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ROUND TABLE 28 Architecture & Design OKANAGAN REAL ESTATE REVIEW 10 Market Update The Glass is Half Full

FINANCIAL 12 In the Money 115 Wealth Key Person Insurance

WATERFRONT 13 Dock Talk TOMMIE GOLD WINNER 36 Dilworth Homes

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The Village at Gallagher’s Canyon

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Dining is the Heart of the Home

PROFILE 58 Wilden 60 Renascence Summer 62 Bighorn Mountain Estates 64 Okanagan Dream Builders 77 Energyplex 79 Dorothy’s Fine Art 84 Phantom Screens 116 Lakefront Living

NEW PRODUCTS 90 SuperFloor and SuperDeck

DÉCOR 72 Windows to the World 80 Glenmore Millwork 82 South American Hardwood Doors

INNOVATIONS 101 S&K Forming

GREEN 94 Architecturally Distinct Solutions 96 Natural Clay 98 Jona Panels 100 Interior Elements

EARTHWISE 102 Solum Rammed Earth 103 The Natural Baby Shop

HOME RENOVATION 86 A-Direct Access Glass 88 Renew Kitchenworks

CHBA DIRECTORY 104 CHBA Member Directory

ENERGY 89 Terasen Gas

BACKWORDS 113 Kelowna’s Guisachan House

SUPPLIER 92 Unique Pools & Landscapes

COVER: San Marc’s Abbott Street home by Colin Jewall Photo Studios Inc.

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BY DON GEREIN

his column is an exciting project for me personally and a new direction for the magazine under its new publisher. I have seen many cycles in my 35 years’ experience in real estate in the Central Okanagan. I am very pleased to be a contributor and I believe the changes made by the new publisher come at the right time, in the right market with the right qualities. SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL STATS

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The subject of real estate is discussed everywhere in Kelowna. One can’t sit in a restaurant for 15 minutes without overhearing a conversation related to our real estate market. No social gathering is complete without an epic or two on the topic. Many people have an impressive personal story about the killing they have made. Those types of stories have faded into history to be replaced with horror stories, usually the misadventures of others in the market. Still, many local fortunes in this community have been forged from dirt. Thankfully, this column will not be seeded with gossip and will not attempt to predict the future. It will have no paid contributors and although I own a real estate company, I will strive to represent a neutral position. I will include statistics but not so many as to cause the reader to glaze over. I will report prices supported by recent history and express an opinion and define trends where appropriate. Everyone I speak with wants to know if the worst is over, so the timing is right to dwell upon the sobering scare we’ve all received and the lessons learned. A study of the last 20 years of this area shows the market operating in cycles so we should not have been surprised to be involved in a correction. We find ourselves at the beginning of another cycle but it is the speed with which we arrived that was the surprise. After all, Canada was running a pretty clean shop on the banking and lending front. It has always been (and still is) a challenge to save the required down payment and qualify for that first home and mortgage. In December of 2008, Cameron Muir, British Columbia Real Estate Association (CREA) Chief Economist in an article titled, “Two Minute Reality Check” wrote, “Any comparison that concludes similarity between the US housing market and our own housing market ignores the fundamental difference of household financial conditions.” The media did not make that distinction and the constant, instant delivery of negative news eroded consumer confidence. The Americans treated debt and real estate as a short-term commodity to be bundled, sold, and (hopefully) bought by a variety of global insti-

tutions. In Canada, we have always treated debt and property ownership as serious long-term business. You’ll find that those people with a lot of real estate didn’t get hurt unless they were over-leveraged. This didn’t make us immune to fear, but history will show that this part of our cycle will be less painful than our neighbour’s. Currently, the real estate market in the Central Okanagan is experiencing many positive signs. In broad terms, the last quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009 will historically be recorded as the low spot in terms of units sold and pricing. During this period nobody was excited about buying real estate and many attempted to escape from purchase contracts for condominiums nearing completion that they had so willingly inked one or two years prior. Our Canadian winter served to make these few months even gloomier. In early 2009 unit sales were off 65% for single family when AUG ‘09 compared to 2008 (which was already lower than 173 2007 unit sales). Sales dollar volume was off 70%. We saw some fantastic bargains sold in this time 1245 frame as “location, location, location” gave way to $468,700 “timing, timing, timing.” 1675 At the time of writing, confidence has returned to segments of the market and the pulse has been getting stronger since spring. The Bank of Canada has issued a positive message and the negative news buffet is down to crumbs. Prices have adjusted. Pent-up demand and historic low interest rates have first-time buyers and investors taking up inventory under $450,000 (55% of single family sales). Inventory of single family homes under $350,000 is becoming scarcer as they are not replaced when sold. Some multiple offer situations and back-up offer positions are being experienced in these price ranges. Single family lots and apartment-style condominiums lag behind this trend as supply is still high. Markets have a way of fixing themselves and new supply will not be coming on the market at past rates until enough of the current inventory has been absorbed. Ironically, it is the best time to build right now as developers are willing to work with you on a lot sale, quality construction trades are available and competitive, and some materials (lumber) are very well priced. While we examine numbers like some ancient oracle, we must not lose sight of certain realities. The real estate market is cyclical and local. National averages may signal a trend in the making but our local market is unique. We all know why we live here and every day thousands of Canadians talk about this area and envy us. Every year, decisions are made that include a move to the Okanagan and that trend is going to continue. Population influx is a reality that drives growth in the Central Okanagan. Twenty years ago the average single family home price was $120,000 (about a quarter of what it is now). When I expose that number everyone looks back and wishes they bought more real estate when it was priced lower. Here’s your chance!

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ll waterfront property comes with unique challenges like the accommodation, storage and daily use of watercraft. A common solution is to build a dock, which not only serves as a structure to accept boats, but is also a place to fish, swim, suntan and stroll. However, the cost of building a wharf, both in man-hours and materials, can be intimidating; plus there are environmental, topographical and seasonal issues to consider. A less-expensive, “floating” system can be installed, but not all types work well. Early floatation devices, such as Styrofoam and empty barrels deteriorated in the elements, causing environmental damage and leaking chemicals. Other problems with floating wharves included instability, uneven surfaces, inadequate anchorage, a lack of expandability, and a short life-span. EZ Dock has the solutions for the floating dock’s problems. Using polyethylene as the material for the floating sections makes it really tough and environmentally harmless. The platforms come in a variety of wide shapes which makes them very stable. “The modular sec-

tions have pockets on all four sides that allow any design configuration from a full size marina to a simple swimming platform,” explains company representative Sandy Hobbs. The product’s light weight makes installation easy and seasonal removal a snap. EZ Dock, like any other, must be anchored to the floor of the watershed. Its specialized hardware keeps the wharf solid in high waves, changing water levels, and calm bays. During a blazing Okanagan Summer day, the temperature regularly exceeds 30 degrees, making most surfaces down-right painful to walk on, especially on a shade-less pier. EZ Dock has a UV stabilizer and a beige color that is heat resistant. Its surface is comfortable to walk on with bare feet, which makes fishing, swimming and tanning feel like a day at the beach!

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here are a few phrases that come to mind immediately upon entering this home at 2668 Abbott Street. Understated elegance and casual chic are a couple of them. But this home deserves more than a clichĂŠ, however appropriate. It is simple, stunning, welcoming, cool and pristine. Built by San Marc homes, the house is designed to invoke the feeling of a well-loved beach house. The airy rooms and light colors beg for a group of friends in swimwear, sipping drinks or dining on the enormous covered lakeside porch. The landscaping, interior layout and subtly whitewashed colors compliment the indoor/outdoor lifestyle that is ideal for Kelowna. At nearly 5,000 square feet, the two-story home is roomy without being cavernous. A self-contained guest suite with a kitchen, living area, bedroom and bath is located above the four-car garage. The heated garage boasts a large work area any car, boat or woodcraft enthusiast would

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find ideal. The big kitchen exudes the welcome feeling of a natural gathering space. Any budding chef will love its size and features. Travertine counter tops, a huge maple butcher block island, sub-zero fridge and freezer, and a six burner Wolf gas range and griddle are all there. The walk-in pantry has a Thermador freezer, sink and custom cabinets. The builder has gone the extra mile, and you’ll also find a drawer dishwasher along with the full-size one; a microwave drawer and a handmade glass tile backsplash. The most appealing feature of the beach house kitchen is the 12foot eclipse bifold kitchen windows, which open directly out to the lakeside porch with an indoor and outdoor countertop. Outdoor living at its finest includes a spectacular view, high end barbecue, outdoor fireplace and even a space for a television. Rick Jaheny, owner of San Marc Custom Homes, has built homes for 31 years. His goal was to create a home that flowed with cool consistency from one room to another. He is one of the area’s top builders, but he is quick to acknowledge the importance of his talented team. “It is the people who work with us that make us successful. About 95 per cent of them have been involved in our houses for at least 15 years. Everyone approaches their job as if they were building the house for themselves,” he reflects. Special care has been taken to make the entire property feel like a mature area where you want to settle in and stay. The roof is fiberglass and the natural stone is from Vancouver Island. The home features cedar shake pre-stained siding. From the moment you enter this home, the attention to detail is apparent

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without being overstated. The front entry door opens to a mosaic tile inlay floor imported from Turkey surrounded by slate tile. Open the door, and you look straight ahead to Okanagan Lake. The hardwood floors are a custom made Koeda Hardwood Floor. Their hardwoods come from all over the world but in this case an old growth vertical grain douglas fir was “tinted” white and each piece was finished by hand giving it a signature one of a kind look. Comfort and convenience were key when this home was designed. The downstairs laundry room has a door leading to the lakefront so towels and outerwear can be cleaned without being trailed through the house. On the second story, another full laundry handles bedding and linens. The dining room and great room is ideal for a group, large or small. It is easy to imagine an intimate, elegant get together or a large family celebration. It also features a built-in wine cooler and a cozy gas fireplace. The waterfront view is unbeatable. Gary Athans of MacDonald Realty in Kelowna works closely with San Marc on the sales and marketing of the company’s custom homes. Athans is a well-known Kelowna resident and Realtor who has an intimate knowledge of some of the finest properties available in the area. “It’s a delight to show Rick’s homes to clients,” he says. “People love them. It’s hard not to.” There are four calming bedrooms, each with its own ensuite. The lakeview master bedroom has a welcoming fireplace, and the ensuite is reminiscent of a well-appointed spa. Wall tiles are handmade glass

and the floor tiles are Travertine. A cast-iron jetted soaker tub, separate steam shower, heated floors and comfortable seating are standard. The large mirrors collapse, bringing in natural outdoor light. Rick describes the predominant color of the home as “greeny gray-blue.” Perhaps that is why the house on Abbott Street seems to offer an airy, welcoming and natural warmth that integrates the lake, land and home in one simple masterpiece.

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A San Marc Collection of Luxury Homes

Beach House 2668 Abbott Street

A beach house creating a mood reminiscent of the 50’s with a massive lakeside porch connecting lake and living spaces including a large open-air kitchen. San Marc Homes craftsmen have truly created one the Okanagan’s finest waterfront homes. 5,000 sq. ft. of custom wood finishing inside and out. Oversized four-car garage and separate self-contained guest suite. Walk to all amenities and connect with the Abbott Street corridor. For price and details go to garyathans.com. MLS®

1503 Gregory Road Residence

Views that go on forever. This home is positioned to take in 180-degree lake and vineyard views. Located close to Mission Hill Winery on an extra wide lot for maximum privacy. One of San Marc’s previous show home properties. 4,700 sq. ft. of pure luxury, featuring 2,500 sq. ft. all on main level with extraordinary master suite and open kitchen with unobstructed lake views. This home set the benchmark for one of the highest quality finished homes to be offered in the Okanagan. Call for your private appointment to view this one-of-a-kind property. Priced at $2,495,000 MLS®9220919

1595 Gregory Road Residence

Absolutely extraordinary, this home truly has to be seen to be appreciated. San Marc homes has done it again, separated themselves from the rest. The theme and mood in this home is complimented not only with the highest of quality of finishing and uniqueness but positioned to maximize lake and vineyard views. Designer kitchen, warm Alder hardwood throughout, huge vaulted living room to take in the gorgeous views, a master to die for with lake views from every angle. Priced at $1,138,000 MLS®9220233

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he Rise is a 735-acre master-planned vineyard resort with a signature golf course and approvals for 1,200 units including homes, condos, and hotel. It is perched on a south facing hillside in Vernon, offering spectacular views of Okanagan Lake. The Believe It campaign, a discount purchase program, was created by Land Launch Marketing which successfully started similar campaigns for two other Okanagan resorts. “It didn’t take long for potential buyers to see the incredible value that is being offered here at The Rise,” says Greg Lowe, president of Land Launch Marketing. “We’ve even had some existing owners come back to purchase more when they realize the future potential of their decision.” One buyer who returned to purchase another home site, Bip Thind, a Realtor in Vernon, says it’s one of the best opportunities he’s seen in this buyer’s market. “I purchased a home site last year at market value, and my house should be finished by this September. But when I saw the discounts they are now offering on other sites, I decided to invest further,” Thind says. “With the real estate market trends starting to reverse, it’s probably the last chance I’ll get to buy in at this price point.” A survey from the B.C. Real Estate Association reports that the real estate market is indeed turning. Findings revealed that four-in-ten British Columbians plan or hope to purchase homes or properties within the next five years, with about half of these potential buyers expecting to do so in the next two years. The survey also revealed a steady uptrend in the B.C. real estate

Fred Couples looks over his Signature Golf Course and Vernon, B.C.

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Architecture Architec ture D Design esign The demand for distinctive Okanagan home design Denis Apchin

Denis relocated from Alberta with his family to Kelowna in 1963 whereupon he took most of his schooling. He chose to continue his education to become a shop teacher and after graduating from the University of B.C., taught woodwork, metalwork, drafting and drama at Hollywood Road Junior Secondary school in Kelowna for five years. He started his own design company, Apchin Design Ltd., at the same time he started teaching, and after five years he was doing both jobs full time! Following his overwhelming passion for design, Apchin took a year leave of absence from teaching to test the waters of self employment and subsequently retired from teaching the year after. He thrives at the challenge of creating aesthetic buildings that harmonize with their environment and truly reflect the individuality of their owners. He says, “All of us are unique, so are the homes I design and build, each and every one a signature statement reflecting the dreams and visions of my clients. I am excited with every new design project and the opportunities and challenges that come with them. I am living my dream.”

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Nicholas Bevanda, MAIBC, MRAIC, AIA, NCARB

Living with his wife, Janet in the Okanagan for the past 30 years, raising their son and daughter within such a beautiful location, has been “a dream come true for all of us. Growing up in Alberta, we are very thankful to be allowed the opportunity to live, work, and play in such a pristine environment,” says Nesbitt. “With a strong foundation of working with several talented architects, we are also establishing ourselves as master builders within the high-end single family marketplace. Our passion is to simply take our clients from concept to completion as they search for someone to help them create their ultimate dream home.”

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MAIBC, MRAIC, AIA, NCARB Nick Bevanda founded Bevanda Architecture Inc., in 2003. Since then he has produced an impressive portfolio of regionallyinfluenced, Modern Architecture; his core belief based on three guiding principles: “That architecture is an art, that all buildings are public, whether publicly or privately funded, they contribute to the over-all quality and live-ability Nick Bevanda was born in Vancouver of in 1962, second of five children, to only through the responsiveness of Modernism can we our the communities, and that parents that emigrated from Croatia, in the late 1950's. From an early age, Nick expressed an interest in drawing and painting. This passion for artistic expression, produce buildings that are sustainable, and representative of our time.” as well as the influence of his contractor father, led him to pursue Architectural Bevanda Architecture hasin been received numerous design awards and in 2008, was a Bachelors of Science training at Washington State University, completing Architectural Studies, in 1984 and a Bachelor of Architecture, in 1985. awarded a Lieutenant Governors Award for the design of Black Hills Estate Winery. Nick returned to work in his home town of Penticton, British Columbia where, in 2003, he founded Bevanda Architecture Inc.

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Would you say current Okanagan homebuyers and homeowners are more aware and discerning about design and architectural details than in the past? Apchin: Yes, definitely.

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I began designing and building homes in Kelowna in 1980 and I have experienced a steady increase with clientele requesting more grandeur luxury homes especially in the past six years.

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I think the housing market has generally provided imagery of housing solutions that are familiar to the target buyer. So far this strategy has worked. However, it may not work in the future, if land costs, unemployment and the cost of construction keep rising. I don’t believe that homeowners are more discerning. What the market is providing is a more thoroughly developed and appealing image of what the market feels reflects success and wealth, within a North American context, mostly associated with a greater level of finishing in the higher end homes. The medium and lower end homes have not really changed from a design, quality of construction or finishing point of view, in the last 20 years.

Nesbitt: Absolutely yes — as this generation has more access to information through the Internet, television programming, and overall consumer product awareness. Informed buyers just simply want more intelligent creative options that give them a better overall lifestyle.

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How do you feel developers and homebuilders are starting to pay more attention to quality of design, craftsmanship and materials? Apchin: With regard to design, I am currently working with two different developers who want to add value for their customers by including our design servicers with the purchase of each lot. With this innovative approach Apchin Design Corp. the developer can assure the purchaser that their vested interest is protected regarding the quality of design and value of the whole subdivision, as opposed to creating a design guideline and trying to enforce it. By master planning the entire subdivision as the developers’ design team, we can maximize view corridors, and help protect privacy. The purchaser will enjoy design freedom and professional guidance at their fingertips. Our approach to design will include exploring all the possibilities from the aesthetic, functional and ecological point of view. We will advise our clients of the newest energy efficient and non-toxic materials and technologies. Both the developers and the purchasers will undoubtedly capitalize on their investment. This fresh approach for the developers to provide quality of design and freedom will add tremendous value in this competitive market.

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Bevanda: Over the last few years the higher end market has seen changes, including flirting with more contemporary building form (Modernism). I believe a more sophisticated buyer has appeared, who demands a more thoroughly designed house with a greater emphasize on quality of construction, finishes and building technique. I think this is a response to the developing wine industry. The Okanagan is establishing itself as one of the most attractive recreation areas in the world, attracting people from all levels of income. We will see more investment funds come into the area, with residential options that includes high-, middleand low-end houses and condos. At this moment, we are still building very traditional housing that incorporates building forms and imagery we (the consumer) are familiar with (usually a response to the market). What I would like to Shawn Talbot Photography see is more innovative housing solutions, similar to what is being seen in other parts of the world such as Northern Europe. Pursuing innovative housing solutions would include changes to our bylaws that would encourage higher densities, in our town centres and the elimination of sprawl into agricultural land. Nesbitt: As the competition for the buying dollar increases, each developer’s project evolves into a more unique statement of original

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details and ideas that hopefully will attract the end user, or fulfill the final homeowner. Designers must be on their “A” game, producing new and more innovated design solutions than the last round of ideas. Builders must produce the highest levels of craftsmanship as people want quality, if not perfection. New home buyers want to know your history as well, as they do not want to deal with people with poor track records.

Would you say the homes and developments being currently built in the Okanagan are more architecturally appealing than they used to be? If so, in what way? Apchin: Yes, slowly but surely. The visible increase in the number of high-end homes I believe is a direct reflection of the influx of affluent clientele demanding new creative aesthetic solutions.

Bevanda: Regarding single family homes, I don’t think much has changed other than houses are bigger, incorporating more robust materials and detailing (and more expensive). The higher-end homes are adopting planning strategies that enhance a recreational lifestyle. The imagery is attractive but I wouldn’t say that it reflects the Okanagan or is representative of an Okanagan style. What excites me is we’re experiencing a renewed interest in modernism. This is exciting because Modernism is typically more responsive to its context, and will bring us closer to an appropriate design strategy for housing in the Okanagan. Nesbitt: Over the past 30 years I have eye-witnessed the evolution from simple bi-level rectangular boxes, into some of our nation’s most amazing pieces of architecture, that clearly sets a new high bar within the industry each consecutive year. The focus seems to be towards smart homes with relation to electronics, with Internet connection, as well as “green-built” structures, with minimum waste and carbon footprint. People simply do not want their home to look like every other house on the block.

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What definitive Okanagan design and architecture elements are starting to emerge? Apchin: In my opinion there is no real definitive “Okanagan” style of architecture that has taken hold as a trend yet. Historically, the Okanagan has always followed trends from other areas including the current resurrection of the Craftsman style.

Bevanda: The use of wood and the impact of sustainable design strategies are mostly influencing building form in the higher-end market and in public projects. Wood is a renewable resource of which we have plenty of in the province of British Columbia. The Wood Works program has been very successful in influencing design. Sustainable strategies such as the inclusion of ground source heat pumps or solar panel technology for hot water heating has also become popular due to the perceived value and long-term savings that could possibly be generated. Other than that, we haven’t seen an Okanagan style or responsive Okanagan Architecture emerge. For an Okanagan style or method of building to occur, we have to look towards modernism and avoid “prescriptive” styles such as Cape Cod, Craftsman, and Tudor etc. The answer will come when we stop building huge homes, beyond our needs and when we start designing to encourage human interaction with nature and one another; when we start looking carefully at the terrain, the climate; when we design the house to capture breezes and provide shading from the hot summer sun. We will surprise ourselves with what emerges when we allow building form to develop from a responsive process of design; the form might even be unfamiliar, odd or unrecognizable but I guarantee it will be more comfortable, less expensive and will enhance your “life” experience, both individually and as a community. Nesbitt: The “outdoor rooms” and waterscapes are a big part of the overall client lists these days. Humans love to move from the inside to the outside with minimum, or no loss of comfort or equipment. The emergence of the ultimate garage is sharply on the rise with the

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interiors being finished as nice as the kitchens. Second master bedrooms and ensuites are also happening more frequently than ever, as owners want their guests to feel as comfortable as they feel. Home design is now becoming more detailed on the side yards and rear yard to match the front yard from the road, where in the past people only spent money on the street side of the design.

What are the architectural styles that work best in the Okanagan environment — both urban and rural? Apchin: Prairie-style architecture with low pitched roofs and large overhangs are well suited to this area helping to shade windows from the sun’s intense rays during our Okanagan summers. Modern and contemporary homes are also well suited to adapt to the challenges of the Okanagan’s sloped terrain. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, they are also ideal for incorporating multiple levels, large picturesque windows and expansive decks and patios for outdoor living. Bevanda: We haven’t yet seen a style of architecture that is most appropriate in the Okanagan. I personally believe that searching for a style is too prescriptive and that ideal housing form would be responsive to the landscape, the site, climate and the owner’s requirements.

Responding appropriately to the issues of program, context and form can only be achieved through Modernism. Modernism as a philosophy of design, not a style.

Nesbitt: With lakefront property becoming becoming more and more expensive, people are now looking at larger rural hillside Nesbitt Originals view lots as a very real option. The land size gives them the space they need for all their toys for both summer and winter. Horses are also part of the want list, with boating becoming secondary, with all the outdoor living options that pools, waterfalls and landscaping can offer. Large estate lots also provide privacy from the surrounding estates with higher land values once the project is completed. The urban lot prices are making people think more compact up front. They end up designing their ideal dream life without compromise in a more efficient package that still allows them the convenience of being close to everything, without the large mortgages that go with it. Condo-life is clearly on the rise with each project getting better and better as the consumer demands for luxury increases.

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I appreciate many different forms of architecture and do not have a single favourite style. I enjoy challenging myself to always search for new creative solutions to meet my clients’ needs. I believe the site conditions and function of the home should influence the form of the overall structure and not a preconceived idea. The two new developments I am involved with (which are soon to be announced) will allow me to further explore many architectural styles and with the clients consent perhaps create an “Okanagan style” of our own. Bevanda Architecture

Bevanda: I wouldn’t want to say that we work within a particular style although I believe our work is being recognized due to the particular approach we take, through the design process. We are presently working on a restaurant for Tin Horn Creek Winery that is designed to be responsive to its context and the requirements of the owner. Our design strategies come from three guiding principles: that architecture is an art; that all buildings are public, whether publicly or privately funded, they contribute to the over-all quality and live-ability of our communities; and that only through the responsiveness of Modernism can we produce buildings that are sustainable, and representative of our time. We strive to produce

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Nesbitt: We are designing a very cool, timeless, Tuscan-themed home for an estate winery in Naramata. The whole area has changed so dramatically over the last 10 years as demand for Okanagan grown wine has soared to an international level. It feels like you are in the south of France on the Mediterranean coast with vineyards everywhere. The mix of Tuscan and Craftsman with modern detailing presents my clients with a setting that transcends this age back to a time when life was slower and less stressful. The vineyards and the endless lake backdrop offers the escape from the “concrete jungle” life, into the easy, restful pace of the past without losing any of the conveniences of modern technology.

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he Selkirk neighbourhood is the jewel atop the mountain that crowns Kelowna. Dilworth Mountain, which looms majestically above the city, has many shining neighbourhoods, all built by Dilworth Quality Homes, all linked together to form one community. But Selkirk won the Tommie for the 2008 Community of the Year. Tommies are the academy awards of the construction industry, which the Canadian Home Builders Association give out to honour the best and help maintain a standard of building excellence. “In the world of the Tommie awards, there are a handful of special awards and community of the year is the one of the big five,” said Howard Rensler, Dilworth’s sales and marketing manager. “This award is recognition of what we have done and a positive indication of what we will do over the next 20 years, whether at Dilworth Mountain or someplace else,” said Rensler, also president of the CHBA. Dilworth Quality Homes has built almost 1,000

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homes in the Okanagan, most at Dilworth Mountain Estates, the Tower Ranch, South Ridge, and Stonebridge Estates, all in Kelowna. It’s also building at Mission Ridge Estates and Vista Ridge in West Kelowna, and Meighan Creek Estates and The Armstrong Plateau in Armstrong. “Because we are both developers and builders, our slogan is that we build communities, one home at a time. As much as this represents a planning award, it’s also an engineering award because we tend to build on hillsides and have to keep in mind the total concept when making individual site decisions.” Rensler said the Dilworth mountaintop collection of neighbourhoods is within a few hundred homes of being finished, but over the 20 years of building on the 750-acre site, the company has maintained the same architectural standard and kept its commitment to leave 50 per cent in parks and green and open space, for which it has also picked up a number of environmental awards. “We have maintained property values. We strive to maintain property values in all our communities. We are not aware of anyone reselling for less than they originally paid us for their home.”

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Winning the community of the year award — and the many other Tommies, including large volume builder of the year twice — takes teamwork, which is why 13 people were at the podium when the CHBA announced Dilworth had won. The usual pride for winning one of the big five awards was doubled because many company employees, including president Mike Jacobs and general manager Greg Asling, live up on Dilworth. But a community is more than houses close together; it’s amenities, streetscapes, parks, neighbourliness and a sense of belonging and social cohesion. In a real neighbourhood, people know and watch out for each other. Selkirk homeowner Diane McDonald knew Selkirk was a golden community long before the CHBA made it official. The McDonalds — Diane, husband, John, and two children, now 12 and 9 — looked around Kelowna before deciding to build atop the mountain four years ago. “The central location really appealed to us,” McDonald said. “We go to Big White, we have family in the North Okanagan, it’s close to airport, close to shopping, and we both work downtown.” And it’s a great place for families. “On any given day, there are eight kids in my house or backyard; we live across the street from a park that has a basketball hoop; they flood the park on Lillooet in winter so there’s an ice rink, which has been a huge source of fun.

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kept thinking about resident Todd Preston’s comments about his reasons for moving to The Village at Gallagher’s Canyon as my wife, Keri-Lynn and I were navigating our way around the championship course. We were there to meet with Tom Weisbeck, VP of Development for CRC Developments, a western Canadian company focusing on master planned, lifestyle-centered resort communities. The sun was up, but the shadows still lingered enough to make putting the undulating greens a challenge. “This beats anything else we could be doing this early,” Keri whispered while I lined up my putt. “I could live here for sure,” she continued, oblivious to the fact I could not plan our next home purchase AND putt at the same time! As we stood at the canyon rim on the 8th green, we gazed out over the valley below. I remembered the first time I had set foot on this fine course in 1991 at the invitation of local businessman Bill Redman. I’ve been in love with this course ever since. “It was amazing then and is even better now,” I told Keri as we stepped up to the 9th tee. “The course has aged well, very well indeed,” I thought to myself as we finished our round. We headed down the tree-lined drive past the 18th hole towards the gate at the bottom of the hill. “There’s something magic about the place in its own way,” Weisbeck would later say. There are actually two courses here: the 18-hole championship course and a wonderful, 9-hole executive course. The Canyon Course is very mountainous with narrow, tree-lined fairways and most showcase half-million to million-dollar-plus homes set back from the fairways and greens. It is nice to walk the fairways and hear someone call out to you from their balcony “Nice shot!” and know this is a collection of homes and not just another golf project. I later learned most floor plans allow for golf carts to be parked in the garage, for good reason, as many of the residents also play as well! Both courses overlook Gallagher’s Canyon and provides magnificent views of Kelowna with many elevated tees, greens and enough twists and turns in the fairways to make golfers ‘think their way around the course’. The greens are expansive, and usually medium to fast in speed. There are three water hazards in the design and enough bunkers to keep you honest in your approach shots. The 9-hole Pinnacle Course has an additional set of tees when playing an 18-hole round and a 9-hole round can be played in under two hours. We wanted to look at the newer home sites across the road on the back nine before our meeting with Weisbeck. “The Canyon Course leaves people wanting to come back,” he said. “The Pinnacle is just the right length to play in a couple of hours,” he added when we told him how much we loved playing the course again. “The course was here before we began developing the home

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sites,” he explained. “We bought it in the 90’s and began the real estate business, so yes, it has been over a decade now and we are pretty well sold out. We still have a couple of lots for sale ourselves, but there are always some selected resale lots left to build out, plus some homes for resale as well.” They have their own real estate company, Gallagher’s Canyon Real Estate. Gallagher’s Canyon was carved out of a rugged canyon in 1980, by noted designers William G. Robinson and Les Furber. The homes were built around the two courses several years later, which is unusual. Most courses have the homes and course laid out at the same time, but in this case, the course preceded the homes being built. In another rare move, the Village Centre, the hub of all activities Gallagher, was created before the surrounding community. Here you can find swimming lessons, books clubs, pilates, aquamotion, pre-ski conditioning, art classes, bridge, a woodworking studio, a pottery studio, billiards, darts, ping pong . . . On any given day a resident could take part in any number of activities, or retreat to the quiet library for a read, maybe rent a movie or borrow a book to take home. The community newsletter, the Canyon Echo, highlights upcoming activities such as hikes, golf tournaments and arts and craft fairs. It covers well-received events like “Greek Night.” The sense of community brings people here from all over. I had read on their website they had won 40 or so Tommie Awards for just about every category there was, including Best Residential Development, Builder of the Year, Best Townhome, Best Single Family Home (different sizes) and dozens of other awards. Being a former homebuilder with my father, I HAD to ask how they did it, especially in some very challenging economic cycles.

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“Perception became reality.” Tom replied with a frank and honest smile. I have met hundreds of builders and developers in my lifetime and many suffer from “Big Hat-No Cattle” syndrome, but not Tom. If anything, he underplayed the size of his herd and wore no hat. I liked him right away. “We were fortunate when we did this project”, Tom continued, “We had looked at the most successful golf developments in places like Palm Springs and realized that the long-term plans needed to include privacy for our owners, rigid building covenants and guidelines so the homes did not have dramatic swings in design and the integrity of the neighborhood was intact. Distance is maintained between designs, and yard upkeep is mandatory. “We developed a concept and stuck to it to the letter. We didn’t compromise. We hung in there and stuck to the plan,” Weisbeck says proudly. “Many builders face a tough challenge when times are tougher because they must either weaken and relax their standards to make sure the project is completed, OR face financial disruption or worse. We were not immune to those pressures, but thankfully we held the course and kept the building guidelines intact and the end result is what you see today”. “What you see today” as Tom put it is a development that stands as one of the finest real estate developments in the world, not just in Kelowna, or British Columbia, for that matter. I have seen entire cities that would love to have the amenities these residents enjoy! “Every time I drive through those entrance gates and up the drive along the 18th fairway I feel an overwhelming sense of pride of what we have accomplished here,” Tom reflects as he shows us around the design centre. That sense of pride is shared by many of the residents that have built not one but sometimes two, or even three homes at Gallagher’s. One of the owners we spoke to had built their second home and were just planning their third, all within Gallagher’s development. Don and Deborah Ritz are beginning their third home, and second on Gallagher’s Parkland. “The finest street in the entire development.” Deborah announced, obviously proud of not only her home, but her street as well, and rightfully so.

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“The sense of community is what brought us back here. We lived in one of the townhomes when we first moved to Gallagher’s, then for a short time moved back down to the Mission area and but missed the community here, so we moved back and built our home here.” “We loved this area, and especially this street so much we just closed on another lot and will build our next home there. We will be here for a long time and love it here. I would not trade the views or the village here for anything.” “Many people think building a home is hard, but we found it incredibly easy to work with Tom, the salespeople and the builders here, not only for this home but our newer one we are planning as well,” Deborah added. Residential designer, Chris Robinson designed many of the homes in this award-winning development, and he has made himself available for buyers who want to personalize their plans to suit their needs. “Sometimes building a home CAN be stressful,” Tom admitted, “but we are the only builders here and we have a huge variety of flooring, countertops and even entire floor plans to choose from.” Lisa Howard, the Village’s interior designer, brings her creativity to the homes to help suit the lifestyle of the community’s members. An onsite Design Centre places design materials at your fingertips. Single-family homes as well as townhomes line the fairways and overlook the greens on both the 18-hole championship course as well as the executive length Pinnacle Course which boasts expansive views of the valley and the majestic Layercake Mountain. The views from both courses rival anything seen anywhere in Kelowna and no doubt those fortunate enough

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to have that as their daily view are some of the most fortunate homeowners on earth. After our interview, we stepped into the quiet elegance of the Troon model and slowly made our way to the privacy of the patio off the master bedroom. Keri paused as she walked through the fully-furnished home, as if to plan each and every room, where our furniture would fit, and who would have what bedroom. She touched the fine granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and stone fireplace and absolutely loved the master bedroom and huge ensuite. “Gee, having tall ceilings sure makes the home seem larger” she said and I agreed. “The kids would just love it here, and we can walk to the community centre while YOU are playing golf,” she teased, as she sat down in the living room to ponder living here. “I could live here for sure,” she nodded when I asked the inevitable question, “How do you like it?” Those are the words developers long to hear and for many owners at Gallagher’s they feel the same way. When we finished touring the models we called to speak to Todd and Rhonda Preston, both dental professionals, who had recently moved to Gallagher’s from Eastern Canada. I wanted to ask first-hand how other residents felt about living here, and why they

chose this development over all others. “At first we moved into a place downtown near the lake but wanted more privacy than those high rise buildings allowed so we rented a home here at Gallagher’s,” Todd recalled. “We looked at the Mission area, all over Kelowna in fact and finally settled on buying a home here in Gallagher’s. We love the drive to and from our dental practice in Orchard Plaza Mall across from Orchard Park. “Some of our friends ask if we felt it is too far of a drive and I tell them it takes us between 12 and 15 minutes ‘door to door’ from our home to our office, which is less time than it took us to get here from our previous home downtown,” he chuckled, as if he was telling a secret no one else knew. “We have one traffic light on Springfield and we are there! Besides, we love the ‘decompression time’ we get on the drive to and from work, winding through the orchards, vineyards and past the golf courses. It truly is an amazing drive and we treasure it every day.” As we finished our interview with Weisbeck earlier in the day, I could not resist asking about him about the other accomplishments as the VP at CRC, including his involvement at The Quail and The Bear as well. Sometimes local residents don’t realize the worldliness of some of our local businessmen, and Tom ranked as one of the most innovative I had ever met in 40 years of business. I wanted to know more about what he had done in his lifetime. He told me the story about the other developments, and some oth-

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ers still in planning he could not yet make public, and he ended our visit with a mental stroke of a ‘broader brush’, to complete the image of the entire company. “CRC is the development arm of Burrard International, based in downtown Vancouver, and all of the golf operations are handled by GolfBC, the other arm of the company. CRC is actively working on development projects around several other GolfBC properties including Nicklaus North at Whistler, Furry Creek and Arbutus Ridge and Olympic View on Vancouver Island. Asked about the owner, Weisbeck replies, “This property is one of a dozen that Caleb Chan and his company, Burrard has in their ‘collection’ of courses and developments.” “We also are very excited about our success at Arbutus Ridge and soon Olympic View on Vancouver Island as well. Olympic View will be our largest project to date, with a proposed total of over 1900 units.” “Speaking of ‘islands,’” I say, “I am dying to play your courses in Hawaii,” knowing well Golf BC owns some of the finest courses on Maui. “Yes, we have three courses in Maui including Wailea Gold, Emerald and Blue. “Remember,” he said, noting my eyes widening as he spoke, “I look after the development, NOT the golf,” he reminded me, squashing any plans I had to ‘scout out’ these courses for our story anytime soon. “Caleb has done a masterful job of developing these properties, and I am proud to be associated with him on all of these,” Weisbeck beams. “We have a great thing going here, lots of teamwork involved. Ken Murray and Richard Paterson, our sales team, sell the majority of the re-sales. Shelley Bakker, the Marketing Assistant is in there meeting and greeting, and then so much more.” As we ended our meeting and drove home, Keri-Lynn and I left the hilltop dominated by one of the finest courses anywhere in the world. “Yep, I could live there for sure,” she smiled as she waved to one of the couples holding hands as they took a quiet stroll past the entrance gate. “We could raise our family here and this would be our home for a long, long time.”

CONTACT For more information about Gallagher’s Canyon home sites, resale and ownership opportunities call Richard Paterson, Shelley Bakker or Ken Murray, their Real Estate Sales Team at the Display Center at 250-860-9000 or visit their website at www.gallagherscanyon.com. For additional information about golf at Gallagher’s, Pinnacle Course or any of the other dozen courses mentioned see www.GolfBC.com

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“We just had our home built by Harmony Homes (and) we are overjoyed with the way everything turned out. If we hear of anyone going to build a home, we would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Harmony Homes.” — Darrell and Martha Hart of Grand Forks

to grow and flourish, even through three recessions that drove many builders out of business. “We still offer the four programs to allow the customer the opportunity to participate to whatever degree they feel comfortable and qualified to do so, but using the Harmony tender-form system provides a documented, organized manner. “A recent study of new home construction in North America determined that cost overruns was the largest single complaint of new home buyers even over quality of workmanship. Harmony’s tender system essentially reduces the risk for any cost overruns.”

Okanagan The FOUR programs are: 1. We custom design your plans, provide the materials package and our construction system to assist you in building your home. 2. All the benefits of program No. 1 plus qualified supervision to the “lockup stage”. 3. All the benefits of program No. 2 plus qualified supervision until the completion of your home. 4. We build the entire home for you as your General Contractor. Sharon and Larry Funnell of Penticton chose Harmony and Program 3 to build their retirement home in Rock Creek along the Kettle River. “We decided on Harmony because we had heard that they were a reputable builder and have built homes in Grand Forks and Midway,” said Sharon. “The most important thing to us was that they used local tradespeople.” “Ray was very good. He was down once, sometimes twice, a week. If there was a problem, we would phone him and he would follow up with the sub trades.”

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The Funnell’s picked their dream home out of Country Living magazine and took the picture to Harmony’s head office where a draftsman put their dream on paper. Four months after shovel hit the dirt, they had moved into their new home. Harmony also has offices in Kelowna’s Kettle Valley subdivision, Prince George, Nelson, and Grand Forks. Webb said, with rare exceptions, they do all their home design work in-house because many people don’t have a plan. “We do it the old-fashioned way; we design what people want to fit their lot, their view, their lifestyle and their budget,” Webb said. “We find out what they want by asking questions and doing a preliminary design; we will make changes before going to the pricing stage an average of three times.” Part of Harmony’s mission statement reads: “To provide uncompromised personalized service to each and every customer who has entrusted us to provide them with their needs.” Harmony has the glowing thank-you letters from their customers and awards from the industry to prove that it has succeeded, that the mission statement is a living principle and not dry words on a plaque at head office. Harmony has won so many awards that they can’t fit in the trophy cases at its head office. Some are people’s choice awards, but many are the Academy Awards of the building industry — Tommies, Georgies and Sammies. One of Webb’s favourite is Harmony’s first Tommie from 1992, the year the Canadian Home Builders Association instituted the awards system. That Tommie was for best single

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family affordable home; another favourite, the national SAM, was for best custom home. “Harmony calls itself, humbly but with pride, B.C.’s mot recognized industry leader,” Webb said. “These awards are a testament that we can do the job, but our company approaches every new customer with an award-winning attitude.”

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BY ALBERT BERKSHIRE

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hey’re being called the new lights in the sky. Phone calls have poured in over the past few weeks, and the common question is, “Is that you guys way

up there?” So, who are they? Or more appropriately, “Where are they?” Wilden Skylands. The newest neighbourhood in local developer Gerhard Blenk’s Wilden community is so high up over Kelowna, most people didn’t even know the city went up that far. But it does! And the views are amazing. Wilden Skylands provides stunning views across the city, and up and down Okanagan Lake. It’s the next evolution in lake and city view home sites, and big leap upward for Wilden. What hasn’t changed with this newest Wilden neighbourhood is the incredible value it represents for homebuyers. Surrounded by nature, criss-crossed with paths, and hiking and biking trails, it is still less than ten minutes from downtown. Wilden Skylands puts you on top of the city, in a quiet, private neighbourhood just moments from restaurants, beaches, the lake and shopping. In short, it’s an incredible place to live.

Brent Couves, Sales and Marketing Manager at Wilden points out the real bonus for buyers choosing Wilden right now comes from the incredible value being offered from the award-winning builder team. “We’re offering incredible value right now with home and lot packages at Wilden’s Skylands from under $450,000. You just can’t beat this offer”, he says. With Wilden’s Select Builder Team looking after new home construction in Wilden’s Skylands, Wilden’s own building company has turned its attention to its first major project. In the Hidden Lake neighbourhood, stunning 2700 square foot town homes are under construction, again offering exceptional value and lifestyle convenience from under $500,000. No matter which Wilden neighbourhood you visit, you’ll see beautiful, award-winning homes surrounded by Mother Nature. Wilden’s Skylands, however, just gives you the vantage point unlike any other neighbourhood in the city. As Couves says, “If you think the lights are impressive at night, you should see the views.”

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s summer comes to a close, many new homebuyers looking for the perfect condo have value and quality on their minds. The stock of available units is dwindling as developers look to the marketplace for the cues that will spur new ground being broken. “I believe there is going to be a lull in availability,” says Lisa Thomas, Sales Manager for Renascence Developments Corporation. “Supply will always determine the price and now is the best time to buy.” As always, location is key. Renascence has the benefits of having a good selection of condos available for immediate occupancy and a price point that is very attractive, starting as low as $255,900. Visitors always make comments about the quality of the finishings and the high level of standard finishings. And owners at Renascence’s Sundance Ridge love the pastoral seclusion so close to the city. “So many people say to us they didn’t realize the Shannon Lake area has such magical views and great atmosphere,” says Thomas. It has three completed phases with 116 condos that are 85 per cent sold. There is a 25-unit fourth phase to be built when the market determines the timing. Sundance Ridge’s condos either overlook Shannon Lake and Shannon Lake Golf Course, or a nature preserve and wetlands in a family friendly neighbourhood with schools and parks

nearby. It is only a four-minute drive to the town centre of West Kelowna. “This is a great place for singles, couples and families to establish themselves,” says Thomas. Sundance Ridge has the quality finishing and amenities on which Renascence has built their reputation. The interior finishings deliver a tactile luxury experience at a lasting value price point. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and maple cabinetry in the kitchens are standard. The kitchen, entry way and bathrooms all have 12-inch tile floors and the majority of the homes have hardwood throughout living and dining areas. Every home has a balcony to take in the views; the smallest balcony available measures a whopping 21 feet long. Most homes come with a heated underground parking stall, plus storage space, as well as a surface parking stall. Value and quality are at the core of everything Renascence builds and the pricing reflects that fact. To see for yourself, visit their three show suites available for viewing at #3101-1990 Upper Sundance Drive.

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THEIR LIMITATION IS YOUR IMAGINATION BY KERI-LYNN TURNEY

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he importance of trust, the foundation of many relationships, is not lost on Trent and Debra Tinkler, of Okanagan Dream Builders. From a family of builders, the Tinklers say they “interview people as much as they interview us. You’re married to people for that duration, you have to know that you get along.” The couple has been “getting along” themselves in business for nearly 14 years; Debra does all the budgeting and scheduling, and Trent works on site, ensuring all the trades are on time. Clients meet them first, they go up to the site, and listen to their clients’ vision. Budgeting and design are discussed, and the relationship begins.

Another relationship that works well for the Okanagan Dream Builders’ team is one they share with Paul Nesbitt of Nesbitt Originals. “A Nesbitt original is cool,” says Trent. “The house is funky and has an architectural appeal.” Nesbitt and the Tinklers met through “a divine connection; fate,” Trent explains. “Paul was introduced by a friend and we completely hit it off.” They have worked together “non-stop” over the last three years on six local projects, including an exterior makeover to Liberty Mineral Corporations head office building on Lawrence Avenue across from Town Centre Mall, and the renovation of Spider Agile Technology in the warehouse where Pacific Safety Products was housed. The spirit of friendship continues in the way the two companies give back to the community. The Boys and Girls Club, the Women’s Shelter, the Kelowna Food Bank, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are some of

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the organizations that benefit from the two companies. “We feel like we’re part of something larger than ourselves,” says Debra. Clients Dan and Brenda Jmaeff saw this cooperative spirit firsthand when Nesbitt Originals brought on Okanagan Dream Builders to help execute the build of this custom luxury home situated on Okanagan Lake. “It was a very good relationship . . . the plans were an accurate reflection of who we are,” comments Dan. “It was exactly the way we wanted it.” Clients are able to see first-hand what their home will look like before it is even started, via a computer-generated 3D image. “It solidifies in people’s minds what it’s going to look like,” Trent explains. This helps to avoid making decisions halfway through building. And it pays off. “We love living in our home,” confirm the Jmaeff’s. “We don’t leave very often . . . quality is great, all the workers got along through the whole building process. The people putting in the flooring said they had never seen a house so square, so precise.” It’s this kind of attention to detail that Nesbitt Originals and Okanagan Dream Builders’ clients are after. “Clients want craftsmanship and quality and want people they can trust. We want clients we can trust who are inspired by nothing short of excellence and want the very best of top quality craftsmanship.”

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ating together is a basic human experience; it fosters communication more than any other interchange. In today’s culture, the eating experience can be dramatic, casual, intimate or offhand. Lunch out with a friend is a light touch. Dinner means more is at stake — the relationship has deepened. When we invite friends home for a meal, it means we want to be really good friends. With family at home we eat together casually, fully ourselves with this close nuclear unit.

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“Dinner is served.� This formal invitation calls people into a dedicated dining room, back when architecture called without fail for

a separate dining room. This place was for the best furniture, food, dishes and manners. Walls hid the kitchen and food preparation. The design honoured guests, and also told them they were not family. Close, but not too close. Many hosts prefer to keep a dining room for holidays, Royal Albert china and dramatic decor. “It’s a place to kick it up a notch in entertaining,� says Marnie Maclean of Birch West Interiors in Penticton. Today, people hang on to elegance but ease it into the 21st century, she says. The wall-hogging credenza with matching table and 12 chairs have given way to a sideboard and table with six to eight mix-matched chairs. “Wallpaper has made a comeback and this is where people want to use it,� says Maclean. She suggests playing with styles for an eclectic look, maybe a rustic table paired with elegant upholstered chairs, or a contemporary table with cane chairs.

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HEART OF THE HOME Most new homes have moved to a great room concept, with open kitchen, dining and living space. Central is a multi-use dining table. This design invites people to mingle, insists we have no kitchen secrets and guests are welcome to lend a hand. Still, we need ways to designate area uses. Appliances and counters help define a kitchen, an island creates a boundary, and a conversation grouping delineates the living room. The dining area is often marked by ceiling moulding or area carpet. My earliest memories centre on a harvest kitchen, a heavy oak table and expansion leaves. An update replaced the oak table with a chrome-and-Formica version that fit with new steel cabinets and black-and-white linoleum. The wood and coal range in the kitchen gave way to an electric appliance. The family-centric kitchen became efficient but retained an activity hub status. The kitchen table was not just for dining. It was here that Mom taught me to knead bread; Dad helped with homework; we laid out fabric for bridesmaid dresses. Neighbours gathered for homemade pie and chitchat. The invitation to anyone who showed up at the door was, “Come on in, sit down,” and they instinctively sat at the table. We can’t overestimate how much the harvest-style kitchen and its successor, the great room dining area, have contributed to family life. A centrally-located dining table in a high-traffic area is a place where ships do more than pass in the night. Probably the table has never been trumped as a tool for bringing people together to eat and communicate.

HUB OF THE HOME The eating island between kitchen and great room has become the centre of many contemporary homes. “Everybody gravitates to it to be part of what’s happening,” says Maclean. The island evolved from the tiny snack bars of 1960s kitchens. Those bars were oh-so-convenient for someone to grab breakfast or a sandwich before dashing off. Then the bar moved to the dining side of a lower cupboard bank. We

knocked out walls and made aisles. The island emerged. “I treat the island as a piece of furniture. I like oversize islands and people want seating for up to six at the island,” says Maclean. This is the gathering place. Kids process their day over after-school snacks; teens congregate around chips; guests wander closer to chat or take a turn at the chopping board. So the island has become a major piece of furniture. It may contain a vegetable sink or cooktop. To demonstrate its function is different from the kitchen, designers mix materials. If counters are tiled, the island may be granite; if cabinets are white, the island is dark wood. The island with a differentiated surface becomes a transition from food prep kitchen to living room. Oddly, no invitation is needed to come eat at the island. Not, “Dinner is served,” not even, “Come and get it.” This is a grazing place. Edibles placed on the island are fair game for sampling. This design feature has spurred a new lifestyle. A child grabs apple and cheese slices, returns to play, circles back for a fruit bar. Guests feel free to nibble appetizers, sip cappuccino, or taste and advise on the bubbling sauce. Islands have become the hub of the home. Wherever you eat together, the important part is “together.” People actually eat better when they eat together. “The research is quite strong when it comes to the benefits of eating together as a family,” said Dr. Doug Kittle, medical health officer for Interior Health. A Statistics Canada study says that for Canadians mealtime is the favourite time of day to interact. That’s true whether it happens in the haven, heart or hub of the home.

The Connoisseur Kitchen: NEW APPLIANCES MAKE COOKING EASY The good life is all about eating together, but nobody said it has to be done the hard way. With today’s efficient kitchen appliances, we can place tastier, fresher meals on the dining table or eating island in front of family or guests in fractional time. For example, check out the TurboChef Speedcook oven at Coast Wholesale Appliances in Kelowna. “It’s pretty cool,” enthuses general manager Robert Siddon. It’s a double wall appliance that offers both a top and bottom cook cavity. The bottom is a traditional convection oven. The top is very futuristic and can cook up to 15 times faster than a conventional model. You can turn out fresh asparagus in 45 seconds, a frozen pizza in 90 seconds, a rack of lamb in four minutes, or — get this — the Thanksgiving turkey in 42 minutes. It works by an airspeed technology that circulates currents of heated air from the top and bottom of the oven cavity to brown, sear and caramelize food in record time. The cook is freed up to brew latte and sit at the island with a guest or two enjoying a favourite coffee. It will come out tailored to individual tastes from your Saeco automatic coffee machine that lets you program every aspect of your espresso. The Saeco features clickwheel interface and digital touch pad. At $900-$1,500, these freestanding models compare favourably with the $4,000 built-ins. “When you consider the cost of a daily Starbucks, you can see why this is pretty popular,” adds Siddon. Staff will demonstrate it for you and let you taste your own favourite concoction at Coast Appliances in Kelowna. While you’re there, check out Fisher and Paykel’s new refrig



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erator. It features the world’s first multi-temperature fridge drawer with the ability to cool, store, preserve and freshen foods at your choice of five temperatures. Some other companies are now offering what could best be called fridge alternatives. For example, Sub-Zero has combination quasi-fridge drawers that fit under the counter. One houses regular fridge necessities, and a second underneath is for frozen products. It’s an ideal little appliance for singles or couples and it doesn’t take up an entire wall. Microwaves are turning up in drawers, too, freeing up counter space. Dacor has re-engineered the microwave into a drawer style, that doesn’t require you to stretch for stirring and checking cookingin-progress. DCS is another manufacturer of great microwave ovens that Rob Siddon of Coast Appliances points to. Consider their side-by-side models — a small one for baking small amounts and a large one for when the whole gang comes over. How about dish washing in a drawer? DCS offers a double dishdrawer so you can do two different loads at one time. You control the time, temperature and water pressure of each cycle. Or use just one for a small load.

In Patio Paradise You can equip your patio like a gourmet kitchen--no more running in and out to your kitchen appliances. Consider, for example, the DCS grills by Fisher and Paykel Appliances. Siddon says, “This is a high end piece, a very nice grill, and they’ve just come out with a new line.” The Liberty collection by DCS is a suite of outdoor cooking components that adjoin with themselves or to existing DCS by Fisher and Paykel grills in any combination you desire. The DCS grills are probably the most advanced grilling system available. They combine the latest grilling technology and innovation to deliver the ultimate in outdoor cooking performance with full control. These grills are built of heavy gauge stainless steel, come in natural gas or LPG fuel, are equipped with smoker trays and side-byside stainless steel grilling grates. They all have grease management systems, removable warming racks, wind shields, and can be on carts or built in. For a top-end patio experience, think beyond the grill. You’ll probably want an outdoor wash-up sink, storage and an outdoor fridge (the DCS one makes 35 pounds of ice a day). Empty nesters and singles often want something simple for a minimalist patio experience. Weber makes the perfect little barbecue for a couple, called the Weber Q. It’s a tabletop model that operates with a replaceable LP gas tank, and it’s small enough to pack into a travel trailer and take on the road with you. Weber makes a range of grills, from the Weber Q with 189 square inches of cooking space, to the Summit with 650 square inches.

Not All Kitchens Are Created Equal! As kitchen designs in the Okanagan continue to evolve, so too does the demand for new and different countertop materials. While granite continues to be the best-selling high performance countertop materials, the demand for quartz or engineered stone surfacing continues to grow too. For those consumers looking for countertops made of recycled products, there are a growing number of alternatives to meet this relatively new demand. Amongst these are “Vetrazzo” and “Ice Stone” which are made from recycled glass. All of these products are available at the Okanagan Valley’s most technologically advanced fabrication facility in Vernon, at Pure Granite Rocks! Ltd. From digital templating and photographing of slabs, through CAD/CAM programming of a 5axis CNC saw that feeds two CNC routers . . . they are taking stone countertop fabrication out of the Stone Ages!

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BY DEANNA MERRICK lide the curtains back and soak up the scenery! You live in a spectacular area where beauty is bountiful. Pristine lakes, vineyards, and orchards are common fare to Okanagan residents, and each glance in a new direction is rewarded with another stunning viewscape. Your windows are mirrors to the outside world and window coverings are the frames that showcase them. Windows in new homes are based on a simple philosophy...bigger is better. Custom homes are architecturally designed to expose as much of the outside view as possible. Aaron Latimer of All Weather Windows says these homes often feature entire walls of glass. “The trend today is for lots of windows, and they’re much bigger than ever. Grills, which involve installing interior bars between panes of glass, are also becoming prominent.” Latimer explained. A recent development in windows is the use of metal clad PVC finishing on the exterior of windows, with vinyl interior finishing. The metal finishing offers homeowners the choice of several colors to blend with the exterior color of their homes.

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f you think children should be seen and not heard, you’d better stay clear of the Energyplex. The gales of laughter and shouts of glee are matched only by the high energy levels here. Kids love this place! For as much as a child needs to eat and breathe, they need to run and play too. Any parent knows this, and so do the owners of this new family recreation centre that opened earlier this year in Kelowna. At a time when many children’s amusement facilities have closed down in the Okanagan, the Energyplex now fills that obvious void. Located by the Grand 10 Theatre on McCurdy’s Corner where the old Flintstones’ Amusement Park used to entertain kids from 1968 to 1998, families can once again come out to spend quality time together in an environment geared to bringing people together through health, fitness and fun. In all types of weather from morning to night, parents can relax in the café, work out themselves or frolic with their little ones. There is even space for parents to hold meetings. After hours, the facility can be rented for groups of up to 350 people. “Where else can families go for physical playtime and some healthy food as well?” asked Bruce Elwood, one of the owners. With a gigantic indoor playground, a rock climbing wall and a gymnastics area with scheduled drop-in times, kids are sure to work up a sweat and have a blast doing it. Equipped with the only commercial warm salt-water swimming pool in the valley, the Energyplex offers private lessons for children. “It’s difficult for kids to learn how to swim in the typical cold water public pools,” said Elwood. “We wanted to provide a nurturing environment with really small class sizes. This is a proven method that works wonders.”

They also offer instructional programs for taekwondo and gymnastics and will soon be offering a parenting course called ‘Power to Parent.’ “Behavioural problems often stem from relationship problems,” said Elwood. “It’s so important to really connect with our kids and understand them from the inside out, but that can be easier said than done.” While Elwood recognizes that he is operating a business with difficult challenges, he reminds himself often that his true passion is the relationships within families. “Without that, I wouldn’t be doing this at all,” he said. Increasing the physical level of kids without the competitive component is key. But he says it is “the relationship of the families that is the driving force behind why we’re here and why we’re committed to staying put.” The owners of the family recreation center look forward to making a success in an industry that is typically an uphill battle. “The Bennett family own this land and they have been very supportive since we presented them with our business concept,” said Elwood. “With that same kind of support from the community, we’ll be here for the long haul.” For a long time to come, children will be seen here, as well as heard, having the time of their lives.

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BY MICHAEL FREEMAN

any of us look at one of mankind’s earliest inventions, the door, and don’t realize what an intricate piece of mechanical ingenuity it is, or the precise manufacturing and installation this simple convenience requires to operate properly. “Simply put, doors were invented for protection from the elements and security, yet even these basic functions require specially designed weather-stripping, engineered sills, and in some cases, very intricate hardware installation,” clarifies General Manager of Glenmore Millwork Alan Atkins. Design factors that most of us take for granted, such as the direction that the door swings, are of critical importance to architects and contractors who must determine if a door should swing into the house or swing out, and which side the hinges should be on; all in relation to the floor plan, traffic flow, light switch location, other nearby doors, and exposure to outdoor elements. In addition to these functional considerations are the aesthetic architectural additions, such as built-in windows above the door called transoms, sidelights, and how the

door fits into the design of the home as a whole. Once the door opening has been designed, the more mundane but equally important factors such as the framing sizes, wall thicknesses, number of hinges required, the lockset type and location, building code requirements and others must be determined.

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What makes doors extraordinarily difficult to install is the virtually non-existent allowance for error. If a hinge is even slightly crooked or the lockset and strike-plate aren’t perfectly aligned, the door simply will not function well, if at all. Attempting to correct these errors often results in catastrophe, and the purchase of a new door. To simplify the challenges involved in installation, companies such as Glenmore Millwork have established themselves a niche—they prehang doors and windows in their frames using large jigs and specialized equipment that guarantees their customer’s often expensive portals are going to fit, swing, latch and lock perfectly. Glenmore Millwork is a local company headed by General Manager Alan Atkins that has been in the business of supplying interior and exterior doors and door frames for over 50 years. They are one of the select few dealerships for SAH Doors Ltd., as well as BC Door Ltd. and many other manufacturers. Glenmore Millwork also manufactures wood and vinyl framed windows right here in Kelowna. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff serves Okanagan contractors, renovators and homeowners from their 1100 square foot showroom in Kelowna.

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UNIQUE DOORS FROM SOUTH AMERICA

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or the past 11 years Everwood Custom Woodworking Ltd. has supplied its clients in the Okanagan valley with woodworking of the highest quality and craftsmanship. Three years ago, Everwood expanded to offer Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, interior and exterior doors in exotic hardwoods, and business has taken off. These one-of- a- kind doors are made entirely of solid wood, are 1-3/4” thick, and come in exotic Peruvian Walnut or Brazilian Fir; and, while any design can be made to order, there are currently over 350 interior doors and 50 exterior door packages in stock in a variety of designs to choose from including: arched top, medieval style doors, and more contemporary multipanel, shaker style doors. Interior doors are available with the matching exotic wood jamb or paint grade jamb, and exterior door packages come complete with matching exotic wood jamb, threshold, glass, sidelights, transom, speak easy, and iron work where applicable. With its top-of-the-line finishing booth, complete woodworking shop, and expert skill in all aspects of joinery, Everwood has become busy filling orders for single doors as well complete house packages from supplying doors pre-hung only, to sanding, staining, finishing and installation.

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Everwood is the exclusive dealer in the Okanagan valley for 1-3/4” interior & exterior doors imported by South American Hardwood Inc (www.sahdoors.com). Visit Everwood at their showroom: Unit 30 – 2789 HWY 97N Kelowna, 250-869-0313 for more information. Or visit them online at: www.everwooddesign.com

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Green Clay: An Old Technique is New Again CLAY FOR HEALTH, BEAUTY AND EASE BY MIKE FREEMAN

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hen Garrett Swetlikoff was building his new house, he chose something old. The naturopathic physician, who has practised in Kelowna for 20 years, wanted to be environmentally friendly, so he did a lot of research and decided to put clay on all the walls of his new house. “Humans have used clay in building houses for thousands of years,” he said. “It controls moisture, inhibits mould and deals with some of the modern problems in buildings that are sealed up.” Although he knew clay is calming and grounding, his wife, Tammy, wasn’t convinced, so Gerry Monty of Clay Masters, the official Okanagan dealer for American Clay Earth Plaster, invited her to a show home where he was doing the entrance.

“I walked through the rest of the house, which was freshly painted, and got a headache,” she said. “I walked back to the entrance and felt fabulous; it was great.” Monty said clay makes people feel good because it releases negative ions, while man-made products give off positive ions, gases, and chemicals that make some people sick. “Nature gives off negative ions,” said Monty, who moved to Kamloops from Montreal because of the lifestyle and then to Kelowna because of the lake. “Clean water has negative ions and that detoxifies the body, and clay detoxifies the air and takes the stress out of the body.” Monty, who has been a painter for 30 years and runs Kelowna’s Ceiling Repair Specialist, notes with irony that paint isn’t permitted in dumps because it’s toxic, but we put it in our homes. “Clay doesn’t collect dirt, but absorbs moisture, and maintains the relative humidity of a room naturally. If a bathroom is done in clay, the mirrors won’t fog up when you shower. “We have been plastering walls since the beginning of time; there

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are clay wall in the Pyramids; half the world’s population lives and works in clay buildings.” According to American Clay, which revolutionized the modern clay industry with its line of clay plaster materials and products, clay: • is naturally mould and mildew resistant, • absorbs odours and body oils, • acts as a natural temperature and humidity buffer, which can cut down on your power bill and keep you more comfortable at the same time, • doesn’t produce volatile organic compounds, which are gases or vapours emitted by various solids or liquids, many of which have adverse health effects, • is 100 per cent natural, • filters the air in the building, and • is naturally flame retardant. West Kelowna artist Louise Lambert settled on clay for her gallery and studio because she wanted the walls to reflect the warm colours she uses in her paintings. “It expanded the room, enhanced the space and gave it depth because of the texture on the walls. It just gave it more focus and attention and when I put the paintings on, it really knocked it out nicely. “People do remark about (the clay on the walls). They’re quite impressed.” The artist, known for her wine art, had Monty do one room and Leonard Trump of Clay Interiors, do the other. Trump, who started painting while still in Grade 8, returned to the trade after years in marketing and sales, applying the skill and attention to detail he learned under European boat builders and master painters while working on yachts at the Royal Van Yacht Club. While he still paints, he focuses on providing non-toxic, clay-based paints and natural clay textures. “If you do something unique, simple and natural like textured walls, it stands out and you don’t feel you have to change it every two or three years. It’s a timeless application, and you have a textured look you can never get tired of. As the light changes, the ambience of the room change, which is romantic.” But he also believes in the healthful benefits and environmental friendliness of the product. “I had cancer 10 years ago, so I’m con-

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scious of healthy living, and this fits into the same spiritual walk, the things you feel you have to do, things you would like to impress upon people, that this is what you believe in and this is why you should consider it. “After I do a room, customers walk in, sigh deeply and say ‘I love it.’”

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e saw a distinct need for greenfriendly building products,” says Joe Shalapata about starting Kelowna-based wholesale firm Jona Panel Sales Inc. with his wife Dana in 2003. The first product the company marketed was EnStron (TM), which stands for “environmentally strong.” “EnStron (TM) is a clean, high quality underlayment especially designed to go under sheet vinyl products,” says Shalapata. “It’s made from 100% recycled wood product waste.” He says because EnStron (TM) has no formaldehyde, it meets the standards of the California Air Resources Board Phase 2 (CARB). It can also contribute up to five LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) points when used in a building or project. The second environmentally-friendly building product Shalapata’s company decided to market was Green E-Board (TM). “Not only is it one of the best backer boards I know of for ceramic tile, but it is also a replacement for drywall. Because the PH levels are so high in Green E-Board (TM), it is impossible for mould and mildew to grow,” says Shalapata. “It’s been used in quite a few MCS (Multi-Chemical Sensitive) homes where the occupants were allergic to some of the ingredients in drywall.”

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With a patent-pending proprietary formula, Green E-Board (TM) consists of sustainable magnesium eco-cement with carbonate as a binder with recycled waste as an aggregate. “There are no VOCs in Green E-Board (TM),” says Shalapata. “Other products contain silicas, found in all cement products. Silicosis is the second leading lung disease behind mesothelioma, which occurs when using cement backer boards without a mask to protect you from inhaling the dust created when cut.” Green E-Board (TM) contributes four LEED points to a construction project for indoor air quality, no VOCs, durability and the fact that 10% of the board is recycled back into production. Shalapata was so impressed with Green E-Board that Jona Panel Sales Inc. is 40% owner of Florida’s Southern Cross Building Products that manufactures and owns the patent, says Shalapata. Jona Panel products are available locally at OK Builders, Professional Floor Supply and Rona.

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E A RT H W I S E Solum Rammed Earth HOMES BUILT FROM EARTH OFFER A COOLER ALTERNATIVE

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e’re trying to look at ways to minimize the ecological footprint,” says Nicholas Hill, co-founder with Grant Tweeter of Solum Rammed Earth Ltd. In its fourth year of operation, this Penticton company specializes in stabilized rammed earth construction, an alternative building method that is environmentallyfriendly, energy-efficient and aesthetically-pleasing. Stabilized rammed earth is damp engineered soil stabilized with cement and compacted into handcrafted forms. Colour effects are achieved by adding iron oxide. The result is a pleasing wall with a layered sedimentary look. With respect to home construction, load-bearing rammed earth creates sturdy exterior shells and is often used for interior feature walls. It’s also often used for fences, retaining walls and artistic landscape features. Among the many benefits of rammed earth homes, according to Hill, is the great reduction in the need for extra heating and cooling. “Of the four that we’ve built in the Okanagan, from Oliver to Trout Creek, none have air-conditioning,” says Hill. Even without it, the house in Trout Creek is going to be fully warranteed in the fall, a testament to the construction method’s ability to meet building code requirements.

Homes built of rammed earth are solid, fire-resistant and offer improved indoor air quality because of no toxic off-gassing. They are also attractive in a natural, organic type of way, blending in very well with the desert-like Okanagan landscape. Although Solum has yet to build a rammed earth house in the Central Okanagan, they did provide the supervision and mix of the wall embedded with 104 cast bronze medallions for the Spirit of Kelowna project at Kelowna’s City Hall. “There’s not many people doing what we do,” maintains Hill, “and we really want to spread the word.” In fact, he is a founding member and vice-president of the nonprofit North American Rammed Earth Builders Association, dedicated to the promotion of this unique and effective building method. Other Okanagan Solum projects besides homes include the Cedar Creek Pump Station in Kelowna and the artistic bollar bases of the lights that illuminate the streets of the StoneBrook neighborhood of the Benchlands community in Naramata.

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ince 1996, Angie Bricker has been helping families raise their babies. She created Yellow Brick Road, a children’s consignment store many of us will remember. It began with a vision of a place where moms could shop in a clean, friendly store for quality used products, and grew to offer new items as well. Over the years, Bricker focused more and more on healthful, gentle products, and began Sweet Peas Baby Specialty 10 years later. In 2007, she combined the two stores and created The Natural Baby Shop. She says when she began, “health and environmental issues were just a blip on the radar screen.” She says most parents were not educated to the possible hazards in using second-hand baby items or toxins in plastics. One of those people whose zest for life and passion for her work is written all over her face, Bricker says some current must-have items for families include Ringley Natural Wood and Organic Cotton Teething Ring, reusable diapers, organic skin care products for the whole family, and “great” strollers like the Bugaboo or the Mountain Buggy. Asked how daunting a task it might be for parents to make the switch to more healthful, environmentally friendly products, Bricker grins, “It is quite easy, just come on in and we’ll show you!” While she still offers consignment items, demand for new products has increased. Bricker, a great supporter of other mompreneurs says, “Everyone needs someone to believe in them and give them a start. It gives me great satisfaction when I am able to bring an unknown product made by a local mom and it becomes a must-have product that I can’t keep on the shelves.” The Natural Baby Shop offers everything a family could need for raising young children. “The new generation of parents, in the next few decades, I believe will revolutionize parenting,” she says, “and take it back to a simpler time while pushing it forward into new territory. “There will always be more to learn about how to treat the earth with more care . . . it is important to children because of what we all know and will discover about our world and sustaining it for future generations.”

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CHBA DIRECTORY The Canadian Home Builders’ Association of the Central Okanagan is a non-profit volunteer organization of dedicated individuals whose leadership works with all levels of government with a common mission: dedication to quality and value in the residential construction and renovation industry. The careful process of scrutinizing applicants ensures superior representation of industry professionals. business people who know the importance of quality and reliability. Architects Architecturally Distinct Solutions Inc. Matt Johnston / Grace Pontes 550 C West Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4Z4 T. 250-878-4313/250-448-7801 F. 250-448-7802 matt@distinctsolutions.ca / grace@ distinctsolutions.ca www.distinctsolutions.ca Berard Design Group Deb Berard - President #41-760 Highpoint Drive Kelowna BC V1V 2Y3 T. 250-762-5399 F. 250-448-7816 berarddesigngroup@shaw.ca www.berarddesigngroup.com Builders A Legacy of Designs Ltd. Brad Dziedzic & Brandy de BartoloDziedzic P.O. Box 1695 Station Main, Vernon, BC V1T 8C3 T. 250-558-8889/250-558-8839 F. 250-503-1093 info@legacyofdesigns.com www.legacyofdesigns.com Alternative Construction Inc Edmaro Cabete #304-1495 Graham St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 3B2 T. 250-864-0761 F. 250-493-7321 edmaro@alternativeconstruction.ca www.alternativeconstruction.ca Apchin Design Corp. Denis Apchin 1767 Spruceview Court, Kelowna, BC V1V 2N2 T. 250-862-2078 F. 250-868-3489 denis@apchin.com www.apchin.com

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Architecturally Distinct Solutions Inc. Matt Johnston / Grace Pontes 550 C West Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4Z4 T. 250-878-4313/250-448-7801 F. 250-448-7802 matt@distinctsolutions.ca grace@distinctsolutions.ca www.distinctsolutions.ca AuthenTech Homes Ltd. Scott Tyerman, RHP P.O. Box 2190 - 190 Rutland Road North, Kelowna, BC V1X 4K6 T. 250-491-7690 F. 250-491-4290 scott@authentechhomes.com www.authentechhomes.com Bellamy Homes Les Bellamy 22013 Capri PO, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9N9 T. 250-470-2429 info@bellamyhomes.ca www.bellamyhomes.ca Built Rite Homes (A Division of Roblyn Developments Ltd.) Robert Anderson 758 South Crest Drive, Kelowna BC V1W 4Y7 T. 250-764-0315 F. 250-764-0326 futlog@shaw.ca www.builtritehomes.ca Callidus Construction Sue Matic 4592 Hayes Road, Kelowna, BC T. 250-764-6434 F. 250-764-6435 sue@callidusconstruction.com callidusconstruction.com Cardan Enterprises Ltd. Don Dudgeon & Lisa Dudgeon #215-1980 Cooper Road, Kelowna V1Y 8K5 T. 250-861-8823 F. 250-861-8845 info@cardan.ca www.cardan.ca Chaparral Industries (86) Inc. John Pushor/Jim Pushor 3075 Sexsmith Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7T1 T. 250-765-2985 F. 250-765-7177 john.pushor@chaparralhomes.com www.chaparralhomes.com Chatham Homes Dave Chatham 4610 Crawford Court, Kelowna, BC V1W 4N5 T. 250-764-5387 or 250-862-1075 F. 250-764-5387 chathamhomesltd@shaw.ca

Chriscan.com Enterprises Ltd. Len Suchocki 4201 Spiers Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 4B5 T. 250-712-1324 F. 250-712-0940 Chriscan@shaw.ca www.chriscan.com CorWest Builders Chris Little/ David Sargent 620-1620 Dickson Avenue Kelowna, BC V1Y 9Y2 T. 250-869-4960 T.F. 866-824-9417 info@corwest.ca www.corwest.ca Destination Homes Don Erdely & Travis Erdely Unit 1 1385 Stevens Road, Kelowna, BC V1Z 2S9 T. 250-707-1752 F. 250-763-1573 destination@shaw.ca www.homesbydestination.com Dilworth Quality Homes Inc. Greg Asling - General Manager Howard Rensler - Sales & Marketing Manager Chris Reiter - Building Operations Manager 907 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2W1 T. 250-762-9999 F. 250-762-6171 info@dilworthhomes.com www.dilworthhomes.com Distinctive Developments Ltd. Terry Heinrich Suite # 333 -101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9T1 T. 250-491-1171 F. 250-491-8606 distinctivedevelopments@shaw.ca www.Distinctivedevelopments.com Dutch Construction (1988) Ltd. Bill Bouwsema 2377 Silver Place Kelowna, BC V1V 1N9 T. 250-317-3636 F. 250-860-0658 Edgecombe Builders Kevin Edgecombe & Don Campbell #5 - 220 Neave Road, Kelowna, BC V1V 2L9 T. 250-491-8655 F. 250-491-8611 info@edgecombebuilders.com www.edgecombebuilders.com Eidse Builders Jim Eidse, Gary Tebbutt & Elmer Eidse 101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Box # 334 Kelowna, BC V1Y 9T1 T. 250-862-2650 F. 250-862-2609 Jim@Eidse.com/ elmer@eidse. com/garytebbutt@shaw.ca

Fawdry Homes Glenn Fawdry, RHP 1362 Clear Pond Court, Kelowna, BC V1V 2X6 T. 250-862-8630 F. 250-862-8631 glenn@fawdryhomes.ca Frame Custom Homes Ltd. Bill Frame PO Box 29106 Mission RPO, Kelowna, BC V1W 4A7 T. 250-718-8670 F. 250-764-8257 framecustom@shaw.ca Freeport Industries Todd Venier / Chris Inkster 3522-B Red Cloud Way, Westbank, BC V4T 2G9 T. 250-707-3950 F. 250-707-3951 info@freeportindustries.ca www.freeportindustries.ca Greenman Homes Clayton Halley Box 1365, Fernie, BC. V0B 1M0 T. 250-423.0753 F. 250-423-4628 greenmanhomes@telus.net www.greenmanhomes.ca Hamill Creek Timber Homes Inc. Fiona Daniels PO Box 151, Meadow Creek, BC V0G 1N0 T. 250-366-4320 F. 250-366-4333 fiona@hamillcreek.com www.hamillcreek.com Hansum Homes & Development Inc. John Hansum & Fran Hansum 768 Kuipers Crescent,Kelowna, BC V1W 5C9 T. 250-764-2324 F. 250-764-5457 hansumhomes@shaw.ca www.hansumhomes.com Harmony Homes Mick Webb 201-833 Finns Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 5B8 T. 250-765-5191 F. 250-765-6013 harmonyhomes@shaw.ca www.harmonyhomes.net Ian Paine Construction Ltd. Ian Paine 2032 Bennett Road, Kelowna, BC V1V 2C1 T. 250-868-2133 F. 250-868-2133 ianpaine@shaw.ca

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Impact Builders Chad Jones Box 304 101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9T1 T. 250-470-2269 chad.jones@shaw.ca www.impactbuilders.com

Level UP Homes by Design Bob & Valerie Levy 2550 Tuscany Drive, Westbank, BC V4T 3B6 T. 250-768-2036 F. 250-768-2037 blevy@shaw.ca www.leveluphomes.ca

Inspiration Homes Ltd. Rod Doroshuk P.O.Box 21037 #265-2306 Highway#6, Vernon, BC V1T 7E2 T. 250-543-3111 T.F. 888-391-0940 info@inspirationhomes.ca www.inspirationhomes.ca

Mandala Custom Homes Inc. Lars Chose PO Box 234, Nelson, BC V1L 5P9 T. 250-352-5582 F. 250-352-0582 lars@mandalahomes.com

Jaycor Homes Inc. Vince Montemurro 314-101-1865 Dilworth Drive,Kelowna, BC V1Y 9T1 T. 250-768-5070 F. 250-768-5070 jaycorhomes@shaw.ca

Manzanita Homes Inc. Bryan Reese 9-3151,Box 156 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 3S9 T. 250-870-1827 F. 250-764-9578 admin@manzanitahomes.net www.manzanitahomes.net

Jazel Enterprises Ltd. James Zeleznik 2730 Lower Glenrosa Road, Westbank, BC V4T 1L7 T. 250-768-5799 F. 250-768-5733 jazel@shaw.ca www.Jazelhomes.com

Meadow Ridge Homes Ltd. Miles & Susan Krahn Box 25119 Mission Park P.O., Kelowna, BC V1W 3Y7 T. 250-861-3344 F. 250-861-3310 miles@meadowridgehomes.com www.meadowridgehomes.com

K-Town Contracting Jason Hatter 1383 Dilworth Cres, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4M6 T. 250-215-4656 F. 250-763-7479 ktowncontracting@gmail.com www.ktowncontracting.com

Neil Miller Homes Ltd. Neil Miller 4467 Lakeland Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 1E1 T. 250-764-8627 F. 250-764-8608 neil@millerhomes.ca

Keith Dahlen Construction Ltd. Ken Dahlen 8205 Aberdeen Road, Coldstream, BC V1B 2L9 T. 250-545-1300 F. 250-545-1380 keith.construction@shaw.ca keithconstruction.ca Kelowna Capital Contracting Ltd. Rick Therrien, Owner / Ron Vibe, Owner 1860 Hayashi Road, Kelowna, BC V1P 1A7 T. 250-717-7909 or 864-9919 F. 250-765-7660 therrienfamily@shaw.ca www.kelownacc.com Kentland Homes Ltd. Stephen Wells Suite 202, 5305 Main Street, Kelowna, BC V1W 4V3 T. 250-764-1306 F. 250-764-0996 swells@kentlandhomes.com www.kettlevalley.com Lange-Con Holdings Ltd. Darrell Lange 1375 B Industrial Rd., Kelowna, BC V1Z 1G4 T. 250-769-7001 F. 250-769-7041 dlange@langecon.com www.langecon.com Larsen & Whelan Enterprises Ltd. Stephen Whelan & Ian Larsen Box 922, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 T. 250-423-8810 F. 250-423-7268 info@fernibuilders.com

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Nesbitt Originals Paul & Jan Nesbitt #300 - 1433 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2E4 T. 250-762-3337 F. 250-762-3090 originals@shaw.ca www.nesbittoriginals.com Okanagan Dream Builders Ltd. Trent Tinkler Box 2423 Stn.R, Kelowna, BC V1X6A5 T. 250-808-1788 F. 250-717-0391 okanagandreambuilders@shaw.ca Okanagan Sunrise Construction Ltd. Dale Ahlbaum/Nick Franz 1929 Kent Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7S6 T. 250-763-1461 F. 250-763-1462 sales@okanagansunrise.com www.OkanaganSunrise.com Okanagan Sustain Homes Carl St. Jean 4701 Briggs Road, Vernon, BC V1B 3J4 T. 250-260-8425 F. 250-545-7719 oksustainhomes@shaw.ca www.oksustainhomes.ca Okanagan Trend West Master Builder Ltd. Jamie Moran P.O. Box 20069, Vernon, BC V1T 9L4 T. 250-558-0415 F. 250-558-4551 info@okanagantrendwest.com www.okanagantrendwest.com

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106 Pars Construction Amir Khajavi P.O. Box # 25149, Mission Park, Kelowna, BC V1W 3Y7 T. 250-764-6226 C. 250-878-0662 F. 250-764-6226 Pars_Construction_Homes@yahoo.ca www.ParsConstruction.com Pentar Homes Ltd. Fred Parent 200-591 Bernard Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 6N9 T. 250-862-9006 F. 250-862-9640 fred@pentarhomes.com www.pentarhomes.com Quiniscoe Homes Ltd. Lisa Budenholzer Box 25, Panorama, BC V0A 1T0 T. 250-342-0853 F. 250-342-0833 lisa@quiniscoe.ca RJ M Management Ltd. Margie & Randall Rhode 1208 Peak Point Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Z 4A9 T. 250-859-2332 F. 250-860-5247 m_rhode@shaw.ca & randy. rhode@esporta.ca RLJ Homes Inc. Ray LaPointe 563 San Cabrio Court, Kelowna, BC V1V 1S8 T. 250-862-1968 F. 250-717-0003 rljhomes@shaw.ca www.rljhomes.com Rockwood Homes Construction Ltd. Gilles Ladouceur 5753 Mountainside Drive, Kelowna, BC V1W 5H2 T. 250-450-9761 F. 250-450-9762 cathy@rockwoodhomes.ca www.rockwoodhomes.ca Rykon Construction Management Ltd. Randy Siemens, Kelly Lawrie, CMA Unit 202-1561 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5Y7 T. 250-712-9664 F. 250-712-9654 info@rykon.ca www.rykon.ca Schulz Construction Inc. Marlin Schulz Suite #111,105-3957 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 1V3 T. 250-212-9541 F. 250-764-9510 marlin.schulz@shaw.ca www.schulzdevelopments.com Sierra West Homes & Construction Corp. Kevin Adams 3925 Desert Pines Avenue, Peachland, BC V0H 1X2 T. 250-767-1993 C. 878-2207 F. 250-767-3093 luxury@sierrawesthomes.com www.sierrawesthomes.com

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Sunstar Ventures Ltd. Denis Bigham & Bob Buvyer PO Box 2189, Kelowna, BC V1X 4K6 T. 250-807-2270 F. 250-807-2237 buvyer@hotmail.com Sunterra Custom Homes Ltd. Ranbir Nahal Unit #5-7760 Okanagan Landing Road, Vernon, BC V1T 1Z4 T. 250-503-8220 F. 250-260-1844 info@sunterracustomhomes.com www.sunterracustomhomes.com Surecraft Construction Ltd. Jim Shales - President 5120 Cousins Road, Peachland, BC V0H 1X2 T. 250-878-0718 F. 250-767-9102 surecraftconstruction@shaw.ca Team Construction Mgmt. (1981) Ltd. Charles Cullen 101-916 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2W2 T. 250-868-8326 F. 250-868-8113 info@teamconstruction.ca www.teamconstruction.ca Timberhaven Homes Ltd. Scott Ross 3282 Chasselas Crt., Westbank, BC V4T 2Y6 T. 250-878-0159 T. 250-767-3427 scott@timberhaven.ca www.timberhaven.ca Trico Homes Inc. Paula Skladan Unit #201 3006 32nd Avenue Vernon, BC V1T 2L7 T. 250-545-9261 T. 250-545-9458 apvernon@tricohomes.com www.tricohomes.com Varitec Enterprises Ltd. Don Kerr, RHP 673 Westside Road - North, Kelowna, BC V1Z 3S7 T. 250-769-2375 T. 250-769-2373 varitec@telus.net Webster Construction Ltd. Ken Webster 205-251 Lawrence Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6L2 T. 250-763-6600 T. 250-763-6614 ken@thewebstergroup.com www.thewebstergroup.com Willowood Projects Ltd. John Jacques 2220 Helgason Drive, Westbank, BC V4T 2W9 T. 250-215-7500 F. 250-707-3251 willowood@shaw.ca www.willowoodprojects.ca Wilson and Company Ltd. James Wilson 814 Hubbard Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 1N4 T. 250-869-7125 F. 250-764-9889 wilsoncustombuilders@telus.net

Developers Aldebaran Enterprizes Inc. John Jacobsen PO Box 21058, Vernon, BC V1T9T7 T. 250-306-9355 F. 250-542-8235 john@aldebaranhomes.com www.aldebaranhomes.com Callahan Property Group Ltd. Bob Callahan 218-1626 Richter Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2M3 T. 250-717-3000 F. 250-717-3400 bob@callahanpg.ca Dilworth Quality Homes Inc. Greg Asling - General Manager Howard Rensler - Sales & Marketing Manager Chris Reiter - Building Operations Manager 907 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2W1 T. 250-762-9999 F. 250-762-6171 info@dilworthhomes.com www.dilworthhomes.com Firelight Developments Ltd. Jordan Hettinga 1337 Green Bay Road,Westbank, BC V4T 2B6 T. 250-717-1095 F. 250-717-1098 jhettinga@greenbaydevelopments.ca www.firelightlodge.com G Group of Companies Grant Gaucher - President / Andrew Gaucher - VP Developments #200-3275 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna BC. V1W 3S9 T. 250-712-2449 F. 250-763-1000 agaucher@ggroup.ca www.ggroup.ca Gallaghers Canyon Construction Al Bremner 4390 Gallaghers Drive East, Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z8 T. 250-860-9013 F. 250-860-9043 allan@gallagherscanyon.com www.gallagherscanyon.com George Schluessel Real Estate Investments Ltd. George Schluessel - President Box 3-880 16th Ave., Calgary, AB T2R 1J9 T. 403-410-1224 F. 403-245-8166 gsrei@procure.ca www.procura.com Green Solutions Inc. Andrew Gaucher 200-3275 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 3S9 T. 250-212-1759 F. 250-763-1000 agaucher@ggroup.ca www.greensolutionsinc.com Huntington Homes Ltd. Jamie Maw Suite #208 2901 Abbott Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1G7 T. 250-801-4040 F. 250-860-4080 think@telus.net

Kirschner Mountain Joint Venture Allen Kirschner P.O. Box 27030, Willow Park, Kelowna, BC V1X 7L7 T. 250-862-0895 F. 250-765-6033 info@kirschnermountain.com www.kirschnermountain.com L & S Contracting Ltd. (A Div. of Lambert & Paul Construction Ltd.) Lambert Schmalz #300 - 2000 Spall Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9P6 T. 250-860-2331 F. 250-860-2066 l-stom@silk.net Melcor Developments Ltd. Tobi McNeil #207-1664 Richter Street. Kelowna, BC V1Y 8N3 T. 250-717-8390 F. 250-717-8391 tmcneil@melcor.ca www.melcor.ca Molenbeek Ventures Development Corporation Wim Zuydervelt 337 Phoebe Court, Kelowna, BC V1W 3Y9 T. 250-764-0338 F. 250-764-2267 wfz@shaw.ca www.creeksidepark.caCommunity Ocorp Development Ltd. 9-3151 Lakeshore Road - B-493, Kelowna, BC V1W 3S9 T. 250-764-1750 F. 250-764-1751 info@ocorpltd.com www.tuscany_cherrywood.com Okanagan Land Development Corp. Don Erdely 2656 Cliffshore Dr., Winfield, BC V4V 2N1 T. 250-766-9373 F. 250-766-9375 d.erdely@telus.net www.lakecountryliving.ca Pekman Developments Brent Neumann 9624 13A Street, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 3X3 T. 250-782-5811 F. 250-782-6810 brentn@shaw.ca Predator Ridge Limited PartnershipLand Division Brent Ree 100 Mashie Crescent, Vernon, BC V1V 1H8 T. 250-503-1739 F. 250-503-1759 realestate@predatorridge.com www.predatorridge.com Prospect at Black Mountain Kathleen Mackenzie/ Dave Coombs #101 - 1658 Commerce Ave. Kelowna, BC V1X 8A9 T. 250-717-8228 F. 250-717-8227 info@prospectkelowna.com www.prospectkelowna.com

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Okanagan Rohit Communities Kelowna Ltd. Rocky Sethi 970 Stockley Street, Kelowna BC V1P 1R6 T. 250-765-6533 F. 250-807-0202 rocky.sethi@rohitgroup.com Scuka Enterprises Ltd. Dan Scuka 881 Highway 33 East, Kelowna, BC V1X 6V1 T. 250-765-0136 F. 250-765-7826 scukaent@scuka.bc.ca www.scuka.bc.ca Sierra West Homes & Construction Corp. Kevin Adams 3925 Desert Pines Avenue, Peachland, BC V0H 1X2 T. 250-767-1993 Cell: 878-2207 F. 250-767-3093 luxury@sierrawesthomes.com www.sierrawesthomes.com The Mission Group Jonathan Friesen, Randy Shier, Gerald Heinrichs, George Summach 620-1632 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7T2 T. 250-448-8810 F. 250-762-4236 comments@themissiongroup.ca www.themissiongroup.ca TLH Log Homes Ltd. Carl Lauren PO Box 336, Kimberly, BC V1A2Y9 T. 250-427-0315 F. 250-427-0571 carl@tyeeloghomes.com www.tyeeloghomes.com

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TD Canada Trust Shawna McCrea 100 - 1633 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A8 T. 250-763-4241 F. 250-712-5470 mccres2@tdbank.ca www.tdcanadatrust.com Professional Service Canada 1 Property Pages TM Karen Thompson #3-1482 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V3 T. 250-448-8877 F. 250-448-8824 karen@c1pp.com www.c1pp.com Okanagan College Randy Werger 1000 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X8 T. 250-862-5494 F. 250-862-5469 rwerger@okanagan.bc.ca www.okanagan.bc.ca Pushor Mitchell LLP Brad Cronquist 301-1665 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2B3 T. 250-869-1150 cronquist@pushormitchell.com www.pushormitchell.com ROV Consulting Richard Visscher, P.Eng. 726 Denali Drive, Kelowna, BC V1V 2P5 T. 250-860-0412 F. 250-860-0443 richard@rovconsulting.ca www.rovconsulting.ca

Wesbild Holdings Ltd. A. (Tony) Zappone 3721 Razorback Court, Vernon, BC V1T 9W4 T. 250-545-3999 C. 250-306-2990 F. 250-545-3998 tzappone@wesbild.com www.turtlemountainvernon.com

Sage Management Steven Gutsche PO Box 703 Radium Hot Springs, BC V0A 1M0 T. 250-341-1965 F. 250-347-6429 guts64@telus.net

Woodland Hills On The Ridge Geby Wager #135 - 9 - 3151 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 2S9 T. 250-764-0626 F. 250-764-0689 info@woodlandhillskelowna.com www.woodlandhillskelowna.com

Stratum Management BC Ltd. SteveGutsche PO Box 1077, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 T. 250-341-1965 F. 250-347-6429 steve@stratumdevelopments.com www.stratumdevelopments.com

Woodstock Development Inc. Dennis Kort & Jennifer Kort 2903 Lakeview Cove Road, Kelowna, BC V1Z 4A1 T. 250-769-7775 F. 250-769-7720 dennisatwoodstockhomes@shaw.ca www.discovereaglesview.com

Sun Valley Window Cleaners Ent. Martin McDermott PO Box 21007, Kelowna, BC. V1Y 9N8 T. 250-868-7341 sunvalleywindows@shaw.ca www.sunvalleywindowcleaner.com

Financial Services RBC Royal Bank Diane Bold, Christine Sposato 201-1665 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2B3 T. 250-868-4188 F. 250-861-9021 christine.sposato@rbc.com www.rbc.com

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SW Audio and Visual Cal McCarthy 1250 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y1Z4 T. 250-868-3333 F. 250-868-3331 bsmith@sw-online.com www.sw-online.com Thomas Scott Signcraft Steve Ross #3-817 Finns Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 5B8 T. 250-491-8600 F. 250-491-8601 steve@signcraft.ca www.signcraft.ca

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Home Design/ DĂŠcor Specialists Bellamy Homes Les Bellamy 22013 Capri PO, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9N9 T. 250-470-2429 info@bellamyhomes.ca www.bellamyhomes.ca

BC Housing Peter Chau 290 Nanaimo Ave., West, Penticton, BC V2A 1N5 T. 250-487-2521 F. 250-492-1080 pchau@bchousing.org www.bchousing.org

Berard Design Group Deb Berard - President #41-760 Highpoint Drive Kelowna BC V1V 2Y3 T. 250-762-5399 F. 250-448-7816 berarddesigngroup@shaw.ca www.berarddesigngroup.com

City of Kelowna Mo Bayat - Building Inspections Manager 1435 Water Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1J4 T. 250-469-8630 F. 250-862-3314 mbayat@kelowna.ca www.kelowna.ca

Callidus Construction Sue Matic 4592 Hayes Road, Kelowna, BC T. 250-764-6434 F. 250-764-6435 sue@callidusconstruction.com callidusconstruction.com

Homeowner Protection Office Bob Maling Box 11132 - 2207 1055 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 3P3 T. 250-646-7067 or 1-800-407-7757 F. 250-646-7051 bmaling@hpo.bc.ca www.hpo.bc.ca Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation Paul Fabri 103-1708 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9S4 T. 250-712-4334 F. 250-712-4322 pfabri@cmhc.ca www.cmhc.ca

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Clay Interiors Len Trump 3218 Webber Road,Kelowna BCV4T1E9 T. 250-859-3242 ltrump@telus.net www.clayinteriors.com Dannburg Interiors Norma Schmidt & Gary Munt 340 Spedding Court, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7K9 T. 250-862-5277 F. 250-762-6287 norma@dannburginteriors.com www.dannburginteriors.com

Hampton Landscaping/Concrete/Pools Tim Valeriote #201 - 9 - 3151 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna, BC V1W 2S9 T. 250-860-3196 F. 250-860-3335 tim@hamptonliving.ca www.hamptonliving.ca Harmony Homes Mick Webb 201-833 Finns Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 5B8 T. 250-765-5191 F. 250-765-6013 harmonyhomes@shaw.ca www.harmonyhomes.net Michelle Smith Design Inc. Michelle Smith 1780 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V6 T. 250-762-8440 T. 250-762-8229 michelle@michellesmithdesign.com michellesmithdesign.com Mullins Drafting and Design, Inc. Lee Mullins & Lani Hoff 1964 Dayton Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7W6 T. 250-717-3415 F. 250-717-3421 mullinsdrafting@shaw.ca www.mullinshomedesigns.ca Nesbitt Originals Paul & Jan Nesbitt #300 - 1433 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2E4 T. 250-762-3337 F. 250-762-3090 originals@shaw.ca www.nesbittoriginals.com

Swim Pond Landscape Design Inc. Markus Winkler 965 Bartholomew Ct. Kelowna BC V1W 4N2 T. 250-764-9102 F. 250-764-9106 info@swimpond.com www.swimpond.com Insurance / Accounting Capri Insurance Services Ltd. Robert Fiume 100-1500 Hardy Place, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8H2 T. 250-860-2426 F. 250-860-1213 rfiume@capri.ca www.capri.ca Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants Chris Warburton, CA 200-1633 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A8 T. 250-712-6800 F. 250-712-6850 cwarburton@grantthornton.ca www.GrantThornton.ca The Co-operators, Solve Insurance Sevices Inc. Dennis MacLeod 120-1640 Leckie Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7C6 T. 250-861-3777 F. 250-861-3715 dennis_macleod@cooperators.ca cooperator.ca

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Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group, The (The Daily Courier) Terry Armstrong 550 Doyle Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7V1 T. 250-470-0721 F. 250-762-0258 terry.armstrong@ok.bc.ca www.kelownadailycourier.ca Think Marketing Inc. Dave Cartwright Suite 140-1060 Manhattan Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9X9 T. 250-979-1570 ext 231 F. 250-979-1571 dave@thinkpad.com www.thinkmarketing.net Renovators Chriscan.com Enterprises Ltd. Len Suchocki 4201 Spiers Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 4B5 T. 250-712-1324 F. 250-712-0940 Chriscan@shaw.ca www.chriscan.com Distinctive Developments Ltd. Terry Heinrich Suite # 333 -101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9T1 T. 250-491-1171 F. 250-491-8606 distinctivedevelopments@shaw.ca www.Distinctivedevelopments.com

Dutch Construction (1988) Ltd. Bill Bouwsema 2377 Silver Place Kelowna, BC V1V 1N9 T. 250-317-3636 F. 250-860-0658 Fawdry Homes Glenn Fawdry, RHP 1362 Clear Pond Court, Kelowna, BC V1V 2X6 T. 250-862-8630 F. 250-862-8631 glenn@fawdryhomes.ca Gord Turner Renovations Ltd. Gord Turner #1-3304 Appaloosa Road, Kelowna BC V1V 2W5 T. 250-469-9379 F. 250-765-1106 shelley@gtrenovations.com www.gtrenovations.com Keith Dahlen Construction Ltd. Ken Dahlen 8205 Aberdeen Road, Coldstream, BC V1B 2L9 T. 250-545-1300 F. 250-545-1380 keith.construction@shaw.ca www.keithconstruction.ca Wilson and Company Ltd. James Wilson 814 Hubbard Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 1N4 T. 250-869-7125 F. 250-764-9889 wilsoncustombuilders@telus.net

Suppliers AcuTruss Industries Ltd. Barry Schick & Rob Voros 2003 43rd Street, Vernon, BC V1T 6K7 T. 250-545-3215 F. 250-542-6370 rvoros@acutruss.com www.acutruss.com All Weather Windows Jason Sutton #121 - 190 Mills Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 4G7 T. 250-860-5666 F. 250-860-5166 jsutton@allweatherwindows.com www.allweatherwindows.com Broadleaf Logistics Mark Curran 1165 Gordon Drive Kelowna, BC. V1Y 3E5 T. 250-801-6946 F. 250-860-4450 mark.curran@broadleaflogistics.com www.broadleaflogistics.com Burnco Rock Products (BC) Ltd. Dave Tesarski & Dean Biglow 2659 Auburn Road, Kelowna, BC V1Z 3H7 T. 250-769-7865 F. 250-769-5223 dean.biglow@burnco.com www.burnco.com Coast Wholesale Appliances LP Rob Siddon 101-2600 Acland Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7J3 T. 250-765-2421 F. 250-765-3007 rsiddon@coastappliances.com www.coastappliances.com

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110 Cultured Stone Kim Kotowsky 27524-51A Avenue, Langley, BC V4W 4A9 T. 250-864-8110 F. 250-763-0925 k.kotowsky@canadianstone.com www.culturedstone.com Enviro Choice Sewage Treatment Solutions Shane Warawa 160 Dougall Road South, Kelowna, BC V1X 3J4 T. 250-765-8265 - 1-866-765-8265 F. 250-491-9652 shane@envirochoice.ca www.enviro-choice.net Euroline Windows Inc. Jim Stephenson 1752 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V6 T. 250-448-8484 F. 250-448-8485 euroline@telus.net www.euroline-windows.com Falcon Deck and Rail Ltd. TJ Papp 747 Fitzpatrick Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 5E2 T. 250-863-9617 F. 250-765-2414 tjpapp@falconrail.com www.falconrail.ca

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Gienow Windows & Doors Dave Richert 1872 Spall Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4R1 T. 250-868-9006 or 1-800-367-9520 F. 250-868-9020 drichert@gienow.com / kgrobowsky@ gienow.com www.gienow.com Home Hardware Building Centre Gary Welder 1650 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V4 T. 250-868-9040 F. 250-868-8962 contractsales@kelownahhbc.com Iko IndustriesLtd. Vincent Carrier-Sales Representative 1600-42nd Ave. S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 5B5 T. 250-212-7742 TF. 888-266-1769 vince.carrier@iko.com www.iko.com Imagine Countertops Ron Heck/Frank Flynn 675 Willow Park Road, Kelowna BC V1X 5H9 T. 250-765-1677 F. 250-765-1877 brigitte.k@imaginecountertops.ca www.imaginecountertops.ca K2Stone (Kelowna) Inc. Darren Kroeker 1-1610 Innovation Drive, Kelowna, BC V1V 2Y5 TF. 866-323-3035 darren@k2stone.ca www.k2stone.ca

Kaycan Ltd. Sally Ginter, Branch Manager 450 lougheed Road, Kelowna BC V1X 7R8 T. 250-575-2752 F. 250-765-9130 sally16@kaycan.com www.kaycan.com

Mara Lumber Lou Gauthier 470 Hwy 33 West, Kelowna BC V1X 1Y3 T. 250-765-2963 F. 250-765-2582 lou@maralumber.ca www.maralumber.ca

Kelowna Carpet One Floor and Home Vince Healy 1788 Baron Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7G9 T. 250-762-5312 F. 250-762-5314 vhealy@kelownacarpetone.com www.kelownacarpetone.com

N.A.P. Windows & Doors Ltd. Albert Raponi 2150 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6H7 T. 250-762-5343 F. 250-861-5503 reception@napwindows.com www.napwindows.com

Kelowna Ready Mix Harvey Beselt 1131 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Z5 T. 250-762-2211 F. 250-862-8227 krm@uniserve.com

Norelco Cabinets Peter Raja - Owner/General Manager 205 Adams Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7R1 T. 250-765-2121 F. 250-765-1540 sales@norelcocabinets.ca www.norelcocabinets.ca

kit.biz Catherine ONeill #102-1561 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5Y7 T. 250-712-1004 F. 250-712-1074 coneill@kitbiz.ca www.kitbiz.ca Kitchenhaus Cabinets Ltd. Brooke Nicholas/Jason Coroy 106 140 Commercial Dr, Kelowna, BC V1X 7X6 T. 250-491-5665 F. 250-491-5654 brooken@kitchenhauscabinets.com www.kitchenhauscabinets.com

OK Builders SupplyLtd. Pat Kunz 925 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Y9 T. 250-762-3206 F. 250-762-3877 okbuilders@shawcable.com Okanagan Hardwood Flooring Co. Ltd. Steve Everitt 464 Adams Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7S1 T. 250-765-2610 F. 250-765-8002 info@okanaganhardwoodfloors.com www.okanaganhardwoodfloors.com

Barry and Leslie Smith of Kelowna Pool Tables and Games Room Furniture.

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Phantom Screens Levon Symonds 107-1889 Springfield Road,Kelowna, BC V1Y5V5 T. 250-762-7592 F. 250-762-7591 bc_sales@phantomscreens.com www.phantomscreens.com

Rona Home & Garden Bill Roper & Chris Robertson 1711 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V5 T. 250-979-3089 F. 250-979-2757 bill.roper@rona.ca www.rona.ca

Plasti Fab Rob Kaczur 600 Chester Road, Delta, BC V3M 5Y3 T. 604-526-2771 F. 604-540-0608 rkaczur@plastifab.com plastifab.com

Steel-Craft Door Products Ltd. Henry Howe #200-144 Cambro Road, Kelowna BC V1X 7T3 T. 250-765-4765 F. 250-765-3747 h.howe@steel-craft.ca www.steel-craft.ca

Pure Granite Rocks Clark Omand 4605B 23rd Street, Vernon, BC V1T 4K7 T. 250-558-3773 F. 250-558-3722 clark@puregraniterocks.com www.puregranitrocks.com

Sundeck Centre Bryan Hughes & Justin Reynolds 9570 Bottom Wood Lake Road, Lake Country, BC V4V 1S7 T. 250-766-7320 F. 250-766-7322 bhughes@sundeckcentre.com www.sundeckcentre.com

Rise and Run Manufacturing Inc. Brian Wall 22-364 Lougheed Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7R8 T. 250-765-1601 F. 250-765-1665 kmacdonald@riseandrun.com/ bwall@troikadevelopments.com Robinson Lighting Centre Mike Bentien #4-1495 Dilworth Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9N5 T. 250-860-9626 F. 250-860-0839 mbentien@robinsonlighting.com

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The Brick (Commercial Sales Division) Tom St. George, R. J. Gould 100-948 McCurdy Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 2P7 T. 250-765-2291 F. 250-765-3412 rgould@thebrick.com www.thebrick.com The CAT Rental Store Patrick Driscoll & Scott Stannard 1822 Spall Road, Kelowna, B.C V1Y 4R7 T. 250-860-3510 F. 250-860-2928 pdriscoll@catrents.ca www.catrents.ca

The Ensuite Bath and Kitchen Showroom (Div. of EMCO Corp.) Laura Taylor, Showroom Manager. 1950 Windsor Road, Unit 1, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4R5 T. 250-448-8224 F. 250-448-8227 lataylor@emcoltd.com] www.theensuite.com Trail Appliances Trevor Love & Jo-Ann Frohlick 2637 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, BC V1X 7Y6 T. 250-862-3838 F. 250-862-3433 kelonasales@trailappliances.com www.trailappliances.com Westeck Windows MFG. Inc. Larry Peacy 8104 Evans Parkway, Chilliwack, BC V2R5R8 T.604-792-6714 F. 604-792-6714 sales@westeckwindows.com www.westeckwindows.com Westwood Fine Cabinetry Inc. Kelly Kennedy - Business Development Manager 2140 Leckie Place, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7W7 T. 250-860-3900 F. 250-860-3580 kellyk@westwoodfinecabinetry.com www.westwoodfinecabinetrry.com

111 Wolseley Kitchen & Bath Classics Hayley Mepham & Norm Schwab 2288 Hunter Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7H5 T. 250-860-4366 F. 250-860-5227 hayley.mepham@wolseleyinc.ca www.wolseleyinc.ca Trade Contractors Alternative Construction Inc Edmaro Cabete #304-1495 Graham St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 3B2 T. 250-864-0761 F. 250-493-7321 edmaro@alternativeconstruction.ca www.alternativeconstruction.ca Bath Fitter Ian Gorst 1-1979 Bredin Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8T2 T. 250-860-8678 F. 250-860-2737 ian@bathfitterbc.com www.bathfitter.com Beyond Audio Inc. Mike Ohman 784 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6P5 T. 250-860-9929 F. 250-860-7078 info@beyondaudio.com www.beyondaudio.com

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CDN Roof Doctor Ltd. Howard Pfefferle / Ken Langton #3-715 Evans Court, Kelowna BC V1X 6G4 T. 250-765-3013 F. 250-765-3019 info@roofdoctor.ca www.roofdoctor.ca

Eco Thermal Energy Billy Medwid 2004 Main Street,Penticton BC V2A 5H4 T. 250-575-7092 F. 250-770-2283 billy@ecothermalenergy.ca ecothermalenergy.ca

Kelowna Capital Contracting Ltd. Rick Therrien, Owner / Ron Vibe, Owner 1860 Hayashi Road, Kelowna BC V1P 1A7 T. 250-717-7909 or 864-9919 F. 250-765-7660 therrienfamily@shaw.ca www.kelownacc.com

CertaPro Painters Jason McMurray 969 Borden Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y6A5 T. 250-868-5126 F. 250-868-5127 jmcmurray@certapro.com www.certapro.com

Empire Drywall Ltd. Sharon Lafreniere #1,1595 Innovation Drive,Kelowna BC V1V 2Y8 T. 250--451-0900 F. 250-451-0901 simon@empiredrywall.ca www.empiredrywall.ca

Kilo-Womp Electric Ltd. Keith Wemp #2-1905 Evergreen Court, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9L4 T. 250-861-3939 F. 250-861-4793 keithwemp@shawlink.ca

Clay Interiors Len Trump 3218 Webber Road,Kelowna BC V4T1E9 T. 250-859-3242 ltrump@telus.net www.clayinteriors.com

GeoTility Geothermal Installations Corp. Barry Milner #200 1649 Cary Road,Kelowna BC V1X 2C1 T. 250-762-5776 F. 250-762-0206 bmilner@geotility.ca www.geotility.ca

Conroy Exteriors Ltd. Richard Tremblay 215 Adams Road,Kelowna BC V1X 7R1 T. 250-765-9324 F. 250-765-9753 info@conroyexteriors.com www.conroyexteriors.com Crystal Classic Exteriors Inc. Dan Poznikoff 3902 Jean Road,Kelowna BC V1W4C9 T. 250-861-5988 F. 250-861-5988 crystalclassic@shaw.ca www.crystalclassic.ca Discovery Glass and Aluminum Gary Alton 310-2076 Enterprise Way, Kelowna BC V1Y6H7 T. 250-826-4405 F. 250-862-8386 discoveryglass@shaw.ca web.mac.com/discovery_glass

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Glass Canada Inc. Debra Dotschkat F1-1810 Kyle Court,West Kelowna BC V1Z3Z4 T. 250-454-9923 F. 250-454-9927 glasscanada@shawbiz.ca Hi-Test Exteriors Ltd. Jason Gagnon-owner P.O. Box 21178 Orchard Park, Kelowna BC V1V9N8 T. 250-808-8859 F. 778-436-8491 j_gagnon73@hotmail.com K-Town Contracting Jason Hatter 1383 Dilworth Cres, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4M6 T. 250-215-4656 F. 250-763-7479 ktowncontracting@gmail.com www.ktowncontracting.com

Leask & Company (478156 BC Ltd.) Kevin Gowing #8-1385 Stevens Road, Kelowna, BC V1Z 2S9 T. 250-769-8010 F. 250-769-8012 leaskco@shaw.ca Loney Plumbing Richard Loney 2227 Quail Run Drive,Kelowna BC V1V 2S4 T. 250-470-0108 F. 250-491-0168 loneyplumbing@shaw.ca Noremac Industries Ltd. (Kelowna) Scott Bertolozzi - Operations Manager 6516-68th Ave. Edmonton AB. T6B 3M3 T. 250-763-2567 F. 250-766-0197 scottbertolozzi@shaw.ca www.noremacind.com Starwatch Audio Video Peter Tischler 1-1698 Cary Road, Kelowna BC V1T2B9 T. 250-717-0022 F. 250-717-1113 peter@starwatchav.com www.starwatch.com Sundeck Centre Bryan Hughes & Justin Reynolds 9570 Bottom Wood Lake Road,Lake Country V4V1S7 T. 250-766-7320 F. 250-766-7322 bhughes@sundeckcentre.com www.sundeckcentre.com

Utility Companies FortisBC Inc. Kim Jones #100 - 1975 Springfield Road, Kelowna BC. V1Y 7V7 T. 250-717-0808 TF. 866-530-2966 kim.jones@fortisbc.com www.fortisbc.com Shaw Cablesystems GP Marc Reinhart 2350 Hunter Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7H6 T. 250-712-2345 F. 250-712-2310 marc.reinhart@sjrb.ca www.shaw.ca Terasen Gas Brent Hunt 1975 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7V7 T. 250-868-4522 F. 250-868-4545 brent.hunt@terasengas.com www.terasengas.com Warranty Companies Lombard Canada Ltd. Sandy Ewen Suite 505 - Two Bentall Centre, 555 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V7 X 1M8 T. 604-622-4200 F. 604-622-4213 warranty@lombard.ca www.lombard.ca National Home Warranty Programs Gord Houston 400-543 Granville Street, Vancouver BC V1C 1X8 (888) 243-8807 (604) 408-1001 ghouston@nationalhomewarranty.com www.nationalhomewarranty.com Travelers Guarantee Company of Canada Marvin Friesen - Kelowna Ed Tsumura - Vancouver P.O. Box 11542, Suite 2500 - 650 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4N7 TF. 800-555-9431 F. 604-682-3096 mfriesen@travelersguarantee.com www.travelersguarantee.com

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BACKWORDS KELOWNA’S GUISACHAN HOUSE: RESTORED RESIDENCY OF LORD LADY ABERDEEN BY DOROTHY BOTHERTON

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ot even fire could singe the spirit of Guisachan House in Kelowna. When you enter it today it still feels like it did before that fateful day, Sept. 7, 2006, when fire destroyed the house. It feels like it probably did when Lady Aberdeen swept up the steps in her long skirts and set foot in her newly built home in 1892. The house itself seems to stretch out gracious arms of welcome. It was built in the colonial bungalow style used in British India of that day, with a wrap-around verandah, expanses of paned windows and a low profile that settles it comfortably into its terrain. Lady Aberdeen wrote of the ranch after her first visit in 1890, “The very mention of the place is restful and delightful. Never have we had such a holiday anywhere, and even now a mere allusion to Guisachan is enough to produce a soothing sensation in the mind.” This country in pioneering days had its share of harshness and was in need of oasis places as the Valley searched for identity. This ranch land was one of the first property claims recorded in the Valley, in 1861 by John McDougall, who owned it for 30 years. McDougall and his wife had 10 children. He did mixed dairy farming, raised sheep, and later worked with his sons as a builder, placer miner and packer for the Hudson Bay Company. By 1879 he had amassed a herd of 180 cattle, 20 hogs and 30 horses. Despite the rugged life, he had added to the property and built a solid house in 1886. It went through several evolutions and the third version stands today near Guisachan House.

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The construction of the Aberdeen house was arranged by Coutts Marjoribank, a brother to Lady Aberdeen. He was the new ranch manager and an experienced rancher in the wild west tradition. The Earl and Countess of Aberdeen had bought the 480-acre property from McDougall sight unseen. Apparently, the land developer, G.G. Mackay, convinced them it would grow fruit and hops and the property value would double in just a few years. The house was finished in spring, 1891, about a year and a half before the Aberdeens saw it. Several disappointments met them. When they came in the fall of 1892, they found no lake access from their property and the old farm buildings in sad disrepair. The land near the house proved to be too wet to grow fruit. One by one their new plantings failed. Even the Scotch fir seedlings they had brought so carefully from the old country died within a year. But Lady Aberdeen fell in love with the land and house. The land reminded her of Guisachan in the Highlands of Scotland, her childhood home, so she gave it that name, a Gaelic word. Lord Aberdeen, John Campbell Hamilton-Gordon, was Queen Victoria’s representative in Canada, serving as Governor-General from 1893-1898. Lady Aberdeen, who was Ishbel Maria Marjoribanks, had married him in 1877 at age 20. Their romance resulted in

five children, born in Scotland. The couple was known for philanthropy, promoting education and championing freedom of slaves, and had travelled the world. Despite farming setbacks at Guisachan, the couple continued in an optimistic spirit and instead developed the orchards they had dreamed of at a Coldstream property near Vernon. After Lord Aberdeen’s five years as governor-general, the couple returned to Scotland. Lady Aberdeen said at their farewell in Ottawa, “Our time here has been a very nice chapter in our lives.” In 1903, William Cameron bought Guisachan. He did mixed farming and ran a herd of purebred shorthorn cattle. His sons Paddy and Alistair later ran the ranch, and in 1925 it was divided in half. Paddy and his wife Elaine kept the house and dairy, while Alistair raised sheep. Elaine is credited with establishing the lavish Edwardian gardens, full of perennial massed flowers, trees and shaded formal pathways. The Cameron family lived on the property from 1903 to 1984. They made Guisachan House a centre of Kelowna’s social and cultural life. A few years later, the Central Okanagan Heritage Society began restoring it in cooperation with the city of Kelowna. The gardens were restored to the 1920s style, using Elaine’s journals for authenticity. In 1991 Master Chef Georg Rieder opened a restaurant in Guisachan House, in agreement with the city and heritage society. It became known for weddings and genteel luncheons. When fire blazed in 2006, Rieder thought his dream had ended. But restoration work began. The house and his restaurant reopened in April, 2009. Visitors who knew the old house are shocked at how little it has changed. PCL Construction and the city took 33 months in restoration, which involved lifting the house to rebuild the foundation. The wraparound verandah is fresh and vibrant in a 1920s formal style, tables lavish with white linens, clear crystal and flowers. A tiny piece of original wallpaper, uncovered in the 1987 restoration, escaped the fire. The Kelowna Museum did a reproduction of the wallpaper and it now covers the entry walls, where a vintage till evokes a bygone era. An inlaid wood table holds the guestbook—a table hand-restored from fire damage by Rieder.

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W E A LT H Key Person Insurance

THE MISSING PIECE TO YOUR SUCCESSION PLAN PUZZLE! BY KEVIN TOM

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s a prudent business owner, you’ve probably never thought twice about protecting the assets your business has accumulated, ensuring any potential liabilities are covered by insurance. But what about your key people? That’s right—a key employee is a valuable asset to your company—an asset that SHOULD be protected! Many business owners are now insuring the lives of key employees to protect against any monetary loss that might result if those employees were taken out of the workforce due to disability or death. It should be part of any business owner’s succession plan. If one of your key staff members passed on, could you quickly fill their shoes? What about looking for a replacement? If one of your partners died and the surviving family members decided to sell their stake in the business, would you be willing to continue business with an unknown new partner, or would it be better to have the resources to purchase your former partner’s stake? You may be thinking this type of planning only applies to larger companies Think again! Small to medium-sized businesses could be hit even harder. A key employee may perform many functions or have critical knowledge essential to the operation’s day-to-day func-

tioning and ultimately to the success of the business. Key person insurance is no more difficult to purchase than any other insurance. It’s very simple—the employer or company takes out a policy and is named as the beneficiary. This insurance could be used to cover the cost of finding a suitable replacement, lost cash flow due to clients who may leave with the loss of a key employee or to cover other adjustment expenses. In the case of a disability, the policy will help cover temporary losses in productivity while a crucial employee rehabilitates. A business’ credit is usually guaranteed by owners or partners. If one of these key people becomes seriously ill or dies, loans can be called due because of the loss of the guarantor. That’s a substantial risk. So ask yourself these questions: 1) Could you cover these costs if something happened to one of your key employees; 2) What is the potential cost to your company if this employee dies today; 3) How much do they contribute to your net profits; and 4) How much would it cost you to recruit a replacement? Call Valley First’s Wealth Management team to discuss your business’ succession plan and to get a no-obligation quote.

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LAKEFRONT LIVING The Cove & The Outback THE PERFECT PAIR! BY MICHAEL FREEMAN

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t’s been a long time coming... and now it is here. Yes, the Okanagan is beckoning once again. Calling you to come and vacation or look at investment opportunities. The story is likely a familiar one—the beautiful weather, rugged landscape and wine country are all remembered, picturesque and charming. So too is the retreat into nature’s glory in golfing, skiing, biking and hiking throughout her wild terrain. And those new to the region quickly realize the attraction when a gaze in virtually any direction reveals a panorama. There are literally hundreds of wineries located in the Okanagan Valley; some are internationally renowned, while others pride themselves on being modest in size and exclusive. Golfers of all abilities love the abundance of beautiful courses here. Regardless of their difficulty; indeed, some are world-class links, they all bask in the Okanagan sunshine that makes for a wonderful outing. Spectacular views and natural scenery appear around the bends of the many meandering roads that wind through the hundreds of mountains, canyons and lakes that surround the big one, Lake Okanagan. There are so many things to do, so many sights to see that when it comes time to leave, people depart with a sense of regret, vowing to return. And return they do, vacationing in all four seasons, until the decision is made to purchase a home here. Whether on holiday or investing in property, a base of operations is required. Something that is centrally located and provides a realistic idea of what living in Western Canada’s foremost playground is all about. The Cove Lakeside Resort is an accommodation that fulfills these requirements nicely. A brand-new family friendly facility, the Cove offers all the amenities that one expects at a first class luxury hotel, including a huge swimming pool and superb dining. However, it is

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CONTACT BOX The Cove Lakeside Resort 4205 Gellatly Road, Westbank, BC V4T 2K2 1-877-762-COVE (2683) info@covelakeside.com www.covelakeside.com The Outback Resort 2009 - 9845 East Side Road, Vernon, BC V1H 1Z2 250-545-5005 www.theoutbackvernon.com

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