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    • Welcoming Josh Trask

      September 22, 2021

      Copper Island Fine Homes is pleased to welcome another new staff member to our team. Josh Trask, who calls Salmon Arm home, has assumed the position of Construction Client Liaison. He replaces Melody Thompson, who recently retired.

      Josh has a diverse skill set. Originally from Australia, he worked as a construction project manager for four years in Brisbane, Queensland. He also has experience in countertop fabrication, custom cabinet assembly, and lumber grading.

      In his spare time, he's an avid mountain biker and trail builder.

      "I’m extremely excited by the opportunity to work for Copper Island Fine Homes, and uphold its standing as the foremost quality home builder in Columbia Shuswap region," says Josh. "I’m eager to bury myself in the tiniest of details and go the extra mile to give our clients exactly what they want."

      "Josh is multi-skilled and not afraid to get his hands dirty," says Marcus Picton, CIFH President and CEO. "This is exactly what this position requires, as it's all about cementing our reputation as a builder that goes the extra mile for our clients. I'd also like to acknowledge Melody Thompson's work in this role and wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement."

    • Magnificent Millwork

      September 17, 2021

      Here's an update from our lakefront timberframe West Coast-style home in St. Ives, on the Shuswap's North Shore.

      Recently, with drywall and painting complete, we began installation of a luxurious kitchen, with a beautiful blend of wood tones and white cabinetry. Our subcontractor for this work is 7 Point Millworks & Installations Ltd., based in Kamloops. The company's work is always impeccable -- and their installations are fast and always on time. The photo below gives you an idea of what the cabinetry looks like, prior to installation of counter tops.

      Shortly after this photo was taken, we completed templating for the counter tops, with all sinks and faucets on site to confirm sizing of plumbing openings.

      Meanwhile, the timber frame stairs are also being installed, and outside, the custom tongue and groove soffit is also underway. 

      Check back for more photos of this beautiful home as we work our way to completion.

    • Meet Our New Project Manager

      September 10, 2021

      We'd like to introduce you to Doug Mann, who recently joined the Copper Island Fine Homes team as a project manager.

      Doug comes here from Calgary, where he has been in the construction industry for more than 30 years. He started his career right out of high school as an apprentice cabinet maker, and achieved his journeyman creditentials in 1995. He worked installing high end millwork for a number of years, and then moved into project management in the early 2000's. He spent the last five years running his own renovation company, Inspiration Renovations and Homes Ltd.

      "My wife and I have always loved visiting the Shuswap area, so when the chance came to build amazing homes in such a beautiful location, we decided to dissolve my business," says Doug, who started work on September 7. "In only a few short days, I have been greatly impressed with the work, projects and professionalism of Copper Island. The attention to detail, organization, quality of material, and skill of sub-trades is second to none. I look forward to being associated with such fine work, and to working and getting to know all of the Copper Island staff, sub-trades, and clients. I hope you will find me helpful and ready to give you the support and solutions you need on-site. I've spent many years on the tools doing a wide array of things, so I want all to know that I appreciate just how hard it is to build to the highest level of quality, and that I'm here to help in anyway I can."

      Copper Island Fine Homes President and CEO Marcus Picton hired Doug based on his five years of experience of working with Doug in the same company.

      "Doug and I worked side by side at the same construction company in Calgary--I was general manager and he was construction manager," says Marcus. "Doug has all the right stuff to take on this challenging position. He is hard-working, skilled, and knowledgeable about most, if not all, aspects of the home-building industry. And his commitment to quality work and high standards will serve all of us well here at Copper Island, where we're continuing a legacy of building the Shuswap's finest and most award-winning custom homes."

      Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Doug and his family as they make their new home in the Shuswap.

    • Timber!

      September 04, 2021

      In Eagle Bay, we're making excellent progress with a stunning lakefront two story home.

      As you can see in the photos below, the home is a timberframe design created by Canadian Timberframes Limited, based in Golden. Increasingly, we're seeing many home owners choose timberframe, and for good reason -- they offer excellent floor plan flexibility, and the timeless design fits in perfectly with the surrounding natural beauty of the Shuswap.

      In addition to extensive post and beam structural work, this home also features finished wood beams throughout the main floor. We'll look forward to bringing you more photos and updates of this home as we move into subsequent stages, as some of the finishing details will be truly inspirational.

      Next up for this home is roofing and window installations, at which point we'll be able to securely lock up for the cooler months ahead, and move forward with rough-ins and finishing knowing we're completely weatherproof.

    • Winter's Coming...

      August 26, 2021

      Well, we hope it doesn't arrive just yet. But the cooler weather that's moved into the region is definitely appreciated -- by our crews and subtrades, and more importantly, by those who have worked so hard to keep us safe in this summer of fire and smoke. The cooler weather is also a reminder that winter will eventually arrive. Here in the Shuswap, we definitely experience winter, and creature comforts like a great fireplace are always on our clients' "must-have" list.

      Here's a look at superb fireplace that we're currently working on in one of our lakefront projects, a gorgeous timberframe home in St. Ives. The homeowners wanted presence, and they're certainly getting that with this Marquis Bentley 48 inch gas fireplace. It's the perfect size fireplace for this large and dramatic great room, with its views to the beach and water.

      The fireplace surround has been completed with appropriately-named Storm Lake Fieldstone from Pacific Art Stone's Westlakes Collection. This product provides all the benefits of stone in a veneer that offers an incredibly natural finish. The craftsman responsible for this work is one of our prized sub-trades, stonemason Gunnar Keuris of North Shuswap Masonry.

       Looking forward with this project, we're now moving into the finishing stages, inside and out. We'll look forward to bringing you more updates and photos from this remarkable home as we move closer to completion.

    • Stamp of Approval

      August 22, 2021

      When we need decorative concrete finishing -- and our clients are demanding it more and more these days -- we turn to B & D Concrete Stamping of Celista.

      Owners Brian and Deann MacDuff brought their family business from the Lower Mainland to the North Shuswap in 2006. Deann’s family has been in the concrete business for more than eight decades, and her and Brian (who has been placing concrete since 1982 and is a certified concrete technician), along with their sons, are proudly carrying on the tradition here in the Shuswap. While they're comfortable placing and finishing almost any type of concrete, their specialty is stamped concrete (as their company name suggests). They are exceptional tradespeople, and when we subcontract them to install a decorative deck, driveway or patio, we know that we'll be getting the very best quality.

      Stamped concrete has emerged to be more far more long-standing and durable than flagstone, pavers and wood. Not only that, the results are stunningly beautiful. Colour schemes for stamped concrete are often selected to blend with other architectural elements of the home or the natural surroundings.

      Below you can see just how impressive their work is. The photos are of the stamped concrete placed this past week at one of our current new home projects, a stunning lakefront rancher in Scotch Creek.

      If you'd like to learn more about B & D Concrete Stamping and see other examples of their work, visit their Facebook page (

    • Under Pressure

      August 13, 2021

      Here's a little something that we like to do with all of our projects as we move through the various stages of plumbing.

      Even the best of plumbers (and we do subcontract the best) sometimes experience small leaks in the system during the rough-in of underground plumbing pipes. If they're not found prior to placing a concrete slab over them, they can really create a lot of problems (think jackhammers).

      And later in the building process, it's also possible that one poorly-placed drywall screw can compromise an entire plumbing system.

      The photo to the right is one of our underground pressure tests that we use to ensure our underground plumbing is absolutely airtight and watertight prior to any slabs being poured. The entire system is pressurized with compressed air, and then a pressure gauge is carefully monitored. We require our plumbers to leave the system pressurized until they come back to do the rough-in plumbing in walls.

      After rough-ins, our plumbers pressure test the entire house system again, and leave it pressurized until final installs. When drywall board is being installed, we also require our boarding crews to check the pressure gauges each morning when they arrive, and each afternoon before they leave, and sign a sheet that everything is fine on a sheet. This reassures us that no screw has gone through a pipe.

      We also take and retain photos like this, as proof that our work is leak-free. It's just one more way that we go the extra mile to ensure a problem-free building experience and adherance to our building schedules.

    • New Build in Magna Bay

      August 06, 2021

      Another spectacular new Copper Island Fine Home is just underway in the North's Shuswap's Magna Bay.

      As you can see in the photo below, we're in the process of prepping the building lot, which is located just across the road from the waterfront. This two story home will feature two floors on a crawl space. We'll start forming for the footings and foundation next week.

      Below the photo, you can see the elevation drawings from the plans, which were custom-drawn by highly-regarded Kamloops designer Grant Bergman. This carefully-thought out plan features 1,800 square feet of living space on the main floor, plus an additional 1,400 square feet of space on the upper level. A 750 square foot oversize garage rounds out the home.

      An expansive covered patio and a dedicated games room are just some of the unique design features inside. Exterior finishes include timber gable details, Hardiplank and stone. Completion is expected at some point prior to summer 2022. Look for more photos and updates on this beautiful new home.

    • Extraordinary Exteriors

      July 15, 2021

      The photos below were taken earlier this week at our beautiful timberframe project on the lakefront in St. Ives. As you can see, our exterior finishing is well underway, and it's looking great. Heading up the Hardiplank installation is one of our newest subtrades -- Sascha Lutterman of C4 Framing and Renovations.

      Going forward, Sascha will be a great asset to Copper Island, as he and his crew are skilled at siding installation and much more, including concrete work, framing, finishing, and basically anything we throw at him. His skills and craftsmanship will be great to have on board. 

      Inside this spacious West Coast style home, interior finishing is also well underway. Drywall is now complete and priming is underway. We’re waiting for doors and trim to arrive later this week or early next week. 

      Stop back soon for more photos of this and other current projects we're in the midst of.

    • Pool With A View

      July 10, 2021

      This summer, the North Okanagan has been hotter than ever. And if the current trend continues, we'll be getting higher temperatures and longer hot spells each summer. This makes an inground swimming pool an attractive option for any new home. It's one that our clients in The Highlands of Shuswap Lake Estates decided on, and they're taking advantage of how much easier it is to install during construction than trying to retrofit a pool into a finished landscape.

      As you can see in the photo below, our pool subcontractors (Neptune Pools from Salmon Arm) have already excavated for the pool, which will be generously sized at 14 by 30 feet and include a six foot deep end. The entire pool will be finished with a concrete deck and pool house, and like all other outdoor areas of this new build, it will offer fantastic views of Shuswap Lake and the mountains beyond.

      We'll look forward to showing more photos of what promises to be a spectacular, resort-like backyard on this beautiful project. As always, our thanks to our clients for allowing us to build their Shuswap dream.