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Out With The Old…

How to create a feeling of spaciousness in a smaller home? One effective way of achieving this when you can’t expand the square footage is to create more height. That’s exactly what we’re doing at one of our current projects, an ambitious renovation of an existing 1,100 square foot home in Eagle Bay that was built in 1974.

Working with our clients for this makeover, we decided that the best way to achieve this was to change the flat ceiling to a vaulted ceiling. And that means taking the existing flat roof trusses off and replacing them with a very unique product called a scissor Warren truss, which is made up of parallel chords and vertical webs (the chords are the top and bottom beams of the truss, and the webs are the diagonal beams that connect the chords). These trusses create a vaulted ceiling inside the home, but unlike a standard scissor truss, they have a great deal of internal space for insulation and air gap.

These trusses were built for the project by Kamloops Truss. This past week, the company’s crane operator was able to lift off the old trusses without breaking or wrecking them, and then land the new trusses in place for our framing crew to install. In the left photo below, you can see the old trusses being lifted off, and in the right photo, the new trusses are being lifted into place.

In the week ahead, we’ll be moving quickly to get a new metal roof installed and the interior locked up so that we can proceed with insulation and drywall. Next up will be a major kitchen update, including all new appliances, cabinets, plumbing and lighting. We’ll also be installing new white oak flooring, and giving the exterior a facelift with brickwork and cable deck railings.

Copper Island Fine Homes specializes in whole home renovations and has completed dozens of these types of makeovers, including some that have won Canadian Home Builders Association awards. If you’d like to discuss a renovation project or idea, please don’t hesitate to contact us.