As we prepare for the annual Canada Day long weekend, our team has an additional reason to celebrate. We've just completed one of our most amazing projects ever -- a lakefront timberframe in Eagle Bay.
The home is a modest size, with 2,200 square feet of finished living space and a single garage. But thanks to the vision of the new owners, and the execution and hard work by our staff and valued sub-trades, it features amazing features and finishes that make it truly unique and gorgeous. As such, it was a proud moment when he handed the home off earlier this week.
We could say so much about this home, but we think the photos speak volumes of the craftsmanship on display throughout it. Please scroll through and see if you agree with us that, sometimes, the best things come in small packages!
This past weekend, our superb team gathered in Sun Peaks for a much-needed retreat. Our core group of full-time staff members spent the weekend recharging, enjoying each other’s company in a non-work setting, and reflecting on the whirlwind that’s been the last couple of years.
“It’s our team that puts the ‘fine’ in Copper Island Fine Homes,” explains President and CEO Marcus Picton. “We really appreciate how hard everyone has worked to cope with the additional challenges we’ve faced over the last couple of years—from staying safe on the job site during a pandemic, to coming up with innovative and creative ways to maintain timelines and quality during the numerous supply chain issues we’ve faced. We simply couldn’t have sustained our excellence and reputation as the Shuswap’s leading homebuilding during this time without such a great team. We rely on every person and the vital role they play.”
This is Copper Island Fine Home’s first major team building exercise since Marcus and his wife Sylvia purchased the company.
“We definitely wanted our team to know they are all greatly appreciated!” adds Sylvia. “It was an amazing weekend that allowed all of us to celebrate our many collective successes, and look forward to more many more years of building our clients’ Shuswap dream homes.”
BACK ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Doug Mann (Project Manager), Kathy Moore (Office Manager), Marcus Picton (President & CEO), Heidi Friesen (Project Manager), Josh Trask (Construction Client Liaison). FRONT ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Tammy Packer (Accountant), Sylvia Picton (Co-Owner) and Chuck Beaton (Finish Carpenter).
As we finish up several waterfront projects, we're also hard at work framing two new beautiful view homes in the Highlands subdivision of Shuswap Lake Estates. The photos below show you the excellent progress we're making at the most advanced of these two new builds, a walk-out basement rancher with a standalone garage.
In the left photo below, you can see the underslab plumbing completely finished, and ready for preparation for pouring the basement slab. We'd like to point out the method that we choose to prepare for a slab pour -- using drain rock as the substrate. Our experience, and our engineers confirm this, is that no other material provides such a stable foundation for concrete. And it makes the plumbers' work that much easier as they design and install their underslab drains.
The second photo shows the project a few days later. Our framing subcontractor for this project, Madera Construction, has completed the basement framing and main level subfloor installation. This coming week, they'll be moving onto the main floor walls and roof truss installation. Meanwhile, our plumbing, electrical and HVAC subcontractors are standing by -- they'll move into the project as soon as the framing is completed.
The photo also gives you a sense of the magnificient views of the golf course, Blind Bay, the lake, and the North Shore mountains that the new owners will be enjoying by year's end.
In Eagle Bay, finishing is the task at hand as we bring a stunning lakefront post and beam new build to a beautiful conclusion. Our completion date is June 28th, at which point we'll be handing over the keys to the new owners of this fine home, who will be enjoying the Shuswap summer from the expansive decks.
Our inhouse staff and our trusted subtrades are working hard on the exterior and interior finishing in the final weeks prior to hand-off.
Outside, we're completing the landscaping, concrete areas, and general tidying up of the yard. Inside is also bustling with activity -- we're working on cabinet finishing with doors and handles, final painting, and electrical, plumbing and HVAC finishing. Additionally, we're installing passage sets, doors stops, and appliances. It truly is all hands on deck.
Watch for photos of the finished product in the next few weeks. Our thanks to the owners for entrusting us with building their Shuswap dream.
One of our most stunning new builds, a beautiful contemporary home on the lakeshore in St. Ives, came to a conclusion this week. The photos below provide some glimpses of the finished product, which we couldn't be more proud of. As you can, the timberframe finishing is exquisite, and the feeling of lightness created by the floor to ceiling glass in the great room is breathtaking.
We'd like to say this project went without a hitch, but we'll confess that we experienced many delays with this project -- the majority of which were created by the realities of building during a pandemic and were out of our control. We had initial beaurocratic delays waiting for permits for tearing down the original cabin that was on the property, to supply chain issues for many of the custom features and finishes in this home. Regardless, thanks to the dedication of our staff and superb trades, we brought the home to its beautiful conclusion.
We'd also like to express our gratitude to the home's owners for their vision, their hard work during the construction project, and their patience. It's been an incredible pleasure building your Shuswap dream home, and we thank you for allowing us to do so.
We've been waiting patiently for the road weight restrictions to be lifted so that we can proceed with several new starts. One of those is in the Highlands subdivision of Shuswap Lake Estates, and when we got the green light from the regional district and the Ministry of Transportation this week, we were ready.
Our concrete subcontractor, Madera Construction had the footings completed well in advance, and we wasted no time getting a concrete pump truck onsite and the footings poured (see photos below).
This week, our crew will be forming the walls of this outstanding rancher, which will offer the new owners superb views over the golf course, Blind Bay, Copper Island, and the lake itself.
Look for more updates and photos of this project over the coming months.
Rain water management is an important aspect of house construction everywhere, but here in the Shuswap, with its many steep grades, properly managing rain water is a really vital part of our work. And with more severe weather events like last fall's atmospheric river expected in years to come, we simply can't afford not to use the best possible strategies.
At one of our current projects, an extensive renovation and addition in Celista on the North Shore, we faced a dilemma. The new driveway slopes down to a low spot in front of the garage doors. We clearly had to prevent the water from entering the garage and house, but we couldn't simply adjust the grade on the driveway so that the excess rain water flowed to one side -- in a severe storm, that could lead to catastrophic erosion or worse. So, working with the owners and the excavation contractor on this project, Spooner Industries, we arrived at what should be an excellent solution -- installation of a large concrete water catch basin into the centre of a sloped driveway.
The finished "drywell" is four feet wide and eight feet tall, and has a metal grate on top. The driveway has been shaped like a shower pan, so all the water goes towards the grate and ultimately, into the catch basin. The basin holds the excess water and slowly drains it into the ground (which is granulated and drains superbly) through the perforations in the concrete. If there’s an extreme water event, overflow water can be directed from the top of the basin through pipes and into the lake.
This remedy doesn't come without a cost, but we think it's all the more vital these days to ensure rain water is properly drained from a property from the outset, in order to prevent damage inside the home, and outside to the landscaping. Our thanks to Spooner Industries for doing such a great job with this innovative solution.
The cooler weather might not be the best for people eagerly anticipating summer to finally show up in the Shuswap, but we’re pretty sure that our crews at one of projects on the North Shore won't complain about not having to deal with blazing sunshine.
Three of our trusted sub-trades have been at hard at work finishing the exterior of this beautiful craftsman-style home. The HardiPlank siding, along with the soffit and gutters, has just been wrapped up by Seth Dixon and Amity North Okanagan Contracting out of Salmon Arm. As you can see in the photos below, Seth and his team have done a beautiful job. Meanwhile, Gunnar Keuris of North Shore Masonry has the exterior masonry work well underway. Gunnar is also working on the soaring fireplace inside the home’s great room. And finally, all the concrete deck work is also in good hands, thanks to Brian and Rob MacDuff of B&D Concrete Stamping—check out the gorgeous, full-width stamped concrete deck at the back of the home (right photo below).
Inside, painting is just about to get underway, with flooring installation to follow.
It will be our pleasure to post more photos of the this stunning lakefront home as we move ever closer to completion this summer.
It’s going to be another busy year here at Copper Island Fine Homes.
One of the locations we’ll be working in a lot this coming year is the Highlands subdivision of Shuswap Lake Estates. As soon as the regional district lifts road weight restrictions, we’ll be charging forward with a new build in the Highlands, on a home site that has been prepared in recent months. And now we’ve reached an agreement to build yet another Highlands home beginning as soon as possible – a beautiful walkout rancher that’s just two doors down from a new build that we recently completed.
In the photo below, you can see the front elevation rendering of this stunning home, which is roughly 1,600 square feet on each level. The plan, which was sourced from Uprise Design out of Lake Country in the Okanagan, takes perfect advantage of the stellar views of the Shuswap Lake and Copper Island, as you can see in the photo of the building lot being surveyed, just below the front elevation drawing.
It will have plenty of deck and patio space, and a generously-sized double garage.
We aim to start in the next couple of months as building permits and road bans allow. Completion is tentatively scheduled for early 2023. Our sincere thanks to our new clients for allowing us to build this Shuswap dream home!
We’re in the process of putting the final touches on several of our projects, all of which have the same approximate completion dates. That means all hands on deck – all of our staff and our trusted subtrades are putting the time and effort in to make it all happen on schedule.
On the North Shore, one of the projects coming to completion is the stunning new build you see in the photos below. The kitchen installation, which is being done by 7 Point Millworks out of Kamloops, is well and truly underway, as you can see in the left photo. Cabinets will be completed this upcoming week, and the countertops, which will be quartz supplied and installed by FloForm out of Vernon, have already been templated.
Meanwhile, as you can see in the right photo, the tilework is also underway. This project features tile and installation by Kamloops-based Bridgeport Floors.
This home also recently had all of the interior trim installed, which is now ready for paint. Exterior masonry starts this coming week, and when it’s done, our installer, Gunner at North Shore Masonry, will move inside to work on the massive fireplace. Our own prized finish carpenters, Chuck and Mark, are also installing custom beams in the vaulted living room during the week ahead.
Once the beams and fireplace are finished, we’ll post some additional photos.