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“Thirty years of experience”


5756 MacDonald Road Vernon, BC V1B 3L2 Office: 250-542-3459​ E-mail:​


Project Manager

Denis Marson Tel: 250.550.3086

Art Director Publisher

Richart Bocxe Jim Thornton

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In an industry where the term contractor can have a very negative connotation and builders come and go with every new construction boom, Bercum Builders have chosen a different route. Bercum Builders have been dedicated to serving the Okanagan Valley since 1983. From then until now, Bercum has remained a family company, committed to its community, its clients, and its trades. The relationships we have built over many years have allowed us to maintain a distinguished quality and continuity, and keeps clients coming back. As luxury custom home specialists, we are part of a small group of North Okanagan contractors who have the history of working within the stringent environmental requirements of lake front properties as well as the harsh diversity of the weather conditions at Silver Star Mountain Resort. With the complexity of today’s custom homes, Bercum Builders prides itself on the relationships it has developed in working with a complete team of designers, engineers, trades, and, most importantly, home owners who demand the highest level of customer service, professionalism, and craftsmanship. We specialize in working with out of town clients – a specialization that requires the highest level of honesty, integrity, communication and direct access to the contractor. I take pride in running every project personally, allowing clients the comfort of knowing there is only one person to contact, one person who will answer all the questions and maintain the relationships and quality of each project. The heart of every good contractor is the quality and commitment of the trades it relies on. Bercum Builders has been blessed with working along side some of the very best in the business. I can truly say that I am ‘Living the Dream’, since acquiring Bercum Builders from Bill and Michelle Crum. Bill continues to serve Bercum as a mentor and friend. Bill and I share the values that he built this company on, the passion for construction customer service. I have pledged to continue his legacy of developing relationships and the highest standard of craftsmanship. Darren Witt, President BERCUM BUILDERS 3

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” – John Ruskin




Bercum Builders: history, craftsmanship and the relationships that bring it all together


he secret to our success is simple, but not easily achieved: Painstaking quality, honesty, integrity and long-term relationships between clients, builder, trades, suppliers and designers. Bercum Builders has been the North Okanagan’s premier custom home builder for more than thirty

years. Building three or four boutique-quality homes per year allows us to spend the time and attention required to achieve the results our clients demand. Satisfied clients become our best advertising Having our customers return for

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renovations, second homes, even third homes, along with the numerous referrals we’ve earned over the years, has allowed Bercum the privilege of building more than one-hundred custom homes over the years. Particularly when we work with out-of town clients, it is critical to keep communications open, fast, responsive and genuine. Bercum Builders, led by Bill Crum and now Darren Witt, has excelled in working with clients from all over the world, from as near as Calgary, to as distant as Hong Kong and Australia. We’ve built our reputation on a unique ability to achieve exceptional results for families who want to come to their Okanagan home to relax and not worry. At award-winning Bercum Builders, we are proud of our family business, and take tremendous pride in our craftsmanship, our heritage and our relationships with the people we build for and work with. Ask our clients if they would work with us again, ask our sub trades, our suppliers, our designers – we are just as proud of the relationships we build and maintain as we are of our homes – and we would be proud to build for you. q

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“Bercum Builders is as proud of the relationships we have built as we are of our homes.” – Bill Crum



“The opportunity to build homes of this quality, for the kind of motivated clients we work for, this is my dream, this is the point I’ve been working to my whole life.” – Darren Witt




“Our clients are our best advertising.” – Bill Crum BERCUM BUILDERS 13


Choosing a contractor


hoosing the builder for your home or renovation is more than just a financial decision – your contractor will almost become part of your family for the course of your project. Are they someone who you can work with, someone you want

to talk to nearly every day? Here are a few suggestions for choosing a contractor you can work with, and who can complete a home you will be proud of: The most trustworthy advertising is word of mouth. Were you referred

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to the contractor by a trusted friend, or did you find them in the newspaper, phonebook or online? It’s a cliché, but it’s often true: the best and busiest contractors do not need to advertise – their past clients are their best ads. Meet the contractor at their office. Are they proud of their space, busy, but organized? Visit one of the builder’s homes under construction. Is it clean and organized? Does it feel good, does it feel exciting to be part of a tremendous build? Watch your potential builder communicate with the suppliers and the trades-people on the job, and judge for yourself how their relationships look. Ask to visit homes the contractor has completed. Are clients proud of the work done, and pleased to show it off? Ask for references, and call them all. Even ask for references from those references: Who referred them to their builder? Who are their suppliers? Call those suppliers and inquire about the builder’s reputation for demanding quality, and for paying their bills on time. Ask your potential contractor how they price their jobs, does it sound straight-forward and honest? If you follow these steps, we are sure that Bercum Builders will be your choice. q

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“Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.” – John Ruskin



“If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.“ – Tom Hanks 18 BERCUM BUILDERS



How is a Bercum home different?


ears ago, Bercum Builders made the decision to take on only a few homes per year, each one entirely custom-designed, planned, and built, alongside a team of dedicated trades. As a client, you can be confident that the craftsmanship

you expect, will be delivered by Bercum. We know that each home must meet the needs of its owner, and we pride ourselves on not only meeting, but exceeding the hopes of our clients. You can see it every

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time you walk into a house Bercum has built, there is a feeling of quality throughout. And, you will know that every detail has been planned and chosen in precisely the way you want it to be. Our clients are creative and hardworking people, just like the team at Bercum. We excel at taking your dreams, hopes and visions for your home and turning your creativity into a realized dream. Building custom homes is always complicated, never easy and seldom repetitive. It requires knowledge, skill, strength and love for your work to produce the best possible result, and the character to make sure it all comes together on every build. At Bercum, we take enormous pride in the fact that we have all of those areas covered, and it is obvious to anyone looking at our homes that they are something special, something unique. We build a different home every time. Nothing is repeated, nothing is done “because that’s how we always do it,” and nothing is too challenging. Nothing is more satisfying than crafting a unique home that perfectly matches the needs of our clients. By building only a few homes a year, Bercum ensures that every home is built exactly as planned, with no compromises. q

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Thank you! “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” —Confucius We, at Bercum Builders, would like to thank our clients that have entrusted us to create your unique homes and the relationships that have evolved during each project. I am truly blessed to be part of a team of employees, sub-trades, suppliers, consultants and designers that care deeply about detail and the overall quality of every home. As we plan for the future of Bercum Builders, I’m dedicated to preserving the integrity and professionalism that has served so well for over 30 years! It’s the passion and commitment, which make a house a home! Thank you TEAM! Darren Witt, President

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Call us at 250.558.3773 or visit our showroom 4605 B - 23rd Street, Vernon, BC 22 BERCUM BUILDERS

“Serving the North Okanagan since 1976”

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Leading the way in On Time Delivery and Product Quality

(250) 545-7238 (250) 542-8253 (evenings) 650 Waddington Drive, Vernon BC V1T 8T5

Co-ordinating environmental permitting requirements for projects throughout the Okanagan. The Qualified Environmental Professionals (QEPs) at Valhalla prepare: • Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR) Assessments • Water Act Approvals and Notifications • Wildfire Interface Development Permits • Environmental Impact Assessments, and • Impact Mitigation and Monitoring Plans Contact us to see how we can assist with your project. Phone: Email: Web:

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Rolf Schipfel Cell: 250-309-6964

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Proud installer of the quietest, most efficient and reliable brand of heating & air conditioning systems available.

We choose American Standard as our brand of heating and air conditioning equipment because we know that high-quality, highefficiency, high-reliability and ultra-quiet operation is what you expect in a quality home built by Bercum Builders.

Smith Plumbing & Heating 250-542-1791

GeorGe Brain & Son’S


Beautiful ideas for Lighting Your Life

Peter Brain 250-938-1473 tom Brain 250-938-1476 3123 Hwy 97 Falkland, Bc V0e 1w1 Fax 250-379-2497


Sun Dial Lighting

2801 - 44 Avenue Vernon, BC V1T 7P5 250.545.7370

• custom interior finishing • custom stair railings • renovations

J. VISSERS CONSTRUCTION LTD. resiDential - commercial

Vernon’s Carpet Castle Ltd., telephone: 250 549 4448 4400 - 29th Street, Vernon, British Columbia V1T 5B8

JacK vissers Phone: 250-542-4644 • cell: 250-558-9077

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Smith Plumbing & Heating 250-542-1791

Discover radiant home heating, the finest home heating system you will ever experience. Radiant heating systems work just as well outdoors, especially to melt snow on driveways and patios. The “Prestige Solo” boilers from Triangle Tube have been the boilers of choice for our installations because of their highreliability, high-quality and very high-efficiency.


Quality Construction Products for Over 40 Years Complete line of engineered Wood And ConStrUCtion prodUCtS Roof Trusses • LVL Beams • I Joists • Metal Roofing Glulam Beams • Friendly & Professional Staff Complete Engineering Services Prefabricated Wall Panels NUDURA Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) Crane Truck

VERNON, BC 4509 25 Avenue V1T 1P5 250-545-9108

PENTICTON, BC 275 Okanagan Avenue E. V2A 3J8 778-476-7788

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Proudly Serving the North Okanagan Area

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40 Years of Experience Qualified Journeyman Painter Quality workmanship. All types of paint applcations including wood finishing, wallcoverings and spray finishes.

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Designs distinguished from the Ordinary







Over 20 years of experience in the masonry trade, specializing in natural stone. John Farina, Journeyman Mason email: phone: 250-260-0706

2809 - 45 Ave, Vernon, BC


Residential, Commercial & Auto Glass – Free Estimates – Friendly Service

10 Years experience With Wall Design anD custom cut stairs Owner/Operater: Todd Doyle 4308 Westview Dr. Vernon BC Phone: 250-503-6646


• 2 Ply SBS/Torch On Ph: 250-542-5544 • Single Ply EPDM/TPO/PVC • Standing Seam Metal Roofing • Metal Cladding / Wall Systems • Cementitious Paneling Celebrating 25 years in • Composite Metal Panels the Okanagan valley.



1252 Mt. Fosthall Drive Vernon, B.C. V1B 3X9 Phone/Fax: 250-542-5015 Cell: 250-308-9898


Savour quiet moments enjoying the simple luxury and beauty of outdoor living.

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Complete Plumbing, Heating & Gas Fitting

Darin Mundy 4400 Crystal Drive Vernon, BC V1T 8V5 Cell: 250-550-0440 Res: 250-542-9869 Email:

Thank You and Congratulations on 30 years of outstanding work!

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4601 27th Street, Vernon • 250-545-5384 151 5th Street, SW Salmon Arm • 250-832-7722

Proud supplier to Bercum Builders

Park Place Garage of Kelowna

It’s not “just a garage”. It’s good to be in here. Garage flooring - Cabinets - Storage - Slat wall - Overhead racks Park Place Garage Co. OKANAGAN 12872 Lake Hill Dr., Lake Country, BC, V4V 2P7 open by appointment only 250.681.4349 •

“Thirty years of experience”

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An outstanding Okanagan home builder.