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    • Doing It Right!

      June 28, 2019

      Recently, one of Blind Bay’s most iconic waterfront homes was sold. During the sale process, inspection determined a number of deficiencies in the home, which was constructed relatively recently by a Kelowna builder. The purchasers, who are from Edmonton, asked Copper Island Fine Homes to undertake the renovation and have it ready for the summer. We have largely completed the project and it will be ready for occupancy on time.

      One of the main issues was a poorly constructed rear deck. Inspection turned up significant water damage and rot within the structure. Our remediation involved removed the decking, and this revealed sub-par waterproofing material with holes in it. We then removed the deck joists. The extent of the damage we observed prompted us to obtain a structural engineering prescription. Once in place, we rebuilt the deck posts and beams, and installed a custom-made steel deck beam bracket to properly carry the load. We then added a two-ply torch-on membrane, and resurfaced the entire deck with beautiful stamped concrete.

      We also remediated rotten deck stairs, removed and replaced deck railings, and replaced rotten wood soffiting under the deck with aluminum soffit.

      Other improvements included repainting HardiePlank siding and trims, bringing caulking up to code to prevent exterior penetrations, improving the main floor master bedroom and living room south-facing window glass with low-e product, repairing drywall and repainting the entire interior of the main house and carriage house above garage, repairing finishing trims, updating home automation and audio and television systems, sheeting the boat house storage walls with G1S plywood, removing moss from roof and cleaning gutters, improving gutter and downspout locations to remove water damage to siding, building a cedar fence between neighbours for privacy, reviewing all mechanical systems and repairing as necessary, adding lake water filtration system after potable water testing determined it to be necessary, and upgrading the security system with current technology and cameras.

      This beautiful home is now in the condition you’d expect it to be in, but the extent and scope of the required renovations underscores the importance of building it right in the first place.