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    • Another First for Copper Island

      July 11, 2020

      Late last year, Copper Island Fine Homes took on its first project in Sicamous. This month, we’re expanding our range again – this time to the west.

      Our clients are an extremely nice young couple with family from the Lower Mainland. They’re relocating to the Shuswap for a more peaceful lifestyle, and have purchased an acreage in the beautiful, bucolic Turtle Valley, southeast of Chase. Both have experience with the construction industry – he works in the manufacturing supply side, while she is an interior designer who has developed the house plans for the project (they’ve been touched up by a local plan drawer).

      The home features 1,192 square feet on the main floor, 1,017 square feet on the upper floor, a 562 square foot garage, and a 464 square foot loft above the garage.

      Finishes will include HardiPlank siding, Cambridge asphalt shingles, Tyee vinyl windows, Lennox propane furnace with air conditioner, power-vented propane hot water tank, maple shaker cabinets, Hanstone quartz counter tops, laminate, tile and carpet.

      We started our excavation in June, and recently completed the foundation, as shown in the photos below (forming on the left side, the stripped foundation on the right). Hats off to our foundation crew, Drew Blaine and his team, who hit it hard through the wettest summer and even worked over Canada Day to bring us back on schedule. The footings and walls have been inspected and passed by Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD), and we’re now waiting for a little concrete curing before we get started on perimeter drains and backfilling.

      Looking forward, our floor joists, roof trusses, windows and exterior doors are on order. Septic design, well drilling and solar design discussions are in progress. The project presents some interesting challenges – for example, the hydro supply to the property is currently limited and requires design work which may require a six month or more delay; our clients are currently exploring solar and generator backup options. As well, access to the property required a steeper switch back road cut through the forest, and water can only be provided via a well.

      We will continue to move the schedule forward as efficiently as possible without sacrificing quality or sub-trade health during the ongoing pandemic, with the overall goal of moving our clients in as quickly as possible.

    • Home on the Hill

      July 02, 2020

      Despite the soggy conditions, our current projects are all progressing well. Case in point is this stunning view rancher in MacArthur Heights, where Brian and his crew from A-1 Siding are more than up to the task. They’ve got the house all wrapped in Tyvek, and they’re currently installing flashing and 4” Smart Trim details on all the windows in preparation for HardiPlank siding.

      Inside, our crews are also making good headway, albeit in the comfort of drier conditions. Our project manager, Dean Friesen, is overseeing the finishing stages. Cabinets have been installed, along with counter tops. Our plumbers are also on site, starting their finishing with sink and tap installations. Closet shelving and organizers have been measured and ordered, and once flooring has been completed, installation will begin. And our finishing carpenter, Chuck Beaton, has started hanging the interior doors.

      Looking forward, our hardwood install is scheduled for the week of July 27th. We’re also waiting on a few back ordered lights before the entire lighting package can be delivered for installation. A second round of painting will also begin later this month. And the home’s deck railing is now in stock and will be installed once the upper deck posts are completed.

      Next week, our clients will be arriving for a tour and inspection. We’re absolutely sure they will be pleased with the level of progress and first glimpses of their stunning lakeviews!

    • It's a wrap!

      June 20, 2020

      We think it's one of the most challenging, rewarding and best renovations we've ever completed.

      This week, we wrapped up an extensive reno project on the Shuswap's North Shore. In addition to bringing new life to this existing waterfront home, we added an entire new second floor. And then we completed the entire project with luxurious finishes that modernize the home while leaving intact its traditional lake cottage feel.

      In the end, we didn't quite make our original timeline. But we delivered the final product just three weeks later than expected, which we believe is still exemplary given the various difficulties and delays brought by the COVID-19 pandemic that arrived early in the construction stages. Our clients, our staff and our sub-trades can all share the credit for this -- they all worked flawlessly together to make it happen.

      We're pleased to report that our clients are extremely happy with the workmanship, complimentary of each of our team members, and appreciative of how approachable and polite our sub-trades have been. They've been happily on site this week, waiting for furniture arrivals and decorating their new home. We're looking forward to meeting with them for our occupancy follow-up meeting to discuss any oversights or deficiencies in the near feature, and we've already scheduled their complimentary 1-2-5 and 10-year service visits to ensure their home is ageing nicely.

      Next door to the project, our clients' neighbors have been so impressed by our work that we're now entering discussions with them to complete a similar renovation on their property.

      The photos below showcase some of the beautiful finishing work of the completed project.

    • How's the view up there?

      June 11, 2020

      As with many Copper Island Fine Home projects, it's pretty darn good!

      We've been fortunate to build dozens of homes with incredible, inspiring views here in the Shuswap, and this exceptional home located above Eagle Bay Road is no exception. As you can see from the photo below (top left), the view includes Copper Island, which provided the inspiration for the company name we chose more than 15 years ago.

      Meanwhile, as shown in the other photos, we've almost wrapped up the exterior finishing on this exceptional home -- we've got some rock work to do on the posts, and a few other details to add. We're also finishing the interior as well, and we're proud of the fact that this home will be delivered on schedule to our clients -- who will no doubt enjoy the expansive Shuswap views as much as we do, and probably more.

      Watch for more interior finishing photos and an update in the weeks ahead.

    • What Pandemic?

      June 07, 2020

      One of our biggests concerns as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded was losing efficiency and not being able to maintain our building schedule while implementing policies and procedures aimed at keeping our staff, trades and clients safe and healthy. Surprisingly, we haven’t faltered at all, with one of our current projects, a beautiful lake view home we’re constructing in MacArthur Heights, providing a perfect example.

      We’re actually ahead of schedule on this project. Soffits and gutters are now complete, and the septic system has been installed and is ready for use. Inside, we’re drywalling as we speak (see photo below), and all other trades including our painter are lined up, ready to get into the home as soon as possible.

      Much of the planning and purchasing has also been done, with all interior doors, lights and trims on order. Cabinets are in production and installation will take place later this month. We also have flooring scheduled to begin in a couple of weeks time, about the same time we start the exterior finishing.

      Who gets the credit for the on-time performance? We think everyone involved can take a bow. Our staff have been extremely flexible during these difficult times, and so have our valued sub-trades and our outstanding suppliers. Our clients have also been exceptional and have excelled at completing their design and finishing selections using, in many cases, online shopping. In short, everyone has adapted quickly to our new reality.

      The home offers outstanding lake views to the west, and our clients are genuinely excited at the prospect of calling the Shuswap home when they take possession later this summer.

    • Sicamous Update

      May 30, 2020

      Our first project in Sicamous, a resort rental home with laundry and RV storage below, is running right on schedule.

      The project, which is on the shores of Mara Lake, is currently at the painting stage with drywall taping and finishing just completed. Priming is underway, and paint colours have been confirmed. Other progress worth noting includes completion of the septic system connection to main the resort’s main system.

      Cabinets and counter tops are in production, and appliances have been ordered. All interior doors and finishing trims have been site-measured and ordered. We have flooring installations scheduled for the third week of June. Garage doors will be installed this week, and with decking material and railing ordered, we’ll also start that shortly. The siding has also been selected and installation is also right around the corner.

      Even with the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, we have kept this project on track, with the goal of getting the home complete and into our client’s summer rental pool by mid-July. One reason for the on-time performance is the owner’s commitment to the project; he has been working hard with our Project Manager Heidi Friesen to ensure all design selelctions and decisions are complete well before they’re required.

      Some photos are included below, and we’ll look forward to bringing you more as the finishing progress continues.

    • Taking Shape In Eagle Bay

      May 25, 2020

      Our project on Eagle Bay Road couldn’t be moving along any better. This week’s progress finds us well underway with drywall taping inside, and outside, we’re nearing completion of the HardiPlank siding (see photos below).

      Moving forward, our progress will be dictated by having the appropriate finishing selections and products on site at the right time. In that regard, we’re doing excellently, with our staff and clients having made the bulk of all critical decisions at this time.

      Interior doors and finishing trims were recently site-measured and ordered, as have interior wood beams, which are currently in production. Lighting fixtures have all been confirmed and ordered, as has the home’s flooring. Paint colours have been confirmed, and our painting and finishing crews are all dialed in with their schedules.

      Last but not least, our kitchen cabinets, countertops and appliances have all been ordered and will be available for install on time.

      Our thanks to all the staff and our subtrades, along with our clients, for the dedication and commitment to bringing the home to this stage on time—the rest of the process is expected to move smoothly. We’re looking forward to bringing you more photos of this beautiful lakeview home as we get closer to completion.

    • Keep It Clean!

      May 18, 2020

      Call us obsessive, call us whatever you want—but we’ve always like our job sites clean, and that’s the way it’s going to stay.

      We believe a clean job site is a safe job site. We also believe cleanliness leads to less mistakes, greater efficiency, and better cost control. We also believe it’s just good business practice. So regardless of whether it’s inside or outside at one of our projects, our staff are committed to keeping things neat and tidy. Of course, it’s not always possible to keep things clean in the middle of a specific task or phase of construction, but as soon as it’s possible, we get things back in order pretty quick.

      Case in point: one of our current projects in MacArthur Heights, being overseen by the master of clean, Project Manager Dean Friesen. The photos below show this stunning home at its current stage—insulation is just underway as this is being written.

      Progress to date includes completed septic system and field, and all mechanical systems have been installed—interestingly, this included our first ever “virtual” electrical walk-through with our clients, which went extremely well.

      Our drywall crew is standing by, waiting for insulation to wrap up. Outside, soffits and gutters are currently being installed.

      Siding, kitchen cabinets, flooring, overhead door, and light fixtures have all been ordered. Our clients are truly on top of their decisions and purchases, which makes our jobs that much easier. They’re excited to get into their home ahead of schedule, in time to enjoy the late summer and early fall from their west-facing water view deck. And you can be sure it will be thoroughly cleaned before we hand over the keys!

      More details to come in the weeks ahead.

    • Wrapped Up...Inside and Out

      May 11, 2020

      One of our current projects is a new, stunning lake view home on Eagle Bay Road. Great weather and astute building practices are allowing us to make excellent progress on the home.

      Inside, we’ve finished insulating and, as of today, we’re loading with drywall in preparation to start boarding this week. The photo at bottom right provides a great look at how the insulated home, complete with vapour barrier, looks just prior to drywalling. Very cosy indeed!

      Outside, we’ve also wrapped the home and have commenced with HardiPlank siding install, which should be completed within a couple of weeks.

      Other progress to note includes installation of the fireplace, Duradek vinyl decking completion, and a retaining wall on the east side of the home which is now in place. Flooring, natural stone for the exterior, and lighting have all been confirmed and ordered.

      The sun is shining, our crews are working hard (and safely), and, as a result, our clients are happy. Our thanks to them for allowing us to build their Shuswap dream.

    • Not Exactly Roughing It

      May 08, 2020

      Just prior to the upcoming May long weekend, we’ll be handing off one of recent projects on the North Shore to the owners. The project has been fascinating to complete, as it’s been an extensive renovation, including an upper floor addition, of an existing waterfront cottage. The collective goal of our clients, our staff and our subtrades has been to harmonize the traditional look and feel of the existing structure with modern conveniences and finishings.

      Needless to say, we really think we’ve all hit the mark. That is, we believe our owners will feel like they’re still enjoying the same rustic charms of their original cottage, but they won’t exactly be roughing it. We’ve married some of the best modern building technologies and luxurious finishes with traditional features to arrive at a stunning conclusion.

      As one example, we offer you the photo below of the new kitchen, which was not quite finished at the time the photo was taken. The maple shaker cabinets, with V grooves, have been flawlessly finished in white and clear lacquer. The shaker profile is timeless and fits in so well with the rustic trims and beams on the ceiling. The cabinets are complemented with Cambria Buckingham Summit Edge quartz countertops. The finished product is beautiful and functional, without being too ostentatious.

      Hats off to our father/daughter project management team of Dean and Heidi Friesen for keeping things moving forward during the Covid panedemic and keeping trades safe!