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    A Word From Our Clients

    Our best references are the people who have entrusted us with bringing their dreams to life. Here's what a few of our customers have to say about their experiences working with Copper Island Fine Homes.



    "Copper Island Fine Holmes staff and contractors are professional, courteous and open to consultation even with the smallest issue...This company lives up to their quality standard and their guarantee of satisfaction."

    — Shirley and Irv Bengert

    "We’ve known Greg and Tracy Vistisen personally for many years, and CIFH by reputation since its inception. That said, we still did a proper search for a contractor when planning a long-overdue, extensive renovation of our beloved but aging lakeside cabin. After reviewing our options, we selected Copper Island. We're glad we did; the completed project exceeds our expectations and we’re very happy with our expanded, renewed and refreshed ‘lake house’. Greg and his team met with us regularly, kept us updated with progress, helped problem solve the inevitable challenges any renovation presents, and were pleasant and professional. We were able to keep the best of the old, while enlarging and modernizing the kitchen and adding an entire master suite and a cozy loft. New raised and vaulted rooflines, windows, interior and exterior finishing, roofing, plumbing and electrical--everything was done just right. Greg’s due diligence regarding the business and financial arrangements was thorough and we never felt pressured or uninformed. All in all, we are completely satisfied customers.Kathy and Steve Rollheiser

    "I very much enjoyed working with the Copper Island team on my recent renovation. I chose Copper Island Fine Homes for several reasons; their integrity, excellent reputation, and their ability to handle all the details. The renovation was completed on time and on budget.  The Change Order system kept me on top of the money. The Copper Island staff were easy to work with and very accommodating. The sub-trades were all very polite, friendly and accommodating. My old house has a fresh new look, yet retains its old country charm. I would definitely give them a 9.5 out of 10 and would recommend them to my friends and family!Melany Dyer

    "We had a very enjoyable experience working with Copper Island Fine Homes and would heartily recommend them to anyone building in the Shuswap! They did an amazing job of keeping to the schedule even though there were a few permitting problems that slowed down the process at the beginning. The build was completed in a very impressive ten months. The project came in over budget but it was by a reasonable amount and some of the charges were due to the permitting and excavation stages. The change order system kept us apprised of any cost overruns. We loved all the employees of Copper Island Fine Homes and found them to be very knowledge, friendly and competent. Greg was particularly helpful at the beginning when the permit process was complicated and onerous. In the field, Dean and Heidi were also fantastic to deal with and would often come up with ideas to save us money while improving the home. We love the quality workmanship that Copper Island insisted on. We are very picky and were pleased by the attention to detail that Copper Island Fine Homes insisted on. This was a great experience for us and we would recommend Copper Island Fine Homes to anyone who is considering building a quality home in the Shuswap.— Nigel Collett and Margaret McCormick

    "We decided to renovate the entire upper floor of our home and from the first contact we had with Greg at Copper Island Fine Homes, we knew we were in good hands. He was considerate of our budget and ideas, and his knowledge and expertise made our experience go very smoothly. The entire staff at Copper Island were professional, helpful, caring, and friendly. Dee was incredible in taking our vision and turning it into a beautiful design. Throughout demolition and construction, Chuck and Heidi kept us apprised of the progress and timelines. With every interaction, their desire to make sure we were happy and getting everything we wanted was evident. We continue to discover and enjoy beautiful details in the work done by Chuck and the Copper Island staff. We highly recommend Copper Island Fine Homes for your home renovations.— Geoff and Heather Lawless


    "Our building experience with Copper Island Fine Homes was excellent. We can’t say enough good things about the Copper Island employees. Kyla was amazing and helped us make our design choices with ease. Chuck and Dean were great too. The neighbours also liked that Copper Island cleaned up the site as they went. The sub-trades were also amazing - easy to get along with and they really knew their stuff. We were kept apprised of the schedule along the way; we always knew what stage we were at and what was happening next. We were thrilled with the way the product came in ahead of schedule. We gave a date to Greg of when we wanted to move in and he made it happen! We would recommend Greg and Copper Island Fine Homes to anyone." — The Millers


    "Copper Island Fine Homes in one word: Excellence! Our entire experience from start to finished product was simply amazing. The people and the process were truly enjoyable beyond our dreams. From our first meeting with Greg, when we shared our vision and our dream home wish list, we just knew he was the one who would build our home. Greg is professional, knowledgeable, thorough, meticulous, considerate, sincere, and dedicated—and the list goes on. We found many of those same qualities in the entire Copper Island team. Being first time builders, we had complete confidence and peace of mind in our decision to have Copper Island at the helm. While still living fulltime in Alberta, we were able to work cooperatively on every detail, but were assured Copper Island would take full control when needed or as requested by us. Through the planning and build stages, design and cost options were presented, always with strict attention to the budget and our vision for our home. Financial tracking along with regular reporting provided good detail, and included advice and guidance around cost implications as we contemplated changes to our original design. The aura of excellence that the CI Team operates under is undeniable! This culture of superiority also extended to many of the sub-trades. We cannot say enough about the amazing people that were instrumental in building our home. From the framers to the finishing details, every person that we dealt with was top tier. Never have we had the opportunity to deal with such genuine people who take such pride in the work that they do. It was truly a pleasure. Such talent, from the top down! Without any hesitation, we would wholeheartedly recommend the Copper Island team for a project of any scale. Our gratitude is beyond words. Thank you!" — The Fesers


     "Building our new home with Copper Island Fine Homes was an easy decision for us! From the design process through to our move-in, we were pleased with the professional quality of service we received. Greg's ability to keep the project timeline on schedule, with the changes we made along the way, was impressive. Living six hours away from our new home site wasn't a challenge as Greg and Kyla frequently kept us updated with phone calls, emails and photos. Kyla was our saving grace from start to finish, as her professionalism, attention to detail, and fresh ideas in construction and interior design, brought the elegant style that we were looking for to fruition. Dean was very knowledgeable, answered our many questions and kept a close eye on things for us. As the finished product of our new home exceeded our expectations, we would definitely recommend Copper Island Fine Homes to anyone wanting to build a quality custom home. Thanks so much Greg, Kyla, Dean and the entire team!" — Susan Kelland & Myron Hladyshevsky


     "I’ve now been in my Copper Island Fine Homes-built home for just over one year and I’m completely impressed with the attention to detail, quality workmanship, and high level of service. The entire home building process, from start to finish, was made easy by Greg, Tracy, and Kyla. I found the Copper Island Fine Homes team to be made up of professional, dedicated, and skilled tradespersons that set a high priority on quality of workmanship. Any design, construction, or financial matters encountered along the way were handled professionally, transparently, and with integrity. Because my primary residence is in Alberta I wasn’t able to be on site very often during construction. However, communication was not lacking and Greg and Kyla were always available for a phone call or email update. They met or exceeded all my expectations. I would highly recommend the Copper Island Fine Homes team to anyone looking to build a quality custom built home." — Kevin Podrasky


     "A year ago we contacted Copper Island Fine Homes about building a shop to be attached to our 5-year-old summer house in Blind Bay. We knew from the get-go that we wanted Copper Island Fine Homes to build the garage because when we were at the purchasing stage of buying our house in this area, the CIFH homes always stood out to us way above any others. We had a vision of what we wanted and Greg and his team put that into reality. Greg and Dean were always willing to discuss each stage of the job and many times welcomed John’s input into the project. Even though we live 10 hours away (in Alberta) John was able to work closely with the guys; he felt he was part of creating this beautiful addition to our home. They were able to tie the garage perfectly into the house! Greg and Dean take pride in professional work standards that included ensuring that the neighbourhood was kept informed of the work to be done and all employees and subcontractors were always very considerate of the neighbours and the community in which they work. Greg and Dean treated this project as if it were a ten million dollar job; we were included in all decisions, there were no surprises ever, and it was completed in a timely and professional manner. We would absolutely, without a doubt, recommend Greg and his team to build your dream home in the Shuswap!" — John & Barb Winia


     "Firstly, we would like to say working with Greg and his team was a most enjoyable and stressless experience. We have taken possession of a very well-designed, well-built and elegant looking home inside and out. Greg and his team made a normally stressful experience enjoyable and dare I even say "fun", from the design process through the build. I was particularly pleased to be able to work personally with his team of framers on the roof and trusses. We really enjoyed working with Kyla on the interior design process. She brought a professionalism and fresh approach in choosing fixtures, appliances, flooring and colors for our home. The finished product is, in the words of my wife, calming, relaxing ,comfortable and welcoming. The build was done on time and on budget with the exception of our changes, and to a standard that we would expect with a quality builder. The whole process started with realistic expectations within our budget and we were kept on track with the financial tracking and change order process. The punch list process recognized deficiencies which were addressed in a timely manner. Having the experience we have had over the last year, we are confident that, should we have any issues going forward, Copper Island will address them with professionalism and integrity. A huge thanks to Kyla, Dean, Chuck, Dennis, Sam, Tracy and Greg in providing us with a beautiful house we can call "Home in the Shuswap." — Gord & Linda Shea


     "The renovation of our Scotch Creek home has been a wonderful experience. Even with unexpected obstacles, like a two week delay because of asbestos, the team trooped on and delivered, having our home ready for possession on the day they said they would. The results are amazing and we are very pleased with the end product. Every step of the way, from the first initial quote, right to the end, each project or issue was singled out with an approximate price and estimate. Greg was very accurate with his budget, and kept in touch with us. The team was a pleasure to work with, from the moment the five of them came into the house on day one for the initial walk through. Working with Kyla on the design team was fun, and she brought many things to our attention to keep us on track. Her ideas and great design knowledge were much appreciated. Even our neighbors have said how polite & courteous all the workers and contractors were--clean, tidy, quiet, and respectful. Greg, maybe you’re always on top of your game--you’re consistent, considerate, professional, nice to deal with and always have a smile on your face. But we feel like you went the extra mile just for us. We love our new improved home. Thank you very very much." — Lyall & Angela Dingeldein


     "Recommending the Copper Island team to family, friends, and anyone would be by far one the easiest decisions for us. This is one of the most organized and skilled companies we have ever dealt with. From our first meeting with Greg, to our last, it was professional, organized and detailed. We had our summer home completely renovated top to bottom, and we cannot express our gratitude for the top quality workmanship and knowledge to their craft that this team brought. We did all our communications through emails and phone calls, and Kyla was a God send--her knowledge of design is impeccable. The system they use to keep you updated on production and financial tracking is user friendly and easy to read. Absolutely anytime there was any question that needed answering, Greg and Kyla were always available and ready to help. The sub trades were efficient and professional at all times. We were given a finish date, and even with a few changes, we were in on time. After doing our pre-occupancy punch list, Dean and his team worked to get any follow up done around our schedule, with our company coming and going, and did it in a timely and organized manner. We cannot express how impressed we were with working with Greg and his team, and would highly recommend anyone to use them!" — The Katos


     "Recommending Copper Island Fine Homes is by far the easiest thing we have ever had to do. In 2011/2012 we hired Copper Island Fine homes to take on a major reno. From the moment Greg, Dean and Kyla walked in our front door, we knew we chosen wisely. From the start they were professional, caring and meticulous as to how the job would go with our best interests at the centre of every idea and conversation. Everything was great; their targets, budget, and ideas were second to none; the project started when they said it would and ended on time and on budget. Every trade who came through our home were exactly what Greg said they would be -- quick and talented. The workmanship was fantastic. In the end everything turned out perfect. Whether it was answering a phone call or discussing a change or new ideas, Greg and Kyla were always front and centre and always available, which was a great relief to us in a major reno. All in all our reno project with Copper Island Fine Homes was an excellent and satisfying experience, one that we can sincerely and honestly pass on to others! Great job folks, and thank you again for truly a job well done!" — The Ullrichs


     "Thank for the exceptional renovation of our summer home! The trust was built on the first phase of the additional rooms to the house, and now with the main floor being done without us even being present is exceptional. All work was performed on time and with great workmanship! To be honest, we do not think we had one issue with the reno and, if anything, they came back to finish off very minor items that we were not even aware of! The design and finishing work is great, communication was excellent, and the team showed a lot of patience with us when we did not respond in time for their work schedule. Everybody is in the wow mode when they come into the house--it's a lot of fun! We highly recommend Greg and his building team. We now look forward to the basement reno. Greg, thank you and your team for a great job well done." — Bart and Joanne Yachimec


     "We would like to recommend Copper Island Fine Homes for the excellent work they did on our (now) beautiful home. We purchased our home and before we moved in had Copper Island renovate a large portion of the upper level of our 13-year old home. The reno involved removal of walls, rearrangement of closets (converting one into a bar), addition of a huge picture window, installation of lighting in a very large ceiling, complete removal and replacement of the drywall on that ceiling, installation of a new fireplace and a completely new kitchen. Working with Greg, Dean and Kyla was a delightfully stress-free experience. Greg is a very professional, knowledgeable contractor and offered reasonable, cost-effective options as the work progressed. Dean, too, is very experienced and kept a close watch on important structural details. Kyla did a terrific job keeping us informed of the progress as we were still in Vancouver while the work was being completed. In addition, all the subcontractors were excellent. Another contractor commented we were fortunate to have Copper Island do the work as it was likely beyond the capabilities of most others in the area. We've all heard many stories of dream homes that become nightmares during renovations. This project was very pleasant. I don't think we could have asked for a better team or a better experience. Once again, we unreservedly recommend Copper Island Fine Homes." — The Lamberts


     "In 2012 we hired Copper Island Fine Holmes to build a Lake House in Eagle Bay. At our first meeting we found Greg to be very professional in the way he outlined his building process and communication strategies. We found Greg's honesty, attention to detail, and immediate availability during the entire building process created a trusting relationship. The building time line hit all the targets. We especially liked the record keeping system that kept us current about the costs of all the building details as they occurred. There were no surprises. Payment draws outlined all the work completed to the date of payment. Every effort was made to keep costs within budget. Copper Island Fine Holmes staff and contractors are professional, courteous and open to consultation even with the smallest issue. Working with the team interior decorator/coordinator was invaluable as she took the stress out of all the interior building decisions. She coordinated the details between us, the supplier and the onsite trades to ensure that everything went according to design. This company lives up to their quality standard and their guarantee of satisfaction." — The Bengerts


     "Exactly what they claim to be – FINE homes! We can sum up Greg and his team at Copper Island Fine Homes with the words integrity, competence, and caring. Greg and his tradespeople were committed to the highest standards in their part of the construction of our house. Along with their integrity in adhering to the highest standards, Greg and his team very much evidenced competence in every aspect of the construction. But probably the most impressive aspect of the whole construction process was how Greg and his team cared. They were exceptionally willing to take time to discuss and explain things as we began the process of surveying, excavating and finally building our home. Five years after we moved in, we still look at things like the cupboards, baseboards, flooring, and marvel at how we have been the recipients of a house of such great quality." — The Schamuhns


     "CIFH has a communication system between client and builder, builder and sub trades that is beyond spectacular. We had completed several renovations and built a home, but we had yet to experience a management team that operates at such a level of expertise. Emails, journals, meeting notes, response time and documentation via camera and written format were all managed in a very timely fashion. Monetary discussions that are sometimes difficult but essential during the process were managed with open discussion and full disclosure. We could not have been happier with our choice of CIFH to build our summer home. It is beautiful. We know they will be there for all our warranty and follow up work. They have already proved that in the short term." — The Flanagans


     "Greg's construction team [from foundations through to the end product] did an excellent job, and produced a finished product that both they as builders and we as homeowners can be proud of. Of particular note, I would be remiss to not mention Kyla, Copper Island's interior decorator, whose eye for colour and style was invaluable, saving us considerable time and even money throughout the selection process. All of our guests have all been suitably impressed by our new home in Blind Bay. I have no qualms in recommending Copper Island Fine Homes, and would recommend that anyone who is considering building in the Blind Bay area give serious consideration to Copper Island Fine Homes, and at the very least interview Greg and obtain a construction quote from him prior to commencing their new home build." — Dave and Linda Webster


     "We employed CIFH to build a 500 square foot pool cabana and remediate an existing pool deck and surrounding area. The project ran from Sept 2011 to June 2012. The project was neither large nor complicated but did have its challenges due to the fact that it came without a set of plans, had to fit in with an existing building and was to be mostly completed while we were absent. Greg and his team did a very good job managing the job as well as his clients. All of the staff and trades were friendly and cooperative. The worksite was always kept as clean as possible. CIFH did a good job of keeping us informed and providing options when it came to details that required decisions. CIFH never threatened us with the cost of small changes as the project progressed and, as importantly, were very willing to offer suggestions as to how money could be saved. As a result we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend CIFH to others or to hire them again for our own projects." — Steve Baker/Lynda Yachimec


     "We are pleased and know we have a very well constructed home with only the best quality construction throughout. Greg always kept in touch with us and advised us well in advance of any delays, etc. He was always in touch on a regular basis by phone or email. We have had a few minor problems and Greg was always here to look after them very quickly. Greg has called on us many times after completion just to see if everything was OK and in some cases he had a few items repaired long after the warranty period. Greg pays a lot of attention to detail , and a lot of our friends have commented on that as well. We are very happy in general with our Copper Island Fine Home and would reccomend them to anyone building a new home." — Ed and May Bruce


     "Copper Island Fine Homes recently did a major renovation for me on a commercial building. Greg came highly recommended by a friend. I was living a 10 hr drive away and needed someone who could be trusted to do a good job without my supervision. Greg and his highly trained employees performed the work with a quality that is second to none. Many people have commented during the construction process how straight and square everything was. Greg's crew work hard when they are on site and don't waste time. Greg's decorator Kyla did a fantastic job on the colour choices, from the rock outside to the paint inside. Everything coordinates really well and creates the ambiance I was looking for. I highly recommend Greg Vistisen and Copper Island Fine Homes for any construction or renovation project. You won't be disappointed. You are welcome to come and check out the job done on my Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum." — Mark Lane


     "I'm writing this looking at the beautiful view from our living room ... in Blind Bay! We've been lucky to be able to come out several times already this year and are looking forward to our summer holiday over July and August. As Mike and I have said, the cottage reno has met and surpassed our expectations and we're still amazed at what a wonderful job your team was able to pull off." — Danusia Donoff


     "We decided to have our retirement home built in Blind Bay while still living in Europe. We therefore wanted a local builder with whom we could comfortably work with and trust in a long distance relationship; Greg and his Copper Island Fine Homes team clearly met those criteria. From start to finish, Greg and Kyla kept us up-to-date on the progress via almost daily e-mails, telephone calls, pictures or videos. Resolution of issues or decisions required throughout the building process where promptly dealt with, in most cases within 24 hours. Kyla’s decorating and shopping expertise was invaluable; her numerous timely suggestions/options and patience made the tedious selection process a more pleasant experience. In many instances, we simply left decisions to her excellent judgment. During our one and only site visit halfway through the construction phase, we were most impressed by the professional and friendly teamwork both within the Copper Island Fine Homes staff and with the various trades personnel. The home was ready on schedule and we are extremely pleased with the result; the high standard used, the attention to details and the little extras are definitively evident throughout the house. Many thanks Greg, Tracy, Kyla and Dean for all your efforts in building us a great retirement home. We would have no hesitation to recommend Copper Island Fine Homes to others." — Jean-Luc and Louise Desgroseilliers


     "We would like to thank the Copper Island Fine Homes family for our beautiful new home. It has been everything we could imagine and dream of. From the beginning Greg and Tracy have shown nothing but professionalism and understanding. My wife and I were expecting our first child, as well as living out of town, but they made the experience of building a pleasurable one. There were a couple of hiccups along the way, but they were resolved efficiently and with our best interest in mind. Throughout the build we decided to change many things from the original design all with the help and suggestions of the Copper Island family. Greg has a staff that represents his company with integrity and class. Kyla was our saviour, Greg could not have a better designer. If it wasn’t for her, we would still be trying to choose colours and completely confused. Dean also went out of his way many times to help us with things, especially with us being from out of town. Our thanks go out to both of them for all their hard work and dedication to our home. Our experience with Copper Island Fine Homes has been a great one and we are glad we chose them. We look forward to continuing our friendship with everyone and wish them well on their future endeavours!" — Jason, Kristin, and Phoenix Buckler


     "The team at Copper Island Fine Homes recently built us a beautiful home in the Blind Bay area. Every phase of the project remained on schedule, the work high quality and the finished product truly exceeded our expectations. Thanks to all of their hard work and attention to every detail. Our final inspection was indeed a pleasure with few problems and many generous and thoughtful surprises. Thanks Kyla for all your design input and excellent shopping skills, it was a pleasure working with you! Special thanks to you Greg for your invaluable assistance in organizing all the extra work required for construction on a rural lot. We are happy to recommend this company to others." — Carol Stremick and John Wrobel


     "Our experience with Copper Island Fine Homes has been nothing but positive and enjoyable. From the first meeting until the final inspection, we have had a great relationship with Greg and Tracy. They certainly go the extra mile! We are thrilled with our new home and would highly recommend building with Copper Island Fine Homes." — Wayne and Verna Bazinet


     "Greg worked diligently with us controlling costs, and kept us current...when we showed up on November 1, 2008 for possession, we were amazed. When we walked in the front door, Kyla was there to greet us and it was beyond our expectations. Our home was beautiful. The quality was exceptional, and we would recommend Copper Island Fine Homes to anyone looking for the best. We would personally like to thank Greg for setting this high standard, being professional and keeping us current, Tracy for looking after details, Kyla for her special talent of decorating, and Dean for keeping the trades on time and maintaining quality control." — Blaine and Sandra Wight


     "We are very happy with the construction and quality of our home, and the professional manner in which Greg has conducted business with us. We would certainly contract Greg again if we were to build another home in the area, and we would also recommend him and Copper Island Fine Homes to any who ask." — Linda and Howie Rowse


     "Greg always welcomed our suggestions and questions, (no matter how uninformed), and communicated with us almost daily by email, providing us with progress reports and answer to our queries...On those few occasions when we managed to get out to BC to view our project, we were astounded by the quality of the workmanship and materials used, the tidyness of the worksite, and the excellent rapport which Greg seems to have with all of his trades people. Everything was done not just to code, but to Greg's standards...above all, we found Greg and his wife Tracy to be extremely accomodating and very honest." — Ken and Margaret Smith


     "We found dealing with Copper Island very friendly and professional. During construction we were given different options than we may have chosen without their help. The results of these suggestions have resulted in a much better home, both structurally and set-up wise. We are really enjoying our home. Thanks again." — Brent and Donna Wipp


     "After we discussed my building plans (and wish list) for a couple of hours, I knew Copper Island Fine Homes was going to be the company that was going to build my home. Greg was upfront with all the costs and expected timelines; nothing was to be assumed. What really locked in my decision was when Greg said to me, "I live in the same community as my clients and I need to be able to face them on the street and know I have a satisfied customer. We do not use shortcuts and only put in quality materials and only use experienced trades people." I had several quotes from other builders, some were cheaper, some were not, all meetings were not as professional and relaxed as with Greg. I moved into my bungalow, with a walkout basement on a hillside, in the spring of 2008. While this house being built I was living out of province but still was always kept well informed AND I always felt like I was a part of the team. Not once did I feel that I could not call Greg and discuss a issue or change. During my inspections, not once did I feel intimidated by by Greg or any of Copper Island's employees, and was always treated with the utmost respect by all. It is said that "building a home can be one of the most stressful things a person will do in their lives" but Copper Island Fine Homes made my experience a pleasant journey. Bottom line, I would build with Copper Island again. The only surprise I have had was the excellent follow-ups which Greg has made during the years (even six years later) to check if I was having any issues with my home, which have been zero. Copper Island Homes is an established quality company which I know will be here tomorrow if ever the need should arise. I would like to thank Greg, Tracy, Dean and Kyla for my wonderful warm home." — Ted Linden


     "We can proudly say that we are very satisfied with the decisions we made when buying our first home, which happens to be the first home built by Copper Island Fine Homes. The great attention to detail and finishing touches that Greg puts into his work makes a home built by Copper Island Fine Homes very desirable. With Greg and his family living here in the Shuswap area, it makes it very easy to have a great rapport with him as a builder. Thanks again, Greg, for a home well-built." — Teneal and Kristin Crossman