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.
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."
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.
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.
In the last few years, West Coast design has really caught on in the Shuswap and North Okanagan. Here at Copper Island Fine Homes, we find ourselves building more and more of these contemporary styled homes. Here's yet another example -- a stunning waterfront home that we've started construction on in Anglemont for clients from the Lower Mainland.
After obtaining a riparian assessment and CSRD permitting, we dug the foundation for this approximately 3,000 square foot, two level home late in November. The custom design will allow us to blend the decks and lower floor to match the terrain and build as close to the lake as we are permitted to.
The home features expansive decks, both covered and uncovered, along with a huge 650 square foot garage that's complete with its own Tesla charging station. Metal clad windows, custom maple cabinets, smooth slab interior doors, in-floor heating in the bathrooms, and a combination of HardiePlank and cultured stone exterior are just some of the design highlights of the home.
Our crews will work to bring the home to lockup by early winter, with the goal of being able to begin rough-ins and finishing through the late winter and early spring. Completion is scheduled for August 2019. Watch for updates as work proceeds. Our thanks to the clients for allowing us to build their Shuswap dream!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.