Our best references are the people who have entrusted us with bringing their dreams to life. Here's what a few of our customers have to say about their experiences working with Copper Island Fine Homes.
"Copper Island Fine Holmes staff and contractors are professional, courteous and open to consultation even with the smallest issue...This company lives up to their quality standard and their guarantee of satisfaction."
— Shirley and Irv Bengert
"When we met Marcus of Copper Island Fine Homes for the first time, it was easy to make the decision to build our retirement home in Anglemont. From the start, Kathy was a big help to get all the permits, and then it was smooth sailing. With Doug having all the contractors lined up for the exterior work, and Heidi in charge of the contractors doing the interior finish, our home was built in less than eight months...Thank you Copper Island Fine Homes for a job well done!" —Andy and Heidi Muhlemann.
"Building a new home with Copper Island Fine Homes was as seamless and pleasant as this experience gets. Having built two homes in the US, and renovated three, I was all too familiar with the delays, unsatisfactory work, and over-budget costs that can arise from such a project. However, despite building at a time of legendary inflation and supply chain issues, Copper Island sailed through it, ahead of schedule and always careful to stay on budget as much as possible. From start to finish, all staff were courteous and professional, with the goal of producing a top quality home to my exact specifications. All of the sub-trades were equally courteous and professional, and exemplified superior workmanship. I have heard some people compare building a house to having a baby—extremely painful with a nice outcome in the end. Building with Copper Island Fine Homes is like having a baby with the best anaesthetic and medical staff available. And the best outcome!" —C. Faid.
"We had tried to buy a house in Blind Bay and could not find one that suited us. One day we changed direction and within a very short period of time we had made the biggest decision of our life.or at least what felt like the biggest decision! We purchased a lot and hired Copper Island Fine Homes to build us a “forever home”. This is something we really never thought we would ever experience. Building the house and working with the Copper Island team and their sub-trades has been nothing less than an amazing experience. We absolutely love our new home! It became more than we imagined and dreamed it would be. It exceeded all of our expectations. From start to finish, during a time of uncertainty with product supply chain issues and price increases, we were able to navigate smoothly to a completion on time. Living out of town, we were continually updated with emails, texts and photos from Copper Island. The quality of professionalism, hardworking employees and sub-trades, and impeccable craftsmanship all contributed to a very positive experience; it could not have gone any more smoothly. We thank everyone involved in building our beautiful home." —Cindy and Tony Young.
"Choosing a reputable custom home builder with a great reputation was a big decision for my husband and I. Not only was this our first home build, but we were doing the entire process while living overseas and would not be able to visit the worksite at all during the construction process! We interviewed a number of builders in and around the Okanagan/Shuswap area and ultimately chose Copper Island Fine Homes to build our dream home. The fact that they were an established local builder with numerous awards definitely helped, but it was not until we had a video call with the president Marcus Picton that we truly felt that CIFH was the choice for us. His clear explanation on the build process, the budget, and how his team would interact with us given the time and distance restraints put us at ease, and away we went! The entire project from start to finish went smoothly, on time, and most importantly, on budget despite the rising supply costs and supply issues that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.We were extremely comfortable throughout the entire process and the whole CIFH team involved in our build kept us up to date as our build progressed. We highly recommend Copper Island Fine Homes to anyone looking to build a quality custom home." —The Eichenbergs.
"Having our home built by Copper Island Fine Homes was a great decision. We researched all the best builders in the area, and it was an easy choice to make as Copper Island stood above the rest. From the moment we sat down with Marcus we felt confident that we were in good hands while building in a time of COVID and supply chain demands. Marcus and his team at Copper Island were extremely helpful and guided us through the whole process. They didn’t rush us into quick decisions and let us explore different possibilities. Our questions were answered in a timely method, often with useful suggestions. Their trades are top notch, and it shows in their workmanship. In the end, we ended with a home we love, and it was built by the time we requested. We have confidence that they will follow up and stand behind their product for years to come." —Blair & Mary G.
"Thank you to Copper Island Fine Homes for helping us realize our dream home. The project went smoothly and quickly, despite Covid restrictions. Copper Island kept us in the loop about finances and timing. We always had the feeling that they had our best interests at heart. The staff and sub-trades were all excellent to work with. We would definitely recommend this company to anyone building a new homes in this area." —K. Ridinger
"My husband and I interviewed a number of builders before choosing Copper Island Fine Homes. We were going to be away for the first six months of the project and were concerned about communication between ourselves and Copper Island. Greg assured us that his company had completed many builds where the clients were not local. Copper Island Fine Homes took over all pre-construction processes, i.e., obtaining permits; arranging for surveys and various riparian and water studies that are necessary when you live on the lake. From the very start, Greg’s inhouse team, including Dean, Melody, Kathy and Heidi, were a pleasure to work with and were in constant communication with us. In addition, the on-site contractors were polite and professional, and worked to ensure the highest building standards. This year was especially challenging for all to complete a building project. Record amounts of snow as well as Covid restrictions meant possible delays for the build. Timeframes and changing project costs were communicated professionally. When we met with Heidi and Dean for the handover, we were assured that Copper Island Fine Homes would stand by their workmanship and ensure that any deficiencies, questions or repairs would be dealt with promptly. We would highly recommend Copper Island Fine Homes to anyone building a new home and would be more than happy to talk directly about our experience." —The Waychoffs
"I cannot believe that anyone who has dealt with this company—owners Greg and Tracy Vistisen and their very capable staff and contractors—could give a review of anything less than five stars. From our very first meeting Greg made us feel that he was confident that they could build the home we wanted. And they did. We were quite specific that we wanted a West Coast Modern build in order to take advantage of our view overlooking Shuswap Lake...Throughout construction we were kept informed of each step and provided with choices for alternate quality materials if we were going over budget. Their sub-contractors and project managers were very competent and often, with their experience, able to make practical improvements on some of our choices. I cannot state strongly enough that this could have been a stressful experience but was made so much easier by how pleasant everyone was to deal with—from Greg and Tracy and the office staff, to everyone who worked on the house. We would highly recommend Copper Island Fine Homes to anyone who is contemplating a new build or renovation." —David & Louise Syme
"We have had bad builder experiences in past homes and didn’t want to make the same mistake. After extensive research, we decided that Copper Island Fine Homes would build our dream house. Although we were nervous at first (not being from the area), right from the start Kathy and Melody made us at ease. They told us that building a house should be a fun process. Then along came Project Managers Dean and Heidi—a great team to work with. It’s unbelievable how supportive they have been, and all of this in the midst of the COVID pandemic. They made things happen. They always got back to us when we had questions (even the stupid ones), and even arranged some virtual tours on Facetime. Like they said, there is never a problem, just satisfactory solutions. We love our house. It was built within our established budget with no surprises and two months ahead of original schedule (that was a great surprise). Would we recommend Copper Island Fine Homes? Yes, without hesitation. Thank you to the entire team for a job well done. You are the best. Keep up the great work." —Pierre & Sylvie Tremblay
"Our experience with Copper Island Fine Homes has been very positive. Their entire team is made up of highly effective people. They explain everything and they respond quickly. I will certainly use them again for my future builds. Highly recommended. Thank you Kathy, Debi, Melody, Heidi, Dean and Greg." —The Sasanis
"We’re extremely excited and happy with the just-completed renovation of our North Shuswap home by Copper Island Fine Homes. The craftsmanship and professionalism of all the Copper Island Fine Homes team was fantastic. Project Managers Dean Friesen and his daughter, Heidi, were wonderful to work with, as were Melody and Kathy in the administrative office. We are familiar with renovations and construction ourselves, operating a log cabin resort in Jasper, AB, and were very happy that Copper Island’s team were relatable and easy to discuss the details of our renovation with. They implemented and crafted many of our ideas, so the finished project was well-constructed with excellent workmanship and a high quality of detail. Living five hours away, we were not able to be onsite often, but we received many pictures and communicated often through phone or emails, so we were confident with the progress and supervision of the sub trades by Copper Island. We also were very pleased with the timeline of completing our renovation. None of us would have thought Covid-19 would slow down the world, but despite having to spread out the sub trades, with only two workers or one company at a time able to complete the finishing work, Copper Island got our project done on time. What a treat to get the key and walk through our new, spotlessly clean and completed house with Dean and Heidi. We’re also very impressed with Copper Island’s warranty policy with its 1, 2, 5 and 10 year return warranty check. We highly recommend Copper Island Fine Homes for any renovations or new construction in the Shuswap area and we certainly are happy that we made the right decision to work with such a professional and reputable company to complete our renovation." —Chris and Rena Allin
"From past involvement with renovations to our primary residence, we decided that we would want a builder to supervise the process from start to finish. After doing market research, our first choice was Copper Island Fine Homes (CIFH) based on their reputation and personal recommendations. Our experience with the construction of our waterfront home on Shuswap Lake allows us to recommend CIFH without reservation. From our first meeting with Greg Vistisen in February 2018, CIFH was attentive and understanding of what we envisioned for our new home and we were provided with a clear explanation of the process involved with construction. Coordination of the construction process was seamless and with no unnecessary delays. Administrative details were handled efficiently and the communication system used to monitor the construction process allowed for timely decisions and transparency. CIFH arranged for us to meet with the appropriate professionals and trades workers whom they vetted for their quality and reliability. Onsite supervisors, in collaboration with the trades and professionals, were able identify problems and provide solutions that fit with our vision and minimized stress. Attention to detail and pride in workmanship was a hallmark. CIFH is an outstanding builder with a team that makes a difference. They communicate effectively and execute a customer’s vision efficiently and to a very high standard." —J Paul Thompson
"When we first met Greg on the empty lot that was to become our dream home, we knew we had made the right decision to build with Copper Island Fine Homes. What we didn’t know was all that went into building on a challenging lot such as the one we had selected. Thankfully, CIFH did, and they put together a team that ensured we not only have an exceptional, structurally-sound home, but also one that is unique, beautiful and well-constructed. Throughout the build, there were no cutting of corners, and every detail was quality-checked by one of their professionals. Thank you to the entire team. Our home is everything we wanted it to be and more." —Rick and Teri Koenigbauer
"Copper Island Fine Homes recently completed our retirement home and it exceeded all our expectations. Greg, along with his team’s meticulous attention to detail, utilization of exceptional trades and excellent communication throughout the building process, created an enjoyable, stress free experience for us. Copper Island Fine Homes is well known in the community for their reputation of excellence." — Sharon and Al
"It has been an absolute pleasure for us to have trusted you and your company to build our dream home on the Shuswap Lake. Thanks to your construction expertise and your caring nature, you have made the entire construction process a wonderful experience. We can’t thank you and your dedicated team of Copper Island enough for that!" — Mirja and Stefan Mundt
"A big thank you to Copper Island Fine Homes for building me such a beautiful, well-constructed home! I loved every minute of the building process and was thrilled to be a part of it. The house is beautiful and exceeded my expectations. Other than a few indulgences on my part, everyone kept me on budget and aware of the costs. Everyone involved with the build was respectful and knowledgeable and went out of their way to make it a good experience for me. It was very clear that they all took great pride in their work. In particular, I would like to thank Jeremy and Kyla for all their input and the wonderful touches they added." — Helen Stoddart
"We’ve known Greg and Tracy Vistisen personally for many years, and CIFH by reputation since its inception. That said, we still did a proper search for a contractor when planning a long-overdue, extensive renovation of our beloved but aging lakeside cabin. After reviewing our options, we selected Copper Island. We're glad we did; the completed project exceeds our expectations and we’re very happy with our expanded, renewed and refreshed ‘lake house’. Greg and his team met with us regularly, kept us updated with progress, helped problem solve the inevitable challenges any renovation presents, and were pleasant and professional. We were able to keep the best of the old, while enlarging and modernizing the kitchen and adding an entire master suite and a cozy loft. New raised and vaulted rooflines, windows, interior and exterior finishing, roofing, plumbing and electrical--everything was done just right. Greg’s due diligence regarding the business and financial arrangements was thorough and we never felt pressured or uninformed. All in all, we are completely satisfied customers." — Kathy and Steve Rollheiser
"I very much enjoyed working with the Copper Island team on my recent renovation. I chose Copper Island Fine Homes for several reasons; their integrity, excellent reputation, and their ability to handle all the details. The renovation was completed on time and on budget. The Change Order system kept me on top of the money. The Copper Island staff were easy to work with and very accommodating. The sub-trades were all very polite, friendly and accommodating. My old house has a fresh new look, yet retains its old country charm. I would definitely give them a 9.5 out of 10 and would recommend them to my friends and family!" — Melany Dyer
"We had a very enjoyable experience working with Copper Island Fine Homes and would heartily recommend them to anyone building in the Shuswap! They did an amazing job of keeping to the schedule even though there were a few permitting problems that slowed down the process at the beginning. The build was completed in a very impressive ten months. The project came in over budget but it was by a reasonable amount and some of the charges were due to the permitting and excavation stages. The change order system kept us apprised of any cost overruns. We loved all the employees of Copper Island Fine Homes and found them to be very knowledge, friendly and competent. Greg was particularly helpful at the beginning when the permit process was complicated and onerous. In the field, Dean and Heidi were also fantastic to deal with and would often come up with ideas to save us money while improving the home. We love the quality workmanship that Copper Island insisted on. We are very picky and were pleased by the attention to detail that Copper Island Fine Homes insisted on. This was a great experience for us and we would recommend Copper Island Fine Homes to anyone who is considering building a quality home in the Shuswap." — Nigel Collett and Margaret McCormick
"We decided to renovate the entire upper floor of our home and from the first contact we had with Greg at Copper Island Fine Homes, we knew we were in good hands. He was considerate of our budget and ideas, and his knowledge and expertise made our experience go very smoothly. The entire staff at Copper Island were professional, helpful, caring, and friendly. Dee was incredible in taking our vision and turning it into a beautiful design. Throughout demolition and construction, Chuck and Heidi kept us apprised of the progress and timelines. With every interaction, their desire to make sure we were happy and getting everything we wanted was evident. We continue to discover and enjoy beautiful details in the work done by Chuck and the Copper Island staff. We highly recommend Copper Island Fine Homes for your home renovations." — Geoff and Heather Lawless
"Our building experience with Copper Island Fine Homes was excellent. We can’t say enough good things about the Copper Island employees. Kyla was amazing and helped us make our design choices with ease. Chuck and Dean were great too. The neighbours also liked that Copper Island cleaned up the site as they went. The sub-trades were also amazing - easy to get along with and they really knew their stuff. We were kept apprised of the schedule along the way; we always knew what stage we were at and what was happening next. We were thrilled with the way the product came in ahead of schedule. We gave a date to Greg of when we wanted to move in and he made it happen! We would recommend Greg and Copper Island Fine Homes to anyone." — The Millers
"Copper Island Fine Homes in one word: Excellence! Our entire experience from start to finished product was simply amazing. The people and the process were truly enjoyable beyond our dreams. From our first meeting with Greg, when we shared our vision and our dream home wish list, we just knew he was the one who would build our home. Greg is professional, knowledgeable, thorough, meticulous, considerate, sincere, and dedicated—and the list goes on. We found many of those same qualities in the entire Copper Island team. Being first time builders, we had complete confidence and peace of mind in our decision to have Copper Island at the helm. While still living fulltime in Alberta, we were able to work cooperatively on every detail, but were assured Copper Island would take full control when needed or as requested by us. Through the planning and build stages, design and cost options were presented, always with strict attention to the budget and our vision for our home. Financial tracking along with regular reporting provided good detail, and included advice and guidance around cost implications as we contemplated changes to our original design. The aura of excellence that the CI Team operates under is undeniable! This culture of superiority also extended to many of the sub-trades. We cannot say enough about the amazing people that were instrumental in building our home. From the framers to the finishing details, every person that we dealt with was top tier. Never have we had the opportunity to deal with such genuine people who take such pride in the work that they do. It was truly a pleasure. Such talent, from the top down! Without any hesitation, we would wholeheartedly recommend the Copper Island team for a project of any scale. Our gratitude is beyond words. Thank you!" — The Fesers
"Building our new home with Copper Island Fine Homes was an easy decision for us! From the design process through to our move-in, we were pleased with the professional quality of service we received. Greg's ability to keep the project timeline on schedule, with the changes we made along the way, was impressive. Living six hours away from our new home site wasn't a challenge as Greg and Kyla frequently kept us updated with phone calls, emails and photos. Kyla was our saving grace from start to finish, as her professionalism, attention to detail, and fresh ideas in construction and interior design, brought the elegant style that we were looking for to fruition. Dean was very knowledgeable, answered our many questions and kept a close eye on things for us. As the finished product of our new home exceeded our expectations, we would definitely recommend Copper Island Fine Homes to anyone wanting to build a quality custom home. Thanks so much Greg, Kyla, Dean and the entire team!" — Susan Kelland & Myron Hladyshevsky
"I’ve now been in my Copper Island Fine Homes-built home for just over one year and I’m completely impressed with the attention to detail, quality workmanship, and high level of service. The entire home building process, from start to finish, was made easy by Greg, Tracy, and Kyla. I found the Copper Island Fine Homes team to be made up of professional, dedicated, and skilled tradespersons that set a high priority on quality of workmanship. Any design, construction, or financial matters encountered along the way were handled professionally, transparently, and with integrity. Because my primary residence is in Alberta I wasn’t able to be on site very often during construction. However, communication was not lacking and Greg and Kyla were always available for a phone call or email update. They met or exceeded all my expectations. I would highly recommend the Copper Island Fine Homes team to anyone looking to build a quality custom built home." — Kevin Podrasky
"A year ago we contacted Copper Island Fine Homes about building a shop to be attached to our 5-year-old summer house in Blind Bay. We knew from the get-go that we wanted Copper Island Fine Homes to build the garage because when we were at the purchasing stage of buying our house in this area, the CIFH homes always stood out to us way above any others. We had a vision of what we wanted and Greg and his team put that into reality. Greg and Dean were always willing to discuss each stage of the job and many times welcomed John’s input into the project. Even though we live 10 hours away (in Alberta) John was able to work closely with the guys; he felt he was part of creating this beautiful addition to our home. They were able to tie the garage perfectly into the house! Greg and Dean take pride in professional work standards that included ensuring that the neighbourhood was kept informed of the work to be done and all employees and subcontractors were always very considerate of the neighbours and the community in which they work. Greg and Dean treated this project as if it were a ten million dollar job; we were included in all decisions, there were no surprises ever, and it was completed in a timely and professional manner. We would absolutely, without a doubt, recommend Greg and his team to build your dream home in the Shuswap!" — John & Barb Winia
"Firstly, we would like to say working with Greg and his team was a most enjoyable and stressless experience. We have taken possession of a very well-designed, well-built and elegant looking home inside and out. Greg and his team made a normally stressful experience enjoyable and dare I even say "fun", from the design process through the build. I was particularly pleased to be able to work personally with his team of framers on the roof and trusses. We really enjoyed working with Kyla on the interior design process. She brought a professionalism and fresh approach in choosing fixtures, appliances, flooring and colors for our home. The finished product is, in the words of my wife, calming, relaxing ,comfortable and welcoming. The build was done on time and on budget with the exception of our changes, and to a standard that we would expect with a quality builder. The whole process started with realistic expectations within our budget and we were kept on track with the financial tracking and change order process. The punch list process recognized deficiencies which were addressed in a timely manner. Having the experience we have had over the last year, we are confident that, should we have any issues going forward, Copper Island will address them with professionalism and integrity. A huge thanks to Kyla, Dean, Chuck, Dennis, Sam, Tracy and Greg in providing us with a beautiful house we can call "Home in the Shuswap." — Gord & Linda Shea
"The renovation of our Scotch Creek home has been a wonderful experience. Even with unexpected obstacles, like a two week delay because of asbestos, the team trooped on and delivered, having our home ready for possession on the day they said they would. The results are amazing and we are very pleased with the end product. Every step of the way, from the first initial quote, right to the end, each project or issue was singled out with an approximate price and estimate. Greg was very accurate with his budget, and kept in touch with us. The team was a pleasure to work with, from the moment the five of them came into the house on day one for the initial walk through. Working with Kyla on the design team was fun, and she brought many things to our attention to keep us on track. Her ideas and great design knowledge were much appreciated. Even our neighbors have said how polite & courteous all the workers and contractors were--clean, tidy, quiet, and respectful. Greg, maybe you’re always on top of your game--you’re consistent, considerate, professional, nice to deal with and always have a smile on your face. But we feel like you went the extra mile just for us. We love our new improved home. Thank you very very much." — Lyall & Angela Dingeldein
"Recommending the Copper Island team to family, friends, and anyone would be by far one the easiest decisions for us. This is one of the most organized and skilled companies we have ever dealt with. From our first meeting with Greg, to our last, it was professional, organized and detailed. We had our summer home completely renovated top to bottom, and we cannot express our gratitude for the top quality workmanship and knowledge to their craft that this team brought. We did all our communications through emails and phone calls, and Kyla was a God send--her knowledge of design is impeccable. The system they use to keep you updated on production and financial tracking is user friendly and easy to read. Absolutely anytime there was any question that needed answering, Greg and Kyla were always available and ready to help. The sub trades were efficient and professional at all times. We were given a finish date, and even with a few changes, we were in on time. After doing our pre-occupancy punch list, Dean and his team worked to get any follow up done around our schedule, with our company coming and going, and did it in a timely and organized manner. We cannot express how impressed we were with working with Greg and his team, and would highly recommend anyone to use them!" — The Katos
"Recommending Copper Island Fine Homes is by far the easiest thing we have ever had to do. In 2011/2012 we hired Copper Island Fine homes to take on a major reno. From the moment Greg, Dean and Kyla walked in our front door, we knew we chosen wisely. From the start they were professional, caring and meticulous as to how the job would go with our best interests at the centre of every idea and conversation. Everything was great; their targets, budget, and ideas were second to none; the project started when they said it would and ended on time and on budget. Every trade who came through our home were exactly what Greg said they would be -- quick and talented. The workmanship was fantastic. In the end everything turned out perfect. Whether it was answering a phone call or discussing a change or new ideas, Greg and Kyla were always front and centre and always available, which was a great relief to us in a major reno. All in all our reno project with Copper Island Fine Homes was an excellent and satisfying experience, one that we can sincerely and honestly pass on to others! Great job folks, and thank you again for truly a job well done!" — The Ullrichs
"Thank for the exceptional renovation of our summer home! The trust was built on the first phase of the additional rooms to the house, and now with the main floor being done without us even being present is exceptional. All work was performed on time and with great workmanship! To be honest, we do not think we had one issue with the reno and, if anything, they came back to finish off very minor items that we were not even aware of! The design and finishing work is great, communication was excellent, and the team showed a lot of patience with us when we did not respond in time for their work schedule. Everybody is in the wow mode when they come into the house--it's a lot of fun! We highly recommend Greg and his building team. We now look forward to the basement reno. Greg, thank you and your team for a great job well done." — Bart and Joanne Yachimec
"We would like to recommend Copper Island Fine Homes for the excellent work they did on our (now) beautiful home. We purchased our home and before we moved in had Copper Island renovate a large portion of the upper level of our 13-year old home. The reno involved removal of walls, rearrangement of closets (converting one into a bar), addition of a huge picture window, installation of lighting in a very large ceiling, complete removal and replacement of the drywall on that ceiling, installation of a new fireplace and a completely new kitchen. Working with Greg, Dean and Kyla was a delightfully stress-free experience. Greg is a very professional, knowledgeable contractor and offered reasonable, cost-effective options as the work progressed. Dean, too, is very experienced and kept a close watch on important structural details. Kyla did a terrific job keeping us informed of the progress as we were still in Vancouver while the work was being completed. In addition, all the subcontractors were excellent. Another contractor commented we were fortunate to have Copper Island do the work as it was likely beyond the capabilities of most others in the area. We've all heard many stories of dream homes that become nightmares during renovations. This project was very pleasant. I don't think we could have asked for a better team or a better experience. Once again, we unreservedly recommend Copper Island Fine Homes." — The Lamberts
"In 2012 we hired Copper Island Fine Holmes to build a Lake House in Eagle Bay. At our first meeting we found Greg to be very professional in the way he outlined his building process and communication strategies. We found Greg's honesty, attention to detail, and immediate availability during the entire building process created a trusting relationship. The building time line hit all the targets. We especially liked the record keeping system that kept us current about the costs of all the building details as they occurred. There were no surprises. Payment draws outlined all the work completed to the date of payment. Every effort was made to keep costs within budget. Copper Island Fine Holmes staff and contractors are professional, courteous and open to consultation even with the smallest issue. Working with the team interior decorator/coordinator was invaluable as she took the stress out of all the interior building decisions. She coordinated the details between us, the supplier and the onsite trades to ensure that everything went according to design. This company lives up to their quality standard and their guarantee of satisfaction." — The Bengerts
"Exactly what they claim to be – FINE homes! We can sum up Greg and his team at Copper Island Fine Homes with the words integrity, competence, and caring. Greg and his tradespeople were committed to the highest standards in their part of the construction of our house. Along with their integrity in adhering to the highest standards, Greg and his team very much evidenced competence in every aspect of the construction. But probably the most impressive aspect of the whole construction process was how Greg and his team cared. They were exceptionally willing to take time to discuss and explain things as we began the process of surveying, excavating and finally building our home. Five years after we moved in, we still look at things like the cupboards, baseboards, flooring, and marvel at how we have been the recipients of a house of such great quality." — The Schamuhns
"CIFH has a communication system between client and builder, builder and sub trades that is beyond spectacular. We had completed several renovations and built a home, but we had yet to experience a management team that operates at such a level of expertise. Emails, journals, meeting notes, response time and documentation via camera and written format were all managed in a very timely fashion. Monetary discussions that are sometimes difficult but essential during the process were managed with open discussion and full disclosure. We could not have been happier with our choice of CIFH to build our summer home. It is beautiful. We know they will be there for all our warranty and follow up work. They have already proved that in the short term." — The Flanagans
"Greg's construction team [from foundations through to the end product] did an excellent job, and produced a finished product that both they as builders and we as homeowners can be proud of. Of particular note, I would be remiss to not mention Kyla, Copper Island's interior decorator, whose eye for colour and style was invaluable, saving us considerable time and even money throughout the selection process. All of our guests have all been suitably impressed by our new home in Blind Bay. I have no qualms in recommending Copper Island Fine Homes, and would recommend that anyone who is considering building in the Blind Bay area give serious consideration to Copper Island Fine Homes, and at the very least interview Greg and obtain a construction quote from him prior to commencing their new home build." — Dave and Linda Webster
"We employed CIFH to build a 500 square foot pool cabana and remediate an existing pool deck and surrounding area. The project ran from Sept 2011 to June 2012. The project was neither large nor complicated but did have its challenges due to the fact that it came without a set of plans, had to fit in with an existing building and was to be mostly completed while we were absent. Greg and his team did a very good job managing the job as well as his clients. All of the staff and trades were friendly and cooperative. The worksite was always kept as clean as possible. CIFH did a good job of keeping us informed and providing options when it came to details that required decisions. CIFH never threatened us with the cost of small changes as the project progressed and, as importantly, were very willing to offer suggestions as to how money could be saved. As a result we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend CIFH to others or to hire them again for our own projects." — Steve Baker/Lynda Yachimec
"We are pleased and know we have a very well constructed home with only the best quality construction throughout. Greg always kept in touch with us and advised us well in advance of any delays, etc. He was always in touch on a regular basis by phone or email. We have had a few minor problems and Greg was always here to look after them very quickly. Greg has called on us many times after completion just to see if everything was OK and in some cases he had a few items repaired long after the warranty period. Greg pays a lot of attention to detail , and a lot of our friends have commented on that as well. We are very happy in general with our Copper Island Fine Home and would recommend them to anyone building a new home." — Ed and May Bruce
"Copper Island Fine Homes recently did a major renovation for me on a commercial building. Greg came highly recommended by a friend. I was living a 10 hr drive away and needed someone who could be trusted to do a good job without my supervision. Greg and his highly trained employees performed the work with a quality that is second to none. Many people have commented during the construction process how straight and square everything was. Greg's crew work hard when they are on site and don't waste time. Greg's decorator Kyla did a fantastic job on the colour choices, from the rock outside to the paint inside. Everything coordinates really well and creates the ambiance I was looking for. I highly recommend Greg Vistisen and Copper Island Fine Homes for any construction or renovation project. You won't be disappointed. You are welcome to come and check out the job done on my Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum." — Mark Lane
"I'm writing this looking at the beautiful view from our living room ... in Blind Bay! We've been lucky to be able to come out several times already this year and are looking forward to our summer holiday over July and August. As Mike and I have said, the cottage reno has met and surpassed our expectations and we're still amazed at what a wonderful job your team was able to pull off." — Danusia Donoff
"We decided to have our retirement home built in Blind Bay while still living in Europe. We therefore wanted a local builder with whom we could comfortably work with and trust in a long distance relationship; Greg and his Copper Island Fine Homes team clearly met those criteria. From start to finish, Greg and Kyla kept us up-to-date on the progress via almost daily e-mails, telephone calls, pictures or videos. Resolution of issues or decisions required throughout the building process where promptly dealt with, in most cases within 24 hours. Kyla’s decorating and shopping expertise was invaluable; her numerous timely suggestions/options and patience made the tedious selection process a more pleasant experience. In many instances, we simply left decisions to her excellent judgment. During our one and only site visit halfway through the construction phase, we were most impressed by the professional and friendly teamwork both within the Copper Island Fine Homes staff and with the various trades personnel. The home was ready on schedule and we are extremely pleased with the result; the high standard used, the attention to details and the little extras are definitively evident throughout the house. Many thanks Greg, Tracy, Kyla and Dean for all your efforts in building us a great retirement home. We would have no hesitation to recommend Copper Island Fine Homes to others." — Jean-Luc and Louise Desgroseilliers
"We would like to thank the Copper Island Fine Homes family for our beautiful new home. It has been everything we could imagine and dream of. From the beginning Greg and Tracy have shown nothing but professionalism and understanding. My wife and I were expecting our first child, as well as living out of town, but they made the experience of building a pleasurable one. There were a couple of hiccups along the way, but they were resolved efficiently and with our best interest in mind. Throughout the build we decided to change many things from the original design all with the help and suggestions of the Copper Island family. Greg has a staff that represents his company with integrity and class. Kyla was our saviour, Greg could not have a better designer. If it wasn’t for her, we would still be trying to choose colours and completely confused. Dean also went out of his way many times to help us with things, especially with us being from out of town. Our thanks go out to both of them for all their hard work and dedication to our home. Our experience with Copper Island Fine Homes has been a great one and we are glad we chose them. We look forward to continuing our friendship with everyone and wish them well on their future endeavours!" — Jason, Kristin, and Phoenix Buckler
"The team at Copper Island Fine Homes recently built us a beautiful home in the Blind Bay area. Every phase of the project remained on schedule, the work high quality and the finished product truly exceeded our expectations. Thanks to all of their hard work and attention to every detail. Our final inspection was indeed a pleasure with few problems and many generous and thoughtful surprises. Thanks Kyla for all your design input and excellent shopping skills, it was a pleasure working with you! Special thanks to you Greg for your invaluable assistance in organizing all the extra work required for construction on a rural lot. We are happy to recommend this company to others." — Carol Stremick and John Wrobel
"Our experience with Copper Island Fine Homes has been nothing but positive and enjoyable. From the first meeting until the final inspection, we have had a great relationship with Greg and Tracy. They certainly go the extra mile! We are thrilled with our new home and would highly recommend building with Copper Island Fine Homes." — Wayne and Verna Bazinet "Greg worked diligently with us controlling costs, and kept us current...when we showed up on November 1, 2008 for possession, we were amazed. When we walked in the front door, Kyla was there to greet us and it was beyond our expectations. Our home was beautiful. The quality was exceptional, and we would recommend Copper Island Fine Homes to anyone looking for the best. We would personally like to thank Greg for setting this high standard, being professional and keeping us current, Tracy for looking after details, Kyla for her special talent of decorating, and Dean for keeping the trades on time and maintaining quality control." — Blaine and Sandra Wight
"We are very happy with the construction and quality of our home, and the professional manner in which Greg has conducted business with us. We would certainly contract Greg again if we were to build another home in the area, and we would also recommend him and Copper Island Fine Homes to any who ask." — Linda and Howie Rowse "Greg always welcomed our suggestions and questions, (no matter how uninformed), and communicated with us almost daily by email, providing us with progress reports and answer to our queries...On those few occasions when we managed to get out to BC to view our project, we were astounded by the quality of the workmanship and materials used, the tidyness of the worksite, and the excellent rapport which Greg seems to have with all of his trades people. Everything was done not just to code, but to Greg's standards...above all, we found Greg and his wife Tracy to be extremely accomodating and very honest." — Ken and Margaret Smith "We found dealing with Copper Island very friendly and professional. During construction we were given different options than we may have chosen without their help. The results of these suggestions have resulted in a much better home, both structurally and set-up wise. We are really enjoying our home. Thanks again." — Brent and Donna Wipp
"After we discussed my building plans (and wish list) for a couple of hours, I knew Copper Island Fine Homes was going to be the company that was going to build my home. Greg was upfront with all the costs and expected timelines; nothing was to be assumed. What really locked in my decision was when Greg said to me, "I live in the same community as my clients and I need to be able to face them on the street and know I have a satisfied customer. We do not use shortcuts and only put in quality materials and only use experienced trades people." I had several quotes from other builders, some were cheaper, some were not, all meetings were not as professional and relaxed as with Greg. I moved into my bungalow, with a walkout basement on a hillside, in the spring of 2008. While this house being built I was living out of province but still was always kept well informed AND I always felt like I was a part of the team. Not once did I feel that I could not call Greg and discuss a issue or change. During my inspections, not once did I feel intimidated by by Greg or any of Copper Island's employees, and was always treated with the utmost respect by all. It is said that "building a home can be one of the most stressful things a person will do in their lives" but Copper Island Fine Homes made my experience a pleasant journey. Bottom line, I would build with Copper Island again. The only surprise I have had was the excellent follow-ups which Greg has made during the years (even six years later) to check if I was having any issues with my home, which have been zero. Copper Island Homes is an established quality company which I know will be here tomorrow if ever the need should arise. I would like to thank Greg, Tracy, Dean and Kyla for my wonderful warm home." — Ted Linden
"We can proudly say that we are very satisfied with the decisions we made when buying our first home, which happens to be the first home built by Copper Island Fine Homes. The great attention to detail and finishing touches that Greg puts into his work makes a home built by Copper Island Fine Homes very desirable. With Greg and his family living here in the Shuswap area, it makes it very easy to have a great rapport with him as a builder. Thanks again, Greg, for a home well-built." — Teneal and Kristin Crossman