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ANNUAL RENOVATION GUIDE A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO HOME RENOVATING

FEATURE HOME ‘OMAROO’

BY DOGWOOD MOUNTAIN HOMES CENTRAL VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC

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HOMES 24 STYLE DOWN UNDER Renovating and updating lower level living spaces By Jane Lockhart

30 FEATURE HOME: ‘Omaroo’ by Dogwood Mountain Homes Where Australian roots and West Coast architecture meet By Jessica Krippendorf

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H&L’s practical guide to home renovation By Ben Vorst, Michelle Hopkins, Pat Burkette, Jessica Krippendorf and Roberto Bernardi

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Ready… set… renovate! When you say the word ‘renovate’, most people instantly relate that word to home renovation and property restoration. So had I, until now. Recently, in the midst of research, I came across a published definition with a slightly different tone, which defined renovation as the act of improving by renewing and restoring. It didn’t say anything about hammers, nails, construction or housing. This particular version doesn’t relate to housing specifically; simply renewal and restoration.

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An interesting take as it has been a time of personal renovation for me. In March, we said a loving goodbye to our cherished 13year old Golden Retriever, Sunnie. British Columbia is a province filled with dog lovers, so I know that many of you understand my grief. However, what also arose was the realization that, as a family, we had to rebuild – or renovate – our daily lives to living without her. I find it fitting that this life changing event would coincide with H&L’s Annual Renovation Issue. After all, a home renovation is also a very personal experience, and the ways in which we repurpose and rejig our living spaces impacts our lives; causing us to alter how we live in the new footprint of our renovated homes.

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H&L’s Renovation Guide [page 43] is a comprehensive 25-page how-to reference, covering everything from major bathroom and kitchen renovations, to flooring and outdoor

living. Of particular note, the Guide to Hiring a Contractor is a must read if you are planning a home renovation project. I am honoured to share with Homes & Living magazine readers my interview with legendary hit man and native British Columbian, David Foster. I spent time talking with him about his childhood in Victoria, the 25th Anniversary Miracle Concert and the good works happening daily within the David Foster Foundation. H&L’s celebrity profile article [page 16] provides a glimpse into the private side of this proud Canadian. Talk about personal renovation… Omaroo by Dogwood Mountain Homes is H&L’s feature home for this summer issue [page 30]. A treat for the lover of West Coast architecture, Omaroo is an Australian aboriginal word that means beautiful view – and the name befits this open concept home with soaring beamed ceilings and incredible vistas. This issue is chocked full of insight; articles to educate and entertain; focused editorial that will help with you plan and execute your 2012 renovation plans – for your home or your life.

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What can I say about David Foster? After so many years in the music industry, the hundreds of families helped through his foundation, and countless media interviews, I wondered whether there was anything about this great man that I could say that had not already been written about numerous times before. During our conversation, I found myself taking great comfort in the inflection in his voice, as he talked about his hometown on Canada’s Vancouver Island. His palpable Canadian pride made me remember how great it is to live here, in British Columbia, and I began to think that perhaps there is a little-told coastal side to the legendary hit man.

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An award winning musician, composer, producer and songwriter who learned to play stride piano from his father on Vancouver Island

Most anyone that has followed his career knows of his humble beginnings on Vancouver Island, and the story of a determined young man with immense talent that skyrocketed to super stardom as an award winning musician, songwriter, and composer. Along the road of his long and illustrious career, David has found raw talent and transformed budding artists into pop icons, including Michael Buble, Charice Pempengco and Jackie Evancho. He has also composed and produced for some of the best vocalists of our time, including Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli and Madonna.

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What many may not know about David Foster is that he always listened to his mother. In 1986, the David Foster Foundation was formed, not too long after David was asked by his mother, Eleanor to visit a young girl from Victoria who was in an L.A hospital, awaiting a liver transplant. The little girl was in the intensive care unit and David was overcome with emotion and concern after talking with her and her parents. The child had one wish; to see her sister who was back home in Victoria. After paying for the flight, David’s life was forever changed when he saw the look in the little girl’s eyes, after being reunited with her sister. The little girl did not survive the transplant, but her spirit lives on in the David Foster Foundation and every family that has been helped in the last twenty five years.

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The David Foster Foundation has helped over 700 families with children in need of major organ transplants and provided millions of dollars in direct family support. In 2006, the foundation became a national organization, expanding to help families across Canada. “In addition to helping families, our foundation is committed to raising awareness across the country about the need for more people to become registered organ donors – it’s such a simple, easy, and important thing to do.”

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David may have left his hometown of Victoria at aged 16, but all these years later, there is nothing contrived about David Foster’s connection to British Columbia. “I have to have that injection of British Columbia at all times. It’s just something I have to have. It’s not even a choice for me”. David seems to keep his Canadian roots in the forefront of his life, and perhaps this is what keeps him so grounded in the present.


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During a press conference earlier this year to announce the Oak Bay Beach Hotel/David Foster Foundation collaboration, David had kind words for his hometown. “The one thing I know for sure is – I love Victoria. I still have a little more work left to do, but this is where I will be coming home to live, for sure.” David breezed into Victoria in very good company for the David Foster & Friends 25th Anniversary Miracle Concert; bringing with him the Canadian Tenors, Josh Groban, Kenny G, Sarah McLachlan and American Idol winner Ruben Studdard. During the planning stages of this important event, Foster worked diligently to bring the world’s best entertainers to Victoria. “I’m just going to do my best to bring the world to Victoria. This place deserves to have the world brought here.” He most certainly delivered.

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I had the privilege of interviewing David because of his connection to the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, and their grand reopening that took place in May 2012. Hotel owners, Kevin and Shawna Walker, have endowed $2M to the David Foster Foundation, and named the hotel’s new dinner theatre after the foundation. Kevin Walker is proud of the partnership. “May 25th was the beginning of a very unique 10-year collaboration between the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and the David Foster Foundation. We are very proud to be supporting this foundation that is the only one of its kind supporting families of children who require life-saving organ transplants.”

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David Foster will go down in history as one of the most influential music makers – perhaps of all time - not just in Canada but around the globe. In 1995, David Foster received the Order of British Columbia and became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006. Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song and in 2010, David was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The funny thing is… after speaking at length with him, I don’t think these awards mean as much to him as the memory he carries with him of the look in that little girl’s eyes some twenty five years ago.

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It is hard to believe that there are people on this Earth that pack so much into every single day – launching the careers of today’s superstars, enriching the lives of families, and still managing to find time to produce a Broadway musical, tour, perform and yes, live – happily ever after. David Foster is one of those rare individuals that do it all, seemingly without effort and very, very well; a Canadian who has unquestionably made his mother, and his native country, proud.

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What is unique about being Canadian? “Being Canadian, especially down here in America, gives you that extra edge. Somehow. When I think about Celine Dion, Sarah McLachlan, Bryan Adams, KD Lang, Alanis Morissette, Dan Akyroyd, Martin Short, Lorne Green and Oscar Peterson…The list goes on and on. So many gifts that Canada has given the world.

It has always felt right for me to be Canadian.”

Did you grow up in a musical family? “Funny you should ask that question. For three years now, I have been working on the musical ‘Betty Boop’ and it is finally coming to fruition. When I was a boy, my father taught me to play stride, ragtime piano, which was invaluable to me and the most treasured gift. Plus, growing up in a family with little money, my mother and father found a way to pay for classical music lessons. Having my father teach me ragtime piano has come full circle, and it is skills that I am relying on heavily as I work on this musical. My musical beginnings are important to me.”

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When you own a home, achieving maximum use and enjoyment from it is an essential part of managing this major investment. Although you may have initially loved elements of your home when you first purchased it, over time, your needs become more clear and the importance of renovating increases. Interior renovation is a key way to augment the usability and comfort of your home and increase value of your property. One of the most common ways to increase a home’s value is to finish unused or “found” space. Basements or lower levels, which often come unfinished in new homes and require updating in older homes, are an excellent place to invest money. Basement renovations not only claim unused space but also present an opportune time to check the foundation for leaks or other potential problems. In addition, adding or increasing insulation to all walls in this area can have a very positive affect on the energy efficiency of the entire house. Prior to finishing this space it’s important to determine if additional services will be required on the floor above so these can be added before a finished ceiling is installed.

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In basements, a family or media room is a very popular installation. With so many advancements in technology, this space can easily become the home’s entertainment headquarters where family and friends can gather for movies, music and net surfing. With today’s top-quality soundproofing designed for media rooms, basements are the perfect spaces to consider for all your home recreation and entertainment activities. Basements have also become a popular space for home gyms, steam baths, spas and activity rooms for kids complete with ping-pong tables and dartboards. No matter what activity is added to a basement, it adds tremendous value to the house and creates an entirely new level for family living and entertaining.

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Perhaps one of the biggest problems with lower level spaces is the lack of natural light. This can be resolved in several ways so that the atmosphere feels more like bright main-floor spaces. Recessed halogen pot lights, commonly used throughout the main and second floors are an excellent ceiling light source for basements. Add warmth and character with the addition of task and accent lighting

where possible, particularly in areas where it’s most needed. In the games room add a chandelier or pendant light over a pool table or card table to bring the light down and closer to the surface. In addition to lighting an inexpensive way to brighten dark spaces is with paint. Choose a colour that has a yellow undertone. Colours that are tinted using yellow tend to reflect more light. This doesn’t mean that you have to pick light yellow but instead consider gold, caramel or café latte hues. To further enhance the warmth and luminosity of a room, tint your white ceiling paint with a touch of yellow so the lighting reflects onto it and a pale golden glow reflects back. Create a focal point and add a little drama. This is something often overlooked in lower-level rooms. Install an electric or gas fireplace to make the space more inviting and comfortable or create a media wall designed with shelves to hold the TV, stereo, books and decorative accessories and help keep the room tidy. To really make your feature area stand out, paint this wall a different colour from all the others so it commands attention in the room.


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Once all the constructions and painting is complete it’s time to decorate. Formerly a space where old furniture went to die, furnishing with cast-offs just won’t cut it in your new space. Designed for hours of family relaxation and entertaining it’s important to choose durable furnishings that are comfortable and stylish. Purchase sofas and chairs made from solid hardwood and upholstered in fabrics like microfibres or weaves that will stand the test of time. Select pieces that can be easily taken down the stairs. Sectional sofas with slim arms and an optional chaise lounge are a great solution and will offer a more relaxed look and feel to the space. Upholstered swivel chairs offer flexibility in a multi-purpose room as you can turn them to catch all the activities going on in the space. For those of us who love kick back and put our feet up while snacking and watching the big game, a large ottoman upholstered in leather or vinyl rather than a coffee table is a practical and stylish solution. Ottomans are softer and safer, given what may happen in an active recreation room and they can double-duty as extra seating.

Although the basement is often thought of as dark, unusable space, it can increase your living space by almost a third when finished to suit your lifestyle. When renovated correctly basements can provide maximum return on your home’s value and significantly increase the enjoyment you get from your home for years to come.


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H&L’s feature home

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Where Australian Roots and West Coast Architecture Meet Omaroo—the Aborigine word for “beautiful view”—and a spectacular home in an elite Nanaimo neighbourhood, positioned for beauty and inextricably connected to the horizon. From the street, a south-facing courtyard swoops at the base of the home, curving around the structure like a swirling tidal pool. Multiple levels of living and planting space create a layered, dynamic foundation in the courtyard, which promises a flexible canvas for lush greenery and stylish design. The 4,650 square foot home was a dream in the making for the homeowners, one of whom is an Australian born lover of clean, crisp architecture and the sunny, natural glow of home. The design called for an industrial, contemporary aesthetic with a comfortable mix of finishes and materials—glass, wood, stainless steel, and stone work bring layers of texture and movement to the space where Australian roots and West Coast contemporary design meet and create something fresh and amazing.

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Custom home builder Dogwood Mountain Homes was the perfect choice for bringing the design masterpiece to life. Owners Murray Briggs and Waide Stennes are committed to quality and originality, paying exceptional attention to the fine finishing that pulls a design like this together.

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Dogwood Mountain Homes is considered a hands-on company, completing the entire scope of work from excavation to framing and siding, and on to the fine finishing with its skilled team of carpenters. “We have a great eye for detail,” says Briggs. “We are proud of our homes—the guys take pride in their work and it shows.”

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“Our mission is to work closely with our clients to ensure all their design ideas come together with ease and expertise,” says Briggs. “We hired a special team of highly talented subcontractors for all the special details of this custom home.”

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A hospitable yet functional home design – perfect for coastal living

Every job has its challenges, says Briggs, who sees these as opportunities. “Once we find the solution it all clicks together and we are able to come through for the client with quality workmanship attention to the fine finishes.” Omaroo is positioned with a c-shape footprint that maximizes southern exposure in the protected front courtyard and highlights the north-facing view from almost every room in the house. Exterior stone work and a coastal mountain inspired timber frame at the entrance create an immediate connection between the home and its natural surroundings, while front columns evoke a grand but welcoming entrance. “We blended west coast contemporary and coastal mountain type vernaculars on the exterior and focused on the more contemporary details inside,” says John Larson, designer with CA Design in Qualicum Beach. With this objective came the need for a sense of transparency, facilitated by floor to ceiling windows and a specific orientation influenced largely by the shape, slope, and condition of the lot.

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The site topography was a significant challenge. “It was a 90-foot house on a 100-foot lot,” says Murray. “The grade change from the road to the bottom corner was about 50 feet, and we had to build it up seven or eight feet in some areas.” Through the use of retaining walls and a complex excavation, the building now sits on a well-prepared lot with maximum usable space, says Briggs.

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The body of the home is wide and narrow, with the rooms arranged around the view rather than stacked in front of one another, says Jeremy Larson, designer with CA Design. “The narrower the building, the less topography we had to deal with. That led to creating the transparency to the core living areas where you can see front to back.”


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On the outside, board and batten extends up beyond the mid-way stone work to cedar soffits and timber framed lookouts in the gabled roofline—some of the exterior details Dogwood Mountain Homes took meticulous care in perfecting. Inside Omaroo, natural fir timbers come indoors and flourish as modern architectural elements. The view is immediate from the oversized fir front door, which allows abundant natural light through five horizontal clear glass windows and generous sidelights. A custom vertical stainless steel handle is of articulate scale in open space of the foyer and great room.

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Because an open, roomy interior with abundant natural light was on the wish list along with a modern yet comfortable aesthetic, the great room opens to the kitchen—a natural progression of colour and materials. The kitchen is the full depth of the house and facilitates flow and transparency with outside access to the front courtyard. A BBQ area on the south facing courtyard welcomes guests through the kitchen, and facilitates an easy movement through the home to pockets for seating or entertaining. A white Caesarstone island takes center stage among dark stained cherry wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Materials selected for shine and dimension add subtle gleams of light—porcelain tile on the floors, a tempered glass backsplash, and sparkling cylinder pendants bring excitement and warmth to the contemporary space.

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The 17-foot high vaulted ceiling in this space goes beyond retreat-style exposed fir timbers with perlins overlain for an extra dimension. This creates a lighter, layered effect that stays within the context of the interior and brings the room to scale.

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The exterior natural stone also comes indoors, pairing with the floating concrete hearth that hangs off horizontally on both sides of the fireplace, at home in the great room surrounded by sandstone. A deep, earth bound palette including exotic tigerwood flooring, custom stained cherry wood millwork, and white and black accents creates crisp lines and keep the view the focal point.

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Omaroo means ‘beautiful view’ in Aborigine

A dedicated dining space is positioned off of the kitchen and overlooking the upper patio. The centerpiece in this room is the chandelier—a mathematically designed steel sphere of triangular shapes with LED terminals and transparent lenses intended to spread warm, white light in every direction. There are few light fixtures in the home, and each one makes a statement. This careful selection of unique, artistic light fixtures was a deliberate move on the homeowners’ part to keep the architecture central to the design. The effect of this is most obvious with a lack of fixture in the great room where, at night, beautifully placed pot lighting gently allows the eye to fix on the structural details, rather than being distracted by a fixture. Entry through the garage leads to a dedicated entry way where dark wood cabinets keep the busy family organized. “Opaque glass on the garage doors is a unique feature,” says Murray. “It really brings the light in. The same is true with the transoms throughout.”

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The powder room on the main floor features a floating vanity with a raised rectangular sink in white onyx and a chic Kraus fixture.

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The homeowners wanted all of the main bedrooms on a single floor for safety, but with enough space

between them for privacy. This led to the development of a galley—a long hallway immensely brightened by extensive floor to ceiling glazing and selectively placed art recesses. The master bedroom is a tranquil, inviting space with an unusual free-standing headboard centrally positioned in front of a full-scale window to ensure a view from the lying position. Floating shelves on either side of the platform bed provide storage and an enveloping appearance. Waking in the morning with the sky and the ocean blending together is like being on top of the world, says the homeowner. In the ensuite, a huge mirror comprises the backsplash, creating depth above the floating, dark wood vanity with double under mounted sinks. The bathtub is spa-like with a marble top and floating waterfall fixture. A wood surround is a warm and grounding detail. The gallery leads to the children’s rooms, each of which is custom designed for form and function. A cut glass race car shaped chandelier is a playful detail in one room, which also features maple furniture to tie in with the rest of the home. The other features a modern twist on a classic bright pink, orange, and green palette, with clean, complementary retro-inspired lines and shapes in the finishes. Both rooms have an adjacent bathroom with stylish, durable finishes


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A Bocci light fixture made up of a cascading, wire suspended series of glass orbs spills over a fir staircase that leads to the lower level of the home. A full wall of custom built-in millwork connects the two levels and brings the appearance of height to the lower level ceiling. A games room waits at the bottom of the stairs and double doors lead to a stamped concrete patio. The patio is shaded by exquisite beam work, secured by a nail-less mortis and tendon technique, and an outdoor hot tub welcomes weary bodies for a luxurious, spa-like retreat. True to its hospitable yet functional layout, Omaroo’s home office space is to the left, while a guest area, constructed to ensure family visiting from overseas is comfortable and can enjoy the privacy of a self-contained suite, lies to the right. The suite’s deep and natural palette ties in with the rest of the home, and offers a cosy retreat with ample natural light.

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The entire team was pleased with working through the details to accomplish the homeowners’ vision of a coastal mountain retreat with a contemporary flare and committed to a high quality, interesting, and ultimately cohesive design. “We are so happy with it and it is beautiful to live in,” say the homeowners.

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Appliances Coast Wholesale Appliances 4151 Mostar Road Nanaimo, BC 250.758.4044 coastappliances.com

kitchen Counters Colonial Countertops Suite 2-4115 Mostar Nanaimo, BC 250.758.5132 colonialcountertops.com

Construction Dogwood Mountain Homes Ltd. 250.390.0317 6230 Garside Road Nanaimo, BC 250.390.0317 dogwoodmountainhomes.com

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Mirrors & shower doors Crystal Pacific Glass 6846 Metro Road Lantzville, BC 250.390.0160 crystalpacific.com

Vessel Sink Cantu Bathrooms & Hardware Ltd. (Stone Forest) Suite 2-1010 Yates St Victoria, BC 250.382.1252 cantubathrooms.com

Tile Select Tile & Stone 250.951.7616

Windows Starline Windows 250.390.3335

Trussers Atlas Truss 250.478.0022

Light Fixtures McLaren Lighting 250.758.0138

Masonry Glen Houle Custom Masonry Ltd. 250.751.4512

Deck(s) Sun-Ray Aluminum Railing 250.755.3026

Only Human 250.383.ONLY(6659) Gabriel Ross 250.384.2554

Landscape Design/ Architect Topographics Landscape Design 250.247.9720

Interior Doors & Garage Door(s) McGregor & Thompson Hardware 888.404.1411

Timbers Island Timber Frame 3010 Royston Road Cumberland, BC 250.336.2822 islandtimberframe.com

Exterior Doors Starline Windows 250.390.3335 McGregor & Thompson Hardware 888.404.1411

Kitchen & Bath Fixtures Way West Mechanical Ltd. 250.729.7440 Cantu Bathrooms & Hardware Ltd. (Victoria) 250.382.1252 Millwork Lakeview Custom Cabinets 250.586.1006 Fireplaces Pioneer Fireplace 250.753.2353

Stonescape Contracting Ltd. 250.758.8468 Exterior Paving G.W. Cement Contracting 250.753.6481 Stones & Concrete Work ABC Precast & Ready Mix Ltd. 877.473.9243 Plumbing Way West Mechanical Ltd. 250.729.7440 Painting Aebig Painting Ltd. 250.758.6372

Furniture Scan Designs 250.753.6361 Couch Potato 250.753.8900 Bravura Interiors Inc. (Vancouver) 604.872.4880 Gabriel Ross 250.384.2554 Heating & HeaT Pump Pope & Sons Refrigeration 250.248.5477 Pre-wiring, Blinds & Sound System Coast Sound FX 250.248.5382 Electrical & Lighting Control O.R. Wenner Electric Ltd. 250.758.2231

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Residents of Central Vancouver Island have chosen their home for its exquisite beauty, practicality, and understated luxuries. Compromise isn’t an option when living in the grand spectacle of our island communities; we have grown to only expect the finest things in life. Hyundai has created the ideal companion for the islander’s lifestyle - The 2012 Genesis from Hyundai – a vehicle designed with lavish functionality in mind.

A Proximity Key Entry system eliminates door locks and the ignition key. Your Genesis will recognize you, and once behind the wheel, the start button is pushed and the V6 engine ignites 333 horsepower of torque. The 2012 Genesis is built on Hyundai’s performance oriented, rear-wheel drive platform with independent 5-link suspension at all four corners to ensure a first class ride, with remarkable steadiness when taking sharp turns on the exciting curves of the BC’s highways. With cleaner combustion and maximum performance thanks to GDI (Direct Gasoline Injection), the Genesis further boasts a rare 8-speed Aisin Automatic Transmission with Shiftronic manual mode. At 100 km/h, the engine purrs along at just 1800 rpm, clocking 6.9 L/100 km (41 mpg).

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The interior of the Genesis offers a subtle mix of cashmere leather seating, and leather-like soft touch surfaces on inner door panels, combined with the rich faux wood panelling across the dashboard and brushed metal accents. Without question, the perfect interior for long trips up and down the coast of Vancouver Island.

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Born in England in 1939, Tony came to Canada as a 10 year old boy. Originally wanting to be lawyer, Tony was persuaded to become a broadcaster, and after decades of broadcasting in radio and television across Canada, Tony now works for CHEK and CBC Vancouver.

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Of all the things we do in the province to keep ourselves amused and at peace there are two that attract me. One - as anyone who knows me will tell you - is golf. If I was a better player, I would be on the course at least four times a week, but that would mean retirement and I shunned that a long time ago. But there are are so many places to play across our province, you could probably try a new layout every couple of days for a year and never see the same eighteen holes twice. And you would probably say that every one of them was a gem. That`s just the way it is and believe me I`ve played in a lot of places over the years. In the Okanagan there`s a long list of must-plays including Gallagher`s Canyon, Predator Ridge and the Okanagan Golf and Country Club. Farther afield you could tee up at any number of winners. Cordova Bay and Highland Pacific on Vancouver Island come to mind. And there are some new tracks, like Canoe Creek, that are on my bucket list. Golf is a game of concentration, of acquired knowledge and technical mastery. Fishing is a whole other story…

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A Spa-aah Bathroom Reno Transforming a dated bathroom into a personal retreat

The choice to renovate the main bathroom or master ensuite from ho-hum into an enviable spa oasis is a decision you will thank yourself for making – today and for many years to come. Major renovations are rare events in most households, and they do take a lot of planning and vision. It’s not always easy to assess what your home needs and trends will be in, say, 10 or 15 years, but erring on the side of caution in this instance means investing in luxury. If you limit your options now just to save a few dollars, you will be kick yourself later – and perhaps every single day that you must deal with the disappointment and frustration of cramped bathroom space and an unsatisfying shower. A home spa is an investment in your future happiness: it is space that you use every day, and it’s the only one where you’re guaranteed some alone time; it’s often the only room in the house with a lock on the door. More importantly, it’s where you prepare yourself for the day; physically and emotionally for the vicissitudes of life. Why wouldn’t you want it to be everything it can be - a welcoming haven of pleasure and serenity?

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During a major renovation, it is sometimes hard to know which rooms should receive the lion’s share of the budget. The experts tell us that kitchens and bathrooms are the rooms where investment offers the best return. While the kitchen is certainly the heart of the home, the master or main bathroom in a home can be a lifesaver at the end of a gruelling day.

The first thing to consider when planning a home spa is space: sacrificing square footage from surrounding rooms (which tend to be more flexible in their layout) is a great way to ensure you can fit in all the amenities you want. For example, in a large house, consider stealing the closet space from the adjacent unused fourth bedroom; turning it into a guest bedroom or den office instead.

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Plan to have a bathroom that you can enter in shambles and walk out perfectly put together; this means space for the essentials (toilet and oversized soaker tub), as well as a deluxe shower (preferably walk-in), and a large area for vanity, sink, and general preparation. If you can fit it in, plan for a small closet to hold supplies and medicines, as well as towels and laundry basket; this keeps countertops clear. Independent tubs, especially with jets and opulent tiled surrounds are staples of the home spa. Also, the separate shower and tub may take up more space but it makes each amenity infinitely more enjoyable. Walk-in glass showers are a sumptuous experience with multi-jet and steam options, and they are much lower maintenance, especially with floor to ceiling tile.

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One item that does not need to take up a lot of space is the toilet; consider setting it aside in a separate area, maybe cased in with frosted glass or in a discrete alcove; it frees up the rest of the room to be less about function and more about extravagance.

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Vanity areas provide a wealth of options. Ubiquitous these days are very large wall mirrors, with mounted sconce lighting, which makes sharing the area that much easier (consider dual wash basins as well, to prevent competitions for space and time); mirrors also add virtual space to the entire room. Vanities always look great in stone options, like large tile or single slab marble. Consider going without cabinetry (especially with the closet at hand) – it adds a modern touch, appears spacious, and gives elegant flooring a chance to set the tone for the space.

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When outfitting your new home spa – think long term. Invest in high quality fixtures and fittings, with timeless grace that speaks to your sense of style. From gooseneck faucets to burnished copper light fixtures, sleek polished nickel shower door handles, thirsty Egyptian cotton towels, and tailored linen curtains; you want your spa bathroom to greet you with a reflection of quiet good taste – every single day.

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A significant amount of time is spent soaking in a tub – looking up. Choose soft, decadent lighting.

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Clutter-free is stress-free. Keep all bathroom necessities in a closet or armoire.

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Flow, Function and Floorboards

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You love your neighbourhood and more importantly your home, but it’s looking rather dated. You have decided to take the plunge and modernize your beloved family residence. Anyone who has ever renovated their home will tell you it can be extremely stressful. Industry experts agree that any major renovation requires a lot of planning, preparation and money. If you organize ahead of time, chances are you will be much happier with the results.

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Flooring is the canvas on which the rest of your home’s design and décor rests

One of the costliest and most important considerations is what flooring to put down. Everything else you do with rest against, harmonize with or sit directly on your floors. Selecting flooring that is durable, attractive, easy to maintain and healthy can be overwhelming because of the endless choices available today. It is critical to plan ahead. Consider, talk about it and write down the flooring budget, the collective needs of your family, budget, preferred flooring types, and then decide which options work best for your lifestyle and which will look great in your newly renovated home. The Rule of 3: A few interior designer friends of mine always adhere to the rule of threes when they discuss flooring options with their clients … never more than three different flooring materials in your home. The reason is simple; more than three and your home will look too busy and choppy. The old adage that more is less is best when it comes to flooring.


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1. Using discount priced materials or glue. 2. Using the cheapest supplier. 3. Not checking references. 4. Using fly-by-night installers. 5. Floating a tongue and groove product. 6. Inadequate sub-floor preparation. 7. Not testing sub-floor for moisture. 8. Humidity in the home un-governed. 9. Kitchen sub-floor woes. 10. Avoid geometric patterns unless all walls are perfectly straight/square. 11. Installation prior to proper acclimation. 12. Ignoring the rules for radiant heat installations of hardwood flooring.

Details It’s all about flow. If you think of your flooring as the canvas for the rest of your décor, then imagine a seamless flow from room to room. Nothing creates that look better than choosing the same type of flooring throughout the common areas.

Any one of these mistakes could cost you thousands of dollars – and years of discontent underfoot

If you have a small home or room, avoid using carpet. Carpeting can make the room look smaller. Laminate wood or hardwood is a much better choice because it tricks the eye into thinking the room is larger. Tiles can also fool us into believing the room is bigger than it is. Also, choosing horizontal lines to the floor will emphasize its width. If you do want to break it up a bit, then you have to think about what type of flooring works best in each room. Hands down, hardwood floor is still the number one choice for most home owners. There are many advantages to hardwood: namely wood is a natural insulator, it’s easy to maintain and clean, can be purchased finished or unfinished, and will undoubtedly increase the value of your home. However, it’s one of the costliest flooring options to purchase and install.

Of course, tile makes sense in any bathroom and with the right material choice; it can also look fabulous in kitchens and hallways. At the end of the day (and your renovation) what is underfoot is a critical component of the entire renovation. The task doesn’t have to be daunting – plan ahead, speak to experts, look at all options and make a decision based on thoughtful planning. In the end, you will have floors that you can live with for many years to come.

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When it comes to bedrooms, carpets are still the favoured alternative. Carpet feels good and warm on your feet, it absorbs sound, comes in a wide choice of colours and is easy to install. However, experts will tell you to avoid laying carpet where there is moisture or high traffic, for example, in kitchens, bathrooms and basements.

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Planning a Major Kitchen Renovation

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It has always been the kitchen; the room where we nourish our bodies, minds, and each other with good food and great company. Creating a beautiful space around which the family’s activities revolve is one of the most rewarding and valuable renovation experiences a homeowner can undertake—and for the best payback. Kitchen renovations can range in price from economical to luxurious, but when it comes to return on investment, it is the smart renovation that offers the most in financial and intrinsic value.

Creative storage is an exciting way to transform a space from a warm, family gathering place to a high-end entertainment mecca in moments

Pre-planning is essential, because it represents the vast majority of cost savings. Begin with a close look at how the current kitchen is used. Think about the room’s uses beyond food preparation, about the number of people it has to accommodate at once, and about the desire to highlight or blend with other features of the home such as adjacent rooms or a spectacular view. This will help plan elements like seating, passages, and window placement so the same mistakes aren’t repeated in the new space.


The classic work triangle that spaces preparation, cooking, and clean-up in an accessible three-sided configuration is a clear and simple starting point. This helps arrange storage, appliances, and seating, and to determine the best way to facilitate effortless traffic flow through what can be a busy space. Make sure that each side of the triangle is between four and nine feet long, and keep objects used for each activity stored together.

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Deciding on the placement of major elements can work in many ways depending on the anchor points, which are the musthaves of the design. If the cabinets have been picked out for months, finalize their configuration first. If new appliances are the room’s prime features, their functional placement along with counter space should come first. The important thing is to avoid having too many focal points; otherwise the space can quickly seem cluttered. Be sure to factor in breathing room—people sitting, working, or travelling through the kitchen should be able to do these things harmoniously. Create open passages that allow for appliance and cabinet doors to operate freely and maximize storage to reduce clutter. It also pays to create extra wide openings if this will be home forever. Above all else, consider lifestyle. Families will need comfortable, well-lit areas to accommodate homework assignments; plush built-in seating can make an excellent reading nook; and a custom stand-up hor d’oeuvres bar might be just what the rampant entertainer needs. And for the hybrid family, creative storage is an exciting way to transform a space from a warm, family gathering place to a high-end entertainment mecca in moments.

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The practical elements are just one consideration—the home’s orientation is important for developing a flawless lighting and colour scheme. If the room faces south, east, or west a darker colour will work in the space. If it faces north, lighter tones will help the room appear larger.

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Material choices will begin to take shape. Durability, aesthetic, and preference will decide whether natural stone, wood, laminate, or even concrete appears on the counters, and cabinets with solid, glass, or opaque fronts will be up for consideration. Stay organized with a file of sketches, clips from magazines, paint chips, material samples, and even appliance spec sheets. This can help to remain focused on the big picture and to ensure the room fits in with its intended style and with the rest of the home.


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The most important element of choosing materials is to keep it simple. With the wide range of incredible materials on the market, it is easy to love many of them—a few too many. Select the main colours and textures and highlight them with placement or by layering them, and use directional lighting to sculpt the most desirable architectural features. Take advantage of the way materials can shape a space—large floor tiles can make a room seem larger and space above the cabinets creates a flow through that appears to heighten the walls.

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Kitchen renovation adds the most resale value to a home—offering an 80 to 90 percent return on investment. The best way to save on costs is to plan ahead—mistakes can be prohibitively expensive, depending on the size of the space and the nature of the error. Small changes do inevitably arise, but the more of a plan that is concrete going in, the better the outcome.

Whenever possible, try to leave the sink and stove in place, because moving gas and plumbing can be expensive. Try to group the sink, dishwasher, and fridge, or have them connect to plumbing on an adjacent bathroom or laundry room. Plan the lighting scheme ahead of time and complete electrical upgrades early in the renovation to save bringing the electrician back.

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Create the budget based on 15 percent of the home’s value as determined by a home appraisal. A home inspection can assist in identifying structural considerations and an energy audit can help indentify opportunities to improve the kitchen’s performance.

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Optimism and a positive attitude will have a major role in helping the renovation go smoothly, but plan for the unexpected. A 15% contingency fund tacked on to the initial budget will ensure any surprises are not debilitating and best case scenario, leave you with a nice reward at the end.

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The New Retractable Door Screen An Open Door Policy at Home Brings a Breath of Fresh Air to West Coast Living

Words by Ben Vorst

Gone are the days when windows were the only spot to get a few whiffs of the intoxicating cedar, pine and summer bloom scents; door screens can be installed in any doorway, providing a great influx of lung-soothing atmosphere. A single doorway screen can bring in the equivalent of three or four window screens, and that’s just for starters: door screens can be made to fit double, French, and patio doors as well. There’s no need to sacrifice one’s sense of style, either. Modern screens have moved beyond the stolid slate grey of yesteryear, and are now available in a variety of subtle, flexible hues. The best retractable screens are fitted with automatic latching systems, easy to use and a good protection against the occasional gust blowing it open. Look for retractable screens that work on their own tracks and have built-in lubricants, as well as a good warranty.

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Our Pacific lifestyle is founded on our connection with the environment, and British Columbians try hard to bring the outdoors into their homes as much as possible: rich wood grains, natural tones, and lots of indoor greenery are the hallmarks of Northwest interior design. To get the full domestic woodsy experience, though, taking the leap into door screens – an effective, relatively easy installation that works natural wonders for your indoor living spaces – can have a major effect on body and soul, freeing us from a choice between fresh air and a barrage of bugs.

The newest screens also come with a variety of mesh options, depending on your priorities. All screens provide a degree of protection from insects and an allowance for air flow, but look for a mesh that fits your specific desires. Screens can also provide effective protection against solar heat and UV rays, as well as privacy for those who want to encourage gentle breezes and discourage prying eyes. Consider a door screen for the tangible effect it can have in your home: the birdsongs, the sounds of the ocean, and the smell of the forest… all of the reasons why we live here – why shut them out? A good bulwark against cabin fever, a door screen is a fantastic way to enjoy the best of BC…. even if we can’t get out of that comfy chair.

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Renovating an Outdoor Living Space

Words by Pat Burkette

Recreate your yard like an experienced landscaper

A path to a well-placed bench can lead to interaction between the generations, a place where a grandparent and grandchild can sit together. To begin developing sites within the outdoor space, extend imaginary lines from focal points of your house, such as windows, doors and corners. Your sight lines should end in areas of interest, like a lounging spot, a sculpture or a specimen tree or shrub. Consider the view outdoors from the indoors. A lounging area with an outdoor kitchen, where the family can relax and entertain, should reflect the home’s ambience and decorating style. “Look to the residence first, when choosing colours and styles in the outdoor space,” says Dingle.

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A combination great room/kitchen, providing a multi-purpose backyard space, is a great starting point during the planning phase.

If you’re part of BC’s steadily climbing outdoor living yearning curve, some key considerations will help you transform that humble barbecue and plastic chair place into a beautiful, functional outdoor space.

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Dingle often plans pathways first when recreating outdoor spaces. “Paths should get people to the far reaches of the landscape and give them reasons to get there.”

Roman pavers, cobbles, and flagstones are favourites underfoot, but Dingle likes the look and durability of ipe (say it eee- pay) wood tiles, which are a third the price of teak. Ipe has been used to build the Selkirk pedestrian bridge in Victoria and on Coal Harbour Park benches in Vancouver. An arbour roof provides shade while a roll back awning shelters guests from rain. Access to power and water are key in basic outdoor kitchens, with sink, counter, refrigerator and grill, or more sophisticated versions, with a bar or portable stainless steel pizza oven. “The most successful outdoor kitchen should be closest to the existing kitchen and have a western exposure if possible because most of your entertaining here will be late in the day and evenings,” says Dingle. It is important to choose surfaces that will withstand the elements for years to come. Stone, concrete, resin, sustainably harvested tropical hardwoods and cedar are all good choices. Choose comfortable, durable, all-season furniture that fits your space. Trending materials include thick weave wicker, teak, aluminum, and resin. Plan for enough room to move the furniture around to accommodate different functions and group sizes, and consider dual-use furnishings like benches with built-in storage.


Consider hedges, fences, and lattice to wall your lounge area, perhaps with unusual gates opening onto pathways. Solar landscape lighting, LED and low voltage light systems, which offer snap together assembly and require only 6-inch deep trenches for wires are energy efficient ways of lighting outdoor spaces.

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To landscape your outdoor space, create plant bed islands, with easy care native plants and flowering compact shrubs like showy hydrangeas, small viburnums and dwarf lilacs. Scout for plants that change with seasons, providing colour and scent at various times of year. Mulch plant beds with wood chips, bark, gravel, and coloured stones; add accent rocks and boulders or stepping stones. Garden sculptures provide architectural interest and talking points in the yard. Finally, add some zing with fabric. This year, oversized fabric umbrellas that can be moved around the yard, and add a pop of colour, are popular choices. No question - the sky does not have to be the limit when you’re renovating your outdoor space.

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Look to the residence first, when choosing colours and styles in an outdoor space

Weather any storm

Choose materials and surfaces that will withstand the elements

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Retirement Living Aging in Place: Renovating a home for the future

Words by Michelle Hopkins

Small changes in the bathroom to live barrier-free Many accidents occur in the bathroom. A slip, a bump or a fall can mean weeks or even months of rehabilitation for a senior. That can avoid by making simple changes to the bathroom. Many boomers are already installing grab bars, and opting for shower stalls without lips so that the bathroom can accommodate a wheelchair, if required. Shower seats are also becoming more common.

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It is estimated that in a decade, more than half of all Canadian households will be headed by people aged 55 or older.

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Most boomers pride themselves on being savvy enough to plan for their financial future. However, how many consider where they want to live in their golden years?

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While some seniors downsize to condominiums, there is a large segment of this demographic that prefers to grow old in the comfort of their own home.

Many builders across the province are increasingly getting calls from middle-aged people wanting to renovate their homes with an eye to the future. Here are a few practical ideas for renovating your home for the retirement years.

Other senior friendly options include tilted or lower mirrors (better for those in wheelchairs), or a bathtub made of acrylic and foam, so that fall in the tub won’t be deadly. During the renovation phase, also consider widening doorways and installing attractive faucets should have central controls; they’re easier for arthritic hands to move up and down.

Multi-level homes Many older boomers worry about living in a multi-level home; a real issue if mobility challenges develop in the future. Industry professionals suggest re-configuring the main living space during a major renovation, thus leaving the home’s footprint intact. For example, turn an unused dining room into a guest room that can later be used as the main floor master bedroom. Also, look for ways to free up main floor living space by removing walls and creating more flow. If the laundry room is upstairs or in the basement, talk to a contractor about how an unused main floor space can be plumbed for the appropriate electrical outlets.


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A coat of plaster or cement mortar that is

applied to masonry or a concrete wall.

Modernizing your older kitchen for functionality and beauty By far, most boomers with an aging-in-place philosophy are modernizing their dated kitchens. Small changes in the kitchen include putting in new sinks and cook tops with an open space underneath to provide enough space to allow for a wheelchair all the while creating a look of a modern kitchen. Eliminating under the sink cabinet space can even out by adding pull-down shelving to existing cabinetry, making full use of other storage areas and allowing easy access without a stepstool or additional strain.

Carpet or bare floors

A checklist of simple changes that could make life easier for you and your family

It might not be something that instantly comes to mind, but carpeting is a real concern for the elderly. Choose hardwood flooring or a low pile carpet to make it easy for those in wheelchairs or for those who use a walker or cane for mobility and stability. Also, steer clear of carpeting that has a thick pile.

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Builders can offer practical renovation advice, providing an opportunity to make life better in a livable home. If thought out and planned right, boomers can age gracefully in the house they called home for years to come.

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Lever door handles to make it easier to open doors Wider doorways and hallways Non-slip flooring in the entry foyer Front-loading washers and dryers Garage door openers Electrical outlets which are a little higher on the wall Light switches that are a little lower on the wall Lighting and interior finishes that illuminate common walkways Single-lever faucets in kitchens and baths Pulls, not knobs, on cabinets and drawers Roll-out shelves or drawers in lower kitchen cabinets


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guiDe to Hiring the Perfect Contractor Everything You Need to Know Before Handing Over the Keys to Your Castle

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Trust is an essential element in most working partnerships: without a feeling of security, few of us would make regular visits to our doctor, accountant, mechanic, or even our favourite restaurant. Yet when it comes to contractors, far too many people do not bother to shop around, often trusting their homes with complete strangers, sometimes after a single meeting. You only need to watch a few episodes of HGTV’s Holmes Inspection with ‘make it right’ expert Mike Holmes to scare you straight.

Only hire a contractor with proof of insurance, WorkSafe BC coverage & bonded tradespeople.

While the vast majority of general contractors are both capable and on the up-and-up, nobody likes feeling dissatisfied with major changes to their home, especially when it all could have been averted with a little due diligence. Vetting a contractor isn’t as easy as it was when everybody knew their neighbours (and their chosen tradespeople), but it is getting easier. It’s still a good idea to ask friends and family for suggested professionals. Nonetheless, here are a few tips to help you find the studs and avoid the duds…


Words by Ben Vorst

Consider Your Project Before putting out the call to contractors, consider the size of your renovation project. If you are just getting some minor fix-its’ done – replacing some drywall, swapping out a sink or toilet, painting the exterior of your house – you will probably not need a general contractor to oversee the project, especially if it only involves one trade (i.e., plumbing or painting or flooring or etc…). Even if you deal directly with a tradesperson, though, make sure they have a solid history and good references. Larger projects which involve several trades, a good-sized budget, and a timeline beyond a couple of days should be overseen by a general contractor. He/she will obtain all the required permits for your project and keep you within the law. Tip: any work that involves electrical, gas, or hot tub installation/modification requires a permit, no matter who does them.

Pass on any contractor without credible, verifiable references.

Every contractor should be able to provide you with references.

References

Licensed or not, every contractor should be able to provide you with references. These will include past projects that are similar in nature, scope, and budget to your project. Beware of contractors who do not want you to contact their references, or who want to micro-manage the encounter. A quality contractor will be fine with you contacting satisfied customers with a few queries, as long as you are polite about your investigation. Photos of previously completed projects do not a reference make; get names and phone numbers!

General contractors should always have insurance, WorkSafe BC coverage, and bonded tradespeople, but it never hurts to ask about these before sealing the deal.

Licensing It’s true: the days uncertified handymen are coming to a close, if slowly. The BC Safety Authority issues licenses to trusted contractors and provides a list of them on their website. They also assess fines and, in some cases, will suspend or revoke licenses if they feel a contractor is unsafe or untrustworthy. This provides the homeowner with a great resource for checking out potential candidates before any shovels hit the dirt. To avoid hassles (and if you decide you want a licensed contractor), try to ask the them if they have a license during your initial conversation; if they do not have one, it wastes everyone’s time to have them come out to your property and give you an estimate.

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While licenses are increasingly popular, many contractors (even reputable, trustworthy ones) do not bother to jump through the hoops; decide for yourself whether you think it’s necessary.

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guide to Hiring the Perfect Contractor Creating a beautiful space around which the family’s activities revolve is one of the most rewarding and valuable renovation experiences a homeowner can undertake—and for the best payback.

Quotes Tempting as they may be, we all know better than buying a $20 Rolex watch from a guy on the street; the same rule applies with contractors. Most quotes should be fairly close to each other in price – if one is 50% lower than the rest, maybe you should question why. Everyone loves a deal, but nobody wants a botched renovation job or potentially unsafe home. A proper quote should include details of all the work that will be done, including materials and the work done by sub-trades. Try to get at least 3 quotes before deciding on a contractor. Never accept a quote hastily written out on the back of an envelope or a napkin, but don’t be wowed by fancy technology either, and always remember the best quote of all: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

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1. Did the contractor stay on budget? If not, why not? 2. Did they finish the project within the established work period? 3. Were they polite and respectful when working in your home? 4. Was safety a high priority on the work site? 5. Were they understanding of your needs when working in your space? 6. Were they flexible in their approach, embracing your vision of a home? 7. Did they show up every day? 8. Were they easy to get a hold of if problems arose? 9. How did they handle any hiccups in the project? 10. How would you rate your overall satisfaction with this contractor? 11. Were they worth the money? 12. Would you hire them again? 13. Would you recommend them to friends and family?


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Footing

On Centre

A wall that supports the weight of any vertical load, as well as its own.

The enlargement at the base of a foundation wall, pier or column, usually constructed of concrete.

Blind nailing

Bearing wall

Grade

The point from which measurements are taken – from the centre of one piece to the center of an adjacent piece – as in the spacing of studs, joints, etc.

A form of nailing in which the railheads are not apparent on the work surface.

The surface slope and the level of the ground surface around the foundation.

Ridge

Brace

Joist

The highest point of a roof, the point at which the rafters meet.

A piece of framing lumber affixed to a wall or floor to support the structure, usually temporarily.

One of a series of horizontal wood pieces used to support a floor, ceiling or roof.

Shake

Bridging

Lath

A shingle that has been hand split, not sawn, from a block of wood and used for siding or roofing.

Small wood or metal pieces inserted in a diagonal position between adjacent floor or roof joists. Also called cross.

Thin narrow strips of wood, metal, gypsum or fiberboard fastened to the frame of a building to serve as a base for slates, tiles or plaster.

Casement

Non-Bearing Partition

A window sash that opens on hinges at the side, like a door.

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A wall that separates the space between rooms but supports no vertical load.

Toe nailing Nailing one piece of wood at an angle to another to ensure penetration into the second piece.

Valley The inner angle, or valley, formed by the junction of two sloping sides of a roof.

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Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles.

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If more of us believed the words of the late Charlie Chaplin, we might realize that sometimes – just sometimes – we need to put away the laptops, turn off the cell phones and make time to personally recharge. Let me tell you about a great place to do just that… The Comox Valley on Vancouver Island is this slice of heaven that looks and feels a little like the Okanagan Valley, but with an island attitude. Courtenay, BC is one of those gems that every British Columbian should visit at least once. The people are so friendly, the big city conveniences packed into a charming town are amazing and the Comox Valley landscape is breathtaking. It was here that, along with Karla Peckett (H&L’s Creative Director), I discovered the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa. This unassuming resort is nestled into an old growth forest on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, and features 64 luxury beachfront suites and ocean view rooms, a world class dining room, onsite full service spa and the Hydropath. The Kingfisher is an adult oriented resort that is not for those looking to party; the hotel has a ‘quiet time after 10:00pm’ policy to preserve the peaceful and tranquil environment. It was much appreciated.

Day one of our Kingfisher adventure included Tea by the Sea and caving (of sorts).

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The Comox Valley is this slice of heaven that looks and feels a little like the Okanagan Valley, but with an island attitude.

Karla and I checked into a large two room beachfront suite; boasting a separate bedroom, living room, two full baths, kitchen, two balconies and a double-sided fireplace. With spectacular views over Gartley Bay, our guest suite was the perfect place for afternoon napping, watching the sea lions play in the ocean below, chatting over a good bottle of wine – or simply doing nothing at all.

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Day one of our Kingfisher adventure included Tea by the Sea

After unpacking, we headed to the dining room to meet with General Manager, Sean Williams and Executive Chef, Troy Fogarty. We chatted about the hotel’s history and future over ‘tea by the sea’. Very popular with locals, Chef Fogarty explained the origin of this interesting afternoon delight, “Our version of tea was inspired by the archives of Jenny Butchart herself, from where I came. In the original house, our executive chef came across a Tea “snack plate” that was used to place a tea cup and a selection of sandwiches and sweets on. The tea plate was then presumed to have been placed on the lap or knee and enjoyed over afternoon conversation.” The Kingfisher’s take on afternoon tea was exceptional, which of course started with an offering of delicious teas, followed by a colourful parade of sweets and savouries. The Madeline lavender scone, marzipan wrapped battenburg, and forest mushroom strudel, are not to be missed.

Our dining experiences were nothing short of sublime. The dining room, with large windows overlooking the ocean, was tranquil and unassuming – but not simple… that seems to be the way here. We ate so much food over the course of three days, it is impossible to talk about every dish that Karla and I experienced, but there were a few great dishes that we actually ordered more than once – they were just that good. On the starters menu, the Tuna and Scallop Duo (albacore tuna tartare with seared Qualicum scallops and citrus emulsion) was exceptional. From the mains, our favourite was the Kingfisher Steamer Basket (local shellfish, assorted fresh seafood, and Asian pot stickers steamed with garden vegetables and finished with a fresh lime sesame glaze and sweet chili dip). A special shout-out to our server, Shelby; by and far, one of the most knowledgeable, friendly and genuinely great servers I have come across in all my travels.

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On the second day, we headed to the spa for a day of total bliss.

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Later, we headed over to the ‘caves’. Kingfisher calls it the Pacific Mist Hydropath. Karla called it paradise. Absolutely the only one of its kind in North America, the Pacific Mist Hydropath offers the same benefits of hydrotherapy on a recreated West Coast shoreline path featuring sandstone sculpted caves and pools. There are seven stations including massage rinse, mineral massage pool, waterfall massage, steam cave, glacier waterfall, river walk, sea mineral soak, and tidal bathtub soak with fresh seaweed scrub. It was one of those experiences that one must do – it is impossible to describe in words.

The Kingfisher Spa is world-class with a large menu of services that range from the expected, the appreciated and the exotic. From the treatment rooms, you can watch the tide come in, witness eagles soaring overhead and relax. Karla and I opted for the same treatments – Sea Stone Massage, Refreshing Facial and Seascape Pedicure – and we were not disappointed. The high level of expertise in all of the spa staff rivalled any large city; the before and after care and attention were appreciated, and we both left the spa feeling completely pampered.


The spa is a local favourite as well, because booking a treatment includes access to the resort’s outdoor heated pool and hot tub, sauna, steam cave, and fitness room. The Kingfisher sets the bar pretty high, even before you book with them. On their website, they offer the following promissory statement: Warm hospitality. World class spa. Exceptional service. Be yourself. Be pampered. We’ll take care of the rest. Without question, they delivered on all points – they allow you to be yourself without pretentiousness, and they take very good care of their guests – mind, body, soul (and stomach).

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money talks

How Money Works in Retirement

Understanding and planning increases savings and decreases stress in post-retirement

When you retire, where you get your money from, the amount that you receive and your personal tax situation all change. Understanding and planning for these changes can save you a great deal of stress and grief.

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Prior to retirement, most people had families, mortgages and jobs. As the children grow, the demands for money grew, and finally, once school/university is complete, the children move on and so the demands for tuition and other expenses drop.

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The majority of Canadians still pay off their homes prior to retirement. Mortgages are one of the single largest monthly bills that people face. Once eliminated, the amount of cash you need, on a month to month basis, drops dramatically.

When a person retires, gone is the security of a steady monthly cash flow from employment. If a person fell behind on their bills, they knew that they had another cheque coming to pay that bill off. With retirement, a person has to dip into their savings to pay off bills. For many, seeing their savings deplete, is a very unnerving feeling.


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For most people, the first five years after retirement is when they spend the most, compared to other years in retirement. The reason is that people typically travel, acquire that car or vacation property that they have always or dreamed of.

Managing Change The first change for most people when they retire is that they come to understand that compared to say ten years prior, the amount of cash they need goes down. As mentioned above, the elimination of the mortgage and the children moving out dramatically reduces the need for cash. Other changes also occur as people typically move from acquiring assets such as appliances, furniture and other items, to only occasionally replacing those that are worn out.

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One change that catches many people by surprise is the requirement to pay quarterly instalments to Canada Revenue Agency, after retirement. The reason this happens is that the retiree has sources of income such as Canada Pension, Old Age Supplement and their RRSP’s that don’t have enough tax withheld at source. So, how can you deal with all of these changes? First, start planning your retirement well before you retire. Work with a financial planner, a Chartered Accountant and a lawyer to ensure that you are managing your financial affairs in a proactive manner. Plan for what your tax bill may be and either have more money withheld on amounts such as your Canada Pension Plan, or plan on putting aside money.

Conduct your own research and ask lots of questions. Set goals such as paying off your mortgage, a realistic date for retirement and if you have your heart set on that special trip, save the funds ahead of time so that you can truly enjoy yourself.

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Interior Design: It’s Oh So White By Chelsea Forman

As we pull ourselves out of months of hibernating from the West Coast rain falls, and enter the most elite home décor stores in the city, we find them filled with spectacular home accent pieces, in every shade of white imaginable. While a remarkably classic and elegant shade, white can effectively sharpen any look in the home, from contemporary to country classic. White does a magnificent job of highlighting both architectural design and that one fine piece of furniture you want to command the attention of your guests. A number of exquisite decorative pieces are available to bring a variety of shades of white to your home. Light some winter white candles and fall into the luxurious arms of a plush white sofa for a night of relaxation. Find that perfect white chandelier to hang over your antique white dining room table. Store your crisp white linens behind a set of high gloss white cabinets. Add a pop of colour by introducing a bright bouquet of spring flowers to your rooms of white. White is decorative chameleon, the possibilities are endless when working with the diverse shade. Read the full article online at HLMagazine.com

The Healing Touch of Massage Therapy - The Art of Personal Renovation By Tracey Drake

Life throws many challenges at each of us every day – finances, health, work and family are some of the common threads that bind together to create the fabric our lives. They are also the factors that contribute to stress levels that, for many North Americans, are nearing dangerous levels in recent times. In fact, a landmark and award winning study was published by Dr. Epel, Department of Psychiatry from the University of California San Francisco. Her report found that stress affected us on a cellular level and was responsible, to a certain degree, for premature biological aging. Although tension and stressors will continue to be realities in our daily lives, there is one thing you can give to your body that is proven to combat emotional, physiological and physical stress – the gift of massage therapy. Read the full article online at HLMagazine.com

Alzheimer’s Disease – The Shiny Side of Memory Loss By Chelsea Forman

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My Nana is one in approximately 500,000 Canadians affected by the Alzheimer’s disease. Once a reserved and classic Hollywood type, Alzheimer’s has dramatically changed her. She makes elaborate plans to journey to countries she’s never been to, and indulges in fine wines, something she has never done in her life. For anyone who has a loved one suffering with the disease, it seems like such a terrifying world to live in - a world of the unknown. My Nana finds incredible joy in every day she lives. She writes poetry and journals, and then finds them a few days later and is absolutely thrilled and entertained by her words. My family members are having a tremendously difficult time coping with my Nana’s condition. I look into her aged, grey eyes and see love, wonder and happiness… and even though she often doesn’t know who I am, she is delighted to meet me every time I see her. Read the full article online at HLMagazine.com

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An Attitude Adjustment in Home Furnishings Is Coming ScanDesigns is pleased to introduce the newest member of its elite group of companies - Muse & Merchant. The highly anticipated grand opening of the exclusive Muse & Merchant home collection store is coming soon. Inspired by classic European, American and Oriental designs, the collection offers reproductions of traditional and industrial pieces. If grandeur from a bygone era is what you seek, then you are sure to find a vast selection of pieces that will inspire that nouveau loft experience. Muse & Merchant succeed at blending vintage aesthetic with modern fashion forward – an urban rustic feel is a common theme in Muse & Merchant’s selection of rustic and eclectic furniture. They will carry the sought after eco-chic line, which uses recycled woods from around the world. Within this handmade line, pieces that are expertly crafted from wood reclaimed from ancient teak boats. For the urban dweller seeking a retro feel, Muse & Merchant presents a variety of exquisitely distinctive lamps and rugs. Muse & Merchant offers an innovative collection of the highest calibre pieces to give your home an unmatched vintage chic air. Muse & Merchant by ScanDesigns COMING SOON IN 2012 1711 Bowen Road Nanaimo, BC 250.753.6361 scandesigns.com Muse & Merchant by ScanDesigns NOW OPEN 661 McCallum Road Victoria, BC 250.475.2233 scandesigns.com

updates around the community

Jane Lockhart of Jane Lockhart Interior Design launches new furniture line Celebrated Interior Designer and popular television personality Jane Lockhart (intern ARIDO, BAAID) has joined forces with top Canadian furniture manufacturers and suppliers Statum Designs Inc. and Korson Furniture Design to launch Jane by Jane Lockhart, a fresh, smart, consumer driven line of affordable furniture.   Jane by Jane Lockhart is an innovative new line that takes the guesswork out of furniture selection. Drawing on her colour theory expertise and more than 20 years working with interior design clients, Lockhart has created an on trend, but not trendy, the prêt-à-porter furniture line consisting of eight collections. Lockhart’s infallible approach to design allows consumers to choose pieces from the Jane by Jane Lockhart collection with confidence knowing everything has been hand-selected to flawlessly coordinate.   After selecting styles, consumers are able to narrow down fabric selections from signature mood boards that offer consumers hundreds of fabric choices and palettes. Deviating from typical microfibre options prominent in the marketplace, Lockhart opted for blends of natural and synthetic fibres and more durable, textured fabrics. In addition to fabric options, consumers can also select from a variety of sizes, finishes and foam densities for a truly custom look at affordable prices. Eight distinct collections provide a wide range of styles. The Hemingway collection is a nod to tradition; the Granger is contemporary, while The Stanwyck is an ode to retro with a twist, each with Lockhart’s modern interpretation.   For more info visit janelockhart.com

mid island cabinets opens new nanaimo showroom Mid Island Cabinets is a family owned company that has successfully operated in Parksville for nearly twenty years. The end of March brought an exciting milestone to the company as they celebrated the opening of a second showroom in Nanaimo. The presence of Mid Island Cabinets has been a welcomed addition to the Nanaimo region. The company is dedicated to providing expertly crafted, elite cabinetry. Owner and head craftsmen, Guy Lussier, along with his family and staff members have honed the art of customized cabinetry. Creating the perfectly, unique piece for any home is a challenge the Mid Island Cabinet team is pleased to accept. Specializing in cabinets for kitchens, vanities, entertainment centres and home offices, the team is always prepared to work within your budget. The Nanaimo showroom displays pieces from Mid Island Cabinets manufacturing facility located in Parksville. Thermafoil PVC doors, solid wood products constructed from Bamboo, Rift Cut Oak, Cherry, Hickory and Maple, plus new alternatives to recycling and storage systems, are also available. Mid Island Cabinets is also an authorized dealer for the Murphy Wallbed, which is beautifully displayed in the new Nanaimo Showroom. One visit to the new Mid Island Cabinets showroom in Nanaimo and you will be impressed by the elite craftsmanship, exceptional product range and unwavering attention to detail; making it easy to transform your space into one that is both functional and aesthetically impressive. Mid Island Cabinets #2 – 4341 Boban Drive Nanaimo, BC 250.585.2118 midislandcabinets.com

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Impressive and beautiful, this executive double pedestal desk has a raised panel back and comes in solid maple or solid oak, with over a dozen stain choices. Handcrafted in BC, with matching bookcases and file cabinets available.

Open doors and drawers with a light touch using the Servo-Drive Electrical System from Blum. It works with Aventos door opening systems and Tandem/ Tandembox drawer systems.

Available at Westcoast Solid Wood Furnishings

2-4341 Boban Dr. Nanaimo | 250.585.2118 975A Price Rd. Parksville | 250.954.1789

Available at Mid Island Cabinets

3-5140 Metral Dr. Nanaimo | 250.756.7707

midislandcabinets.com

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Renovating a bathroom, We’ve found the perfect accessory! City Tile is pleased to present brand new marble and travertine vessel sinks. Round, oval, square or rectangular - they will fit any style.

The organic shape and color of the teak tree root is truly unique and adds a natural element into any space. Available at The Teak Tree

The luxury lift powered recliner combines exclusive patented IMG technology with unsurpassed comfort. It offers you reliability and convenience in the safest and most easily operated lift recliner on the market.

Available at City Tile

437 Fitzwilliam St. Nanaimo | 250.755.3031

Available at ScanDesigns

4337 Boban Dr. Nanaimo | 250.729.9766

theteaktree.com

citytile.ca

1711 Bowen Rd. Nanaimo | 250.753.6361 661 McCallum Rd. Victoria | 250.475.2233

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The Ocean Pearl Gurgler is a must have for every backyard oasis. Enjoy the tranquil sounds of rushing water with this natural slate landscaping product. K2 Stone quarries their products locally on Vancouver Island.

This dimmable LED Eco-Task Collection creates a brilliant, unobtrusive light source. Finishes include black, bronze, matte white, polished chrome and satin nickel. These designs are available in table, floor, and desk lamp designs that make sense in any decor.

Available at K2 Stone Nanaimo | Victoria | Surrey | Kelowna | Calgary | Edmonton | 1.866.722.2420

Available at Illuminations Lighting Solutions 201-4300 Wellington Rd. Nanaimo | 250.756.3614 2885 Quesnel St. Victoria | 250.384.9359

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colourful creations Each piece is created using heat, acids, metal paints and patinas. Some are pounded, hammered and bent, to create dimensional and unique textures. A finish clear coat is used on every piece for lasting beauty and durability. Sizes are 11” x 47” for each. Available at Gallery 223 223 Commercial St. Nanaimo | 250.741.1188

gallery223.ca

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modern outdoor living Customize your outdoor, modular sectional to any area. Choose from a variety of fabrics, right and left modules, sectional corner, and ottoman pieces. Available at Home & Patio Gallery 475 Gorge Rd. E Victoria | 1.877.478.9112

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lined 10 clean protection The Distinction Screen by Phantom Screens is a popular screen option for double French doors, with 4 distinctly different characteristics. It does not self retract (no bang), features a flat track, only 1/8” high, has a pleated mesh and one panel which means no visible bars when in use. Available at Phantom Screens 1.888.phantom (742.6866)

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The quality companies showcased in Homes & Living magazine have been highlighted. You can download their brochure and directly link to their website at: HLMAGAZINE.COM

Beautiful. Natural. Durable. Sustainable.

United Carpet Parksville

fairtide floors

4-287 Martindale Rd. Parksville 250.248.4664 | parksvillefloors.com

appliances

pg. 15

4280 Shell Beach Rd. Ladysmith | 250.618.7463 TM

Beautiful. Natural. Durable. Sustainable.

It's no wonder that, for centuries, wood has been a favoured material for flooring our homes. At Kentwood, we combine centuries of wood working tradition with advanced manufacturing techniques and a fresh, contemporary sense of design to create beautiful, genuine hardwood floors for the modern home. Every one is completely unique, a natural work of art, expertly crafted to provide years of comfort and enjoyment.

United Carpet nanaimo

coast wholesale appliances

From the basic beauty of Elements by Kentwood, to the elegant quality of our Originals Collection, to the fashion forward excitement of Couture Collection, Kentwood has genuine wood flooring to suit every lifestyle and living space.

floors for less

104-2520 Bowen Rd. Nanaimo Duncan | 250.758.4664 | nanaimofloors.com

Parksville | 1 877 248 4664

250 746 4851

2700 Beverly Street #101

10-4151 Mostar Rd. Nanaimo | 250.758.4044

#4-287 Martindale Road at Island Highway

1905 Wilfert Rd. Nanaimo | 250.758.6969

pg. 15

A FAMILY TRADITION SINCE 1929 ... A LOT CAN CHANGE IN 83 YEARS!

TM

It's no wonder that, for centuries, wood has been a favoured material for flooring our homes. At Kentwood, we combine centuries of wood working tradition with advanced manufacturing techniques and a fresh, contemporary sense of design to create beautiful, genuine hardwood floors for the modern home. Every one is completely unique, a natural work of art, expertly crafted to provide years of comfort and enjoyment.

valley carpet one floor & home

277 Government St. Duncan | 250.748.2511

230 Kenneth St. Duncan | 250.748.2581

jordans floor coverings

From the basic beauty of Elements by Kentwood, to the elegant quality of our Originals Collection, to the fashion forward excitement of Couture Collection, Kentwood has genuine wood flooring to suit every lifestyle and living space.

4890 Rutherford Rd. Nanaimo 250.758.0181 | jordans.ca

Duncan | 250 746 4851

Parksville | 1 877 248 4664

2700 Beverly Street #101

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#4-287 Martindale Road at Island Highway

pg. 35

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art galleries

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closet & garage organizers

pg. 15

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Beautiful. Natural. Durable. Sustain

gallery 223

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coast closets

223 Commercial St. Nanaimo 250.741.1188 | gallery223.ca

From the basic beauty of Elements by Kentwood, to the elegant quality of our Originals Collection, to the fashion forward excitement of Couture Collection, Kentwood has genuine wood flooring to suit every lifestyle and living space.

Duncan | 250 746 4851

Parksville | 1 877 248 4664

104-2520 Bowen Rd. Nanaimo 250.758.4664 | nanaimofloors.com

2700 Beverly Street #101

1002 Herring Gull Way Parksville | 250.248.4191 pg. 37

#4-287 Martindale Road at Island Highway

pg. 15

223 Commercial Street, Nanaimo

Hills Native art

United Carpet Duncan

The Finishing Store

76 Bastion St. Nanaimo | 250.755.7873

From the basic beauty of Elements by Kentwood, to the elegant quality of our Originals Colle excitement of Couture Collection, Kentwood has genuine wood flooring to suit every lif

101-2700 Beverly St. Duncan 250.746.4851 | duncanfloors.com

4128 Mostar Rd. Nanaimo | 250.756.1231

TM

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Duncan | 250 746 4851 2700 Beverly Street #101

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There’s no substitution for true beauty. Hunter Douglas is your first choice for style and innovation. Don’t settle for anything less than our truly distinctive designs. From May 1st to August 31st, 2012, ask us how you can receive a Hunter Douglas Manufacturer’s Rebate.

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Nanaimo art gallery

Westcoast shutters · Blinds · Closets

Wingren Floors

150 Commercial St. Nanaimo | 250.754.1750

2-6332 Metral Dr. Nanaimo |

1612 Northfield Rd. Nanaimo | 250.758.3914

250.933.0033

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United Carpet Duncan 101-2700 Beverly St. Duncan, BC 250-746-4851 duncanfloors.com WestCoast Shutters/Blinds/Closets Unit #3- 4341 Boban Dr. Nanaimo, BC 250-933-0033 westcoastsbc.com westcoastshutters@shaw.ca

United Carpet Parksville #4-287 Martindale Rd. Parksville, BC 250-248-4664 kscope@shaw.ca parksvillefloors.com

C.A. Design 184C West Second Ave. Qualicum Beach, BC 250-752-2222 jeremy@ca-design.ca

Vallery Carpet One Floor and Home 230 Kenneth St. Duncan, BC 250-748-2581 valleycarpetoneduncan.com

Sofa Source #9-4131 Mostar Rd. Nanaimo, BC 250-585-2515 sofasource@shaw.ca sofasource.ca United Carpet Nanaimo 104-2520 Bowen Rd. Nanaimo, BC 250-758-4664 info@nanaimofloors.com nanaimofloors.com

smashin’ glass 180 Craig St. Parksville 250.248.6624 | smashinglass.ca

May 1st – Labour Day Long Weekend Treasure Hunt Hidden throughout local beaches in Parksville and Qualicum Beach are beautiful glass treasures: stones, starfish and white ceramic sand dollars. Register your found glass treasure and your name will be entered into a draw to make your own glass masterpiece with Artist Karena Donnelly. Inquire at Smashin' Glass & Anything Art Co.

fireplaces

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419 N Terminal Ave. Nanaimo | Artist: Ron DuHamel

1711 Bowen Rd Nanaimo 250.753.8900

250.753.2353

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Artist: Patrick Robinson

auscan plumbing & gas ltd.

coming summer 2012 1711 bowen road, nanaimo (next to ScanDesigns) |

Service and installation of high efficiency natural gas products

2470 Myles Lake Rd. Nanaimo 250.591.5010 | auscanplumbingandgas.com

Smashin’ Glass is an artist owned and operated gallery featuring an amazing array of local artisans, primarily from the Oceanside area. Within the colourful walls of Smashin’ Glass you will find a large selection of original artwork - from paintings to pottery, metal work and carvings, jewellery and so much more. A stunning selection of glass work ranging from simple functional pieces to architectural and custom designed pieces for your home…

1163 Franklin’s Gull Rd. Parksville | 250.248.8200

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180 Commercial St. Nanaimo | 250.754.2104

auscanplumbingandgas.com

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Custom Glass Work • Art Consultations for Home and Business Professional Picture Framing• Art Commissions Kiln Formed/Fused Glass Classes

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Pioneer Fireplace

carpets & rugs Castle Carpet One

furniture

Artist: Karena Donnelly

180 Craig Street, Parksville | 250 248 6624 | smashingglass@anythingart.ca

1925 Bowen Rd. Nanaimo | 250.756.4944

flooring

Hartmann & Company

abba floor coverings Ltd.

241 Selby St. Nanaimo | 250.754.2288 A FAMILY TRADITION SINCE 1929 ... A LOT CAN CHANGE IN 83 YEARS!

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la-z-boy 3200 North Island Hwy Nanaimo | 250.756.4114

scan designs pg. like we33 do.

NOBODY KNOWS FLOORING

1711 Bowen Rd. Nanaimo 250.753.6361 | scandesigns.com

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jordans floor coverings

city tile

4890 Rutherford Rd. Nanaimo 250.758.0181 | jordans.ca

4337 Boban Dr. Nanaimo 250.729.9766 | citytile.ca

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COLOUR REVIVAL RUG

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Hartmann & Company 241 Selby St. Nanaimo | 250.754.2288 pg. 2

Visit the new City Tile showroom! Over 12,000 square feet of tile from around the world! Vancouver Island’s largest tile selection

NANAIMO | 4890 RUTHERFORD ROAD | 250.758.0181 VISIT JORDANS.CA TO SEE LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT WESTERN CANADA

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the teak tree 437 Fitzwilliam St. Nanaimo 250.755.3031 | theteaktree.com

MAPLE | OAK | ALDER | BIRCH | PINE

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westmark construction

Lonewolf kitchen & Bath

1-2535 McCullough Rd. Nanaimo | 250.729.7540

1-2330 McCullough Rd. Nanaimo | 250.758.4930 visit our NEW NaNaimo Showroom

THE TEAK TREE

FURNISH YOUR ISLAND HOME... WITH THE BEST ON THE ISLAND.

westcoast solid wood furnishings 5140 Metral Dr. Nanaimo

theteaktree.com

250.756.7707 | westcoastfurnishings.ca

HUGE SHIPMENT ARRIVED! orJUST alder customize with your choice of stain colours, hardware and fabrics

pg. 51

hours of operation:

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm | Sat 10am-4pm

mid island cabinets

From condo to castle… In maple, oak, birch, pine

2-4341 Boban Drive, Nanaimo | 250-585-2118

Locally owned & operated since 1991

From rustic to Finest Quality Teak on Vancouvercontemporary… Island

THE TEAK TREE Nanaimo - 437 Fitzwilliam Street (250) 755-3031 Victoria - (855) 755-3031

interior designers

2-4341 Boban Dr. Nanaimo | 250.585.2118 975A Price Rd. Parksville | 250.954.1789

Kitchen & Bath Cabinets

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Counter Tops

Wall Beds

ParKSViLLE Showroom 975A Price Road, Parksville

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Commercial Millwork

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Your VISION. Our EXPERTISE.

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SOLID WOOD  SOLID VALUE  MADE IN BC 5140 METRAL DRIVE, NANAIMO

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home builders & renovators

184C West 2nd Ave Qualicum Beach | 250.752.2222

2100 Northfield Rd. Nanaimo 250.758.2566 | studiokitchens.ca

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HO M E S Custom Homes • Renovations

‘The Avant’ - H&L Feature Home

alair homes

2010

101-1930 Island Diesel Way Nanaimo 250.754.5500 | alairhomes.com

pg. 03

designworks

Tom doll cabinets

6424 Lewis Rd. Nanaimo | 250.668.4752

4-147 E Fern Rd. Qualicum Beach | 250.752.7153

Alair Custom Homes and Renovations is a new home builder and renovator proudly serving Victoria, Nanaimo and Courtenay/Comox. From modest to mansion Alair Homes builds homes and renovates to suit any budget and style. Our business operates on a 100% transparency system which puts our clients in complete control while utilizing Alair's impressive buying power to leave more money in your pocket. Track your project online in real time with our user friendly client log in portal which provides clients with selections, budgets, schedule and even real time site monitoring. Visit our website today to see why Alair Homes and Renovations is Vancouver Islands preferred Custom Home and Renovation contractor.

HO M E S Custom Homes • Renovations

Call us today for a no obligation, no cost home building or renovation quotation. We look forward to hearing from you!

101-1930 Island Diesel Way, Nanaimo BC V9S 5W8 ph: 250.754.5500 • fax: 250.754.5512

info@alairhomes.com • alairhomes.com alairrenovations.com

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Box 781 Parksville | 250.248.6722

1-2734 Island Hwy W Qualicum Beach | 250.752.2467

kitchen & bath countertops we travel to bring you the best.

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184C West 2nd Ave Qualicum Beach | 250.752.2222

421 Ninth St. Nanaimo | 250.754.8858

city tile 4337 Boban Dr. Nanaimo 250.729.9766 | citytile.ca

pg. 2

Visit the new City Tile showroom! Over 12,000 square feet of tile from around the world! Vancouver Island’s largest tile selection

60 Luxurious Townhomes LOCATED IN Parksville, BC

Travertine | Slate | Granite | Limestone | Ceramic | Porcelain | Marble 250.729.9766 | 4337 Boban Drive, Nanaimo | citytile.ca

Phase I SOLD OUT Phase II 70% SOLD OUT Phase III UNDER CONSTRUCTION & NOW SELLING

Live fd Your Life

Creekside at corfield 500 Corfield St. Parksville 1.866.956.6228 | creeksideatcorfield.com

colonial countertops

& interiors

4115 Mostar Rd Nanaimo | 250.758.5132

357 5th St. Courtenay | 250.338.8022

Your VISION. Our EX

2989 Kilpatrick Ave. Courtenay | 250.334.2126

Prices starting at $349 900

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2 BED 2 BATH +DEN 2 CAR GARAGE LUXURIOUS FINISHING DETAILS SURROUNDED BY PARKLAND

pg. 04

PLEASE VISIT ANY OF OUR 5 LOCATIONS:

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31 New Building Lots starting at $169,900 + HST

1.866.956.6228

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Visit the website or contact John Cooper for full details

399 Clubhouse Dr. Courtenay 250.703.5056 | crownisle.com

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interior design group

infinite granite

200-4311 Boban Dr. Nanaimo | 250.751.0922

2156 Akenhead Rd. Nanaimo | 250.740.1096 QUARRIERS AND FABRICATORS OF NATURAL STONE Superior Service and Craftsmanship

Regardless what stage of life you are at, young family, empty nesters, or active seniors, Crown Isle is a perfect location to call home. Close to all amenities including the hospital and airport, the ocean and mountains, and everything in between.

Residential Opportunities

Our Craftsman West Coast styling within our registered building scheme keeps the neighborhood pleasing to the eye and sets a consistent standard that is admired by all. Any of our local custom builders or Crown Isle Homes, our own Design and Home Building Team, would welcome the opportunity to help design and construct your next dream home. Commercial Real Estate opportunities are also available within Crown Isle. With the new Costco open for business and

dogwood mountain homes

the Thrifty’s plaza under construction, our remaining commercially zoned lands are becoming more and more desirable. The vision of Crown Isle as Western Canada’s most complete community where residents can truly WORK, PLAY, LIVE for the rest of their lives, is quickly becoming REALITY!

Priced From

Condominiums Patio Homes

$279,000 $309,000

Single Family Homes Building Lots

$449,900 $169,900

(40 Acres Remaining)

6230 Garside Rd. Nanaimo 250.390.0317 | dogwoodmountainhomes.com

COME FOR A TEE TIME…STAY FOR A LIFETIME!

Residential Information – Jason Andrew – Director of Real Estate 250.703.5056 | Commercial Opportunities – Rick Waldhaus – Chief Financial Officer – 250.703.5006

Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community, 399 Clubhouse Drive, Courtenay, BC V9N 9G3 crownisle.com | realestate@crownisle.com

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Current listings available at crownisle.com

Commercial Opportunities Available

JBD design group 4-1850 Northfield Rd. Nanaimo | 250.756.4646

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LARGEST INVENTORY! CHOOSE YOUR VERY OWN STONE THAT’S UNIQUE TO YOU.

LEED® POINTS CONTRIBUTOR VANCOUVER ISLAND MARBLES

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g martin custom builders ltd.

2890 Allenby Rd. Duncan 250.746.7257 | matrixmarble.com

pi granite

unique interiors

dogwoodmountainhomes.com

6537 Doumont Rd. Nanaimo | 250.390.3987

2100 Northfield Rd. Nanaimo 250.758.7731 | pigranite.ca

1151 Osprey Dr. Duncan | 250.748.0747

georgia view homes

pg. 09

timeless stone & granite

Kitchen & Bath cabinets

3040 Meadow Dr. Nanaimo | 250.716.9386

MARBLE & GRANITE KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS Duncan: 250-746-7257 | Victoria: 250-384-9717 | Fax: 250-746-5684 | 2890 Allenby Rd., Duncan | matrixmarble.com

13-1003 Herring Gull Way Parksville | 250.947.9620

from Traditional to CONTEMPORARY

island timber Frame

concepts kitchen & bath

3010 Royston Rd. Cumberland 250.336.2822 | islandtimberframe.com

2205 Northfield Rd. Nanaimo | 250.756.4001

kitchen & bath fixtures

Classis kitchens

auscan plumbing & gas ltd.

164 W Island Highway Parksville 250.951.0509 | classickitchensbc.com

2470 Myles Lake Rd. Nanaimo 250.591.5010 | auscanplumbingandgas.com

pg. 33

HOME BUILT BY ABSTRACT DEVELOPMENTS INC. PHOTO CREDIT ALEC WATSON

HEAVY TIMBER AND GLULAM CONSTRUCTION | CUSTOM MILLWORK | DESIGN AND DRAFTING

SALES@ISLANDTIMBERFRAME.COM | 250.336.2822 ISLANDTIMBERFRAME.COM

Palladian Homes 1-5801 Turner Rd. Nanaimo | 250.760.0058 <

PA R K S I D E

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Service and installation of high efficiency natural gas products

pg. 23

auscanplumbingandgas.com

SERVING DUNCAN TO QUALICUM BEACH

1.855.591.5010

NATURAL GAS: FIREPLACES | WATER HEATERS | COOKING APPLIANCES | BOILERS | PATIO HEATERS | BARBECUES | TANKLESS WATER HEATERS

Qualicum Beach’s Newest Neighborhood

Parkside Qualicum Beach

DANA CABINETS

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250.240.7584 jamie@dbm-realty.com | parksidelife.ca

JUNE 2012

164 W. Island Hwy | Parksville | 250.951.0509 classickitchensbc.com

Bartle & Gibson

2310 McCullough Rd. Nanaimo | 250.758.6141

14-4128 Mostar Rd. Nanaimo | 250.758.1771

island architectural millwork

Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centre

1995 Boxwood Rd. Nanaimo | 250.753.3327

2545 McCullough Rd. Nanaimo | 250.758.7383

pg. 55

ts williams construction ltd. P.O Box 39 Nanoose Bay 250.821.4767 | tswilliams.ca

SELLING NOW - An exclusive collection of 12 Custom Designed Homes. This one of a kind setting is nestled amongst lush parkland, and connected by miles of manicured trail systems. This ideal Qualicum Beach location is just steps from downtown, the beach, and many of Qualicum Beach’s other recreational amenities including 5 fabulous golf courses. Parkside at Qualicum Beach truly is the perfect blend of both lifestyle and location.

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pg. 65

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This classically inspired 5855 sqft. residence nestled on 2.87 acres on a coveted riverfront with dramatic views of Mt. Arrowsmith, offers a world of rarefied grandeur. The private estate features poolside terraces & settings for intimate barbeques or formal entertaining. With 2 homes in one, the options are endless for extended family, a nanny suite or a B&B. The professional kitchen boasts a walk-in pantry, 5 burner gas cook top, double ovens, a magnificent centre island & granite counter tops. The majestic great room with a stone surround wood burning fireplace overlooks the pool & mountain views. An exquisite dining room & built-in bar, a summer screened patio & 300 feet of storage complete the property.

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pg. 41

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It's no wonder that, for centuries, wood has been a favoured material for flooring our homes. At Kentwood, we combine centuries of wood working tradition with advanced manufacturing techniques and a fresh, contemporary sense of design to create beautiful, genuine hardwood floors for the modern home. Every one is completely unique, a natural work of art, expertly crafted to provide years of comfort and enjoyment.

Occupying a stunning cliff top location in the exclusive Fairwinds Golf Community, this expertly designed villa showcases magnificent golf course, ocean & mountain views. The architecture blends cutting edge design with modern luxury in the living space of approximately 2750 sqft. and features 9 & 12 foot ceilings, 3 spacious bedrooms, a generous office / den which converts to a 4th bedroom when required, 4 baths & large open entertaining spaces. Amenities include granite counters throughout, custom built-in cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances in the chef’s kitchen & oversize floor-to-ceiling windows. Sun drenched terraces, gardens, and courtyards provide an idyllic setting.

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pg. 11

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