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    • Locking Up In Celista

      October 12, 2019

      As fall and winter approaches, we’re busy on the North Shore locking up one of fall projects so that we can begin rough-ins out of the weather.

      This project is an extensive update of an existing waterfront home in Celista. It all started with demolition of much of the existing structure, followed by framing of new walls and a new upper floor loft.

      Our crews have been working overtime to get the roof on in preparation for windows, doors, slabs and, eventually service rough-ins. Roof trusses, sheathing and roofing have all been completed, thanks to a great effort from our crew – our crane truck was unable to reach the roof, so all the trusses were manually loaded.

      Meanwhile, our masonry crew has completed its estimating and product has been ordered. Once siding has been completed, the masonry work will commence.

      We’re happy to report that rough-ins are now underway for new plumbing, electrical and HVAC. Recently, our clients, who are from Alberta, arrived for a walk-through a full two weeks ahead of schedule. Judging by predictions of a harsh winter, this is a good thing. Better safe than sorry (and cold and wet).

    • Hi Tech in the Hills

      October 04, 2019

      A Copper Island lakefront home in Eagle Bay is nearing completion – and we believe it’s one of the most amazing projects we’ve had the pleasure to work on. The reason is the lengths that our clients have gone to in order to have a an energy-efficient, built-green home. High efficiency windows, geothermal heating, heat recovery ventilation, and solar power have all been included as part of this build, which we started last winter.

      As we move closer to completion, we now have the lion’s share of the exterior completed. This includes the stunning rock-cladded posts and the outdoor fireplace on the main deck facing the lake. Inside, all the crown moulding has been installed in the kitchen, and our installer will be painting it on site Monday. An entertainment centre in the basement is currently underway, and our electricians have also completed the bulk of the lighting finishing. Painting is also close to completion.

      As you can see from the photos below, cabinetry installs are well underway, and we’re close to having the granite countertops installed. Appliances are scheduled for a mid-month delivery, and bedroom closets are also now being installed.

      Our plumbers are also back onsite installing all the showers, toilets and fixtures. We’ll look forward to showing you more photos of this after completion in November.

    • Log Home with Views

      September 30, 2019

      Work continues steadily on a contemporary log home in Cedar Heights. When completed, this unique and spacious three-story home will provide the owners, who are from the Lower Mainland, with magnificent views of the Shuswap Lake and Copper Island.

      The home features an incredibly efficient geothermal heating and cooling system, which has been completed and is ready for operation.

      Currently, with drywall completed, we’re hoping to begin the interior finishing stages. There are many choices and decisions to be made in a project of this magnitude, and our clients are finalizing painting, flooring, interior doors, closets, door and trim stains selections. Cabinet colors and wood species have been selected and installation is scheduled.

      Outside, the siding, soffits and log staining are largely complete. The concrete deck concrete has been prepped with rebar and torch-on membrane in preparation for pouring and finishing of coloured stamped concrete. Exterior concrete post details have also been prepped and scheduled for pouring.

      We’re working hard to get our clients into their luxurious new home by the end of February.

    • Home Stretch on the North Shuswap

      September 25, 2019

      As we transition from summer to fall, we’re making good progress on this beautiful West Coast home on the North Shore. We’re into the final stages of finishing, and hope to deliver the final product to our clients well ahead of winter weather.

      Drywall boarding, mudding and sanding has been completed, allowing us to proceed with painting on both floors. Cabinetry and flooring installations are both on the schedule for the next few weeks. Interior doors and finishing trims are currently in production and we expect delivery any time. Light fixtures are also expected any day, which will allow to complete the electrical finishing. Closets have been measured, and installation will take place after the flooring finalizes.

      Outside, the HardiPlank siding is complete, and the exterior masonry stone is 75 percent complete. Deck screens have been measured and are in production. Side-mounted glass deck railings are also in production and will be installed shortly. Garage doors are onsite and scheduled for install as soon as the masonry work is completed.

      Septic tank and field have been installed, along with driveway rock retraining walls. A comprehensive landscaping plan is currently being finalized, and work will commence shortly.

      We are still a few weeks behind schedule due to winter weather and challenging site conditions, but we’re working hard to catch up.

      With its lake views and its stunning design and finishing, this is truly an outstanding home—one that we look forward to entering in the annual Canadian Home Builder Association Keystone awards. Our thanks to our clients for their hard work and exceptional vision.

    • Lakefront Modernization on Track

      September 15, 2019

      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!

    • MacArthur Heights Views

      September 09, 2019

      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, installation of slab SM insulation and 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 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.



    • Celista Renewal

      September 03, 2019

      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.

    • Celista Shop & Storage

      August 31, 2019

      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.

    • A Show for the Boaters!

      August 27, 2019

      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!

    • Elevating the Man Cave

      August 13, 2019

      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!