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    • Great Weather for Drywall!

      January 16, 2020

      We haven’t been able to work outside this week. But it’s been great weather for drywall, and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing with our renovation project in Celista, which is an extensive update of an existing waterfront home, including construction of a new upper floor loft.

      We were locked up on this project well before the frigid weather arrived, and we’d also commissioned fireplaces and and new HVAC. That, along with completed roughins and insulation, allowed us to focus on drywall in total comfort, blissfully unaware of how cold it’s been outside.

      Here’s a few photos of the work in progress.

    • West Coast Wrapup

      January 10, 2020

      Here’s an update of a project that we started last summer.

      The West Coast style home is perched high up in MacArthur Heights. Our clients purchased the lot believing that their final product would offer stunning views west over Copper Island and the Shuswap Lake, and our staff and sub-trades who have been working in the home can confirm that the vistas are indeed spectacular.

      We have just over one month to complete this beautiful home, which is due to be handed over to our clients on February 14th. We are in an excellent position to finish on or ahead of schedule, thanks to the diligence of our clients in making critical finishing decisions well in advance of when they have been needed, and also our staff and trades.

      All the flooring, with the exception of tile, is now complete throughout the home. The tiling is well underway, granite countertops and sinks have been installed, as has all trim. Our plumbers just started their final installs, and electrical finishing is up next. Appliances arrive on January 21st.

      Outside, exterior finishing is complete, including the final stages of the stonework.

      Our thanks to our clients for choosing us to build their Shuswap dream!

    • The Show Goes On...

      January 06, 2020
      Even in the dead of winter, construction marches on here in the Shuswap.

      Building at this time of the year requires taking the proper precautions, a flexible schedule, and tenacity. But it's not impossible, and in some ways, there are advantages -- for example, we expect that our trusted sub-trades will have a plenty of time in their own schedules at the point in spring when we need them to begin roughing in this new start on Eagle Bay Road.

      We managed to pour the foundation of this beautiful lakeview walkout rancher just before Christmas. To offset any potential problems with freezing weather, we left the forms on over the holidays, and wrapped the entire foundation with insulated blankets to retain the heat necessary to cure the concrete at an ideal temperature.

      We just stripped the foundation in the past couple of days, and we were please -- but not surprised -- to find it had cured beautifully. We're now ready for framing to begin, and we'll post some more progress updates and details in the next few weeks.
    • Home for the Holidays!

      December 22, 2019

      What could be better than handing off a brand new custom home to its new owners during the week of Christmas?

      That's exactly what staff members Dean Friesen and Heidi Friesen will be doing this week. Along with other members of our staff and our valued sub-trades, Dean and Heidi have brought this stunning North Shore lakefront home to completion just in time for the holidays.

      This project has been an absolute joy for us to work on. Our clients have been exceptional, and their new West Coast style home has amazing features and finishes that reflect their excellent taste. One of many highlights is the floor on the lower level, which reminds of us just how beautiful concrete can be, all by itself. As you can see from the photos below, it's been polished to a tile-like finish and cut so that it actually looks like tile. And because it's been installed with under-slab radiant heating, it will be beautifully warm throughout the winter months (and refreshingly cool during our hot summers).

      The main floor is very clean, simple and beautiful. Large lake view windows and beautiful white oak hardwood floors accentuate the modern nature of the home. High ceilings bring light in from all angles.

      Among the home's many green features is a Tesla Powerwall whole-home battery back-up. It also has a Tesla car charging station in the garage.

      Our thanks to our staff and our superb sub-trades for making this home the perfect Christmas present for our clients.

    • Award Winners...Again

      December 16, 2019

      Every year, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (Central Interior) honours the region’s best in the home construction industry with its Keystone Awards. And since 2008, Copper Island has won 16 of these coveted awards.

      This year, we’re hoping to outdo ourselves, as we’ve been selected as finalists in seven categories. We’ll have to wait until February 1st and the awards gala at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops to find out how many awards we’ll win, but we’re confident of our entries – and extremely proud of the homes that have been selected as finalists, two of which are shown in the photos below.

      Here’s a quick rundown of the awards we’re in the running for:

      Best Single Family Detached Home: $500,000 to $750,000
      Best Single Family Detached Home: $1,000,000 to $1,500,000 (in collaboration with All by Design Inc.)
      Best Single Family Detached Home: $1,500,000 and over
      Best Innovative/Special Feature: New or Renovated
      Best Interior Design – New or Renovated (in collaboration with All by Design Inc. And Raw Elements)
      Best Housing Design (in collaboration with All by Design Inc. And Raw Elements)
      Best Customer Service by a CHBA CI Member – Builder

      We couldn’t be more proud of our partners, our staff, our sub-trades, and our clients. It’s truly a team effort with every Copper Island Fine Home, and that’s certainly the case for the homes that have been selected as finalists for one of these prestigious awards.

      Check back in early February to see how we do!

    • Inside Job

      December 11, 2019

      Our crews are now working in comfort on the North Shuswap, as we move into interior finishing at an extensive update of a lakefront home.

      We worked hard to get locked up on this project before winter weather arrived, and our efforts paid off, as snow and freezing temperatures have once again become our reality. The finishing touch was the installation of the front door and the metal-clad Loewen windows. Safe from the elements, we were able to proceed with insulation, which has been wrapped up. In turn, that’s allowed us to move into the drywall stage, and the entire home has now been boarded, and taping and finishing are now underway.

      This project began with demolition of much of the existing structure, followed by framing of new walls and a new upper floor loft. The finished home will be beautiful, with plenty of the original structure’s charm on display along with all the modern touches, conveniences and efficiencies of new construction. The owners will be enjoying their new home and its beautiful views over the lake by spring.

    • The Devil is in the Details

      December 05, 2019

      It's almost a wrap on the North Shore, where we're putting the final touches on a stunning West Coast home for its new owners.

      This is the phase of a project where the devil truly is in the details -- we go through our lists and work diligently to complete all those little details and luxury items that truly make a house a home.

      In this case, we've been working hard to install the interior stair railing, complete the most amazing custom heat registers, and install the fireplace and commission it. We even had the great pleasure of installing our first ever Tesla Powerwall -- Elon Musk's phenomenal home battery that is great fit for many parts of the Shuswap, as it can provide whole home backup power during one of area's winter storm blackouts (see final photo below).

      We have booked an occupancy inspection with the Columbia Shuswap Regional District for December 14th, and we're confident that, with the details looked after, we'll be able to hand over the keys to the new owners just in time for Christmas.

    • House on the Hill

      December 01, 2019

      Here’s an update on our MacArthur Heights project – a stunning west coast home with incredible views west over Copper Island and the Shuswap. We’re into the finishing stages, with work progressing extremely well.

      During the past week, the cabinet installations were completed, which has allowed us to move forward with quartz countertop templating. We’ve also had two of our finishing carpenters onsite, installing and trimming all the interior doors, and lining and casing the windows. Working right behind them are our painters, who are finishing priming, filling and spray painting trim, along with finishing walls.

      Tile is also well underway, with two tilers onsite. The hardwood floor install is now scheduled in about two weeks time. Once that’s complete, we’ll have our cabinet installers back to complete and install kicks. Then the quartz countertops will be installed, and our plumbers will be back to start final installs.

      Outside, we’re in the process of completing our siding and other finishing touches.

      Our crews are enjoying the views as they work to bring this beautiful home to completion on schedule.

    • Traditional Beauty with Views

      November 26, 2019

      Here’s an update on a project we started last year in the Cedar Heights subdivision of Blind Bay. Our owners, who are from the Lower Mainland, hired us to build their dream home which, in their case, was a traditional log home with an array of green features, including a geothermal heating system. We’ve been working steadily on the home, which offers stunning views of Copper Island and the Shuswap Lake.

      This ambitious project has had a few delays, as it has required the clients to make a significant number of choices and changes along the way. For example, we’re currently waiting for final paint colour selections for the interior. We’re doing our best to adjust our schedules as we work together to finalize these important choices, which can be difficult without the guidance of a professional interior designer.

      With the exception of deck railing and some upper deck fascia, all exterior siding is complete, chinked and stained. European gutters have been installed and chain downspouts are scheduled for install. Top mounted rail-less glass deck railing is also scheduled for install. The overhead garage door has been ordered, and we’re waiting for painting to complete prior to install. The Septic tank and field are also complete. We’re currently helping our clients arrange for landscapers for a rock retaining wall and other areas.

      Inside, our staff and trades are completely comfortable, as the all-floor radiant heat is now active. On the upper floor, we’re currently installing the stained tongue and groove panelling. The Sun room beams and wall finishing are underway. Fir doors and trims have been ordered and will be stained on site. Construction of the custom-stained wood staircase is well underway. Cabinet materials have been selected, but installation is on hold pending paint colour choices.

      This home also features a dumbwaiter, which has been installed for three floors, and can be used for firewood, laundry or snacks. The sauna rough in is complete and ready for final install. And masonry material has been ordered for interior fireplaces and exterior posts.

      Watch for more updates over the next few months.

    • Endless Views...

      November 21, 2019

      High up in MacArthur Heights, overlooking Copper Island and the Shuswap Lake, is this stunning project which we’re now moving into the finishing stages. Needless to say, the views from this West Coast home will be absolutely jaw-dropping for our clients.

      Outside, the 24-gauge standing seam metal roof with snow stops (critical in our part of the province) is now complete. As you can see from the photo below, the siding and trims are underway. HardiePlank horizontal lap siding in Timber Bark will be completed with SmartSide Trim at the corners and windows and SmartSide panels on select areas. The front posts and beams, along with the upper deck post and beam, will be clad in stained cedar. Aluminum soffiting is now complete under the lower deck, with upgraded Lux Fir metal soffit underway on upper deck. The upper and lower and decks are both finished in concrete, which has been placed and finished.

      Inside, drywall taping has been wrapped up. Commercial dehumidifiers and furnace heat are operating to reduce drywall mud moisture and improve drywall shrinking and cracking. Napoleon LHD45NSB Linear Direct Vent Zero Clearance fireplaces have been installed. Closet finishing and interior door installation will soon be underway. The interior staircase has been measured and materials ordered. Painting, cabinet installation, and flooring are all either started or will start prior to the end of November.

      The entire project is coming along beautifully, thanks in large part to our clients from the Lower Mainland – they have been fantastic to work with and are currently renting in the Shuswap awaiting their February delivery. We are doing our best to accelerate the schedule since the three of them are curently living in tight quarters!