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WINTER 2015|16 › REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT

REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT THE REAL ESTATE MARKET IS CONSISTENTLY STEADY IN FERNIE, WITH NEW PRODUCT COMING AND GOING. RECENTLY, DEVELOPMENTS HAVE BEEN THE BIG TOPIC. MONTANE, THE CEDARS, ALPINE TRAILS AND A FEW PRIVATE SUBDIVISIONS ARE POPULAR OPTIONS BEING CONSIDERED ALONGSIDE PURCHASING A HOME. WHILE SOME INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES ARE ATTRACTED TO THE EASE OF A MOVEIN READY PROPERTY, OTHERS ARE KEEN ON THE VERSATILITY AND EXCITEMENT OF BUILDING THEIR OWN HOME. WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING THIS CHOICE, AMONG OTHERS, YOU WILL BE IN GREAT HANDS AS FERNIE IS HOME TO EXPERIENCED AND PROFESSIONAL REALTORS AND CARPENTERS THAT CAN ASSIST THESE NAVIGATIONS. WHY NOT TAKE A LOOK WHILE HERE? YOU KNOW YOU’RE ALREADY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW YOU CAN MAKE IT WORK.

STEPHEN KNUDSEN ELEMENT HOMES

This will be my fourth winter in Fernie. My wife was raised in the Kootenays. She can hike a mountain and gut a fish, and I wanted the same upbringing for my two daughters. Professionally I also saw an opportunity in Fernie. The building sector has an amazing energy and is open to innovative construction and design. Scenic new developments such as Alpine Trails, Montane and The Cedars are raising the standard on mountain community growth and providing unique opportunities for local builders. Fernie is also small enough that you really get to know and trust the people you work with. I’ve been building homes for twelve years. My career started with large-scale commercial jobs at an architecture firm in Calgary. Four years of doing technical drawings and working alongside architects and contractors taught me a great deal about design and construction. Eventually I ventured out on my own, incorporating Element Homes in 2003. I have been very fortunate to be involved in some pretty cool projects in my career. The residential construction industry is in the midst of some big changes. 2015 saw the implementation of significant revisions to the BC Building Code. Homes are required to be better insulated and more air tight. Interior air quality is becoming more of a consideration, to the benefit of the occupants and the longevity of the home. It’s an exciting time to be working with clients, trades people, suppliers and local building authorities to come up with cost effective solutions to make homes more energy efficient. With energy costs on the rise and

KYLE HAMILTON PHOTOGRAPHY people becoming more aware of their carbon footprint, these new building codes are a good start in changing the way we build homes. Q. No Fernie winter is complete without… A. Over-headers, baby! Q. My preferred way to explore Fernie is… A. On anything that glides, slides or rolls.

Q. The best part about the Fernie community, in my opinion is… A. Designing and building interesting homes for great people with amazing local craftsmen. Q. If I had to pick one way to spend an evening in Fernie, it would be… A. Looping Mighty Moose with my wife and daughters.

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