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• Renovation tips • Find the right company • Easy listings section

A guide to those who build, repair, decorate, dig, clean up and supply materials for property and home improvement projects and construction in the Gulf Islands

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MOUAT’S MOUAT’S MOUAT’S Home helping S e a s i dSeaside e Owners o n Son a lSalt t S pSpring r i n g ssince i n cHomeowners e1907 1907

Roll Out a New Look!

Seaside on Salt Spring since 1907

SURROUND YOURSELF with the lasting beauty of our premium-quality paints. We have an endless selection of colours, and we offer custom colour matching service at no extra cost and all the painting supplies you need to finish every wall with an expert touch…inside and out. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 250.537.5551 MONDAY-SATURDAY 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM SUNDAYS & HOLIDAYS 10 AM - 5PM

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index to ADVERTISERS ARCHITECT  Dennis Maguire.................................................22 Robert Schindelka - Architect / Realtor ®..........13 Stark Architecture.............................................38 Neil Morie Architect............................................9

DRILLING Drillwell............................................................28

HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING Fresco Refrigeration..........................................11

Pump Services Paul’s Pumps & Treatment.................................38

DRYWALL Tower Drywall...................................................13

Home Builders Nicon Homes.....................................................32

REALTOR Paul Zolob.........................................................29

ELECTRICAL SERVICES BLASTING HOUSE MOVING ROOFERS Seaside on Salt Spring since 1907 Seaside onServices. Salt..........................................9 Spring since 1907 3D Electrical Dave’s Drilling and Blasting...............................21 Nickel Bros. House Moving Ltd..........................26 Smythe Roofing..................................................7 BUILDING DESIGNERS Helset Design......................................................7 Lightdance Design Inc.........................................7 Yorkshire Design...............................................12

EXCAVATING Diggin It Excavating..........................................19 Salt Spring Island Excavating............................32 Dawes Excavating.............................................13

CHIPPING SERVICE Wee Chip Cowichan.............................................8

FENCING Island Gates and Fences....................................13

CONCRETE Gulf Coast Materials Ltd.......................................9

FINANCING Arlene Modderman AMP / Carol Malloch AMP.23

CONTRACTOR-GENERAL/ BUILDING Cooper & Sons Contracting Ltd..........................21 Green City Builders..............................................4 Discount Renovations/Ralph White...................11 Gulf Island Construction Ltd................................8 Villadsen Construction Ltd.................................31 David Whitten Construction..............................24 Nicol Construction...............................................8 Caron Carpentry..................................................9

FLOORS/FLOORING Ganges Floor Coverings.....................................19 Platinum Concrete Polishing...............................4 Shane Hubenig................................................ 16

CONTRACTORS - SUPPLIERS Windsor Plywood..............................................40 Salt Spring Home Design Centre........................14 Slegg Building Supplies....................................18

FOOTINGS/FORMS Gord Ellis, QUAD-LOC, FAB-FORM DISTRIBUTOR...................................30 FUELS Cowichan Petroleum Sales................................30 Garbage / Recycling Laurie’s Recycling & Waste Services Inc.............16 Salt Spring Garbage Services.............................15

CRAWL SPACES Island Basement Systems..................................15

GATES GEM Fabrications Ltd.........................................23

CUSTOM CABINETRY Cowichan Woodwork Ltd...................................39

GLASS Kapa Kai Glass...................................................17

DESIGN/BUILDER David Coulson Design Ltd..................................30 SR Design............................................................4

HARDWARE Mouat’s Home Hardware Ltd.......................... 2&3

Insulation Mike the Insulator.............................................32

Valcourt and Sons Contracting Rene Valcourt Roofing.......................................24

IRRIGATION Gulf Islands Irrigation & Rain Harvesting..........22

SEPTIC SERVICES Gulf Island Septic Ltd........................................26

KITCHENS Island Soapstone...............................................17

SOLAR CONTROL, awnings & SECURITY Pacific Roll Shutters and Awnings Ltd...............10

LANDSCAPING Tokiwa...............................................................21 Living Accent Landscaping and Fencing Ltd......20 MASONRY Rob Tournour Masonry Ltd................................24 PAINTING Deb’s Painting...................................................30 Strong River Studios..........................................21 Precise Painting & Plaster..................................27 PAVING Vancouver Island Paving...................................22 Pest Control PCS Pest Control Services Gulf Islands...............15 PLUMBING Blue Gold Water Systems (Holman Plumbing)..23 Scott’s Plumbing & Heating...............................19 Jay Bourdin.......................................................16 Ambleside Plumbing, Heating & Gasfitting.........9 Pool Services Aquafun............................................................24 Gulf Island Pool & Spa.........................................4

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STONE WORKS Blue Diamond Stoneworks................................27 MoonStone Masonry & Landscaping...................6 STORAGE Salt Spring Self Storage.....................................31 SURVEYING Wey Mayenburg Land Surveying Inc.................16 TILING Top Tier Tiling....................................................16 Toilets - Portable Big Bear Services ................................................7 TREE SERVICES Prairie Pro Tree Service......................................12 WELDING Tough Tiny Welder...............................................6 WINDOW CLEANING The Window Viper.............................................12

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TRANSFORM YOUR FLOORS Diamond polished concrete is: • environmentally friendly, • cost effective • aesthetically pleasing

Complete portfolio available. No obligation in-home consultation.

Henry Suderman 204-370-6140

h.j.suderman@gmail.com www.platinumpolishing.com

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Don’t skip the paperwork How building permits protect homeowners You are thinking of making a major renovation to your home. Perhaps it’s time to create that master bedroom suite you long have admired or install that wrap-around porch? What is the first thing that should be done before getting down to business? The correct way to begin a home remodelling project is to obtain the necessary permits for the job. Many municipalities or regional districts request individuals obtain permits for a range of work on homes or other structures, such as office buildings. Permits are generally required for all new construction as well as specific modifications that will affect structural, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems. It’s important to check with the local building office prior to beginning work to see which permits you will need before the project can begin. Permits are necessary whether a homeowner is doing the work or hiring an outside contractor.

but they actually protect homeowners in various ways. Due to the cost and time involved with securing permits, some homeowners skip this step so they can begin a project promptly. However, this can end up being a costly mistake. Permits might seem like a nuisance, but they actually protect homeowners in various ways.

Permits ensure safe workmanship Permits provide a blueprint by which contractors and do-ityourselfers must complete renovations. Because inspections will take place, there is no wiggle room. Shortcuts often translate into subpar work that may lead to malfunction and injury in the long run. Safeguarding against poor workmanship means homeowners can feel confident in the work being done. Permits reduce the likelihood of costly mistakes As inspectors go through their checklists, they may notice things that were done incorrectly and will offer advice about how to mend the problem before it becomes a larger headache. If left unchecked, an electrical error could lead to a fire or another dangerous situation. Repairs that are not structurally sound may pose problems or deteriorate more quickly than structures that are constructed correctly. Furthermore, catching improper technique early on eliminates having to tear down and redo work, which can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor. Permits protect against fines Sometimes work goes as planned even for homeowners who did not obtain the necessary permits. However, years later, when other work needs to be done, inspectors may discover homeowners never secured proper permits and inspections years earlier, leading to fines. Furthermore, if work is done without a permit and an accident occurs, any damages or injuries may not be covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy. Permits are an important part of the home improvement process. Homeowners should not skirt the responsibility because the permit and inspection process is in place to provide protection to occupants. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6


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Tough Tiny Welder Industrial Metal Artist

Creative • Ornamental • Functional NO JOB IS TOO SMALL

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5

Nycki Samuels 250-537-8894 www.toughtinywelder.ca

The Capital Regional District’s website clearly lays out when a building permit is and isn’t required for projects involving one’s property in the CRD, including the Gulf Islands. A building permit is required before commencing: • Site excavation or blasting • Construction, repairing or altering a building or structure • Moving a building • Changing an occupancy • Installation of any plumbing • Construction of a masonry fireplace or installation of a solid fuel burning appliance or factory/masonry chimney • Installation of an oil burning appliance or oil tank • Demolishing, deconstructing or removal of a building • Electric, gas and sewage disposal work require separate permits and inspections. You may not start any stage of a project, including demolition or excavation, until a building permit has been obtained. A building permit is not required for: • Minor repairs or alterations to non-structural components of the building • When a valve, faucet, fixture or service water heater is repaired or replaced, stoppage cleared, or a leak repaired if no change to the piping is required • For an accessory building less than 10m2 that is used for utility purposes that does not create a hazard • Retaining structures less than 1.2 meters in height • Other retaining structures more than 1.2 meters in height and greater than 30° off vertical If you are unsure whether your project will require a permit, call the Building Inspection office in your area.


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NEW HOMES - RENOVATIONS - PASSIVE, NET ZERO

Gail Jaeger - Intern Architect AIBC, MRAIC

If it’s important that your new or “renewed” home reflects YOUR style, call Jim at

LIGHTDANCE DESIGN INC Gulf Islands - Vancouver Island

250 537 0755

HELSET DESIGN

250.537.1037 helsetdesign@telus.net

Let’s get started!

www.lightdancedesign.com

BIG BEAR SERVICES PORTABLE TOILET RENTALS

Over 25 years of roofing experience Please visit our website at: www.smytheroofing.com

Free Estimates

• Construction Sites • Weddings • Parties

Serving the Gulf Islands since 2003 Vince Smythe

RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL

When you have to go ... GO WITH US!

250.537.2167 250.653.9500

Ph: 250-213-6316

SMYTHE

RO O F I N G

Fax: 778-746-7310 info@smytheroofing.com

“Quality Workmanship - Reliable Service”

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Kitchen flooring ideas to love Pros and cons of the top-5 choices

(NC) Kitchens are high-traffic rooms that need exceptional flooring. Besides having to look good, successful kitchen floors need to withstand spills, food, sliding chairs, dropped dishes and the occasional mopping. Here are the pros and cons of the five top flooring choices for this important room. Ceramics, porcelain and stone tiles: Ceramics are a favourite for kitchens because they’re tough, easy to clean, long-wearing, and able to let you enjoy the warmth of in-floor heating. Natural stone tiles are tough and beautiful too, but not all stone resists staining as well as ceramics and porcelain. Whichever of these materials you choose, install an uncoupling membrane underneath any kind of rigid tiles to prevent cracking.

Cork: This is a dream to walk on because cork offers cushioning action. Commonly available as click together tiles, most cork flooring comes factory finished and ready to install. Think laminate, except softer. Hardwood: A lighter duty choice than others, hardwood will do fine if you install protective felt disks on chair and table legs. Want a dark floor? You could stain lighter woods to suit, but scratches and wear eventually show through. Instead, make your kitchen floor DIY-repairable using darker woods such as cherry or alder. Apply polymerized tung oil and the floor finish can be repaired without sanding. Resilient flooring: This is a catch-all term that refers to any of the one piece roll floorings that

Gulf Island Construction Ltd.

are cut to fit from wall to wall. Some of the best resilients lay flat on their own with no need to glue them down. Vinyl, linoleum and fibre resilient floors all provide very good water resistance. Laminates: Not all laminates are tough enough for kitchens, so consider products with an abrasion class rating of three or higher. Lighter colours hide dirt and footprints much better than darker laminates. When you hire a contractor to install your new kitchen floor, make sure your sales contract specifies the exact product you choose and outlines the warranty provided. Check out the Canadian Home Builder’s Association’s website for free advice on hiring a pro the smart way, www. getitinwriting.ca.

NICOL

CONSTRUCTION “QUALITY AND PRECISION YOU CAN TRUST”

Member of VRBA

VICTORIA RESIDENTIAL BUILDERS ASSOCIATION

Certified Built Green Builder

CUSTOM HOMES, RENOVATIONS & DESIGN JOURNEYMAN BUILDER

AND

DRAFTSMAN

LICENSED BUILDERS NUMBER #31353

nicolconstruction@gmail.com

Licensed Builder of Energy Efficient Homes

121 Pallot Way, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2M5

Serving Islanders since 1987

Call Dave Renick

250-537-1796

daver@saltspring.com

PH:

250.537.0093 CELL: 250.537.7610 FAX: 250.537.0084


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Neil Morie architect

HomeStandby Standby Generators Generators Home

Sales Sales--Service Service -- Installation Installation

Home Standby Generators

#4, Fulford Marina ph. 250 653 4812 www.neilmoriearchitect.com

Sales - Service - Installation www.3delectrical.ca 250-746-7007

www.3delectrical.ca

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TOLL FREE:

1-844-368-7007

GULF COAST MATERIALS Drain Rock • Sand • Gravel Enviro-friendly 100% crushed driveway chips. allows water to drain, and still looks dry and attractive on top surface!

Ambleside Plumbing and Heating Inc. Red Seal Plumber, BCSA Gas Contractor TECA Certified, NABCEP Certified, WCB Registered, CRD Compliant All residential and commercial plumbing and gas-fitting. Pumps, boilers, solar, and more! Emergency call-out service.

U-PICK UP AT THE YARD or WE CAN DELIVER ! MoNDAY THRU FRIDAY 8:00AM To 4:30PM

250-537-2611 345 Rainbow Road, Salt SpRing iSland Monday thRu FRiday 8:00aM to 4:30pM

250-930-0727

amblesideplumbing@gmail.com

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Custom made, weather resistant commerical & residential solutions for outdoor spaces

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Protect your home from Mother Nature’s harshest elements and secure your home from break-ins at the same time with Talius rollshutters. They provide an energy efficient solution to safeguard against intense sunlight, strong winds, severe storms, as well as creating a solid barrier against broken glass and theft.

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250-931-3456 604-720-4950

In-Law Suites Custom Kitchens Bathrooms

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�For the best clean Go Green!� E S T.

1999

PRAIRIE PRO TREE SERVICE

CONTACT US FOR A FREE QUOTE ON ANY SIZE JOB.

250-537-1020

We are covered by WorkSafe BC and carry full liability insurance. We provide all the aborist services you need including: • Dangerous Tree Removal • Pruning • Viewscaping • Bucking • Chipping • Pet Rescues • Insurance Claims • Emergency Damage Response

Eco Friendly Professional Home Maintenance

interior/ exterior window cleaning • gutter cleaning / repairs • siding washing • power washing • moss removal • fully insured •

250 815 5877 www.windowviper.com

www.prairiepro.ca

YORKSHIRE DESIGN specialist interior design

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Full Service “from the ground up... or down”

EXCAVATING LTD. All site work: • Clearing, Driveways, • Excavation, Septic, Drainage • Ponds, Rockery, Demolition

CALL BRIAN DAWES 30 years on Salt Spring 250-537-2604 | cell: 250-537-7019 briandawesexc@yahoo.ca

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SALT SPRING’S FULL SERVICE RESIDENTIAL DESIGN TEAM~ WORKING WITH YOU TO CREATE YOUR ISLAND LIFESTYLE Robert Schindelka Architect / Realtor®

Rachelle Geneau Interior Designer

rschindelka@live.ca rschindelka.com

rachellegeneau@gmail.com rachellegeneau.ca

250 667 0923

250 667 0924 RACHELLE GENEAU INTERIOR DESIGN

Coast Capital Realty INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED

Winner of the 2015 Business Excellence Award for Trades & Construction Business of the Year!

Island Gates & Fences

Organic Gardens

Farm & Deer Fences

Handcrafting Fences & Gates on Salt Spring Island

www.islandgatesandfences.com

Wooden Fences

Gates

For All Your Fencing & Gate Needs We are a local Salt Spring Island company that believes in creating environmentally friendly and sustainable projects that use local resources and support local businesses whenever possible. • Environmentally friendly • All projects approached with sensitivity and creativity • Every project finished on budget and on time! • Excellent local references Deer & Rabbit Fences • Farm Fences • Organic Gardens • Pet Fences • Wooden Fences & Gates

www.islandgatesandfences.com

Phone: 250-653-4123

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Five weekend projects to try now Home improvement projects range from major construction overhauls like bathroom remodelling jobs to smaller renovations that may entail something as minor as painting the walls. Smaller projects can often be conquerred in a typical weekend but still provide a strong sense of accomplishment. The following are five projects tailor-made for weekend warriors. 1. Improve storage in the entryway. Home entryways are the first places many people drop mail, shed their shoes and toss their keys upon arriving home. As a result, entryways can quickly be overrun with clutter. Storage solutions can include putting in a desk or hutch with baskets underneath to store umbrellas and backpacks. Or hang a coat rack and create a shoe rack to store shoes until the time comes to leave the house once again. 2. Shed new light. Add some design appeal to your home by replacing an old lighting fixture with something more modern. Such a task is relatively easy, and you need not possess the skills of a trained electrician.

3. Add molding for a finishing touch. Dress up spaces with crown molding or a decorative chair rail that goes around a room. You can even use molding to frame new or existing artwork. Find a molding style that complements the architectural style. 4. Update hardware in the bath and kitchen. Switch the handles, draw pulls and knobs on cabinetry with new hardware. The time commitment is practically nil, but you might just give rooms a whole new feel. 5. Patch and paint walls. Spend a weekend filling in holes left behind by since-removed wall hangings. If the patches dry quickly, paint over them. If not, resolve to do your patchwork one weekend and paint the ensuing weekend.

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Complimentary design advice, large selection and competitive pricing on... Wood & Gas Stoves, Fireplaces & Inserts ■ Wood and Laminate Flooring Ceramic Tile ■ Slate ■ Stone ■ Hot Tubs ■ Appliances 320 Upper Ganges Rd. 250.537.2111 Email: r.elwell@shaw.ca saltspringhomedesigncentre.com


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ST in...

250-537-2167 360 BLACKBURN RD

Nasty Crawl Spaces Basement Waterproofing Structural Repairs Drainage Systems Spray Foam & Blown In Insulation

ssgarbage@shaw.ca

• Residential Service • Container Service • Commercial Service • Special Clean-ups • Customer Service

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WINTER: 8am - 4pm Monday-Friday SUMMER: 8am - 5pm Monday-Friday SATURDAY YEAR-ROUND: 10am - 4pm CLOSED SUNDAYS

www.ibsg.ca 250-385-2768

Serving the Gulf Islands for 27 years. Our reputation is your best guarantee!

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All types of tiling to meet all your tiling needs

Nathaniel Renaud Island born and raised

PH: 250.537.7845

Your Flooring

nathaniel.renaud@gmail.com

161 Margolin Dr. Saltspring Island, BC V8K1C9

SpecialiSt • Flooring Installs • Hardwood / Cork • Tile / Carpet • Linoleum / Vinyl

Shane hubenig

Home: 250-537-1185 250-537-9736 Cell: 604-220-9656

LAURIE’S

Garbage & Recycling COMMERCIAL • CONSTRUCTION RESIDENTIAL • STORAGE Pick Up & Drop Off / Clean Ups Containers / Scrap Metal Recycling 250-653-9279 Drop Off: Monday to Saturday Winter: 8am-4pm / Summer: 8am-5pm Next to Country Grocer

An Island Family since 1861 working with the community.

STREAM LINE PLUMBING LTd. CoMMERCIAL & RESIdENTIAL PRoJECTS BoNdEd GAS FITTERS

Water Treatment, specializing in custom designed systems and installation. ■ Viqua UV certified installers. ■ Licensed BC pump installers. ■ Rain water collection, Arcsa accredited professional. ■ Hydronic heating, in-floor and baseboard systems. ■ Daikin Altherma air/water heat pumps. ■ Solar hot water systems. ■

250.653.2026 streamlineplumbing@shaw.ca

Jay Bourdin

Serving Islanders since 1980

BRENT MAYENBURG, BCLS 250-656-5155 www.weysurveys.com Long time land surveyors of the Gulf Islands and southern Vancouver Island

LEGAL, ENGINEERING & TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEYS SUBDIVISION PLANNING


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Kapa Kai Glass . . . on call & on time THE ISLAND'S ONLY INTERPROVINCIAL JOURNEYMEN GLAZIERS

• custom sunrooms • custom skylights • aluminum fabrication

• mirrors & shower doors • auto glass • residential & commercial

Your “clear” choice for glass TROY KAYE

250-653-4148 Free estimates

Soapstone Soapstone

Phone: (250)650-1213 Phone: (250)650-1213

Phone: (250)650-1213

e-mail: info@islandsoapstone.com e-mail: info@islandsoapstone.com e-mail: info@islandsoapstone.com

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www.IslandSoapstone.com Vancouver www.IslandSoapstone.com Island’s only dedicated soapstone shop, located in beautiful Maple Bay, BC! www.IslandSoapstone.com

Island’s only dedicated soapstone located in beautifulMaple Maple Bay, Bay, BC! Vancouver Vancouver Island’s only dedicated soapstone shop,shop, located in beautiful BC!


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RY ANNI2V01E7RSA

1947 -

S R IN G , D O O R O O L F , N IO T IN G , IN S U L A ID RE! S , L L A W Y T, PLUS MO IN A P , S L LUMBER, DR O , TO , F L O O R IN G G IN F O O R , W IN D O W S SIDNEY

SAANICHTON

LANGFORD

DOOR SHOP

2030 Malaview Ave. 250.656.1125

2046 Keating Cross Rd. 250.652.1130

2901 Sooke Rd. 250.478.5509

2901 Sooke Rd. 250.386.3667

VICTORIA

VICTORIA

NANAIMO

CUMBERLAND

1496 Admirals Rd. 250.388.5443

3934 Quadra St. 250.920.2001

4950 Jordan Ave. 250.758.8329

3217 Small Rd. 250.336.8710

COMOX

SALTSPRING

TOFINO

554 Anderton Rd. 250.339.2207

804 Fulford-Ganges Rd. 250.537.4978

661 Industrial Way 250.725.2538


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Septic Fields

Maintenance & Repairs Installation & Design proofSeptic read Tank Sales Treatment carefully, Centres

Gas Fitting • • • • • •

please copy Kris Plambeck has been EXCAVATING reset

Class B gas fitter New construction Generators Ovens/ranges BBQ boxes On demand hot water

REGISTERED ONSITE WASTEWATER PRACTITIONER

Scott Antonik

ASTTBC CERTIFIED SEPTIC FIELD INSTALLER AND DESIGNER

Owner/Journeyman

Tel: 250-537-6358

fax: 250-537-2859 s.antonik@hotmail.com

Licensed • Bonded • Insured • WCB

14digginit@gmail.com

250-537-6027

Beautiful Floors

for your

& LANDSCAPING Mini Excavator & Full-Size Excavators Bobcat Service House Excavations Landclearing Driveways Rockwalls Ponds Drainage Water Lines

Home

. carpet . cork . wool carpet . tile and stone . linoleum & vinyl . Hunter Douglas . hardwood & laminate window coverings

Karen Shergold

In-house Design Consultant EXPERTISE IN: . Integrated home styling . Flooring selection . Estimating . Stone and tile design . Bathroom design . New homes . Renovations

Owners, Andrew & Tracy Little

BY REPUTATION, FOR FINE FLOOR AND WINDOW COVERINGS

Ganges Floor Coverings Ltd. 250-537-9112

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landscape design, installation & renovation decorative fencing • deer & rabbit proof fencing rock walls • irrigation & drainage • lawn care automatic & manual gates • allen block walls ponds & water features • garden maintenance excavation & bobcat work • seasonal cleanup nolanmagnus@gmail.com hm. 250-653-4484

GULF ISLANDS DRIFTWOOD

Affordable, reliable, quality work. Fully insured. Ask us for an estimate that you can rely on.

Nolan Magnus

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For the complete picture...

CALL

Cooper & Sons

Contracting LTD. • Custom Homes • Renovations • Additions

C a l l E dwa rd McK e e ver

250-538-2169 #113 in Gasoline Alley, Ganges w w w. s t r on g r i v e r s t u d i o s . c o m

Specializing in Japanese Gardens

TOKIWA LANDSCAPING & GARDENING

Dave 250-538-7075 coopersonsltd@gmail.com

GOT CONCRETE? ROCK? OVER 30 YEARS ON ISLAND, INSURED

Call us for all your:

Blasting Cutting Coring Breaking

I would be pleased to talk to you about: waterfalls ponds and fountains retaining walls patios • pathways

fences & lawn/sod flower beds garden boxes custom wood work

185 Horel Rd, Salt Spring Island t: 250.930.3334 c: 250.538.7958 tokiwalandscaping@shaw.ca www.tokiwa.ca

Our interior demolition is clean, efficient, zero emmission from dryer vents to complete structural renovation.

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ROB TOURNOUR MASONRY LTD. Victoria, BC

Local family owned and operated since 1997

From small renovations to new home construction and everything in between, David Whitten Construction is a contractor that hundreds have trusted with residential and commercial building maintenance and construction needs.

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• BRICK • CONCRETE BLOCK • GLASS BLOCK • NATURAL & MAN MADE STONE • CHIMNEY RESTORATION • HERITAGE RESTORATION

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Do you really want to do it yourself? The benefits of hiring professional contractors The DIY movement has inspired many homeowners to tackle home repair and remodelling projects on their own. DIY projects can be rewarding, and many homeowners who have embraced the DIY movement have discovered talents they never before knew they had. But no matter how simple popular home renovation television shows make remodelling projects appear, homeowners should know that such undertakings are far more difficult than they appear on television. Homeowners who overestimate their abilities and the time they have to complete projects can cost themselves substantial amounts of money. In fact, there are a variety of reasons homeowners might want to work with professional contractors when tackling home improvement projects. Experience A trial and error approach can work with various projects and problems. But applying such an approach to home improvement projects is risky and potentially dangerous, not to mention costly. Experienced professional contractors with strong track records (seek recommendations from friends or neighbours) won’t have to go through trial and error and are therefore more likely than DIYers to complete a project on time and on budget. Inspiration One oft-overlooked benefit of working with professional

contractors is the likelihood that they can draw up ideas for projects that homeowners might otherwise never have thought up on their own. Homeowners without specific ideas in mind can ask contractors to come up with various scenarios before committing to a particular one. Veteran contractors can draw on years of experience to create designs that DIYers might be incapable of coming up with and/or incapable of seeing through to completion. Cost Conventional wisdom suggests it’s less expensive to do something yourself than to hire someone else to do it for you, but that’s not necessarily true of home improvement projects. Labour costs typically account for a substantial amount of professionally contracted projects, but homeowners can cut those costs by volunteering to do some of the simpler tasks themselves. In addition, contractors often purchase materials at a much lower cost

than individual homeowners because contractors buy in bulk. So while labour costs might be lower on DIY projects, the cost of materials can offset those savings. Resale value Many homeowners renovate their homes with eyes on improving the resale value of those homes. But if homeowners want to showcase a newly remodelled kitchen when selling their homes, they should be prepared for prospective buyers to ask who worked on the project. Fearing potential problems down the road, some buyers might be put off by homes that were remodelled by DIYers and not professional contractors. Renovating a home on your own can be a rewarding project for homeowners. But it’s important that homeowners recognize the many benefits of working with professional contractors before making any final decisions with regard to who will tackle their next project.

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Time for a kitchen reno? Five tips to consider before you start (NC) A gorgeous kitchen can definitely make your life better, but before you start your reno, find out more about five common pitfalls and how to avoid them. 1. Kitchens are expensive. It’s easy to spend $25,000 to $50,000 on a mid-range kitchen makeover. Even budget remodels of a small kitchen can run up to $15,000. Expert do-ityourselfers can cut these costs in half, but most of us don’t have the required skills and will likely need a professional contractor to deliver the best results. Given the cost and lifestyle impact a kitchen reno has, avoid dealing with contractors who promise a low price but want to be paid in cash with nothing written down.

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by a hot pot. Research your options before deciding. 4. Ask for great materials. Even expensive kitchen cabinets are often made of the cheapest material possible, melamine-coated particleboard. Think of sawdust bonded with glue and a factory coating on top. Truly highend cabinets are made with veneered cabinet-grade plywoods and solid hardwoods. These are stronger, lighter in weight and more durable. 5. New kitchens don’t always pay off at resale. According to an annual survey run by Remodeling Magazine since 2002, mid-range and high-end kitchen remodels deliver only 60 to 65 cents of increased resale value for

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every dollar spent. If you’re planning to move in the near future, make sure the investment makes financial sense. Find more information on the Canadian Home Builder’s Association’s website, www. getitinwriting.ca.

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Kid-friendly homes Easy ways to accommodate families Maintaining a home that is welcoming and kidfriendly can be challenging. Kids are full of energy and oftentimes put fun ahead of tidiness. But no matter how energetic their youngsters are, parents can still employ several strategies to ensure their homes are both sophisticated and child-friendly. • Consider an open floor plan. Rooms that flow into one another make it easier to keep tabs on children. Such rooms also allow residents and guests to mingle in separate rooms but not be too far away from one another. • Choose washable fabrics. Upholstery will need to stand up to the abuse kids can dish out. Sofas and chairs with slipcovers can be advantageous because many slipcovers can be easily removed and laundered. Patterned fabrics will hide some stains, while treated fabrics may resist liquid spills for easier cleanup. • Create a catch-all spot. Special bins or other organizational tools in the entryway can help to cull clutter when children come in the house from school or play. Be sure to keep cubbies, containers and coat hooks at a child-friendly height. • Look for high-traffic rugs. Rugs designed for high-traffic areas will be more forgiving when children

march across them several times per day. There are no rules that say you can’t bring an outdoor rug inside, and these rugs tend to be easier to clean. • Ensure there is plenty of seating. Sectionals give children ample room to spread out. And ample seating ensures there is enough room for kids to invite their friends over to hang out. • Think outside pink and blue. For children’s rooms, make sure they’re colourful, but consider other hues to give the rooms some personality. Focus on a hobby or activity and borrow the colour scheme from the accessories used for decorating. • Hang whimsical artwork. Employ framing and lighting to make kids’ artwork look like professional pieces. Routinely change the pictures when a new look is desired. • Designate a place for play. Devote an entire room or a nook in a house for imaginative play. Store toys here so these items will not create clutter in individual bedrooms. Creating child-friendly spaces while ensuring a home maintains a sophisticated feel is easier than parents might think.

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250.526.2626

Serving Salt Spring Island & the Gulf Islands

Call Paul “Let’s get you moving” email: paul@paulzolob.com

Selling your home … thinking about renovating?

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omeowners choose renovation projects for a variety of reasons. Many improvements are made to increase functionality and comfort of a home, others are seen as worthwhile investments. Investments can add up to a higher resale value when the time comes to sell a home. Certain projects have a history of providing a greater return on homeowners’ investments than others. The following renovation tips add beauty to a home and generate good returns when selling: • Invest in your kitchen. Kitchen remodels are a safe bet when it comes to putting money into improving a home. Homeowners tend to spend a great deal of time in their kitchens, and a dated, poorly functioning kitchen can detract from the value of a home, even if the rest of the home is in good shape. The goal is to more than recoup between 60 and 120 percent of your kitchen remodel investment, especially if the kitchen matches up well with the rest of your home. Homeowners should know that a deluxe renovation may not be necessary, as relatively moderate improvements can create a whole new look for a kitchen. • Look to paint. One of the least expensive improvement materials, but one that has a significant impact, is paint. Neutral, modern colors can easily liven up any space. If you paint with low-VOC paint, you also can advertise an eco-friendly home, which is very desirable these days. • Put in another bathroom. Multiple bathrooms are an attractive selling point, particularly in older homes that may not have been equipped with more than one bathroom. Finding extra space for a bathroom can be tricky, but consider closets, areas under stairs or even taking some space away from another room. Popular home-improvement television channel HGTV advises that half-bathrooms require at least 18 square feet of space, while full baths need 30 to 35 square feet for a stand-up shower or bathtub. • Renovate the HVAC system. Aesthetic improvements aren’t the only ones that add value to a home. Many

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home buyers are eager to purchase a home that has a new heating and cooling system, as buyers understand that furnaces and air conditioning units or heat pumps are substantial investments that can last for years. Other improvements, such as adding attic insulation or replacing older windows and doors with more energy efficient options, also are smart bets. • Add illumination to rooms. A dark home is a dreary home. Adding light can mean including more overhead and accent lighting. Under-cabinet task lighting is a nice touch. Inclusion of skylights and sun tubes can bring natural light into rooms that may not have south- or west-facing windows. • Put a deck addition outdoors. Outdoor living spaces have become more desirable, especially as the “staycation” has grown in popularity. Decks and patios can make backyards more appealing. The scope of your investment will depend on the size of the deck and design. Doing the work yourself can cut the cost of decks in half, but only if you have the specific tools or experience to tackle such a project. • Improve curb appeal. Adding attractive landscaping and freshening up the entryway to a home can add considerable value to your home, as buyers judge homes by their exteriors. Completely renovated interiors may never be seen if buyers pass up your home because of a less attractive exterior. Classy, subtle changes, like wellplaced shrubbery and a green lawn or a clean yard free of fallen branches that looks appealing can work wonders.

efore making improvements, homeowners should determine if a given project will provide a solid return on their investment. In some circumstances it is best to make no changes at all. If you are thinking of selling your home contact me for a free consultation.

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THE GREAT GREEN TEAM

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DEB’S PAINTING Cowichan Petroleum Sales LTD. is an independently owned and operated company proud to serve and support the Salt Spring Island community. We take pride in our dedication to provide the best products and services available to our customers. We deliver furnace oil and stove oil as well as clear and marked gasoline and diesel.

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Mike THE INSULATOR Keeping You Warm...

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Mike Sawchuk 250-653-9522 InSulatInG HOmeS SInCe 1980 100% Locally Owned & Operated Box 327, Ganges P.O. miketheinsulator@gmail.com Salt Spring Island, B.C. V8K 2V9

AWARD WINNING DESIGNS AT PRICES YOU CAN AFFORD Build your dream home or vacation home your way with our easy choice system. We offer fixed pricing on all our homes, providing you a worry free build experience. As a top Vancouver Island home builder we provide quality construction relying on decades of experience building some of the most cost effective, energy efficient homes available today.

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for the right people for the job, right here! ARCHITECT 

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CONTRACTOR-GENERAL/BUILDING

Dennis Maguire www.dmarchitect.ca Involvement in all aspects of the architectural design process, including planning, programming, design sketches, design development, working drawings, construction management and interior design. We use leading edge computer and software technology throughout all phases to provide clients a clear understanding of the whole process, product and cost. See our ad on page 22.

Wee Chip Cowichan 250-715-7365 www.weechipcowichan.ca We provide environmentally better solutions than burning storm cleanup, minor tree limbing, complete cleanup and haul away services. We chip up to 6” in diameter and12” slabs. See our ad on page 38.

Nicol Construction 250-537-0093 Fax: 250-537-0084 Cell: 250-537-7610 Quality construction since 1996. Licensed journeyman builder and draftsman. Call James for all your construction needs. Quality and precision you can trust. Excellent local references. See ad on page 8.

CONCRETE

CONTRACTORS - SUPPLIERS

Robert Schindelka - Architect / Realtor ® 250-667-0923   rschindelka@live.ca   www.rschindelka.com Creative design for new construction and renovations. Initial site analysis and design services to contract documents, permits, and site administration. Informed Real Estate services for buyers and sellers. Featuring Interior Design with Rachelle Geneau. See our ad on page 13.

Gulf Coast Materials Ltd. Plant: 250-537-2611 Fx: 250-537-2181 Ready mixed concrete, concrete pumping, gravel, bag cement and rebar. Delivered from our plant on Rainbow Road. Island based since 1969. Serving Salt Spring, Mayne, Pender and Galiano Islands. See our ad on page 9.

Windsor Plywood 166 Rainbow Road, SSI, V8K 2M3 250-537-5564 Fx: 250-537-1207 general@windsorssi.com www.windsorssi.com Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-5:30pm, Sat 8am-5:30pm, Sun closed. We are a locally owned and operated business that has served islanders for over 32 years. With 25 employees, we are a full-line building supply centre with on site door shop services, and competitive pricing for new home construction and renovations. Visit our new website and like us on Facebook. See our ad on page 40.

Stark Architecture David Arnott 778-855-5937 david@starkarch.com www.starkarchitecture. com Stark Architecture is a registered Architectural practice with the AIBC in British Columbia. David Arnott started with small renovations and built up since 2012. Stark Architecture believes in fostering relationships with clients and listening to their needs, changing and adapting styles to suit the client. New ideas, software, materials and excellent contractors make your collaboration with Stark a success. See our ad on page 38 BLASTING Dave’s Drilling and Blasting 250-537-2618 office 250-537-7418 cell Call us for demolition. We offer complete services from interior demolition and concrete removal to site blasting and prep. Concrete cutting & coring 40mm-30cm in circumference with our clean efficient, no emissions machinery. Fully insured, prompt professional service. See our ad on page 21. BUILDING DESIGNERS Helset Design 250-537-1037 helsetdesign@telus.net Using computer-aided drafting, we work closely with our clients to transfer their ideas - whether for new homes or renovations to paper.  We offer reasonable rates and 23 years of experience on Salt Spring. See our ad on page 7. Yorkshire Design Salt Spring Island 778-353-0063 www.yorkshiredesign.ca This year Yorkshire Design celebrates 11 years on Saltspring Island and over forty years joint experience in the interior design industry. With an eclectic body of work from “contemporary” to “traditional”, the company is less interested in labels than looking to appropriateness for the building, the space, the surrounding environment, and most importantly, the client. Yorkshire Design can offer everything from a complete design package, a single room project, furniture layouts and colour plans. See our ad on page 12. Lightdance Design Inc. Gail Jaeger  Dipl Arch, MRAIC 250-537-0755 Fx: 1-888-4700836 gail@lightdancedesign.com www.lightdancedesign.com We are a full service residential & commercial design firm offering design, coordination and project management. We bring together the top local engineers, interior & landscape designers as well as green building technology to provide a comprehensive design package for your project. Call or email for a free consultation. See our ad on page 7.

CONTRACTOR-GENERAL/BUILDING Cooper & Sons Contracting Ltd 250-538-7075 coopersonsltd@gmail.com From start to finish we do it all. Custom homes, renovations, additions. Landscaping and exterior finishes, including fencing and gates. One call does it all. Prompt and reliable service. See our ad on page 21. Green City Builders Sam FitzZaland  250-537-6296  www.greencitybuilders.ca General building contractors with green building expertise. New homes built to the energy efficient ‘Passive House’ standard. Green renovations, living roofs and custom projects. Itemized budgets, transparent accounting. Friendly people with lots of integrity. See ad on page 4. Discount Renovations Ralph White 604-720-4950 250-931-3456 Journeyman carpenter with over 40 years of experience, we get the job done right. Kitchens,bathrooms, flooring, windows/ doors, electrical/plumbing. No job is too small, and we offer free estimates. Prompt reliable service, you can count on us to stay till the job is done! Call Ralph with your enquiries. See our ad on page 11. Gulf Island Construction Ltd. 250-537-1796 daver@saltspring.com www.gulfislands.com/construction Dave Renick offers you 30 years of experienced home building and renovating on Salt Spring, from the latest in energy efficient building technology to basic code construction. G.I. Construction’s focus is on sustainable building practices and employing local trades and suppliers. Please call to discuss your building ideas and plans. See our ad on page 8. Villadsen Construction Ltd. John at 250-537-9857 Family owned & operated Licensed Builder of Quality Homes. Three generations of proven performance ready to assist you in all phases of construction. New homes and renovations. New Home Warranty Certified. See our ad on page 31. David Whitten Construction 250-537-6551 www.davidwhittenconstruction.com From small renovations to new home construction and everything in between, David Whitten Construction is a contractor that hundreds have trusted with residential and commercial building maintenance and construction needs. David Whitten Construction is also relied on by many locals for occasional and ongoing needs in building maintenance, remodelling, roofing, additions or renovations. See our ad on page 24.

Salt Spring Home Design Centre 320 Upper Ganges Road, SSI 250-537-2111 r.elwell@shaw.ca www.saltspringhomedesign.com Solutions to Design Issues! Solid or engineered hardwood, Columbia laminate, BC milled softwoods, carpet, cork, linoleum, marmoleum, ceramic tile, hearth, tile, stone, appliance and spa products and supplies. We can help you make a choice! Professional installation or do-it-yourself advice. See our ad on page 14. Slegg Building Supplies 804 Fulford-Ganges Road, SSI Ph: 250-537-4978 Fax: 250-537-4945 www.slegglumber.ca Always competitive pricing for all building material needs for contractors and homeowners, including paints and stains (Pittsburgh, Olympic, TimberPro Envirosafe stains.) Plumbing, septic, hot water tanks, irrigation systems, electrical, construction and finish lumber, custom beams, trusses & roofing (metal, shake, rolled & asphalt), drywall & trim, power tools and complete hardware. Crane truck for deliveries (rooftop and site yard). Knowledgeable & Friendly Staff. Mon.-Fri. 7am-5:30pm/Sat. 8:30am-5pm. See our ad on page 18. CRAWL SPACES Island Basement Systems 250-385-2768 www.islandbasementsystems.com Island Basement Systems is a full-service home improvement company specializing in basement waterproofing, crawl space repairs, and spray foam insulation. Home improvement from the basement to the attic is what we love to do and what we do best. We are committed to helping local residents improve the value, health and condition of their home. See our ad on page 15.


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CUSTOM CABINETRY

FENCING

Garbage / Recycling

Cowichan Woodwork Ltd. 250-743-5804 gordon@cowichanwoodwork.com www.cowichanwoodwork.com Although price is always a consideration, our focus is on quality and value. We have several designers available to assist you, and a committed, highly skilled and friendly manufacturing and installation staff. It comes down to the right people using the best materials and latest technology, alongside traditional methods and values. We are recipients of awards such as the Cowichan Black Tie award for Art in Business, top display at the Buildex trades show Pan Pacific, Vancouver, and television accolades at the Interior Design Show in Vancouver. We hope to be able to assist you. See our ad on page 39.

Island Gates and Fences 250-653-4123 www.islandgatesandfences.com Handcrafted fences and gates on Salt Spring Island. We are a local company that believes in environmentally friendly and sustainable projects that use local resources and support local businesses whenever possible. We have many excellent island references available. See our ad on page 13.

Salt Spring Garbage Services 250-537-2167 Island owned for over 50 years. We offer low cost pickup, for residential, commercial and construction, including container service and special clean-ups. Certified public scale and drop off bag service at our transfer station which is located at 330 Blackburn Road. Open Monday - Friday from 8am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. See our ad on page 15.

DESIGN/BUILDER

FINANCING

David Coulson Design Ltd. 250-746-5372 coulsondesign@shaw.ca www.davidcoulsondesign.com With over 25 years of building green throughout the islands we offer complete services from design concept to completion. We specialize in entry level to high-end custom homes, commercial and residential renovations of all sizes, and heritage restorations. Our goal is to meet the specific needs of each client with functional design, quality craftsmanship and sustainable building materials. See our ad on page 30.

Arlene Modderman AMP / Carol Malloch AMP 250-537-4090 ext 106 arlene@mortgagedepot.ca Your home. Your mortgage. Our passion! Need financing to do that Renovation or Construction project? Let us help you with a custom made mortgage to make it happen! Great rates and Awesome service! See our ad on page 23.

SR Design Mark Saunders 250-538-8880 SR-Design@shaw.ca www.sr-designstudio.com SR Design’s owner-operator Mark Saunders can build the house of your dreams, new garage or workshop, an additional garden room or make your kitchen a chef’s dream. Working with a local Architect can offer interesting and exciting ideas for your project. Our success is based on choosing only the most professional and passionate craftsmen. See our ad on page 4. DRILLING Drillwell 4994 Polkey Road, Duncan 250-537-8456 Toll Free: 1-800-746-7444 drill@drillwell.com Water wells for residential and industrial use. Hydro fracturing to increase well yields. 49 Years of Drilling Excellence! See our ad on page 28.

GATES

FLOORS/FLOORING Ganges Floor Coverings 122 Lower-Ganges Rd., SSI, V8K 2S8 250-537-9112 Fx: 250-537-4474 gangesfloors@shaw.ca Salt Spring Island’s broadest selection of carpet, stone and tile, wood flooring, cork, laminate, vinyl, and commercial flooring options in the hands of a truly experienced, knowledgeable sales and installation team. Our design staff can help blend fashion and function for your next project. Also proud to offer Hunter Douglas Window shades. By Reputation, for Fine Floor and Window Coverings. See our ad on page 19. Platinum Concrete Polishing 204-370-6140 h.j.suderman@gmail.com Dramatically improve the appearance and functionality of your concrete floor with our cost effective and environmentally friendly manner. We transform boring plain concrete into beautiful durable surfaces. Polished concrete is scratch resistant,impervious to oil, grease,and moisture damage, low maintenance, has a long life expectancy, and can be stained or coloured. See our ad on page 4. FOOTINGS/FORMS

ELECTRICAL SERVICES 3D Electrical Services 1-844-368-7007 (250.747.7007) www.3delectrical.ca Sales, service and installation of Home Standby Generators. See our ad on page 9. EXCAVATING Diggin It Excavating 250-537-6027 14digginit@gmail.com Septic Fields, Excavating, Landscaping. ASTTBC Certified septic field installer, designer and maintenance provider, Type 1,2,and 3 systems. We can meet all your excavation needs, including land clearing, site prep, ponds,driveways and water lines. See our ad on page 19. Salt Spring Island Excavating Andrew Aust Phone: 250-653-9822 Cell: 250-537-6098 Email: ssiexcaavating@shaw.ca For all your house excavations, land clearing, driveways, road building, Septic fields, trenching, rock walls and blasting needs. See page 32.

Gord Ellis, QUAD-LOC, FAB-FORM DISTRIBUTOR 250-537-1763 Quad-Loc, insulated concrete forms, quickly build resilient, ultraefficient, comfortable, quiet and durable building shells. Offering exterior walls or entire building shells for any climate and use: residential, commercial, multi-family,education and worship facilities. Fab-Form, sustainable foundations for building structures, fabricbased footing forms, which are cost efficient , sustainable and easy to install. See our ad on page 30. FUELS Cowichan Petroleum Sales Ken or Tracy 1-877-715-1019 We are an independently owned and operated company proud to serve and support the Salt Spring Island community. We take pride in our dedication to provide the best products and services available to our customers. We deliver furnace oil and stove oil as well as clear and marked gasoline and diesel. See our ad on page 30. Garbage / Recycling Laurie’s Recycling & Waste Services Inc. Laurie A. Hedger 250-653-9279 Commercial, construction & residential services. Handy drop off location next to Country Grocer, Monday through Saturday from 8am to 5pm, 8am to 4pm in winter. Scrap metal recycling. An Island Family Since 1861. See our ad on page 16.

GEM Fabrications Ltd. 308 Fitzwilliam St., Nanaimo, BC V9R 3A5 250-753-6125 showroom@gemfabrications.com www.gemfabrications.com GEM proudly offers sales, service and tech support for all gate automation systems. We stock a complete line of gate openers as well as all accessories and components. Since 1989, GEM has been serving greater Vancouver Island with quality crafted architectural, ornamental metal products. Each item we make is custom designed, quality built, and competitively priced to fit your needs perfectly. See our ad on page 23. GLASS Kapa Kai Glass 250-653-4148 Fx: 250-653-4149 kapakai@telus.net Journeyman Workmanship Guaranteed! Supply & install of commercial storefronts, windows, shower doors, mirrors, sun rooms, skylights & aluminum deck railings. Contact Troy Kaye for a free estimate and fast, efficient service. See our ad on page 17. HARDWARE Mouat’s Home Hardware Ltd. 106 Fulford Ganges Rd 250-537-5551 Home of the Handyman, Mouat’s offers a complete selection of household and hardware products. Our certified paint specialists will help you with all your painting needs, from start to finish including the perfect colour for your room. See our in-store selection of plumbing and electrical supplies, tools, gardening equipment and more. Use our in-store catalogue to order your interior fixtures, and appliances. Ask about Merit Kitchens, let us help you create your dream kitchen. Price matching on all in stock items. See our ad on page 2&3. HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING Fresco Refrigeration 250-537-8845 www.frescorefrigeration.ca info@frescorefrigeration.ca “Salt Spring Island’s heat pump specialist”. Heat Pumps, Air Conditioning, Furnaces & Refrigeration. Energy rates are increasing by 25%…upgrade to a heat pump today and enjoy the comfort and savings. Free in-home consultations. See our ad on page 11. Home Builders Nicon Homes 250-748-5353 www.niconhomes.ca Nicon Homes provides quality designs and utilizes environmentally responsible construction methods while offering you the flexibility to build your dream home your way with our easy choice system. We offer you fixed pricing on all our homes to almost any stage of construction providing you a worry free build experience. See our ad on page 32.


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Nickel Bros. House Moving Ltd. 1-866-320-2268 vanisland@nickelbros.com www.nicklebros. com As BC’s largest and most experienced land and marine structural movers, Nickel Bros is a family business that has been serving the Northwest from Alaska to Oregon since 1956.  With our Cargo Insurance, unified hydraulic jacking systems, hydraulically controlled moving trailers and Hilman roller systems, we have set the standards in structural moving and lifting for over 50 years. See our ad on page 26.

Deb’s Painting Ph: 250-537-2596 Cell: 250-537-7648 E-mail: debhellicar@gmail.com Interior and exterior, residential and commercial. Top quality workwomanship. Prompt clean service, spray roller and brush. Call for free estimate. See our ad on page 30.

Insulation Mike the Insulator Ph: 250-653-9522 Fax: 250-653-9521 Locally owned and operated. Your choice of fibreglass batts, spray foam or blown insulation. Experienced and professional service. See our ad on page 32. IRRIGATION

Strong River Studios 250 538-2169 www.strongriverstudios.com At Strong River Studios we specialize in professional painting, expert wallpaper hanging and Venetian plaster. We handle everything from spraying new construction to fine architectural finishing. Excellent local references.Visit our showroom to see samples at #113 Gasoline Alley, Ganges. See our ad on page 21. Precise Painting & Plaster 250-221-1195 nealesmith2905@gmail.com Over 40 years experience. Specialties include custom painting, plastering & specialty finishes, custom texturing & feature walls, all phases of drywall, handyman services, Journeyman workmanship. See our ad on page 27.

Gulf Islands Irrigation & Rain Harvesting Matt Nowell 250-538-7538 matt@gulfislandsirrigation.com www.gulfislandsirrigation.com With over 15 years of experience we are experts at designing, installing and maintaining irrigation systems for any sized property or garden. Utilizing rain harvesting, pond water, grey water or well supplies, we can find a creative way to keep your garden nourished all year. See our ad on page 22.

Island Soapstone 250-650-1213 info@islandsoapstone.com We are the dedicated supplier and manufacturer of Soapstone surfaces. From kitchen counters and sinks to fire places and intricate applications. We offer assistance in material choice, custom design, superior fabrication and worry free installation. Located in Maple Bay, just north of Duncan. Our hours are by appointment only, please call for scheduling and directions. See our ad on page 17.

PAVING

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Tokiwa Salt Spring Island 250-930-3334 250-538-7958 tokiwalandscaping@shaw.ca www.tokiwa.ca Tokiwa has over 15 years of experience in Japan, Europe and Canada. We offer three main services: landscaping, gardening and maintenance. We are dedicated to providing you the best service from start to finish and would be happy to schedule an appointment to discuss your next project. Take a look at what we have to offer and give us a call when you are in need. We’ll even do maintenance for you, at your convenience. See our ad on page 21.

PCS Pest Control Services Gulf Islands 250-537-0089 Karen Cross (office) Cell: 250-538-2011 Full time resident Pest Control service on Salt Spring. Govt. licensed and insured. Integrated pest management using varied techniques to achieve positive results & long term solutions. Carpenter ants, rats, mice, wasps & other household pests. See our ad on page 15.

MASONRY Rob Tournour Masonry Ltd. 250-478-3364 www.robtournourmasonry.com Rob Tournour Masonry Ltd. is Victoria’s leading masonry contractor in commercial and residential masonry. We are the only masonry company on Vancouver Island that has both a Certified Quantity Surveyor and Certified Safety Officer on staff. We are COR certified by WorkSafe BC—proving that we go above and beyond the minimum requirements for health and safety. See our ad on page 24.

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PLUMBING   Jay Bourdin 250-653-2026 streamlineplumbing@shaw.ca Stream Line Plumbing has been serving islanders since 1980 and offers a variety of services including: water treatment, rain water collection, hydronic heating, air/water heat pumps and solar hot water systems. Call Stream Line for your commercial and residential projects. Licensed BC pump installers and bonded gas fitters. See our ad on page 16. Ambleside Plumbing, Heating & Gasfitting Aaron Thompson Journeyman Plumber, Licensed Gasfitter, BCSA Gas Contractor Insured, Bonded, WCB Compliant Ph: 250-930-0727 Email: amblesideplumbing@gmail.com Plumbing, heating & gasfitting, eco-friendly systems, “green designs”, kitchen & bath renovations, service & repair, new construction, residential & commercial. See our ad page 9. Pool Services Aquafun 250-748-2611 aquafun@aquafunpools.ca www.aquafunpools.ca Aquafun is a full service, professional supplier of all pool and spa needs - pools, spas, hot tubs, service, parts and repair, free water testing and all types of supplies. See our ad page 24.

KITCHENS

Living Accent Landscaping and Fencing Ltd. Home: 250-653-4484 Home Cell: 250-537-7607 Complete landscaping service including planning and design, installation and irrigation as well as being a wholesale plant supplier. Providing affordable, reliable, quality work for all your landscaping needs. Fully insured and WCB covered. See our ad on page 20.

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Vancouver Island Paving 6798 Woodward Drive, Brentwood Bay 250-386-8210 www.vipaving.ca info@vipaving.ca Vancouver Island Paving is an independent family owned and operated business that has been serving Vancouver Island since 1985. We have paved over 15,000 driveways and feel like we’re only getting started. We are professionals, but provide friendly, attentive and personal service. Our hours are flexible to fit your schedule, we are equipped to handle any size job and our prices are competitive. Contact us to schedule a free estimate at your home or job site. See our ad on page 22.

PLUMBING Blue Gold Water Systems (Holman Plumbing) 250-748-2351 www.bluegoldwatersystems.com We are certified specialists in plumbing, pumps, water testing and treatment. We offer complete Water Management Systems, Electrical certification, with financing available (OAC). See our ad on page 23. Scott’s Plumbing & Heating 250-537-6358 s.antonik@hotmail.com Plumbing Heating and Gas Fitting. Qualified journeyman, licensed, bonded, insured, WCB coverage. Prompt professional service for all your plumbing and heating needs. New construction, renovations, and commercial. See our ad on page 19.

Gulf Island Pool & Spa 250-538-8244 holger@hermann.ca www.gulfislandspas.com Sales, service and supplies for all your spa and pool needs. Authorized warranty repairs for Coast, Dimension One, Maax, Savanah, Costco, Aruba, Calais, Onix and more. Chemical free U-V Sanitizers,full stock of chemistry and parts. We do scheduled maintenance, and service all the Gulf Islands. See our ad on page 4. Pump Services Paul’s Pumps & Treatment 250-510-7006 paulswater.com We provide experienced and knowledgeable pump and water treatments inclusive of installation, maintenance and repair, inspection, testing and treatment. See our ad on page 38.

REALTOR Paul Zolob Royal LePage Duncan Realty 250-526-2626 paul@paulzolob.com www.paulzolob.com Serving Salt Spring & the Southern Gulf Islands. Let me turn your dreams into an address on one of the beautiful Gulf Islands. “There is a home for you on the Gulf Islands, no matter what your needs, we can find that perfect fit.” Call me at 250.526.2626 See our ad on page 29. ROOFERS Smythe Roofing 250-213-6316 E-mail: info@smytheroofing.com Website: www.smytheroofing.com All types of residential and commercial roofing. Quality workmanship and reliable service. Over 25 years of roofing experience. Serving Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands since 1995. See ad on page 7.


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Valcourt and Sons Contracting Rene Valcourt Roofing Ph: 250-537-8809 Fully insured. All types of roofing. Metal roofing manufactured on site. For all your roofing needs. See our ad on page 24.

Wey Mayenburg Land Surveying Inc. #4-2227 James White Blvd. Sidney, BC 250-656-5155 Sidney & Victoria Fax: 250-656-5175 www.weysurveys.com Our company, Wey Mayenburg Land Surveying Inc. (formerly Richard Wey and Associates Land Surveying Inc.), has been practicing the art of land surveying throughout Greater Victoria and the Gulf Islands for over three decades. During this time, we have established a reputation for survey excellence, attention to detail, and responsiveness to client needs. See our ad on page 16.

SEPTIC SERVICES Gulf Islands Septic Ltd. 292 Armand Way, Salt Spring Island 250-653-4013 Owner operated, 25 years of septic service records on file. Septic tank pumpouts and locator services. Sewage treatment plants for difficult areas, tanks, boxes, filters and risers. We also carry water storage tanks. Experienced reliable service, serving all of the Gulf Islands since 1963. See our ad on page 26.

SOLAR CONTROL, awnings & SECURITY Pacific Roll Shutters and Awnings Ltd. 2-2745 Bridge St. Victoria 250-361-4114 1-800-563-5558 We welcome you to come in and take a look at all of our wonderful products. They are on display and available for you to compare the various models and options. However, most of our clients prefer us to come to them – which allows us to view their situation in person, take measurements and give an accurate estimate. This is free of charge and is available any day and time that is most convenient for you. We guarantee fast, courteous and dependable service! If you’d like information on your particular situation and would like us to contact you, please either call us at the phone number above or email us at: info@pacificrollshutters.com. See our ad page 10.

STONE WORKS Blue Diamond Stoneworks Amos Lundy 250.537.6343 rocksolid69@shaw.ca We cater to all facets of stone masonry and stone sales. Prompt and friendly service with a 6 yard dump for delivery of all materials. See our ad on page 27. MoonStone Masonry & Landscaping 250-538-8560 rockit@moonstonemasonry.com www.moonstonemasonry.com Complete masonry and landscaping services for residential and commercial clients. Offering site design, installation, and maintenance. Bobcat and hauling services - all facets. See examples of projects on the website. See the ad on page 6. STORAGE Salt Spring Self Storage 347 Upper Ganges Rd. 250-537-5888 saltspringministorage.com saltspringministorage@telus.net We provide short and long term options. Short-term because you’re doing a renovation on your home or longer term because you’re travelling or moving and are between homes, we have the storage space that will fit your needs. Maybe your business needs additional storage space for paper files or inventoried products or tools and supplies. Several sizes of storage units to choose from, ranging from the smallest 4X8 units to larger 15X15 units. Climate controlled. Access to the facility is provided between the hours of 7am to 7pm. Our gates are securely locked outside of those hours ensuring the safety of your possessions. See ad on page 31.

Toilets - Portable Big Bear Services 250-537-2167 Portable toilet rentals for construction sites, fairs, parties, and other gatherings. When you have to go, go with us! See our ad on page 7. TREE SERVICES Prairie Pro Tree Service 250-537-1020 prairiepro@hotmail.com Prairie Pro Tree Service was founded in 1999 to provide professional arborist services to clients on the Gulf Islands at affordable prices. Scott has completed hundreds of projects from small pruning jobs to large dangerous tree removals. No matter what size job, Prairie Pro’s approach is the same: an honest exchange between the owner operator and a satisfied customer. See our ad on page 12. WELDING Tough Tiny Welder 250-537-8894 nycki@toughtinywelder.ca No job is to small. Creative and functional metal work. Custom railings, gates,and ornamental pieces. Visit our website to view examples and for more contact information. See our ad on page 6. WINDOW CLEANING The Window Viper Chris Jackson 250-815-5877 windowviper@outlook.com www.windowviper.com Window Viper provides you with a fast, eco friendly, professional window and gutter cleaning service, for a reasonable price. We care about your property and take great precaution to not disturb your precious gardens and greenery. Plus, we only use the most gentle and eco friendly products on the market to ensure minimal impact on the environment. All work is guaranteed and customer service is top priority. See our ad on page 12.

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Is it time to update your home’s electrical system? Safety should be paramount consideration The invisible systems in a home often are taken for granted. When such systems are working as expected, daily life moves along smoothly. However, when a system goes awry, it can negatively impact routines and may create a dangerous home environment. This is especially true when something goes wrong with a home’s electrical system. Faulty wiring is a leading cause of residential fires. Many homeowners, particularly those who live in older homes, might be living in properties that have outdated electrical systems. Having old wiring and/ or insufficient amperage in a house can endanger residents. It also may damage appliances and make it difficult to sell a property in the future. It can be difficult to gauge exactly when to overhaul an electrical system. Unless circuits routinely trip or lights often dim, homeowners may put off the work. But degrading wires or overextended circuitry can pose a fire risk, so it is best to address electrical systems promptly. Home inspections may uncover electrical problems. Some homeowners may discover potential trouble while making renovations that require opening up walls or tearing them down, exposing the wires. Still other homeowners learn about electrical systems when they’re adding new, large appliances or other gadgets that consume more power than existing items. These devices may continually cause power outages in the house, such as tripping the circuit breaker or popping a fuse. When it comes time to update the electrical system, it is always best to work with licensed and bonded electricians who have the expertise to work with electrical wiring without getting injured. This

is not a do-it-yourself type of job since it requires specialized training. Electricians likely will recommend upgrading the electrical panel to bring more power from the utility poles into the home. This can include replacing the existing meter and circuit breaker box to allow it to handle more power or replacing items that are obsolete or dangerous. Many older homes are only capable of handling a minimum number of amps, utilizing just a few circuits. But nowadays, when homeowners have far more electronics in their homes than they once did, increased demand on electricity can overload a circuit (all of the outlets linked on one wire). Tripping a circuit breaker is a safety measure to prevent the wire from becoming overheated and causing a fire. However, in some old systems, the circuit breaker will not trip, and this can be problematic. Rewiring a home is another step. Wire insulation can deteriorate over time, and new wires may be needed. This can be messy and time-consuming, but it’s a small price to pay for safety. When rewiring an electrician also may suggest new outlets. Many home building codes now require outlets with ground fault interruptors, or GFIs, in kitchens, bathrooms and other rooms exposed to moisture. Some older homes may not even have threepronged outlets, so this will necessitate an update as well. Electrical systems are the heart of a home, delivering power where it is needed. It is essential to keep such systems up-to-date so they can handle the power demands of everyday life.

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