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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.