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    • Rural Renewal

      October 02, 2020

      We don’t really like to pat ourselves on the back too much, but it does seem as though we have become the Shuswap’s lakefront home renewal specialists. We’ve now completed more than a dozen whole-home teardown/new construction or renovation projects on or near the shores of the Shuswap Lake. And we’re just about to start yet another one.

      The existing Scotch Creek home, which has been owned essentially as a recreational property by the Kamloops owners, just didn’t have the space needed for a growing extended family. We were referred to the owners by neighbours who we completed a renovation for a few years ago.

      The owners asked us to explore the idea of building a second story on the existing home to create the needed space. But together, we determined that it simply wasn’t going to be cost effective or practical. So enter plan B--removing the entire house, followed by construction of an impressive new two story design.

      Our first telephone contact with the homeowners took place this past February. We then had our first site meeting in late May, during the heart of the pandemic. By August, the owners had settled on preliminary plans, and in September, those plans began to be finalized.

      Currently, we’re working on permitting and refining the design and finishing choices. The finished home will have a 1,436 square foot main floor, a 1,037 square foot upper floor, and a 711 square foot oversized garage. There will be four bedrooms, with the master on the main floor. Soaring 11-foot ceilings, varying pitch gable roof, and board and batten siding will all contribute to a stunning finished product.

      Besides permitting, we’re also working on a hydrogeological septic design to replace the existing aging system, riparian lake assessment to maintain the pristine foreshore, and a simple simple asbestos site remediation along with a CSRD demolition permit so that we can begin the house removal process.

      The existing home is shown below, along with the designer’s rendering of what will replace it. Stay tuned for more updates.