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The Kelowna housing market in review.


Smart home solutions for savvy lifestyles.



The Kelowna Home for Learning showcases innovative energy solutions.

This kitchen designer listens to the hearth.


A structural firm that supports in more ways than one.



Luxe loft living, geared to varied lifestyles.



New countertop company brings kitchen choices to Kelowna.


Check out the frontrunners.

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President Kevin Bounds and executive officer Tammy Jackson share news and views.


The latest developments from CHBA-CO members.


Questions answered by CHBA-CO home professionals.


HST 101 for home buyers and owners.




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Gold winning community goes green.


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Assoc. Publisher Chytra Brown

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s we were going to press for our winter issue of Niche, the folks over at CHBACO were extremely busy tabulating entries for the 2010 Tommie awards. We are very excited to be able to publish the finalists for these esteemed honours and will be very excited to see who will receive the Golds. This is the second issue of Niche. The premier edition, which came out in the fall, was well-received by home owners and home professionals alike. It is a privilege to be able to showcase the projects and programs and share the expertise of CHBA members and staff. In this edition, you’ll learn about the CHBA’s Built Green™ program, dedicated to constructing energy-efficient homes, as well as how the HST directly affects the housing market. You’ll glean some tips on how to hire the best contractor for your home building project. You’ll become privy to what’s trending now in smart home technology, home energy savings, lighting, bathroom fixtures, windows and countertops. You’ll meet a creative kitchen designer, get to know a company that puts floors under your feet and roofs over your head, and find out how an engineer could creatively solve a home’s structural problem. We’re also thrilled to present here a photographic preview of some of the grand homes that became Tommie 2010 finalists. Some of them will truly astonish you. You’ll also enjoy a tour of some of the superb residential developments created by CHBA-CO members. In tribute to the past, we present you with the colorful history of the Eldorado Hotel, a venerated building that’s been moved by boat, burned down and built again. And, as always, Niche publishes the CHBA-CO member directory, which many people find extremely useful. Enjoy!

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Greetings and welcome to our 2nd issue of Niche. One of my goals this year as president is to raise the profile of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association by educating our members and the general public about who we are and what we do. I hope you will take a little time to learn about us….

About CHBA The Canadian Home Builders’ Association is built on a vision and commitment - a vision of a strong and positive role for the housing industry, and a commitment to support the business success of our members and their ability to provide affordability, quality and choice for consumers.

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Achieving a stable business environment for our members. The CHBA is committed to a fair and competitive marketplace, where all members have the opportunity to operate their business profitably. Promoting and protecting the interests of consumers. The CHBA believes that all Canadians have the right to decent, safe and appropriate housing. We also believe that all Canadians have the right to a reasonable opportunity to own a home. Supporting the professionalism of our members. Skills, experience and integrity are the cornerstones of professionalism. CHBA provides members with opportunities to learn, grow and take pride in what they do. We believe that the CHBA logo is the sign of Canada’s home building professionals

How we work The Canadian Home Builders’ Association is one association representing the residential construction industry and serving our members at three levels. When our members join, they automatically become a member at the local, provincial and national levels. Locally. Municipal government liaison, monthly meetings, industry seminars, professional development, marketing campaigns, awards programs…members have many opportunities to have their voice heard by government, make business contacts, stay informed and build recognition with consumers. Provincially. The Association deals with a wide range of provincial government regulations and policies that affect members, their businesses and their customers - from codes and standards, to health and safety, infrastructure financing, the environment and consumer protection. Provincial conferences and awards programs give members an opportunity to meet and network with peers from across the province.



Nationally. At the national level, the CHBA represents and serves the entire membership from coast to coast. For instance, we advocate the interests of the housing industry with the federal government and inter-governmental bodies. We create alliances with private and public research agencies to promote solutions, innovation and demonstration projects. We join forces with national partners on marketing activities to inform consumers and promote professional new home builders and renovators. We act as a forum for information-sharing for our local and provincial home building associations and members; we constantly report to our members on important national issues; and our annual national conference brings members together from across the country. I sincerely hope that you look to the CHBA as a resource of information as our members are trusted professionals in their respective fields. Check out our website at Sincerely,

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he information below shows the tremendous contribution our industry makes to economies both small and large. Residential construction is significant in generating jobs, wages, investment, and government revenues. As well, we all know that policies of federal, provincial and municipal governments have a real impact on housing markets,and our industry’s ability to support economic growth and prosperity. CHBA continues to be the voice of residential construction and with close to 2000 member companies representing an excess of 7000 employed people in BC, our voice is heard! Membership makes a difference.... Did you know that in British Columbia, the residential construction industry in a year is responsible for:

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21, 075 new housing starts…a key to economic growth in our province 133,300 jobs in new home construction, renovation and related fields…one of the largest employers in the region $6.8 billion in wages….these show up as purchases across the local economy! $15.1 billion in construction value…contributes to largest single wealth-builder for most Canadian families $560 million in Canada Pension Plan premiums $860 million in GST revenues and a projected $700 million in PST and HST revenues $3.5 billion in total federal and provincial government revenues Calculated by Will Dunning Inc. Economic Research based on data from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Statistics Canada; housing starts forecast by Altus Group. Note that Income Tax Revenues do not include significant corporate tax revenues. Municipal property tax and other revenues from both new home buyers and home builder companies are also in addition to the above figures.

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dig News & Developments Having received its building permit August 27th, SOPA Square is going “into the ground and up 11 storeys”on South part of its retail component, it’s creating an open marketplace similar to Granville Island in Vancouver, and will offer a pharmacy, sidewalk cafe, salon and spa, dry cleaner and restaurants. “The crane on the development site is in full swing as the sheet piling process gets underway,” they report. “Behind the scenes, there is a flurry of activity as various trades personnel work diligently to make sure that nothing is overlooked in creating a sustainable, stunning piece of architecture.” On October 7th, Scuka Enterprises celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Best Western Inn Kelowna with 100 in attendance. To celebrate, they awarded a $20,000 renovation prize to the South Okanagan Women in Need Society. It was all part of a contest called Society Makeover, which exceeded more than $40,000 in renovation prizes for a total of three Okanagan not-for-profits, thanks to additional generous support from Scuka Enterprises’ suppliers and trades. The other two not-for profits receiving renovations are the South Okanagan Learning for Little People and Penticton Early Childhood Education Society. “We’ve had the privilege of working with dozens of societies on nu- Two happy members from Learning for merous public housing projects in the Okanagan region over 25 years,” Little People. said Dan Scuka, owner of the company. “So to celebrate, we wanted to give back to the community in which we live and work,” he added. “We began by creating the Scuka Community Revitalization Initiative, which includes a variety of charitable programs, education for youth, community involvement, and in July, we kicked it off with Society Makeover.” Four carpenters from Edgecombe Builders and Vision4 Structures paid a volunteer visit October 29 and 30 to Habitat for Humanity’s new two-storey duplex project on the Westside to speed up construction before winter snows arrived. They put up 80% of the second-floor walls and nailed down roof trusses from AcuTruss. Ken Kunka of Flywheel Building Solutions, site supervisor and project coordinator, says their efforts probably “saved a week” towards the lock up stage. Edgecombe Builders is challenging other construction companies to donate a day to Habitat. Kitchenhaus Cabinets, located at #106-140 Commercial Drive in Kelowna, is excited to have “some brilliant new products and finishes not available anywhere else in the Okanagan...” Also exclusive to Kitchenhaus is being able to view a new kitchen with the latest in 3D rendering and CADD details. A creative design NICHE


team will walk clients through their project in great detail. They also have a convenient Cash & Carry service with cabinets in stock and already assembled. Trico Communities has secured a 12 unit duplex villa site in The Rise in Vernon and development plans are currently being completed with construction to begin later this year when permits are finalized. Possessions of the homes will be available in spring 2011, and prices will begin in the low $400’s. In addition to Vista Lago’s sweeping vistas of the valley and Okanagan Lake, its Tuscanthemed architecture will be in keeping with the vision of the area which boasts a Fred Couples Signature Golf Course, winery and vineyards. Recognizing the need for new rental accommodation, Emil Anderson Construction and Dilworth Homes developed and have built the first of three buildings for the Mount Baldy The Mount Baldy Apartments are now for rent. Apartments. Located at 2495 Mount Baldy Drive in the Dilworth Mountain Estates, the first building has 30 apartments. The addition of these rental units makes Dilworth Mountain Estates truly a mixed use development. Condominiums, town homes, single family homes and now apartments mean that people can live their entire life in a home on Dilworth Mountain Estates. Apartments are now available to rent.

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Detached home, rental apartment starts increase; market prices stabilize in Kelowna

elowna’s new home construction sector saw third quarter detached home starts move up from levels recorded in 2009. Detached home starts have slowly trended higher for seven straight quarters. Lower lot prices and construction costs have allowed builders to compete more effectively with existing homes and attract more buyers. New home buyers have benefited from an ample supply of building lots during the past year, a big change from the shortages seen prior to 2008. Low mortgage interest rates have been a key factor contributing to higher demand for new detached homes. The inventory of new, completed and unoccupied detached homes has steadily declined since mid 2009, clearing the way for more detached home construction this year. The introduction of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) resulted in some new home buyers bringing forward their plans to build, boosting detached home construction during the first half of 2010. Moderately-priced homes have remained the focus of new detached home demand in 2010. Builders are targeting buyers seeking homes in the $450,000 -$550,000 price range. This year, new detached homes have been available for as low as $400,000, well below the average existing home price. Condominium construction has been slower to rebound. Lingering inventories of new, completed and unoccupied units and strong price competition from a well-supplied resale market have constrained apartment condominium construction this year. The supply of apartment condominiums under construction has come down. Condominium absorption has increased in response to builder incentives and price reductions, but remains sluggish compared to recent years. For now, demand has shifted to local buyers from investors and those seeking resort homes and second residences. Builders have remained cautious, focusing on smaller, phased multi-family housing projects this year. Rental apartment construction accounted for the largest share of multi-family starts in 2010, despite higher vacancy rates during the past year. Developers of multi-family rental housing are building in anticipation of lower vacancy rates. With construction costs coming down, rental construction has become a more viable development opportunity than in recent years.


The existing home market

xisting home sales have moderated in recent months after increasing through the second half of 2009 and earlier this year. Expectations of higher interest rates pushed up sales, drawing more buyers into the marketplace last year and in the first quarter 2010. Pent-up demand among first-time buyers was to some extent satisfied during 2009’s third and fourth quarter surge in sales. Home buyers continued to benefit from ample choice and strong price competition among sellers. The supply of both detached and multi-family homes listed for sale has moved back up, rising to near record high levels. Both single family residential and apartment condominium listings have been trending higher in 2010. With sales edging lower and the supply of listings increasing, the sales to active and sales to new listings ratios have moved into buyers’ from balanced market territory Demand has broadened to include more move-up buyers this year. While sales of mid and higher-priced homes have risen, the focus of demand among home buyers remains moderately priced homes. Single family homes (detached and semi-detached units) priced at less than $400,000 captured 33 and 42 per cent of sales during the first eight months of 2010 and 2009, respectively, compared to only 22 per cent in 2008. Existing home prices stabilized by mid 2009 after trending down since the previous Spring. The average detached home price has moved higher in 2010, but much of the increase is attributed to shifts in the price distribution of sales, rather than true price appreciation. An ample supply of listings in combination with moderating demand has tempered upward pressure on prices during the past few months. --CANADA MORTGAGE & HOUSING CORPORATION N




questionsfor home professionals

BY David Purdon

Q. What are some of the current trends in bathroom fixtures? A. “Digital technology elevates today’s bathroom experience,” says Tara Severeid, show room manager at Ace Plumbing and Heating. She explains how Moen’s IO Digital System™, the leading edge in digital fixture design, provides the ultimate in-home vertical spa. “People looking for a premium system will love Moen’s intuitive and simple-to-use controls.” Push button programmable controls make each shower an individual indulgence with precision shower head, temperature, and flow settings. Presets store and recreate multiple settings. “For those dedicated bathers, Moen’s remote control pre-fills and sets the exact water temperature from any room. Just point and click and the perfect bath will be waiting for you.”

Tara Severeid Show Room Manager, Ace Plumbing and Heating


Severeid says that improvements in low flow technology enable water-wise homeowners to add efficiency and style to their bathrooms. “Premium brands like Toto, Kohler, Moen, and Delta feature several contemporary low flow designs. The Toto Dual Max new technology toilet uses half the water, approximately three litres to remove liquid wastes and six litres, the current standard to flush solid wastes. Moen and Delta aerators have cut water flow from nine to six litres per minute. It’s exciting to see that homeowners don’t have to sacrifice form for function.”



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Q. What are the latest advancements in windows? A. Shaun Weimer at Gienow Windows and Doors explains how today’s windows

keep Okanagan homeowners comfortable year-round. “In the Okanagan, air conditioners often work harder than heaters, so homeowners need Energy Star High Efficiency windows that block solar energy.” Weimer says that new Low-E glazed windows are engineered to beat the summer heat. “Silver particles, coated on the interior pane, reflect significant incoming energy, reducing unwanted heat gain, keeping homes cooler and reducing summer cooling costs.” During winter, the technology works in reverse. Low-E glazing allows the sun’s energy in and reduces the heat transfer back to the colder exterior. Weimer says that the coating prevents heat from your home from escaping, helping to cut winter heating bills.

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The sun’s rays can be very hard on standard vinyl window frames. Weimer explains how Gienow’s new Harmony Series advanced frame technology gives home owners more durability and choice in colour. “Essentially, metal-clad exterior and vinyl interior frames allow the window to breathe preventing warping. The paintable exterior metal give builders and homeowners a vast array of colours.”


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Q. What are the most popular home renovations? A. Gary Welder, general manager at Kelowna’s Home Hardware Building Centre,

knows home renovations. This year, bathroom makeovers, composite decking, and window replacement were the most popular with Home Hardware’s do-it-yourself customers and installation department. Homeowners renovate for many reasons; however, adding style and improving energy efficiency underlie most projects. Kitchen and bathroom revitalization can take years off an older home, improving functionality and enhancing existing living space. High-efficiency furnaces, Low-E windows, and low flow fixtures save on utility bills. Overtime, they can pay for themselves and make the home more appealing to future buyers.

Gary Welder General Manager, Home Hardware Building Centre

Typically, in a prolonged buyers market, more homeowners choose to improve their current property rather than tempt an uncertain market. Yet, Welder saw an abrupt halt in renovations this August. “The end of HRTC and subsidies coupled with the onset of the HST has put many projects on hold,” he says. “People have to feel good about their investment and unfortunately consumers don’t fully understand the HST.” Welder says that home improvement is always a smart decision. “Whether you think it’s the right time or not, when done right, renovations and improvement add long term value to your investment.”



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n 1994, Peter Tischler started Kelowna’s Starwatch Communications, a local satellite television company still operating under his direction. In the last decade and a half since, what’s going on technologically in home’s inner space has become as exploratory and intelligent as what’s going on in outer space. In 2002, Starwatch Audio Video came into being when Rob Farr joined forces with Tischler and began the process of offering smart home systems that won’t make a home owner feel, well, uh, dumb. “Simplicity by design is our motto,” says electronic engineer Farr. “You should be controlling your smart home— it shouldn’t be controlling you.” Starwatch has thousands of options for retrofitting older homes or new builds, residential or commercial, with easy-to-use attractive and discreet display panels and light control systems which don’t require an instruction manual. Backlit displays, easily legible screen monitors and energy-conserving wall-mounted and mobile control modules make the Vantage Controls, Control 4 and AMX systems offered by Starwatch user-friendly for the most techno-challenged amongst us. “We’re seeing 50% percent of larger new home construction including an in-home theatre room in the blueprints,” states Farr, “but for smaller homes and condo living a ‘lifestyle’ room is the evolving trend.”



A lifestyle room is the term a hotelier may use to describe a suite’s theme and furnishings but for efficient home living space, the term is being coined for the common area of waking hours. The everyday stuff of life combined with the necessities you require creates your lifestyle room—what was once called the living room. For Starwatch Audio Video, discovering your personal desires for control of lighting, entertainment, appliances, heating/cooling systems, motorized window coverings, security and communication all become integrated, simply allowing you easier operation of your home and life. Retractable art can cover or reveal a large flat screen television on a wall. Pre-set lighting mood themes can create varying ambience in any room at the push of a button. Heating and cooling controls can be adjusted while you’re away from your home. Video-monitoring affords you surveillance of your residence or business-these are but a few of the growing technology options offered by Starwatch. “Another benefit of our systems is compatibility,” says Farr. “No matter what brand names or type of equipment you prefer, the Vantage, Control 4 and AMX systems provide a control overlay eliminating multiple remote control units and simplifying complicated tasks.” The visible icons on wall monitors make programming simple—with listings like watch, listen, light, etc., the easy-to-understand functionality allows for quick programming. On top of simplicity comes the added cost-savings of monitoring power usage—these systems can tell you where your energy dollars are being spent by indicating appliance, heating and cooling, and lighting power consumption. Motion sensors are another option to turn lights off when a room isn’t occupied, allowing for more energy savings. For the techno-savant? Starwatch has added to its line up the first LED stereoscopic 3D projector by Runco. It weighs 100 pounds and claims to produce an IMAX quality movie. The clunky, battery-operated glasses required for some 3D screens are not necessary, but rather Oakley-styled frames are used with the Runco system. “We had a client buy one sight unseen,” says Farr. “He’d done his research and knew what he wanted. In the world of 3D— these systems are unmatched.” Starwatch has certified THX installers, security experts, qualified automation programmers and is a member of the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA), the worldwide standard in the electronic industry. Starwatch was also a gold contributor for CHBA-CO’s Home for Learning in Kelowna, featured in the previous issue N of Niche.

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atherine O’Neill rarely strays far from her sketchbook. Despite an obvious passion for contemporary design, the owner of the award-winning custom kitchen design studio shies away from computers when it comes to making those critical first drawings, preferring instead to rely on pencil and paper. It’s a working style she honed early in life, growing up on a farm in the tiny community of Vineland, Ontario where at age 10, she concocted lavish plans of how she could renovate the family’s single bathroom in their three-bedroom bungalow into a suite all her own. “I imagined a loft sleeping area above the bathtub (there was already seating in the room), hot and cold water at the sink and the long vanity countertop provided just enough room for one extra dinner guest. I didn’t get as far as devising a cooking area, figuring no doubt that my mom would continue to take care of that responsibility.” No wonder. Her mom did everything around the farm – from cooking meals to working the field and fixing tractors. “I never got the idea there was women’s work and men’s work, until I moved into high school. There, the grim reality hit. Girls, it seemed, were barred from shop class, destined instead to make food in the kitchen, rather than build it. Never mind. O’Neill didn’t waste time wondering whether she could do something – that wasn’t part of her DNA. So when she entered Sheridan Art College, she finally got her chance with a course in furniture design. “I still often draw on the fundamentals of my joinery classes to support me in my millwork design today.” By the late 1970s, O’Neill had moved to the West Coast, trying her newly acquired skills wherever she could. One of her first jobs was in Vancouver’s well-to-do Kerrisdale neighbourhood where she papered a bathroom. Using the tub as her water vessel proved to be her first mistake. “I stood on the side of the tub to reach the top of the wall, slipped on the edge and fell fully completely into the water - like, not just a little soaker - 100% full-body in,” she laughs. “I can’t remember if that was my first project, but it could have been my last!” Clearly it wasn’t. She moved onto to specialize in architectural drafting, and then took the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Kitchen Designers course in the early 1990s. Now with nearly 20 years under her belt in the Okanagan, she’s established herself as a quality designer with an eye for contemporary lines. “My design inspiration comes not from kitchen trend magazines, but architecture. I see the initial block form of the room’s elements, and then deconstruct the shapes into manageable units,” she says. Today O’Neill’s focus on kitchen design provides her with an ideal playground to let that imagination run, and landed her a silver Tommie Award in 2005. “The kitchen is the home’s wedding cake in a way, the designer’s playground, because the room challenges the designer to balance form, function, and beauty,” she says. Today’s kitchens are expected to play the starring role when it comes to securing family, food and friendship, and O’Neill takes that task to heart, then allows her creativity to dictate the rest. “I’m always surprised, but pleased of course, when I suggest something out of the ordinary to a client and they allow me to run with that kernel of an idea.  Finding the confidence to present an unusual idea and not be afraid to get shot down is a skill I’m still honing. It takes a thick skin. But if I don’t take that chance, all my projects would look like a white-bread ham sandwich.” N

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There is far more to the Okanagan’s AcuTruss Industries Ltd. than helping to put roofs over the heads and floors under the feet of Western Canadians.


Trusses and joists by AcuTruss played a key role in the construction of the Bill Bennett Bridge.

or Dave Marcoux, founding president of AcuTruss Industries Ltd. in 1971, the coming year is something of a celebration as the company enters its 40th year of doing business in British Columbia. Part of that legacy is the next generation of employees, many of whom are already long-time members of the growing associated group of companies, and will lead AcuTruss, Luba Probier, Manager, AcuTruss Vernon; Ken Furhmann, Senior Designer, AcuJoist Manufacturing Corp. and AcuTruss Kelowna; Ron Kusheryk, Manager, AcuTruss Westbank; Rob Okanagan Door and Window into Voros,VP Sales & Marketing. their next 40 years of business. AcuTruss is one of Western Canada’s leading producers of technically advanced truss and floor systems for residential, farm and commercial structures. With several manufacturing plants and a number of sales offices, the company has a global customer base. The year 1978 saw the birth of its first affiliate, Okanagan Door and Window. The company has shipped quality door and window products from its Vernon plant throughout British Columbia—extending to the U.S., Mexico, Japan and China. As building technologies have advanced, in 1998, AcuJoist was created, manufacturing the only I-Joist systems for supporting and installing floors in British Columbia; the competition is none other than the much larger American corporations of Louisiana-Pacific and Weyerhauser. Marcoux saw the need for a western Canadian product; approximately 50 percent of the factory in Kelowna/Winfield saw its floor space designated to create the franchised Nascor brand I-Joist in British Columbia. The next generation with whom Marcoux enjoys sharing responsibility of the various AcuTruss affiliates include Barry Schick, general manager and vice-president in Vernon; Rob Voros, vice-president of sales and marketing in Kelowna; Ken Fuhrmann, senior designer in Kelowna; Rick Spring, plant manager at Kelowna/Winfield; Ron Kushneryk, sales and design for Westside to Penticton; Luba Provier, plant manager and sales in Vernon; and Tom Kelly, manager of AcuJoist Manufacturing. Barry Schick likes to point out how active founder Dave Marcoux has been with various industry associations. “He and four others started the local HUDAC chapter in Vernon, the Housing and Urban Development Association of Canada, a forerunner of the CHBA, in the north Okanagan. He’s also worked with SICA, the Southern Interior Construction Association and the CHBA-CO which is growing. For this company, it’s all about support through associations with people, business and government.” A full-time engineer has been on staff with AcuTruss for decades offering technical support—not always a position seen in the industry. Leading edge technology like lasers also ensure quality in fabrication. “Our joist and truss systems were used on the bridge project here in Kelowna,” says Rob Voros, “Also, the Kelowna General Hospital expansion saw Nascor I-Joists used as a forming component.” “More recently, we added Nudura brand foam-insulated concrete wall systems just as this recession hit. With this product, we’ve seen steady growth and it excites us for the future as we make our way through a difficult global market.” Schick concludes, “I think it’s important to give Rob Voros a pat on the back as he is vice- president of the present CHBA-CO board, continuing the legacy of AcuTruss’s involvement with local business and community—we’re happy to see that level of engagement remaining at present and for the future.” N NICHE




luxe Loft living Handsome, neo-traditional Martin Lofts stands impressively at the corner of Richter and Martin near the core of downtown Kelowna.


e really overbuilt the Lofts,” says Tim Olenczuk, co-owner, along with his brother Ted, of Windmill Ventures, “but we wanted to develop a project that exhibited stability and let its residents enjoy urban living in a very unique complex.” The stylish, modern low-rise was created for the various lifestyles of its owners with 41 uniquely designed suites. Wide halls inside allow for easy access, enhancing the feeling of spaciousness and flow. Strong fir trellises detail the various outdoor decks of this elegant five-storey complex. The engineered decks are paved with removable hydro-pressed concrete and packed with Styrofoam pellets beneath to soften foot feel and allow the installation of hot tubs and large barbeque units. Other innovative options include multiple underground parking entry doors, inside storage units and interior/exterior parking for bicycles, a spacious workout room, private entries for ground floor tenants, granite countertops, gas fireplaces, pre-wired electronic systems, stacked laundry appliances on bedroom floors for convenience, and six appliances in each suite (including wine fridges). You can feel the welcoming flow of Martin Lofts upon entry. “The second-floor tenants’ lofts move to the third floor,” says Olenczuk as we climb the stairs of a show unit. He opens a door revealing the third floor hallway: “Here is easy entrance and exit for those days when you get out of bed and have to run or want to come home and fall into bed. Almost the entire third floor of the complex was designed as a functional




quiet, private zone—there are four single suites that occupy this level.” Architect Philip Mcdonald and concept designer Brian Harrison created the varied ambience of the suites, contrasting comfortably cozy zones with spacious opulence. Each condominium is definitively designed for optimal contemporary lifestyle. Mobile bamboo islands, top-of-the-line appliances, wide stairwells, spacious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, and access to one or two decks, depending on the unit, reveal the reason for Martin Lofts’ award-winning status. It garnered both the 2009 Tommie Gold for Best Low-Rise Multi-Family Development and the first Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board’s Judge’s Choice Award. The OMREB Commercial Building Award competition sees Continued on page 24



entries from Revelstoke to Peachland. “This award came out of the blue for us,” says Olenzcuk, “We really weren’t expecting these kinds of accolades but it certainly verifies how well Edgecombe Builders, and the whole design team, performed. I’d like to mention Chris Tutt, our project manager from Edgecombe Builders, who did a fantastic job in keeping all of the trades working in great coordination during the building phase.” Real estate agent Joel Sherlock moved into one of the top floor suites. “I like the trail that was blazed by the builders,” he says. “I used to live in homes because condo living seemed too confined— but here I have outdoor space, privacy, the lock-and-leave option, security along with community and entertainment venues three minutes walk from my home. Even my office downtown is only a three-minute stroll.” “We have families, seniors and young professionals living in the complex,” says Olenczuk, “and like this growing community we were able to give back. In ’09, we raised funds for breast cancer and the Rotary Centre for the Arts Homes for the Holidays project.” Photos Courtesy OF Edgecombe Builders


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itchen connoisseurs are welcoming Floform Countertops to Kelowna, a 50-year-old Western Canadian business that opened its local show room November 15.



Floform is a well-established business with branches across Western Canada from Winnipeg to Victoria. They fabricate, supply and install countertops in granite, quartz and wood. Ken Hilsenteger, branch manager of the new Kelowna store, says there is a trend toward the use of quartz for countertops, which is close to the same price as granite. “It’s up and coming. Cambria quartz is more durable than granite. It is easy to maintain and there is a huge selection, about 85 colours. Consumers like that it is made in North America, too. Our suppliers are American and Canadian,” he explains. The quartz countertop is non-porous, meaning that bacteria cannot congregate on the surface. It is certified food safe so it can be used in homes, but it is also popular in hospitals, food courts and medical facilities. Floform also carries granite countertops, which Hilsenteger says tend to come in darker colors. These work well in bright, well-lit kitchens. He is quick to caution that black looks great, but it can be high-maintenance. Laminate countertops are still popular. “They are actually created from large photographs, have become more durable and better made, though the cost of them has moved closer to granite or quartz. At the higher end, though, the price is nearly the same but you’ll get better quality,” he says.

Kitchen Comments Hilsenteger says the biggest change in today’s kitchen is the increase in the number of cupboards and storage areas. “People have between 15 and 20 electrical appliances they need to store in a kitchen. We’re seeing a lot of drawers being used to store dishes and items of every day use,” he explains. “We are also seeing chalking, where hints of a second color are introduced near the edges of solid color cabinets. Designers are using that second, usually darker, color on the island countertop, too. To draw it all together, we use a complimentary color in the countertops, which is often a little softer.” The price of creating a custom kitchen has not increased a lot in recent years, according to Hilsenteger, but the selection and quality of furnishings, finishes and accessories have improved immensely. When building or renovating a kitchen, customers should first look at its functionality. Within their own budgets, they should identify what excites them and fits the needs of their household. “We work mostly with consumers in building or renovating their kitchens. Clients will find highly-experienced staff, and they can expect a turn-around of about three weeks to supply and install the countertops.”

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Hilsenteger speaks enthusiastically about the new showroom, and finally having a presence in Kelowna. There will be many ideas and design concepts on display. Samples of products will be more than one usually, he explains, so homeowners can get a better idea when they’re making their selections. N

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ichard O. Visscher and his growing team of engineers have a formula they like to use in finding solutions for projects ranging from small residential renovations to large commercial developments— practical, innovative, reasonable. The ROV Consulting Group works on up to 500 contracts annually, and problem-solving is their engineering specialty. Visscher moved to the Okanagan Valley in the early 80s after acquiring his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Alberta in 1977. “My father worked hard in the construction industry,” he says, “and I learned while growing up how to crib, frame and create solutions for unique building problems that are all too common.” In the Okanagan, Visscher was a full-time engineer at AcuTruss Industries. “By 1997, I had so many contracting contacts I decided to go on my own and really hit the ground running with builders as clients in place. Even with the 2003 fire, I knew the Okanagan would grow from all the national and international news publicity.” Visscher’s business is steadily growing and hiring has included recent graduates from UBC-O, Jennifer A. Guy and Meagan Harvey (still working on her engineering degree) along with employees who have come and moved ahead in their own careers from Okanagan College.



A sample of Visscher’s innovative spirit is the Hambro suspended floor system for residential garage slabs. “The Hambro solution came about in 2005,” he says. “The City of Kelowna wanted to move away from 2x12 suspended garage floors, so we designed eight different solutions for the problem. The Hambro engineered truss system priced out reasonably and revealed its practicality—the solution to the problem was obvious.” Another example: A homeowner was concerned about rainwater running into his home underneath the doors and into the interior because the main floor foundation was sagging, otherwise known as concrete creep. “Other engineers were opting for a pillar to be placed in the centre of the pool to raise the main floor,” says Visscher. “I suggested eight holes be drilled in the perimeter of the concrete foundation. Four wires (able to bear 250,000 pounds each) were installed and bolted outside the foundation. Over the course of a week, each of the four wires was torque-tightened and we raised the entire building by four inches without draining the pool. The homeowner’s water problem was eliminated—along with a costly column taking away from the ascetic beauty of an underground pool.” The ROV Consulting team will shortly be taking residence in their new INvue office suite at 2040 Springfield Road in N Kelowna.

Richard O.Visscher in front of ROV’s new Springfield Road offices.

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traditional Wall finishmakes a comeback

by Barbara J. Shave

Lime plaster’s been around forever because it lasts forever.


here is nothing new about lime plaster. The Egyptians used it to finish the walls of their burial chambers. The Greeks applied the same to temple surfaces, and the Romans coated the walls of their private villas. These ancient finishes have withstood the test of millennia and so have the colourful images that were painted on those surfaces. “They endured because lime plaster has preservative qualities,” says Leonard Trump, owner of Kelowna’s Clay Interiors. Its high Ph prevents mold or bacteria. “We specialize in the application of lime plaster to interior walls, ceilings, showers, or fireplaces,” explains Trump who innovated his company in 2002. “It’s a decorating option that brings to the inside the tranquil tones and textures of the outdoors to provide both eye and soul appeal.” Lime plaster is mix of lime, water, and natural aggregates, like sand. Trump’s lime is ground from high-quality Italian limestone. Mixtures dry quickly after application to create a solid, rock-like finish that is virtually indestructible. Lime plaster is therefore sustainable and entirely natural, a modern green alternative. Lime plaster is also odor and dust free and non-allergenic. For these reasons, it receives very high ratings among all finishes for interior air quality. It is also fire-rated as Class A.



Because its solid finish is water-repellent, this medium has been the traditional finish around the world for humid situations, like the steam baths of Morocco. Surprisingly, lime plaster also breathes to release water vapours, which might otherwise become trapped within the walls and cause rot. This plaster will adhere to existing wood, drywall, concrete and previously textured or painted surfaces, and can be colourmatched to any décor. Whether the chosen hues are vibrant or subtle, they can be applied in single tones or in swirls of multiple shades. Earthen tones are popular. Texturing options rely upon the use of aggregate fillers, like sand. Different effects require different plaster consistencies. Trump uses powdered marble to achieve the look and smoothness of a highly polished marble. Other textures may simulate the depth and the feel of suede, or the contours of natural stone. Clay Interiors lime-plaster applications add warmth and tactile appeal to living areas, with the appeal of traditional wall finishes. It’s also a reasonable decorating option at $8-$12 per square foot. N


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rtists play with the quality of light and understand its powers. With the magic of brush strokes they create a glow, bring out a detail, highlight a texture. Simply, they help us see. Within your four walls, good lighting can create the dream home you envisioned, or bad lighting can smash your dreams. More than technicians, lighting designers are artists in home ambiance. If you want optimal results, wisdom says enlist a lighting designer. We may think we can do this on our own. After all, how many people does it take to screw in a light bulb? But when our rooms turn to caverns studded with glare, when we can’t see to stir the spaghetti sauce, when we fail to spot the makeup smudge in the bathroom mirror or when our best works of art are lost in shadows, we realize we need help. Mike Bentien of Designing With Light says the key to good lighting is proper placement and proper bulbs. That’s not as easy as it sounds. Here are 10 common mistakes that can give us daily headaches.



1. We light the middle of the floor in the kitchen. “That works great if you’re cooking on the floor,” says Mike. He demonstrates in his lighting lab how moving the ceiling lighting sheds light on the countertops where you want it.

2. We don’t know the characteristics of the variety of bulbs available. For

example, “A common misconception is that clear bulbs are brighter. Frosted bulbs actually distribute light better in the room,” says Mike. Clear bulbs are for things like decorative chandeliers where you want a sparkling effect.

3. We use cheap bulbs, when for a couple of extra dollars we can get lots more light.

4. We mistake glare for light. For instance, we lower bulbs in recessed lighting, thinking we’ll get more light, but it only creates glare.

5. We place a light smack over the kitchen sink, producing a shadow on the work area. A slight change in placement removes the shadow.

6. We use the wrong lighting on art work and architectural features. Mike demonstrates how proper lighting on a stone feature wall just grazes it, making a dramatic effect.

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7. We install bathroom bars or pot lights over vanities. If lighting is moved to the side, shadows in the bathroom disappear.

8. We fill a whole room with pot lights, creating a marquee effect. 9. We forget the purposes of different types of lighting. Kitchens and bathrooms need more light, hallways and bedrooms not so much; task areas need special attention; specific lighting can accent features.

10. Outside, we fail to differentiate between security lighting and ambiance lighting. “You don’t want to be lit up like a ball diamond or airport runway,” said Mike. “The key outside is you should not see light bulbs.”

Mike, who teaches college lighting courses and is one of a few certified lighting consultants in Canada, has racked up 18 years of lighting experience. He works with his brother, Rob, at their business, Designing with Light, to help people plan lighting for homes and commercial spaces. He takes his students, many of them electricians and architects, to show homes to demonstrate the rights and wrongs of lighting design. The future is without doubt in sustainable energy choices. Mike says, “LED is where we’re heading.” He admits LED lighting is changing so fast, evolutions happen within six months. “LED is a growing part of the industry and done properly, it’s great. The downside is it’s still expensive.” Color and beam control problems have been corrected in better LED bulbs and Mike noted better quality bulbs don’t burn out for years and cost a fraction to run, compared to conventional lighting. Learn more about how to better light up your life by visiting the Designing with Light Light Lab at #2-961 Laurel Avenue, Kelowna. N light up your life






Phase II of Tommie Gold Winning Community:

innovative, eco-friendlyENHANCEMENTS BY RAND ZACHARIAS




n 2009, Bridges at Glenview Pond Phase I won a Tommie Gold for Community of the Year. For 2010, this award has been renamed Residential Development of the Year, and Phase II may well be a front runner in this category. Jim Andrews and Joe Rood, the core partners of Valux Homes, have been exclusively serving Fredor Holdings, owned by the estate of Fred Marshall and located in the heart of Old Glenmore, from the development’s beginnings in 2004. For many motoring along Clement Drive in Kelowna, the site may be overlooked because of its private hillside location. There is easy access from north and south, however, and it is certainly worth stopping in and taking a look at this unique residential development. Phase I began with eight lots that became homes to 13 families—three duplexes are a part of the initial community—and reveal some of the reasons for last year’s success. Bridges removed the garage focus that has characterized so many urban home fronts in the last two decades—and put it back where it belongs—on the front entry. In other words, this growing community is welcoming its residents and visitors to homes...not vehicles. Cookie-cutter is not a term to describe Bridges’ unique residences, either. “There isn’t a duplicated home in this development,” says Andrews. “Rooftops, fences and landscaping create the distinctive flow a community should have, but we’ve taken floor plans and uniquely designed each home interior for the specific client.” It has been said, “good fences make good neighbours,” and 25-year warranty Trex fencing is included in the price tag for each uniquely customized home. The attractive perimeters are 95 percent recycled material.

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“A house is a home when it shelters the body and comforts the soul.” – Phillip Moffitt.

Andrews and Rood have other innovations coming for the single-family dwellings that range from $580,000-$1.2 million in Phase II. In late September, two show homes were opened revealing the forthcoming innovative themes— some of which weren’t seen in the original phase. “We’ve taken the side yards between homes, removed NICHE


Cash Matters You’ve heard the saying, “you’ve got to spend money to make money�. While that may be true, when you’re a small business owner it is easier said than done. If money is going out of your chequeing account faster than it is coming in there are things you can do to deal with the challenge of the cash crunch. Perhaps you can identify with Karen Murphy, owner of Express Gift Baskets in Kelowna. Over the past 10 years her company experienced tremendous growth. “I started Express Gift Baskets in 1997 with a $10,000 personal line of credit. I soon realized that because my business was inventory-based, I could quickly become under-financed as orders became larger. If I wanted to go after bigger accounts where I would require stock before payment of orders, I was going to have to make a decision to take on some long term debt.� Trickling sales don’t tend to produce a lot of income. There is an inevitable lag between what it costs to generate business capacity and being in a position to reap its rewards. Difficulties arise in managing the costs that must be incurred in order to meet the demand of business growth, especially rapid growth. Resultant cash flow crunches mean taking on debt. That was the case for Murphy who recalls her first expansion, “After a year, we took on about five times the original start-up money required. That was enough to carry substantially more inventory, allow for better equipment and also to hire an assistant.�

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Following through on collections can be an comfortably relaxing, outdoor space.� intimidating task. We worry about our turned into a strength, eliminates what’s This offending difficult space, customers and have them not like us. The next often occurred with tract developments. Where historically have time this sounds like you, ask yourself whether dwelt walkways, awkward storage areas or shaded areas with no use, you feel flush enough to extend an unlimited, barbecues, fireplaces and patio furniture now create a welcoming interest-free loan to the customer who falls patio. behind on payment. Here areoutdoor a few simple Other features strategies to help make sure you are paid on afor Phase II are GeoTility geothermal heating systems (partnered with high-efficiency forced-air), Sol-R energytimely basis:

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1. Require that new customers submit a credit durable application and actually check their and creditsustainable bamboo flooring, and ECO by Cosentino references or, alternatively, countertops, require new porcelain and mirrors (a Spanish company creating innovative products from 75 percent recycled glass and plastic). customers pay in cash;

15-year ColorPlus warranty comes with the HardieTrim and 2. Do not continue to sell toAcustomers who HardiePlank. repeatedly fail to pay on time. Remember, a sale contains 34 1I5' lots with most bordered by the creek that is not complete until the moneyThis is inphase your hands; runs between the two ponds of the Bridges development. A two-

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Growth in business and delinquent into thecustomers future. are not the only reasons cash flow comes under pressure. A new company often has money tied up in inventory and other assets like equipment and vehicles. It’s important to know the difference between what’s necessary and what’s ‘nice to have’.


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a cash flow statement. This statement forecasts and tracks money flowing into and out of the business as it changes hands. A cash flow statement reflects sales when they are confirmed, not when payment is received and costs when they are incurred, rather when payment is made. The mistake many business owners make in forecasting is bundling inventory and production costs with related revenues in neat little monthly packages. Essentially, they assume the net of those two figures will fall into their hands every month in the way of cash. Not so. Realistic cash flow projections can save you the heartache of fatal cash deficits. Plan ahead to cover shortfalls, and resist the temptation to spend every cent as it comes through the door. That makes for a healthy business and takes a lot of the stress out of financial management. With stress levels down, it also makes for a healthier you. Women’s Enterprise Centre is the go-to place for BC

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tanding in front of any of the 85 certified Built Green™ BC homes across Kelowna, one would see that they fit beautifully into their communities, indicating by their appearances that they are not much different than their neighbours. And yet, they are. The families that live in these homes have chosen to do something good for the environment, as well as their own wallet – they Built Green™. Built Green™ BC is the leading standard for sustainable, residential construction in the province. Each home built according to the standards of this program is more than just energy and water efficient. They are also created with resource-efficient building materials and have eco-friendly interiors. “Built Green™ promotes construction of buildings that are healthier for the occupants and healthier for the environment,” says Vanessa Joehl, administrator of the program that has 281 trained and certified builders. “Most Built Green™ homeowners enjoy lower water, natural gas and electricity costs. In addition, the improved indoor air quality substantially improves the quality of life for people with respiratory and other health concerns.”

What about Costs? Affordable housing is a big issue. We all would like to live “greener” but green usually means more expensive. “The Built Green™ BC standard is unique as it is affordable by design, explains Joehl. The range of choices allows the buyer and their builder to choose the components based on a combination of financial, health and environmental concerns. These choices allow the green-seeker to spend no more than they would on an average home, or on the other hand, work to achieve

the standard’s highest energy efficient “The Built rating. Green standard “The savings for the homeowner look provides a to be pretty good,” says Joehl. “ The Built truly holistic Green™ Society indicates that a home approach to built to the program’s Gold level will save the homeowner roughly 30% on energy sustainable costs each year.” housing.” The standard set by the program is catching on as well. The number of registered homes grew 109% last year. To date there are over 2800 Built Green™ homes in BC, which has the equivalent environmental impact of taking 1192 cars off the province’s roads per year. This success is earned through energy-efficient components, as well as the use of recycled materials and renewable products. The provincial government has mandated that BC reduce its carbon footprint by 33% by 2020. As municipalities play a critical role in achieving this reduced footprint, many are looking at implementing various sustainable building practices like BuiltGreen™ in their communities. “The Built Green standard provides a truly holistic approach to sustainable housing,” says Joehl. “It combines the EnerGuide rating system with a building green checklist that covers a home’s operational systems, building materials, finishes, air quality, ventilation, and waste and water management. Most importantly, it improves the quality of life of the homeowners, their family and their community – for generations to come.” Built Green™ BC has a website that shares more information on the program and how you can find a trained, registered builder: PhotoS Courtesy OF CHBA-CO


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onoma Pines has a vista that goes on forever in an unbroken 180-degree panorama. To the east, the expanse sweeps across orchards to the white caps and sailboats on the lake, proceeds over the sprawling City of Kelowna, then climbs to the first dusting of snow atop the mountains beyond. This colourful Santa Fe style development sits on 90 acres of Lake Okanagan bench land in West Kelowna. Atop a Mount Boucherie terrace to the north, stands the sentinel bell tower of Mission Hill Winery. At intervals, chimes echo comfortingly across the surrounding expanse. Intertwining the Sonoma project are the dells and swells of the luxuriant 18-hole Two Eagles Golf Course. “Every lot offers a fairway, lake, or a hillside view,” boast sales manager Harty Podewils, and project manager, Bill Eager. Indeed, 320 present owners list the views as the primary attribute of this project by The Rykon Group, which also recently developed the INvue high-rise on Springfield Road in Kelowna, as well as Manteo Waterfront Resort, Sommerville Corner and South Bay Landing - other projects within the city limits. “Despite the current economic crises in real estate, Sonoma Pines has sold 90 single-family detached homes and semi-detached townhouses since January 2009,” says Eager. “We are the best-selling new home sales development in the Okanagan.” Phase eight is now selling in this established West Kelowna community. Both Eager and Podewils understand that while buyers may be first attracted by the vistas, there are other real estate fundamentals that convince new home purchasers to commit. Sonoma Pines is excellent value for price, quality and location. Residents enjoy a semi-rural lifestyle only minutes from everything. To the west, beyond the fairways that separate homes from outside noise and bustle, begins the new retail hub between Carrington and Highway 97 where a plethora of enterprises have opened. Larger chain outlets nearby include Kelly O’Bryan’s restaurant, a Best Western



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most have a lower-level walkout that doubles the finished living space. Each comes in five vibrant stucco choices, with custom plans for personalizing the interior, kitchen appliances and the option of one or two garages. A single builder maintains quality control of all construction. Buyers move into homes that are entirely complete and become part of a homeowners’ association to socialize and govern their own community. Current prices start at $314,900, difficult to duplicate for ground-oriented view property in the Okanagan. Sonoma Pines attracts a diverse group of residents without the hindrance of age restrictions from the newlyretired on limited income who wish to downsize without forfeiting the amenities of a private home to individuals starting over who want to maintain their independence, their pets, and their lifestyle. On these premises, they feel safe, and the freedom from exterior and lawn maintenance makes it possible for them to “lock and leave” for extended periods whether for work or pleasure. “Sonoma Pines is a vision of optimism in today’s market,” says Eager. “Our residents love it here.” N





Whatever the future fate of the HST, now that Gordon Campbell has stepped down as B.C. premier, home buyers and owners in our province still want to know the exact effect of the tax on the housing market. Niche recently asked M.J. Whitemarsh, CEO of CHBA-BC to answer some questions on HST for its readers.

Q. What is the true effect HST has on house prices and why? A. It’s important to clarify the misunderstandings people have about the real

impact of the HST. Overall for the majority of new home buyers, the HST has little effect on their home purchases. As we know, the HST is a combination of two taxes: 5% GST and 7% PST. GST, which has always been charged on new homes, has rebate thresholds which have not been adjusted in almost two decades. Most homes sold in B.C. do not qualify for the full GST rebate. The provincial government, cognizant of this issue, ensured that all new home buyers when purchasing their primary residence receive a rebate to a maximum of $26,250. This means that homes under $525,000 will not be negatively impacted by the HST. Provincially, this indicates that about twothirds of all new home buyers will not pay any more for their home under the HST. For those purchasing higher priced homes, the net impact is reduced as they will receive the maximum HST rebate plus benefit from reduced costs of construction.

Q. How is HST reducing the cost of construction and realizing savings for home buyers?

A. Until the introduction of the HST, PST was paid on all materials used in the

construction of a home. This PST was embedded in the cost of a new home. It is estimated that this embedded PST added 2% to home prices. Additionally, builders could not claim input tax credits for the products and services used in their business. With HST, builders can now claim a rebate for the PST paid on both their construction materials and the products and services used to run their businesses. Builders have been working with their trades and suppliers to ensure that they are receiving the new costs savings now available to them under the HST. These savings reduce the cost of building a

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“Overall for the majority of new home buyers, the HST has little effect on their home purchases.�

new home by over 2% and are being realized by new home buyers. Generally when you compare the net impact on median* single family home prices in Kelowna, the HST increases the cost to home buyers by less than half a percent.

Q. How has the government implemented changes that minimize or eliminate the impact on home buyers?

A. CHBA-BC has been actively advocating for the consumers and builders in our province to minimize any impacts from the HST. Through extensive research and meetings with the provincial government, we were able to have the HST threshold increased over 30% from the proposed $400,000 to $525,000. The government was focused on minimizing the impact of the HST while still allowing for the benefits it offers to the economy overall.

Q. How is the HST helping the economy by making B.C. more competitive?

A. When businesses are succeeding, consumers succeed through increased wages, job opportunities and business expenditures. The HST brings many benefits to the home building industry. Through the reduced compliance costs with only one tax to manage, the HST streamlines businesses, allowing them to focus on growth. Without having a provincial tax office to manage, the HST streamlines the government, allowing for income tax breaks for individuals.

For people considering buying a new home, it makes sense to act now and not wait until after the referendum for two main reasons. First, as mentioned, the net impact on median home prices in Kelowna is less than half a percent. Second, median home prices continue to rise due to variances in supply and demand. As well, the Royal Bank of Canada projects interest rates will increase by .75% over the next 12 months. Each of these moderate increases more than offset any new HST costs. In fact, CHBA-BC calculated that for the median-priced single family home in Kelowna of $618,475, it would cost the purchaser who waits to buy until after the referendum an additional $193/month and $17,344 in interest.** Over time, we will be able to fully experience the benefits of the HST. Already businesses are receiving the input credits, builders are receiving reduced costs of construction, and individuals are receiving lower income taxes and tax rebates. It will take time for all the benefits to trickle down through the economy, as with any significant change, but together we need to work to ensure all the benefits are realized and passed on as we all work to build a better B.C..

* The median price is the most common measurement used when evaluating home prices as it is less influenced by the small number of high priced homes. ** Based upon median home prices, 25% down on a 5 year mortgage of 3.99% compared to 4.74%. N



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f you’re renovating your home, or building a custom new home, you want your project done right. You want to wok with a reputable contractor -- one that treats you fairly and honestly, puts their promise in writing, and backs up their work.You should never deal with anyone who offers a special price if you pay cash and nothing gets written down. A cash deal means a lot more risk for you, and far less control over how your project turns out. And that’s no deal at all.

Step 1: Get Informed. Knowledge can protect you from risks.

Home renovation and construction is a complex process. As a consumer, you need to know where you stand, and that your interests are protected. Some things you need to be aware of, and that should be addressed in a written contract, include: Building codes and permits. Most projects, even minor ones, require a building permit and must adhere to code requirements. As the homeowner, you are responsible for ensuring this happens. Your contractor can usually look after this on your behalf. Insurance. Does your homeowners’ insurance cover constructionrelated risks? Call your agent to confirm. Also, your contractor needs to have business liability insurance to protect you from their mistakes. Liens. Each province has requirements for holding back a portion of all payments to your contractor for a set period of time. Doing this protects you from claims of the contractor fails to pay suppliers and subcontractors. Workers’ Compensation. Those employed to work on your property may require coverage under provincial Workers’ Compensation programs. Without it, you could be liable in the event of a workplace injury. Warranties. Professional renovators provide a clearn written waranty on their work. Custom new home builders should provide a third-party new home warranty.

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Full contract information, including name, address and phone number Confirmation of business liability insurance that protects you or three parties, such as neighbours Proof of Workers’ Compensation coverage Their government-issued business number or GST/ HST number, and proof of any business licence required by the municipalty A clear, written warranty specifying what is covered and for how long

Step 3. Get Control in Writing.

Professional contractors always work with a proper, written contract. A contract spells out a clearn project plan and what you and your contractos have agreed to. It is the best way to protect yourself and ensure things go as planned -- and a valuable part of what a professional contractor provides. A written contract should include the following: A full description of the work, including the materials and products to be used Dates when the work will start and be completed A clear payment shcedule that lays out when and how uch you will be charged and what lien holdbacks are required The contractor’s warranty detailing what is covered and for how long Confirmation that the contractor has business liability coverage for your project and that requires Workers’ COmpensation coverage is in place Don’t sign a contract unless you are satisfied that it includes all the necessary infomration and accurately and fully represents what you have agreed to. N For more information visit

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Step 2. Hire a Professional. How can you find a good professional contractor?

Ask around. Some of the best recommendations come from friends, family, co-workers and neighbours who have had positive experiences. Other sources of information include: home builders’ or trade associations, building materials stores, utility companies and Better Business Bureaus. You know they are a professional contractor when they provide the following, often as part of your written contract. NICHE





The original hotel was located on Okanagan Lake three miles from the present site of Hotel Eldorado.

The Countess would be pleased. She would no doubt smile her enigmatic smile, if she could walk today into her little lakeside inn and see a new century of people enjoying it much as she envisioned in the early twentieth century.





The hardwood floors would creek as her dainty booted foot stepped upon them; she would sit straight in the wing-back chair, the way a lady always sits, the glow of a goose-neck floor lamp surrounding her. Perhaps she would sit at the burnished antique desk and go over hand-written notes with her new ambitious plans for this beloved place. Perhaps she would ascend the staircase to inspect guest rooms. Perhaps she would tour the dining room and send an overdone steak back to the kitchen. Or stop and chat with F. Scott Fitzgerald and his friends, leaning against the creamy wainscoting, discussing ideas for the next Great Gatsby. The Hotel Eldorado is Kelowna’s grande-dame today, and the seeds of its elegance sprouted nearly a century ago in the mind of Countess Bubna Litite. She was born in Scotland as Irene Blair, and grew up to marry Count Frajz Bubna of Austria. The couple had two daughters, Countess Olga and Countess Ina. But all was not quiet in the homeland. When the First World War broke out in 1914, the womenfolk retreated to Canada. Perhaps they expected it to be only for the duration of a brief conflict. The Countess bought a ranch in Canmore, Alberta, and came farther west in 1919, purchasing ranch land that today is the site of Kelowna International Airport.

Inn with the Countess

Soon the Countess began her pet project—building an inn at a pristine lakeside spot three miles south of the site where the present Eldorado sits at Lakeshore and Cook Roads. Her grand idea was to create a retreat where her European guests could indulge in the luxuries they enjoyed back home. She called it the Eldorado Arms Inn (Eldorado means gold.) She built 12 guest rooms, communal washrooms, and a main floor that consisted of lobby, office, dining room and kitchen. Rowing and sailing were popular, along with cruising in polished hardwood boats. The local ranch hands from the Countess’s holdings enjoyed respites at the Eldorado, as well as her guests and friends, but it soon became a mustsee destination for wealthy European visitors. The Eldorado attracted special services. In the book, According to Bill, Kelowna-area pioneer Bill



Knowles, wrote, “The phone company and city ran lines all the way from town to serve [The Eldorado] and a few nearby houses. For years the large transformers sat by the main road between the Knowles and Eldorado Roads.” He remembers that, as youths, he and his friends liked to walk or paddle a canoe out to the Eldorado property to watch construction projects going up. Besides the guest house, many outbuildings were added. All featured screened verandahs on the bank of a brook that wandered through the property to the lake. Lavish garden parties took place in the show-case gardens, putting Kelowna on the international map. As years slipped by, the Eldorado had transitioned from an upscale farmhouse to a boutique hotel with a global reputation. The Countess’s daughters turned heads wherever they appeared. Knowles writes, “Always being an admirer of pretty girls, I’ll have to mention a few words about Olga and Ina. One was very dark and the other was a blonde. A very striking combination. At the Aquatic dances on Saturday nights, some of us fellows would stand on a small balcony overlooking the dance floor and watch these two girls glide around the dance floor with their partners. To us, they were so graceful and so beautifully dressed. We couldn’t keep our eyes off them.” The boys’ fantasies went unfulfilled. Olga married Jack Horn and Ina returned to Europe.

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The Grande Dame’s Demise and Rise

In the decades that followed the roaring 20s, the Eldorado went through a series of owners, including former Kelowna Mayor John Hindle. It became an Okanagan institution and continued its reputation as an elegant destination. The grand old lady side-stepped bankruptcy at one point, when developers planned a subdivision. The El was slated for demolition, but in 1989, Jim Nixon stepped into ownership and led the hotel into the future. He loaded her onto a barge, which her 60-year-old bones weathered just fine, and carried her down the lake to the present location. In a tragic chapter of Eldorado history, an arsonist hit. Shortly after the move, flames swallowed the old hardwood floors marked with a generation’s dance steps and the wainscoted walls that held so many secrets. Only a smoldering heap of ashes remained. But Nixon wouldn’t give up.  He studied the old foundation still intact on the original property and reproduced the hotel’s footprint. His carpenters followed methods of the 1920s and used materials of that era. The second and third floors held 19 boutique hotel rooms, with the lobby, restaurant, lounge, kitchen and offices on the main. It opened on Saint Patrick’s Day, 1990. A scant 14 years later, the Eldorado Arms opened, an addition and upgrade in the same style that added 30 rooms and six luxury suites, with a distinctive Hampton Beach house feel. Brad Sieben, Nixon’s son-in-law, is general manager of The Eldorado today, and he understands the marriage of old and new.

He prizes details such as the antique wardrobes in each room that open to reveal flat-screen televisions. He collects antiques or replica furniture, so you’ll find delightful pieces such as a floor model radio. Rowing skulls suspended in the dining room include the Bridge ‘N Back and Victor Spencer I, and echo the days of century-old nautical events. Works of artist Wendy Porter meld photos of the past with today’s styles. Sieben said, “We’re pretty sure that the Countess would approve of how we’ve grown and furthered the legacy of the Eldorado as a destination for people from all over the world.” Decade after decade, guests return to dine, relax, sail and row in the tradition of old elegance. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE HOTEL ELDORADO



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Eidse Builders Jim Eidse, Gary Tebbutt & Elmer Eidse 250-862-2650 Fawdry Homes Glenn Fawdry, RHP 250-862-8630 Frame Custom Homes Ltd. Bill Frame 250-718-8670

A Legacy of Designs Ltd. Brad Dziedzic & Brandy de Bartolo-Dziedzic 250-558-8889/ 250-558-8839

Freeport Industries Todd Venier / Chris Inkster 250-707-3950

AuthenTech Homes Ltd. Scott Tyerman, RHP 250-491-7690

Greenman Homes Clayton Halley 250-423-0753

Bellamy Homes Les Bellamy 250-470-2429

Hamill Creek Timber Homes Inc. Fiona Daniels 250-366-4320

Borebank Ventures Inc. Paul Benson 250-979-1650 Built Rite Homes (A Division of Roblyn Developments Ltd.) Robert Anderson 250-764-0315

Hansum Homes & Development Inc. John Hansum & Fran Hansum 250-764-2324 Harmony Homes Mick Webb 250-765-5191

Cardan Enterprises Ltd. Don Dudgeon & Lisa Dudgeon 250-861-8823

Heirloom Custom Homes Ltd. Jason Brears 250-718-5752

Chaparral Industries (86) Inc. John Pushor/Jim Pushor 250-765-2985

Hildebrant Homes Ken Hildebrant 250-309-4986

Chatham Homes Dave Chatham 250-764-5387 or 862-1075

Ian Paine Construction Ltd. Ian Paine 250-868-2133 Enterprises Ltd. Len Suchocki 250-712-1324

Impact Builders Chad Jones 250-470-2269

CorWest Builders Andreas Hayer/ Bob Guy 250-869-4960

Inspiration Homes Ltd. Rod Doroshuk 250-542-3111

Destination Homes Don Erdely & Travis Erdely 250-707-1752

Jaycor Homes Inc. Vince Montemurro 250-768-5070

Distinctive Developments Ltd. Terry Heinrich 250-491-1171 Edgecombe Builders Kevin Edgecombe & Don Campbell 250-491-8655




Jazel Enterprises Ltd. James Zeleznik 250-768-5799 Karmoy Builders Inc. Jody Dyrland 250-919-8448 Kascade Developments Scott Renou 250-448-6339

Keith Dahlen Construction Ltd. ReBath Okanagan Ken Dahlen 250-545-1300 Kentland Homes Ltd. Stephen Wells 250-764-1306 Larsen & Whelan Enterprises Ltd. Stephen Whelan & Ian Larsen 250-423-8810 Mandala Custom Homes Inc. Lars Chose 250-352-5582

RLJ Homes Inc. Ray LaPointe 250-862-1968 Rockwood Homes Construction Ltd. Gilles Ladouceur 1-250-450-9761 Rykon Construction Management Ltd. Randy Siemens, Kelly Lawrie, CMA 250-712-9664 Schulz Construction Inc. Marlin Schulz 250-212-9541

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Neil Miller Homes Ltd. Neil Miller 250-764-8627

Ski Home Limited Richard Unger 1-250-342-2555

Okanagan Dream Builders Ltd. Trent Tinkler 250-808-1788

Square Root Contracting & Consulting Ltd. Mike Twack 250-863-6576

Okanagan Glacier Homes Inc. Kirk Andersen 778-755-5003 Okanagan Sunrise Construction Ltd. Dale Ahlbaum / Nick Franz 250-763-1461 Okanagan Sustain Homes/Into the Woods Furniture and Cabinetry Carl St. Jean 250-260-8425 Okanagan Trend West Master Builder Ltd. Ray Moran 250-558-0415 Pars Construction Amir Khajavi 250-764-6226 Pentar Homes Ltd. Fred Parent 250-862-9006 Quiniscoe Homes Ltd. Lisa Godlien 250-342-0853 Redgwell Construction Ltd. Lyle Redgwell 250-549-7405 Richbuilt Homes Darren Richmond 250-549-8852

Stonebridge Contemporary Originals John Steinhauer 250-766-0393 Sunstar Ventures Ltd. Denis Bigham & Bob Buvyer 250-807-2270 Sunterra Custom Homes Ltd. Ranbir Nahal 250-503-8220 Surecraft Construction Ltd. Jim Shales - President 250-878-0718 Team Construction Mgmt. (1981) Ltd. Charles Cullen 250-868-8326 Timberhaven Homes Ltd. Scott Ross 250-878-0159 Trico Homes Inc. Jacob Kuiken 250-545-9261 Tyee Custom Homes Ltd. Carl Lauren 1-250-427-0315 Valux Homes Ltd Joe Rood 250-317-1332

Varitec Enterprises Ltd. Don Kerr, RHP 250-769-2375 Vivar Homes ( A Division of Vivar Contracting Inc.) D.J. Rasovic 250-808-5555 Webster Construction Ltd. Ken Webster 250-763-6600 Wilson and Company Ltd. James Wilson 250-869-7125 Woodstyle Homes Ltd Donovan Imbeau 250-558-9765 or 250-558-9765 Community Developers Acorn Communities Ltd. David Pfuetzner Greg Bird 250-491-0095 Aldebaran Enterprises Inc. John Jacobsen 1-250-306-9355 Callahan Property Group Ltd. Bob Callahan 250-717-3000 Dilworth Quality Homes Inc. Greg Asling - General Manager, Chris Reiter - Building Operations Manager 250-762-9999 G Group of Companies Green Solutions Grant Gaucher - President Andrew Gaucher - VP Developments 250-712-2449 Gallagher’s Canyon Construction Al Bremner 250-860-9013 George Schluessel Real Estate Investments Ltd. George Schluessel - President 403-410-1224

Molenbeek Ventures Development Corporation Wim Zuydervelt 250-764-0338 Ocorp Development Ltd. 250-764-1750 Predator Ridge Limited PartnershipLand Division Brent Ree 250-503-1739

Okanagan Glacier Homes Inc. Kirk Andersen 778-755-5003 Okanagan Sustain Homes/Into the Woods Furniture and Cabinetry Carl St. Jean 250-260-8425 Stonebridge Contemporary Originals John Steinhauer 250-766-0393 Financial Services

Rohit Communities- Copper Point Resort Bobby-Jo Weibe 250-341-5745

RBC Royal Bank Gary Eisenhut 250-868-4188

Scuka Enterprises Ltd. Dan Scuka 250-765-0136

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Sopa Square Stacey Fenwick 250-762-5818 Starland Developments Company Ltd. Kathleen Mackenzie 250-717-8228 Tyee Custom Homes Ltd. Carl Lauren 1-250-427-0315 Woodland Hills On The Ridge Geby Wager 250-764-0626 Woodstock Development Inc. Dennis Kort & Jennifer Kort 250-769-7775 Design-Build Alternative Construction Inc Edmaro Cabete 250-864-0761 Bellamy Homes Les Bellamy 250-470-2429

L & S Contracting Ltd. (A Div. of Lambert & Paul Construction Ltd.) Lambert Schmalz 250-860-2331

Chaparral Industries (86) Inc. John Pushor / Jim Pushor 250-765-2985

Melcor Developments Ltd. Tobi McNeil 250-717-8390

Mandala Custom Homes Inc. Lars Chose 250-352-5582

Mission Group Jonathan Friesen, Randy Shier, Gerald Heinrichs, George Summach 250-448-0016

Nesbitt Originals Paul & Jan Nesbitt 250-762-3337

Government Offices BC Housing Peter Chau 250-487-2521 Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation Paul Fabri 250-712-4334 City of Kelowna Mo Bayat - Building Inspections Manager 250-469-8630 Homeowner Protection Office Doug Cox 250-646-7067 or 1-800-407-7757 Home Design/ DĂŠcor Specialists Clay Interiors Len Trump 250-859-3242 Dannburg Interiors Norma Schmidt & Gary Munt 250-862-5277 Mullins Drafting and Design, Inc. Lee Mullins & Lani Hoff 250-717-3415 The Ensuite Bath and Kitchen Showroom (Div. of EMCO Corp.) Lisa Dartnell, Showroom Manager. 250-769-8528

Insurance / Accounting Capri Insurance Services Ltd. Erika Jarvis 250-860-2426 Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants Chris Warburton, CA 250-712-6800 The Co-operators, Solve Insurance Sevices Inc. Dennis MacLeod 250-861-3777 Wilson M. Beck Insurance (Kelowna) Inc. Brett Innis 250-763-3840 Media / Marketing Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group, The (The Daily Courier) Terry Armstrong 250-470-0721 Professional Services Amerispec Inspection Services Murray Klingbel/ Dean Neveu 250-763-0822 Canaterra Property Pages Karen Thompson 1-250-575-8877 Carbon Copy Digital Paul Gervais 250-860-6928 Interior Pool and Spa Ltd. Brian Pavia 250-868-4831 Okanagan College Randy Werger 250-862-5494 Pushor Mitchell LLP Brad Cronquist 1-250-869-1150 ROV Consulting Richard Visscher, P.Eng. 250-860-0412 SW Audio and Visual Cal McCarthy 250-868-3333



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Colonial Countertops Ltd. Deeanna Wehrhahn 250-765-3004

Bolt Security Systems Dennis Palmer 250-861-1001

Creative Door Services Don McEachern 250-491-2012

Broadleaf Logistics Mike Whitehead 250-860-4470

Cultured Stone Kim Kotowsky 250-864-8110

Burnco Rock Products (BC) Ltd. Dave Tesarski & Dean Biglow 250-769-7865

Designing with Light Supply Mike Bentien / Rob Bentien 250-862-3671

Cambridge Elevating Inc. Jamie Hamilton 250-550-6125

DuPont Building Innovations Ryan Foster 250-575-2545

Coast Wholesale Appliances LP Rob Siddon 250-765-2421

Enviro Choice Sewage Treatment Solutions Shane Warawa 250-765-8265 or 1-866-765-8265

Euroline Windows Inc. Jim Stephenson/ Paul Klyne 250-448-8484 or 250-718-7771

Phantom Screens Levon Symonds 250-762-7592

Beyond Audio Inc. Mike Ohman 250-860-9929

Floform Countertops Ken Hilsenteger 250-860-5333

Plasti Fab Sean McBeth 604-526-2771

Bolt Security Systems Dennis Palmer 250-861-1001

Square Root Contracting & Consulting Ltd Mike Twack 250-863-6576

Gienow Windows & Doors Dave Richert 250-868-9006 or 1-800-367-9520

Pure Granite Rocks Clark Omand 250-558-3773

CDN Roof Doctor Ltd. Howard Pfefferle / Ken Langton 250-765-3013

Starwatch Audio Video Peter Tischler 1-250-717-0022

Home Hardware Building Centre Gary Welder 250-868-9040

Robinson Lighting Centre Tim Karila 250-860-9626

CertaPro Painters Jason McMurray 250-868-5126

Sundeck Centre Bryan Hughes & Justin Reynolds 250-766-7320

Iko IndustriesLtd. Vincent Carrier-Sales Representative 250-212-7742

Rona Home & Garden Bill Roper & Chris Robertson 250-979-3089

Crystal Classic Exteriors Inc. Dan Poznikoff 250-861-5988

Vivar Homes ( A Division of Vivar Contracting Inc.) D.J. Rasovic 250-808-5555

Jona Panel Sales Joe Shalapata 250-764-7595

Steel-Craft Door Products Ltd. Henry Howe 250-765-4765

Discovery Glass & Aluminum Inc. Gary Alton 778-753-5966

K2Stone (Kelowna) Inc. Darren Kroeker 1-866-323-3035

Sundeck Centre Bryan Hughes & Justin Reynolds 250-766-7320

Floform Countertops Ken Hilsenteger 250-860-5333

Kaycan Ltd. Sandra Woodcock 250-258-8528

The Brick (Commercial Sales Division) Tom St. George, Harinder Lalli 250-765-2291

Four Seasons Insulation Ltd. Roger Prato 250-861-3626

Kelowna Carpet One Floor and Home Gary Noble 250-762-5312 Kelowna Ready Mix Harvey Beselt 250-762-2211 Kitchenhaus Cabinets Ltd / Cash + Carry Cabinet Warehaus Jason Coroy / Brooke Nicholas 250-491-5665 / Cash & Carry 250-491-4774 Mara Lumber Lou Gauthier 250-765-2963 Norelco Cabinets Peter Raja - Owner/General Manager 250-765-2121 OK Builders Supply Ltd. Pat Kunz 250-762-3206 Okanagan Hardwood Flooring Co. Ltd. Steve Everitt 250-765-2610 Paragon Surfacing Ltd. Interior - Chris McCutcheon 250-861-8988

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Nicholson Enterprises Bob Nicholson 250-212-1758

Utility Companies FortisBC Inc. Kim Jones 250-717-0808 Shaw Cablesystems GP Marc Reinhart 250-712-2345 Terasen Gas Brent Hunt 250-868-4522 Warranty Companies National Home Warranty Programs Gord Houston 1-604-575-3536 Pacific Home Warranty Insurance Services Inc. Josh Cudmore 1-604-574-4776 Travelers Guarantee Company of Canada Marvin Friesen - Kelowna Ed Tsumura - Vancouver 1-800-555-9431


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a model ofefficiency by Christine Thompson

Terasen Gas & FortisBC display friendly energy at Home for Learning


oday’s home buyers are becoming more and more discerning, aspiring to greener, more environmentally-conscious buying decisions. As builders and developers seek to attract customers, they are outfitting homes with energy-efficient appliances, alternative energies and ultimately saving home buyers more energy and money in the long-term. Here in Kelowna, the 2010 Home for Learning showcase home demonstrates to developers and builders how a home expressly designed with creative energy solutions in mind can become a model of efficiency. Terasen Gas and FortisBC, as leaders in B.C.’s energy industry and as members of the Canadian Home Builders Association Central Okanagan (CHBA-CO), have taken a leading role in sponsoring the home. In seeking to educate developers, builders, realtors and others in the industry, Terasen Gas and FortisBC recently hosted an Open House at the home. Attendees learned about the energy-efficient appliances and technologies featured throughout the home, and had a close-up look at the highlyefficient heating system. “It was natural for Terasen Gas and FortisBC to participate in this unique opportunity, as the home showcases energy solutions that meet our customers’ energy needs and will contribute to sustainable B.C. communities,” said Doug Stout, vice-president of energy solutions and external relations for Terasen Gas and FortisBC. “We hope this home will serve as a catalyst for future projects and set a positive example for others in the industry.”



The Kelowna 2010 Home for Learning achieved a Gold standard in the Built Green program.



The home features natural gas appliances including an oven/range, barbecue, fireplace and ENERGY STAR® rated furnace and instantaneous hot water tank. Electricity saving measures are also in place, like compact fluorescent bulbs and other ENERGY STAR® appliances. The home is designed to use alternative energies and keep associated energy costs to a minimum. The heating components use a combination of an air-source heat pump and high efficiency natural gas furnace. The domestic hot water system combines solar heat with a natural gas instantaneous hot water tank. Low flow shower heads and faucets are installed throughout. The above code insulation, used to seal the building envelope, prevents drafts, lowers heating costs and increases the comfort of future owners. “In this project, we were all committed to achieving a highly energy-efficient home,” explained Terry Heinrich of Distinctive Developments. “It was exciting to be an integral part of this collaborative effort, knowing that we are contributing to change occurring within this industry in regards to conserving energy and being mindful of the environment.” Together, the energy-saving measures have resulted in the home achieving a very impressive and higher than

average EnerGuide Rating of 82. September 2011, Natural Resources Canada will be raising the bar with their EnerGuide standards. All newly-constructed homes will be required to achieve a rating of 80 or higher in order to be designated a high-efficiency home by EnerGuide. The Home for Learning has achieved another prestigious rating, receiving a Gold in the Built GreenTM program. Built GreenTM recognizes green building practices that reduce the impact a building has on the environment. include: energy efficiency, indoor air quality, resource use and environmental impact. The project partners were also recognized with FortisBC PowerSense Conservation Leadership Awards.

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tommies 2010

finalists Not Just Your Ordinary Homes

Niche is pleased to present the impressive contenders for the Tommie 2010 Gold awards. The winners in each category will be announced at a special gala at the Delta Grand in Kelowna, February 12, 2011. The envelope, please....

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Excellence in Single Family Detached Home $1M - $3M

Excellence In Creating Affordable Housing

Hildebrandt Homes for Kalamalka Lake Estates

Philip MacDonald Architect Inc. for Willowbridge • Sawchuk Developments • Bentsen Development • BC Housing

BC Housing for Tumbleweed Terrace • Lower Similkameen Community Services Society • Scuka Enterprises Ltd.

Excellence in Single Family Detached Home 2,001 – 2,999 sq.ft Valux Homes Ltd. for Bridges Showhome • Newell Design Studio

Excellence in Single Family Detached Home 3,000 sq.ft & over Bellamy Homes Inc. for The Ponds • KitchenHaus Cabinets • Design Evolution • Architectural Design by Les Bellamy

Wine Country Custom Homes for Ponds Showhome • Mullins Drafting & Design • Mullins Design • Ginette Interiors/Colleen Hayko

Valux Homes Ltd. for Bridges at Glenview Pond • Newell Design Studio

Frame Custom Homes, Ltd. for Samuels Residence • Mullins Drafting & Design, Inc. • Grand Openings • Ginette Interiors

Hlina Construction for Gardner Residence

GDJ Custom Homes Inc. for The Diamond View House

Quiniscoe Homes Ltd. for Stealth • Sitelines Architecture

Frame Custom Homes, Ltd. for Jaenen Residence • Mullins Drafting & Design, Inc. • Can-Nor Electric, Ltd. • Grand Openings

Frame Custom Homes, Ltd. for Mangion Residence • Mullins Drafting & Design, Inc. • Westside Railing Solutions, Inc. • Isaak Electrical

Frame Custom Homes, Ltd. for Frame Residence • • • •

Mullins Drafting & Design, Inc. Westside Railing Solutions, Inc. Isaak Electrical Ginette Interiors

Excellence in Single Family Detached Home over $3M Quiniscoe Homes Ltd. for Villa Gran Sasso • Sitelines Architecture

George Schluessel Real Estate Investments Ltd for Schluessel Residence,White Spirit • ProCura Real Estate Services Limited

Excellence in SemiDetached or Town-Home Development C.M. Edwards Construction for The Arizona Mission Group for Dwell - Phase 1 • David Tyrell Architect Inc.

Dilworth Quality Homes for Cascade Pointe

BC Housing for Tumbleweed Terrace • Lower Similkameen Community Services Society • Scuka Enterprises Ltd.

Okanagan Sustain Homes for Leed Infill • hugh j bitz, architect • Into the Woods

Excellence in Creating a Low-Rise Multi-family Development Philip MacDonald Architect Inc. for Willowbridge • Sawchuk Developments Ltd. • Bentsen Developments • BC Housing

Ledingham McAllister for Waterscapes - Herons 1 & Herons 2 Dilworth Quality Homes for Mount Baldy Apartments Building 1 • Emil Anderson Company Ltd.

Excellence in Creating a Hi-Rise Multi-family Development Ledingham McAllister for Waterscapes - Skye

RESIDENTIAL PLANNING, DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION (RENOVATION) Excellence in Residential Renovations under $250,000 Gord Turner Renovations for Berkshire-Palmer Residence Gord Turner Renovations for Cosar Residence • Habitat Interiors

DW Builders for City View Renovation



Excellence in Single Family Detached Home 3,000 sq. ft & over

The Ponds

Excellence in Residential Renovations $250 - $500K AuthenTech Homes Ltd. for The Sawatzky Lakehouse Renovation • Connect Architecture Inc.

ProCad Designs Ltd. for Dominion • DG Project Management Ltd.

Excellence in Kitchen Design under $50,000 – new home

Gord Turner Renovations for The Buckmaster Renovation

Quiniscoe Homes Ltd. for Stealth

Excellence in Kitchen Renovation under $50,000

Westwood Fine Cabinetry for The Ridge Kitchen

Gord Turner Renovations for Berkshire-Palmer Kitchen • Urban Classic Cabinetry • Trail Appliances • Okanagan Glass

• Sitelines Architecture

Valux Homes Ltd. for Bridges Show Home Contemporary Kitchen • Norelco Cabinet Solutions • Sears Home

Excellence in Kitchen Renovation over $50,000

Excellence in Kitchen Design $50 – $100K – new home

Gord Turner Renovations for The Meckling Kitchen

Bellamy Homes Inc. for Lakeview Model Home

• bfxloft • Dilworth Kitchen Reno




• Kitchenhaus Cabinets • Architectural Design by Les Bellamy

Westwood Fine Cabinetry for The Uplands Kitchen • Great Creative.Com

Frame Custom Homes, Ltd. for Jaenen Residence • Cucina Del Re Cabinetry • Absolut Granite & Stone

Frame Custom Homes, Ltd. for Mangion Residence • Cucina Del Rey Cabinetry • Loney Plumbing

Frame Custom Homes, Ltd. for Frame Residence • Cucina Del Rey Cabinetry • Loney Plumbing

Excellence in Kitchen Design over $100K – new home GDJ Custom Homes Inc. for The Diamond View House Quiniscoe Homes Ltd. for Villa Gran Sasso • Sitelines Architecture

George Schluessel Real Estate Investments Ltd for Schluessel Residence, White Spirit • ProCura Real Estate Services Limited • Cucina Del Rey Cabinetry

Hlina Construction for Gardner Residence Urban Classic Cabinetry & Design, Inc. for MLB Residence

Excellence in Master Suite Design in a Home 2000 – 2999 sq.ft – new home Valux Homes Ltd. for Bridges Showhome • Newell Design Studios

Excellence in Master Suite Design in a Home 3000 sq.ft and over – new home Bellamy Homes Inc. for The Ponds • Architectural Design by Les Bellamy

Wine Country Custom Homes for The Ponds Showhome

Valux Homes Ltd. for Bridges Showhome Encore • Newell Design Studios

Frame Custom Homes, Ltd. for Samuels Residence • Small’s Tile & Stone

Gord Turner Renovations for The Storie Library • RWB Holdings

George Schluessel Real Estate Investments Ltd for Schluessel Residence, White Spirit • ProCura Real Estate Services Limited

Excellence in Master Suite Quiniscoe Homes Ltd. for Villa Gran Sasso Design in a Home valued • Sitelines Architecture over $1M – new home Quiniscoe Homes Ltd. for Stealth • Sitelines Architecture

George Schluessel Real Estate Investments Ltd for Schluessel Residence, White Spirit • ProCura Real Estate Services Limited

Frame Custom Homes, Ltd. for Mangion Residence • Discovery Glass

Frame Custom Homes, Ltd. for Frame Residence • Small’s Tile & Stone

Excellence in Interior Design in a Custom Residence – new home or renovation Quiniscoe Homes Ltd. for Stealth • Sitelines Architecture

Quiniscoe Homes Ltd. for Villa Gran Sasso • Sitelines Architecture

George Schluessel Real Estate Investments Ltd for Schluessel Residence, White Spirit • ProCura Real Estate Services Limited

Frame Custom Homes, Ltd. for Frame Residence • Ginette Interiors • Marshall’s Home Furnishings • The Well Dressed Window

Excellence in Creating an Interior Feature/ Innovation in a Home

Frame Custom Homes, Ltd. for Frame Residence

Excellence in Landscape Design under $50,000 – Single Family – new home or renovation Ground Sense Landscaping for Hillside Getaway

Excellence in Landscape Design $50 - $100K – Single Family – new home or renovation Quiniscoe Homes Ltd. for Stealth • Sitelines Architecture

Ground Sense Landscaping for Thompson Gardens • Roots to Shoots Nursery Ltd.

All The Right Curves Landscaping for Hewetson Ave • Interior Pools

Excellence in Landscape Design over $100K – Single Family – new home or renovation George Schluessel Real Estate Investments Ltd for Schluessel Residence, White Spirit • ProCura Real Estate Services Limited

Quiniscoe Homes Ltd. for Stealth • Connection • Sitelines Architecture

• Ginette Interiors | Colleen Hayko NICHE


Excellence in Single Family Detached Home 3,000 sq. ft & over

Gardner Residence

SALES, MARKETING, AND MERCHANDISING Excellence in Logo Design Rohit Communities for Copper Point Resort • Copper Point Resort • Pure Vision Inc

Frame Custom Homes for Frame Custom Homes • Great Creative.Com • Jeff



Valux Homes Ltd. for Bridges at Glenview Pond • Carole Humphreys’ Creative

Adrian Design for SOPA Square • SOPA Square

Gienow Windows and Doors for Gienow Fine Metal Clad Windows SOPA Square for SOPA Square • Adrian Design

Excellence in Brochure Design

Excellence in Advertising Campaign

All Weather Windows for Door Style

Bellamy Homes Inc. for Bellamy Homes

• LPi Group

Rohit Communities for Copper Point Resort • Copper Point Resort

• RENSCON Marketing

Rohit Communities for Copper Point Resort • Copper Point Resort

Excellence in Single Family Detached Home $1 Million-$3 Million

The Diamond View House

Valux Homes Ltd. for Grand Opening Bridges Show Homes • Carole Humphreys’ Creative • Thomas Scott Signcraft

SOPA Square for SOPA Square • Adrian Design

Excellence in AdvertisingIndividual Ad Mission Group for Dwell Rohit Communities for Copper Point Resort

Rohit Communities for Copper Point Resort • Resort Living

Gienow Windows and Doors for Gienow Windows and Doors Valux Homes Ltd. for Show Homes Opening Today • Carole Humphreys’ Creative

SOPA Square for SOPA Square • Adrian Design

Excellence in Website Design Quiniscoe Homes Ltd. for Quiniscoe Homes • Aasman Design

Rohit Communities for Copper Point Resort • Pure Vision Inc

Frame Custom Homes for Frame Custom Homes • Great Creative.Com • Jeff

• Roughin’ It NICHE


Excellence in Single Family Detached Home $1 Million-$3 Million


Gienow Windows and Doors for Ground Sense Landscaping for Ground Sense Landscaping Website • Dansk Design Group

Adrian Design for SOPA Square • SOPA Square • Marca Studio • Dreamlife Design

Excellence in Presentation Valux Homes Ltd. for Bridges at Glenview Pond - Encore of a Model Home/Model • Sears Home Suite • Innovative Creations Interior Design Rohit Communities for Copper Point Resort - Amber Show Suite

Excellence in Sales Center Design

Ledingham McAllister for Waterscapes - Skye

Rohit Communities for Copper Point Resort

• i3 Design

Valux Homes Ltd. for Bridges at Glenview Pond • Sears Home • Innovative Creations Interior Design



SOPA Square • Adrian Design • Dreamlife Design

Excellence in Single Family Detached Home over $3 Million

Villa Gran Sasso

Excellence in Customer Service

Best Public/Private Partnership

Bellamy Homes Inc.

Philip MacDonald Architect Inc. for Willowbridge

Mission Group Gienow Windows and Doors

Salesperson/ Sales Team of the Year in New Home Construction SOPA Square

• Sawchuk Developments Ltd. • Bentsen Developments • BC Housing

Philip MacDonald Architect Inc. for Kickwillie Place • Sawchuk Developments Ltd. • Bentsen Developments • BC Housing

CHBA Central Interior for Green Dream Home

BC Housing for Tumbleweed Terrace • Lower Similkameen Community Services Society • Scuka Enterprises Ltd. • Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District

Terasen Award for Building Energy Efficiency – Multi Family New Construction Philip MacDonald Architect Inc. for Willowbridge • Sawchuk Developments Ltd. • Bentsen Developments • BC Housing

• Thompson Rivers University School of Trades and Technology NICHE


Excellence in Single Family Detached Home over $3 Million

Schluessel Residence, White Spirit

Okanagan Sustain Homes for LEED Infill • hugh j bitz, architect • Into The Woods

Outstanding Achievement in Residential Environmental Consideration and Energy Efficiency Philip MacDonald Architect Inc. for Willowbridge • Sawchuk Developments Ltd. • Bentsen Developments • BC Housing

CHBA Central Interior for Green Dream Home • Thompson Rivers University School of Trades and Technology • Creative Interiors

Valux Homes Ltd. for Bridges Show Home

Residential Development of the Year

• GeoTility Geothermal Systems

Okanagan Sustain Homes for LEED Infill • hugh j bitz, architect • Into The Woods

Grand Tommies 2010 Will be Announced at the Gold Gala on February 12th, 2011:

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Multi-Family Home Builder of the Year Single Family Home Builder of the Year (Small Volume 10 homes or less) Home of the Year



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