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    • Rare Railings!

      November 26, 2021

      Here at Copper Island Fine Homes, we've always realized that the quality of our sub-trades helps make us the Shuswap's leading home builder and renovator.

      So these days, when it comes to building and finishing the high end railings that our clients demand, we often turn to Rick Enns, owner of Rick's Woodworking. Rick has been building railings and supplying high end custom woodwork in Salmon Arm for more than 33 years. Besides gorgeous wood railings, Rick's area of expertise includes curved stairs, glass rail with wood, stainless steel, steel spindles, cable rail, stair caps and wall ends, shaker panel posts, and welded steel panels.

      Recently, we were pleased to have Rick and his son on the job at a stunning lakefront rancher in Scotch Creek, completing the custom stair railings that you see in the photos below.

      Finishing items like stair railings signal that we’re on the home stretch for this house. Plumbing fixtures, final painting, baseboards and trims, siding finishing, and appliance installation are all under way as we prepare to deliver the home to its new owners early in the new year. Our thanks as always to our clients for allowing us to build their Shuswap dream, and to Rick's Woodworking and all of our other excellent subtrades for contributing to our collective success.

    • Supply Chain Workarounds

      November 18, 2021

      Here in the Shuswap, we've been dealing with supply chain issues for the past year. Like many other industries, the construction business has been hard hit with material shortages and shipping delays. This week, with BC's catastrophic flooding, we believe these problems will only get worse. And that means we have to step up our creativitity in order to arrive at workable solutions.

      Here's a great example with one of our current projects, a stunning lakefront timberframe home that we're building in Eagle Bay. Supply chain disruptions and other issues have already pushed back our completion date of this home by approximately two months. In an effort to keep things rolling, we took an unusual step. With our window manufacturers/suppliers experiencing their own critical delays and being unable to provide the windows for this home on schedule, we opted to board up all window and door openings with plywood (see top photo below).

      This allowed us to let one of our most trusted subtrades, Web Insulation from Salmon Arm, to move into the job site (see bottom photo below). Derek and Darcy Web, who took over the business from their father Wayne several years ago, are on the job this week, installing insulation and vapour barrier. Once completed, insulation will allow us to keep precious heat inside the home, just as winter knocks on the door. In turn, being able to keep heat inside will allow our drywall crews to follow immediately after. In fact, we expect drywall and preliminary painting to be completed by the time the windows arrive near the end of January.

      For the foreseeable future, we expect more of these types of delays, so we'll continue to keep our creative caps on as we work to keep our projects on time and on track.

    • Throwing Stones

      November 06, 2021

      You've all heard the old expression, "People living in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." Well, that may be true. But here at Copper Island Fine Homes, we also believe that people building houses should throw stones.

      More and more, we find ourselves using stone slinging trucks to place crushed rock and other stone products, particularly as backfill inside of completed foundations. It's all about efficiency.  Stone slinger units allow a load of material to be placed quickly and accurately. They employ a conveyor belt which operates at high speeds to "sling" material into hard-to-access areas with precision. 

      The photo below was taken at our new project on Golf Course Drive in Shuswap Lake Estates. This truck, provided by Norwest Pumping Inc. of Kamloops, filled our entire 2,200 square foot foundation in just a few minutes. This is important when time is of the essence, and while the cost per hour for these trucks is higher than a standard gravel truck, they're able to place material so efficiently that we seldom need to spend any costly machine time grading the material after completion.

      Since the photo was taken, we've formed the foundation walls for the crawlspace of this beautiful rancher. We'll be moving into framing as soon as possible, with the goal of getting locked up before we get any serious winter weather. More details coming soon.

    • Scotch Creek Cabinets

      October 31, 2021

      As our foundation and framing crews are bringing several new projects online, we're also keeping the heat on our finishing crews to stay one step ahead during this incredibly busy fall season.

      In Scotch Creek, we've been working all summer on a stunning lake front rancher. Now we're moving into the finishing stages, and with drywall and paint complete, that means cabinet installs. The photos below show some of the kitchen cabinetry, along with some of the laundry and pantry built-ins, which have supplied for this project by one of our most trusted and long-standing millwork providers, Excel Cabinets in Kamloops.

      As you can see, their work is flawless as usual. The countertops have now been templated, and will be installed in the coming weeks. We're now moving into baseboard and windows casing installations, along with custom closets. The balance of the flooring is also now scheduled for the weeks ahead.

      Outside, the Hardiplank and stone combination will be wrapped up in the next two weeks as well.

      We'll enjoy handing this beautiful home over to its new owners at some point in December. Before we do, we'll capture some of the stunning finishes, inside and out, and show them in future updates in the weeks ahead.

      As always, our thanks to the clients for entrusting us with their Shuswap dream home.

    • Solid Footing

      October 22, 2021

      Here's one of several new projects we have underway -- a spacious, one level rancher located on prestigious Golf Course Drive in Shuswap Lake Estates. This timeless layout, created by Meyer Designs out of Coldstream, fits in beautifully with the other golf course-themed homes in the area.

      Work just got underway, with the site clearing and excavation being done by Traxx Excavating out of Blind Bay (our first time using this reputable contractor). With that work completed earlier this week, our framing and foundation crew moved onto the site to form for footings. Their quick and efficient work allowed us to pump the footings yesterday. Needless to say, we all know winter's coming, so it's all hands on deck to complete the foundation next week, and complete the framing to lockup by December.

      Below are the front and back elevation drawings of this beautiful home, along with a few photos of excavation, cribbing for footings, and concrete being pumped into the footings formwork.

      Watch for more updates as we move forward with framing. Our thanks to our clients for entrusting us with their Shuswap dream home.

    • A 15 Year Partnership

      October 18, 2021

      It was slightly delayed by the pandemic, but it finally arrived. We’re talking about our commemorative plaque honouring our 15 year commitment to being a full member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association--the voice of Canada's residential construction industry.

      As a longstanding member of the CHBA, we adhere to its Code of Ethics and have committed our company to annual certification and education programs. We are the only Shuswap builder certified by the Canadian Home Builder’s Association through their two-year Registered Home Professional, Licensed Residential Builder, Renovator and Built Green Builder programs, and we are a Certified Energy Star Builder.

      “For the best part of the past 15 years, we’ve been one of the very few home construction companies in the Shuswap that have recognized the importance of being members of CHBA,” explains Marcus Picton, President and CEO of Copper Island Fine Homes. “The Association is truly our trusted partner. At the local level, it represents our collective concerns to municipal governments, and it does the same at the provincial and national levels. Through CHBA networking events, industry seminars, and professional development courses and accreditation like Built Green, we have built ourselves a reputation as the new home company of choice in the Shuswap. And we think it’s clear that many of our clients over the years have entrusted the the construction of their Shuswap dream homes with us because of our longstanding relationship with CHBA.”

      Of particular importance to Copper Island Fine Homes are the Keystone Awards, presented annually to the best builders in the Central Interior division of CHBA. We are the only builder in the Shuswap that's been recognized multiple times for excellence at the Keystone Awards. Since 2008, we've won 21 awards, including Gold awards for Best Customer Service, Customer Choice, Interior Design, Detached Home and Renovation. Most recently, during the 2020 Keystone Awards, we were awarded Gold for for Best Customer Service, Gold for Best Home $1.5M to $3M, and Gold for Most Unique Design.

      Learn more about the Canadian Home Builders’ Association at www.chba.ca.

      Photo: Jere Lorenz (right), President of Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior, presents the commemorative plaque to Sylvia and Marcus Picton.

    • Timber!

      September 25, 2021

      In St. Ives, we're moving into the final stages of a beautiful West Coast timberframe project. This home demanded an appropriate set of stairs to connect floors -- stairs that complement the rustic yet modern look of the timberframe construction.  

      The stairs in the photos below were supplied by Canadian Timber Frames. They required a great deal of modification to work properly in the location, and for that we turned to one of our most important sub-trades, local Shuswap finishing carpenter Mark Orchard. Mark had to basically re-cut and re-build the stairs to fit the space. Mark has spent a great deal of his working life building custom log homes, so when we need someone to step in and resolve a problem like this, we think of him first. Needless to say, he brought it all together. He is a craftsman and always finishes his work beautifully. 

      Next steps include millwork and trims, flooring installations, and plumbing/electrical finishing. Outside, the stunning exterior of Hardiplank and stone has been completed.

      Look for more photos of this stunning project as we move towards completion.

    • Welcoming Josh Trask

      September 22, 2021

      Copper Island Fine Homes is pleased to welcome another new staff member to our team. Josh Trask, who calls Salmon Arm home, has assumed the position of Construction Client Liaison. He replaces Melody Thompson, who recently retired.

      Josh has a diverse skill set. Originally from Australia, he worked as a construction project manager for four years in Brisbane, Queensland. He also has experience in countertop fabrication, custom cabinet assembly, and lumber grading.

      In his spare time, he's an avid mountain biker and trail builder.

      "I’m extremely excited by the opportunity to work for Copper Island Fine Homes, and uphold its standing as the foremost quality home builder in Columbia Shuswap region," says Josh. "I’m eager to bury myself in the tiniest of details and go the extra mile to give our clients exactly what they want."

      "Josh is multi-skilled and not afraid to get his hands dirty," says Marcus Picton, CIFH President and CEO. "This is exactly what this position requires, as it's all about cementing our reputation as a builder that goes the extra mile for our clients. I'd also like to acknowledge Melody Thompson's work in this role and wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement."

    • Magnificent Millwork

      September 17, 2021

      Here's an update from our lakefront timberframe West Coast-style home in St. Ives, on the Shuswap's North Shore.

      Recently, with drywall and painting complete, we began installation of a luxurious kitchen, with a beautiful blend of wood tones and white cabinetry. Our subcontractor for this work is 7 Point Millworks & Installations Ltd., based in Kamloops. The company's work is always impeccable -- and their installations are fast and always on time. The photo below gives you an idea of what the cabinetry looks like, prior to installation of counter tops.

      Shortly after this photo was taken, we completed templating for the counter tops, with all sinks and faucets on site to confirm sizing of plumbing openings.

      Meanwhile, the timber frame stairs are also being installed, and outside, the custom tongue and groove soffit is also underway. 

      Check back for more photos of this beautiful home as we work our way to completion.

    • Meet Our New Project Manager

      September 10, 2021

      We'd like to introduce you to Doug Mann, who recently joined the Copper Island Fine Homes team as a project manager.

      Doug comes here from Calgary, where he has been in the construction industry for more than 30 years. He started his career right out of high school as an apprentice cabinet maker, and achieved his journeyman creditentials in 1995. He worked installing high end millwork for a number of years, and then moved into project management in the early 2000's. He spent the last five years running his own renovation company, Inspiration Renovations and Homes Ltd.

      "My wife and I have always loved visiting the Shuswap area, so when the chance came to build amazing homes in such a beautiful location, we decided to dissolve my business," says Doug, who started work on September 7. "In only a few short days, I have been greatly impressed with the work, projects and professionalism of Copper Island. The attention to detail, organization, quality of material, and skill of sub-trades is second to none. I look forward to being associated with such fine work, and to working and getting to know all of the Copper Island staff, sub-trades, and clients. I hope you will find me helpful and ready to give you the support and solutions you need on-site. I've spent many years on the tools doing a wide array of things, so I want all to know that I appreciate just how hard it is to build to the highest level of quality, and that I'm here to help in anyway I can."

      Copper Island Fine Homes President and CEO Marcus Picton hired Doug based on his five years of experience of working with Doug in the same company.

      "Doug and I worked side by side at the same construction company in Calgary--I was general manager and he was construction manager," says Marcus. "Doug has all the right stuff to take on this challenging position. He is hard-working, skilled, and knowledgeable about most, if not all, aspects of the home-building industry. And his commitment to quality work and high standards will serve all of us well here at Copper Island, where we're continuing a legacy of building the Shuswap's finest and most award-winning custom homes."

      Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Doug and his family as they make their new home in the Shuswap.