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ON THE COVER feature home: ‘verde del mar’ by alair homes An eco-friendly waterfront residence with aesthetic splendour

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HOMES And to All a Good Night

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Dreamy bedrooms with a relaxed style By Jane Lockhart

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Celebrity Profile: Premier Christy Clark On being a woman, mother and British Columbian

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Storm warming at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort By Tracey Drake

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BC snowbirds - purchasing an investment/rental property By Jill Lang

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| PUBLISHER’s message

The Mountain Climber A Vancouver Island mountain climber, desperate to conquer a challenging cliff face in Strathcona Provincial Park, initiated his climb after years of preparation. He wanted all glory all to himself so decided on a solo ascent. He struggled against his timeless adversary, utilizing all his knowledge, experience and strength. The warm day bled slowly into chilly night, but still he continued to climb. Night fell with heaviness at a very high altitude. Visibility was zero. Everything was black. There was no moon, no stars, no sound.

P Publisher’s Message With a new year often come resolutions. I’m going to get into shape this year, I’m going to quit smoking, or I’m going to start my own business. In order for any resolution (change) to happen, you must take action and let go of whatever you’ve been holding onto that has held you back. And so, as we begin a new year it reminded me of a story that had a profound effect on me (see right); helping me to achieve. I hope this story helps you or someone you know. Happy New Year everyone… may all your resolutions come true. Robert Read, Publisher/Founder

He was climbing a ridge about 100 meters from the top, when he slipped and fell. The rapid descent brought him close to the mountain’s side, and he could only see blotches of darkness that passed. He felt a terrible sensation of being sucked in by gravity. He kept falling, and in those anguishing moments, a succession of memories passed through his mind. In that moment, he thought he would die. Suddenly, he felt a jolt that almost tore him in half. Yes! Like any good mountain climber he had staked himself with a long rope tied to his waist. In those moments of stillness, suspended in the air he had no other choice but to shout, “HELP ME! HELP ME!” Suddenly, from the darkness came a deep voice. “What do you want me to do?” “Save me.” “Do you really think that I can save you?” “Yes I do.” “Then cut the rope that is holding you up.” There was another moment of silence and stillness, as the climber’s grip tightened on the rope. The following day, a rescue team found a frozen mountain climber hanging to a rope... two feet off the ground. Sometimes you need to let go of what you’re hanging onto in order to live.

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| editor’s message

E Editor’s Message 2012 is well underway and spring is finally upon us! The weather has been exceptionally good and the island is coming to life; buzzing with activity. Homes & Living magazine has also been busier than ever, with our successful expansion into Vancouver in February. In the pages of this issue, I am pleased to share my interview with BC Premier Christy Clark in our Celebrity Profile feature. Premier Clark was insightful, down to earth and a pleasure to talk with. Read the full article [page 24] to learn how Christy Clark sees the personal side of life as a woman, mother and proud British Columbian. H&L’s feature home [page 40] ‘Verde Del Mar’ by Alair Homes is the perfect seaside residence. This well designed custom home - nearly 5,000 square feet - was built to accommodate a busy family. With a waterfront location and an ‘inside-out’ mindset, this is the type of custom home that island readers can definitely relate to. In British Columbia, it has been said that if you don`t like the weather, wait a few minutes and it`ll change. Celebrated journalist and H&L

columnist Tony Parsons shares his unique and often humorous take on this subject with Tony’s Take on BC Weather [page 30]. If you embrace the many moods of BC weather, and want to see it in full force during storm season, read about Storm Warming at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in this issue’s Resort Escape [page 62]. Homes & Living magazine has a stellar 2012 editorial lineup including interesting columns and extraordinary articles. Watch for my exclusive interview with legendary hit man, David Foster in our summer 2012 issue. Also in 2012, H&L is proud to have some of the most incredible feature homes we have ever showcased in H&L. Stay tuned – it’s going to be a great year!

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| contributoRs

Publisher & Founder Robert Read

With the new year comes new opportunity.

With the expansion of Homes & Living magazine into a franchised cross country organization, comes new creative options.

This has become the perfect time to evolve the look and feel of the magazine, making it more modern and direct.

Karla Peckett

Creative/Art Director Originally from Calgary, Karla is an Alberta College of Art and Design graduate and a former design company owner who now calls Victoria home. Her work is fuelled by a strong work ethic and a passion for contemporary design.

Cleaner, fresher layouts to carry the magazine successfully into the future.

Managing Editor Tracey Drake

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— Karla Peckett, Creative Director

Creative/Art Director Karla Peckett Junior Art Director Leia Vik Office Manager Chelsea Forman Advertising Sales Tel: 250.383.READ (7323) Photographer Tony Puerzer Office Assistant Gabriela Gorea Bookkeeping Kathleen Sebastian Contributing Writers Roberto Bernardi Tracey Drake Chelsea Forman Jill Lang Jane Lockhart Dr. Mark Lupin Douglas Parkhurst, C.A. Tony Parsons Ben Vorst

Leia Vik

Junior Art Director Born and raised in Victoria, Leia moved to Vancouver to pursue a degree in Graphic Design for Marketing at Kwantlen University. Back in Victoria to stay, Leia is passionate about design and lives and breathes creativity.

Chelsea Forman Office Manager

After living throughout North America, Chelsea has come back to her beloved hometown of Victoria. With a degree in Business Management, she will be furthering her education by completing a BA in Communications. As the newest member of the H&L team, Chelsea looks forward to getting to know H&L’s valued advertisers and loyal readers.

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| JANE LOCKHART: And to All A Good Night

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We spend at least a quarter of our lives sleeping, or at least in our bedrooms trying to sleep! There are some important things that can be done to any bedroom to make it more comfortable, relaxing and sleep-inducing just by addressing key areas of the room… and style doesn’t have to be sacrificed either!

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Start by creating a soothing and relaxing colour scheme. Choose soft, warm colours like Dulux China Rain, a warm gray/green, Martha Stewart Home Ice Rink, a warm gray/blue and Benjamin Moore Bed of Ferns 1511.

The bed is the focal point of any bedroom, so make sure that it really stands out. No matter how big or small the bedroom is, place lots of attention on this piece. A proper headboard, whether it is upholstered or wood, is important to keep the mattress and sheets in the right place as the night progresses. Bedskirts aren’t as popular as they use to be, so purchasing a platform bed or one with rails and a footboard can eliminate the need for skirts entirely. If your sleeping space is small, choose a low footboard that it won’t close the room in or make it feel smaller.


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Soft fabrics, a serene colour scheme and flexible lighting make this bedroom a dream come true.

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| JANE LOCKHART: And to All A Good Night

After. A deeper wall colour and the addition of white ceiling beams add architectural detail. The four-poster bed with flowing floor length sheers and bedding in warm, neutral tones is now the dramatic focal point in the elegant room.

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For bedding, there are multiple choices available. For sheets and pillow cases, cotton is the easiest fabric to deal with as it’s breathable, washable and comes in a wide variety of styles and colours. Consider shams and duvet covers in one of the new durable microfibre fabrics to create the look of suede; a nice addition to your bed in winter months. This chic, washable fabric will stand up to the wear and tear of pets and children, should they happen to inhabit your bed from time to time!

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Pillows are the accents that cause the most division between couples. Women love them, men hate them! Adding large decorative euro shams are a good way to add softness to a large wood headboard if you sit up in bed to read. These square pillows also add an attractive decorative base to a bed and will hide your sleeping pillows that are often smaller and not always the best to look at.

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| JANE LOCKHART: And to All A Good Night

The bed is the focal point of any bedroom… make sure it really stands out

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Probably the most important element in a bedroom is lighting, both bedside and windows. Ultimately, a good night’s sleep is more likely to be achieved if your bedroom is entirely dark at night until you rise in the morning. Most city dwellers have become accustomed to the urban lights around them but it’s unhealthy to allow this light to enter your bedroom at night, as your body doesn’t know to shut down. Adding both light filtering blinds which provide privacy, and light during the day, paired with drapes with blackout lining are the ideal combination.

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Bedroom lighting should be flexible so that you can have a lot of light when you need it, but low and soft when you want to relax. Bedside table lamps should be at least 26 inches high, so that it casts a large enough pool of light when you sit up in bed to read. A bright overhead light is also a good addition for tasks like cleaning, packing or making the bed. Put this light on a dimmer switch, since there will be times when you won’t want or need the maximum amount of light.

For comfort under foot, opt for either area rugs on hardwood flooring or add broadloom to your bedroom if you like the comfort of carpet to walk on daily. Make sure that the area rug covers the area where you get out of bed so you don’t have to step on a cold floor first thing in the morning. There are wonderful broadloom options for bedrooms that are modern and stylish if this is the route you want to take - anything from wool to bamboo are now available. Keep the bedroom as uncluttered as possible so when you do finally get the chance to enter it, it feels like a retreat. Keep as many papers and day-to-day items in other rooms or out of sight in a pretty desk or night stand. A comfy chair and ottoman set in a corner is the perfect place to curl up and read or watch the news before bedtime. A clutter-free space that is both comfortable and stylish will create an atmosphere designed for sleep so you’ll wake refreshed and ready for a new day.

Above. Add shine to your bedroom décor with a sprinkle of reflective accessories; crystal light fixtures, candles, mirrored accent furniture and accessories and shimmery satin fabrics.


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| Celebrity Profile: Premier Christy Clark

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Celebrity Profile: Premier Christy Clark |

While preparing for my interview with Premier Christy Clark, I had concerns in how to approach this article. After all, Homes & Living magazine doesn’t have a political column; we primarily concentrate on beautiful homes, interior design and lifestyle editorial. I needn’t have worried. Less than five minutes into our interview, it was clear to me that Christy Clark has an amazing personal side that H&L readers would love to learn about. After all, before she bravely dived into the role as the 35th Premier of this province in March 2011, Christy Clark was a woman with a point of view, a trailblazing mother with a genuine concern for family and community, and of course, a born and raised British Columbian. Those are qualities worth talking about...

Words by Tracey Drake

Christy Clark was born in Burnaby, BC and aside from attending school at the Sorbonne in France and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland; Christy has lived her life happily in British Columbia. Her son, Hamish, was born in 2001, making her only the second woman in Canadian history to give birth while serving as a cabinet minister [Minister of Education]. Having spent so much of her time in the public eye, either in government or as a radio personality, it is fascinating that Christy Clark has managed to keep the down to earth heart and spirit of a true British Columbian. As a woman and mother, she has learned to turn to family and the community to help raise her son, so that she can best serve her community as Premier, and be a better parent. “In 2001, when I served as Deputy Premier, I didn’t do such a good job of juggling my family and career, and everything suffered a little bit because of it. This time around, I admitted that I needed help, and I am now much more open to ask for that support from others: my hockey parents’ family, my school parents’ family and biological family. As a result, my son Hamish has this big, wonderful family and I worry less about being a working mom who can’t be all places, at all times.”

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Premier Christy Clark “The most important building block of any society is family”

She has managed to finally find balance between personal and professional obligations and felt that living in British Columbia, a place that is so accepting of different lifestyle choices and family units, makes it all possible. Premier Clark just recently returned home from a trade mission to India and China, two countries that believe that raising children is the lifelong job of the entire family and the community at large. In the Chinese and South Asian cultures, the tradition of having multiple generations in a household is still very much alive. Christy was aware of how closely these values reflected her own. “My take on it is this – the most important building block of any society is family. Governments and schools are not the people who instill character in our children. As a government, we need to recognize, support and honour the work that families do. That is at the core of why I decided to run for office.”

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| Celebrity Profile: Premier Christy Clark

Christy Clark was instrumental in bringing the ‘Pink T-Shirt Day Anti-Bullying Campaign’ to British Columbia. After talking with a woman on her radio show who was a former bully, the woman challenged Christy to make a difference. “I didn’t really know what to do and then I read an article about those two boys in Nova Scotia who started the t-shirt movement and I decided to bring that to BC.” This was a life changing experience for Christy Clark, who had no idea how profoundly bullying affects so many people. She is adamant about her continuing commitment to this issue, and she reports she is working hard to get the government involved in this initiative as well.

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Christy Clark is fiercely proud of being a British Columbian. “People will willingly share with me what’s on their hearts and what’s going on in their families. That is the best part of my job because I got into this business because I wanted to help others.” She is a firm believer that we are a province full of people who care about each other – that is one of BC’s unique and greatest qualities.

Top. BC Premier Christy Clark with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in India. Photographed by Deb Ransom. Above left. A happy ‘mom’ moment - Christy Clark with son, Hamish. Photo provided by the Office of the Premier of British Columbia. Above right. Christy Clark announces new anti-bullying initiative at a Burnaby kindergarten class. Photographed by David Proctor, Metro News, davidproctor.ca.


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| Celebrity Profile: Premier Christy Clark

“Although I was born and raised in British Columbia, we are mostly a province of people who have chosen to live here. What is better than that? I think that makes British Columbia the most special place in the country, and one of the best places in the world to live. And because people from different backgrounds choose this as home, as a people, we welcome difference here in British Columbia. I never found that when I lived in Edinburgh, Scotland or Paris, France and I missed the ocean.” Being near the ocean has a peaceful effect for Christy and she is one of those people who will always want to live near the water. Premier Clark was a pleasure to speak with. She is engaging, energetic and teeming with enthusiasm to affect positive change for the province. However, what I took away from my discussions with her was this: first, foremost and always – Christy Clark is a strong woman, concerned parent and very proud British Columbian.

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“The Gulf Islands. My family got a cottage there in 1969, and since my father was a public school teacher, we would spend every summer there. It is a special place for me where I got to spend all summer long with both my mom and my dad. It is somewhere that I still love to get away to, whenever I can.”

What activities do you love to take part in with your son, Hamish?

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“I used to think of myself as a runner. I love to run. Actually, if truth be told, I don’t love running but it’s the quickest and most effective way to burn off a lot of calories. I do love kayaking and own a little kayak that I like to take out whenever I have time. Also, my son and I just recently took up skiing together. It was a sport that we can do together. Hamish was amazing – four hours into our first day and he was up on the blue runs. I love it because it’s a family sport and we get to spend time on the chairlift, talking and laughing together.”

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| Tony’s Take on BC Weather

Bad weather always looks worse through a window

Tony’s Take on bc weather A very wise man named Kin Hubbard made this observation many years ago. And, when you think about it he was probably right on the money. Hubbard said; “Don`t knock the weather. If it didn`t change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn`t start a conversation.”

Words by Tony Parsons

Well, spring is here ahead and we have a lot to talk about in British Columbia, don`t we? We`ll start with “isn’t this a great day?” Or, “If you don`t like the weather, wait a few minutes and it`ll change.” And a few months later, or perhaps even days later, the opener may be something like; ‘’Boy, do you think this rain will ever stop?” Or, if you live in the northern reaches of our province you might well ask,

“Have you ever seen snow like this before?” Well, in truth, I have.

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During the early days of our arrival in Canada, we saw titanic snow drifts sweeping across Ontario fields and snow banks piled so high you could barely see the sun hovering over them. Some days, when even the ploughs couldn`t negotiate the rural roads, we would stay cocooned in our warm parlours gathered around blazing wood fires waiting to be rescued, but secretly hoping help might never come at least until we`d run out of books to read and grilled cheese sandwiches to munch on. We knew, as someone once said, “Bad weather always looks worse through a window.” Of course, help always came and we eventually shrugged the snow off our shoulders and slid our way back to school or work.

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Tony Parsons. 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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The 2012 Trend Report for Cutting Edge Kitchen Renovations

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Above. Today’s modern kitchen is all about blending the minimalistic language of form, the elegance of the interior accessory and the high degree of functionality with cutting edge design. The Siematic S2 available at Redl Kitchen Studio.


There was a time that kitchen redesign was a tale of compromises: sacrificing style for function, flair for conformity, warmth for ease of cleaning. No longer: the explosion in kitchen options means that there is a design out there that should satisfy each and every one of us, regardless of peccadilloes (I’m talking to you, countertop deep-frying fans). Advanced technology, flexible storage, and a rethinking of colour are opening new doors to a fresh and useful kitchen.

All of us foodies have a dream deep down: to wake up one morning and find our tired old kitchen magically transformed into an inviting and functional workshop just waiting for our masterful skills to bring it to life. Now that many of us are ready to make that dream come true for ourselves it helps to have an idea of what kitchen options are hot with designers these days, so that we can create a splendid cooking (and eating) space that will be the envy of all our friends; here’s a few tips.

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Left. Today’s modern kitchen offers sophisticated elegance with a sleek look. Refin Slate Collection: this porcelain line is as close to the real slate but without the maintenance. Digitally copied prints allow for no repeats so you get the random look. Perfect for interior and exterior applications! Photo provided by City Tile.

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Building a dream kitchen, even in the planning stages, means going from the ground up (banish that vinyl to the garbage heap!). Many kitchens are flooded with sunlight, and there’s no better complement to a sunny room than the natural look of hardwood. Wood floors are comfortable, beautifully timeless and resilient. The hottest trends in kitchen flooring are exotic woods, including Brazilian Walnut and Siberian Birch. Also, reclaimed wood comes with the upshot of built-in character, doing away with the worry of that dreaded first mishap ding in a new floor.

Whatever wood you choose, go with the broadest boards you can find: they’re most attractive, make a room look visually larger, and feel nice under the feet. Tile floors are also a popular choice for kitchens, and there are a tremendous number of modern options to suit your taste for visually stunning tile. It can make fine china endangered and mornings a bit chillier (unless you go with in-floor heating), but there is no replacement for the classy effect of brilliant stone tile.


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Below left. With coarsely textured elements in shades of gray and khaki, this decidedly casual and beach countertop can best be described as the colour of wet sand along a lonely coastline. Cambria product shot provided by Colonial Countertops. Below right. A rich and versatile mix of browns, golds and shimmering gray with just enough unexpected interest to catch the eye. Understated swirls of gray and tan on cream lend a chic air in this delightfully adaptable palette. Cambria product shot provided by Colonial Countertops.

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Even in 2012, no kitchen is complete these days without an island, or at least a breakfast bar. Indispensable for preparation, storage, even as a spot for informal meals, islands of all shapes and sizes are a staple of the modern kitchen. They’re also a great place to work at the laptop while cooking. If you have the space, take the plunge.

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Kitchen islands are a great place to show off both your refined taste and foresight; contemporary islands come with built-in features such as microwave ovens, refrigerated drawers, and virtual wine cellars, most with digital controls discreetly placed.

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Best of all, islands are highly visible and interactive, especially with bar-style seating around them; they are a fantastic way to show off your choice of exotic countertop materials, like cultured marble or attractive imported alternatives. A single slab of dazzling stone shows a taste for durability and fashion without going industrial.

Colours that Whet the Appetite

Kitchens are visually busy places, so it’s not always easy to settle on a cohesive colour scheme that incorporates all of the elements that will be in it. When appliances came in black, white, and steel finishes, it was far too easy to settle on a neutral theme that left you with a chessboard for a kitchen… but who wants to feel like a pawn for half the day? Busting out of the black-white cycle is easier now, with the variety of finishes on accessories and the return to embracing natural substances like granite and wood. Harvest colours like burnt oranges, deep reds, soft browns and faded yellows are an increasingly popular choice. Still, by all accounts this year’s “hottest” colour for kitchens is going to be grey.

Above. The modern ‘well done’ kitchen has a distinct style and personality. Cabinets by Pamli in Thermofoil Gloss Camagon. Kitchen island by Calvi in Thermofoil Gloss Red. Photo provided by Kitchen Craft.


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The obsession with European-style, ultra-efficient cabinetry is fading – finally! Long banks of simple, uniform cabinets, adorned with (yawn) minimalist steel fittings, are falling away as quickly as they appeared, and people are returning to the host of original, craftsman-style cabinets of the past.

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• Simple can be classy, but so can ornate and expressive With this in mind, stained wood custom cabinets with profiles and mouldings are surging back into popularity, as are rustic touches like cracked paint and brass & copper fittings. If you plan to have a lot of visible stainless steel in your kitchen (instead of black glass or ceramic), consider the attractive complement of grille inserts for your cabinet doors, especially in black steel or even wrought iron – they’re instantly classic and tone down the contrast between wood grain and shiny metal. Even with vintage elements like these, the overall trend for 2012 is clever combination of old and new: cabinets with built-in appliances are the future of kitchens, make no mistake. With planning, cabinets can be safely installed to seamlessly house ovens, warming drawers, and dishwasher s, tucking away the less attractive parts of our essential appliances. This makes going with brighter colours or stains – an increasing trend – a bit of a challenge, but you can look for appliances that offer alternative finishes like burnished copper to create a more even flow.

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Designers are thinking outside of the ‘ice’ box Fashion Forward Plumbing

No, we’re not talking the depths under the sink here; faucets and sink basins have come a long way in recent years. Elegant is the name of the game with faucets, kitchen or otherwise, and stainless steel is still the preferred choice, although different finishes like oiled bronze are gaining ground. High arc or gooseneck faucets are all the rage, as are faucets with complete water filtration (and even carbonation) systems built in – say goodbye to the old, clunky plastic water filter.

Left. KWC Ava faucet, square designs, pull out aerator, chome or stainless steel. Photo provided by Victoria Speciality Hardware.

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Reinventing Your Kitchen No Longer Means Choosing Between Style and Function Appliances that Work

The feel of the modern kitchen is still bound in some ways to its largest residents: the appliances. Thankfully, designers have been thinking outside the icebox for some time now, and the result is some fresh and funky ideas for cooking in style. Refrigerators will always be large, but that doesn’t mean they cannot be attractive. Innovations in cooling have translated into well insulated glass-fronted fridges (cutting down on the sterile metal aura), as well as refrigerated drawers that hide nicely in the cabinetry. Cooktops are becoming increasingly popular, freeing the stove from the oven; the independent cooktop can be installed in convenient countertop locations separate from the aforementioned wall oven. Cooktops come in a variety of cool designs, incorporating glass and ceramic (mostly) and they can use electrical, gas, or induction methods. Look for the hottest trend with raised pin cooktop elements if you want to impress.

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BEDROOMS 4 + Media Room

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SQUARE FEET 2700 sq ft + 1150 sq ft garage + 700 sq ft guest suite


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An eco-friendly waterfront residence with aesthetic splendour Words by Ben Vorst Photographs by Artez Photography

When you love where you live, you want your home to reflect the surroundings as much as possible. That’s why building a dream home with a minimal footprint (and a complementary relationship to the environment) is so often about tough choices; luckily, having a contractor that has been through it all before makes it a lot easier. Verde del Mar (Green by the Sea) is evidence of this – a West Coast style custom home outside of Chemainus, where an island family teamed with Alair Homes to create a masterful, stylish structure that could have grown out of the earth itself. Not so long ago, building a rural abode was about clearing a blank canvas from the wild landscape and filling it with no regard for the area: man-made bricks and mortar plunked down in the midst of nature, a testament to technology conquering the elements. Nowadays, homeowners are (thankfully) more focused on maintaining the natural energy of a place, fitting themselves into a bigger picture.

“Communication was good - very good,” notes homeowner Jay Philippson, a native of the area, on the basis of the effective working relationship he and wife, Ana, were able to develop with the team at Alair. “Our first meeting with David [Babakaiff, Project Manager] was exceptional.” The match was a good one, not in small part because of Babakaiff ’s ability to encourage clients to think ahead when planning what (in this case) is a longterm residence.

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The space exudes a philosophy of airiness and natural light

David Babakaiff talked proudly about the Alair Homes approach to custom building. “A cornerstone of Alair’s philosophy is to provide the talent and take the time at the beginning of every project to understand the homeowner’s values, budget, preferences, and goals. Many times, by asking the right questions, we discover customers’ deep felt dreams of the perfect home (which they thought they could not have, so they don’t express it right away) and often those dreams can in fact be realized.” The dream for Jay & Ana Philippson has come true; they have achieved their goal of a space capable of embracing family and visitors without “over building”. With the help of Alair Homes, they mobilized the building ethos that it’s the quality of the space that counts, and while Verde del Mar is nearly 5,000 square feet (2700 sq ft home + 1150 sq ft garage + 700 sq ft guest suite), it is the thoughtful use of space that makes it feel both relaxingly open and cozy. The other goal – to create a home that embraces the natural surroundings and provides an adequate staging ground for the breathtaking view of the Chemainus River estuary and Salt Spring Island – has been reached as well, in convincing fashion.

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The east side of the house is completely devoted to a connection with Stuart Channel less than 100 metres away. Most impressively, the Philippsons’ had the foresight to install a 10-foot span of folding (glass panelled, fully-insulated) doors that can be opened up onto the deck, eliminating the barrier between indoors and outdoors during the gorgeous West Coast summers.

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Building in a relatively intact coastal forest area can be tricky, but it can be easier with foresight. Nobody wants to cut down trees, but everybody wants lots of natural light and an inspirational vista outside their windows. The lot was home to huge fir trees, which were selectively cut to let in more light. They were then custom-milled and used as part of the home construction. The harvest from the trees is on full display in the beautiful post and beams for the front entry, cross beams with king posts doweled together in the large vaulted main room, a solid custom fireplace hearth, and trim for windows and doors.

Main photo. Verde Del Mar epitomizes inside-outside living with expansive glass and wide open decks.

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The first steps inside the home enter a space that exudes the philosophy of airiness and natural light – ceilings soar above a broad combination of kitchen and living room, culminating in lofty cross beams. The prominent windows and deck doors that dominate the eastern side of the interior do more than just flood the space with illumination; they create an interactive touchstone with the artistry of the area: one almost feels as if faced with a walk-in landscape mural.

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This process was all part of the Philippsons’ vision to create a seamless transition from outdoors to indoors and back again. The exterior incorporates Whistler style elements including gables, cedar shingles and natural tones. The winding path to the front door goes past an open breezeway, offering an enticing snapshot of the view on full display from inside. A covered entryway, attractively accentuated by the fir posts and beams, frames a beautiful entry door, with pebbled glass and symmetrical black steel design.

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The kitchen, just off the main entrance, is a vibrant combination of maple cabinetry with chrome hardware, verde perla granite countertops, and a low maintenance granite double sink. Appliances are thoughtfully tucked away inside the cabinetry and a large island, topped with a single 10’ slab of the verde perla granite, doubles as a food preparation site and a locus for gathering family and friends in the unstructured space. The kitchen floor is a continuation of the entryway design, laid with subtle and classy Brazilian slate tile. The transition to the dining area is marked by a boundary of fir wood floors, with wide planks of the reclaimed wood providing a softer presence than the resilient stone of the kitchen. From there, an invisible shift to the open living room is affected only by furnishings and a low pony wall, retaining the free flow of the space. A sublime stone fireplace anchors the main room on one end; the air-tight design, connected to the air handler, improves heating efficiency in the house. Other environmentally-friendly features of the home include energy efficient windows, solid wood doors throughout, new insulation to R40, in-floor heating, and Energy Star appliances. The focus of the main area is unquestionably the tremendous view: The wraparound deck connects to the breezeway and entry path, creating yet another journey. To create the desired effect of the treated lumber deck reaching past the bedrock, Alair had to install special footings and a complex system of supports; nonetheless, bedrock has been incorporated into the design of the exterior of the home, continuing the natural theme. The deck also provides a second access to the master bedroom, abutting the living space, a haven of comfort that faces the same sunrise view. In lush carpet and neutral tones it, too, is an accent to the deep greens and greys of the outlook, and is itself equipped with a smaller set of fold-away doors. The bedroom is complemented by a spacious walk-in closet, as well as a luxurious ensuite bathroom. Equipped with a deep jetted tub and a capacious walk-in deluxe rain shower, the entire bathroom is done in travertine tile, and radiant in-floor heating.

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The north side of the house contains several guest bedrooms, one with en-suite (in Brazilian slate) and two more serviced by another stylish guest bathroom, this one using honed travertine. There is also a secluded den that proudly showcases a solid wood desk hand-built by Jay Philippson.

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A well planned media room is perfect for family movie nights and serviced by a tiled bar. Soundproofed using extra insulation, it is as dark as any theatre, despite its proximity to the brilliantly lit main room.

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The foresight and planning of Verde del Mar were smoothed by Alair’s website based Co-Construct system, whereby homeowners are privy to every

Above. The minimalist landscaping in the front of the property plays well off the water landscape to the back.

accepted quote, cost, and finish selection to help them maintain a real time budget and make fully informed decisions about design and expansion (in this case, from 2900 to nearly 5000 square feet). The transparent nature of the system is a key component of Alair’s approach to building projects, one which stresses clear lines of communication with homeowners. Verde del Mar is a testament to the success that homeowners and builders can achieve when working together, openly and honestly. It is also a powerful symbol of our ability to minimize the human impact on the island’s natural beauty, without sacrificing the vision of a dream house.


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Lighting FIXTURES McLaren Lighting 250.758.0138 2520 Bowen Road Nanaimo, BC mclarenlighting.com

Counters Infinite Granite Ltd. 250.729.1447 2156 Akenhead Road Nanaimo, BC infinitegranite.ca

Builder Alair Homes 250.616.1294 101-1930 Island Diesel Way Nanaimo, BC alairhomes.com photography Artez Photography 250.668.7764 Heating Systems Bryan’s Mechanical 250.758.0738 Plumbing Harbour City Plumbing 250.585.2727 Appliances Coastal Wholesale Appliances 250.758.4044

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Drywall Van-Roc Drywall 250.947.9220 Painting VanBerg Interiors 250.947.9220 Shingles Roofing AKA Contracting 250.714.3150 Siding Materials Convoy Supply 250.756.9959 Tile City Tile Ltd. 250.729.9766 4337 Boban Drive Nanaimo, BC citytile.ca

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The common thread of this 870-acre master planned community is the real estate development which is comprised of single family homes, semi-detached patio homes and condominiums. And for those not quite ready to make a complete lifestyle change to Vancouver Island / West Coast Living, Quarter ownership villa opportunities are available next to the Resort Centre, just off the 1st Tee.

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Real Estate. “We believe we have created one of Western Canada’s most complete and dynamic communities. In addition to Costco and Thrifty Foods in Crown Isle Plaza, the recently announced new site of the Comox Valley Regional Hospital will be just a drive [and wedge] from our community. Very soon we will have every amenity right around the corner: shopping, recreation, dining and healthcare….all within walking distance of your home.” Through times of growth and prosperity or economic downturn and uncertainty, Crown Isle has been able to maintain a 20-year history of fiscal responsibility and sustainability. Crown Isle has been copied by many, but never duplicated. At Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community, we are not selling real estate - we are selling lifestyle!


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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. 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 the Thrifty’s plaza under construction, our remaining commercially zoned lands are becoming more and more desirable.

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

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Creekside at Corfield offers unmatched value and beauty. This spectacular community comprises of 60 single level upscale townhomes and 30 duplexes, ranging in size from 1,335 to 1,516 square feet. “Phase 1 is completely sold out, Phase 2 is 70% sold out, and Phase 3 is now selling,” says John Cooper, onsite realtor for RE/MAX of Nanaimo. Key features include oversized double garages, huge master suites, gourmet kitchens with granite countertops, maple hardwood floors, skylights, stamped concrete patios and much more.

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conveniently located close to shopping, dining and world class beaches. All homes within the Creekside at Corfield community are environmentally friendly. Creekside was a finalist in the 2010 Power Smart Excellence Awards presented by BC Hydro; and each residence has a Gold Star rating. “That’s because they are well insulated and have in-floor heating throughout,” says Cooper. “Each home also has an on-demand hot water system.” At this time, this high level of quality and value starts at just $359,900, but hurry! For a limited time, a $10,000 rebate is being offered on select unit. Contact John Cooper for details. Built with the downsizing retiree in mind, this upscale collection of homes will appeal to the most discerning buyer.


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Above. E300 Leather Corner Stressless Sofa by Ekornes. For the ultimate in luxurious corner sofas, only leather will suffice. A sofa that is more than a seat, it is a lifestyle enhancement. Available at Scan Designs.


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Sofas Words by Roberto Bernardi

The Modern Synchronization of Function, Style and Luxury

The sofa plays a unique role in the Canadian household; always ready to play comforting friend or elegant host

The furniture we choose for our homes says a lot about who we are: flamboyant or reserved, indulgent or ascetic, daring or traditional, our home is an extension of our attitudes toward style, space, and sociability. When it comes to modern seating, today’s market offers a host of sensational sofa options – allowing every home body to express their unique style without sacrificing functionality or comfort.

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Sofas hold a unique place in every household; they are central both in body and spirit. We count on them to be there when we come home exhausted, welcoming us with a familiar embrace. And yet we also lean on them to serve as a nexus of activity and hospitality during our social times, representing our desire to welcome friends and family into our home. As if this is not asking a lot, we also expect a couch to fit seamlessly into our overall vision of a stylish home, anchoring our most visible rooms and marking our place in the world of interior design.

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Choosing an appropriate luxury chesterfield can be easy, if one has their priorities straight. First and foremost: What are your needs? Do you find yourself holding large parties where half the guests search longingly for a place to rest their weary limbs? Or do you need a family friendly gathering place for a party of five or less? Maybe you just need a personal hub, where you can gather yourself and enjoy a great book, or a fantastic West Coast lifestyle magazine?

Whatever the requirements, there’s a perfect option out there for you: don’t rest until you find it. The sofa is a very personal choice – an investment piece that should be a pleasure for as long as it stays in your home. Modern sofas come in as many styles, colours and patterns as can be imagined, but the upholstery still comes down to two main choices fabric or leather. The sumptuous nature of hide coverings make them attractive, not to mention durable, and the demand for leather home furnishings remains strong. Traditional fabric upholstery is much more dynamic, with a variety of choices, from casual cotton and linen, to formal velvet and damask. Shape provides a wealth of options, from the usual tripartite lounger to cutting edge designs of various forms. High-backed sofas are very hot for 2012, especially in loveseats and smaller scale cocktail sofas; angular peaks on backs and armrests are a natural complement to the high back, and the result is a renaissance in art deco design, with a touch of the modern achieved the use of through vibrant colours and reflective textiles.


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The balance between art and function is ever present in the modern sofa; there’s a philosophy behind every element, obvious or not. Deep, heavily cushioned pieces of furniture speak to an ethos of comfort and familiarity, of long hours in contemplation or engrossed in conversation. Remove the armrests, and the piece is suddenly a stopping point along a journey through the room, a juncture for new connections and fresh, open discourse. Loveseats demand intimacy (as the name suggests), whether old friends or new acquaintances. Sectional and corner sofas, too, are specifically designed to encourage interaction between people; their orientation also dissuades fixations on a single point (like a television), guiding the activities in the room and, therefore, in life.

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Sculptural sofa designs, like modular furniture, are a double-edged sword: they can make a room’s décor the talk of a party and a testament to refined taste… if they fit their surroundings. Always be aware of the space as a whole and the overall design priorities when choosing your furniture. For example, a down-filled sofa with white linen slipcovers may look out of place in an industrial loft space.

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| Sensational Sofas

A recurring trend for 2012 is the well-heeled high back sofa – in both traditional and contemporary styles

Above. One of the hottest trends right now is leather quilting and “Zane’s” stitching certainly doesn’t disappoint. The long lean contemporary lines make a statement while giving you incredible comfort. These modular pieces can fill any size Great Room from a three seater to whatever your needs might be. Available at La-Z-Boy.

Above. Space 2-seater High Back Stressless Sofa by Ekornes. With the ingenious comfort of individual reclining seats, and a patented glide function which follows the body’s slightest movement to provide perfect support. Available at Scan Designs.

Whatever your needs, there is a dream sofa out there for you, your family and your home; one that incorporates the artistry and uniqueness that embodies your design aesthetic and lifestyle. Don’t settle for the wrong seat… when you do find your sensational sofa, jump on it.

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| Resort Escape: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort and Homes & Living magazine are proud sponsors of the 26th Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival.

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Oceanfront Resort One of the most stunning new outposts on Canada’s wild Pacific Coast

March 17-25, 2012 Each year, on the shores of Vancouver Island’s wild west coast, 20,000 grey whales migrate from the Baja Peninsula to Alaska’s Bering Strait and beyond. During the month of March, in the shoreline communities of Tofino and Ucluelet, spring arrives with a big splash thanks to the Pacific Rim Whale Festival. More info at PacificRimWhaleFestival.com Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is the perfect basecamp to enjoy all the festivities. Make your travel plans now to join the celebration for 2012! Info at blackrockresort.com


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The entire staff at Black Rock, starting at the top with general manager Adele Larkin, see storm season a little differently, and I was eager to experience their unique take – storm warming – firsthand. Deciding on the weekend girls’ getaway experience, I brought along a very dear friend from Nanaimo, Karen Evans. What I hadn’t realized was how great it would be to see the resort through the fresh eyes of a newcomer, as I have stayed at Black Rock on three previous occasions, and Karen had never been.

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is a luxuriously laid back, oceanfront resort property on Vancouver Island’s rugged Pacific Rim coast that everyone should experience at least once – especially during storm watching season. Built with an obvious respect for Mother Nature and the natural elements that surround the resort property, Black Rock effortlessly blends wood, glass, steel and rock into unpretentious architecture brilliance. The oceanfront suite we checked into was the epitome of understated elegance. Our guestroom featured a large living area with fireplace, gourmet kitchen with separate dining room, splendid sleeping quarters, and spa-inspired bathroom with heated floors, soaker tub and rain shower, and a furnished balcony with the most remarkable views. If you come to the Pacific Rim to do a little storm watching, the private terraces at Black Rock are where you want to be.

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One of the greatest winter treats in British Columbia is experiencing stormy weather on the west coast of Vancouver Island. One of the few places in the world where bad weather can be a really good thing, storm watching is a wondrous West Coast spectacle on British Columbia’s Pacific Rim. All winter long, a low pressure system builds, delivering storm after storm of natural spectacle – raging waters, turbulent shorelines and mesmerizing storm watching. One of the best places to witness the angry winter seas is in Ucluelet, BC, and specifically from the viewpoints at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort.

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Karen and I only see each other a few times a year so we had a lot of girl talk to catch up on. Given the extremely warm and cozy room, it would have been easy to stay put, with a few bottles of good wine, for the entire weekend. I was beginning to understand why they called it storm warming here. Later the first night, we headed to the resort’s celebrated restaurant, Fetch, which is located in the main lodge building. The dining atmosphere is one of decidedly West Coast graciousness, with a touch of eclectic art and a wall of windows to the vast oceans below. Internationally acclaimed Executive Chef Morné Van Antwerp, who joined the Black Rock team in June 2011, is a South African born chef who came to Ucluelet from The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts in Singapore. Chef Morné brings a level of international flair to the new menus at Black Rock, but never forgets to add the infusion of local flavours. “Our menus are created with locally sourced seasonal ingredients in mind.” Above. The spectacular main lobby that exudes West Coast charm and sensibility.

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Conveniently nestled at 3371 Oak St. (between Cloverdale Ave. and Saanich Rd.), the new 9000+ square foot complex exudes the sophistication of the Infiniti brand: the exterior boasts attractive etched glass frontage, creating a waterfall effect; the interior incorporates slate tile & wood floors, the charm of muted colors and natural light; and the high ceilings and open air concept leave prospective clients feeling free to roam around and peruse pressure-free.

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The complex’s courtesy lounge - complete with entertainment, internet, and refreshments - makes a trip to the dealership more like visiting friends. It’s an important aspect of a business founded on building lasting relationships with customers, encouraging them to stop in at any time, for maintenance or just for a cup of coffee. There’s even an easy-to-use, drive through service centre and a ‘delivery area’, worthy of an upscale art gallery, where new owners can explore all the features of their precious purchase with the friendly guidance of the Infiniti team. Inspired performance, indeed.

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Fetch:

“The word Fetch is an oceanographic term referring to the distance a constant wind blows across a body of water without interruption of the generation of wave. The longer the Fetch length or distance, the higher the wave”

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.

Artist: Karena Donnelly

Above. Fetch Restaurant, with its awe-inspiring views is the ideal place to start the day.

Asking Chef Morné to choose the menu for us, Karen and I feasted on a magnificent dinner menu that included sampling two starters, four different main courses and a shared dessert [see menu on page 66]. The dinner service was outstanding, the atmosphere was absolutely warming, and the food was simply sublime. The ‘warming’ experience continued the next morning when we arrived at the hotel’s Drift Spa. As spa director Judy Berwick explained, “Drift Spa is a sanctuary with signature treatment rooms, including a private couple’s massage room overlooking the ocean, a hydrotherapy tub, and a serene oceanfront lounge for total relaxation.”

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Karen experienced a thalassotherapy seaweed soak; a treatment that uses seaweed nutrients, marine minerals, sea salts and heat to nurture and purify the body; leaving you rejuvenated and relaxed.

Just a few hours from Nanaimo, this has become a hot spot for islanders looking for a mini vacation. This stunning resort in Ucluelet is just minutes from some of the world’s best surfing, beaches, forests, restaurants and the unique village of Tofino.

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…

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I was treated to Drift’s signature Perfect Storm spa treatment which incorporates a thalasso seaweed gel wrap, Vichy shower, hot stones and aromatherapy massage to create an exceptionally unique spa experience. Drops of rain hit your body at a speed set to relieve sore muscles, revitalize the skin, and stimulate lymph circulation to rid toxins. The combination of the wrap, water shower, and massage was a wonderful treatment, which left me in a warm state of overall wellbeing for many days to follow.

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FETCH MENU Starters Oven Roasted Fall Squash Soup Toasted pumpkin seeds, spiced crème fraiche and cariboo birch syrup West Coast Chanterelle Risotto Shaved black truffle, caramelized cipollini onion, thyme butter and parmesan tulle

Mains Seared Scallops and Confit Pork Belly Parmesan liquid ravioli, red and yellow beet cured Uclulet sunchoke Smoked Pacific Black Cod Outlandish mussel and clam, lemongrass broth, shaved baby turnip and carrots, Du Puy lentil and rainbow chard Above. Oceanfront guest lounge at Drift Spa.

Canadian Rangeland Elk Tenderloin Soft herb crusted maple butter braised salsify, smoked blue potatoes and huckleberry jus Yarrow Meadows Duck Breast Foie gras and duck rilette ‘bar’, Nanoose Edibles Farm quince paste, pickled beets, fingerling potato press and arugula puree

Serious storm watching is one of those memorable life events that take your spirits to a deeper level. Black Rock simply adds elemental civility to the experience.

Dessert Cinnamon Sugar Dusted Beignets Maple whiskey toffee and crème fraiche

Chef Morné. Internationally acclaimed Executive Chef Morné Van Antwerp, who joined the Black Rock team in June 2011, is a South African born chef who came to Ucluelet from The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts in Singapore.

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| Retirement Living: BC Snowbirds

Words by Jill Lang

BC Snowbirds: Purchasing an Investment/ Rental Property in Central Vancouver Island

RETIREMENT

Think of BC as synonymous with Arizona or Florida. The West Coast is Canada’s paradise, a home away from home in the heart of nature’s gleaming elegance, where golf courses flock like the salmon of Capistrano. More and more Canadian retirees are purchasing investment properties in BC, as opposed to warmer counterparts to the south, because you can golf all year round and keep health insurance costs down.

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Snowbirds looking to purchase property in BC should first choose where on Vancouver Island they want to invest (perhaps Qualicum Beach, Nanoose Bay or the Comox Valley), and then find a real estate agent who absorbs the ebbs and flows of the market. To determine the exact use of the property (investment vs. rental), the agent should be equipped to offer realistic estimates on costs, including mortgage payments, property taxes and strata maintenance fees, as well as offer suggestions to maximize revenue; location, location, location.

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With location in mind, the core is usually a better investment. Retirees generally choose BC’s West Coast for its sparkly water, so residential pockets around a city’s centre are typically a good investment. In Central Vancouver Island, snowbirds can be found in Nanaimo, Parksville and Courtenay – to name a few - for part of the year, and choose urban areas because it gives Above. Canadians are living longer than ever before; planning for the future is critical.

LIVING

them access to entertainment, shopping, musicals, fitness—everything.

However, properties purchased solely for investment [and rented out unfurnished] tend to have a wider selection to choose from. Local real estate professionals state that, on the lower mainland, condos are the wave of the future. Researching the condo market before you invest may indicate a higher demand for studio and one bedroom suites in the furnished market, for example, and two bedroom suites in the unfurnished market. With location and condo layout in mind, choosing the right property management company could save snowbirds heaps of time and money. Managing a residence from afar can get complicated if a problem arises in the building or with a tenant, so it is advisable to hire a local property management company. An industry standard fee that property management companies charge is 10% of the monthly rental fee, and any other costs above that, the unit owner pay out of their snow-filled pockets. Although, a snowbird’s pockets wouldn’t be filled with snow if the winter was spent in a coastal rainforest, basking on golf courses in temperatures above zero -- no snow tires necessary.


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Luxury auto enthusiasts on Vancouver Island have continued to exhibit their taste for excellence, challenging Campus Infiniti to keep up with the heavy demand for the brand’s popular G series. The line, which includes the G Sedan, G Coupe, Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) G Coupe, and the G Convertible, is popular across the country, but here on the West coast, strong sales reflect the island’s insistence for the crème-de-la-crème of luxury vehicles. A few of the many alluring features available include intelligent all-wheel drive, All-Around View (cameras and sensors to aid parking), NavTraffic, XM Satellite radio capability, 9.3 GB Music Box hard drive, aniline leather seats, individual climate control, Bluetooth capability, keyless entry, and push button ignition, as well as the Infiniti Controller system (with 7-inch display) for easy adjustment of all audio, temperature, fuel economy, and comfort settings. Many of these features are now standard, reflecting the highest level of luxury that Infiniti clientele have come to expect from the automaker.

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| The Taxing Side of Owning a Foreign Property

Words by Douglas Parkhurst, C.A.

The Taxing Side of

Owning a Foreign Property So you have purchased a house in the Uinted States. NOW WHAT?

You have spent the last few years watching the prices of homes in Arizona drop to the point where you have decided to take the plunge and buy an investment property. Now that the initial excitement has worn off, you realize you need to figure out what to do next. First things first‌ Get your [new] house in order!

The first thing you have to do is to locate a reliable property manager. Property managers are individuals or companies that specialize in locating tenants, screening tenants and overseeing the day-to-day matters of being a landlord. Arizona and many other U.S. states require, by law, that properties owned by non-Americans have a registered property manager. We suggest that you look for well known, reputable management companies. These are professionals that make their living managing rentals. You should avoid part-time managers or companies with few listings in order to ensure that you minimize the chance of problems.

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As a new foreign investment property owner, you will now have to file tax returns in both countries. You should locate a CA firm capable of preparing both your Canadian and U.S. tax returns.

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The general rule is that the Unite States requires any individual or company with property in the U.S. to file a U.S. tax return. This means that you have to obtain a U.S. tax number, and start to file a 1040NR (non-resident) tax

return. To obtain an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) you will need to visit an acceptance agent. Gary Ruffle Ltd is an IRS registered Authorized Acceptance Agent and we can help you obtain this number. If you thought Canadian taxation was complicated‌

We understand that a lot of Canadians find foreign tax reporting requirements confusing. Using the example of owning a rental property in the state of Arizona, the Canadian who owns the property will need to report rental income on the U.S. tax return. Your Canadian income is not taxable in the United States. However, as a Canadian resident, you are required to report U.S. income on your Canadian return as well. Many people at this point are concerned that they are going to be taxed twice on the income. There is a mechanism in the tax system that gives you credit for taxes paid in another country. While there are some differences between the two countries tax systems - how the income calculated, for the most part, the types of expenses that you can deduct are the same. In addition, you will likely have to declare that you own a foreign investment asset outside of Canada on your tax return. This is not a complex disclosure, but it is required for Canadian residents. It is suggested that you contact a CA firm familiar with both systems to help you identify what information you will need for tax time.

Above. Although the paperwork may seem daunting for foreign property owners, a professional tax accountant can demystify the process.


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| REjoice! renew.revive.refresh.

REjoice! renew.revive.refresh.

In 1960, the first working laser was used. The following year saw the first medical use of a Ruby laser which treated retinal tumors of the eyes. As tools, lasers have revolutionized our ability to treat the skin. Over the last half a century, this evolution has opened up possibilities of treating sun damage ranging from premature wrinkles and lines to brown spots, dilated red and blue vessels and even precancerous sun spots. Various scars can be improved as well as treating disfiguring birthmarks. In short, lasers improve the quality of the skin.

THE 4-D’s

There are four aspects of aging skin, termed the 4-D’s • Deterioration – this refers to the skin itself – approximately 90% of our skin’s aged appearance is from sun damage – lasers help address this • Deflation – we lose volume as evidenced by hollowing around the eyes, cheeks and mouth – dermal fillers address this by supporting and lifting • Descent - skin laxity, a result of collagen loss, leads to jowls and neck folds – this can be addressed non-invasively with focused ultrasound and pulsed radiofrequency therapies

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Words by Dr. Mark Lupin Dr. Mark Lupin BSc MD FRCPC FAAD Dermatology Director – Cosmedica Laser Centre, Victoria Regional Director – Canadian Dermatology Association Clinical Instructor – University of British Columbia

The Wonderful World of Aesthetic Dermatology Dermal fillers have also evolved such that we treat the entire face rather than simply chase wrinkles. By restoring lost volume, more natural and longer sustained results are possible such as with the nonanimal hyaluronan fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm. Botox has been around for over 20 years and while being a worldwide phenomenon, it originated here, in Canada – Vancouver in fact. Paradigm shifts have occurred that have led to more natural and better results while reducing risks and minimizing downtime. Another exciting area is non-invasive body contouring. Utilizing focused ultrasound technologies, systems such as the UltraShape V3 and LipoSonix permanently remove fat around the tummy, hips and thighs as well as provide gentle skin tightening. If there is a cautionary point, it is the footnote that, concurrent with the rapid evolution of technologies, there is also a rapid increase in treatment providers which include many non-physicians such as dentists, nurses and nail technicians. For the public, the lines are blurred when they seek treatments with socalled aesthetic specialists who are not true medical specialists. Their learning curves are necessarily steep and they do not have the knowledge that a five year Residency and Royal College certification in Dermatology provides to properly diagnose and treat the skin. My own history is that of a physician of 24 years with Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and American Board Certification in Dermatology over 15 years ago. I have always been fascinated with the skin and its ability to interact with the environment. I spent part of my Dermatology Residency studying photobiology, the interaction of light and the skin, at St. John’s Hospital, in London, England. In 1998, I established Cosmedica Laser Centre in Victoria, BC. The concept was to offer a comprehensive service to my patients, employing the latest in technologies. I am thrilled to be working in this field of ‘happy medicine’ to brighten people’s days and see the extra degree of confidence they now wear. In upcoming 2012 issues of Homes & Living magazine, I will address some of the latest trends and exciting developments that restore healthy skin and help to create the “wow” we all deserve. — Dr. Mark Lupin BSc MD FRCPC FAAD


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HOMES Web Exclusive Article… Quick and Easy Winter Home Décor Projects Using Fabric Even though we see no or little snow in British Columbia, temperatures during the winter months still get cold and streets get damp, and many of us are driven indoors where it is warm and cozy. In wintertime, more than any other season, the focus is on interior design and decorating. Creating a warm, inviting and cozy interior becomes the order of the season; and there is no better way to achieve these changes than with fabric. Go ahead! Embrace winter and shake up your interior décor with quick, easy projects that take only a few hours to do, won’t break the bank and will brighten your home throughout the season. Read the full article online at HLMagazine.com

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How to Keep Your Garden Green the Organic Way Controlling insects and other pests in the garden can be a daunting task. Remember to also be kind to the earth and other living creatures in the garden by going green. Every garden is riddled with pest and insects problems; killing flowers and eating greenery. Today’s gardener should know the importance of not using harsh chemicals in the garden. For every garden pest issue, there is a natural pest control option. Nowadays, organic products can cost less than harmful pesticides and of course, the green options are better for your garden, pets and children that play in the yard, local wildlife and the environment in general. Read the full article online at HLMagazine.com

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The Berlin is a stylish sofa that easily converts into a sofa bed.  Suitable for any living area and available in a variety of colours. 

Organic form meets imaginative function in this teak coat tree. Using eco-friendly materials with an apparent West Coast sensibility, this unique piece does double duty as purposeful storage and stand-alone art piece.

Authenticity Lighting’s Palladium Crystal Chandelier merges traditional and modern, filling the room with an unsurpassed elegance. Streamlined polished chrome finishing, optic crystal shades and teardrops make this fixture unforgettable.

Available at scan designs

Available at teak tree

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

437 Fitzwilliam St. Nanaimo

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Available at illuminations lighting solutions

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250.755.3031 | theteaktree.com

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cottage classic The “Cottage Classic” series from Kincaid is as comfortable as it looks. Undeniable luxury as you sink into the down blend cushions. No chance to tire of your sofa as back and seat cushions are reversible allowing you to have an ever changing look depending on the season. Available at la-z-boy

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community

in the news

City Tile Announces Beautiful New 13,000 sq ft Showroom

An Attitude Adjustment in Home Furnishings Is Coming

Lifelong community advocate James MacIntyre has recently acquired two of Nanaimo’s local businesses - Pi Granite Fabricators Ltd. and Studio Kitchens & Design Ltd. Macintyre explains his philosophy, “Business isn’t always just about the bottom line; in many cases, it is the work within a community that helps a company succeed.”

After eight successful years in business, City Tile welcomes customers to their brand new, 13,000 square foot showroom that opened in August 2011.

MacIntyre was impressed with the local reputations of both companies before taking them over in October 2011 – one is known for high quality custom kitchens, bathrooms and countertops – the other for offering exceptional granite from around the globe. For the former CFO in the building industry and Chartered Accountant, buying the two companies presented a unique two-fold opportunity: offer outstanding products and services to the mid-island communities, and use the businesses as a vehicle to give back. MacIntyre’s two companies have already played host to charitable events, supporting the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island, and sponsoring SPCA Appreciation Night at a recent Nanaimo Clippers hockey game.

Owner, Dominic Staniscia, strived to create a functional, interactive environment for customers, “We wanted our customers to be able to look at the skid of tile-touch it, feel it, buy it, and then take it away. We didn’t want a gallery, so to speak.” The space was designed to utilize natural light, enhancing the displays, while bringing a touch of home to the space. Stanisca aims to provide an unparalleled shopping experience, with superior customer service and an outstanding array of quality tiles and products.

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.

Expect to receive superb customer service and a warming sense of community when visiting the brand new showroom for Pi Granite Fabricators Ltd. and Studio Kitchens & Design Ltd. MacIntyre and his team will be pleased to offer you magnificent pieces to make your home project a success. Pi Granite 2120 Northfield Road, Nanaimo, BC 250.758.7731 pigranite.ca Studio Kitchens + Design 2100 Northfield Road, Nanaimo, BC 250.758.2566 studiokitchens.ca

The impressive showroom provides all of the necessary tiling materials for contractors, designers, and those looking for a fresh do-it-yourself project.

City Tile boasts an incredible pallet of 2,200 tiles and natural stones, making them Vancouver Island’s largest tile supplier. The finest in ceramic, porcelain, slate, travertine, granite, glass and stainless steel tiles are personally selected by Stanisca from various countries and are imported to the new showroom. The impressive new City Tile showroom offers endless possibilities to add that luxurious finishing touch to the finest of homes. ...Experience the City Tile difference City Tile 4337 Boban Drive, Nanaimo, BC 250.729.9766 866-729-9766 (toll free) citytile.ca

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. Watch for the grand opening of Muse & Merchant coming to the Victoria [Langford] region soon. Scan Designs - Nanaimo 1711 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC 250.753.6361 scandesigns.com Scan Designs - Victoria 661 McCallum Road, Victoria, BC 250.475.2233 scandesigns.com

vancouver island la-z-boy furniture galleries welcomes 4 new owners Vancouver Island’s La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries are pleased to welcome four new owners to their reputable team. The new owners have all been dedicated associates of La-Z-Boy for several years and are thrilled to be moving forward in the company. La-Z-Boy has evolved into a complete home décor store, providing a grand selection of elite pieces designed both for comfort, and to impress. The new owners, David Younger, Rita Roorda, Kim Lichtensteiger and Dana Wright, join founder Anthony Gray, in turning La-Z-Boy into a recognized hub for all of your homes decorative needs. They are pleased to offer a complimentary in-home design service. Their expert team of interior decorators can re-vamp your entire home into its finest form. Providing the highest calibre service and products is La-Z-Boys commitment. The four new owners, with the assistance of their dedicated staff, have extended their dedication to community all the way to Columbia and Haiti, where they have extensive work supporting the local communities. Visit one of Vancouver Island’s La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries today and be welcomed by the new owners and their expert staff. You will be displayed with an endless number of possibilities to create that ideal look for your home. La-Z-Boy - Nanaimo 3200 Island Hwy North, Nanaimo, BC 250.756.4114 la-z-boy.com La-Z-Boy - Victoria 3501 Saanich Road, Victoria, BC 250.382.5269 la-z-boy.com

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companies advertised in Homes & Living magazine. You can find their ad on the page number indicated below the photo.

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United Carpet Parksville

fairtide floors

4-287 Martindale Rd. Parksville 250.248.4664 | parksvillefloors.com Beautiful. Natural. Durable. Sustainable. pg. 17

appliances

Beautiful. Natural. Durable. Sustainable.

United Carpet nanaimo

coast wholesale appliances

pg. 49

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.

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

10-4151 Mostar Rd. Nanaimo | 250.758.4044

4280 Shell Beach Rd. Ladysmith 250.618.7463 | fairtidefloors.com

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

2700 Beverly Street #101

#4-287 Martindale Road at Island Highway

TM

pg. 17

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.

Erickson furniture & Appliance

valley carpet one floor & home

277 Government St Duncan | 250.748.2511

230 Kenneth St. Duncan 250.748.2581 Duncan | 250 746 4851 |

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.

Parksville | 1 877 248 4664

2700 Beverly Street #101

#4-287 Martindale Road at Island Highway

floors for less 1905 Wilfert Rd. Nanaimo | 250.758.6969

Signature Series

Hardwood and Laminate on sale now!

jordans floor coverings 4890 Rutherford Rd. Nanaimo 250.758.0181 | jordans.ca

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NANAIMO 250.758.0181 LANGFORD 250.478.2989 VICTORIA 250.385.6746

Jordans.ca

Beautiful. Natural. Durable. Sustainable.

United Carpet Parksville

art galleries

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

closet & garage organizers

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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.

Beautiful. Natural. Durable. Sustain

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United Carpet nanaimo

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. 39

#4-287 Martindale Road at Island Highway

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223 Commercial Street, Nanaimo

TM

It's no wonder that, for centuries, wood has been a favoured material for floorin At Kentwood, we combine centuries of wood working tradition with advanced manufactur contemporary sense of design to create beautiful, genuine hardwood floors for the modern h unique, a natural work of art, expertly crafted to provide years of comfort and

T. 250-741-1188

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Hills Native art

The Finishing Store

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

valley carpet one floor & home

Duncan | 250 746 4851

76 Bastion St Nanaimo | 250.755.7873

5-4128 Mostar Rd. Nanaimo | 250.756.1231

Nanaimo art gallery

Westcoast shutters · Blinds · Closets

900 Fifth ST. Nanaimo | 250.740.6350

2-6332 Metral Dr. Nanaimo |

230 Kenneth St. Duncan | 250.748.2581

250.933.0033

2700 Beverly Street #101

Wingren Floors 1612 Northfield Rd. Nanaimo 250.758.3914 | wingrenfloors.com

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smashing glass 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.

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fireplace

furniture

Artist: Karena Donnelly

couch potato

Pioneer Fireplace

carpets & rugs

419 N Terminal Ave. Nanaimo |

1711 Bowen Rd Nanaimo 250.753.8900

250.753.2353

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Express your own style with personalized, custom made furniture that is affordable and uniquely your own.

Artist: Ron DuHamel

Castle Carpet One

Hundreds of fabrics to choose from!

Artist: Patrick Robinson

auscan plumbing & gas ltd. 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

Erickson Furniture

Service and installation of high efficiency natural gas products

2470 Myles Lake Rd. Nanaimo 250.591.5010 | auscanplumbingandgas.com

Many great selections on sale now!

277 Government St. Duncan | 250.748.2511 pg. 60

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

Custom Glass Work • Art Consultations for Home and Business Professional Picture Framing• Art Commissions Kiln Formed/Fused Glass Classes 180 Craig Street, Parksville | 250 248 6624 | smashingglass@anythingart.ca

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180 Commercial St. Nanaimo | 250.754.2104

flooring

1925 Bowen Rd. Nanaimo | 250.756.4944

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

city tile

Hartmann & Company 241 Selby St. Nanaimo | 250.754.2288

Signature Series

la-z-boy

4-4115 Mostar Rd. Nanaimo 250.729.9766 | citytile.ca

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3200 North Island Hwy Nanaimo | 250.756.4114 la-z-boy.com | la-z-boyvictoria.com

KIEFER Room Group

obc

Complimentary

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jordans floor coverings 4890 Rutherford Rd. Nanaimo 250.758.0181 | jordans.ca

Nanaimo 3200 North Island Hwy (Country Club Mall) Phone (250) 756-4114 Toll-Free 1-866-756-4114 Victoria 3501 Saanich Road (at Blanshard) Phone (250) 382-5269 Toll-Free 1-877-452-5269 MON - THURS 9:30 - 5:30

Travertine | Slate | Granite | Limestone | Ceramic | Porcelain | Marble

3061 Barons Rd. Nanaimo | 250.756.9996 NANAIMO 250.758.0181 LANGFORD 250.478.2989 VICTORIA 250.385.6746

FRI 9 - 7

SAT 9:30 - 5:30

SUN: NANAIMO 11 - 5

VICTORIA 12 - 5

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Cornerstone tile pg. 47

We’re taking Vancouver Island Homes from ordinary to extraordinary with our National Award Winning Design Team. Let us help transform your home!

In-Home Design

With Our Complimentary In-Home Design Service We’ll Help You Create The Perfect Room!

250.729.9766 | 4337 Boban Drive, Nanaimo | citytile.ca

scan designs 1711 Bowen Rd. Nanaimo 250.753.6361 | scandesigns.com

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Jordans.ca

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visit our NEW NaNaimo Showroom

2-4341 Boban Drive, Nanaimo | 250-585-2118 hours of operation:

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

Locally owned & operated since 1991

Smithford’s

westmark construction

164 Second Ave. Qualicum Beach | 250.752.3400

MAPLE | OAK | ALDER | BIRCH | PINE

1-2535 McCullough Rd. Nanaimo | 250.729.7540

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

Kitchen & Bath Cabinets

pg. 05 •

Kitchen & Bath

Counter Tops

Wall Beds

ParKSViLLE Showroom 975A Price Road, Parksville

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Mantles and Built-ins

Commercial Millwork

PorT aLBErNi Showroom

250-954-1789

250-724-2202

midislandcabinets.com | customerservice@midislandcabinets.com

Your VISION. Our EXPERTISE.

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

From rustic to contemporary…

westcoast solid wood furnishings 5140 Metral Dr. Nanaimo

studio kitchens & Design

From condo to castle… In maple, oak, birch, pine or alder customize with your choice of stain colours, hardware and fabrics

250.756.7707 | westcoastfurnishings.ca

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interior designers

2100 Northfield Rd. Nanaimo 250.758.2566 | studiokitchens.ca

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NOW SELLING

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

FROM $525,000

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home builders & renovators

designworks

Tom doll cabinets

6424 Lewis Rd. Nanaimo | 250.390.9246

4-147 E Fern Rd. Qualicum Beach | 250.752.7153

HO M E S Custom Homes • Renovations

alair homes

A Qualicum Beach Neighborhood

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

‘The Avant’ - H&L Feature Home

PA R K S I D E details interiors 2010

A short walk to downtown, the beach, and many of Qualicum’s other recreational amenities. A one of a kind setting nestled amongst lush parkland and connected by manicured trail systems. Parkside truly is the perfect blend of both lifestyle and location. An exclusive collection of custom designed single family

250 240 7584 w w w. p a r k s i d e l i f e . c a

1-2734 Island Hwy W Qualicum Beach | 250.752.2467

homes brought to you by...

QUALITY pg. 03

VISION

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%

kitchen & bath countertops

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,

Visit the new City Tile showroom!

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

Over 12,000 square feet of tile from around the world!

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

Custom Homes • Renovations

Vancouver Island’s largest tile selection

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

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

ej interior design

bayshore construction Box 781 Parksville | 250.248.6722

421 Ninth St. Nanaimo | 250.754.8858

JAMIE L ARSON

C.A. DESIGN

±DBM REALTY

ca-design.ca

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bayshoreconstruction.ca

dbm-realty.com

Ben labbe construction

fd & interiors

1947 Greenwood Cres. Comox | 250.339.7323

357 5th St. Courtenay | 250.338.8022

city tile 4-4115 Mostar Rd. Nanaimo 250.729.9766 | citytile.ca

pg. 2 VERDE DEL MAR

colonial countertops

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

4115 Mostar Rd Nanaimo | 250.758.5132 2989 Kilpatrick Ave. Courtenay | 250.334.2126

pg. 04

Please visit any of our 5 locations:

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Creekside at corfield

inspired Live Your Life

$10,000 Bonus Now Available* *on select units.

500 Corfield St. Parksville 1.866.956.6228 | creeksideatcorfield.com

to View Our newest Colours Visit CambriaCanada.com

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Parksville | 250.248.2775

Prices starting at $359 900

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courtenay: 2989 Kilpatrick Ave, 250-334-2126 nanaimo: 4115 Mostar Rd, 250-758-5132 victoria: 609 Alpha St, 250-383-1926 Burnaby: 3841 Still Creek Ave, 604-421-2205 Kelowna: 1630 Innovation Dr, 250-765-3004

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

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Your VISION. Our EX

pg. 49 QUARRIERS AND FABRICATORS OF NATURAL STONE Superior Service and Craftsmanship

Two New Sub-Divisions for 2012!

crown isle

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

1.866.956.6228

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of Nanaimo 250.754.1223

Visit the website or contact John Cooper for full details

399 Clubhouse Drive Courtenay 250.703.5000 | crownisle.com

interior design group 200-4311 Boban Dr. Nanaimo | 250.751.0922

pg. 53 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.

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!

HARDWOOD INSTALLATION Fairtide Floors 250.618.7463 4280 Shell Beach Road Ladysmith, BC fairtidefloors.com

Priced From

Condominiums Patio Homes

$279,000 $309,000

Single Family Homes Building Lots

$449,900 $169,900

Current listings available at crownisle.com

Commercial Opportunities Available (40 Acres Remaining)

6230 Garside Rd. Nanaimo 250.390.0317 | dogwoodmountainhomes.com

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2890 Allenby Rd. Duncan 3 1 2 250.746.7257 | matrixmarble.com

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

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

pg. 07

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

LIGHTING FIXTURES McLaren Lighting 250.758.0138 2520 Bowen Road Nanaimo, BC mclarenlighting.com

BUILDER Alair Homes 250.616.1294 101-1930 Island Diesel Way Nanaimo, BC alairhomes.com

H O M E S

&

R E N O V A T I O N S

T. 250.390.0317 - 6230 Garside Road, Nanaimo, B.C.

g martin custom builders ltd.

dogwoodmountainhomes.com

unique interiors 1151 Osprey Dr. Duncan | 250.748.0747

6537 Doumont Rd. Nanaimo | 250.390.3987

georgia view homes

CABINETS KITCHEN & BATH Studio Kitchens & Design 250.758.2566 2100 Northfield Road Nanaimo, BC

4988 Island Highway South Union Bay 778.427.1112 | islandsoapstone.com HEATING SYSTEMS Bryan’s Mechanical 250.758.0738

C U S T O M

COUNTERS Infinite Granite Ltd. 250.729.1447 2156 Akenhead Road Nanaimo, BC infinitegranite.ca

north island soapstone PHOTOGRAPHY Artez Photography 250.668.7764

Committed to customer satisfaction

pi granite

PLUMBING Harbour City Plumbing 250.585.2727 APPLIANCES Coastal Wholesale Appliances 250.758.4044

2100 Northfield Rd. Nanaimo 250.758.7731 | pigranite.ca

ELECTRICAL Mazzei Electric 250.751.1727

INSULATION Coastal Pacific Insulation 250.740.7129 STAMPED CONCRETE Excel Concrete 250.618.8129 BUILDING MATERIALS Slegg Lumber 250.758.8329

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FLOORING - CARPETS Wingren Flooring 250.758.3914 1612 Northfield Road Nanaimo, BC wingrenfloors.com MARBLE & GRANITE KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

VANCOUVER ISLAND WINDOWS MARBLES Coastal Windows 250.754.3114 2030 Boxwood Road Nanaimo, BC coastalwindows.ca

TRUSS WORK Atlas Truss 250.754.1400 2005 Boxwood Road Nanaimo, BC atlastruss.com

Duncan: 250-746-7257 | Victoria: 250-384-9717 | Fax: 250-746-5684 | 2890 Allenby Rd., Duncan | matrixmarble.com

MASONRY - ROCK WORK FIREPLACE & EXTERIOR Carlos Carvalho Stone Mason 250.390.1622

DRYWALL Van-Roc Drywall 250.947.9220

PAINTING VanBerg Interiors 250.947.9220

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SHINGLES ROOFING AKA Contracting 250.714.3150

TRIM MATERIALS The Finishing Store 250.756.1231

TILE INSTALLATION Max Hurren (Tiler) 250.741.4863 at SIDING MATERIALS Visit our showroom and warehouse 4988 Island Highway South, Union Bay, BC | info@islandsoapstone.com Convoy Supply c 250-650-7707 w 778-427-1111 f 778-427-1112 TRAVERTINE COUNTERTOPS 250.756.9959 islandsoapstone.com City Tile Ltd. 250.729.9766 TILE City Tile Ltd. EXCAVATION & 250.729.9766 SEPTIC FIELD 4337 Boban Drive Triple T Excavating Nanaimo, BC 250.755.1994 citytile.ca

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timeless stone & granite

Kitchen & Bath cabinets

MJ Chahley Construction

concepts kitchen & bath

5485 Mildmay Rd. Nanaimo | 250.758.4163

2205 Northfield Rd. Nanaimo | 250.756.4001

kitchen & bath fixtures

Palladian Homes

Hartmann & Company

Bartle & Gibson

241 Selby St. Nanaimo | 250.754.2288

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Site 404 1-5765 Turner Rd. Nanaimo | 250.754.2288

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Matrix marble & stone

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14-4128 Mostar Rd. Nanaimo | 250.758.1771

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lighting fixtures

Window & door screens

Parksville | 250.752.7653

mclaren lighting

phantom screens

layzell dreger

2520 Bowen Rd. Nanaimo 250.758.0138 | mclarenlighting.com

“What you don't see. . .

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1-5140 Metral Dr. Nanaimo | 250.751.1223

Qualicum | 1.888.742.6866 | phantomscreen.ca

pg. 49

pg. 06 Vancouver Island Toll Free: 1.888.phantom (742.6866) | phantomscreen.ca

illuminations

Victoria | Duncan | Nanaimo | Campbell River | Comox Valley | Parksville-Qualicum

201-4300 Wellington Rd. Nanaimo 250.756.3614 | illuminationsbc.com

Kodiak Windows & Screens

home automation

pg. 23

803 Dogwood Rd. Nanaimo | 250.753.4208

Creating beautiful lighting for beautiful homes.

www.illuminationsbc.com

Michael Knight Construction, Winner of the People’s Choice Award and 8 CARE Awards including Project of the Year.

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JOB #I100-12708 CLIENT: ILLUMINATIONS LIGHTING SOLUTIONS PUBLICATION: HOME & LIVING SHIPPING DATE: DECEMBER 09, 2011 TRIM SIZE: 9" X 10.75" PREPARED BY: ECLIPSE CREATIVE 250-382-1103

neighbourhood sound & security

Retractable Vacuum Hose!

landscaping

2-4151 Mostar Rd. Nanaimo 250.760.2008 | neighbourhoodsecurity.com

alpha landscape contrators

prices ALARMS

5365 Leslie Cres. Nanaimo | 250.756.4311

1850 Northfield Rd. Nanaimo | 250.756.0212

Windows & door

pg. 45

centra Windows 2132 Northfield Rd. Nanaimo | 250.756.3010

SYSTEMS STARTING AT $498 10 Year Canadian Manufacturers Warranty sdf

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coastal windows

easy living holdings

sight & sound home theatre

3001 Maple View Dr. Nanaimo | 250.758.7162

335 Black Diamond Dr. Nanaimo | 250.753.6201

complete window 2030 Boxwood Rd. Nanaimo 250.754.3114 | coastalwindows.ca pg. 49 S E

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complete window services

Somerset Landscaping

7-1176 Franklin’s Gull Rd. Parksville 1.888.842.5959 | completewindows.ca

window coverings

3079 Landmark Cres. Nanaimo | 250.758.6778

pg. 13 completewindows.ca

Stonescape Contracting

budget blinds

Crystal Pacific Glass

3813 MacIsaac Dr. Nanaimo | 250.758.8468

Nanaimo | 1.888.377.9652

6846 Metro Rd. Lantzville | 250.390.0160

chelsea window fashions

vinyltek

3502 Carmichael Rd. Nanoose Bay | 250.468.5373

1.888.540.7033 | vinyltek.com

Patio furniture & accessories

windows + doors

T: (250) 248-5959 TF: 1.888.842.5959 #7 - 1176 Franklin's Gull Rd. Parksville, BC V9P 2M9

pg. IFC

DISTINCTIVE OUTDOOR FURNITURE

home & patio gallery 475 Gorge Rd. E Victoria 1.877.478.9112 | homeandpatio.ca

pg. 47

Smart. And beautiful.

JDR FloorCovering DBA United Carpet 101-2700 Beverly St. Duncan 250.746.4851 | duncanfloors.com

windows west

All custom orders 20% off during February and March

pg. 11

Hunter Douglas EnergySmart Manufacturer’s Rebate

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Patio

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www.homeandpatio.ca

437 Fitzwilliam St. Nanaimo 250.755.3031 | theteaktree.com

80 Trunk Rd. Duncan | 250.597.3320

Inside. And out.

Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades

Up to 50% of a home's heating and cooling energy is lost through its windows. With the ‘honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb’ construction and three insulating air pockets, Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades increase energy efficiency. Visit a participating dealer from January 1st to April 30th 2012 for more information about the Hunter Douglas EnergySmart Manufacturer’s Rebate. Scan with a smartphone to view video.

E X T R A O R D I N A RY W I N D O W FA S H I O N S

sofa source

WestCoast Shutters/Blinds/Closets Unit #3- 4341 Boban Drive Nanaimo, BC 250-933-0033 westcoastsbc.com westcoastshutters@shaw.ca

9-4131 Mostar Rd. Nanaimo 250.585.2515 | sofasource.ca

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

JDR FloorCovering DBA United Carpet 101-2700 Beverly St. Duncan, BC 250-746-4851 duncanfloors.com

Sofa Source #9-4131 Mostar Road Nanaimo, BC 250-585-2515 sofasource@shaw.ca sofasource.ca

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

United Carpet Nanaimo 104-2520 Bowen Rd Nanaimo, BC 250-758-4664 info@nanaimofloors.com nanaimofloors.com

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H&L’s Renovation & Design Directory

pg. 17

Find products and services for your home at a glance!

· Outdoor Dining · All Weather Wicker · Wrought Iron · · Deep Seating · Teak & Ipe’ · Furniture Covers · · Firepits · Market Umbrellas · Tubular/Cast Aluminum ·

Corner of Gorge Rd. E. & Bridge St. | 250.385.9112

pg. 59

THE TEAK TREE

Finest Quality Teak on Vancouver Island

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

theteaktree.com

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United Carpet Parksville 4-287 Martindale Rd. Parksville | parksvillefloors.com

NICKLEN | ROY |250.248.4664 MACKAY

realtors

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1.888.954.4433 | 250.752.3375

aaronnicklen.com

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Qualicum Beach 250.752.3375 | aaronnicklen.com

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

pg. 27

Exclusive ocean view Fairwinds home features 2750 sqft, 3 beds, office/den, 4 baths, custom built-in cabinets, 9’ & 12’ ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, quality finishes throughout & large entertaining spaces. Price: $899,000

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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. 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.

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pg. 17

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Enjoy breathtaking ocean & mountain views from this exotic 4477 sqft. home that boasts 4 beds, 4 baths plus a separate suite. This home can be purchased with MLS # 325166 to create a family compound. Price: $1,080,000

This 3300 sqft. home with ocean & mountain views offers a beautiful open plan, a one of a kind kitchen, 2 beds & 2 baths on the main. The walk-out level offers a 2nd kitchen & beautiful open area with 3 additional bedrooms.

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Gorgeous 2376 sq. ft. home on 1/2 acre lot built in 2003 with a detached 2 car garage. 4 bedrooms. 3 bathrooms.

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This 2800 sqft. executive Fairwinds home offers ocean, mountain & golf course views, a private

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