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Sheerwater, Sheer Beauty A Home For Hosting The Cottages On Osoyoos Lake A Focus On Custom Features 2012 Gold Tommie Awards



30 Andy & TJ | A Decade Of Humour & Devotion To Community


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Online | Organize & De-Clutter This Spring Kitchen | Get The Look Artist Profile | Diane Nelson Drafting & Design | inArtifex Design Ltd. Materials | Classic Woodwork Finishing Accessorize | Pops of Colour

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ISSN 1913-0759 Publishers: Justin O’Connor, Christy Hughes Chief Editor: Christy Hughes Creative Design: Okanagan HOME Team Advertising Executive: Justin O’Connor


Cover Photo by Colin Jewall Photography



Issue 27, Spring 2013


Contributors: Denis Apchin, Shell Busey, Topher Edwards, Ross Freake, Laura Goldstein, Christy Hughes, Brett Innis, Kim Jones, Richard Montgomery, Darcy Nybo, Justin O’Connor, Sherri Paiement, Cliff Shillington, Jennifer Smith, David Wylie Okanagan HOME Magazine Box 121, 138-1876 Cooper Road Kelowna, BC V1Y 9N6 250.826.9961 President: Justin O’Connor Okanagan HOME Magazine makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information it publishes; however, it cannot be held responsible for any consequences arising from errors or omissions to story, ad or photo content. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, including distribution by any electronic method, including email, website or other distribution without the written consent of the publisher. Upon publication, Okanagan HOME Magazine acquires Canadian Serial Rights and copyright to all content included in this issue.








10 Minutes to Downtown 10 Steps to Nature


THE BEAUTY OF SPACE 2000 acres of Okanagan beauty. Over 1000 acres dedicated to parks, trails and wildlife. Wilden is the largest master-planned community between Vancouver and Calgary, situated in a beautiful hillside setting, offering spectacular views.

THE LUXURY OF TIME When living in Wilden, you never waste time commuting. Everything you need is just minutes away: downtown, schools, shopping malls, airport, golf courses and beaches.

Neighbourhoods: Skylands, Lost Creek, Upper Canyon Townhomes: Contact our sales office at 250.717.7966 toll-free 1.866.762.2906 132 Sky Court 路 Kelowna 路


LOTS TO DISCOVER: Breathtaking views, new videos, an interactive map and home design inspiration. Visit our website! VISIT OUR NEW SKYLANDS SHOWHOMES!


Photo by Legend Photography & Design

Our wish for all of our readers this spring is a space that makes you look forward to coming home. Get ready for spring with ideas for organizing the most chaotic of spaces. A clean and organized home is calming for the spirit. Okanagan HOME gives you the inside scoop on how to kick the clutter and keep it that way! Now it’s time to accessorize. What better way to brighten up your home this spring than with some splashes of colour? Take a look at some of our favourite accents and furnishings to amp up your home’s palette this season. Use our 2012 Gold Tommie Awards feature as an idea-book for your next home construction or renovation project. Have a look at the stunning projects that took home ‘Gold’. These truly are some of the most remarkable living spaces in the Okanagan. Please join us in congratulating these Gold Tommie winners, all of who represent a commitment to excellence and quality. On a lighter note, we would like to end with this: the photo shoot for the portrait of us on this page took place on a beautiful blue-sky, sunshine-filled afternoon in Kelowna. The date? March 9th, and as you will notice, no jackets were necessary. If you don’t already call the Okanagan home we think you should reconsider. Still not convinced? We invite you to dive into all that Okanagan HOME has in store for you this spring. Until next time,

Justin & Christy


NEWS Restore Now Open. Habitat For Humanity has opened up a ReStore in West Kelowna. The store will sell new and gently used building materials, appliances, home improvement items, and furniture. They have taken over the old City Furniture and Appliance store at 1793 Ross Road, down from Riley’s pub and across the highway from Bylands Nursery. Store Manager Neil Smith says there will be a grand opening in April, although the store has been open since mid-March. “We are getting a lot of doors; what I need is kitchen cabinets, tools, hardware, nuts and bolts, that type of thing. We are also looking for major appliances, seven years and newer.” When Habitat for Humanity is ready to do a build they will do a media campaign looking for partner families. Those with the most need and ability to carry a customized mortgage are usually the ones that are selected. For more information about the ReStore go online to or call 778-755-4346.

New Home for Lindal Cedar Homes. Lindal Cedar Homes

had their Grand Opening on March 7th at their new location at 1780 Springfield Road beside Benjamin Moore. Owners Rob and Gaia Mueller are excited to finally have a storefront. “Our mission is to bring efficient, predictable warm, modern post and beam homes to the Okanagan. We have partnered with architects and come up with an entirely new collection of homes called the Architects Collaborative,” says Rob. You can see more on the Architects Collaborative online at Plus check out exclusive photos from the Grand Opening event at under News.

Lindal is well known in the Okanagan as a manufacturer of high quality, exposed cedar, post and beam homes. You can visit their storefront Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or give them a call at 250-980-3703.

Lighting the Way, Naturally. Natural Light Patio Covers is becoming the cover solution choice across Canada. “For us, it was a few trips from Vancouver to the Okanagan Valley that made us realize Okanagan residents were in need of Natural Light Patio Covers; which can block the heat yet still let in the light,” says Randy Raap, the manufacturer direct dealer for Natural Light Patio Covers. “In August 2012 we made the move to beautiful Vernon, BC, and we will never look back!” Although living in the Okanagan is akin to living in paradise, at times it becomes unbearable to sit outside (or inside) due to the intense heat. The harmful UV rays can damage skin, deck surfaces, patio furniture, and even interior furniture and cabinets. “With Natural Light Patio Covers you no longer need to block out the light with a solid cover or interior blinds,” says Raap. “Natural Light Patio Covers with Acrylite® Acrylic have the ability to block heat and harmful UV rays while creating a soft, even, sunlit glow.” Okanagan residents are intrigued by the industry-leading Acrylite® Acrylic manufacturer warranties, affirmed by 35 plus years of use in the commercial greenhouse industry. This past winter, Raap dropped in on a client who had a full Natural Light Patio enclosure, and found them sitting under their cover with over 1 foot of snow on top!


You can reach Natural Light Patio covers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday, toll free at 1-877-707-7427, email or check out their site at

New Affordable Mission Townhomes. Green Square Development’s sales center is now open Saturdays and Sundays at 3626 Mission Springs Drive. This new family-oriented community by Troika Developments in Kelowna’s Lower Mission is attainable, sustainable, and desirable for families of all ages. These townhomes have higher end finishing and an affordable price point starting at $312,900. The current build out has 56 townhomes planned with more to come in the future. The first phase of 10 units is more than half sold. They are currently in the build stage with occupancy scheduled for the summer of 2013. For more information check out

Rykon Seeing Stars. Rykon Construction Management Ltd.

is now an Energy Star Builder, registered under the Energy Star for New Homes Program, through Natural Resources Canada. “We are developing optional Energy Star packages that home buyers can select,” says Kimberly Westgate, Project Manager for Sonoma Pines. “There will be different levels of upgrade packages available that will increase energy efficiency, decrease home utility costs, and add to the long term value of the home.” Sonoma Pines is located in West Kelowna, overlooking the lake and less than five minutes to shopping and amenities. “The Energy Star options are a great feature,” adds Westgate. “They are one more way that you get remarkable value for your dollar at Sonoma Pines.” Find the development online at

It’s Home Show Time. It’s that time of year again, time for the CHBA Central Okanagan 21st Annual Real Home Show. The event takes place April 5th, 6th and 7th at the Kelowna Curling Club at 551 Recreation Ave. This year’s home show will showcase a landscape feature by United Landscapes including an outdoor kitchen that will spark your backyard ideas. Don Burnett will be broadcasting live on AM1150 for his 30th Anniversary Season. With over 100 booths from home renovation, landscape, kitchen, bathroom and anything else that will enhance your home, you’ll have more than enough ideas and products to turn your dreams into reality.

New Homes at Gallagher’s Canyon. For the very first time, new homes are available at Gallagher’s Canyon. “Prior to this you had to buy the lot and then have a home built,” says Bo Skapski of Century 21 Assurance Realty. “Gallagher’s was about 90 percent built out, which left about 70 properties vacant. K West Homes acquired some of these properties and are now building a number of new homes. “The current show home is 1,850 square feet and all homes are being built with everything,” says Skapski. “For example there are tumbled paver driveways, walkways and patios, Hardie plank or acrylic stucco exteriors, 11-foot ceilings, three-car garages, hardwood floors, direct vent linear fireplaces, granite in kitchens and all bathrooms, heated tile in ensuites and entryways, modern lighting fixtures, high end stainless steel appliances, maple cabinetry and so much more.” Pricing for the new homes starts at $556,000. You can visit the sales centre at Gallagher’s Canyon at 3970 Gallagher’s Drive East from 12 to 5 p.m., seven days a week. For more info go to and click on New Single Family Homes.



By Cliff Shillington

Improving consumer confidence continues to prop up sales in the move-up segment of Kelowna’s real estate market. With unit sales finishing 2012 on the positive side, up over four percent, it’s expected that momentum will remain steady in 2013. Move-up buyers have demonstrated a strong presence, accounting for 1,238 sales last year, ranging from $400,000 to $1 million. This represents a modest increase over 2011 figures, when 1,209 transactions were recorded within the same price range. Cliff Shillington is the Owner and Managing Broker of RE/MAX Kelowna. He has been active in the real estate industry in various capacities since 1978 and is currently serving as a Director for the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board.

The continuation of buyer’s market conditions, with an abundance of product from which to choose, combined with historically low interest rates has proven prime motivational factors. Kelowna’s residential real estate market has experienced solid appreciation over the past 10 years, providing trade-up buyers with the financial means to make more substantial moves. The average price in the city has climbed nearly 100 percent since 2002 (from $204,828 to $400,027), representing a 7.16 percent compounded annual rate of return. Clearly, those who have held on for the long term are very well positioned. Little equity has been amassed over the past five-year period; however, this has not hampered intentions in all cases. Lifestyle, which includes growing families, continues to play an important role. Some purchasers also recognize that opportunity exists, given prices that have yet to return to pre-recession levels. After prolonged absence, out-of-town purchasers have been slowly returning to the Kelowna market, helping to bolster mid-level sales. Rising prices south of the border (by as much as 40 percent) have prompted these buyers to take a second look at Canadian real estate. Single-family homes top the list, but condominiums continue to comprise approximately 15 percent of sales in the move-up segment. With listings slowly, but steadily, falling in line with more traditional levels (typically around 3,800 units), it’s expected that more balanced conditions could emerge in the second half of 2013, somewhat diminishing the ability to negotiate. Couple that with an improving first-time buyer segment, already showing initial signs of resurgence, and the possibility exists for a modest upswing in momentum once again. As a result, those with the ability to move now may capitalize on the most favourable conditions of 2013 - a fact that has not escaped Kelowna’s growing contingent of trade-up purchasers.

It’s in the details 250.712.9664 RYKON.CA



DESIGN Houzz It Going?

By Denis Apchin

Houzz is doing very well thank you and if you are looking for ideas for a renovation or building a new home you really need to check for yourself. Houzz ( is the leading online platform for home remodeling and design, which provides people with images, and tools they can use to improve their homes from start to finish. Denis Apchin is an award winning Okanagan-based designer of spectacular, luxury homes.

Thanks to the vision of founders Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohen, Houzz is now the largest residential design database in the world, with a vibrant community powered by social tools. Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews that they need to help turn ideas into reality. The business evolved from this couple’s experience trying to renovate their own home. They had a hard time to find contractors that they could trust and also found it difficult to compare prices or find the best vendors for fixtures and supplies. “We were hoping it was going to be a lot of fun remodeling this house, [but it] was pretty much a nightmare,� says Tatarko. Several years later, they channeled their experience to launch This free photo-driven site now has 9 million site visitors per month and 55 employees. To help get inspired they have a database of over one million photos that have been submitted by the top builders, contractors and designers around the globe. Not only is it possible to search by category, but you may also save images to online idea books then share and collaborate with others. I encourage you to explore the site before you start your next project. In addition to finding great images, you can discover how to network with the 100,000 plus home professionals on Houzz who are also participating in forums and giving advice.


WEALTH Income Property – Don’t Forget to ‘Insure’ Your Success By Brett Innis

So you’re planning to become a land baron? Okay, maybe not the next ‘Trump’, but if you’re getting into the income property game, you’ll need to find more than just the right real estate. You’ll need to protect your rented real estate investment and monthly revenue by determining the right insurance policy. These are some of the elements you’ll need to look for when purchasing a policy: Brett Innis is Manager, Insurance Services at Valley First’s insurance office, located in the new ‘Valley First Place’ in Rutland, at the corner of Rutland Road and Highway 33. He can be reached at binnis@

Building Coverage

– This provides coverage to rebuild your rental home in the event of an insured loss.

– Sometimes you rent a property that includes certain items. This type of insurance provides coverage for things like major appliances that you own, but you’ve chosen to leave in the home for your tenants to use.

La n d l o r d ’ s C o n t e n t s

P r e m i s e s L i ab i l i t y - This provides coverage for defense and settlement costs if a lawsuit is brought against you as an owner of the property for bodily injury. This is a critical element of your insurance policy and smart financial planning as a landlord. R e n t a l I n c o m e – This coverage is also crucial – it protects your lost rental revenue if an insurable loss has forced the tenant to move to temporary accommodations while your property is being repaired.

Buying an income property is often an excellent investment and one that many folks look at as they prepare for retirement. This is where doing your homework is important and making sure you have set yourself up for success and planned for the unexpected. So before you start cashing those rent cheques and thinking about the next acquisition, be sure you have the right insurance coverage in place. It might be one of the most important decisions you make as an income property owner.

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By Richard Montgomery

Most real estate purchase contracts provide that the purchaser is to get professional advice regarding HST/ GST, to therefore be satisfied as to whether HST/GST on the real estate transaction is payable or not. Most purchasers assume that if they are buying property from an individual, that HST/GST is not payable. This is not necessarily correct. If a purchaser makes this assumption, they could legally be required to pay HST/GST in addition to the purchase price. Richard Montgomery is a partner at Montgomery Miles Law Firm. His business clients are varied and include proprietorships, partnerships, companies, investors, developers and financial institutions. His real estate clients include lending and mortgage work to conveyancing, leasing and development transactions.

The problem for the purchaser is that the vendor is the only one who knows how they have dealt with the property and therefore the only one who knows whether it is taxable or not. Take for example an individual who buys a lot with the intent of either reselling it or building a home on spec and selling it in order to make a profit. In such circumstances, they would claim their HST/GST back when they acquire the property (as an input tax credit). Once they do this, HST/GST will be payable when they sell it. A similar problem can occur when a person buys property to rent it out for short-term rentals. This often happens at vacation areas such as ski hills or waterfront areas. In such case the original purchaser would claim the input tax credit when they buy the property, thus making it taxable when they sell it to a subsequent buyer. In a perfect world, the seller would determine the HST/GST position of the property in question and disclose it to their purchaser at the beginning of the transaction.



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Sheer Beauty

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Darcy Nybo Colin Jewall Photography

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Craig Mohr and Vineyard Developments are well known for their multi-family townhome developments and single-family homes. They recently tackled a project at Sheerwater in Kelowna, BC with a specific task in mind: to ensure all the main rooms of the home had a full view of Lake Okanagan. The build was environmentally sensitive as it was located on the side of a mountain. It took Mohr and his team seven months before they poured the first footing. “There was a lot of thought and effort involved to make sure we handled the rain water correctly, that there was no erosion on the mountain, and that water entering the lake would be purified.� The home was designed in the round, with four sail roofs, each one covering a major area of the home: the master suite, the great room, the kitchen/dining room, and the flex room. The round design captures a different view of Lake Okanagan from each of the areas under the sails. The sails themselves are rounded at the back, as are all the windows. Bedrooms


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The contour of the pool is a perfect complement to the rounded walls and roof of the home. The grey in the stone columns is matched in the stone facing around the garage doors and in the gravel in the yard.


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The pool at the front of the home follows the natural contours of the house and has a builtin infinite edge spa. Under the trellis area is a cabana with a change area and outdoor shower as well as a sit up bar and a summer kitchen. There’s also a barbeque area with custom stainless steel cabinetry and exterior stone and granite countertops. “We wrapped the decks around the entire lake side of the home,” said Mohr. “The outdoor living space is massive.” At the front entrance, a distinctive glass chandelier hangs in a spiral pattern. The staircase takes you to the lower level where you will find three guest bedrooms, each with their own ensuite, a pool table, a wet bar, and a gym. “We also built a circular man cave underground (under the driveway) that has a theatre room with a custom built in couch,” said Mohr. “There’s even a secret entrance built into a curved wall.” Upstairs, the master suite is a sight to behold. Step into the room and you are greeted with a feature wall chosen by Jen Szewczyk from


Fresh Interior design and Consulting, that adds privacy to the sleeping area. Glass sliding barn doors open onto two steps, which lead down to the master ensuite where you will find an identical wall, placed for added privacy. The ensuite has a river rock feature that starts on the floor and then crawls up the walls of the shower. “These are all individually handlaid stones,” said Mohr. “It took about 10 days to complete. The rest of the floor is ceramic tile. The bathtub is a triangle shape with rounded edges, to match the rounded shape of the home.” The great room, dining room and kitchen have views that are second to none. If you can take your eyes off the panorama, they will probably land on the Montego ribbon-flame gas fireplace. It is approximately 12 feet in length, accented with a wall of ceramic tile and a hearth of rift cut cherry wood, which brings a homey feel to the great room. Then there is the kitchen. The doors for all the cabinetry are made with the same rift cut cherry wood as seen throughout the exterior and interior of the home. The glass mosaic tile wall behind the gas range is also on a curve, as are the walls for the cabinets. “In the housing industry, it usually takes a year and then you are on to the next project,” said Mohr. “This one took three years. They gave me a huge amount of artistic freedom and I was able to design what I felt was best for them and for the neighbourhood. As a fifth generation builder, I’m proud of this home.”

living room. Opposite page: Warm maple flooring and the rift cut cherry wood on the fireplace hearth give this living area plenty of warmth to go with a fabulous view. The great room and the kitchen/dining room each have their own sail roof above, which gives this home its beautiful lines. F r o n t E n t r y.

The chandelier is suspended in a spiral pattern to match the curves of the home. K IT C HEN .

Rift cut cherry is used on all the cabinetry in this home. A lot of detail work was involved in putting straight cabinets on a curved wall. Hand-laid stone creates the backing for the Viking six-burner gas range.


kitchen. top: The facing on the kitchen island is rift cut cherry wood with the same stone as is used throughout various areas outside the house on wall facings and pillars.

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The home was designed to look great from the road, 100 feet above. Note that the curve of the driveway and the lines of the home match the curve of the road above and the lake below.



ENs u i t e e n t r a n c e . top: Glass barn doors open to a step-down to the master ensuite with a decorative feature wall to give more privacy.

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The stones in the floor and wall were hand-laid to resemble a river. It took 10 days to complete the project. The triangle shaped bathtub is rounded to follow the lines of the home. The box it was shipped in was the size of a king size bed.


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advertisement free ventilation and shade from sun without interrupting the flow of the home,” said Ron Somers, president of Somers Screen Solutions. The best part about using retractable screens is that these screens don’t diminish the views or esthetics, as they are in place only when needed. Phantom’s large motorized Executive screens are an ideal example of how to blend function with comfort – the screens can be recessed into the building, thereby staying completely hidden when fully retracted.

Be ready to let the outdoors in! Outdoor Living with

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Be ready to let the outdoors in! Spring has sprung, and we once again look for ideas to get our homes ready to usher winter out and welcome the warm weather. While it is not yet quite balmy enough to stretch out in the deck chair, homeowners throughout the Okanagan region are preparing for sweltering days ahead and looking for ways to make the most of their outdoor spaces. Whether you have a fabulous deck or a great room that you want to connect to your patio, retractable screens are perfect for creating outdoor rooms and extending the time you can enjoy outside throughout spring and summer months. Somers Screen Solutions, the authorised distributor of Phantom’s retractable screens throughout the BC Interior region, has been helping homeowners make the most of their decks and patios since 2000. “We’re seeing many new homes with open sight lines that extend from the kitchen to dining and living areas - and ultimately into patios and decks. Many of these are incorporating Phantom’s retractable screens to provide insect-

Custom made to merge seamlessly with your home’s décor, Phantom’s screens offer a wide variety of mesh and color options that allow you to choose the ones perfect for your home. Depending on the selected mesh type, the screens can block solar heat gain and thereby help control the temperature within the screened area. Phantom’s Executive screens can also be programmed to lower and retract with sun and wind sensors, and be connected to the building’s automation system. “We don’t just sell screens,” said Ron. “Instead, we help you open your homes to the beautiful British Columbia landscape that surrounds us. We are fortunate to live in an area that allows us to spend so much time outdoors – it is our goal to help you make the most of it. With a little bit of planning, anyone can create an outdoor living space that will add to the overall value of the home and provide years of enjoyment.” Contact Somers Screen Solutions at 1-888-PHANTOM / 250-762-7592 or visit w w w. o k ana g an s c r e e n s o l u t i on s . c om to learn how Phantom’s screens can extend your living space and help you stay cool and comfortable in style.

Featuring Waterfront Properties in the Thompson/Okanagan


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2506 Welch Place, Magna Bay


8514 Horseshoe Bay Road, Anglemont

$1,385,000 7838 Squilax Anglemont Hwy, Anglemont

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Lot 2, 5420 Lauder Road, Quilchena



4386 Copper Cove Road, Scotch Creek $1,595,000

5342 Squilax Anglemont Highway, Celista

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online Organize & De-Clutter This Spring written By Darcy Nybo

Spring is here and that means it’s time to unclutter your home and get organized. Okanagan HOME gives you the low down on the clean up. We have some great ideas to get you well on your way to organized, clutter-free living. More importantly find some advice on good systems, great storage and continual maintenance that will help you keep that clutter under control all year round. Wh e r e to Sta r t . Begin with the room that you use or need the most – this will be the most rewarding when you’re finished and the great results will encourage you to work on other rooms. Place a table in this room to act as a sorting surface. Then find some mid to large size boxes and put them in another room that you aren’t currently using. Label the boxes as give-away/donate, consignment, discard, and put away. As you come across items in the cluttered room that fit into those categories, place them in the boxes. T i p s an d T r i c k s . Some words of caution: do not get overwhelmed by looking at the whole picture. Instead focus on one drawer, one area, and one room at a time. Complete that room before starting on anything else.

Realize that you will be distracted when going into another room to put something away. To avoid this, place a box outside of the room you’re working on to temporarily hold these items, rather than putting them away immediately. It is important that you don’t second-guess yourself - when you make a decision, stick to it. That’s when the emotional part comes in. There are neural pathways we’ve designed in our brains that help us stick to old habits and if we want to change those habits we have to do something drastic. When in doubt, bring in a neutral party to help; someone who isn’t emotionally attached to your stuff. To get a full room-by-room de-clutter strategy, some advice on how to keep your organized home organized, and how to recognize when it’s time to call in the professionals, check out the rest of the story online at under Editor’s Picks.



HOME IMPROVEMENT Modern Manufactured Modular Homes Efficiency, Quality and Comfort B y S h e l l B u s e y When referring to manufactured or modular homes, many people still refer to the conventional “trailer” or mobile home. In fact that couldn’t be further from the truth. Today there is very little difference in both the look and livability of a manufactured/modular home when compared to a traditional on-site built home. Shell Busey is a popular Canadian radio and television personality and home improvement expert. Shell is also the creator of the HouseSmart Home Service Referral Network, a conglomerate of over 170 different trades, home services and home products across Canada.

For many years, I have been a spokesperson for the manufactured/modular housing industry. Every year, as you may be aware, the Pacific National Exhibit (PNE) has a beautiful home that is offered as the grand prize at the close of the exhibition. This home is typically relocated to another location in BC. How is it possible to move such a large and complex home to a new site? The PNE Prize Home is of modular design, built routinely by Britco Structures, which is headquartered in Langley, BC. The home’s modules are built in one of Britco Structure’s climatically controlled manufacturing plants to exacting standards. The modules are then trucked to the PNE site and placed together on a temporary foundation. Upon award of the prize, the modules are then separated and transported to the new location to be placed on a permanent foundation. While the majority of these homes are not as elaborate as the PNE home, the concept of modular housing offers the same advantages to the typical homeowner. Manufactured/modular homes are built to very rigorous standards dictated by local building codes in a process overseen by the Canadian Standards Association. Homes are built in advanced manufacturing plants involving stringent timelines of construction and delivery of competitively priced homes. With the building technology available today, you can build most any style of home from a ranch-style to a basement model, truss floor design. Manufactured/modular homes are built to the highest standards of energy efficient living and can include high-efficiency furnaces and heat pumps to reduce your carbon footprint on the environment and your utility bills. Factory manufacturing of modular home components means less transport of workers and materials, allows for the most effective use of energy and materials, and reduces waste. Designs can be easily customized and the most up-to-date floor plans and finishes are available. All of these homes must meet all applicable building codes, the National Building Code and provincial/ regional building codes. In addition, the homes must be certified to Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards. The certification label affixed to each home gives consumers confidence that the home meets every code in the book. Environmentally controlled factories allow the sequence of assembly to be altered substantially to improve working conditions and productivity. Bathroom fixtures, furnaces, water heaters, floor coverings, etc. are all installed before walls and roof structure are put in place. The sequencing of assembly for on-site built homes can be dictated by the weather. That means that rather than focusing on working conditions and construction efficiencies, the first priority is on building and weather proofing the walls and roof to resist the elements. When purchasing your next home make sure to investigate what manufactured and modular housing options may be available you. For more home improvement information, to send Shell an email, or to watch Shell’s Ask Shell Coffee Break go to


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It’s this easy-going, spontaneous banter between the two and their innate ability to put the listener at ease with no-holds-barred zingers on almost any subject, that makes James and (Tamara) Joel (YES, they do have last names!), beloved ‘friends’ to listeners throughout the Okanagan Valley. “Andy & TJ in the Morning is just a continuation of our real life,” explains TJ. That runs the gamut from on-air discussions of their 14-year-old dog Winnie’s health problems (named after Winnipeg where Andy was HOT 103’s first morning show host). She now lounges on the couple’s Oscar version of ‘the red carpet’ – rolled out from the living room to the kitchen in their contemporary home, to cushion their “princess” with hip problems. Or relating the raucous antics of their three kids, Kensington (Kensi), 13, and the twins, “fiery redheads,” Adam and Brady, 10, whom Andy is crazy about and has step-parented since they were toddlers.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez had it. So did Sonny and Cher (albeit in more outlandish outfits). Tina Fey and Steve Carell, Date Night’s fictitious couple, used it to survive the banality of everyday life. The it factor is that rare combination of humour and intangible chemistry in relating to an audience. After a decade of hosting Kelowna’s longest running morning show together at Astral Media’s 101.5 EZ Rock, husband and wife team, Andy & TJ have it in spades! At home, TJ is rummaging through a large trifle bowl of memories - hundreds of Sharpie-labeled wine corks, until she finds the champagne cork from Summerhill Winery where the couple was married 10 years ago and recently celebrated their anniversary. “There’s no romance in screw-top wine bottles,” Andy deadpans. “Andy was actually my boss in 2002, the program director at the station and we were married to other people,” TJ confides. “I auditioned with three guys, including Andy for the morning show. We were friends first and saw each other at ungodly early hours through the good, the bad and the ugly. After our divorces, I thought in one defining moment, ‘this is the man I need in my life’.” “Oh I was just seduced,” quips Andy who is also EZ-Rock’s brand manager. “She’s the half-full glass, free-spirit kind of person and I’m the curmudgeonly half- empty one.”


“Discipline,” explains Andy, “is easy.” “I just threaten to embarrass them on-air - and I do!” To fall-out from divorce: “Hey they’re good kids and quite used to going back and forth to two homes like lots of families,” says TJ matter-of-factly. Checking their non-discernable egos at the studio door, almost no subject is too personal to share with listeners. “We’ve never had a knock-down fight on air,” admits TJ. “We’re just too professional for that, but our close friends can tell if we may have had a tiff. Hey, we’re normal people. We try to give each other grace and move on from there.” Most of the time it’s Freudian slips and off-the-cuff humour that has the couple rolling on the floor. “I’m in charge of the mic controls,” relates TJ “and we had just come out of a commercial break advertising a restaurant. I turned up the sound too soon and all of a sudden I hear Andy give this huge belch on-air - it was hilarious!” In the 10 years that Andy and TJ have hosted the morning show, one of the most memorable yet terrifying broadcasts was during the 2003 Okanagan firestorm that ravaged almost 62,000 acres and destroyed 239 homes. “We worked in split-shifts 24/7 holed-up at the station,” relates Andy. “One of the transmitters burnt up and I think we were one of the only radio stations left on-air trying to stay current and relay emergency services.”



Their indomitable advocacy for charitable causes in the community from The Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Ball; Central Okanagan Hospice Swinging with the Stars; Kelowna SPCA; Central Okanagan United Way; KGH Foundation; BC Children’s Hospital and so many more, makes you wonder if the dynamic couple ever sleeps! In 2005, Andy & TJ travelled to Reykjavik, Iceland to compete in the International Team Diabetes Marathon with 30 other runners from the Okanagan who had pledged $4,000 each to the Canadian Diabetes Association. “We have a 3rd person on the show now,” TJ laughs while glancing suspiciously at Andy’s stomach. “We need to get back to running together.” Cooking and spending time with their children is a passion for both of them and Andy especially likes preparing meals with Kensi. “We tell her she should have her own show - Cajun Cooking With Kensi because she blackens everything,” jokes Andy, who recently completed his I.S.G. Level II Sommelier training at Mission Hill Winery. The secret to their decade of success? “We never take our audience for granted,” says TJ. Alluding to the zany antics of the popular ’80’s TV show, Andy has the last word: “Everyday for us is The Gong Show!”


The couple's home is a reflection of their fun-loving and inviting personalities.


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Shelley and Ron Mallett love to entertain. With that in mind, they collected a team of talented people to help make their house a home that all could enjoy. They contacted then owner of Bercum Builders, Bill Crum. “There’s so much I love about this home,” he recalls. “I love the designer’s [Bill Daniels] take on the French country roofline. And the combination of stone, stucco and timber frame gives the house an organic feel and really suits the roof line.” Crum, who sold Bercum Builders to Darren Witt, recalls the interior of the home. “I love the openness of this home. The living room has a barrel vault ceiling, which gives you height, but because of the slope, it still feels cozy and cuts down on the noise carrying. The fireplace face is rounded which blends in nicely with the curve of the ceiling.” All the cabinetry, including the wine cellar, was custom made by Harris Cabinets. The pattern on the front door was incorporated into all the wood, glass and mirror throughout the house.

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A view of the home from the lake. wine cellar. bottom right: Custom-built wine cellar by Harris Cabinets is complete with bottle temperature sensors. The cabinetry is done in the same wood as the cabinetry throughout the house, with special built-in shelves for display.

House designer Bill Daniels of Bill Daniels Design also loves the barrel vaulted great room. “It extends through the Nana doors to the outdoor patio.” Building the home was challenging as the lot was only a little bigger than an average city lot. “There was a fair amount of depth from the road to the water,” explained Daniels, “but you can’t build that close to the water for environmental reasons.” No matter what the size of the home, owner Shelley Mallett loves it, right down to the doggie door in her office. “My office room is only 10 by 10 feet,” she said, “but the checkerboard mirror across from the desk gives a reflection of what is outside so it really lights up the room and makes it look and feel bigger.” The heart of this home is the kitchen area, complete with Sub-Zero fridges and freezer. They are run by a compressor system, which keeps food fresher, longer. “I have double ovens and warming drawers, plus the two refrigerated drawers in the 10-foot granite island,” said Shelley. Then there is an 18-foot long butler’s pantry right off the kitchen. “It’s a caterer’s dream,” she laughs. “It has it’s own fridge, dishwasher, sink, microwave and granite counter tops. There’s also a bar area to the left of the island, complete with its own cupboards and wine fridge.” As Daniels said, “They wanted a home with French country style with their own eclectic contemporary mix. That’s what they’ve created.”



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living area.

The barrel ceiling of the living room carries through to the outdoors in a lounge area on the other side of Nana doors.



This kitchen is equipped with fridge and freezers driven by compressors to keep the food fresher longer. There are two SubZero refrigerated drawers in the 10-foot kitchen island.


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The design pattern on the front door (far right) continues around the mirror in this powder room and throughout the rest of the home in wood, mirrors and glass. The powder room also has mini Swarovski wall sconces on either side of the mirror.


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The master suite overlooks the lake and an additional outdoor lounge area.

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In 2007, when Eric Van Maren first laid eyes on a property in Osoyoos that he would eventually develop into a community of cottages, it was love at first sight. “I initially had little interest in doing anything out there,” says the developer in an interview. But that changed as he drove through the South Okanagan lakefront property that had been used as pasture for about a century. The yellow light cast by the sun painted all that he saw with golden hues. “It was just like ‘wow.’ This is a spectacular piece of property,” says Van Maren.


Now his vision has become reality; the developer started construction in October 2012 on 30 cottages on the north end of Osoyoos Lake, with 33 sold - ranging in price from $300,000 to $1.4 million for the cottage and a 99-year lease on the land. “We’ve sold four of our very expensive lakefront homes,” he says, adding there are 29 cottages right on the water. The first few dozen residents of The Cottages on Osoyoos Lake will move in this summer, enjoying 500 feet of sandy beach and 2,600 feet of concrete pathways. The first 40 boat slips will be ready by May. Eventually 284 cottages will dot the landscape, says Van Maren. “We’re finding that the majority of our buyers are interested in living there year-round and retiring there. We attract people with successful careers and businesses who are nearing retirement. The attraction is the beach, the water, the boat slips, the wineries and the privacy,” he says. Buyers are also drawn by simple, affordable West Coast-style cottages, he says, adding the price is perfect for people to invest in upgrades and customization. One buyer, he says, is planning to spend about $400,000 on upgrades.

“I don’t think there will be two (cottages) alike,” says Van Maren. “They’re all detached homes. They’re all an easy walk to the beach.” Van Maren said his cottages are unique in that they’re a much lower housing density than other waterfront properties in the Okanagan. “Another thing that shocked us was the outrageous prices being asked for on the waterfront,” says Van Maren, adding those who bought homes in his development were astonished at what they could buy as opposed to Kelowna. “The focus really was on affordability. You can buy a home footsteps from the water for less than $700,000,” he says. “You can’t do that in the Okanagan. Affordable waterfront is no longer oxymoronic.”

Living Room.

The living room and front entrance of the Anjou floor plan, which has two bedrooms and nearly 1,300 square feet of space. kitchen.

Custom wood cabinets and chrome fixtures give the kitchen in the Anjou plan a simple, elegant look. Kitchens come equipped with a six-appliance package.

Cottages are exempt from the HST and land-transfer tax, making them even more affordable. The cottages are located about a two-hour drive from Kelowna and about five hours from Vancouver.


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An office nook in the loft maximizes space and provides a separate area to get some work done.



A second bedroom is furnished to accommodate young residents. The window seat is the perfect spot to get some reading in. The room is shown in the Bayberry design package. Top right:

back p o r c h .

Just off the kitchen, the outdoor patios are screened in and provide a bug-free spot for outdoor meals. Views of Osoyoos Lake beyond.

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A master bedroom in the Pistachio design package.


living area.

The living area of the Bartlett plan is seen from the loft. The cottages are designed to both let in the morning light and highlight the beautiful sunsets.



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Custom F e at u r e s Written by

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The Bridges at Glenview Pond development is an oasis in the city that attracts people looking for distinct homes in a unique community. Before designing custom homes, Bridges becomes friends with the people who will be their neighbours. Before they talk about bedrooms and bathrooms, they ask about hobbies, friends and family. “We start with a lifestyle interview so that those other questions make sense,” says Sales and Marketing Manager for the development, Sandi Barr. “It’s important for some people to have a guest suite on the main floor that’s elaborate because they have family that comes and stays for a


month,” says Barr who, along with builder Jim Andrews, won a Gold Tommie Award for Excellence in Salesperson or Team in New Home Construction. “Others are happy to put a couple of spare bedrooms in the basement. We finish them nicely, but it’s not a focus.” Bridges’ designers are as skilled at asking the right questions as they are at building great homes. The development has twice won the Gold Tommie Award for Community of the Year, emblematic of building excellence in the Thompson-Okanagan. “Sometimes, the design stems from a particular thing that is important to the client. We’ve designed a home around a grand piano, a 100-yearold table, and we design homes to have amazing outdoor spaces.” They’ve also designed a home around a two-storey, seven-car garage with a hydraulic lift. There’s a long list of things that make Bridges at Glenview Pond unique: a linear park that runs the length of the development, two ponds and a creek with bridges and waterfalls, to name a few. Its unique landscaping earned Bridges a provincial Georgie, which will go into the trophy case with the 40 other awards it has won since laying the first foundation in 2007. “The thread that binds everyone together is that this is a real community,” Barr says. “You have this shared park where everyone is going to be walking and you’ll get to know your neighbours. It’s a community that they’re joining that has a heritage feel. “The designs are meant to stand the test of time and so are the houses.”

exterior. opposite page: You wouldn’t know it by looking from the street, but beyond the garage doors of this custom home lies a two-storey, seven-car garage with a hydraulic lift.

Turret room.

A ship’s light hangs from the vaulted ceiling of this turret room. Light from that lamp mixes with the light coming through the stainedglass windows to cast interesting shadows around the room. A compass rose is inlaid into the hardwood floor.

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This cook’s kitchen, with granite countertops, is great for entertaining and the open plan keeps you connected to your guests, even while preparing food. There’s a great view out over a large pond with an island in the middle.

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The kitchen was designed around the 100-yearold dining table and hutch. o u t d o o r s p ac e . below right: The focus of this house was outdoor space. The owners can step from the master suite into the courtyard. The fireplace adds not only visual, but real warmth.


2 0 1 2 GOL D TOMMIE AWA R D S the 2012


This section is a showcase of the entire collection of 2012 Gold Tommie Award winners. The Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Central Okanagan organizes the awards  each year to recognize the commitment to excellence in the local residential building industry. Use these pages as a guide when planning your next home construction or renovation project. These pictures represent some of the best of innovation, quality and design in the Okanagan.

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2 0 1 2 Tomm i e awa r d w i nn e r s Grand Tommie Awards

Single Family Builder of the Year Large Volume

Single Family Builder of the Year Small Volume

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10 H om e s or l e ss

Pre dat o r Ri dg e Li m i t ed Part n er s hi p

Val u x H om e s Ltd .

Multi-Family Builder of the Year 10 H om e s or l e ss

D i lw orth Q u a l i ty Homes

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GatewayUrbanVillage Excellence in Creating Affordable Housing by Dilwo rt h Quali t y H o m es ass oc iates: 0776897 B C Lt d., Emil A nderso n C on s t ructi on C o. Ltd. p h o t o b y : Oka n a g a n M e d i a

Lakeview Terrace Excellence in Semi-Detached or Townhome Development by No. 14 5 Cat hedr a l V en t ur es Lt d . p hot o by: Li psett Ph otography Gro up

Conservatory Excellence in Creating a Hi-Rise Multi-Family Development by Sunstar Ventur e s Lt d . p hot o by: S teve f u ller ph o t o graphy


2 0 1 2 Tomm i e awa r d w i nn e r s Excellence in Residential Renovations

QuilchenaResidence Excellence in Residential Renovations under $75K b y W e s tw ood F i n e C ab i n e try assoc i at e s : Kat i Hadde n phot o b y: Col i n Je wal l P hot ogr a phy

Woodhaven Excellence in Residential Renovations $75K - $150K by DW Builders phot o b y: S e a n f ul l e r phot ogr a phy

Private Residence Excellence in Residential Renovations over $150K - $300K b y K e i th D a h l e n C on s tr u c ti on Ltd. phot o b y: Don W e i xl P hot ogr a phy

Isfeld Residence Excellence in Residential Renovations Over $300K by DW Builders phot o b y: c e rta i n i m a ge s phot ogr a phy


2 0 1 2 Tomm i e awa r d w i nn e r s Excellence in Single Family Detached Home

Carnegie Cottage Excellence in Single Family Detached Home under $350K by Va lux Ho m es Lt d. ass oc iates: Newell D esi g n St udio , I n n o vat i ve C r eati on s p hot o by: D i g i tal D ean Pho t o graphy

McClure Excellence in Single Family Detached Home $350K - $500K by Th om so n Dwellin gs I n c . p h o t o by: Li qu i d Estate Re al Es tat e Ma rket ing

AmblesideResidence Excellence in Single Family Detached Home $500K - $750K by C h ri scan Co nstr uc t i o n ass o c iates: Geor ge Gowl land A rchit ect p h o t o by: C oli n J ewa ll Pho t o graphy

Glasswing Excellence in Single Family Detached Home $750K - $1M by Archi tectur ally D i s t i n c t S o lut i o n s p hot o by: Or lan Ph otog raphy


2 0 1 2 Tomm i e awa r d w i nn e r s Excellence in Single Family Detached Home

McKenna Residence Excel l ence in Sing l e Fam ily Detac h ed Hom e $ 1 M - $ 1 . 5M b y F r a m e C u s tom H om e s assoc i at e s : M ul l i n s Dr a f t i n g & De s i gn , Ca n- N o r E l e c t r i c Lt d . , G r a n d O pe n i n gs W i n d ow & D o o r Lt d ., Oka n a ga n Ha r dw ood F l oor i n g Co. Lt d . phot o b y: Col i n Je wal l P hot ogr a phy

Barnaby Residence Excellence in Single Family Detached Home $2M - $3M b y Ar c h i te c tu r a l ly D i s ti n c t S olu tion s assoc i at e s : S e r a n i B r os Con t r act or s Lt d . phot o b y: O r l a n P hot ogr a phy

Sheerwater Sails Excellence in Single Family Detached Home over $3M b y V i n e ya r d D e v e l op m e n ts assoc i at e s : Av k on F r a m i n g, P & B E xcavat i ng , Tay l o r Mad e F i n i s hi n g Ca r pe n t ry phot o b y: Col i n Je wal l P hot ogr a phy


2 0 1 2 Tomm i e awa r d w i nn e r s Excellence in Kitchen Design Single Family Detached Home Okanagan Lifestyle Kitchen Excellence in Kitchen Design Single Family Detached Home under $350K by Griffco Ho mes ass oc iates: Nor elco C ab inet So lut io ns p hot o by: D esm ond Mu r r ay

Wilden Skylands Showhome Excellence in kitchen design single family detached home $350K - $500K by Au thenTech Ho mes Lt d . associ at es: No r elc o Cab i n et S o lut i o n s p h o t o by: K elown a aer i al ca mera

Lammle Residence Excellence in kitchen design Single Family Detached Home $500K - $750K by Pre dat o r Ri dg e L i m i t ed Part n er s hi p ass o c iates: S u n D i al Li gh t ing, pure granit e ro cks p h o t o by: kai clem en

Silver Star MountainsideKitchen Excellence in kitchen design Single Family Detached Home $750K - $1M by B. G. La nd Cust o m Co n s t r uc t i o n Lt d . ass o c iates: Lase Woodwo rks , P u re G r ani te Rocks p h o t o by: C oli n J ewa ll Pho t o graphy


2 0 1 2 Tomm i e awa r d w i nn e r s Excellence in Kitchen Design Single Family Detached Home McKenna Residence Excellence in Kitchen Design Single Family Detached Home $1M - $1.5M b y F r a m e C u s tom H om e s assoc i at e s : cucina del re cabinetry, custom granite works, loney plumbing inc. phot o b y: Col i n Je wal l P hot ogr a phy

Dexter Residence Excellence in kitchen design Single Family Detached Home $2M - $3M b y C u c i n a D e l R e C ab i n e try assoc i at e s : pur e gr a n i t e r ocks phot o b y: S upa Chowc hon g

Sheerwater Excellence in kitchen design Single Family Detached Home Over $3M b y B e g r a n d Fas t D e s i g n I n c . assoc i at e s : Acc e n t Cus t om F ur n i t ur e , T i m b e r hav e n H om e s Lt d . phot o b y: S hawn Ta l b ot P hot ogr a phy


2 0 1 2 Tomm i e awa r d w i nn e r s Excellence in Master Suite Design Single Family Detached Home

ironhorse Custom Excellence in Master Suite Design Single Family Detached Home UNDER $350K by Griffco Ho mes ass oc iates: Nor elco C ab inet So lut io ns p hot o by: D esm ond Mu r r ay

Windsor Manor Excellence in Master Suite Design Single Family Detached Home $350K - $500K by Va lux Ho m es Ltd. associates: Innovative Creations Inc., Tailored Living Kelowna p hot o by: D i g i tal D ean Pho t o graphy

AmblesideResidence Excellence in Master Suite Design Single Family Detached Home $500K - $750K by Ch r i sca n Co nst r uc t i o n p hot o by: C oli n J ewa ll Pho t o graphy

Silver Star MountainsideChalet Excellence in Master Suite Design Single Family Detached Home $750K - $1M by B. G. La nd Custo m Co n s t r uc t i o n Lt d . p hot o by: C oli n J ewa ll Pho t o graphy


2 0 1 2 Tomm i e awa r d w i nn e r s Excellence in Master Suite Design Single Family Detached Home

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2 0 1 2 Tomm i e awa r d w i nn e r s Specialty Achievement Awards At MGC Construction, we take a BuiltGreen™ approach with the home communities we build. This means we look for Winsome ways to minimize the environmental impact in Built aspect GreenofBC every ourBuilder/ work.


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2012Training House Excellence in Public or Private Partnership b y C a n adi a n H om e B u i l d e r s ’ Let’s build something great Assoc i ati on , C e n tr a l I n te r i or assoc i at e s : t hom ps on r i v e r s un i v e r s i t y sc h o o l o f t r ade s & T e c hn ol ogy phot o c ourt e s y of : CH B A Ce n t r a l I n t e r i o r

GlenValleyonClifton FortisBC Award for Building Energy Efficiency b y Ar c h i te c tu r a l ly D i s ti n c t S olu tion s assoc i at e s : Da rt e r De v e l opm e n t s Lt d . , G l e nVa l l e y o n Cl i f t on , Lan d l i n ks De v e l opm e n t Cor p. phot o b y: O r l a n P hot ogr a phy

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Excellence in Marketing Mi ss i o n Me ado ws associates: Artistech New Media Inc., Mission Meadows, TACTX Project Sales & Marketing Inc.

JimAndrews& Sandi Barr Excellence in Salesperson or Team in New Home ConstructioN Va lux Ho mes Lt d . p h o to by: C oli n J ewall Pho t o graphy

Excellence in Customer Service - Builder MGC C on s tr u c ti on Ltd . ass oc i at e s : M i ss i on G r oup P r ope rt i e s Lt d .

Excellence in Customer Service – Non-Builder G i e n ow W i n d ows & Doors phot o b y: L i ps e t t P hot ogr a ph y G ro u p

TheLincoln Excellence in Showhome b y Oka n a g a n D r e a m B u i l d e r s asso ciat es: M e l c or De v e l opm e n t s Lt d . , N e sbi t t O r i gi n a l s

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ARTIST PROFILE Diane Nelson w ritten By La ur a Go lds t ei n | P o rt r a i t b y Ca i t ly n C h a p m a n P h otog r a p h y

Roy Rogers’ horse, Trigger left a hoof print. Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe left an imprint of his eyeglasses and BC’s Sarah McLachlan, a star surrounded by maple leaves. From the iconic celebrity signatures in Hollywood’s former Grauman’s Chinese Theatre’s sidewalks to Canada’s Walk of Fame, concrete has left a legacy of many indelible impressions. Diane Nelson of Brandon- Johnson Art and Design has taken the humble medium and raised the bar to include sculptural and decorative custom finishes and décor. “Working with concrete has hundreds of creative and contemporary applicationsfrom indoor kitchen countertops, island pedestals, flooring and walls, one-ofa-kind tiles for backsplashes, range hoods and statement fireplace surrounds to graphic art pieces and exterior architectural elements, water sculpture and outdoor furniture,” enthuses Nelson. “And, it’s incredibly durable, water and fire resistant, odourless and environmentally friendly.” You could say it was King Kong and Spiderman scaling the Grand 10 Cinema, Kelowna that lead to Nelson’s discovery that decorative concrete was her métier. Working with a team from Global Surface Solutions, she was responsible for sculpting the larger than life characters out of Styrofoam. She then started experimenting on her own with custom colouring, 3D texturing and finishes in concrete. Integrating her multi-dimensional background in graphic, visual and interior design, Nelson launched Brandon-Johnson Art and Design in 2009. Kelownaborn, Nelson works directly with clients and interior decorators. Whether on-site for weeks at a time, painstakingly pouring and sculpting concrete on a 30-foot fireplace surround or overseeing the installation of her hand-made tiles, it’s all a collaborative process. “I listen very closely to the needs of my clients, then interpret their ideas on my computer, researching and transferring stencil images onto thin concrete slabs - an interactive experience every step of the way.”

of embossed Japanese cherry blossoms for a wall treatment, looks like piped cake icing and feels like flocked wallpaper. She is currently experimenting with image transfers of photographs onto concrete that creates amazing depth in portraiture and landscapes evoking a moody, almost spiritual calm. “It’s like silkscreening on concrete,” she explains. Commercial clients have gravitated to Nelson’s unique ability to capture the senses, then meld it with their own branding: a large concrete 3D painting of a water lily pond with a lone exquisite bloom is hung in the waiting room of The De Pieri Clinic, Kelowna. The piece immediately inspires individual beauty, health and serenity. Her hip abstract illustration of a sexy hair-do on a large concrete mirror she created for Scruples Hair Design, incorporates the metallic silver striated texture of the concrete reception desk and suggests a ‘cool vibe’ to customers. For me,” confides Nelson, “working in such a creative medium allows me to bring artful living to every part of the home and workplace. For more on Brandon-Johnson Art and Design check out

Like a scientist in her laboratory (in this case converted from a 600-square-foot garage attached to her home), Nelson is part magic conjurer, mixing her own myriad of paint colours, primers and sealers and part Rosie the Rivitor. An enormous horizontal table supported by a motorcycle hydraulic lift moves thin 8-foot panels of sculpted concrete to drying racks. Her tools of the trade range from elaborate construction sanders and chisels, to artist’s airbrushes, stucco trowels, sponges and even culinary cake decorating tools, used to create her intricate embellishments. Asked about a huge 10-inch syringe she uses to measure and inject latex polymer colour pigments she laughingly recounts how a sales clerk at a medical supplier asked her if she owned horses! Nelson’s charming main floor of her home is a perfect showroom for her broad range of work from concrete countertops and faux brick and mortar walls in the kitchen to intricately textured one-of-a-kind mounted art pieces that one is compelled to touch and she encourages clients to do so. Her hand-made French Provencial fleur de lis tiles look like antique finds from an architectural ruin. Each water-jet cut tile intricately fits together like a giant jigsaw puzzle. The burnt orange abstract wings of a monarch butterfly art piece over a fireplace surround resemble textured velvet. It’s difficult to imagine such delicacy is sculpted with concrete. A sample board


A backsplash that Nelson has done in decorative concrete.

GREEN HOUSING What Does Your Energy Pie Look Like?

By Kim Jones

Think switching incandescent bulbs to CFLs or LEDs will take a chunk out of your energy bill? The reality’s not so true. Choosing energy efficient lighting can help reduce your carbon footprint and perhaps your energy consumption, but there are more efficient measures with a greater impact in reducing a home’s greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs.

Kim Jones works with FortisBC PowerSense as a Residential Energy Advisor.

If you took all the end uses of energy in a typical home (e.g. appliances, heating, electronics, lighting, etc.) and put it into a pie graph, the energy needed for lighting would take up just a sliver of that pie, only 6 percent. Space heating and domestic water on the other hand, take up the biggest piece, about 75 percent.* So yes, use energy efficient lighting, but if you’re building new or renovating your current home, focus on the 75 percent portion. If retrofitting, that means improving insulation and high-efficiency space and water heating systems. For building new, it can begin before the ground is even broken, with energy efficient envelope products such as insulating concrete forms (ICFs) and structural insulated panels (SIPs) to form the building envelope. SIPs have a core of rigid foam insulation sandwiched between an exterior and interior wood skin. ICF systems are constructed by pouring concrete into pre-moulded insulating foam blocks and reinforced with steel. If you’re considering building a new home with ICFs or SIPs, talk to the energy experts at FortisBC first. They’ll provide access to a variety of rebates for not only SIP and ICF building envelopes, but also high-efficiency space heating systems, Energy Star appliances and more, through their New Home Program. Now your new home’s energy footprint will be a pretty small pie compared to your neighbour’s. Plus you’ll be more comfortable and you could have lower utility bills - kind of like having your pie and eating it too. To learn more visit



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drafting & design inArtifex Design Ltd. Written By Darcy Nybo

Hamid Khajavi and his sister Saba grew up in a home with a dad in construction and a mom in real estate. From an early age they knew the joy of taking a project from start to finish, a passion they still have today. Then they met Paulo Kegles, who had an equally strong passion for building design.

Left to Right - Hamid Khajavi, Saba Khajavi and Paulo Kegles work on a 3D design for a client in their Kettle Valley office.

The trio created inArtifex Design Ltd. and opened their doors in September 2012 in Kettle Valley. Together they design residential homes and draft complete working architectural plans for their clients. It's not only the business that is young, so are the partners: Hamid Khajavi is 27, Saba Khajavi is 26, and Paulo Kegles is 30. Don't confuse youth with inexperience though. They are up on all the latest technology and provide clients with everything from basic floor plans to interior decorating and everything in between. Each has their own strengths and together they make a team that is hard to beat. Hamid Khajavi brings his Bachelor of Business Administration, a diploma in civil infrastructure design, and another in construction and drafting. Saba Khajavi has her real estate license, received her Bachelor of Arts at UBC-O, and has a diploma in architectural design and building technician. She also did an internship with Besharat Friars Architects in Vancouver. Then there is Paulo Kegles, originally from Brazil, with equivalent degrees to that of a civil engineer. Before coming to Canada, he built cement factories in Brazil. InArtifex has clients from all over BC including the Okanagan, the Greater Vancouver Regional District, Vancouver Island, and the west coast. Aside from their obvious experience, the team has a unique approach when it comes to working with clients. "If you come to our office and ask us to design a house for you we would find out what you want and then show you in 3D what your house will look like as the building progresses," explains Paulo. "You can see your house finalized before it's built. We are the only company that can design your house right before your eyes and generate a video of you walking through the house."


"Not everyone can visualize a 3D home from a drawing or blueprint," adds Saba. "We can show our clients what it would be like to stand in their new living room. It's great to be able to show a client what we've created, and then they can make a choice as to what features to keep and which ones they don't like. It works great for interior design as well to show the colour schemes." 3D imaging is not just a handy tool, it also saves time; Hamid explains. "Plans can be completed in a very short period of time. People are used to waiting two weeks for a set of changes to be done. With this technology we can do it in a half an hour." According to Saba, when it comes to designing your home, three heads are better than one. "You have three points of view at all times. We don't have separate clients; we work as a team. It's one of the things that helps us be great at what we do, we have each other for input." inArtifex deals mainly with single-family homes, from spec to custom. They prefer to work on homes under 10,000 square feet and they've designed townhouse projects, multifamily homes, and small business projects. You can visit them at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Home Show from April 5th – 7th at the Kelowna Curling Club or check out their website at


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materials Classic Woodwork Finishing written By Jennifer Smith

There’s nothing quite like the look a finishing carpenter who has mastered the trade can bring to a job. From wainscot to crown moulding to one-of-a-kind architectural ceilings, fine woodwork offers a touch of elegance, a modern ambiance or the personal character needed to transform a property. Whether working in maple, knotty alder or hemlock, the trick to achieving a desirable look is finding the right person for the job. There are cost-cutting measures one can take when adding wood to a home or office - removing baseboards before the professionals roll in or tackling pre-painting on a simple flat-stock moulding, but by and large, finishing carpentry is not a do-it-yourself project. Ryan Webb, of Ryan’s Unique Finishing Carpentry, has been in the business for a decade and recommends securing multiple quotes to find a carpenter who prices the job to secure business, not far below the field. When he meets a prospective client, he brings a portfolio of photographed jobs and references from top contractors. And knowing his name and reputation are on the line, he doesn’t walk away until a job looks right to his own eye. “In today’s economy, there are people who just want to work, so they undercut the market, and that’s not who you want on your job,” he explains. A nicely finished home requires someone who works enough to know the trends and to offer advice on simple details to upgrade a look, like adding rounded corners on the casings. Having developed an eye for finding savings in the job itself, your carpenter should be able to recommend simple fixes, such as adding new cupboard doors to update a kitchen, to keep costs down if necessary. Even sticking to flat stock offers considerable savings over the mitered baseboards of the late ‘90s and making smart choices when choosing paint-grade versus stain-grade wood will maximize an investment. Every upgrade to a home adds value; the trick is knowing where to place one’s effort to ensure the woodwork really pops. Webb says, “A really good painter who knows how to stain and lacquer properly really changes the look.”





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Pictured here in Bay Leaf, Cobalt Blue and Tangerine, this incredibly versatile KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer is more than just a mixer. With all of the available attachments, you can use it to make homemade pasta, stuff fresh sausage, whip up ice cream and give fruit a squeeze. Available in 25 colours, find it locally at Home Outfitters. chair

The Watford chair by Vangogh Designs has a modern design with clean straight lines, giving it a timeless look. Reversible back and seat cushions increase the life of this chair. Also available in a sofa, apartment sofa, loveseat and ottoman.

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These Oval French Ovens by Le Creuset ( add a splash of fresh colour to the kitchen and the table. Available in a variety of colours and pictured here in Soleil. Find locally at Chef ’s Edge. o i l pa i n t i n g


This purple ottoman by NCA Design is sure to add some spark to your living space. NCA Design Furniture is available at DK Modern Furniture.

Ren-Wil brings you Distinction by Claude Viau / Karine. This 48 by 48-inch bold abstract oil painting is hand-painted on a gallerywrapped canvas and has a highgloss lacquer finish.

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This iconic collection of sculptural home furnishings are hand-made by Canadian designer, Martha Sturdy ( in Vancouver, BC. These cast resin pieces are each individually made to be food-safe (trays/bowls/platters) and will not leak, perspire or stain. Pictured here are the square platter in Neon Purple and the rectangle vase in Amber. Available locally at Zed Home.


We value the idea that we can have a small share in your families’ memories as they’re made around the center of your home in your dream kitchen. The Kekuli Bay Cabinetry experience always starts with you. A discussion centers on you and your specific needs. Our team of designers and our master craftsman then work to manufacture those dreams in our state of the art facility; our goal is to be part of your family.

Call Matt at 250.241.0036 Call Ron at 250.826.6001 Call Steve at 250.938.6016 Call Briar at 250.863.3472 • 1794 Baron Rd, Kelowna

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