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The fireplace captures your attention in this Invermere home, built by Kootenay Builders. Photo by Kyla Brown Photography

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Table of Contents A Guide to Beautiful Homes. ................................................5 Simply Beautiful.........................................................................................6 A Passion for Wood. ........................................................................ 10 A Character All Its Own............................................................ 14 Building Naturally............................................................................. 17

2010 – 2011

Building for the 21st Century....................................... 20 HRV is good for your health and home. ..... 22 Comfort and Style. ............................................................................ 24 An Eye for Art............................................................................................. 27

Advertising Index The Residences at Fairmont Ridge............................2 Home Hardware/Loewen. ..........................................................4 HübertHaus Timber Frames..................................................5 Whisper Creek Log Homes.......................................................8 Copper Point Resort............................................................................9 Bella Vista Estates.............................................................................. 11 Borrego Ridge. ......................................................................................... 12 Fairmont Hot Springs Resort......................................... 13 Glacier Mountain Homes...................................................... 15 Spirits Reach................................................................................................ 16 Canadian Timberframes. ....................................................... 17 Pine Ridge Mountain Resort.......................................... 18 1867 Confederation Log & Timber Frame... 19 Ski Home............................................................................................................ 21 Control4/Tri Del Automation. ....................................... 22

Style and substance meet in this Panorama home by New Dawn Developments.

Photo by Kyla Brown Photography

Aspen Meadows.................................................................................... 23 Ashley Furniture HomeStore......................................... 24 Bedroom Furniture Galleries. ....................................... 25 Planscape.......................................................................................................... 26 Kyla Brown Photography..................................................... 28 Te Papa Nui Antiques and Collectibles........ 31 Odyssey Restoration and Cleaning.................... 31 Columbia Valley Homes is published annually by The Columbia Valley Pioneer Newspaper, Abel Creek/ Misko Publishing Inc. Associate Publisher..................Sally Waddington Graphic Design..............................Zephyr Rawbon ...............................................................Shawn Wernig Editorial...................................................Sandra Kelly Sales Associate............................Dave Sutherland

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A Guide to Beautiful Homes By Robert W. Doull President, Abel Creek Publishing Welcome to the fifth edition of Columbia Valley Homes. This is my first experience publishing this well-received magazine, and it gives me great pleasure to be involved. Columbia Valley Homes made its debut in 2006. Initially called the Columbia Valley Building Guide, it was full of tips on how to build your dream home. But it quickly became apparent that whether we’re in the market for a new home or not, we all love to read about and look at beautiful homes. Hence the name change. I divide my time between Penticton and Invermere, but my association with the community goes back to 1988 when I first purchased a newspaper here. Much has changed in 23 years, but it is no surprise to see so many gorgeous new

homes. The valley is a great place to live parttime or all the time, and all the professionals and services you need to build are locally available. In this edition of Columbia Valley Homes, we take you inside beautiful homes built by four of the valley’s top builders: Glacier Mountain Homes, Kootenay Builders, Ski Home and Windwood Homes. We profile Kyla Brown, whose amazing photographs speak for themselves. We bring you up-todate on new trends in furniture, and we include a technical feature. If you are in the market for a new home, you’ll find all the information you need to get started. Read and enjoy.

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Photo by Kyla Brown Photography

Simply Beautiful

Whisper Creek Log Homes uses a clever method of building that combines the rustic beauty of a log home with the construction technology of a stick-framed home. On the outside, all Whisper Creek homes are finished either with handpeeled round logs or flat Appalachianstyle logs that give the impression of traditional log construction. But on the inside these homes can have whatever décor the home owner desires—without the limitations posed by log construction. Whisper Creek homes are built in the controlled environment of a factory and shipped to the site. All of these system-built homes are attractive, but the showhome built by Windwood Homes in the Pedley Heights sub-division near Invermere has special curb appeal. It greets Timber accents add rustic appeal to this Whisper Creek Log Home. 6 • 2010 – 2011 Columbia Valley Homes

Photo by Kyla Brown Photography

Featured Builder: Windwood Homes Ltd., distributor of Whisper Creek Log Homes you with dramatic rooflines, soaring windows and lots of natural stone accents. It fits perfectly into its treed setting, which is part of the Whisper Creek appeal. “Our clients want the authentic look and feel of a log home,” says Ken Ghavami, owner of Windwood Homes. “But they don’t want the headaches associated with traditional log construction: shrinkage, settling, air and insect infiltration, low insulation and lifelong maintenance.” A common complaint of log home owners is that their homes are dark inside. Natural wood is beautiful, but it absorbs light, and two-storey log homes are especially challenging. Continued on Page 7

Photo by Kyla Brown Photography

Alder cabinets and black granite countertops make for a warm, welcoming kitchen. Below: The pantry tucked underneath the main stairwell is a clever use of space.

A Whisper Creek home addresses this issue through its interior flexibility. The Pedley Heights showhome is a lofted bungalow with an over-sized two-car garage and a walk-out basement. You enter the home at grade level. There is a spacious family room on that level, along with a guest bedroom, a bathroom, and a mechanical room with all the high-tech equipment available, including soft water, in-floor heating, a hot-water recirculation pump, a heat pump and a home security system. The great room, the master suite and a guest bedroom occupy the main floor of the home. There are two additional guest bedrooms in the loft. The decks that surround the main floor offer lovely mountain views. Ken’s wife Sabi chose most of the home’s interior finishes. This fine home has warm designer colours, decorative timbers that bring a little of the rustic exterior indoors, alder cabinets with black granite countertops, and a host of other quality features. Among the many fine choices Sabi made, there are a few standouts: the Peruvian walnut flooring in the great room and the loft is gorgeous. And the arts-and-crafts light fixtures are simply beautiful. Continued on Page 8

Photo by Kyla Brown Photography

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Photo by Kyla Brown Photography

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All the bedrooms in this Whisper Creek Log Home have hardwood floors.

The upscale ceramic tile in the foyer, bathrooms and kitchen is a personal preference of Ken’s. “Slate is attractive,” he allows, “but not very practical in my opinion. It’s too high in maintenance. And ceramic tile works better with in-floor heating.” There are thoughtful touches throughout the home: builtin bookshelves in a guest bedroom, shelves in all the shower stalls, lights inside the clothes closets, and clever storage spaces, especially the kitchen pantry tucked under the main stairwell. And, while they seem like small things, the drain in the garage floor and the security alarm keypad in the master bedroom are highly convenient. All of these features show attention to detail. Ken founded Windwood Homes in 2003, and is now western Canada’s longest standing dealer of Whisper Creek Log Homes. He has built them all over the Columbia Valley, and in central and southern Alberta. A full-service custom builder, he will build a quality home of any kind, but Whisper Creek is his method of choice. “It’s the superior way to build.”

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Experience all the Elements of Resort Living Nestled in the heart of the Kootenay Mountains overlooking the Copper Point Golf Course, Copper Point Resort is more than your ordinary destination property. With easy access to premier golf courses, world renowned skiing, and the picturesque Lake Windermere, Copper Point Resort offers year round attractions. With a condo at Copper Point Resort, enjoy all the amenities of a five star hotel at home including a full service spa, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness facilities, restaurant and lounge, and much more. Whole and fractional ownership available.

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A Passion for Wood This beautiful home, built by Kootenay Builders, suits its setting. Below: Soaring vaulted ceilings make for dramatic sight lines.

Photo by Kyla Brown Photography Photo by Kyla Brown Photography

Featured Builder: Kootenay Builders In every custom home there is one design feature that, more than any other, speaks for the builder. In the Owen family residence near Invermere, it’s the breakfast bar countertop. It’s made of Douglas fir inlaid with walnut, and then lovingly honed and lacquered to a high gloss. “I’ve always loved the smell of fresh sawn wood,” says Jeff Baltrus, owner of Kootenay Builders. “I’ve been building homes for a long time, and it’s still intoxicating to me.” Jeff started out as a carpenter and founded Kootenay Builders in 1980. He has trained many apprentice carpenters since then, including his sons, Joel, Ethan and Kristofor. Jeff and his wife Arlene also raised a daughter, Erika. Today, Kootenay Builders is a full-service custom builder and renovator with a reputation for fine craftsmanship and excellent client relations. “Our approach to building is based on two simple facts,” says Jeff. “We love to help our clients realize their dream, and we love the work that we do.” Some of those clients, including the Owens, buy their land and design their home before contracting with Kootenay Builders. Others have only a general idea of where they want to build, and a thumbnail sketch. Continued on Page 11

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Some are working with an interior designer; others are open to suggestions. Jeff strives to ensure a positive experience for everyone. It helps, he says, when the clients share his philosophy. “I believe first and foremost that a home should suit its setting. It shouldn’t look like it was imported from somewhere else. That means working with natural, indigenous materials wherever possible," he says. “I encourage our clients to buy everything locally, including their furniture.” The Owen residence shows what can result from a perfect match of builder and client. The house itself was well designed. It’s a bi-level bungalow with a lofted master suite and a walk-out basement. All the rooms are perfectly proportioned. It’s a mid-size home, but there is plenty of drama in the architecture: a cathedral ceiling in the twostorey great room, tall windows to capture the mountain views, and timber accents that offer the grandeur of timber framing, but without the cost. The fir-trimmed stairs rising up through the great room to the master suite are stunning. Continued on Page 12

Photo by Kyla Brown Photography

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The breakfast bar is handcrafted from Douglas fir, with stone accents.


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Photo by Kyla Brown Photography

There are natural materials throughout, of course: fir mouldings and doors, fir, cork and slate flooring, sand-cast metal door latches, granite and lots of ledgestone. The vaulted ceilings in the great room are finished with tongue-and-groove pine. Some of the alder cabinets in the house are darkly stained, and others are clear-coated. It’s an attractive contrast. For their primary paint colour, the Owens chose a rich olive green, and then complemented it with a strawberry red in selected areas of the house. The royal blue in the main-floor bedrooms is a nice surprise. “The Owens were stellar clients – so easy to work with – and we are glad to have an ongoing relationship with them,” says Jeff. “Our craftsmen and women were the tools with which they built their dream.” All in all, this fine home is a credit to its owners and to their builder of choice: Kootenay Builders. Says Jeff: “We strive to make our clients happy. Our quality and our reputation are important to us. At the end of the day, that’s the best thing you can say about your work.”

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The tiered fireplace is the home's dramatic centrepiece.

A Character All Its Own Featured Builder: Glacier Mountain Homes Ltd.

Matt Roberts founded Glacier Mountain Homes in 2007, weekend home on a property they had owned for some but he is by no means the new builder on the block. years. “I worked for general contractors for quite a while before They had a basic floor plan and a vision of the finished going out on my own,” says the young entrepreneur. project. “I always knew that I was going to be a custom builder.” They needed a builder who would listen but also steer A framing carpenter by trade, Matt worked in Canmore them toward smarter choices, when necessary. for five years before moving to Invermere in 2003. “It’s a marriage, and you have to get it right,” says Matt Real estate was booming of that all-important client/ in both towns, and he builder relationship. learned something of value “The client had some every day. good ideas and so did I. It But carpentry is still a was a real collaboration.” builder’s best starting point, After drafting a budget, he says. Matt encouraged the clients “Everything you need to to eliminate 800 square feet know about home building from the floor plan. He evolves from that particular then sat down with the knowledge.” couple and a local architect And from that particular and made a few minor discipline: carpenters are modifications to the plan. precise and picky by nature. “Customizing calls for They’re obsessed with decisions,” he says. “And quality. they’re easy when you’ve got That perfectionism shines a great client.” through in Matt’s first The result is a warm, project as a custom builder: woodsy home with a a gorgeous bungalow practical layout and lots of overlooking Columbia original design features. Lake. The great room, the The clients, a busy master bedroom and the Calgary couple, came to lofted home office all The lofted home office overlooks him with a checklist. overlook the lake. the great room and Columbia Lake. They wanted to build an attractive, low-maintenance Continued on Page 15 Photo courtesy of Glacier Mountain Homes Ltd.

Photos courtesy of Glacier Mountain Homes Ltd.

Ledgestone wainscoting complements the granite countertops.

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There are three generous guest bedrooms and another family room on the lower level. One of the things Matt suggested to ensure low maintenance was a spray-on product to coat the lakeview deck and hot tub area. “Cedar is beautiful,” he comments, “but this product will stand up to years of water damage and mountain weather.” The Australian tiger wood flooring in the great room is a treat for the eye. What captures your eye next is the series of step-down art ledges on the two-storey ledgestone fireplace. They’re attractive and functional—so much so that other clients are now asking for the same design. All the trim in the house is fir, of course, but with a rich caramel stain rather than the traditional clearcoat—and some very nice detailing.

The two-piece architrave mouldings above the doors and windows are slightly flared, and all the windows have sills. It’s a touch of arts and crafts in a house that incorporates several design styles to create its own unique character. Also unique: the ledgestone wainscoting in the kitchen. In homes of this class you see plenty of stone, but not so cleverly used. Matt recommended the decorative fir posts and beams in the house, to give the impression of timber framing. This mid-size house makes a grand impression. Typically, Matt and his wife Christine have been renovating their own home in Invermere for five long years, to create better space for the couple and their daughters Eva and Taya. “I work much faster for my clients,” he says with a smile.

Photos courtesy of Glacier Mountain Homes Ltd.

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A home takes shape from its bare bones to lofty heights.

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Building Naturally

Photo courtesy of Spirits Reach

The homes at Spirits Reach use geo-thermal heating and cooling.

The Columbia Valley has everything we need Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) built his long and distinguished career on the philosophy of building naturally: designing a structure to suit its environment, and then constructing it with natural, indigenous materials. To build organically, as he put it, was to pay all due respect to a structure’s natural surroundings. And it only made sense to use local clay and wood and stone: they were at hand, and would last longer than materials imported from other climes. The log and timber-frame homes that are so popular in the Columbia Valley stand in homage to this enduring philosophy. Most are built with spruce, pine and Douglas fir, accented with other indigenous woods, and finished with natural materials such as slate and ledgestone. Frank Lloyd Wright was a strong proponent of the Arts and Crafts movement, which favoured traditional craftsmanship over the machine production of building materials. Skilled carpentry is still important in log and timber framing. Continued on Page 19

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Wood and stone complement the home's setting.

Photos courtesy of Canadian Timberframes

Today, we’ve added a new dimension to the philosophy of building naturally: building for sustainability. A movement in its own right, sustainability is about lessening the environmental impact of buildings without sacrificing comfort or esthetics. That’s achieved in several ways: minimizing the footprint, positioning the structure to capture the natural light, and therefore heat, available to the home, using energy-efficient windows, capturing water on-site, reducing waste, and using technology such as heat recovery ventilation to ensure the health of the home and its occupants. A sustainable building uses renewable, reused or recycled materials to the greatest possible extent. Natural timbers, metal, wrought iron, slate, hardwood, granite and ledgestone are all sustainable. Log and timber-frame homes are built to last. When the time comes to dismantle these structures, most of their materials can find purpose in new places.

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Photo courtesy of Ski Home Ltd.

Building for the 21st Century

This amazing renovation by Ski Home was completed to the highest possible standard. Photo courtesy of Ski Home Ltd.

Featured Builder: Ski Home Ltd. When Richard Unger founded Ski Home in 2005, he intended only to provide cabin care for recreational home owners in the Windermere Valley. “I got quite a few clients right away,” he recalls. “It was a great start.” Soon the general contractor was being asked to oversee minor renovations to dated homes and eventually he found himself rebuilding some of those “tired old cabins” from top to bottom. From there, Ski Home evolved to become a full-service custom builder with a reputation for superb finishing and technical expertise. “I guess you could call us a success story,” says Richard. “We’re certainly busy.” In 2009, Richard and his team of seven oversaw the granddaddy of all projects: the reinvention of a 35-year-old home near Invermere, designed by Smith & Co. of Calgary. Roughly 3,200 square feet of living space was added to the 2,400-square-foot building, and it was finished to the highest possible standard. “We took the original cottage down to three concrete walls and started over,” recalls Richard. “The transformation was just amazing.” Continued on Page 21

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Stunning beyond words, the timber-framed home is also a model of green architecture and technological innovation. It has an efficient hybrid heating system: ground source heat for the garage floor, and a mix of in-floor and solar heating in the house. Add a state-of-the-art septic system, a zerscaped flat roof, spray foam insulation, remote programmable lighting, heating, sound, video and security, and you have a home for the 21st century. As for design, the Ski Home team sometimes works with architectural design firms. At other times, they work directly with the client to establish a theme. Says Richard: “When it comes to finishing, we pride ourselves on attention to detail and an eye for the tasteful and classic.” Five years in, Ski Home is still providing the cabin care that absentee home owners need. “I chose the name Ski Home to represent the water and snow ski activities of our recreational clients skiing home to their cottage at the end of the day, and then just relaxing and enjoying the valley lifestyle,” says Richard. “Our name is still appropriate.”

Photos courtesy of Ski Home Ltd.

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A stone fireplace dominates the outdoor living room.

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HRV is good for your health, and your home Here in the Columbia Valley, we’re privileged to breathe fresh mountain air every day—in the great outdoors.

But the quality of our indoor air varies according to the age of our homes, the number of venting windows we have, and the efficiency of our heating systems. Fresh air is good for our health and our homes. Stagnant air serves as a breeding ground for air-borne /2010 8:56 AM Page 1 viruses. It also promotes fatigue, and aggravates asthma and allergies, especially to dust. In homes with high humidity, it helps to promote the growth of bacteria and fungi such as mould. A heat recovery ventilator (HRV) is a mechanical ventilation device that helps to make a home healthier, cleaner and more comfortable by continuously replacing stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. HRVs are sometimes called air-to-air heat exchangers because they preheat or cool incoming air using exhaust

air. This ability to exchange heat between a home’s supply and exhaust air streams is what separates the HRV from inferior mechanical ventilation devices. In homes that have forced-air heating, the HRV is usually connected to the heating system duct work. This requires running the furnace fan continually to distribute outdoor air throughout the home. It increases operating costs slightly but greatly improves the home’s air quality. In homes that don’t have forced air heating, the HRV is connected to a specially installed network of small outdoor air ducts. At the core of an HRV is the heat transfer module. Both the exhaust and outdoor air streams pass through the module. The heat from the exhaust is used to preheat the outdoor air stream, but only the heat is used. A typical HRV takes three hours to completely change the air in a home. And most units are equipped with automatic humidity sensors that increase the ventilation rate when needed.

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Comfort and Style

Outdoor furniture has become as comfortable as a well-loved sofa, particularly in Ratana's Lewisburg pieces.

Trends in indoor/outdoor furniture for 2010 Today’s homes are designed for entertaining. The open concept floor plan is perfect for our casual dining style, and we view the patio as a natural extension of the great room. Indoors and out, our furniture has to be stylish and functional. In furniture trends, comfort is the key word for 2010. Trend watchers say to expect curvy couches in heavier styles than we’ve seen recently. Bistro tables are big, and the growing popularity of breakfast bars has spawned a trend toward bar stools with supportive back panels and (finally!) cushioned seats. To check out all the hot new trends in furniture, visit Ashley Furniture HomeStore and the Bedroom Furniture Galleries in Cranbrook. Both stores order from a huge catalogue of choices. Interior World in Invermere has its own brand of fine furniture, plus a good selection of eclectic pieces and accessories. Designer collections are the hot trend in outdoor furniture for 2010. And buyers are looking for durable rust-proof metals with powder coating that will stand up to a mountainous climate. Continued on Page 26

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Ratana's Cocoa Beach outdoor furniture is bright and fun.

The Sonata Collection (available at Home Hardware) is a set of modular pieces that mix and match to create resin wicker chairs or a full-size sofa. The collection includes a glasstop coffee table, slide-away snack tables, and a loveseat that transforms to a lounge or a daybed. Bedroom Furniture Galleries in Cranbrook has an entire range of outdoor furnitire from Ratana Home and Floral. The Palm Harbor collection of pieces can be tailored to suit your need, from cushioned chairs and an outdoor dining table, to loveseats and a modular sofa. The Lewisburg collection features bold fabrics and resin wicker bases to make a statement, while the Cocoa Beach collection has plush, comfy cushions for lounging outdoors in the summer sun. In outdoor accessories, water features will lead the way in 2010. Home Hardware has a variety of fountains, statuary and birdbaths from which to choose. The classically styled Capella Fountain is a standout. Just 30 inches tall, it uses very little space in exchange for the pleasure it gives.

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Kyla Brown: freelance photographer, artist and writer They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in the case of Kyla Brown it’s true. Every image the gifted photographer records says something important about its subject. But she has a special eye for the art in architecture. “Successful architectural photography demands a highly technical approach, the use of specialized equipment, and a willingness to bend the visual rules to capture space in a way that is accurate and compelling,” she says. After exploring all the traditional art forms during her sophomore year at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Kyla was keen to major in photography. Eventually she combined her talents for drawing and taking photos with a flair for writing poetry and prose. A remarkable career was born. Today, Kyla practises architectural, commercial, wedding and portrait photography from her home in Invermere. She took most of the photos in this edition of Columbia Valley Homes. Continued on Page 29

Photo by Kyla Brown Photography Photo by Kyla Brown Photography

An Eye for Art

A Panorama home Kyla recently photographed came alive in the right light. 2010 – 2011 Columbia Valley Homes • 27

The eclectic furnishings in this Panorama home by New Dawn Developments bring a special quality to Kyla's photographs.

Photo by Kyla Brown Photography

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connected to her website, which includes a line of greeting cards that are also available in stores She also creates multi-dimensional works of art across Canada. When shooting a wedding, Kyla focuses on through drawing, painting and sculpture. “I’m devoted to finding, capturing and reflecting light. capturing the subtleties of the connection that It’s the thread that binds my art into a body of people share on such an occasion. Portrait photography is about catching expressive work.” Of the special role that light plays in architectural a moment of truth, she says. “I view my architectural photos as photography, she says: “Buildings take on a life “I view my architectural photos as portraits of buildings. I look through the lens of their own as I witness portraits of buildings. I look through until something catches the ever-changing element of light. The the lens until something catches my my attention, and then cycle of sunrise through attention, and then the building and the building and I start a visual dialogue.” midday to sunset I start a visual dialogue.” Through Kyla’s presents a powerful – Kyla Brown, photographer lens the future looks opportunity to express bright—and busy. the variety of emotions “I plan to expand my that architecture evokes.” Kyla uses the term Honouring Life to architectural portfolio and to continue with my describe a practice in which she layers beautiful other creative work. I like the balance of the photographs with inspiring text to celebrate a two disciplines. I feel very fortunate to have the client’s passion for life. Using photos supplied opportunity to be a professional photographer by the client, or pictures she has taken, she and an artist. I enjoy every day that I get to pick turns treasured memories into lasting works up my camera and discover the world around of art. Recently she launched an on-line store me.” Continued from Page 27

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diIt distributes water you pores in the hose. zone of plants and rectly to the root evaporation. Economiless lose less water to sense as you have cally, it also makes Garden of Champi- water waste – up to 30 percent! by Sandra Kelly Day 132 in the three Business Feature and her husband, cial: it was minus Lila Fodchuk you’ve garden in ons. Well, it’s offi who’s been to Invermere, Point I think my recession Nestor, also have a plentiful in If you’re a golfer at Copper this morning and to bed a round or two with the Fodchuks ready to be put on the Invermere. I met most certainly enjoyed garden may be 18-hole course already their garden picture-perfect early August and you can play and Golf Club, the and beaufor the winter. Windermere. Now ending for my little was bursting with vegetables Resort. east side of Lake It’s a bittersweet about new Copper Point the picking. Lila’s the fence down owers ripe for is taking shape stay—at the luxurious I garden. We took it was tiful fl 107-condo resort compost, a trick no sooner than The four-storey, of Invermere and is to use lots of a week ago, and in and secret at the crossroads next year. resort, offering little critter came on six scenic acres will definitely employ the biggest tomaremoved, some will be a first-class investment to Highway 93. It pumpkin plant! Dale Hunt grew garlifestyle and a secure stole my prized but still the seen in his floating a both a recreational quarter-share ownership of suites ever expected, be have I to to It was or me toes I don’t have access its owners. Whole there. It reminded den in Wilmer. sales are brisk. maybe I shock factor was we are foris available, and feel this way after body of water that large, but percent sold, but 4H kids must April it, garden on that “We are over eighty er one, two and three-bedEarth Day, and nurturing a floating tomato year. off anniversary of raising a calf, feeding off to slaughter at will make to still be able to next price ranges,” 20th and yard tunate Wilmer the our views in the it erent of pond diff the little friends then shipping This year marks and See room units in several Rose Marie Regitnig. growing and harJust because the honour the occasion, clean-up. the the end of the year. doesn’t mean says general manager the targeted date for the resort’s 22nd, and to much-needed pumpkin plant, seasons are over For my poor Late summer is organizing a the Copper Point tiny, but vesting Page 19 for more. done in my garden. wetlands are In the meantime, at the paws of a the that the work is Day section on the task grand opening. the opening of slaughter came with Earth attacked size I in our special Last weekend, Golf Club has doubled course. the loomravenous, squirrel. I feel confident in Ridge my garden for brand new 18-hole tunnel below Highway 93 conAside from that, I of readying itself on already showing garden was a success. original clubAn underground easy me ing winter, saying my first They share the e This was not an vegetables to get nects the two courses.are meticulously groomed. Th was the mountaintops. gathered enough learned a few very handy-dandy roto-tiller by house. Both courses through the summer, gained a bit of in- job, as our — and, and scenery is spectacular. Par 62 masters-style design, being a bit temperamental important lessons history. I mean that it absoluteWith its innovative future of golf. There are no the sight into my family to raise a success- temperamental, into the Ridge represents to start. and water comes It is a lot of work contend with, this ly refused the weeds and long par 5s to thanks to writing So, after removing holes. feaback my ful garden, but play on only two though: every hole met several wonderful leftover vegetation, cutting compost, column, I have Sand traps are prominent,placed bunker to avoid. thumbs who have rhubarb, and adding a bit of strategically who and is people with green tures at least one year. help of my beau, less than four hours famnext in the for played ideas be enlisted I tractor. given me The Ridge can beginners and who has an inwith the garden juniors, seniors, Catherine Tumason, in Invermere, worked it over any winter ideal for walkers, garden Finally, to discourage garMorrowfront-yard ily golf. of an irrigation Photo by Pat credible I covered the entire Page 3 stressed the importanceon the idea and weed growth, of grass clippings – fresh Continued on up layer a Valley crossroads. way den with system. I followed golf course, Spur near the Invermere irrigation is a better from my local found that drip thing to do located on six acres a traditional garden Greens. I read it is a goodnow under construction, to water than using I figure I can rototill and Resort, Copper Point are before winter in the spring — that is, sprinkler. periods, plants to making the it into the soil During warm students dedicated our rototiller from prior to watering it’s ir- if I can resurrect dried out and stressed are full of amazing of those difference makers, sprinkler, but drip The Kootenays one Here’s hoping. with the hose or awards up to due to lack dead. until next year! the world. If you’re Happy harvest prevents plant stress Kootenay Savings a difference in and rewarded. her garden guard rigation by oozing moisture from tiny and post-secondary Gabruck poses with of water time to be recognized to exceptional high school gardener Cayla Apply GAL — Recession this year at her home in Spur Valley. their communities. four $1000 bursaries commitment to GARDEN plot she planted demonstrate a dog, Ruby, in the By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff




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