixtures, cabinets, appliances, stairwell design, windows and doors. Exterior selections are primarily complete. We’re also busy planning with the excavations necessary for septic system and retaining walls.

      When complete, this West Coast contemporary home will offer outstanding west-facing Shuswap lake views. We’ve been particularly gratified to hear from neighbourhood walkers, who have repeatedly commented about how nicely the foundation fits on the lot.

    • McArthur Heights Wrap Up

      March 29, 2019

      In our business, few things are more satisfying than seeing a project come together at the end of the building process, with the result being a beautiful new home completed on-schedule for happy and satisfied clients.

      That's certainly been the case this month for Copper Island Fine Homes staff and sub-trades, as we've worked hard together to put the finishing touches on a this beautiful walkout basement rancher in MacArthur Heights.

      When you view the finished product, it's easy to be hypnotized by the incredible views offered from inside and outside of the Shuswap Lake, Blind Bay, and the distant horizon. But you can't forget about all the details and finishing that make this home the spectacular beauty that it is. Inside, the custom cabinetry, beautiful cable stair railings and stained hand-hewn beams are just a few of the outstanding features. Outside is just as impressive: stained fir beams, custom deck metal posts with cable railing, 18” x 18” deck pavers, an Alan Block retaining wall, and Rocky Mountain Prostack Ledgestone cultured stone combined with HardiPlank all contribute to make this home incredible.

      Our clients have been extensively engaged during the entire construction process, and their contributions can't be understated when it comes to the underlying reasons for this build's success. Our thanks to them for allowing us to build their Shuswap dream.

    • Making Hay in Anglemont

      March 19, 2019

      As farmers are fond of saying, the best time to make hay is when the sun is shining. In the house construction industry, we also like to take advantage of good weather. That's certainly the case at the beautiful new lakefront home we're working on in Anglemont, on the Shuswap's North Shore.

      With the frigid temperatures of February behind us, we've completed foundation backfilling and radon protection, and we've also been able to complete the subfloor in the sunny weather.

      We're also well into the selections process with our clients. Windows and doors have been chosen and ordered, as have the garage doors. Plumbing fixtures have also been selected, and we're getting close to finalizing cabinetry and appliance selections. And we're also very close to making final selections with flooring.

      Our clients are also making last minute decisions regarding heating and ventilation choices, and are considering upgrading to a lower floor radiant heat system -- an excellent way to keep a basement warm and cozy during the cooler winter months.

      Meanwhile, we've finished drilling out our lake water piping system. A septic design has been finalized, and installation will commence when the snow melts and ground conditions allow.

      This home, located in a spectacular Shuswap setting, should be completed on time this summer. Our thanks to our clients for allowing us to build their Shuswap dream!


    • Wrapping Up in the Highlands

      March 05, 2019

      As we move into a long-awaited spring, we're pleased to bring another project close to completion. Located in the The Highlands subdivision of Shuswap Lake Estates, the home is moving into final finishing stages, with completion date on schedule.

      The walk-out basement home features approximately 3,000 square feet of living space. It boasts a three-car garage, along with two oversized decks that offer superb views of the Shuswap Lake and Copper Island.

      The majority of our new homes are built with the owners not yet relocated to the area. This has been a refreshing change from that--the clients, who are retiring from Langley, have been renting a property locally, and have been watching and involved in every stage of construction.

      Currently, we're in the process of interior painting and finishing, and better weather is also allowing us to proceed with installation of masonry stone on the indoor and outdoor fireplaces. With cabinets already installed, flooring will begin soon, as will electrical fixture installation and all of the remaining finishing touches that bring a home to completion.

      This project has been a pleasure to undertake, thanks in large part to the vision and support of the clients. Welcome to the Shuswap!


    • Flexibility Key to Anglemont Waterfront

      February 18, 2019

      Recently, we started construction of West Coast style walkout basement home on the North Shore for two clients from Vancouver who have had a summer home on the Shuswap for many years.

      The plans called for a generous nine foot basement, but when excavation for the foundation began, we quickly encountered poor soil conditions. As always, our commitment to quality dictates building on only the most stable of soil conditions. We put our heads together with the clients and quickly came up with a solution: over-excavating until we hit stable, natural soil, and increasing the height of the foundation to maintain maximum main floor in order to maximize the view and retain a level driveway.

      The new 12 foot foundation required an engineering prescription for strengthening through the use of larger and more frequent intervals of rebar reinforcing, which was quickly obtained. The only other change necessary was to modify the interior stairwell. The ceiling height in the basement will result in a very spacious, light-filled lower level.

      All of this was quickly and flexibly achieved, with the end result being little change in schedule--the goal is to finish the home in time for the clients to enjoy some use in the summer and fall.

      Work on the foundation has finished, and framing is underway. Currently, we're working with the clients to finalize all interior and exterior finishes--cabinets, flooring, fireplaces, and stair railings inside; windows, siding and trim colours outside.

      Below you can see a photo of the foundation forming, along with artists renderings of the plan from front and back.


    • Energy Efficiency in Eagle Bay

      February 06, 2019

      Here at Copper Island Fine Homes, we find ourselves building more and more homes for clients who are wisely concerned about maximizing energy efficiency, green technologies, and sustainability. An excellent example of this can be found in a luxurious lakefront home that we've been busy working on in Eagle Bay this winter.

      Our clients, who are currently living overseas in Doha, have done an amazing amount of homework, and we're only too happy to transform their energy efficiency ambitions into reality. The final result will be one of the most technologically-advanced homes we've ever had the privilege of building.

      Some of the green features of this spacious, west coast-style home include Innotech Defender series high efficiency windows, geothermal heating with steam humidification and heat recovery ventilation, solar panels, under-slab radiant garage heat, and a backup 20 Kw generator powered by propane.

      Currently, we're working hard despite the cold weather to finish framing and get back on schedule after demolition of the existing house and trade delays caused delays. Our staff and sub-trades are doing an amazing job, and we've just finished roof sheeting and deck covering in preparation to lock up and begin our rough-ins.

      The home isn't just about efficiency--it will also have many luxury features as part of its internal and external finishing.

      "Years ago, Copper Island Fine Homes made a considerable investment in various energy efficiency trade certifications," says Greg Vistisen, President and CEO of Copper Island Fine Homes. "We're the only builder to date to have achieved many of those certifications, and they're paying off handsomely because many clients now clearly see the value of green building. As we move on, more clients will want to incorporate energy efficiency as a matter of course--and we're the only builders who can expertly deliver in this growing area."


    • McArthur Heights Completion

      January 25, 2019

      The mild winter has made it a little easier for our crews to stay within deadlines as we juggle a full workload. A great example of that is this beautiful walkout home we're putting the finishing touches on as we prepare for an on-schedule, late-March occupancy.

      Inside, our finishers have completed base, case and window liners, with painting also wrapping up. Cabinets have been installed and await counter tops. Flooring is also in the process of being installed, as have some of the home's more creative features, including the beautiful cable stair railings and stained hand-hewn beams.

      Outside, we're preparing for installation of stained fir beams, custom deck metal posts with cable railing, 18” x 18” deck pavers, an Alan Block retaining wall, and Rocky Mountain Prostack Ledgestone--which will also be used on the fireplace inside.

      Our clients have been extensively engaged and involved in the selection processes, and their excellent communication and enthusiasm makes it that much more satisfying for us to move towards completion of their beautiful new Shuswap home.


    • West Coast View in McArthur Heights

      December 28, 2018

      One of our final housing starts for 2018 was this a custom-designed West Coast walkout rancher in the beautiful McArthur Heights subdivision.

      The main floor of the home, which we're building for clients from the Lower Mainland, features 1,294 square feet of living space along with an oversized 640 square foot oversized garage. The lower level has an additional of 1,543 square feet of living space and a 215 storage area.

      One of the main challenges with this home is the relatively steeply-sloped lot. We applied for and obtained a CSRD steep slopes permit, and then proceeded with a rough-in driveway in preparation for excavation in mid-November. At that point, we discovered a significant amount of rock and therefore brought in an experienced blasting crew to create a suitable home site. With blasting done, we were finally able to proceed with foundation work, which has recently been completed and framing started.

      Like our other McArthur Heights projects, the finished home will feature stunning westerly views across Shuswap Lake to the mountains beyond. We'll be working hard throughout the winter and spring to have this outstanding home completed for our clients by this summer.