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HIGHLANDS at kettle valley
the okanagan transitional style of living landscape with flowing creeks and miles of green space to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities.
Imagine sitting outside under your covered veranda soaking in panoramic views of Okanagan
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Imagine, building your luxurious dream home in a place surrounded by a diverse natural hillside
dining alongside your outdoor fireplace. When you imagine your dream home, do you envision spending the rest of your life there?
in-ground pool or barbequing your favourite dishes eager to share your culinary delights while
Okanagan summer sunset with friends and family members. Picture yourself cooling off in your
Lake and the mountains beyond. Imagine sipping your favourite beverage while enjoying an
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Imagine that, the ability to transition through your life growing older in your home without having to worry about the physical challenges growing old sometimes presents us with. Imagine,“main floor living” in an open floor plan concept combining both indoor and outdoor living space to allow you to transition through your home all on one level. Well imagine no more, “The Okanagan Transitional”
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Issue 28, Summer 2013 ISSN 1913-0759 OkanaganHOME.com Info@OkanaganHOME.com Publishers: Justin O’Connor, Christy Hughes Chief Editor: Christy Hughes Creative Design: Okanagan HOME Team | Leo Kuhn Advertising Executive: Justin O’Connor Contributors: Denis Apchin, Shell Busey, Dean Cebuliak, Ross Freake, Laura Goldstein, Christy Hughes, Colin Jewall, Allen Jones, Kim Jones, Byron Kane, Linda Kenzle, Simon Kuhl, Leo Kuhn, Andrew Lipsett, Richard Montgomery, Darcy Nybo, Justin O’Connor, Sherri Paiement, Darren Robinson, Cliff Shillington, Jennifer Smith, Shawn Talbot, Russ Tresoor, Don Weixl Okanagan HOME Magazine Box 121, 138-1876 Cooper Road Kelowna, BC V1Y 9N6 250.826.9961 OkanaganHOME.com Info@OkanaganHOME.com 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.
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It’s finally here. The time of year that both Okanagan residents and visitors alike wait for all year long... Another summer is upon us and like you, we can’t wait to get out there and enjoy the sunny, lake-filled days and long, balmy nights. Flip forward for the best of lakeside living in the Okanagan: a dream Naramata lake house and a Kelowna beach house with a fresh, vibrant design. Warmer weather means spending more time out of the home. Make sure your outdoor space is equipped for both style and comfort with the help of our Accessorize department. This issue Okanagan HOME discovers the south Okanagan. If you’re looking to relocate or visit, we’ll give you a taste of what you’re in for. Or maybe you already call the south Okanagan home. This feature will inspire you to discover it anew, all year long. However you plan to spend your summer days, we hope you take some time to rest and enjoy the best of the season in this beautiful place that we all call HOME. Yours truly,
Justin & Christy OkanaganHOME.com
NEWS New Homes at Boucherie Beach Cottages at the Lake.
Rob Chetner and his partners at Trasolini Chetner have purchased the existing resort at Boucherie Beach as a joint venture with the Vermont Property Group. “It has always been a magical place,” says Chetner. “It was like camp, except the whole family got to go.” The U-shaped family friendly layout allows parents to enjoy time in front of the cabin and keep an eye on the kids playing on the grass or at the beach. The entire grounds are getting a makeover that includes a new pool, dock and playground area. The existing cabins will be replaced with 35 new privately-owned cottage homes, designed to retain the original character of the property. These three and four bedroom homes range from 1,166 to 2,030 square feet. Prices start at $499,000 with occupancy scheduled for next summer. For more information, visit BoucherieBeach.com.
Academy Hill Investment Residences at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. UBC Okanagan is booming and
student housing is in great demand. There are 1,700 student beds on campus, compared to over 8,500 registered students. “The Academy Hill development is a really great housing alternative for students, as it is right across from Aberdeen Hall.” says Theresa Karpowich, sales rep for Academy Hill. “It’s a great buy for investors.” This is the first phase of a 20-year plan to build student housing/ investment properties here. Academy Hill has one and two bedroom units, each with a den and two bathrooms. Units run from 640 - 953 square feet and start at $209,900. There are private patios and decks with expansive roof covers, and it boasts one of Kelowna’s first green roofs, over top of the parkade to hide cars underground. More at AcademyHill.ca.
Location, Location, Location - The Beach Houses . There are
new lakeshore townhomes rising on Francis Avenue in Kelowna. The $2.4M townhomes are being developed by Tommie Award-winning developer, Huntington Homes. The two homes of over 3,100 square feet each have been designed with aging in place features; so all future living requirements are located on the main floor. Open, light-filled plans include spacious central living areas, which open onto large patios. They also feature low maintenance gardens and outdoor kitchens. “I am absolutely thrilled with the way architect Pat McCusker has beautifully framed the views down the lake, whether from the living areas or the flying balconies,” says Huntington Homes’ Managing Director, Jamie Maw. “We think that this style of smart design is truly the wave of the future.” For more info visit ManuellaFarnsworth.com or email Jamie Maw at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life at the Ranch . With over 220 of 400 homes now sold, Sunset Ranch
is past the halfway point in the development. Homes are Craftsmanstyle single family or side-by-side golf villa in design, with several plans featuring lofts. Every home is rancher style, with a walkout basement. The new show homes can be viewed Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 4 p.m. “It’s a great time to be coming out,” says David Pfuetzner, General Manager of Acorn Communities. “You can enjoy the spectacular views of Okanagan Lake, Duck Lake, the golf course, city, valley, and mountains. Life here is just what others imagine life in the Okanagan should be.” For more info check out their website at AcornHomes.com.
Development News. Macdonald Development Corporation out of Vancouver has announced they are in the final planning stages for phase two of the 550 acre Lakestone development in Winfield. Jason Koverchuk has taken over as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Lakestone. “This master-planned community is a quick drive from Kelowna and the airport and offers some of the best lakefront and lake view home sites in all of Lake Country. The next phase will feature semi-detached homes, single-family homes, townhomes, and private home sites to build your own custom home. With prices starting in the low $200,000’s, this is sure to receive a lot of attention.” There are only two waterfront lots remaining in phase one. Check for updates at LakestoneLiving.com and register for more information.
More Multi-Family by Landlinks. Landlinks Development Corp., the developer for the award-winning GlenValley on Clifton (GlenValleyKelowna.ca), has more new projects. The first is Eleven 70 Brandt (1170Brant.ca); a modern, three bedroom townhome development with private driveways. The site is at the foot of Knox Mountain Park and will be ready for occupancy August 2013. The second is The Terraces @ Webster in Rutland (TerracesKelowna. ca). Situated at the base of Black Mountain, these affordable two bedroom townhomes come with rooftop decks and are slightly elevated on a terrace overlooking the city of Kelowna. The units will be ready for occupancy July 2013. Finally, there is The Pointe at Marshall Landing in Vernon (ThePointeTownhomes.ca). Only two blocks from the beaches on Okanagan Lake and a four-minute drive to downtown Vernon, this 135-unit townhome community offers geothermal heating and cooling, stainless steel Energy Star appliances, on-demand tankless hot water, and more.
Yurt Vacation Rentals. Penticton’s newest accommodation, Barefoot Beach Resort, is unlike any vacation you will experience in the Okanagan. Developers Max Picton and Ben Lindsay have brought a truly unique concept to the region - yurts. These circular structures consist of hardwood floors, lattice walls, canvas covers and dome skylights. It’s a modern adaptation of the ancient Mongolian structure that lies somewhere between a tent and a cabin; yet they offer all the comforts of a luxury hotel room. “Our ultimate goal has been to stimulate Penticton’s economy as a whole and bring back its vibrancy,” says president, Max Picton. “In the process, we have been able to create jobs and provide start-up opportunities for entrepreneurs like myself.” Picton is the most recent recipient of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Penticton Chamber of Commerce. Onsite, the resort offers an array of amenities including shopping, dining, and activities; everything you need to enjoy your stay. These yurts have a minimal impact on the surrounding environment, and with ecologically friendly products and sustainable materials, Barefoot Beach Resort has 11 yurts available for nightly or weekly rentals, as well as room for over 100 tents. Their grand opening is June 28. For more information visit BareFootResort.ca.
REAL ESTATE REVIEW The Albertans Are Back!
By Cliff Shillington
Drive down any street in the Okanagan, particularly Kelowna, and you will see the return of those familiar white and red license plates on those shiny new trucks (and a few cars). But, this time it is different. Our neighbours to the east are not facing real estate sticker shock like they did a few years ago. In fact, they are finding bargains compared to what they pay for a comparable property in Calgary and Edmonton. Buyers from Fort McMurray just grin when they see what they can buy here as opposed to their market, which is simply out of sight. And, they get to live in one of the most desirable places in Canada. 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.
What has happened over the last few years is that the prices in resource rich Alberta have continued to climb, while our prices in the Okanagan have declined. We were off of the radar for most of the prairie buyers until this past year. They had looked south of the border to take advantage of the sunshine states’ bargain prices due to foreclosures and short sales. But now the American real estate market has picked up steam and is seeing dramatic price increases. As a result, our Alberta friends are once again looking at the desirable Okanagan. Much to their pleasant surprise, they are finding our prices much more affordable than in the past. Albertans are back to making up 20 percent of the buyers in the Okanagan market and have helped kick-start our spring market. Spring and early summer sales are 11 percent ahead of where they were last year at this time. It is anticipated that sales should continue in this direction. Listing inventory is down about 11 percent, but prices continue to stay relatively flat due to the large selection still available. There is a feeling of renewed confidence throughout our Valley, both for the retail and service sector. With the election behind us, the HST gone and continued low interest rates, there appears to be a willingness to start shopping again, whether for cars, furniture or real estate. And our Alberta friends are leading the way – it’s great to have them back!
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DESIGN Less Is More
Denis Apchin is an award winning Okanagan-based designer of spectacular, luxury homes.
By Denis Apchin
The term ‘minimalism’ is a trend from the early 19th century and gradually became an important movement in response to the over-decorated design of the previous period. The phrase “Less Is More” came from an 1855 poem called The Faultless Painter by Robert Browning and was adopted by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as a precept for minimalist design. Mies, as he was commonly referred to, served as the last director of Berlin's Bauhaus until the Nazi regime shut it down in 1933. He then moved to America and headed the department of architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture. Another of his famous aphorisms was “God is in the details”. Since his time, many architects and designers have adopted the concept of “Less Is More” to varying degrees. There are as many variations of minimalism as there are shades of gray, but they all emphasize simplicity. The idea of simplicity appears in many cultures, especially the Japanese traditional culture of Zen Philosophy. Minimalist architecture simplifies living space and conveys simplicity in life bringing peace and tranquility. Whether you plan to build a new home, renovate or decorate there is opportunity to create a clean and clutter-free environment in which to live. An open living area with combined functions allows more natural light and improves traffic flow. Simplified floor plans need less furniture to clean and everyday items can be stored away in organized built-ins. Also minimalist homes use maintenance-free materials and landscaping, requiring less of your valuable time to upkeep. Considering that the largest investment you will make in life is your home and that you will dwell in it more than 12 hours a day, you may want to consider the aesthetic values and lifestyle benefits where “Less Is More”!
WEALTH Travelling In Canada This Summer? Why You DEFINITELY Need Travel Insurance B y LIN D A K EN Z l E We’ve all read the insurance horror stories of folks travelling south or overseas, but in Canada? Yes! Even though your BC health insurance will take care of most medical expenses (like doctors and hospital charges) in another province, it doesn’t cover everything. Other charges may not be covered at all. Travel insurance provides a very inexpensive peace of mind that everyone should pack with them! Linda Kenzle is an Insurance Manager with Valley First Credit Union at the Vintage Hills location in West Kelowna.
For starters, not all provinces and territories cover the same prescription medications. Rare medications aren’t even available in all provinces. Travel insurance can provide coverage for these medications if prescribed to treat an unexpected sickness or injury and could even fly you home at no cost to receive the drugs you need as soon as you need them. Secondly, medical transportation to a hospital located in your home province is not covered by your provincial health plan. Air ambulances are expensive! Travel medical insurance typically covers medical transportation back to your province of residence, if recommended by a physician. Thirdly, on rare occasions you may need to pay for treatment up front and then submit for reimbursement later. This is fine if your bill is a few hundred dollars, but it could be more than you can afford to pay and you’ll be stuck! Travel insurance coordinates payment directly with a medical facility - and you won’t have to worry about weeks (or months!) of financial stress before being reimbursed by the provincial government plan Lastly, BC Health Care doesn’t cover non-travel expenses. If your trip could be called off unexpectedly, it’s good to know that trip cancellation insurance can reimburse non-refundable travel expenses such as flights, tours, and hotels. Trip interruption and baggage insurance are available to protect against unexpected expenses after departure, like the cost of returning home early for reasons you couldn’t predict, or the replacement of lost or stolen items. On your next trip, the best thing to pack is a sense of adventure, and of course, the right insurance!
LEGAL From GST To HST And Back Again
B y R i c h ard M o n t g o m e r y
What a turn of events. BC is always the political entertainment capital of Canada (although Toronto seems to be vying for that distinction recently).
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.
As of April 1st, BC went from 12 percent HST to 12 percent combined GST and PST. Some BC business people complain that their costs have increased because they now have to prepare and file two separate tax returns instead of just one for HST. Some BC labour people complain that because of PST, Alberta gets a competitive advantage because BC effectively ends up with a 7 percent higher tax costs than Alberta - so in theory more jobs go to Alberta. Time will tell if it works out this way or not. There are however some things that we can enjoy from this change in tax regime. There are things under the PST regime that are not taxable now (e.g. real estate commissions), but were taxable under the HST regime. As to real estate in BC, there is no GST or PST on used residential homes (defined in the legislation). This has not changed. On new homes the GST will apply at 5 percent and there continues to be an entitlement to the applicable rebates. PST will be charged on many of the costs going into the construction of a new residence, so the 7 percent that was removed will become included as a “hidden” tax. There is also a 2 percent transition tax starting April 1st 2013, which is intended to capture the PST component of HST that was removed from the HST. This transition tax will be removed on April 1st 2015, as by that time the PST will be included in the construction costs and therefore imbedded in the price. There are no rebates applicable to the PST under the new regime. Whatever your transaction in real estate, make sure that you are aware of the true tax implications so that you can make informed decisions throughout the process.
Build in energy efficiency The best time to increase the comfort and energy efficiency of a home is when building new or renovating.
“The rebates help us build energy efficient homes that hit a price that’s right for our customers.” David Pfuetzner Acorn Communities Kelowna
Whether you’re a developer building new, or a homeowner just looking to upgrade, we have a rebate to help make it easier and more affordable. Learn more at fortisbc.com/starthere.
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lakehouse design Written by
Darcy Nybo Shawn Talbot Photography
Flexibility, functionality, and fabulous, all in one summer home. This active family wanted to spend their time enjoying the Okanagan in a low-maintenance space that worked for everyone. Thanks to the collaborative effort of Barnett Construction, Robert Bailey Interiors, and the homeowner, they achieved just that. "We used Loewen Windows and Doors for all the windows and doors for the home," explains Barnett. "They engineer all their products here in BC so we never have a problem with the form, fit and function of the windows and doors." The first thing one notices about this home is the masonry. "It's all handcrafted full stone, it's not a veneer product," says Barnett. "Rob Lemieux from Lemieux Masonry stacked it in a dry stack pattern. The stacked stone was then continued through to the inside to create a rustic/ modern look. In keeping with that feel, the fireplace was created by Fusion Metal and is made entirely of steel." Oak on the floor and ceiling of this home give the rooms a modern minimalistic feel, while at the same time making it comfortable and elegant. Some of the more unique things about this home are what you don't see. Barnett explains, "The home is built without visible air exchange grills. We used geothermal to heat and cool the home. The house has radiant heat and radiant cooling to control the climate. iQ Home Automation installed the distributed audio/video and lighting control throughout the home, that extends right to the end of the property." The furnishings were chosen to achieve one goal, and that was comfort. Inside and out, this home was created to maximize summer pleasure and last for generations to come. B e dr o o ms
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At the back of the house, the den opens up to the warm summer air with bi-fold doors, extending the living space onto the outdoor patio.
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Rustic cabin meets contemporary dĂŠcor on this stair landing.
M as t e r B e dr o o m . Opposite page bottom: The master bedroom has an ensuite with beautiful lake views and patio access. During the day the room has a bright and airy feel to it.
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This family area on the front of the home also has folding doors which open up the room to the grassy yard.
f A M ILY R OO M . top: Kids of all ages will enjoy the laid-back and fun environment in this family room.
At dusk, the front of the home is just as captivating as it is during the light of day.
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Outdoor lighting is more than visible walkways and street numbers; it can increase your security and create a beautiful outdoor living space at night. A beautifully landscaped yard can be even more appealing with the right type of lighting. Outdoor lighting provides added security for vulnerable spots and it may save you from a stubbed toe or two. At the same time you can paint the night with light and create a nighttime oasis. For more on creating your own nighttime oasis to enhance your outdoor space in any season, see the full story online at OkanaganHOME.com under Editorâ€™s Picks.
HOME IMPROVEMENT Pest Proof Your Home
By Shell Busey
We take great lengths to keep possible intruders out of our homes. However, what about the smaller invaders? There’s likely an abundance of openings around your home that make access for these pests easy to enter. Although your home may not have experienced problems with pests in the past, it is a good idea to watch for signs and to take preventative measures to pest-proof your home. Here’s a few ways you can prevent unwanted tenants from living in your 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.
Seal openings where pipes and wires enter the foundation, siding and soffits. Such areas include those around outdoor faucets, receptacles, gas meters, clothes dryer vents, telephone/cable/TV wires and continuous soffit venting. These are common entry points for rats, mice, squirrels and birds. Commonly used items to seal entry points could be steel wool and galvanized quarter inch wire lath. Clear trash and debris from inside and outside the house. Keep a tight-fitting lid on garbage and compost bins. Such receptacles need to be rodent-proofed, as do recycling bins. Store lumber and wood piles away from the house off the ground. Any grass seed and food including pet food should be stored in sealed containers. Pick up fallen fruit from trees and remove bird feeders. If necessary, consider having exterior perimeter, anchored, tamper-resistant rodent bait stations installed around your home. Having bait stations installed is a great way to control those pesky rats and mice, before they have a chance to enter your home. If you suspect you have a problem inside the home, traps are a better solution for rodent issues. Poisons can have undesirable side effects, such as the accidental poisoning of pets and the possibility of rodents dying in inaccessible areas. If you suspect you may have pests in your home, contact a professional pest control company, they can provide you with a “Point Of Entry Inspection”. A pest control specialist can come to your home and locate all the possible access points. They will then provide you with expertise on having any unwanted visitors humanely removed (if any) and then having those entry points screened. Since rodents are usually active at night, you can look for signs of rodents during the day time to trace their activities. Apart from actually seeing rodents here are a few common signs that will indicate their presence: Droppings may be found in places where food is stored such as in kitchen cabinets and drawers. Additionally, mice will leave droppings near their nests, in storage or cabins loaded with boxes, bags, old furniture, and other objects as they make an ideal home for rodents. Rodents prefer to build their nests out of materials that are soft, fuzzy, or warm. Common rodent nest materials may include shredded paper, bunches of dry grass or small twigs, fabric, and furniture stuffing and batting. Usually you will discover droppings near to a favorite rodent food source. Rodents can chew through plastic, so plastic bags and Tupperware-style containers do not protect food items. Rodents will gnaw on almost anything that includes such things as wood, paper board, cloth sacks, and materials even harder than these. For more home improvement information, to send Shell an email, or to watch Shell’s Ask Shell Coffee Break go to AskShell.com.
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A Four Season Playground The south Okanagan is one of the most diverse areas in Canada, with desert terrains, lakes, mountains, grasslands and hillsides. WRITTEN BY DARCY NYBO
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LIFESTYLE Livability There's no place quite like the south Okanagan anywhere on earth. It's no wonder so many people are choosing to call this area home. Ingrid Jarrett, a past chair of the Thompson Okanagan Tourist Association (TOTA) has been strongly connected to the south Okanagan for six years. She's currently the VP of Business Development for Watermark Resort in Osoyoos. "From a young family perspective, there is so much to do here," says Jarrett. "There are lots of sports readily accessible here. There is access to a myriad of education options. There is a cultural diversity here that other regions do not have." The south Okanagan is also easy to get to. Highway 97 winds through the entire Okanagan, which ties into Highways 1, 3 and 5. There are several small airports in the area, as well as the Penticton Regional and the Kelowna International Airports. Curt Jansen and his wife moved to the south Okanagan from Edmonton nine years ago. Together they operate Real West Project Management. "It's all about lifestyle," says Jansen. "You typically gain three months a year in outdoor living if you move from the coast or prairies. The climate is undeniably the best in Canada. There will be no snow on the valley floor yet 40-minutes away you can go snow skiing. It's more of a simplistic life style - you have more time to experience and enjoy life." Young and old love it in the south Okanagan because of the great sense of community. It's relaxed, easy paced and a safe and secure place to live - and there are several towns to choose from. Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, and Osoyoos all have their own specific charm.
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LIFESTYLE ACTIVE COMMUNITIES One of the great things about this area is that something is always happening. Richard Cooper of Heatstroke Cycle in Osoyoos rents out bikes 10 months a year for locals and tourists alike. "I was born and raised here and I can find something to do every day of the year," says Cooper. "There's fishing in the lake, dirt biking, quading, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, mountaineering, rock climbing, ecotours, wine tasting and lots of events throughout the year. There's a great local ski hillâ€Ś Mt. Baldy. I ride all over BC from Revelstoke to Smithers and Nelson and our little hill is one of the best in the province as a hidden gem. It's only got two lifts, but the snow is champagne powder and it is very family-oriented and reasonably priced. There's a cross-country ski area at Baldy with over 100 km of trails as well as a snowshoe loop and tobogganing." If you prefer to run, there are the outdoor triathlons, marathons, and half marathons. For cyclists, Cooper says they are working on the second annual Summit challenge. "People love coming here to do the ride," says Cooper. "Cyclists love being out there cranking hills and we've got some of the best hills around. If you are an active outdoor person, this is a great place to live." Then there are the festivals. There's Peachfest, Lobsterfest, Oysterfest, Winefest, Grapefest, Cherryfest, the Meadowlark festival, and of course, several wine festivals. You name it; there's probably a festival for it. To top it off, the wineries in the area bring in live entertainment with varying styles of musicians and groups. Wine, music and food pretty much define the south Okanagan. There are hockey leagues, ball leagues, soccer leagues, sailing, water skiing, snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, and downhill skiing. If you have a hobby or sport you love, chances are there's a group or league for that. "Osoyoos has incredible shopping," says Ingrid Jarrett. "It's the funkiest shopping place anywhere. Even the Home Hardware won Best Home Hardware in Canada. It has everything from crystal to fishing gear." "We have street dances and fireworks," adds Curt Jansen. "We celebrate for almost any reason. It's not hard to get people out and about." When there isn't anything in particular to celebrate... there are tours. You can learn about burrowing owls, take a self-guided tour through the Desert Centre, take one of dozens of wine tours or head up to the Mascott Mines to learn how to pan for gold.
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LIFESTYLE food, Wine & celebrating farming Much of the food and wine in the Okanagan is grown and made right here in the south. There are plenty of farms, orchards, vineyards, and wineries in the area. Many of the farms partner up with local wineries for community events. Derek Uhlemann is the Hospitality Sales Manager and Farm Chef at Covert Farms Family Estates, located 6 km north of Oliver. They have 660 acres planted with over 60 varieties of fruit and vegetables grown on the farm, as well as acres and acres of wine grapes. "I love living in the south Okanagan," says Uhlemann. "I've lived here since 1997. The quality of the chefs in the area is incredible. It's become such a destination that you can really be a tourist in your own back yard." When he's not being a tourist, Uhlemann and the crew at Covert Farms are helping others enjoy their vacations and staycations. "We have a wine shop and picnic area here at Covert and in the summer we have u-pick gardens for berries, fruits and veggies, and herbs," says Uhlemann. Covert Farms is part of the Great Pig Out, which celebrates food and wine throughout the valley. This year there were 29 wineries from the Oliver/Osoyoos area, seven chefs/restaurants, and local artists performing throughout the day. Uhelmann's favourite for families is the fall Freak'n Farmer race. It gives people a chance to compete in a type of sport that most farmers call the day-to-day life on the farm. Uhelmann explains, "It's a 16 km course doing various farm chores including digging holes, hauling things, crawling under fences and other farm type activities. It's one those things that people do, just to say they've done it. People come from far and wide to attend this. We even had someone from France last year. For 2013, there's a shorter version with the Freak'n Farmer 5K-er. As for family fun, the kids can take part in the Freak'n Little Farmer for kids 8 - 16."
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plan your next vacation at watermark beach resort and explore luxury real estate in the south okanagan Nestled on the shores of Canada’s warmest lake and in the heart of Wine Country where the biggest, richest red wines are grown, Watermark Beach Resort is the South Okanagan’s premier full service destination resort with private strata titled condominium and beachfront residence investment opportunities from $199,000. Our location is extraordinary and ownership at Watermark Beach Resort comes with the benefit of resort living and unlimited access to our amenities. Cherished memories – a place to gather with family and friends year round. Please call us at: 1.888.755.3480 or visit: watermarkbeachresort.com
LIFESTYLE JOBS & SCHOOLS Jobs in the south Okanagan are as varied as the area, and with telecommuting, living and working here is a very real possibility. Plus, there's the burgeoning wine and food industry. The BC wine industry alone generates $2 billion in economic impact employing more than 10,000 people. According to a recent Work BC report, three out of four jobs in the ThompsonOkanagan are in the service-producing sector. If you like working with people, this is the place to be. Then there are the schools. "I have a young daughter and I love the proximity to different types of schools," says Uhelmann. "In OK Falls there is this great elementary school where they involve the whole community including seniors." Most schools are the hub of communities in the south Okanagan. Aside from public schools, there are also Catholic, Montessori, and Waldorf schools, as well as a strong network of home schoolers.
ITâ€™S ABOUT COMMUNITY Living in the south Okanagan is about being part of a community. "You've got this real-world, down-to-earth kind of approach to living in a community here," says Ingrid Jarrett. "It's safe, it has culture, plus great food and great wine, what more could you want?" adds Curt Jansen. There is a small town charm, in every town in the south Okanagan. You get a genuine welcome when you come here. "People come and look around and are enchanted by the genuine, down-to-earth friendly people," says Derek Uhelmann. "People wave to you here, they get to know you, they invite you out for a picnic or a game of floor hockey. People here care about the land, the water, and the animals.â€? Richard Cooper sums up how he feels about living in the south Okanagan. "We may not have big museums and such, but there's a different type of charm here. Everyone here is polite, pleasant, and willing to go the extra mile to help. It's a big plus to live somewhere where everyone looks after each other."
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D r eam Lives On Written by
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Over 20 years ago, Rob Wylie combined his world travel experiences with his love of people and food and opened up a small restaurant on Lakeshore Drive in Penticton. Today it has become as much of a landmark as the Peach and Gyro Park. Once upon a time, there was a man who wanted a place to go and have fun in Penticton. So, he opened a restaurant in what used to be an ice-cream shack on Lakeshore Drive. Rob Wylie took memories from his world travels and recreated them in a place he called Salty's Beach House.
The Caribbean and pirate-themed restaurant became wildly popular, so much so, that Wylie bought the property next door and expanded. The restaurant's popularity grew even more and in 2005, they expanded again. The restaurant morphed from an ice-cream shack to a one-story restaurant with a patio to a twostory restaurant with a much larger dining area and lounge and a beach clothing store. Sadly, in 2010, while preparing to get ready for another busy summer Rob Wylie passed away suddenly. His family carried on running the restaurant until new owners were found. Those new owners were Jeff Peterson, Colin Buckingham, and Daiya Anderson. They took over Salty's on February 1st 2011. "I grew up in Penticton and knew what Salty's was all about," says Peterson. "For us it was a no-brainer when it came up on the market. We saw it as a huge opportunity for us because in the summer it is the place to be." "When we took over we didn't want to come in and change things around as Rob had created a fun place to be with a great menu," explains Peterson. We still have a lot of the old menu with a few new things in each section. His heart and soul is still around. We just try to do our best to bring things on that are authentic and genuine. Our whole thing is to create addictive flavours that you can't get anywhere else." The restaurant still needed a few tweaks to accommodate the rising number of patrons. "We decided to have just one menu for both the restaurant and the lounge," says Peterson. "We contacted Giroux Design Group (GirouxDesignGroup.com) who had been involved with the last renovations and the design of
the Black Pearl lounge upstairs. We expanded the patio even more and put in a dumb waiter to haul the food up to the Black Pearl." Downstairs, Salty's has a funky Caribbean vibe. The upper floor of the restaurant is centered on a spectacular view of Okanagan Lake, with a giant horseshoe shaped bar, hardwood floors and artwork by Jenny Long. A portrait of Rob and his son still hangs in the lounge. Salty's is a perfect combination with an amazing location, great food, great staff and funky Caribbean décor. Even in the winter, it will have you believing you are on vacation in some exotic locale. Not bad for an old ice-cream shack. S a l t y ’ s o u t s i d e a t d u sk . OPPOSITE PAGE. Salty’s has become a favourite for tourists and locals alike, whether it’s for a weekend brunch or a night on the town.
T h e B l ack P e ar l bar . Right. The Black Pearl bar. A caricature of Rob Wylie and his son hangs in the background.
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The upstairs bar at the Black Pearl with a gorgeous view of Lake Okanagan as a backdrop.
When Keith Dahlen Construction Ltd. and the visionary owners of this lakeside home teamed up to build a vacation oasis, there was just one thing missing at the projectâ€™s completion; an outdoor living environment that would reflect the familyâ€™s love for entertaining. Influenced by their time spent in Italy, France and Croatia, the homeowners contacted Keith Dahlen Construction once more to bring life to their dream of a space that could accommodate large family gatherings and al fresco dining. The result was a living area that brought a piece of the Mediterranean to the shores of Okanagan Lake. 44
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European Timberframe Corp. constructed the kiln dried Douglas fir post and beam pergola. The structure is clad on the top with a polycarbonate roofing system to protect diners from the elements. TimberframeCorp.com
O u t d o o r F i r e p l ac e
The Regency Horizon series has now been extended to outdoor living areas. The HZ042 Outdoor Gas Fireplace delivers beautiful wide-angle flames, amplified by a reflective stainless steel body with the choice of reflective crystals, volcanic stones or a ceramic drift wood log set. To find a local dealer, visit Regency Fireplace Products online at Regency-Fire.com.
D i n i n g Tab l e & Benches
The Restoration Hardware wood dining table was built out of 100-year-old timbers from distilleries in Scotland. The rustic look ties into the old-world, Mediterranean theme of the kitchen. RestorationHardware.com The benches were the millwork of Keith Dahlen Construction Ltd. Found by the homeowners, the wood timbers were nearly a century old themselves, taken from a local Enderby school. KeithConstruction.ca
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The Twin Eagles 42-inch Gas Grill with Infrared Rotisserie & Sear Zone brings the comforts of an indoor kitchen to the outdoors. This grill features zone dividers to regulate different temperatures and a multi-position and stow away warming rack. Nighttime grilling is a breeze with hood-activated interior lights. TwinEaglesInc.com
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In May the stats from the National Bureau of Economic Research named Canada’s top ranking cities for “Quality of Life” – all of which are right here in BC. And wouldn’t you know it, Kelowna was ranked at number 3 in the country.
Sherri Paiement is the Executive Officer for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Central Okanagan, which works to serve the interests of the local residential construction industry and to help its members succeed and prosper in a complex and challenging environment.
“Overall, it seems that Canadians really like the West, and they really like BC,” says lead author, David Albouy, assistant professor of economics at the University of Michigan. “It’s got great geography and a great climate, which is pretty unique to Canada. Toronto has got great culture, but it just can’t match the magic of BC.” But we already knew that didn’t we? More families are moving here to embrace the quality of life that Kelowna has to offer. The Canadian Home Builders’ Association, is focusing on attracting more homebuyers to choose our city for raising their families, which keeps our industry thriving and our city moving forward. How do you attract these buyers? First off, Kelowna has over 1,000 square miles of playground that the other kids don’t know too much about. Known as the “Napa Valley of the North” you can visit some of the best wineries around. Forty-five minutes away you can take part in some of the world’s best skiing. Then come back into the Valley to dine lakeside without having to make a reservation a week in advance! The list goes on to include mountain biking, fishing, camping, watersports and so much more. Not to mention that we have some of the best golfing at our fingertips. Our cultural district, world-class education system (for example UBC Okanagan) and the Kelowna International Airport complete the package. It seems you don’t have to give up the conveniences of the big city to live in a place this idyllic. People really do choose “Quality of Life” and Kelowna delivers in a big way. It’s a fine line between wanting to tell everyone, and keeping this little playground to ourselves!
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B e ac h D e s i g n s Written by
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B e dr o o ms B a t h r o o ms S q u ar e F o o t a g e L o ca t i o n project timeline
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When Nicole Begrand-Fast was approached by the owner of this Kelowna beach home for an update, she understood exactly what they needed; a home away from home – Okanagan style. “They wanted a place to come and relax with their family in the summer in Kelowna,” says Nicole. “And they wanted a fresh and user-friendly home away from home.” The cottage-y feel of the beach house was offset with
contemporary pieces throughout. For paint, they used Farrow and Ball, which has a natural pigment in the paint so there is no off-gassing. The master suite washes away your cares with sand and soft blue tones. “We used linen on the headboard and played off of that with a contemporary piece here and there,” says Nicole, “like the grey ghost chair.” The second bedroom is at once rustic and dreamy with a wood painted headboard and contemporary Jonathan Adler Capri lamps. “We put a little daybed in there with a netting canopy for seating, company and sleepovers,” explains Nicole. The third bedroom has storage galore built into the custom-made cabinets. “It accommodates TV watching as well as toy and game storage, with plenty of space left over for clothes,” says Nicole. The kitchen, dining area and living room is one long continuous space that leads right out onto the beach. Easy to clean fabrics, a splash of blue here and there and you’ve got the perfect space for family and entertaining. From the linen-covered seating to the Herman Miller cream lounger, the living area of this beach house is as inviting as the beach right outside the doors.
The homeowner already had the yellow cabinet so it was tied into the dining area with colour. The artwork on the wall is Bobbie Burgers, a world-renowned BC artist. There is one piece in the dining area and two others in the living area. The banquette is covered in a highly durable Sunbrella fabric that is easy to clean and can be sat on with wet bathing suits. Custom millwork on the banquette ties into the bead board detail that was original to the home. The cottage feel was offset with contemporary pieces like the marble Saarinen table, the Martha Sturdy aqua bowl and the George Nelson overhead fixture.
OUT D OO R S . opposite page: When the living room doors are open, outdoors and indoors blend into one enjoyable beach space. B at h r o o m . bottom right & above: This bathroom has a full glass-enclosed shower with lots of room. The white millwork gives the room a fresh beach-like feel.
The Gus Modern bench gives the room an injection of contemporary architecture.
M as t e r B e dr o o m .
A large full wall mirror is used to reflect the outside light. To the right is a little desk area, which leads to the ensuite and closet area.
d e sk s p ac e . Right: The white rift oak desk was custom-made to fit in the space between the master bedroom and the ensuite.
B e dr o o m . Above: The timeless charm of this bedroom is offset with a Martha Sturdy vase on a rift white oak dresser and night table. The Cartell ghost chair gives the room a more contemporary feel.
k i ds â€™ b e dr o o m . Left: All of the millwork in this room was custom-designed to match the bead board detail on the bunk beds. This room is 10 feet long, giving the kids lots of room to store clothes, books, games and toys. It also gives them their own space for watching TV.
r e ar e x t e r i o r . Opposite Page:
A view of the lake from
Living Area. LEFT: The carpet in this room is a very durable custom Sisal, which helps with the illusion of a continuous beach. Lamps and tables were chosen to give the room an airy feel. The blue colour from the kitchen/dining area and the bedrooms was brought into the living room to complete the look.
overlooked site, lookout view Written by
Jennifer Smith Shawn Talbot Photography
There’s a touch of humour in knowing the eye-popping crown jewel in Kelowna’s Skylands neighbourhood was designed for a couple to downsize. This stunning Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired walkout, with its 270-degree view of downtown Kelowna, Okanagan Lake and the city’s airport, is succinctly designed to accommodate a laundry list of features on a cherry of a lot. When this latest phase of the Wilden development went to market, many prospective buyers turned the site down. “If there’s one thing I can stress, it’s how important it is to design site-specific solutions,” says Denis Apchin, of Apchin Design Corp., the designer who eventually brought the dream to fruition. Whether working on this building or his current mulit-million project, Apchin is always looking to maximize natural elements, minimize construction difficulties, ensure a home weathers well and suits the lifestyle needs and frivolities of the owner. Apchin writes a column for Okanagan HOME and these Skyland owners read his suggestion to bring in an architect or designer before an idea has even
hatched. After two years of debating this lot and one other, they asked if he would take a look; the group never made it to the second location. “It’s the most unique lot I’ve ever seen in a subdivision,” said Apchin. “I told them to put in an offer just to tie it up immediately. Decisions could be made later.” The big deterrent was a roughed-in driveway. Taking a steep pitch in off the road, it was an obvious snowfall nightmare. Yet by carving out one rock face and repositioning to have vehicles enter from the back of the lot, Apchin created a location with everything the homeowners wanted. Come morning, they walk out of the master bedroom and enjoy breakfast on a sunny patio watching planes take off at the airport. Every vantage now has a view, except the laundry and powder room, and they have absolute privacy, situated high enough to make a sightline from the street difficult and in the perfect protected nook to avoid casual glances from neighbours. “I was presented with a very well-thought-out plan,” says builder Scott Tyerman of AuthenTech Homes Ltd., one of the four Wilden builders. Tyerman counts the entrance, a jigsaw puzzle of Kettle Valley Granite Urban Ledgestone, among the best features, but said the less noticeable touches, like the decision to build on a heated crawl space, creating storage and warm airflow beneath the joisted main floor, really make the home. Capped with dual-functioning box bay windows, the home boasts a long, lean Prairie School architectural style in a neighbourhood emphasizing American Craftsman materials - a standout even without the once pernicious-looking perch that’s now the envy of the neighbourhood.
The true brilliance of this home lies in its positioning on the lot, a feature designer Denis Apchin attributes to the homeownersâ€™ forethought in bringing in design expertise from day one.
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W IN D O W S . TOP LEFT: The boxed bay windows, used by designer Denis Apchin, offer unique flare, a step outside the American Craftsman-style design guidelines of the neighbourhood.
OVE R H A NG . BELOW LEFT: Using the American Craftsmanstyle shingle shakes and strong wood beams of the other homes in this development, Apchin was still able to veer toward an individual look, focusing on long, lean lines by adding four-foot overhangs.
o u t d o o r s p ac e . below right: The back patio space and small backyard feature a vegetable garden, a view of Kelowna International Airport and the cityâ€™s lakefront downtown core - though the yard remains secluded.
G R E A T R OO M . above: Sitting atop a crawlspace, the floor of the open-concept great room, kitchen on one end and enclosed den on the other, are shielded from the cool rock surface of the lot, while the windows showcase the spectacular view this rocky perch affords.
K IT C HEN .
The boxed bay windows serve a dual purpose in the kitchen, opening up a view of the agricultural Glenmore valley and containing the space for counters and kitchen drawers.
Leather and luxury come together to create the ideal space for comfort and sophistication. With a view to keep conversations going long after the sun goes down.
F R ONT ENT R A N C E .
The stately granite entrance of the home is both inviting and organic, featuring rock from a Mission-area quarry on the opposite edge of town.
E n s u i t e ba t h r o o m .
From the bathtub in the ensuite bathroom, itâ€™s possible to watch planes take off at Kelowna International Airport or, facing the opposite direction in the tub, take in a view of Okanagan Lake.
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Comfort on demand: Phantom screens block the bugs and sun, not your view Summer has finally arrived in the Okanagan. The tranquility of warm mornings at the lake and late afternoons sipping local wine on your back porch while listening to the gentle hum of boats make us want to spend every minute enjoying the outdoors. Yet that is also the time when the blazing sun or biting insects drive us indoors far too often and too soon! “There’s nothing like being able to fling your door wide open to enjoy the breeze, especially towards the end of a hot summer day. Our Legacy retractable door screens help you do exactly that,” says Ron Somers, president of Somers Screen Solutions, the only authorized distributor of Phantom Screens in BC Interior. “We have a huge variety of mesh and color options to choose from to create a screen that blends with your color scheme and architectural style. Now you can enjoy the best of both worlds – uninterrupted views when the screens are retracted, and fresh air
without having to worry about bugs.” Offering a seamless flow from the interior to exterior living spaces, Phantom’s retractable screens help create additional cross-ventilation during warm summer months, shield your home’s interior from the sun and stay out of sight when not in use. Custom-made for each project, Phantom’s Legacy door screen is the only retractable door screen with an integrated Latch & Release handle, making it easy to use, quiet to operate and secure from unintended openings. Plus it is a great solution for screening both single doorways and French doors. Phantom’s Legacy screen automatically latches when closed to prevent it from opening in breezy conditions, making it a great solution for screening the doors of your lakefront home. In addition to door screens, Phantom Screens also offers screen solutions for windows and large openings such as patios, porches, and verandas. Now you can enjoy an impromptu weekend get-togethers on your back deck without worrying about biting bugs. Or open all windows and doors to let in the scents of summer. Phantom’s retractable screens help homeowners to really have it all – shade from the sun, protection from insects & UV rays, natural ventilation, and uninterrupted views. Go to www.okanaganscreensolutions.com or call 1.888.PHANTOM / 250.762.7592 to learn more about how to open your home to outdoors and make the most of your summer.
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The duplexes at The Shores at Summerland are crafted so masterfully that most people think they’re single-family homes. “We had about 800 people at our opening and the vast majority said they didn’t know it wasn’t a single-family home,” says Bill Park, president of 151 Cathedral Ventures, which is developing the 70-acre property that juts into the lake beneath the limestone bluffs in Trout Creek. “It doesn’t look like a duplex because we altered rooflines so sides are not identical,” Park says. “We also wanted to avoid what is typical in many duplex properties - a sea of garage doors - so we have gone with single garages so that there is a highlighted and set-back entrance and covered entryway.” The lakefront complex, with beach access, a dock and a swimming pool is the first phase of a planned 140-home neighbourhood. Park and partner, Glen Vause, whose company Titan Pacific Contracting Inc. built the units, settled on a sophisticated country design. “We have the
country feeling from solid, wooden garage doors, solid front doors, wooden window mouldings, and we have a sophisticated feeling in terms of the overall design aesthetic,” Park says. The upscale three-bedroom, three-bathroom homes have all the perks you’d expect in such a high-concept development: nine-foot vaulted ceilings on both floors, heated floors in the ensuite and main bathroom, folding glass patio doors that bring the outdoors in, and a gourmet kitchen designed for entertaining - gleaming stainless steel appliances and eye-grabbing granite countertops. The kitchen flows into the living room with a linear, gas fireplace, and large patio doors fold open to the tile patio and beyond; to the beach, lake and the vineyards of Naramata. Vause said people love the design, the location, and the indoor-outdoor living. “It’s a million dollars for 2,000 square feet on the waterfront in the Okanagan with a boat slip and a pool. It doesn’t get any better than that. It’s one of a kind. “It’s the last large piece of flat, waterfront property on Okanagan Lake,” Vause says. “Summerland is a great place to be. There’s lots of golf and wine, and anything you want to look for.”
The eight duplexes in the quiet Trout Creek area of Summerland were designed to fit into the immediate environment around Okanagan Lake.
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U p p e r h a l l way. left: In addition to the walnut hardwood floor, the stairwell and the upstairs hallway have wainscoting. The ceiling is high and hallway wide, creating the sense of space and openness prevalent throughout the home.
Kitchen. Top Left: This gourmet kitchen proclaims that it was designed with entertaining in mind: granite countertops, soft close cabinet doors and glass tile backsplash, Kitchen Aid stainless steel appliances and a temperature-controlled wine fridge.
M as t e r e n s u i t e . middle right: The ensuite has a freestand-
ing tub, glass shower with two heads and four body sprays. Shaving or applying make-up at the double vanity is comfortable even on cold mornings because the f loor is heated.
M as t e r s u i t e . Bottom: Imagine waking up in this master suite with vaulted ceiling and large picture windows. Look out at the sunshine, the lake and the vineyards of Naramata â€“ without even getting out of bed.
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ARTIST PROFILE Annabel Stanley Living Art Vine Cane & Willow Sculptor written By La ura G o lds t ei n | P o rt rai t b y Ca i t ly n C h a p ma n P h otog rap h y
With coiled legs pointed to the sky, the woman’s torso is an intricate weave of serpentine branches and tendrils, gracefully positioned in a supported shoulder headstand. The abstract figure is part of the newest sculptural collection entitled “Yoga” in which Kelowna artist, Annabel Stanley gives fresh willow and vine canes - literally - a second life. “I actually practiced the poses in front of a mirror first,” laughs the charming Brit who soaks the fresh branches in water first to give them the flexibility required to bend. She then painstakingly weaves them into a stainless steel wire mesh frame to capture the human form. Although her present residence is Coyote Vineyard, Okanagan Valley, Stanley’s horticultural roots are very much Downton Abbey. She is the great grandniece of Sir Edwin Lutyens (Lutyens is her maiden name), a renowned 19th and 20th Century British architect who designed grand English country homes, over 100 estate gardens and many national monuments including the historical landmark, the Cenotaph War Memorial in Whitehall, London. “My mother had the most fabulous garden and I remember drinking the dew off her nasturtiums as a child,” reminisces Stanley. After graduating in horticulture in England and stints at landscape nurseries in the Loire Valley and Australia, she worked in the ‘80s as a florist for four years in London (“actor Michael Caine would just pop in”), creating imaginative floral displays for Harrod’s, Estee Lauder, Tiffany’s Jewelry (“David Bowie was a regular”) along with “decorating the enormous Christmas tree for the Duke and Duchess of York at Buckingham Palace.”
at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. She and other Valley artists will be part of The Art in the Garden Hospice Fundraiser at The Lavender Farm July 21 in which she has organized 6 artists to weave original pieces in their own styles. Their pieces will be auctioned in the gardens with a sponsored butterfly release. “I’m like that bird forever gathering twigs for its nest,“ explains Stanley of her love for her art and the open air. “We must always be reminded of natural things.” For more on Annabel Stanley, check out AnnabelStanley.com. Using herself as a model, Stanley’s newest collection, “Yoga” captures the abstract human form in willow and vine cane
“I’m very influenced by the amazing sculptor, Serena de la Hey, and visited her in Somerset. Her incredible willow piece and public sculpture, ‘Willow Man’ stands 40 feet tall and I think is the largest willow piece in the world.” After moving to New Zealand with her husband Grant, Stanley began experimenting with weaving vine and cane spherical sculptures and baskets, taking workshops, speaking to gardening clubs and all the while running her own floral shop. In 2003, with a young son in tow, they re-located to Kelowna where Stanley’s husband became the wine maker for Quails’ Gate Estate Winery. (He has recently joined 50th Parallel Estate as Director of Winemaking and Viticulture.) Discovered while hiking, they purchased Coyote Vineyard in 2004 re-planting the established Chardonnay with Pinot Noir “providing endless supplies of cane for my sculptures but also endless work for me as I maintain the vineyard, harvest the grapes - the whole bit! ” Stanley admits. Her menagerie of cane and willow sculptures are delightful surprises in natural settings, transformed again with twinkle lights as night falls: quails appear to strut unperturbed at Quails Gate Estate Winery; a life-size heron perches in the serene shallows of lakefront property of a private collector and giant willow spiders and butterflies provide amiable enchantment throughout the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm. Stanley exhibits at wineries and galleries throughout the Valley, Vancouver’s Granville Island and in Whistler, as well as gives workshops
Stanley’s menagerie of birds and insect sculptures take on a life of their own transformed again with twinkle lights as night falls.
GREEN HOUSING Building Energy Efficient Homes Needn’t Cost | B y
When it comes to building energy efficient homes, there’s a perception that they cost more to build. But two Kelowna builders have debunked that myth. Motivated by passion for the environment, Chris Freer and his partner Jon Jenion of Mountain Woodworks took a risk on the construction of an energy efficient spec home and it paid off. “We knew that in this market we had to be a little bit different, and we proved that you don’t have to break your budget to build a healthy, comfortable, energy efficient home,” says Freer. Kim Jones works with FortisBC PowerSense as a Residential Energy Advisor.
Looking at the house as a system along with careful planning was key to Freer’s success. Instead of a traditional foundation with stick framing, he used structural insulated panels (SIP) on top of an insulated concrete foundation (ICF). “Using this method the house went up three times faster and that saved on financing interest costs, as well as labour costs down the road,” says Freer. Using both natural gas and electric high-efficiency heating systems, the house achieved an EnerGuide® rating of 83 and Freer was eligible for $2,000 in incentives through FortisBC’s New Home Program. For Freer, it’s about making an effort to be a bit kinder to the planet in your own neighbourhood. David Pfuetzner, general manager and co-owner of Acorn Communities has been building energy efficient homes in the Kelowna area since 2002. “All our custom homes are built to achieve minimum energy efficiency ratings of EnerGuide 80, with many of them reaching as high as 85 and even 87,” says Pfuetzner. And with the rebates that FortisBC offers through the New Home Program, Pfuetzner adds that they are able to offer a more efficient home for little to no extra cost to the buyer. To learn more about FortisBC’ s New Home Program and EnerGuide 80 visit FortisBC.com/NewHome.
* EnerGuide is the labeling system of Natural Resources Canada that rates the efficiency of products such as appliances, heating and cooling systems and buildings. For new homes a rating of between 80 and 90 is considered excellent in terms of energy efficiency
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Itâ€™s a good thing the Okanagan offers views from one end of the valley to the other in its most elite neighbourhoods. People like Bob Drunkemolle need to see a thundercloud well before the storm. His company, EDGE Property Excellence, looks after the kind of homes and vacation getaways a weather event can send into a tailspin. These highly-automated properties can take two days to reprogram without timely intervention, and insurance companies have coined the term "tsunami effect" to describe what wind will do to a pair of Cobalt boats missed on the launch. It's uninsurable. If there's a Ferrari parked year-round in the garage, an absentee owner needs to find a man like Drunkemolle, pay him to have the
knowledge of an army and even more to never leave his or her employ. "You almost have to build yourself a conspiracy theory and then look into the crystal ball to figure out how you're going to deal with every eventuality," Drunkemolle explains. The clients he looks after want someone capable of designing and building their Okanagan hideaway, and willing to assume the reins in a man-on-the-ground role. As the only person as invested in the property as the owner, heâ€™s made it his business to know every geographical quirk of the region, from the soils in each neighbourhood to the wind tunnels, designing his buildings to be managed ten and twenty years down the line. This type of project means crafting a mechanical system infinitely intricate in its performance options and as clear as mud to repair. Everything he does goes in "the book" and when he hands over this bible of information to the owner at completion, he makes sure his phone number and those of every contractor who have set foot in the home are inside. "Really, it doesn't matter if it's an $800,000 build or $10 million. If he's sunk his whole livelihood into it, but is still working in Calgary, he's then going to want me to look after it," says Drunkemolle. At this level, when one talks landscaping, it's about the impact a fastgrowing tree's roots could have on the complex waterlines required to
run a dozen bathrooms and outdoor waterfalls if no one is around to notice a problem. Xeriscaping takes a backseat to weighing the impact a native pine tree's needles could have on the septic field in ten years time. Security is a given. By and large, the Commissionaires are programmed to arrive on command for vandals or thieves, but hands on attention, someone who can walk through the door the second an issue crops up - or preferably before the first sign of trouble - is a must. Looking after a vacant, high-end home takes automation of a level that affords luxuries. Everything from the music and television to the heating and lights can now be managed off-site in a well automated home. "I've got some people who might want to record The Masters on their television in 3D because they don't have that option in their house in Vancouver," says Kevin Barnett, owner of iQ Home Automation Ltd. These systems ensure the music is as consistent in the ensuite bathroom as the living room, and record light patterns the week before a family leaves on vacation to be replicated when the house is empty. The barrier between personal security and protecting every aspect of one's home is gone, according to Gary Gylytiuk, vicepresident of the Kelowna-based Bolt Security Systems. "The buzzword right now is interactive services," he says. The home is its own butler, security guard and babysitter, controlled from anywhere in the world. Using a smartphone application, parents can now get a notification when the kids arrive home and a text message if they raid the liquor cabinet. Alarms can detect when a housekeeper or landscaper is rummaging in a private closet, and if the homeowner wants added peace of mind, automated video clips can be sent via email or text. "More and more people are putting in cameras inside, as well as outside, their home, especially in larger homes and new construction," says Gylytiuk. As geothermal heating takes longer to manipulate, he also knows homeowners who optimize comfort and energy bills by turning up the heat or air conditioning from their car on the way home. He has one customer saving $600 monthly in property management fees by setting her multi-unit rental up so she can unlock the building for temporary guests from off-site. And come winter, an automated home can help the owner ensure the pipes wonâ€™t burst with an alter to turn up the heat in a cold snap. In other words, in an era when managing property is par for the course, the Okanaganâ€™s technical wizards and business minds have it down to a science.
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BUILDER PROFILE Dilworth Quality Homes Inc. W r i t t e n B y j e n n i f e r sm i t h
When Mike Jacobs started Dilworth Quality Homes Inc., he had a mountain to climb. The great grandson of Emil Anderson, founder of a top BC road and infrastructure construction company, he was presented with a concept that would allow a new direction within the family business that would work harmoniously with the parent company. The idea involved the recent purchase of Dilworth Mountain, a picturesque vista now nestled in the heart of Kelowna. Dilworth boasts a natural setting, a stone’s throw from the downtown waterfront and directly atop what has become the bustling commercial centre of town.
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At the time, however, the Rutland neighbourhood it adjoined was primarily golf course and, if there was a mild risk in location, he faced a mighty chasm over the project’s scope: Emil Anderson Construction didn’t build homes. “It was a big departure and we weren’t sure we were right for the move, but because we were a company that does infrastructure, it was thought that it could be a good fit,” says Al Ryder, Sales and Marketing Manager for Dilworth Quality Homes. Access to the mountain flowed from the main highway artery through town. To make it a viable investment, where multiple subdivisions could be built, it would take years of land development around some challenging pitches and unique terrain; exactly the kind of challenge engineers like Jacobs relish. The major planning work was done. Daon Construction had owned the mountain, crafting a master plan and land use contract with the City of Kelowna a decade before Emil Anderson Construction made the purchase in 1987. As Dilworth Quality Homes set up shop, only the Omineca, Cascade, and Monashee neighbourhoods were in place, offering the company a virtually clean slate to start work. Even the major thoroughfare running from downtown, Summit Drive, had yet to come to fruition. This would all soon change. “I find that I can always tell a home has been built by Dilworth. It’s a solid, well thought-out home. We consider what makes sense to how people live their lives,” says Ryder. As the sole builder in the area, Dilworth Quality Homes takes the “quality” portion of the equation seriously, even
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exceeding their own warrantees to keep customers coming back. The family that took a risk on a mountain has reaped a mountain of success, building over 800 homes at that location alone, and growing the company to five new communities. Dilworth Homes signed onto a master plan by Intrawest, then a juggernaut in North American development, to build at Tower Ranch on Kelowna’s Ellison bench. The company is also absorbing breathtaking lake views, building South Ridge in the city’s Mission neighbourhood. The builder’s portfolio includes Gateway Urban Village, in West Kelowna, and Meighan Creek and now Southgate in Armstrong. Just a half dozen new enclaves remain on its namesake holding after 25 years. Altogether, it’s a mountain of experience on which to stake a top-tier brand and the view of the future from any vantage is golden.
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The Cape Honeysuckle Hummingbird Feeder by Marjorie’s Garden is made of ribbed glass with a beautiful iridescent pearl finish that compliments the radiant flash of light and colour from visiting hummingbirds. The classic lines of this feeder are inspired by the perennial of the same name. Find it online at ForTheBirdsNatureShop.ca.
Kingsman Fireplaces introduces the beauty of the Bola by Marquis – the perfect way to enhance the enjoyment of any outdoor space. Ideally suited for use on a wood deck or patio, Bola comes complete with your choice of lava rocks, glass or decorative stones and is fuelled by either natural gas or propane. Kingsmanind.com
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