One of our autumn projects is an update of an existing waterfront home in Celista, on the Shuswap’s North Shore.
As far as renovations go, it’s a major one. It began with demolition of much of the existing structure, which has made way for new framing, addition of an upper floor loft, installation of new HVAC, plumbing and electrical, and much more.
Weather is always a concern at this time of the year. Our priority is have the entire revamped structure sealed and waterproofed prior to the arrival of anything resembling snow and cold. We recently gained a week on our schedule by adding staff to the project during the teardown phase. Framing is now underway, with expectation that roof trusses will be up and sheeted within two weeks with full crew support on site. Naturally, trusses and beams are ordered.
Our structural engineer has been on site and approved the existing foundation’s ability to support new upper roof loads. He will return for framing inspections at the mechanical stage.
Once the roof is on, our team will return to basement to add newly relocated stair footings in order to adjust the stair location, and we’ll also be changing the entry door access from the front to the side of the house.
Beautiful Loewen metal clad windows with wood stain grade interiors are on order, along with 12-foot stacking lakeside patio doors that will open up the entire indoors to the decks in good weather.
Appliances are confirmed and ordered, along with kitchen cabinetry. Exterior siding selections are confirmed--HardiePlank, shingles, decking, railings, and masonry (Pangea Ledgestone). Interior finishing selections for flooring, lighting, finishing trims, and fireplace masonry have also been completed.
Site reports indicate that the neighbours have been excited to watch the progress, and also pleased that we delayed construction until the end of summer!
One of our current projects is this impressive West Coast style home in MacArthur Heights. The home faces the lake looking west, and the views are absolutely mesmerizing.
Currently, we're at lockup stage and are preparing to move into the finishing stages. Recent progress includes installation of windows and construction door sets, strapping installed under the deck in preparation for soffits, finishing of basement concrete floor, framing of lower floor interior walls and main floor stairs, Duradek installation, and completion of waterproof roofing membrane in preparation for custom metal roofing installation.
Siding and soffit selections are confirmed with a mix of HardiePlank, HardiePanel, and aluminum and Lux metal soffits with select wood beam accents. Rough-ins are underway for HVAC (which includes radiant slab heat in the basement), and plumbing. Electrical rough-ins will begin shortly.
Critical finishing decisions have been made by our clients, including fireplaces, flooring, cabinets, lighting, countertops, finishing trims, interior doors and hardware, overhead garage door, and paint choices.
The septic tank and field have installed, and the garage floor has been prepped with rebar and 6 mil vapor barrier (above and beyond BC Building Code requirements) in preparation for slab install and finishing.
The entire project is on-time for February completion. Stay tuned for more details.
It’s always nice when colleagues from the construction industry choose you to do some work for them. That was the case recently when a couple from Jasper, who have a significant amount of construction experience, asked us to update their family Celista waterfront summer home after hearing good things about our reputation and seeing some of our homes.
The photos below show how the home looked prior to us getting started a couple of weeks ago, and what the finished product will look like.
We started with WCB asbestos testing and remediation. Fortunately, we ended up with only minor remediation work involving some old vinyl tiles.
Last week, with building permits in place and plans finalized, we proceeded with demolition. Once complete, we will confirm point loads for a new roof and enlarged windows. We’ll also move forward with site assessments for upgraded HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and fireplaces.
Then we’ll commence re-framing the main floor, adding a new upper floor loft, improving access through new front door, opening up the main floor interior with basement stair relocation, enhancing lake views with larger windows, and improving curb appeal from street as well as the lake.
Metal-clad stained Loewen wood windows are on order, as is a shaker-style, fir grain, stained exterior door. Down the road, we’ll be installing maple shaker-style cabinets with quartz counter tops, vertical grain fir closet shelving, new posts and beams, new stair railings, and a wood-burning main floor Renaissance Rumford fireplace. A high efficiency Lennox propane furnace with heat pump will also provide warmth and comfort in all seasons.
Look for more updates as this project continues into the fall.
We're making excellent progress on new shop and storage building in Celista for clients from Alberta. We squeezed the project into our busy summer schedule so that the property owners would have storage space for their boat and toys this coming winter.
Our foreman, Dean Friesen, reports that the shop's roof and walls have been sheeted, and the metal roofing can now be installed.
In the last few days, rebar and poly were installed, and subsequently the concrete slab was poured and polished. Sealer was then applied, and control cuts were then completed.
Our electrical subcontractor completed the rough ins prior to the slab being poured, and that's allowing us to proceed with insulation and drywall beginning as soon as possible. The overhead doors and exterior door have been ordered, and we'll be installing those as soon as they arrive on site.
All of this means we're now ahead of schedule on this project, and that's good news, as we'll be able to deliver the final product well in time to allow the clients to bring their toys in for this winter.
We’re closing in on the home stretch with an exquisite, energy efficient lakefront home in Eagle Bay that we started last winter.
When we say energy efficient, we truly mean it: our clients, who are moving here from overseas, have asked us to build one of the most incredibly technologically-advanced home that we’ve ever had the privilege of building. It’s an opportunity for us to once again apply much of our hard-won green building knowledge, as more and more new home owners are concerned about self-sufficiency in the future.
High efficiency windows, geothermal heating, heat recovery ventilation, and solar power are just some of the innovative features of this home.
Outside, we now have the entire home scaffolded in order to complete the HardiPlank siding and soffiting. A state-of-the-art water system with new lake pump and pressure tank are now operational, and septic tank and field are currently being completed. Our masonry trades are currently installing Brown Rundle Ledgestone on feature walls and pillars, and deck phantom screen track panels have been integrated into the stone pillars for future seamless install on the upper and rear deck portions.
Inside, we’re working hard to complete flooring, plumbing finishing, base and case, and a stunning main floor living room ceiling wood feature. The first round of interior painting is complete, with our painters now starting the second round with spray-painted trims and second coat for wall colours.
Hard work and superb commitment from our staff and sub-trades have allowed us to make up for a couple of lost weeks due to harsh conditions in the winter and spring. We’re now confident that we’ll achieve the occupancy date set for early November.
A final note: we’re told that this is an amazing homesite viewed from the lake, as confirmed by the many “oohs and aahs” from boaters who pass by each day!
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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.