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Contributors: Albert Berkshire, Ross Freake, Mike Freeman, Don Gerein, Deanna Merrick, Keri-Lynn Turney Published for: Canadian Home Builders’ Association: Central Okanagan 212-1884 Spall Road Kelowna, BC V1Y 4R1 Telephone: 250.861.3988 Fax: 250.861.3950 Email: info@chbaco.com www.chbaco.com Okanagan Home is published by: 0855665 BC Ltd. DBA

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his is the last issue of 2009 and we are proud of the progress we have made in our first two issues since we bought the publication. We have increased the retail outlets that carry the magazine from 30 in July to over 600 now, and doubled the number of copies from 25,000 to now 50,000 copies. The biggest change will be in distribution so we have an opportunity for 100,000 or more readers to experience Okanagan Home, many for the first time. We have worked extensively with the Kelowna Daily Courier to ensure we distribute at least 25,000 copies in all of their newspapers in early December. They have an amazing variety of newsstand retailers and these give us the opportunity to get the magazine into hundreds of locations in a three-day span. We are also mailing this issue to approximately 10,000 businesses, from Vernon to Osoyoos, and another 15,000 more copies go out for display and free distribution at the Kelowna Airport, shopping centres, restaurants and other retailers, as well as our entire advertiser base and all CHBA members. Speaking of the North and South Okanagan, we want to feature even more stories from these areas, and you will see several in this issue. We are striving to feature more builders, developers, designers, contractors and suppliers in the entire Okanagan, not just Kelowna. This will help bring Okanagan Home to the forefront as the premier publication in the valley, which is our goal. Remember, most of these homes and projects are actually for sale; they are not museums to be observed! Support the members, BUY SOMETHING and tell them you saw them in Okanagan Home. I know they will appreciate it, and I know we will! As always you can reach me at roelrich@shaw.ca

t’s Tommie Time! Yes, this is the 2009 Tommie Silver Finalists Issue and is full of Silver Award winners. Some of those will win Tommie Gold Awards, to be announced the end of January. Check out the February/March Tommie Gold Issue for those winners. We wanted to showcase some of the great design work the Okanagan offers and we hope you will enjoy reading this as much as we enjoyed producing it! We live in an area of tremendous talent and you will be reading about some of the most amazing homes in this issue we have ever seen. You’ll find ALL FIVE of the builders at Wilden, along with the “Wilden story” itself, surely one of the best success stories in Canada. You may have not realized Wilden is a three-decade-long project that will take many years to complete. The value of these homes is understated and we hope you will take the opportunity to read about their entire project, then go ‘up there’ for yourself. Raymond and I visited it when we began laying out this issue and were excited to find this gem of a development right here in the Okanagan. I couldn’t decide which showhome I liked best! There are nearly 40 pages in this issue of “all things Wilden.” We have many more great stories too, from Vernon to Penticton. Round Table examines the Craftsman Style and its presence in the Okanagan. From the Okanagan Home family to yours, have a great holiday season and stay safe! For editorial enquiries contact me at kerilynn@shaw.ca.

he Thompson Okanagan Housing Awards or TOMMIE™ Awards is celebrating our 18th year of recognizing excellence in the many facets of the home building industry. With each passing year, our association membership grows and along side that, our Tommie Awards as the most prized and valuable symbols of industry excellence. The Canadian Home Builders’ Association of the Central Okanagan [CHBA-CO] is delighted with the success of last year’s Tommie and we are building on that mo-

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Excellence in Single Detached Home under 2,000 sq. ft. Valux Homes Ltd. Bridges at Glenview Pond The Moledina Residence Cardan Enterprises Ltd. Pouliot Residence Sun Rivers Golf Resort Community Irongate Place Classic Adult Living Cardan Enterprises Ltd. Lavioe Residence Cardan Enterprises Ltd. Case Residence

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Excellence in Single Detached Home 2,001-2,999 sq. ft. Edgecombe Builders Model Home Woodstyle Homes Ltd. Goodgrove Residence Mibroc Construction Ltd. Alpine Ski Retreat Meadow Ridge Homes Limited Show Home at Wilden C.M. Edwards Construction McDonald Residence Excellence in Single Family Detached Home 3,000 sq. ft and over Okanagan Dream Builders Ltd. The Lincoln Inspiration Homes Sage Pointe Home PCS Construction Mann Residence Bellamy Homes Lakeview Model Home Valux Homes Ltd. Bridges at Glenview Pond - The Fedor Excellence in Single Family Detached Home $1 Million to $3 Million Rykon Construction Management Ltd. Sheerwater Frame Custom Homes Lakeview Custom Residence Woodstyle Home Ltd. La Maison Edgecombe Builders High Pointe Home Fawdry Homes Scenic View Vista Excellence in Single Family Detached Home Over $3 Million Mibroc Construction The Ranch Manor Timberhaven Homes Lot 23 High Pointe Drive

Excellence in Semi-Detached or Townhome Development Valux Homes Ltd. Bridges at Glenview Pond The Knight/Manual Residence The Mission Group Amberhill Valux Homes Ltd. Bridges at Glenview Pond Executive Townhome Rohit Communities Kelowna Cypress Point

Excellence in Creating A Resort Development Trasolini Chetner Construction + Development Corporation The Waterfront Excellence in Residential Renovations under $250,000 Keith Dahlen Construction Ltd. Private Residence Square Root Contracting & Consulting Ltd. Urban Santuary

Excellence in Residential Renovations $250,000-$500,000 DW Builders Modern Dream Renovation Keith Dahlen Construction Ltd. Private Residence Interior and Landscape Design Excellence in Kitchen Renovation under $50,000 Square Root Contracting & Consulting Ltd. Urban Santuary Westwood Fine Cabinetry Creed Kitchen Reno Excellence in Kitchen Design under $40,000 - New Home Inspiration Homes Sage Pointe Home Kitchen ATR Developments Inc. Trumpeter Ridge Norelco Cabinet Solutions Waterfront Cadence at The Lakes Cadence at The Lakes Meadow Ridge Homes Show Home at Wilden Excellence in Kitchen Design over $40,000 - New Home PCS Construction Finnerty Road Mibroc Construction The Ranch Manor Bellamy Homes Lakeview Show Home Westwood Fine Cabinetry Cates Custom Kitchen Fawdry Homes Scenic View Vista Kitchen Excellence in Master Suite Design in a Home Bellamy Homes Lakefront Private Residence Timberhaven Homes Lot 23 High Pointe Drive Okanagan Dream Builders Ltd. The Lincoln PCS Construction Finnerty Road Edgecombe Builders High Pointe Home


TOMMIE WINNERS Excellence in Sales Centre and Model Home Presentation Meadow Ridge Homes Limited Show Home at Wilden Rohit Communities Kelowna Cypress Point Rohit Communities Kelowna Artisan Cadence at The Lakes Cadence at The Lakes Excellence in Interior Design in a Custom Residence Inspiration Homes Sage Pointe Interior Design Pasedena Estates Ltd. Mon Reposa Edgecombe Builders High Pointe Home Interior Design Timberhaven Homes High Pointe Drive Interior Design Woodstyle Home Ltd. La Maison

Excellence in Website Design Canaterra Property Pages Canaterra Property Sun Rivers Golf Resort Community Sun Rivers Sales Team of the Year in New Home Construction Dilworth Quality Homes Inc. Dilworth Homes - All Sites Rohit Communities Kelowna Artisan Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Consideration and Energy Efficiency The Mission Group Mode Scuka Enterprises Ltd. Gordon Drive Short-term Housing

ULATIONS Excellence in Creating an Interior Feature/Innovation in a Home Edgecombe Builders High Point Home Interior Feature DeJong & Sons Contracting Inc. Mon Reposa Timberhaven Homes Lot 23 High Pointe Drive Inspiration Homes Sage Pointe Shattered Glass Counter Dutch Construction (1988) Ltd. Umbrella Excellence in Landscape Design New or Renovation Single Family Edgecombe Builders High Point Home Zlandscape Design Timberhaven Homes Lot 23 High Pointe Drive Synergy Landscape Design Ltd. Fleury Residence Ground Sense Landscaping Elements of The Dillon Residence Excellence in Landscape Design - Multi Family Rohit Communities Kelowna Artisan GGroup of Companies Southwind at Sarsons - Phase 2 Sales, Marketing and Outstanding Achievements Excellence in Logo, Signage and Brochure Design GGroup of Companies Southwind at Sarsons - Phase 2 Maclean Group Marketing Black Mountain Golf Course and Community All Weather Windows Our Style Excellence in Advertising Campaign Rohit Communities Kelowna Artisan Maclean Group Marketing Black Mountain Golf Course and Community Excellence in Advertising - Individual Ad Rohit Communities Kelowna Artisan Maclean Group Marketing Black Mountain Golf Course and Community Cadence at The Lakes Cadence at The Lakes All Weather Windows Toughest Standards

Built Green BC Builder/Renovator of the Year Greenman Homes R-2000 Duplex Sun Rivers Golf Resort Community Irongate Place Classic Mibroc Construction The Ranch Manor

Best Public/Private Partnership Scuka Enterprises Ltd. Gordon Drive Short-term Housing Okanagan College The Home For Learning 2009 CHBA Central Interior 2009 Training House Terasen Award for Building Energy Efficiency Multi Family New Construction The Mission Group Mode 2009 Grand Tommie Finalists Residential Development of the Year Trasolini Chetner Construction + Development Corporation The Waterfront Lake Placid Developments Inc. Centuria Urban Village GGroup of Companies Southwind at Sarsons - Phase 2 Rohit Communities Kelowna Artisan North Ellis Developments The Madison Home Builders of the Year - Small Volume, Large Volume and Multi-Family Meadow Ridge Homes Inspiration Homes Woodstyle Home Ltd. Cardan Enterprises Ltd. GGroup of Companies Southwind at Sarsons - Phase 2

Community of the Year GGroup of Companies Southwind at Sarsons - Phase 2 Valux Homes Ltd. Bridges at Glenview Pond Home of the Year Woodstyle Home Ltd. La Maison Mibroc Construction The Ranch Manor Meiklejohn Architects Inc. Meiklejohn Architects Inc. Timberhaven Homes Lot 23 High Pointe Drive Edgecombe Builders High Pointe Home


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hese were the last written words of Frank Lloyd Wright found on his desk the day he died 50 years ago on April 9, 1959 at the age of 91. The article he was writing goes on to say, “Creative architecture is the greatest proof of (man’s) immortal soul.” He could not have

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known that he would define himself and his contribution to the world of architecture in a few words that still have relevance today. Architecture and design have great relevance in the real estate business. Buyers are attracted to homes with great “street appeal” and functionality. First impressions are very important. These are properties that not only have significant value to the proud owner, but positive resale value on the open market. We recognize that all human actions are initiated solely to improve the human condition and buying a home ranks as one of the best examples of this psychology. Not only do the owners derive satisfaction from their home, they derive satisfaction from others recognizing and validating their choice of architecture and living space. When they invite their friends to their new dwellings for the first time, they are hoping for (expecting) comments of positive reinforcement. Wright despised pomposity and pretension, holding firm to his principles of integrity and simplicity. He had an amazing ability to work in three dimensions. He grew up in Wisconsin close to the land and sought harmony with nature. He always spelled “nature” with a capital “N” and told employees to “go to the woods and fields for colour schemes and search for warm, optimistic tones.” His practice spanned over six decades and was established in 1893 creating structures right through to 1959. Photographs of his work show examples that would be very well received in our local market today. His use of large overhangs, flared eaves, high bands of windows and shingle on exterior walls and gables has connected with our local market. Our best selling homes (both single and multi-family) incorporate natural materials and colours that belong in this environment and unite the interior with outdoor space. The outdoor space can be a simple deck or patio and go all the way up to the pool, outdoor kitchen or water feature. When we were engaged to sell the 48 condominiums at Abbott House, we were presented a design incorporating large overhangs, an impressive beamed arch, shingle gables and board and batten siding with real brick detail and real timber accents all in soothing natural colours. This development incorporated these features from heritage buildings and the architect blended them with his vision to impart a

modern feel. The artist’s conceptions engaged buyers in a manner I had not previously experienced. The comment most often heard was “finally, a condominium building which tempts me to sell my house and move.” Not surprisingly, Abbott House was honored with a prestigious Tommie Award last year. Jamie Maw of Huntington Homes summarized the project in this manner: “We tried to suggest an architectural vision for modern Kelowna, but one that would resonate with a timeless quality. Up close, there’s lots of detail and different textures, but from a distance, they merge into a distinctive whole. It makes people smile.” Our area has been inundated with many housing styles over the past decade as we went through the eras of Spanish style, Miami Vice pink stucco, fake Tuscan and bright coloured stucco contemporary. Thankfully, tastes have moderated and this in part is driven by the consumer demand for quality. The Central Okanagan has embraced the Craftsman Style of housing and this movement began in the 1880’s to celebrate handicraft, simple forms and the use of natural materials. True Craftsman styles were those featured in Gustav Stickley’s, “The Craftsman” magazine from 1901 to 1916. The style featured the characteristics of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs and used open floor plans, few hallways, numerous windows, art glass, exposed roof rafters, wide eaves and natural stonework. They were intended to be practical houses affordable by a wide range of people. The theme has been widely interpreted and there are some fantastic homes around our area that are attractive examples of this style of architecture. There are some others that have borrowed heavily on the theme and may not stand the test of time. Overzealous use of cultured stone (fondly known as “lick and stick”) is prevalent, as are colours and styles of rock that do not assimilate with our area. Other mistakes include timbers that are stuck on the front of the house with no structural intent, just decoration. Some colours that scream to make a statement have not been in keeping with the intent of this architecture as noted previously. Generally, our local home builders and designers have been doing a pretty good job interpreting this theme and making it commercially viable. When it comes to the economic viability and survival of this style, you — the buyer — are the ultimate critic, the final decision maker in this process. You alone decide if you like the architecture enough to make the very expensive decision to buy it. You decide if the materials look like they belong to the house and belong to the area. You decide if the architecture and design engages the observer on all levels. This will be your home in which you seek shelter, comfort and peace. At the same time it will portray to the observer a little bit of the essence of the people that live within, but not too much for there always should be the element of mystery. Remember, less is more.

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As all of us are unique, so are the homes Denis builds; each and every one a signature statement reflecting the dreams and visions of his clients.

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kanagan topography provides breathtaking places where views, privacy and proximity to the lake inspire us to stop and think: “Right here—this exact place—is where I would build my dream home!” Aside from the financial restrictions facing the average citizen, there could be some problems building the perfect castle. The same landscape that sparked the fantasy brings with it some difficult challenges, for how does one construct a house on a mountain or on an irregular lot without radically changing the natural features of the land? One way is to shape the house to fit the profile of the lot, breaking the traditional model, and adapting elevations to match nature’s curves. It is a concept that the average homebuilder would likely shy away from, but Denis Apchin isn’t an average homebuilder. The head of Apchin Design Corp loves this kind of challenge and it shows in some of Kelowna’s finest architecture. “The lot is absolutely the key in developing the final design,” notes Apchin. “The land inspires me; many of my luxury homes are built on either view or water property, so there is always something pretty special about each one.”

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Apchin strives to design the home around the contours of the lot, as well as natural features like trees and boulders that might otherwise be removed. He calls the process “harmonizing with the environment,” made viable because every single house plan is drawn from scratch. Apchin first gets some basic guidelines at the initial meeting: what rooms are required and what the family’s important needs are. He goes to the site to get some feelings and ideas about the over-all project and begins a preliminary design. “I never have a preconceived idea of what the home is going to look like,” he remarks. “We are always trying to create something unique.” “Crescendo” at Big White is the perfect example of Apchin’s philosophy. Local snow-hounds will instantly recognize the resort’s largest single-family luxury rental accommodation located on left side of The Woodcutter run on the way to the Ridge Rocket chairlift. “The lot is triangular, but I could have put a rectangular building there. Instead I matched the outer walls to the property line—the roof and land comes to an exact point.” The designer wanted a more exciting look than a plain flat roof, so he lifted one side to allow it to lie at an angle. To match the elevations of the mountain, Apchin designed a 35 foot high circular staircase that has six separate areas to enjoy. The unique aesthetic of the Crescendo is certainly what draws on our emotions, but engineering the project was no small feat. “We wanted the 27 foot tall windows to go right to the soffit, we wanted to match the contour of the land, and we had to compensate for the incredible snow weight at Big White, 300 pounds per square foot!” explains Apchin. The only way to address all of the issues was to build a metal skeleton that would support the huge double trusses placed one foot apart. There are massive spans and the roof is cant


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up to eight feet in places. The structure had to be carefully engineered to withstand all that weight. For the Crescendo, like many of his other projects, Apchin turned to Greg Wylie of R & A Engineering in Vernon. “Greg is very easy to work with, he allows me to conceptualize my designs and then he always manages to engineer the home without compromising the design,” declares Apchin. Some of his clients know exactly what they want, and may even have a physical collection of ideas. Others are much less specific. “People come to me for inspiration, so I take their wants and needs, and maybe some of their tastes in architecture, and I try to make it as individual and personal for them as possible,” says Apchin, before referring to his amazing website portfolio, which reveals that no two Apchin designed homes are alike. As the master designer refines the concept of the home, he consults very carefully with his customers to determine precisely what they want, all the while keeping in mind the home’s visual elegance, architectural strength, and environmental harmony. He determines the best home style for the lot by considering such things as the characteristics of the site, the view corridors, morning and afternoon sun, driveway approach, utilities and the layout of the home. Apchin Design also uses Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) programs to assist in designing the home. This technology allows them to draw a perfect, three dimensional model of the home that can be viewed from any angle, inside the home or out. The software can be loaded with all the finishing materials and their respective colours, so the homebuyer can “walk” through the most reasonable facsimile


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of the finished home. Apchin has been designing and building custom homes in the interior of BC for almost three decades. In 1975, he began a five year specialized teaching degree in Industrial Education at UBC. When he graduated in 1980, he returned to Kelowna to pursue a career as a shop teacher. However, the time Apchin spent at UBC, designing and building a multitude of projects that honed his skills in woodwork, metalwork, power mechanics, materials technology and electronics, gave him the solid background to try something else. He started teaching full time, but also started Apchin Design. That first summer he designed and built his first house. “I started as a teacher and part time designer, building in the summers. After five years, I was working both positions full time,” he explains. “I was definitely stretched, and I had to make a decision: On one hand I had a good, secure teaching job; on the other were my dreams and a lot of unanswered questions. I chose to take the rollercoaster ride!”

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Apchin has built dream homes for affluent, discerning people, winning awards at both the provincial and national levels, but one award, the Canamera, is special for him. “I didn’t enter it. Nobody does,” he says. Winners are selected by professional Computer rendering property appraisers who travel throughout western Canada and the US. “They put on a wonderful awards ceremony for us and paid for everything. I won and I didn’t even know I was entered in it,” shares the humble designer. Awards are nice, but Apchin prefers to concentrate in other directions for accolades. “My awards come from my clients; I know when I’ve won by their happiness—when I see they are ecstatic with what they have, that’s my prize,” he says, even though five of his six entries won Georgies. Another rewarding experience for Apchin is conceiving and constructing living spaces that protect the environment. Denis was one of the first builders over a decade ago to convert from natural gas to geothermal systems for all his homes. “Geothermal just makes sense once you understand the benefits. It’s a no brainer, especially

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for the larger homes I design that can require as much as 20 tons of air conditioning” says Apchin. Always an optimist he looks forward to a future when homes will one day be completely self-sufficient and off the grid. Apchin is a member of the (OEIA) Okanagan Environmental Industry Alliance and is constantly looking to incorporate new energy efficient ideas and technologies into his homes. Never one to restrict his thinking to the mundane, Apchin is unveiling a new project called Summerland Sky. “A developer has retained me to do the designs for eight incredible lots,” he announces excitedly. His fees are included in the price of the lot, which translates into a great value for the purchaser, but more importantly, the arrangement gives one of Canada’s premier designers the architectural controls to maximize the stunning views, privacy and investment values for an entire community. “A conventional design guideline restricts the imagination and forces the developer to police it. I will provide an individual solution: an original Apchin home design personally created for the purchaser,” he promises. At Summerland Sky, Apchin Design is also happy to build these homes for purchasers; however, the sale is not conditional to this service. “We can give people the complete package if they choose,” says the builder. All his designs include the “hard-scape” as well. “We plan the entire site, including wharves, docks, swimming pools, sidewalks, and steps. All the gates, the driveway, fences, and even fountains; any physical features that need to be constructed on the property are done by us.” The Summerland Sky website is embedded in The Apchin Design site, and vice-versa. Both are great places to contact a real, live Dreamweaver.

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Is that you guys way up there? By Albert Berkshire

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f you look at the housing industry as a business, it’s easy to see how the primary goal of any residential developer is to create a neighbourhood that appeals to a target homebuyer — you, me, the couple down the street. Optimum success, it could be argued, requires a combination of great design, preferred location, and the social image that is attached to the property. When you look at it from a consumer point of view, it’s all about lifestyle, image, design, practicality, his and her closet space, and what you get for your dollar. Effectively — value. On both sides of the equation, Wilden hit the mark with its first four neighbourhoods, and carried that success over the mountain to the new, and breathtaking Wilden Skylands. If there’s one constant in the Okanagan Valley’s real estate market it is the expression, “lake and valley views.” People love a view. I mean, really, do you want to look at the back of your neighbour’s fence? Or do you want sunsets, glistening water, and beautiful trees? Considering how many hillside neighbourhoods there are in and around Kelowna, the preferred choice for a great view and Okanagan Lifestyle has been Wilden. But that shouldn’t surprise you. Wondering why? Here’s a few interesting facts that has made Wilden so attractive to homebuyers looking for something different . . . something better. When local developer, Gerhard Blenk first started planning this 2,000-plus-acre community, his hillside-building scheme was so new, and so comprehensive that many of the design parameters were incorporated into the City of Kelowna’s official hillside-building guidelines. And the innovation didn’t stop there. Wilden was the first development, possibly in Canada, to pre-drill every home site for geothermal heating and cooling systems. The goal has been to create a community that gives back to the environment. The use of geothermal systems eliminates the need for homeowners to use natural gas to heat and cool the home, hot water, and even a swimming pool. This option for homeowners helps them greatly reduce their carbon footprint, and save long term on their heating and cooling bills. Score another one for Wilden. Interestingly enough, the advanced hillside-building scheme and geothermal systems are not front and centre at Wilden. Call them background benefits, if you will. It is the sheer beauty and creativity of design in every home at Wilden that has really won over buyers.

Form, Function, and Feedback

In the last five years, Wilden has built some stunning new homes, and collected some serious hardware. Wilden and its five custom homebuilders have won over 50 Silver and

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Gold Tommie Awards for excellence in creating outstanding homes, kitchens, master suites, landscaping, a community, and several environmental consideration awards. And as nice as it is to be recognized for excellence, it’s the recognition of the Wilden homebuyers that really makes the Wilden team shine. “We’ve consistently had positive feedback, strong sales and excellent reviews,” comments Brent Couves, Sales and Marketing Manager at Wilden. It’s no surprise. With five dedicated homebuilders showing off their model homes at Clear Pond Place — at the entrance to Wilden’s Skylands — it’s a row of creativity that makes you want to move in right away. Artfully crafted homes encompass the Okanagan lifestyle creating homes that have a uniquely broad appeal. Empty nesters and families alike seem to favour the Wilden designs. Main floor living is emphasized, and true to our fantastic seasons, it blends indoor-outdoor living seamlessly. Private yards, courtyards, and entertaining spaces form an integral part of every home. If you could clearly define Okanagan architecture, you could do it in

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Is That You Way Up There?

So what about the view? The view that everyone one really wants. It’s where most people didn’t think to look. Wilden’s Skylands is so high up that when the street lights were lit for the first time along Skyland Drive, the calls started pouring in. The common question was, “Is that you guys way up there?” That is one of the beauties of Wilden’s Skylands. It’s completely unexpected, while being exactly what so many homebuyers have been seeking. It’s a well-planned combination of stunning lake and city views, larger than usual building lots, and simply beautiful, natural surroundings. It is everything Wilden strives to be. Even though Wilden Skylands provides stunning views across the city, and up and down Okanagan Lake, its proximity to the downtown business core, shopping, dining, golf, and beaches is what makes it most attractive. Sure views are incredible, but so is the convenience


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of being within 10 minutes of just about everything. The new Wilden Skylands is accessed from Clifton Road, allowing Wilden to stay true to the motto, “Ten minutes to downtown, 10 steps to nature.”

Lifestyle and Value

As Wilden has grown, each new neighbourhood has moved up a notch on the “wow” scale. It’s not just “wow, nice homes,” it’s the fine tuning of the community, the adding of the current residents’ ideas, the new hiking, biking, walking, and “strollering” trails, and of course, new technology to help make the homes even more comfortable. What hasn’t changed with this newest Wilden neighbourhood is the incredible value it represents for homebuyers. Wilden Skylands puts you on top of the city, in a quiet, private neighbourhood just moments from your everyday life. Couves makes a great point about the real bonus for buyers choosing Wilden right now comes from the value being offered from their award-winning builder team. “We’re offering incredible value right now with home and lot packages at Wilden’s Skylands from under $440,000. You just can’t beat this offer,” he says. When you consider the craftsmanship and the price, it’s a great deal. Add to it the fact that Wilden consistently sells out quickly as each new neighbourhood is released, and you have a winning combination of exceptional lifestyle

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Wilden Quick facts:

Over 2,000 acres 1,000 acres dedicated to Green Space Quiet street, quiet neighbourhoods Awarded over 50 housing industry awards Five custom homebuilders Home and lot packages starting under $440,000 Three-level, 2,700 sq. ft. town homes under $450,000 and tremendous value — the two key components necessary for a solid real estate investment. With Wilden’s Select Builder Team looking after new home construction in Wilden’s Skylands, Wilden’s own building company has turned its attention to its first major project. Hidden Lake Lane is underway with fantastic 2,700-square-foot townhomes. These are just beautiful with three levels, open concept living, sundecks and covered patios, and four nicely sized bedrooms. It’s luxury living without the maintenance. And like the Skylands homes, these town homes at Hidden Lake Lane represent wonderful value and lifestyle convenience from under $450,000. Wherever you look at Wilden, you’ll find finely crafted homes in a natural setting. It’s as close to defining the Okanagan Lifestyle as you can come. And it’s all just 10 minutes to downtown.

Take a Tour

No matter which Wilden neighbourhood you visit, you’ll see beautiful, award-winning homes surrounded by Mother Nature. It was developer Gerhard Blenk’s plan from the start, and 50 years from now, it’ll be just as beautiful. To see the beauty today, visit the Model Homes at Clear Pond Place. They’re open Saturday through Thursday. It’s always a great time to see the homes and neighbourhoods at Wilden, but there’s never been a better time to move to Wilden!

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uthenTech Homes is a designated Certified Residential Builder (CRB,) and has been building custom homes in the Okanagan for almost 20 years. Scott Tyerman, the president, is an inter-provincial journeyman carpenter and a Registered Housing Professional (RHP) who has been in the construction industry for nearly three decades, but don’t expect to find him suited-up behind a big desk in a fancy office. “He’s at the job site; he’s the guy in blue jeans and work boots,” laughs Greg Vinton, the sales and marketing manager of AuthenTech. Tyerman is at the home site doing a “walk through”—a tour with his clients to update the progress of their new home, answer any questions and implement the features to make the home uniquely theirs. This is just one of several inspections he will undertake with his clients. He personally does the all the walkthrough’s. Vinton is the “face” of the company, the first person you are likely to meet at their showhome offices in Wilden, and he remains involved throughout

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the construction process. “I’m here so he can be out there,” notes Vinton. “We feel our customers want the guy with 20-some years experience building their houses. “We are a tightly-knit team of professionals who all work with the homeowner, to ensure their dream is realized. Scott and I first meet the homebuyer to help them through the design and selection process. Whether it is selecting a lot and a design, or helping to choose from the wide array of options available, the client values this upfront help, which gets them going in the right direction,” says Vinton. AuthenTech also includes the design services of Ginette Sigouin, of Ginette Interiors. This helps assure the customers that their homes are tailored to their specific wishes. “The homeowner appreciates this helping hand in selecting their colours, as quite often they are overwhelmed without this helpful service,” explains Vinton. Out on site, the excellent management skills of project manager Fabio Gaudio guarantees that the job will be carried out professionally and in a timely manner. “We all know our clients really well; we are easy to get a hold of, and there is always someone to answer your questions. There is clear communication from the beginning, so there are no surprises delivering your home as desired, on time, and on budget,” promises Vinton. When you call them, you will likely be greeted by the friendly

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voice of Gina Tyerman, the business administrator and co-owner. Gina is involved in every project as well, and she is happy to answer any questions her customers may have. The principals at AuthenTech believe that in recent years, many industries have experienced below average customer service due to the previously ballooning economy. “Scott actually handles the customer service himself,” affirms Vinton, “ensuring our customers that they are being looked after by the guy who signed their building contract! They really appreciate that he is involved right through to the end. “AuthenTech’s Wilden show home is a perfect example of how a collaborative effort can exemplify some of the many detail features and design ideas a craftsman like Tyerman has seen over the years. The first thing to notice coming in the front entrance of this practical family home is that the stamped concrete walkway and decorative rock walls continue from the exterior into the foyer. The door seems to be floating in space, an illusion created by the glass surrounding the portal. Throughout the home and rear outdoor kitchen there are functional countertops made from unique, coloured concrete. Those in the kitchen are complemented by three wet stations: a full sink, a prep sink, and a pot-filler, which is a faucet over the stove to aid in cooking. Visitors to the show home comment about the great flow of the design. “This family-friendly plan was designed with the quiet neighbourhood setting in mind,” confides Vinton. A well placed mudroom/ laundry room is discreet, yet easily accessible from the garage and

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front entrance. It backs onto a large butler’s pantry, a convenient place to drop the groceries. “We have heard comments from some people who don’t like the television to be the focal point of the Great room,” says Vinton, “So we designed this.” He pushes a button, and in a large hardwood wall unit a facade begins to rise. Behind it is a flat screen television. With another press of the button, the door closes, making the travertine-accented fireplace the highlight of the room. Majestic hardwood handrails accent the central staircase that rises to the upper level, its curve paralleling the circular flow of the rest of the house. The huge master suite has a double-sided fireplace, a confidential sitting area and a private deck. The en-suite remains consistent to the rest of the home with the concrete counters, heated marble flooring, and a large walk-in closet complete with furniture style built-ins. “Every home is custom-tailored, to suit your specific needs, whether you have kids, a dog, or if you want a view, or a lot that will accommodate a pool,” confirms Vinton. AuthenTech’s dedication to their customers has earned them

many awards over the years, including the Gold Tommie for “Best Builder” and most recently, a Gold Tommie for “Outstanding Customer Service.”

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EDGECOMBE BUILDERS “We build your home like it’s our own.” By Michael Freeman

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good barometer for measuring the success of a builder is to see how many house warming parties he gets invited to,” says Kevin Edgecombe with a wide grin. He may be kidding, but as we know, underlying truth is what makes a joke funny. Edgecombe is the owner and driving force behind Edgecombe Builders; it is his vision and attention to detail that has brought him not only Tommie Awards, but also the RSVPs to many of those house warming galas he covets. With a father who inspired him by being an independent businessman, Edgecombe knew from an early age that he would be following those same footsteps. Starting as a carpenter’s helper while in high school, he studied drafting, which led to him earning a diploma in Architectural Technology at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. This was the stepping stone that allowed Edgecombe to pur-

sue his career as a builder. “My education in architecture compliments my carpentry experience, and my skills as a tradesman allow me to visualize designs,” he explains, “It’s a real key to my success . . . being able to conceptualize three dimensionally is a really important skill when you look at a set of drawings and try to imagine the end game.” Edgecombe, like any successful businessman, saw opportunities for growth and expansion and hit the gas a few years back, helping to rebuild the homes destroyed by the fires of 2003, and going on to win the prestigious High Volume Builder of the Year Tommie Award in 2007. Then, on the verge of becoming a serious volume builder, he throttled back. Striving to be a builder with a different approach, Edgecombe’s philosophy to blend so-called “white-collar professionalism” with “blue-collar know-how,” has to be approached “hands-on.” He has a team of professional office staff and skilled site superintendants that he collaborates with. He insists on only hiring people who are qualified and courteous. These are employees that, like most, have been with him for a long time, allowing him to spend time consulting with


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customers. “I am very proud of my staff and realize that without them, Edgecombe Builders would not be able to do what we do,” says their employer. Although there are many great builders in the Okanagan, for Edgecombe, it all comes down to the pleasure of the process. “I really enjoy the progression from the first pen on paper, right down to conceptualizing the basics: which side is the driveway on, where the most daylight is, where you spend your mornings or your evenings.” This “architecture first” perspective allows the home to have good flow and liveability, as well as having a practical layout. During this design analysis Edgecombe Builders recognizes opportunities for their clients to take advantage of low-cost changes that could add thousands in aesthetic value to the home. These small, unique and noticeable features often make the entire house stand out. A big challenge that prospective clients face is the seemingly limitless number of unknowns that comes with building a new home. It can be an emotional time. To deal with these issues, Edgecombe Builders developed a program called Step by Front Step. “We put a lot of work into making the process enjoyable, our people are easy to talk to, flexible, professional and listen carefully with the client’s best interest at heart. We are extremely transparent throughout the build, walking you through step by step,” says Edgecombe. The show home at Wilden boasts consistent quality hardwood throughout with majestic beams, posts and three spectacular features built from new and reclaimed lumber. Complimenting the wood are railings, caps and brackets made from hand-hammered steel. Wall finishes include slip trowel drywall, an effect Edgecombe first


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saw in California. “We’re ‘running with scissors’ a little with this finish, since it is quite expensive and unique, but I love the look of it,” he explains. Another uncommon touch is the large indoor/outdoor bar top with a fully retracting window that matches the similarly retracting glass doors in the great room. The cutting-edge remote access media centre makes entertaining easy and includes a suspended flat screen television that not only pivots 360 degrees, but it also retracts into the ceiling when not in use! The home features unique views of the character highlights within its interior from many vantage points and “damsel in distress” balconies. The hand crafted hickory floor draws a lot of positive feedback, as do the tasteful bedrooms, travertine appointed bathrooms and huge ensuite. The drop ceiling in the master bedroom brings with it a very intimate ambiance and Edgecombe reveals a little of his personality by staging the large, naturally lit flex room as a drafting studio. “A home is an evolution, and I consider myself very capable of visualizing plans. Sitting in with the client and the designer, I can see things from both a construction, as well as an architectural perspective, so I can ask questions that others might miss. I’m constantly sketching little concepts during the finishing stages and pointing out unique, often inexpensive ideas to my clients. “I really believe in the relationship side of the business and the importance of getting to know each and every client,” he explains. “We know we can build a quality house — but not everyone can build a quality relationship.”

Edgecombe Builders is proud to be one the builders representing the Blenk and Wilden Development Team.

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FAWDRY HOMES Come home to excellence By Michael Freeman

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atural Resources Canada says on their website that R2000 homes “are built to demanding standards for energy efficiency and indoor air quality that far surpass others in the marketplace.” A home’s air flow, heat and internal moisture all interact and work together, a concept referred to as the “house as a system.” First developed as an energy saving program for Canada’s frigid prairies, the R2000 Standard was introduced in 1981, changing forever the way our houses are built. Glenn Fawdry has over 30 years in home building experience under his belt. A conservationist at heart, when Fawdry heard about R2000 in the early 80’s,


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he knew he wanted to make the program a big part of how he builds houses. He has gone on to become a Residential Housing Professional, a Registered Home Builder and Master Builder. At the same time, Fawdry has not only earned his licence as an R2000 builder, he is a government selected instructor of the program, teaching in Canada and as far away as Japan! Fawdry understands that not everyone has equal levels of conservationism, but he still insists on building his customer’s homes using the most environmentally friendly construction methods possible. “Rodney Reid, our construction superintendent, is somebody who really focuses on the environment by recycling everything possible. It doesn’t cost our customer a thing, but when permitted, it’s a big priority for us. We use a four-bin waste removal system for bulk recycling, special recycling, wood and lastly, garbage,” comments the builder. If his clients

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choose to take additional strides that protect the Earth and improve air quality beyond typical standards, then Fawdry and company are certified to take a home all the way to the R2000 standard or anywhere in between. The Fawdry Homes team is a loyal bunch. The boss isn’t the kind of guy who stands in front of a Christmas party and gives a long speech. He prefers to go to each employee individually to state, in person, what he appreciates about them, and he says it regularly — not just at Christmas parties. Protecting the environment and good employee relations aren’t the only things that makes Fawdry Homes special. “We are a smaller builder, dedicated to quality. We are always thinking of how to improve a home — to create a healthy, comfortable living space,” explains Janelle Fawdry, a sales associate and estimator at her father’s business. “Glenn has such a long history and believes in check-lists and documentation. He works closely with clients during the design stage, asking questions to ensure that the construction specs are extensively detailed. He often goes to the lot to check for drainage issues, how the house fits the contours of the land and where the rooms will be situated to take maximum advantage of the views and natural light,” she remarks. “Speak quietly, but listen loudly” is more than just an axiom for Glenn Fawdry. He wants to hear his customer’s ideas and input in all respects of the build, and he asks his own questions early enough in the process to be properly addressed. “We have very extensive


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construction specs that we walk the customer through, pointing out features and details, as well as environmental, healthy, and efficient options,” he says — quietly. Fawdry’s show home, conceived by Chris Robinson of Robinson Designs, has a luminous, summery feel, the light colours keeping it bright all year. The White Oak hardwood floors are finished onsite, scraped and sanded smooth, completely opening the options for staining. “This is a very flexible plan,” says Janelle Fawdry, “We have customers who want just the main floor, since the master suite is here. We then build guestrooms on the lower level for them, making it a threebedroom home on two levels. Other people use the upstairs for their children’s bedrooms, and add a flex room or perhaps a deck.” There are many features within the home, the late-night brainstorms of the builder: A soft, four-inch drop in the ceiling in the master suite is elegant, the soaker tub in the ensuite has an overflow

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trough that allows its user to be completely submerged, and there is Kettle Valley granite decorating the main floor powder room. Another interesting convenience is the elimination of a shower’s “toe banger.” Fawdry has dropped the joists beneath the shower to allow the removal of the lower lip of the ensuite’s shower stall, saving a few bruised toes in the process! The vaulted great room shows nice angled lines that stretch to peaks, and the retractable patio door invites indoor/outdoor entertaining. The majestic fireplace is the highlight of the room. Upstairs, the bedrooms and sitting area are spacious and inviting, but it is the ceiling detail that captures attention with fine finishing to the peaked apex, including a cool little “sleep over niche” over the door and closet of one bedroom. Glenn Fawdry loves clean lines and a quick look at the backsplash in the kitchen of his show home proves it. A dozen feet of clean area, not even an electrical outlet. The outlets are there, but he has con-


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cealed them beneath the cupboards. But it doesn’t stop there. Upon further investigation you will find that things like vacuum outlets, wall sockets and alarm system hardware are inconspicuous, keeping the sight-lines unblemished. “I still get excited about new projects, doing them right, and doing them in an environmentally friendly way,” explains Fawdry, “In

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A Full-Service Philosophy By Michael Freeman

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orn on the prairies, Miles Krahn cut his teeth in Calgary’s construction industry. In 1980, he formed Meadow Ridge Homes, and then spent 20 years perfecting his building techniques. But these weren’t cookie-cutter boxes in the suburbs; they were large custom homes in the most exclusive areas of the city. In 2001, Krahn and his wife Susan, the firm’s interior decorating expert, moved the business to the Okanagan. “We’ve loved it here from day one,” he explains, “The weather is great, the views are spectacular and the people are friendly. It’s beautiful.” With Meadow Ridge Homes in Kelowna, the Krahns, along with construction manager Graham Koyich, saw an opportunity to take their skills and knowledge and apply them with a “full-service” philosophy: building homes of uncompromised quality. Uncompromised in materials, and uncompromised in craftsmanship — from design all the way through to landscaping. Typically, his customers are very discerning, usually willing to spend slightly more to select

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only the most luxurious products. “Our standard spec is unique, it’s well above the building code,” says Krahn. The information he refers to is published on their website for people to see and judge for themselves. It is an example of the transparency for which Meadow Ridge is known. For close to a decade, they have been building custom homes in Kelowna. “I routinely give out my client list to prospective buyers and I tell them they can call anyone on it for a reference,” he puts forth, and then adds with a smile, “One man even asked me if the list was of my friends and family, because he didn’t get a single bad review!” In fact, the file is simply all of his past customers. Meadow Ridge builds approximately a dozen houses a year, which allows Krahn to really get to know his clients. The initial communication is a two-way procedure where he asks about the home buyer’s wants, needs and expectations, while inviting questions and ideas from them. “We are different from other builders; it’s me from the very beginning, I use a rigorous interview process to determine things like design requirements, view, sun exposure, privacy, and budget to see if we can build the sort of house you want.” Communication is the key for this builder. By examining every detail of the plan with his clients, Krahn can discuss the critical aspects of the project and fine tune it for them right at the beginning. “That way,” he says, “there aren’t any of those ‘infamous surprises,’ there’s no disappointments — we all know exactly what to expect.” This promise of communication has won Meadow Ridge many “absentee” jobs, where the client, because of other commitments, is unavailable to physically visit the home site. These clients have the option of


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following the progress of their home on an interactive Internet connection that contains hundreds of pictures, copies of the blueprints and email links for communicating. “Of course we work with local people too; this just emphasizes how we feel about the critical importance of understanding all our clients’ visions,” he explains. Krahn’s confidence in the homes his company produces is undeniable, but there is also a humble side to him. “This select group of home builders at Wilden may be fierce competitors; but they are also tremendously respectful of one another. We all walk through the community and comment on, or compliment, each other’s work. It’s not uncommon for one of us to call on the expertise of another. I’m very proud that Meadow Ridge is one of the five.” When designing the Meadow Ridge show home, Krahn and his wife took a bold stride in a new direction. “People are familiar with the ‘Arizona’ style, or the ‘California’ style, but we don’t know that anyone has ever tried to establish an ‘Okanagan’ style,” he declares. When pressed for details, he points out that many of his customers are avid entertainers. They also want to live primarily on the main floor of the home, and they want overnight visitors to enjoy a certain level of privacy. To accomplish these things, the main floor has entertainment features like a multi-level wet bar that is within a few steps of the large kitchen island, the idea being that two groups can interact in the open area without becoming crowded. The circular wine rack, double size Fisher and Paykel professional fridge and drawer style dishwashers; plus the 20-foot tiled fireplace, convenient patio access, and butler’s pantry are all functional for hosting guests. The gorgeous front en-

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trance, Merbau hardwood flooring and detailed finishing makes home owners proud to do so. The master suite is in a discrete location on the main floor, and so are a washer and dryer, hidden away in the walk-in closet beyond the marble adorned ensuite that boasts a spa shower. A second laundry pair is located in an upstairs niche to serve the two adult styled bedrooms, one of which has twin closets, a private deck and a separate entrance to the well-appointed bathroom. The upper sitting area is a quiet space that overlooks the great room. This ability for company to sleep, bathe, launder clothes, and relax on a floor of their own motivates people to invite out-of-towners.

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Doing it Better, Each and Every Day By Michael Freeman Being one of the higher volume builders in Wilden is not Randy Siemens’ biggest concern. What is important to him is client satisfaction, an ideal that Rykon Construction Management constantly challenges. The company’s owner and president vows to “do it better, each and every day.”


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“Never, do we ever say that we are completely satisfied with our processes. We always want to be striving to make it better for the client — they’re the ones we are working for.” This commitment to refining procedures has led to the development of Home Steps, a series of sequential, manageable phases of the home building process that are easy to concentrate on, allowing clients to make the decisions that affect the home’s construction. The Home Steps program has been developed by Siemens’ partner and the vice president of Rykon Construction Management, Ken Pennington. His goal is to create a trust level that people are comfortable with by being completely transparent about the procedure, regardless if the home is project managed, fixed fee or a combination of the two. The system starts the moment a customer sits down with Roy Sinden, the director of sales. “Roy is very intentional in being the liaison between the homeowners and the construction team for the duration of the build, and well after,” explains Siemens. The project manager is another key component to Home Steps, dealing with the clients on a day-to-day basis, assisting them through each of the phases, walking them through inspections at the job site, and providing valuable counsel in making the decisions that personalize a home. Siemens says that his customers tend to “drive the project in a direction that suits their personalities and lifestyle. The critical component for us is to recognize where the clients feel the most comfortable, and what we can do to help them feel satisfied and content with both their new home and the journey to get to it.” In 1984, Siemens was managing Rykon’s construction division on the West Coast. Eventually he became their vice president of construction. Then, in 1995, he moved his family to Kelowna when he was overseeing the development of the


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Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel and Villas. It was supposed to be a two-year stint, but Siemens never left. “It’s gorgeous here,” he states simply. Siemens went independent and bought the Rykon construction division in 2000. It was also then that Pennington came on board. “We already had a long-term business relationship in Rykon Group out on the coast,” explains Siemens, adding, “ he was a big part of the construction teams we had, developing systems and the project management side of the business — that is his greatest strength.” Another ace in Siemens’ hand is the alliance he has with Chris Robinson, who is responsible for the majority of pre-priced designs in Wilden and draws a good number of the plans for Rykon. Robinson is also a major contributor to the Jenish House Design book.

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“That’s one of our houses on the cover,” smiles Siemens. The casita at the Rykon show home in Wilden is what draws the most comments. Common in the US, the small detached guesthouse or office has its own washroom and also produces a front courtyard, complete with gas burning fireplace. Inspired by family living, the home is also very well planned for entertaining. The white ash hardwood flooring throughout the main level has a walnut stain that really shows off the wood’s grain. High, peaked ceilings in the great room give an open feel and the custom cast fireplace has charming warmth to it. Large French doors lead to the courtyard. The kitchen area is a blend of old-world character combined with the newest in modern amenities. Take, for instance, the double size subzero fridge. It has been encased in majestic hardwood cabinetry to appear as an antique freestanding pantry, right down to the lower drawers,


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that, when pulled open reveal even more cold storage. The modern black stove has been retro-fitted with the chromed spring handles from yesteryear. The family room is comfortable with a nice television nook and easy access to the patio which has a fully equipped outdoor kitchen. With both the patio and the courtyard available, the home is truly set up for entertaining, Okanagan style. The upper level reveals the family side of the layout. The big master suite has a high ceiling, terrific lighting, a quiet sitting area, and a deck. In keeping with the French door theme, double doors lead into a lovely ensuite that is encompassed in marble. The “his and her” motif, where there are twin sinks, walk-in closets and inlaid marble accents in the heated floors, make the space easy to share, and the washer and dryer discretely hidden in one of the walk-ins is a nice touch of convenience. The other two bedrooms on the upper floor have a special feature: each one has a separate entrance to a large rear-facing deck. These rooms are designed for the kids, with a large bathroom between them. The second laundry set is located in big multi-use room on the main level called a home control centre. “In most cases, this is the largest expenditure people make, both financially and emotionally,” declares Siemens. “My passion is to build the best relationship possible between us and our clients; to ‘over-deliver’ what their expectations might be. People trust us with a huge amount of who they are. They’re taking a leap of faith, and that is something we don’t take lightly — ever.”

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Craftsman Style The demand for distinctive Okanagan home design

Robert DeJong, DeJong and Sons Construction Inc.

Robert was born in southern Alberta and spent his formative years gaining knowledge and experience in Calgary, Whitehorse, Vancouver Island and Vancouver before settling almost 15 years ago, with his wife and three sons, in the lush Okanagan Valley. DeJong has an artist’s eye when it comes to design and construction; he has the ability to envision the finished project complete with generous detail and imagination. His ability to manipulate and create with wood is a true skill that he has been able to utilize with his clients and help to fulfill their dreams and desires for their homes. A number of the interior features DeJong has built have been recipient of builder’s awards in the Okanagan.

Scott Tyerman, AuthenTech Homes Ltd.

Scott and Gina Tyerman have lived in the Okanagan since the early 80’s. With a Journeyman Certificate in Carpentry, and plenty of experience under his tool belt, he started his own custom homebuilding company at age 26. Gina and Scott then collaboratively formed AuthenTech Homes in 1995. Since then, AuthenTech Homes has been awarded many local accreditations including gold Tommie awards for “Best Builder” and “Best Customer Service.” Tyerman has volunteered on many Canadian Home Builder Association (CHBA) committees. He served as CHBA Kelowna President for several years. He also served on many technical committees at the provincial level. Tyerman participated in the pilot “Residential Housing Professional (RHP)” training course offered by the CHBA, which gave his company the “Certified Residential Builder (CRB)” designation.

Glenn Fawdry, Fawdry Homes

Certified Residential Builder Glenn Fawdry has over 30 years of experience building custom homes in Kelowna. Early in his career, the idea of building an R2000 home caught his imagination and ignited his passion for the construction industry. The very first home Fawdry built was an R2000 home; these homes must be built to demanding standards and focus on energy efficiency and indoor air quality. Fawdry has carried these practices in consideration with the customer’s budget for each home he has constructed. Fawdry and his staff pride themselves on customer satisfaction with their extensive system of checks and “listening loudly and speaking quietly” to achieve each customer’s dream home.


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How would you define Craftsman Style building? DeJong: Craftsman Style building gained widespread popularity

in the late 19th century and has seen a recent resurgence in use for residential homes in our area. The Craftsman Style home is defined by an informal lifestyle look with exteriors commonly known for big porches and roofs with wide eaves. You would find charismatic details including columns, corbels, dentils and exposed beams. Wood is the material of choice but often there are combined uses of stone and wood throughout both the interior and exterior.

Tyerman: The true definition of “Craftsman Style” refers to Architecture characterized by the Frank Lloyd Wright era, with abundant use of natural exterior finishes such as stone and lowpitched roofs with large overhangs. I believe the Okanagan has established its own version of Craftsman, which utilizes many of the same finishes in the original architecture, but adopts more attractive design elements, such as steeper roof pitches.

Fawdry: Craftsman Style incorporates handcrafted natural materials to achieve a strong clean appearance; an open efficient design featuring built-ins, exposed beams and transoms windows.

What examples of this style do you build as features in your homes? DeJong: I work with my clients and offer suggestions and design

ideas based on their lifestyle and objectives. I always like to include a signature piece that is unique for their residence. One client even wanted his dog house to be a miniature replica of the main house. I focus on attention to wooden details such as the addition of beams, braces, layered mouldings and millwork. Never being afraid of a good challenge, I am always willing to add round wooden features.

Tyerman: There are many great examples of “Craftsman” in the homes we build in Wilden. Wilden has a requirement for three exterior finishes, one of which is rock facing. We incorporate other exterior finishes such as stained wood timbers, wood doors, and horizontal and shake siding, such as on our previous showhome. This ensures an attractive exterior, for which Wilden is well recognized. Fawdry: Natural stone, cedar shakes and horizontal siding. Front porch with stone foundation appearance and sturdy square columns. Exposed beams. Open efficient floor plan featuring two dominate fireplaces. Transom windows. Built-in fireplace surround as well as mud room lockers and bench.

Do you think these features and this style commands a premium price to build and when the home is resold compared to other styles? DeJong: A Craftsman Style home will be the focus of a buyer

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This is not the run-of-the mill, cookie-cutter house that looks the same as others on the block therefore the added cost of materials and labour will command a premium price. The Craftsman Style is sought out by many who recognize the value and long-term appreciation in the expertise and techniques used in building the home. The quality put into the building will help the home to increase in value as it ages and the savvy buyer will recognize this opportunity when purchasing a Craftsman Style home.   If we were to compare a Craftsman styled home with three exterior finishes, to a more conventional home with two exterior finishes, I would say the Craftsman Style would cost slightly more, but just the difference of the added feature. Most typical homes would incorporate rock facing along with siding, so I would say the additional cost would be for the added exterior wood. Maybe $1,000. But, I feel that the home would command a much higher value compared to the typical home out there.

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Fawdry: Craftsman features can vary in cost but style can be achieved with a few selected features depending on the customer’s wishes.

How and when were you most influenced to build this style and home? DeJong: I was very fortunate in the early 1980’s through to the mid

1990’s, to be part of a team that worked with many leading architects and designers building and renovating very exclusive homes in the Vancouver area. Some of my favourites were Craftsman Style homes.

At one point, I was fortunate to be working on the home of Arthur Erickson, one of Canada’s most well-known architects. While working on renovating, updating and adding on to some of these older homes, it was very challenging and rewarding for us to recreate old-style design. Sometimes we were adding on up to 10,000 square feet while keeping with the original style. Generally, the wealthy clients chose to make these changes because of the cost of materials and labour to hand make and re-create many of the details. For me, I experienced one of the main philosophies of building Craftsman Style homes: the “joy of labour” in creating something beautiful from start to finish.

Tyerman: We have built Craftsman features into many of our custom homes throughout the years at our clients’ request, but the most influential use of Craftsman has been since the start of building homes in Wilden. Wilden has had a designated Craftsman theme since conception, that people have fallen in love with. It’s a finish that everybody has come to know and love, so it’s an easy choice for homebuyers. Fawdry: Six years ago Chris Robinson wanted to brake away

from mass production and take pride and focus on attention to details with handcrafted natural material this style offers we felt this was a harmonious fit with our focus at Fawdry Homes.

Give us an example of one of your homes or projects that featured Craftsman Style building. DeJong: Prairie-style architecture with low pitched roofs and large


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overhangs are well suited to this area helping to shade windows from the sun’s intense rays during our Okanagan summers. Modern and contemporary homes are also well suited to adapt to the challenges of the Okanagan’s sloped terrain. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, they are also ideal for incorporating multiple levels, large picturesque windows and expansive decks and patios for outdoor living.

Tyerman: think our previous “Hidden Lake” Wilden showhome is a great example of a Craftsman Style home as we know it in the Okanagan. It has tasteful use of exterior horizontal and shake siding, rock facing, stained wood timbers, wood door, and divided transom window lights. Basically, all of the natural elements that say “Craftsman.” Fawdry: Wilden Skylands - 1362 Clear Pond Court

What is your favourite example of Craftsman Style building outside of the Okanagan?  DeJong: While working in the Shaughnessy area of Vancouver I

would often pass a beautiful mansion where I sometimes stopped just to stare at the amazing detail and architecture. It turns out this home was known as Glen Brae Manor and was built in 1910 by a retired lumberman, William Tait. It was lavishly designed and stands out in the neighbourhood with its twin cupolas, intricate exterior detail, polished brick and enormous stained glass windows. It survived through the years and had various uses such as a kindergarten and a hospital. Thankfully, it was designated a heritage house and was donated to the City of Vancouver where it now proudly houses the

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first free-standing children’s hospice built anywhere in North America – Canuck Place. (www.canuckplace.org/about/overview/our_house.htm) Tyerman: I wouldn’t want to say that we work within a particular style although I believe our work is being recognized due to the particular approach we take, through the design process. We are presently working on a restaurant for Tin Horn Creek Winery that is designed to be responsive to its context and the requirements of the owner. Our design strategies come from three guiding principles: that architecture is an art; that all buildings are public, whether publicly or privately funded, they contribute to the over-all quality and live-ability of our communities; and that only through the responsiveness of Modernism can we produce buildings that are sustainable, and representative of our time. We strive to produce buildings that contribute to the quality of our community and are worthy of preservation. Fawdry: Whistler - Transitional Craftsman

Contact DeJong And Sons Construction Inc. Robert DeJong Robert: 250-212-0699 Benjamin: 250-869-6187 dejongandsons@shaw.ca www.dejongandsons.com Fawdry Homes Janelle Fawdry Phone: 250-862-8630 Fax: 862-8631 Janelle@fawdryhomes.ca www.fawdryhomes.ca AuthenTech Homes Greg Vinton Direct: 250-979-8359 Business: 250-491-7690 greg@authentechhomes.com www.authentechhomes.com


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INSPIRATION HOMES Photographed by Colin Jewall

Your Home, Their Passion By Deanna Merrick

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od Doroshuk finds inspiration in a multitude of places. He considers his company, Inspiration Homes, to be a small-volume builder but clearly, he thinks big. He is excited by the challenge each home presents: the potential for unique designs; the property; environmental considerations; the lifestyle it represents; the size of the home and the client’s personal preferences. Doroshuk is a man who keeps his finger on the pulse of every home his company creates. “My slogan is ‘Your Home, Our Passion,” he states emphatically. Although he’s been a developer in Vernon for almost 20 years, Inspiration Homes, just four years old, is the culmination of his past experience and his

company’s current philosophy. “I have a team of fabulous designers and architects I work with on every home. We are constantly reaching beyond the traditional boundaries. There are an infinite number of possibilities in terms of design, and it is a lot of fun when you can bounce ideas off a group of professionals you trust implicitly,” Doroshuk says. Doroshuk emphasizes that it is important to develop the right group dynamic with the people who are working on his projects, then work with that same group and continue to produce the quality of homes to meet their standards. “Inspiration Homes is about a group of people who have a passion for the same thing. I have been very fortunate to have had these people enter my life and become part of my team. Everyone loves what they do and it shows in their work,” he reflected. It does indeed show in their work. The right land, the right design, the right people. . . all the elements line up when this company


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takes on a project. As with any successful business these days, success is driven by passion and there is no lack of that at Inspiration Homes. On average, Inspiration Homes will have three or four homes being built at any given time. This allows Doroshuk to be personally involved with the build itself, as well as the client. “It helps me sleep at night,” he admits. The environment is a crucial element in Inspiration Homes’ projects. They don’t just think green, they live it. They place an emphasis on high efficiency mechanical systems and low 3 and argon filled windows. They incorporate details like overhangs that shade a home in the summer, but bring in the sun’s heat in the winter. “The environment must be considered when building a new home. Highly efficient products are the way of the world. Any component used in a home that involves

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green house gases must be factored in. They may cost a bit more in the beginning, but the payback time is not long and the environmental effect is considerable,” he said. “Every house makes a difference.” Most homes built by Inspiration Homes are in the Vernon area. Doroshuk says they build homes in a wide variety of surroundings. Their team specializes in working with steep or difficult lots, unusual soil conditions, and heavily treed areas, as well as traditional lots. He says he likes to meet potential clients at the lot on which they plan to build. On site, he and the customer take note of the surroundings, the views, landscape, slopes, trees, the type of soil they are working with and the location of the home in relation to the direction of the sun. Much care is put into the details, right from the get go. “Everything is factored in when thinking about home design. When taking all of these things into consideration not only can we build a beautiful home, but we can build a home that is set perfect for its surroundings,” Doroshuk explains. When new home owners begin to plan their dream homes, some things are frequently overlooked. Plans are often missing key closet space areas, including some less obvious considerations such as storage areas for vacuum cleaners and other household tools. Maximum space utilization is a key design element. “When designing a home, it is important to utilize every square foot. If you have to pay for every square foot, you may as well be able to use all of it. Wherever it appears there is wasted space, we will design an art niche or closet to use that space,” says Doroshuk. The most popular home design today is a rancher with a walkout


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basement. Inspiration Homes’ designers ensure that both floors have higher ceilings and oversized windows to capture the open concept. A basement with lots of light and high ceilings will be as comfortable as the main floor. By locating the rooms correctly, hallways are minimized but privacy for bedrooms and bathrooms is maintained. Inspiration Homes’ signature design is a floor medallion/ceiling medallion combination in the foyer of new homes. Dreaming big is a very real concept for Doroshuk. “It may sound funny, but I actually came up with this idea in a dream. I started drawing the design right away. On the floor, we created an old-world circular stone feature with an inlaid iron scroll design. On the ceiling we created a raised circular portion with a custom wrought iron light with rough sawn fir beams attached. That was right at the beginning, and we’ve built four show homes with the same concept, with each having their own design. All of our show homes have won awards,” Doroshuk recalls. Entering awards competitions is an important aspect of Inspiration Homes. They believe that competition raises the bar and pushes them to continually improve. To their credit, they’ve come away with five gold and 14 silver Tommie awards in the past few years. This year, they have entered five new categories and are anxiously awaiting the results. “The ones I treasure the most are for Outstanding Customer Service, and Small Volume Builder of the Year,” Doroshuk says. Any business thriving in today’s competitive and economically shifting environment must be well aware of market conditions. Doroshuk has seen a definitive change in the number of homes being

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built in the last year. He believes that while there is less work in the home development market, if you put out a top-notch product and concentrate on customer service, you will still get the calls. Their customers are comprised of roughly 50 per cent local residents and 50 per cent out-of-town customers, primarily from Alberta. Doroshuk has one home currently available for sale, at 4224 Leatherback Road in Turtle Mountain, Vernon. He is also the preferred builder with the developer of Emerald Waters subdivision. Inspiration Homes has a home under construction that is also for sale, intended to become their next show home. When it sells, they’re ready to start another one. Customer service is a theme that crops up constantly when Doroshuk is talking. He has a healthy respect for the commitment they’ve made. “The client has trusted me, for the most part, with their life savings to build their home. It is my responsibility to guide them through their house building journey, minimizing the stress and making it an enjoyable experience. It is my goal to have a customer say, ‘I’d build with you again in a heartbeat.’” To the man behind Inspiration Homes, that says it all.

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DEJONG AND SONS CONSTRUCTION Mon Reposa: A True Masterpiece By Michael Freeman

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he English language has, over time, morphed into a great, untidy collection of words and grammar borrowed from the jargons of many countries. So why, when we try to describe artwork, do a hundred adjectives come to mind, yet none accurately conveys the feelings in our hearts? The same feeling happens when attempting to describe the Mon Reposa penthouse atop Kelowna’s Park Place Towers. Chronicling its structural attributes helps to portray the supreme luxury, but nothing compares to actually seeing it. Park Place is 16 stories of exclusive condominiums located just east of Orchard Park mall. “It’s at the crosshairs — the exact centre of Kelowna,” says Gary Dober, project developer and owner of the Mon Reposa. The view surrounding his penthouse reveals the truth in his claim, for our pretty city sprawls below, stretching to the lake and mountains in every direction. Dober’s vision was to add a distinctive building to Kelowna’s skyline, and crown his achievement with a jewel, a luxurious penthouse that occupies the entire top floor. “It’s unheard of these days with the value of real estate,” Dober explains. “Most developers would divide the space, but that’s not a true penthouse.” Stuart Olsen began building the hi-rise while Dober met with visionary designer Jun Lee, who came up with a classic model that encompasses vaulted arches, massive pillars, handcrafted marble, rich hardwoods, spectacular chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows. There are hundreds of sublime features, great and small, but two stand out. One is the natural stone and marble encased fireplace that towers to the ceiling, the other is an elaborate dome that arcs


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take the weight,” says DeJong. An insulated concrete subfloor was installed to run the utility lines, plus some six miles of communications cables. The roofline is built with straight lines and sharp angles, but Jun Lee’s design called for many curves and arches. Comments DeJong: “My personal motto is, ‘two heads are better than one, and in some cases three are even better!’ We had some phenomenal craftsmen and trades people involved in this build and it’s a real testament to what teamwork can do. This wasn’t just Robert building, it took all of us.” The end result has been called “a true masterpiece of style and craftsmanship,” and Dober loves to share this realization of his visionary dream: The Mon Reposa is Kelowna’s premier luxury accommodation, available for long or short-term stays, special occasions, weddings, conventions, corporate retreats and gala events. People can book their own event, or simply view beautiful photos of the Mon Reposa by visiting www.kelownaluxurypenthouse.com. Robert DeJong was just a lad when he began sweeping the floor and “smacking steel with a hammer” in his father’s woodworking and welding shop in southern Alberta. DeJong senior was a well-respected woodworker and welder. “My Dad actually instructed welding, but he loved wood, and he loved to build anything and everything. He introduced me to welding and woodworking.” At 17, DeJong got his first job in construction. “I’ve been a journeyman carpenter for years, but my apprenticeship didn’t end there. You don’t become a master, in the true sense of the word, with just a ticket. The things I’ve learned from the old craftsmen that have made

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HOME Dec 2009/Jan 2010 the extreme stuff, like the Mon Reposa penthouse. “I’m in the Lake Country phone book,” he says with a smile, before quickly adding that his website will be ready soon. “Most of my business comes through referrals. I did an award-winning home on Matheson that has a spectacular double spiral staircase in it. That one got me a few jobs.” DeJong and Sons was recently commissioned to do the finishing at the stunning “White Spirit Lodge” at Big White. DeJong is very low key. “I’m 53 years old,” he confides, “I have done some mission work, building orphanages and housing in Mexico. That’s where my heart is.” His son, Benjamin is slowly taking the reins of the business, honing his skills, learning from the master, and following in his footsteps.

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Thinking Outside the Box An Ancient Sanctuary for Today’s World By Michael Freeman

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rowing up in Canada, many of us spent blustery afternoons building snow-forts. There was an almost indescribable ambiance within this little sanctuary hollowed out of snow. The same mood envelops us while in a planetarium prior to the star show or gazing up at a cathedral’s ceiling. This spiritual atmosphere, where the acoustics make us whisper, is caused by the corner-less walls and vaulted ceiling of the shape we call a dome. This basic design has been used in the construction of dwellings for ages. Natives still arch branches together and then cover them with mud. Inuit people carved blocks of hardened snow to form the igloos we copied in back yards as kids. Domes are especially useful for covering large expanses without internal reinforcement. Great architects like Michelangelo and da Vinci used domes in constructing some of the world’s most recognizable buildings. “The dome shape has a very profound effect on the psyche of people,” says Helmut Prion, a professional engineer and one of the co-founders of Curved by Design, a company wholly dedicated to the dome, its holistic and environmental advantages, as well as the incredible strength and aesthetic appeal of its shape. Prion and his partners, Janine Carscadden and Peter Black are more than just interested — they are passionate — about domes. The dome is a housing style that has remained on the fringe — an odd shaped building that sticks in the memory. “Many early attempts at dome construction happened in the interior of British Columbia, and though private citizens have come up with some wonderful and creative ideas to utilize domes in their residences, technical difficulties and unreasonable expenses have prevented anyone from taking domes to the commercial level — until now,” explains Carscadden. The geodesic dome, for example, is made from a large network of hundreds or thousands of intersecting triangles. This style of spherical construction was made famous by the architect R. Buckminster Fuller who designed the Montreal


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HOME Dec 2009/Jan 2010 Biosphere, among others. The problem with geodesic domes originates from the vast number of odd shaped triangular panels which makes them expensive and very difficult to seal against the elements. The configuration of the panels is the key to its strength; therefore, the openings for windows and doors must also be based on the triangle. Monolithic domes, on the other hand, are usually cast as a single, concrete unit. Their construction involves spraying several inches of polyurethane and cement onto the exterior of an inflated dome. But the concrete monolith’s downfalls are similar to those of the geodesic dome. Expert construction crews need to build them and, because of their weight, they must have very rigid foundations. Specialized labour and exotic materials generally make the concrete dome cost-prohibitive, even though a monolithic dome is a contour that is virtually earthquake, tornado and hurricane proof! Curved by Design’s challenge was to produce a monolithic dome that is made from lightweight, inexpensive materials, but


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more importantly, they had to devise a system that is quick and easy to assemble by standard trades-people and be comparable in cost to typical housing construction. They also needed the domes to easily and safely adapt to standard perpendicular buildings, a difficult feat using the older technology. Their solution came from an unusual, yet obvious, source. Curved by Design combined commonly used wood-frame construction techniques with the time-tested methods employed by the Inuit people, except that instead of carving snow blocks, they use specially constructed wooden modules that attach to one another. Manufactured in Armstrong using local labour and lumber that might otherwise be considered scrap, Curved by Design makes a high quality product while also protecting the environment. The company has the capability of producing domes of many sizes. The smallest, a 12-foot diameter dome is very popular. It can be

used as an office, garden shed, or a fun and functional playhouse for the kids. Its footprint of less than 107 square feet means it can be built without a permit. A 26-foot dome is ideal for an additional bedroom, guest house or cottage. This is also the size that Prion and company would like to see used as temporary shelters for exploration and disaster relief crews. Curved by Design is developing a system where larger modules would be prefinished, making it possible to assemble super strong, weather-proof shelters in a very short time. “Furthermore,” Prion explains, “We would like to be the supplier of domes to replace the inadequate housing imposed on the Inuit, allowing them to revert to a structure that is culturally significant.” Domes can be used in renovations, too. Because they are wooden monoliths, these elegant forms can be integrated with an existing home. Imagine a carriage house over the garage . . . in the shape of a dome! In new construction, the options for domed rooms, sections and even complete homes are as intriguing as they are boundless. One


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HOME Dec 2009/Jan 2010 can provide everything to deliver the ultimate in vaulted cathedral ceilings, from start to finish. Due for completion late in 2009, Curved by Design’s Demonstration Dome will be a stand out structure near Swan Lake on Highway 97, just north of Vernon. The facility, with cut away walls, design features and everyday furniture is meant to expose the myth that “a rectangular couch won’t fit in a round room,” and encourage people to literally think outside the box. Prion, Carscadden and Black are “very concerned that there are some excellent builders in the area who may think of domes as complicated geodesic structures or expensive concrete monoliths, and may discourage their clients from building them. We are the first commercial manufacturer of easy-to-assemble wooden monoliths in Canada, and we offer a continuum of services — completing the dome to any stage required.” People are encouraged to call direct or visit their website for more information on this revolutionary take on an ancient sanctuary.

Contact need only look as far as Villa Dome Quixote in the West Kootenays village of New Denver (www.domequixote.com) to get an appreciation of the domed residence. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the spiritual ambiance of the facility. Cutting edge homebuilders are constantly looking for unique styles and original lines to impress their clients. Curved by Design

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PROFILE FROM THE FOREST SOLID WOOD PRODUCTS & GLASS LTD It Takes Teamwork By Michael Freeman

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he road to business success is strewn with the wreckage of a million failures. Embarking on this path frivolously is inviting heartache, or worse, financial ruin. Earning a large and loyal clientele requires determination, tremendous skill and unquestionable integrity, but when your customers are some of Kelowna’s most respected builders, these traits must be irrefutable. Take Fred Everets, for example, the owner of From the Forest Solid Wood Products and Glass Ltd. He came to BC from Ontario in 1981, met his beloved Brenda in 1985, and moved to Kelowna in 1988 to start the business. “It was much harder than I thought,” admits Everets. “For the first ten years, we thought we would never get ahead, but it all came together when we built our first home.” Everets’ vast experience and keen eye for detail was instrumental in the “green” build. The wood in his home was reclaimed from the old KSS high school and a dismantled fruit packing plant. The cabinets, baseboards and doors are made of wood pulled from the school, including the massive front entrance. Even the flooring is recycled from large planks from the packing house.

The results were stunning, but Everets wasn’t finished. He incorporated seamless glass into the timbers and shower, and then added unique exterior features to personalize his home. The Everets’ landscaped the grounds with terraced gardens and splashing water features. The peaceful retreat “keeps us grounded, and lets us spend time with our three children,” explains Everets. The word spread about the beauty and workmanship produced by From the Forest and now Everets counts many high profile builders as his clients, including the group at Wilden, where the company’s fine woodwork appears in some of the show homes. The owners are quick to point out that it takes teamwork to be successful. “Brenda and I could not be any more proud of this team,” declares Everets. “They are like family, and they specialize in what they do. We want to give them the appreciation they deserve, because without them we would have nothing.”

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n a dreary Monday morning in an otherwise sunny Okanagan, I dream of Hawaii. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Kelowna. It’s one of the prettiest places on Earth. But like the song says, “Even lovers need a holiday . . .”

First stop: Seattle, Washington

My holidays are few and far between, so when I take ‘em, I make ‘em count. I fly into Seattle to meet my travelling companion, my mother-in-law, Helen Clark, so we can make the five-hour trip to Honolulu together. The Holiday Inn Seattle/SeaTac International Airport is the perfect hotel for us. If we had wanted to do some sightseeing, we could have hit Downtown Seattle, the Space Needle, the Children’s Museum, IMAX and the Pacific Science Center, all within 25 km. We decide to rest up for our flight. Renovations made in 2005 have


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made the hotel quite lovely, and a comfortable place for weary travellers to lay their heads. High-speed wireless Internet access in The Lobby Lounge makes it easy to keep up on emails on my laptop, and the “lounge” part means I can surf the web with cocktail in hand. The room itself — nice and big — has, of all things, a pillow menu. A pillow menu! Kanami Fujita, director of sales for the hotel, says it’s a “friendly home away from home.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t have an Olympic sized swimming pool at home, a pillow menu, or a cheery weather report with my alarm. I think I need to make some changes around my house . . .

Second stop: Park Shore Waikiki, Hawaii

As we peek into our ocean view room at the Park Shore Waikiki, any thoughts we have of collapsing on our beds after a longish flight go right out the window. We were not expecting the breathtaking views that would greet us. Stepping out onto our lanai on the 16th floor, Diamond Head, a huge volcanic crater that has been extinct for some 500,000 years, stands majestically, just begging to be climbed. More than 3,500 feet in diameter, with a 760-foot summit, it is something to behold. We also look onto Waikiki Beach. It’s great for beginner surfers, and a popular hang-out spot. Several times a year a huge outdoor movie screen goes

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HOME Dec 2009/Jan 2010 away, but easily within a quick walk. A Starbucks and a surf shop are at the bottom of the hotel, and little stores line the streets. We are surrounded by the bright colours of Hawaii, and brighter still, Hawaiian shirts. The scent of plumeria flowers float on the warm breeze, mingled with the clean smell of the ocean. Holiday Inn Every once in a while something that smells yummy wafts through our open lanai door . . . definitely worth checking out. Lulu’s Waikiki, a lively open-air restaurant at the bottom of the hotel, offers great pub fare and atmosphere . . . Hawaiian style.

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Bob Allen, Expedia (Local) Expert arranges for us to go on a submarine tour and sunset dinner cruise, and through the hotel we are set up for a Hawaiian lomilomi massage at the Aqua Bamboo & Spa, which is within walking distance. Practiced for thousands of years, lomilomi is Kauai Beach Resort more than “just” massage. It is loving, healing touch, intended to bring balance within body, mind and spirit. After a fragrant foot bath, and with soft island music playing in the background, we are treated to our massages: slow, gentle circular thumb strokes, knuckle strokes and — my favourite — strokes done by forearm. Divine! Aqua offers spas at three of its Waikiki properties: Aqua Aloha Surf, Aqua Bamboo & Spa and Aqua Palms & Spa. Next time I think I’ll add a noni, papaya and pineapple body scrub. Dee-lish! Fourteen of Aqua Hotels and Resorts’ 17 properties are on Oahu, one is on Maui, one is on Molokai (the only resort on the entire island), with another on Kauai. The company has a hotel or resort for every style and every up and people can sit on their budget. From the comtowels and catch a flick. We fy, economical Lite are lucky enough to have a collection, to the hip movie night during our stay, and high-tech hotels but choose to sit on our lain the Boutique collecnai and sip drinks while we tion, to the Resorts for watch. Down below we can a more intimate expesee concessions set up, and rience, no one is left people of all ages wandering Hotel Wailea Maui out. While I love Waiaround. There are fireworks kiki and the upbeat enlater in the evening, the perfect ergy there, Sandi Yara, public relations for the Aqua group ending to our night. We had been warned with a laugh that we might of properties, really encourages guests to also experience hear monkeys at night from the Honolulu Zoo across the street, but I other aspects of the islands. never sleep as soundly anywhere as I do in Hawaii. “Everyone should experience Hawaii’s host culture,” While the zoo is across the street, the aquarium is a bit further


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Yara says, “and the Kauai property is host to excellent events (like the Mokihana Festival) throughout the year. Currently under the Hilton Flag, the 300-room hotel will be all Aqua January 1st. Kauai, known as “The Garden Isle,” has amazingly lush Park Shore Waikiki greenery. But it is also quite diverse. Sugarcane fields, ranch lands, quiet beaches and volcanic cliffs make it look like scenes from a movie. In fact, it has been a popular filming destination for years, with such movies as South Pacific and Blue Hawaii taking advantage of its natural beauty. For romance, Yara suggests their secluded resort on Maui, Hotel Wailea. Nestled within 15 acres of lush landscapes and Aqua Palms and Spa ocean views, the whole 72-room paradise can be rented for weddings, reunions or corporate retreats for $25,000 US per day. They call it “Own your own resort,” and no other resort in Hawaii offers anything like it. “It has a whole different environment going on,” explains Yara. With such a large group of properties, one might expect a “big business” mentality, but Yara says Aqua has a “dynamic team, small enough to make things happen quickly.” Park Shore Waikiki General Manager, Terry Dowsett echoes Yara’s sentiments. He also notes that the company is “very focused on service.” He does everything he can to ensure our stay is memorable, and seems to truly be happy we are here. He is not the only one. Everyone expresses sheer enjoyment that we have come to visit, and no one is ever at a loss for a cheery “aloha!” “We’re one big family,” Dowsett says. Every night my own family calls me, and I can barely contain myself as I share my experiences.

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A green sea turtle swims past my viewing portal, and our guide, just as excited as the rest of the passengers on the 64-person submarine, points out two more before our trip is done. A handful of bannerfish, the bright white, black and yellow beauties I have wanted to see ever since “Finding Nemo,” look to me like underwater butterflies as they flit about the reef. I wonder if everyone aboard the Atlantis Submarine has decided suddenly to become a marine biologist like I just have. It’s easy to live a dream at a depth of 120 feet. It all seems so surreal! What is all too real is the fact that over the past 100 years, the natural reefs off the coast of Waikiki have been disappearing. The Atlantis has helped reverse this by creating artificial reefs. Two sunken ships, four reef structures designed in Japan and the remnants of two sunken airliners Green sea turtle create not only a habitat where underwater sea life can thrive, a place for scientists to study, but also a place where the average person can see first-hand what lays beneath the sea. And it is all done in an environmentally friendly way: Atlantis submarines release no pollutants into the water or air as they are powered by batteries. While I contemplate the state of the ocean, an eight-year-old pig-tailed girl sitting beside me squeals at the sight of a spotted eagle ray. “Look, Daddy!” she yells as she jumps out of her seat. “He looked at me!” she shouts. And that alone, is worth the price of admission.

Royal Sunset Dinner Cruise

Our dinner cruise aboard the Navatek I is, as my kids would say, “fancy shmancy.” A pre-dinner cocktail is served as we embark. Maybe it’s just me, but pina coladas taste better in Hawaii. And so does shrimp cocktail. Gentle music and a quiet ocean lull us into pure relaxation. “This is just more fun than I ever imagined,” my mother-in-law tells me. She lives in Clarkston, Washington, and was just starting to feel a chill in the air there before she left. Here we have been warmed


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not only by the 30 degree weather, but by Hawaii’s embrace. Our waiter, Jo, chats us up like old friends. He has to show me how to crack open my lobster (I’ve never had a whole one before!), and he goes out of his way to treat us like queens. Mom has decided to take him home with her, and the chef as well. “I can’t believe this tenderloin,” she says delighted. “They must have marinated it in gold!” The rich colours of the sunset beckon a photograph. The timing of everything is perfect on the cruise. As we eat dessert, we are serenaded with songs about the islands, and encouraged to put “a little

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until late into the night, visit every single hotel in the Aqua collection, listen to the monkeys at the zoo, and ask questions of the locals. I want to learn to hula, eat fresh tropical fruit every day for breakfast, and try yoga on the beach. I want to learn to surf. The next morning as we say good-bye to Waikiki, Terry Dowsett kisses me on the cheek, as is customary here, and says, “A hui hou.” Until we meet again.

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aloha in every day.” Soon gorgeous dancers perform hula. Audience members join in, and even the staff are dancing and clapping. “In my entire 76 years,” says my companion, “I have never experienced anything like this. The entertainment is great, the food is fantastic, the service that they provide — spectacular!” She gushes all the way home, to our last evening in Hawaii.

Until we meet again

Sitting on the lanai, looking at the lights of Waikiki and of houses on the hills, our conversation is bittersweet. We agree that this is the best trip we have ever taken. I am anxious to get back home to see my family, but at the same time Hawaii has deeply affected me. I want to stay longer, to bring my family back, and learn everything I can about this beautiful oasis. I want to head back to the spa, sit at Lulu’s

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DECOR Pure Granite Rocks! Classic, Current and Colorful By Deanna Merrick

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hen you combine fine craftsmanship with the latest in technology, good things happen. Pure Granite Rocks! in Vernon knows all about this: groundbreaking technology, a vast array of options and over 20 highly trained professionals. Not only do they offer some of the finest product in the Okanagan, but their granite and quartz countertops and bathrooms can be found in six of last year’s Tommie gold and silver awardwinning homes. They’ve also been voted Vernon’s Top Employer this year. Not bad for a year when the economy in Canada and the world were shaky at best. With simple beginnings as a quality granite and marble shop, Pure Granite Rocks! now carries some of the best selections of granite and quartz in the Okanagan. How is this company, which has been around for less than 10 years, making such a strong impact in the marketplace? Part of the answer lies with investing in the most technologically advanced equipment in the world, a major commitment the company made in the last year. Clark Omand took over Pure Granite Rocks! three and a half years ago. “The best kitchen designers in Vernon and Kelowna come to our shop,” he says. “We pride ourselves on having the most technologically advanced fabrication shop in the Okanagan, if not BC. Our diamond tooling allows us to produce an almost limitless variety of edging.” The choice of materials, colours and prices is extensive. Most of their work is done in granite or quartz with attractive options in marble or onyx. Omand has noticed that designers and consumers are sometimes moving away from the traditional glossy granite, to a granite with a matte, leather-like look and feel. This creates an antique effect, and the shop has the machinery to create the leathertextured granite. “We have the largest on-site supply of granite in the Okanagan. It is important for the client to see the entire slab, so they know exactly what they can expect. We have over 500 slabs here. We have some wholesalers in western Canada, but a lot of our products are brought in directly from Italy, Brazil and Africa, to name a few. In that case, we have the very latest and reduce the cost of a middle-person. That saving is passed on to the consumer,” Omand explains.

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Current trends have included new applications for granite. It can be found on fireplaces, and with outdoor living becoming a common lifestyle in the Okanagan, granite is also used in outdoor barbecue areas. Granite was created after a molten flow of lava crusaded towards the earth’s surface a million years ago, gathering quartz, mica and feldspar along the way. It became a solid mass of rock when the pressurized lava cooled, dried and hardened. Today, each granite slab is a unique composite, reflecting the minerals it encountered on its long ago journey. Granite slabs contain numerous


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and varying amounts of quartz, mica and feldspar. Each slab is uniquely its own, with different colours, reflective properties and grain characteristics. “It doesn’t matter what colour I bring in, there’s always someone wanting to buy it,” Omand laughs. “I’ve heard people say many times that they’ve been looking for that exact color, when they see our selection.” Granite is the shop’s best seller, with quartz, marble and onyx also available. On average, Pure Granite Rocks! does about

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10 kitchens per week. According to Omand, quartz is another very popular material for residential and commercial properties. He describes quartz as a “synthetic stone,” where the quartz material is combined with highquality polyester resins and pigment. Quartz is one of the hardest components of natural granite. Only diamonds, sapphires and topaz are harder. Quartz crystals create a strong, attractive surface that is highly scratch and impact resistant. The actual quartz is crushed, glued, died and pressed for its various applications, such as counter tops. Quartz can be found in virtually any colour and is also used as a backsplash. There are a number of the highest quality quartz producers found on Pure Granite Rock!’s web site, allowing customers to get a good idea of what is available to suit their needs. Pure Granite Rocks! uses a four-foot-by-four-foot sample, so clients can see exactly what they’re getting. Conjure up your own idea of an elegant home or a dandy hotel, and chances are there will be some marble found somewhere in it. Marble is actually older than granite, having started its life as limestone millions of years go. Over time, with tremendous high heat and movement, it accumulated new materials and morphed into the beautiful marble we see today. Marble can be used in kitchens, although it is usually found in bathrooms in countertops, showers and tub decks. Marble is more absorbent and softer than granite or quartz. It is also easier to scratch. Omand describes his findings during a recent trip to Italy. “I just returned from the Verona Stone Fair, the largest of its kind in the world. Europeans use much more marble in kitchens, but in


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Carolyn Walsh Kitchen Design North America it is usually in bathrooms.� Yet another striking option for your home is onyx. It often appears as a beautiful, inky black but variations on colour also exist. Used as back lighting, on feature walls and in bathrooms, onyx creates a stunning visual effect. You’ll also find onyx on the backlit area in high-end bars and restaurants. A more recent alternative for kitchen countertops is Vetrazzo, made of recycled glass. Pure Granite Rocks! is the first authorized fabricator in the Okanagan. Vetrazzo is colourful, interesting and unique.

Pure Granite Rocks! is committed to offering the largest selection of materials, and a vast array of on-site product. Their web site is filled with user-friendly, practical information. It even outlines, step by step, the process for designing, selecting, fabrication and installation. Prices are as varied as the choices they offer. Quartz is generally more expensive than standard granite, and can run at about $100 per square foot. The price of granite averages $85 per square foot, and marble is about $90. Pricing varies significantly based on your personal selection. Omand says the first three months of 2009 were noticeably quieter. There were fewer spec builders and a steep increase in renovations. Now, he says, the spec builders are returning. The company installs over 400 kitchens a year. At the end of the day, Omand understands that success is achieved only by combining a lot of variables. The best selection of products in the Okanagan, talented, valued employees, the latest equipment and gifted artisans are all crucial. Ultimately, it is the customer approval that keeps Pure Granite Rocks! growing.

Contact Pure Granite Rocks! Phone: (250) 558-3773 Fax: (250) 558-3722 www.puregraniterocks.com denise@puregraniterocks.com


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PROFILE ROBINSON LIGHTING Painting with Light By Michael Freeman

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o say that the Robinson family has been involved in the business of illumination for a long time is an understatement. “My father started the business in 1936,” begins Bruce Robinson, “but prior to that, my grandfather had a lighting company from 1919 to 1935,” he continues. Then a slow smile lights his face, and he says, “We recently found out that in 1805, Benjamin Robinson emigrated from England and he was a ‘chandler’—what we now call a candle maker! And his son became a coal oil merchant . . . so, apart from the time between 1876 and 1919, the Robinsons have been involved in lighting longer than the light bulb!” Officially, the family will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of Robinson Lighting Ltd. in 2011. In Kelowna, the acquisition of Gough Electric allowed Bruce Robinson to relocate the stock and open the present location on Dilworth Drive in 1996. They love to

show people how to “paint with light,” where the effect, rather than the light source, is what catches the eye. All four full-time staff are accredited by the American Lighting Association (ALA) as Lighting Specialists (LS). They spend a great deal on training their people whether it’s an extensive webinar on the latest technologies, or the opportunity to see the latest product in Dallas, Texas where they go to buy the latest lighting twice a year. Norm Brown, the Regional Manager for BC, is one of a very select few Certified Lighting Consultants (CLC) certified by the ALA. Brown was recently recognised for his leader-


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Improving the lighting in your home by using high efficiency products not only saves money and the planet, it also qualifies for the Home Renovation Tax Credit.

ship and contribution to the industry with the “Pillar of the Industry” award at the annual ALA Conference held in Los Angeles. He is also the current chairman of the American Lighting Association and the director of CLC examinations. Brown has a wealth of expertise that he constantly shares with customers and staff members. Lighting your home or business is something that reflects your personal style as much as your selection of artwork; therefore, some people are occasionally surprised by the many questions that Robinson Lighting’s experts ask. But there are reasons for the queries. The

various configurations of rooms, colors and light applications dictate what type of lighting is required before the style of fixture can be selected. High ceilings, as well as darker shades of paint and furniture require stronger lighting. With 11 showrooms across Western Canada, the Robinson Group of companies is the largest lighting chain. The Kelowna showroom is the acknowledged lighting leader in the Okanagan. It features a beautiful selection of lighting fixtures and lamps plus a lighting lab where you learn to “paint with light” in newly expanded showroom on Dilworth Drive.

Contact Robinson Lighting Bruce Robinson, Suzanne Van Rycke Phone: 250-860-9626 brucer@robinsonlighting.com www.robinsonlighting.com

switch it up! Lutron switches and dimmers are available in a variety of colours designed to accent your interior.

Fan / Light Dimmer Switch • Controls fan with a light kit • Tap on switch to previous light / fan level • Touch side rocker to adjust light / fan level

Come visit our showroom to discuss a LED Touch Control Dimmer Adjust volume discount . dimmer using touch sensitive LED bar Occupancy Sensor The Lutron occupancy sensors automatically turns lights on when a room is occupied and off when a room is vacant, providing: • Increased convenience energy savings • Substantial ene • No wiring is required to the sensor • Works with Maestro Wireless dimmer (as shown)

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PROFILE PCS CONSTRUCTION On time, on budget and in writing By Michael Freeman

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reat customer service is a promise that is easy to make, but difficult to keep, especially when you are a homebuilder with a reputation for quality workmanship and precise finishing. Just ask Percy Schuurman of PCS Construction in Penticton. “People can say what they want about themselves, but it is past clients, trades and suppliers that set the real benchmark. I don’t go on about how good I am, I invite people to check my references,” he says confidently. It is Schuurman’s confidence that drives the business: confidence in his abilities, his crew, his relationship with sub-trades and in his customer service. He started PCS Construction in 1994 and built his first home in 1996. A long-time journeyman carpenter, Schuurman has been involved in Penticton’s construction scene for over 30 years, but he still upgrades his skills regularly. “I attend the courses offered by the CHBA and the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO),” a provincial crown corporation dedicated to strengthening protection for home buyers, improving the quality of residential construction,


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and supporting research and education for builders and renovators. PCS Construction is a HPO licensed builder in good standing. With credentials like these, one might assume that the company is a big operation, but the team at PCS sticks to the construction of a couple of homes a year and doing custom renovations. The boss is on site wearing a tool belt most days, allowing him to control the quality of his projects. “We build new homes from the ground up,” he confirms, “We do the foundation, the framing, all the finishing, the hardwood, custom woodwork, the roofing, and everything we can in between.” He has solid, long-term relationships with the sub-trades he uses. “I’m a ‘hands on’ type of guy,” confesses Schuurman. “Customer service means everything to me, and I have a lot of repeat clients.” PCS Construction doesn’t stop at simply building homes well; they also strive to build them “green.” As a recently certified member of Built Green TM, the builder has had two of his homes achieve

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the coveted “Gold” status, an accomplishment of which Schuurman is extremely proud. He builds homes well, and he builds them “green.” What else could there be? “We are finalists in two categories for the provincial Georgie Awards,” he replies with a smile.

Contact PCS Construction Percy Schuurman Phone: 250-490-5591 pcsconstruction@shaw.ca

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PROFILE CLADCO CONSTRUCTORS Serving the entire Okanagan By Michael Freeman

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hat if there was a new, space-age covering that could be used to protect the wood on our homes? What if the stuff came only from recycled material and all of the excess from installation was recyclable too? Now consider the benefits of this technical marvel if it were fireproof, rustproof, and malleable, came in any colour, could have a smooth or wood grain finish, and was economically viable. Well, this so-called miracle substance has been around for years — it is aluminum, and “it’s quickly becoming a construction staple in BC,” says Natasha Lyons, the owner of Cladco Constructors, a company that specializes in aluminum fabrication and cladding. “We do custom windows, door jams, fascia, stair stringers, decorative pillars, posts and soffits on commercial buildings, resorts and homes of all types,” she adds. With a background in business, she organizes the projects, keeping the pipeline of jobs full for her crew. Richard Rice — the VP of operations — is also a journeyman carpenter, fabricator, installer, and the technical expert. He has a wealth of construction experience from across Canada, and when coupled with Lyons’ almost obsessive attention to detail, the duo believes they have “the perfect balance for success.” British Columbia and the Okanagan in particular are exposed to some of the hottest weather in Canada, meaning that the exposed wood on our homes is susceptible to weathering. Once wood begins deteriorating from heat and water exposure, rot can set in very quickly; therefore, wood is usually chemically treated


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they also work with renovators looking to repair or replace damaged wood or vinyl and have aluminum products installed instead. They qualify for the Renovation Tax Credit. “Working directly with our clients to accommodate their ideas, while ensuring superior materials and workmanship reflects the standards of Cladco,” states Lyons, continuing, “We want customers happy with our quality and creativity, and thus far we are unmatched by anyone in the Okanagan.” Cladco uses the “mobile showroom” concept. They come to their client’s home or business, bringing with them colour swatches, sample pieces, a power-point presentation and their portfolio. Measurements or blueprints are studied and advice is given to help select the best design and colours to reach the desired effect within the budget. The company has discovered that word of mouth about them and their product is spreading rapidly. “One job leads to another as people see the cosmetic appeal and feel the durability of the aluminum,” says Lyons. It’s the not-so-new, “space-age” material! and painted to withstand the elements. Aluminum, on the other hand, is tough, maintenance free, weather resistant, looks great, and completely protects the wood against overexposure, keeping it solid and sturdy. Cladco Constructors works with master homebuilders, architects, window and door companies, and interior designers to familiarize them with this environmentally conscious building material, but

Contact Cladco Constructors Natasha Lyons Phone: 250-575-7129 cladcoconstructors@hotmail.com

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collapsing pioneer’s barn from the American west, Chinese pagodas from the Ming dynasty, railroad ties across Southeast Asia, and a man-made lake in Brazil. These ostensibly unrelated objects from across the globe, in fact, share a commonality. They are all sources of increasingly rare old-growth wood. Premium lumber is being reclaimed from aged structures — like barns, or in one unusual case, a tobacco factory — that are being demolished. Planks, timbers and slabs hewn from centuries-old trees, were used in buildings prior to the invention of structural steel. Oak, hickory, walnut, cherry, and elm are only a few of the hundreds of species of hardwoods used in the architecture. In one circumstance, plans were made to dam the Yangtze River in China, but the prospective lake would cover buildings that were at least 350 years old. The structures were dismantled and some of the wood became the showpiece floor of a home right here in BC! Old railroad ties from Southeast Asia weren’t covered with wood preservative — because they were made from rosewood, a


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beautiful and strong hardwood. As a bonus, the reclaimed ties don’t have nail holes or other disfiguring marks from construction, spike holes, which are filled with decorative wooden plugs. In 1964, a lake was formed in Brazil, once again, the result of a dam. At the bottom of the lake is a forest of approximately 20 exquisite hardwoods, including Angelique, Purple Heart, and Boss Mahogany. “This wood is not reclaimed, because it hasn’t been used for construction. It is being rescued; otherwise it’s just going to sit there and do nothing,” says Kerry Bloom, a 25-year veteran of the flooring industry, and the owner of The Rediscovered Wood Floor Company, suppliers and installers of reclaimed and rescued wood products. When asked if the logs are damaged from being submerged, he quickly replies, “Oh gosh, no! They are spectacular, perfectly pre-

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served and so dense and heavy, it’s insane!” Bloom’s enthusiasm is contagious as he shows off a customer’s floor. “I love the look of this,” he says. “The box stores don’t sell it and they can’t get it. You want unique? Every floor is different, even when we use the same species. The wood’s character is unsurpassed by anything made by humans, and reclaiming or rescuing lumber saves our forests.” About 10 years ago it all fell into place for Bloom when he decided to concentrate on reclaimed wood floors and furniture. “I grew up in the bush, with no running water or electricity, so it’s in my nature to be environmentally conscious,” he explains. Rediscovered Wood Floors is the distributor for Waterlox finishing products, including Pure Tung Oil, and The Real Milk Paint Company who does indeed make organic paint from milk, using recipes from the 1600s. A click on Rediscovered Floor’s website showcases Bloom’s work and the many species of wood flooring, furniture and eco-friendly finishes available. His showroom is located in Lower Nicola, near Merritt, BC.

Contact The Rediscovered Wood Floor Company Phone: 250-315-0113 bloom2@shaw.ca www.bloomsfloorswithflair.com

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he Okanagan Environmental Industry Alliance (OEIA) has a greenprint to re-shape and re-invigorate Kelowna’s economy. The OEIA, which turned two this month, has surprised just about everyone, including the six charter members, with how much it has accomplished. “Almost immediately, we were thrust into activities with the B.C. Utilities Commission on things like net metering and that proved to be a hallmark of how we operated as an organization,” said OEIA chairman David Mayes, one of the original six. Soon after the group formed, Mayes was invited to join Fortis B.C.’s Power Sense advisory commission and has advised Natural Resources minister, Lisa Raitt, “helping her understand some of the issues around solar and air-source heat pumps, which led to some positive developments.” The OEIA has intervener status with the B.C. Utility Commission, which allows it to be involved in activities with B.C. Hydro and is working closely with the province and the city of Kelowna. “There has been an opening up and dialogue that wasn’t going on in 2005 when I got here. There are distinct opportunities for making money and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Money drives our lives.” But timing was crucial. “There had been people in Okanagan as early as 2003 and 2004 really interested in doing something like (forming a green association),” said Mayes, owner of Complete Home Energy. “But in those days in the Okanagan, as someone said, you couldn’t get three guys to show up for free beer.” Barry Milner, director of marketing for GeoTility Geothermal Systems, was one of those offering the free beer. He did the spadework for the OEIA when he started the Okanagan chapter of B.C. Sustainable Energy Association and the Thompson-Okanagan Cascadia Green Building Council. “In so many sectors of any industry you close your door and look out at your competition as adversarial,” Milner said. “We wanted to bring (the industry) together so that we can support all technologies and work together to refine what we do, and to act as an incubator for new companies.” He said the Okanagan missed a great opportunity “to get ahead of the curve” during the last boom, but as the economy re-tools from the bust, and as consumers realize that green saves money in the long run, he’s hopeful the Okanagan “will raise the bar. “(The OEIA is) striving to get consumers to understand that green options are viable now,” Milner said. That was Robert Fine’s thought when he suggested that Milner, Mayes and the other green thinkers form an association because he wants the Okanagan positioned to build a green economic sector.

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While there are two dozen OEIA members, there are more than 50 companies working in the environmental sector. “The green-collar jobs speak to opportunities to use existing skills and reshape them to the greening of the economy,” said Fine, executive director of the Economic Development Commission. At Fine’s request, Mayes went to California to talk to politicians and high-tech industry leaders about their plan to re-invent Silicon Valley. “Silicon Valley is going through a nuclear war,” Mayes said. “Visible unemployment is 12-15 per cent and most of the high-tech companies have left or downsized, so they developed a plan around clean technology.” Mayes said the re-invention was a matter of survival because the brightest university graduates, the lifeblood of companies such as Intel, where Mayes used to work, were more interested in green than high-tech. “We thought this Greenprint for Silicon Valley would be a good model for Kelowna. I took it to the mayor and that initial meeting of about six has now mushroomed into the mayor’s economic development roundtable, which had about 40 people at the last meeting. “We see OEIA continuing to be a catalyst and participant in driving the future economic development of the community and to create a fertile environment for energy companies, and helping young entrepreneurs who may come out of UBCO to stay here rather than go somewhere else.”

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Okanagan Environmental Industry Alliance (OEIA) (250) 864-9552 www.oeia.ca Sola Renewable Energy Ltd. (250) 762-4746 www.solarenewableenergy.com Jona Panel Sales Inc. (250) 764-7595 www.jonapanels.com Complete Home Energy Ltd. (250) 762-4746 www.completehomeenergy.com Apchin Design Corp. (250) 862-2078 www.apchin.com Flywheel Building Solutions (250) 859-6062 www.flywheelbuildingsolutions.com GeoTility (250) 762-5776 www.geotility.ca S2 Innovative Products Group Ltd. (250) 769-8553 www.s2PG.com


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CHBA DIRECTORY The Canadian Home Builders’ Association of the Central Okanagan is a non-profit volunteer organization of dedicated individuals whose leadership works with all levels of government with a common mission: dedication to quality and value in the residential construction and renovation industry. The careful process of scrutinizing applicants ensures superior representation of industry professionals. business people who know the importance of quality and reliability. Architects Architecturally Distinct Solutions Inc. Matt Johnston / Grace Pontes 550 C West Avenue,Kelowna, BC V1Y 4Z4 T. 250-878-4313/250-448-7801 F. 250-448-7802 matt@distinctsolutions.ca / grace@ distinctsolutions.ca www.distinctsolutions.ca Berard Design Group Deb Berard - President #41-760 Highpoint Drive Kelowna BC V1V 2Y3 T. 250-762-5399 F. 250-448-7816 berarddesigngroup@shaw.ca www.berarddesigngroup.com Builders A Legacy of Designs Ltd. Brad Dziedzic & Brandy de BartoloDziedzic P.O. Box 1695 Station Main, Vernon, BC V1T 8C3 T. 250-558-8889/250-558-8839 F. 250-503-1093 info@legacyofdesigns.com www.legacyofdesigns.com Alternative Construction Inc Edmaro Cabete #304-1495 Graham St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 3B2 T. 250-864-0761 F. 250-493-7321 edmaro@alternativeconstruction.ca www.alternativeconstruction.ca Apchin Design Corp. Denis Apchin 1767 Spruceview Court, Kelowna, BC V1V 2N2 T. 250-862-2078 F. 250-868-3489 denis@apchin.com www.apchin.com

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Architecturally Distinct Solutions Inc. Matt Johnston / Grace Pontes 550 C West Avenue,Kelowna, BC V1Y4Z4 T. 250-878-4313/250-448-7801 F. 250-448-7802 matt@distinctsolutions.ca grace@distinctsolutions.ca www.distinctsolutions.ca AuthenTech Homes Ltd. Scott Tyerman, RHP P.O. Box 2190 - 190 Rutland Road North, Kelowna, B.C. V1X 4K6 T. 250-491-7690 F. 250-491-4290 scott@authentechhomes.com www.authentechhomes.com Bellamy Homes Les Bellamy 22013 Capri PO, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9N9 T. 250-470-2429 info@bellamyhomes.ca www.bellamyhomes.ca Built Rite Homes (A Division of Roblyn Developments Ltd.) Robert Anderson 758 South Crest Drive, Kelowna BC V1W 4Y7 T. 250-764-0315 F. 250-764-0326 futlog@shaw.ca www.builtritehomes.ca Callidus Construction Sue Matic 4592 Hayes Road, Kelowna, BC T. 250-764-6434 F. 250-764-6435 sue@callidusconstruction.com callidusconstruction.com Cardan Enterprises Ltd. Don Dudgeon & Lisa Dudgeon #215-1980 Cooper Road, Kelowna V1Y 8K5 T. 250-861-8823 F. 250-861-8845 info@cardan.ca www.cardan.ca Chaparral Industries (86) Inc. John Pushor/Jim Pushor 3075 Sexsmith Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7T1 T. 250-765-2985 F. 250-765-7177 john.pushor@chaparralhomes.com www.chaparralhomes.com Chatham Homes Dave Chatham 4610 Crawford Court, Kelowna, BC V1W 4N5 T. 250-764-5387 or 250-862-1075 F. 250-764-5387 chathamhomesltd@shaw.ca

Chriscan.com Enterprises Ltd. Len Suchocki 4201 Spiers Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 4B5 T. 250-712-1324 F. 250-712-0940 Chriscan@shaw.ca www.chriscan.com CorWest Builders Chris Little/ David Sargent 620-1620 Dickson Avenue Kelowna, BC V1Y 9Y2 T. 250-869-4960 T.F. 866-824-9417 info@corwest.ca www.corwest.ca Destination Homes Don Erdely & Travis Erdely Unit 1 1385 Stevens Road, Kelowna, BC V1Z 2S9 T. 250-707-1752 F. 250-763-1573 destination@shaw.ca www.homesbydestination.com Dilworth Quality Homes Inc. Greg Asling - General Manager Manager Chris Reiter - Building Operations Manager 907 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2W1 T. 250-762-9999 F. 250-762-6171 info@dilworthhomes.com www.dilworthhomes.com Distinctive Developments Ltd. Terry Heinrich Suite # 333 -101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9T1 T. 250-491-1171 F. 250-491-8606 distinctivedevelopments@shaw.ca www.Distinctivedevelopments.com Dutch Construction (1988) Ltd. Bill Bouwsema 2377 Silver Place Kelowna, BC V1V 1N9 T. 250-317-3636 F. 250-860-0658 Edgecombe Builders Kevin Edgecombe & Don Campbell #5 - 220 Neave Road, Kelowna V1V 2L9 T. 250-491-8655 F. 250-491-8611 info@edgecombebuilders.com www.edgecombebuilders.com Eidse Builders Jim Eidse, Gary Tebbutt & Elmer Eidse 101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Box # 334 Kelowna, BC V1Y 9T1 T. 250-862-2650 F. 250-862-2609 Jim@Eidse.com/ elmer@eidse. com/garytebbutt@shaw.ca

Fawdry Homes Glenn Fawdry, RHP 1362 Clear Pond Court, Kelowna, BC V1V 2X6 T. 250-862-8630 F. 250-862-8631 glenn@fawdryhomes.ca Frame Custom Homes Ltd. Bill Frame PO Box 29106 Mission RPO Kelowna BC V1W 4A7 T. 250-718-8670 F. 250-764-8257 framecustom@shaw.ca Freeport Industries Todd Venier / Chris Inkster 3522-B Red Cloud Way, Westbank BC V4T 2G9 T. 250-707-3950 F. 250-707-3951 info@freeportindustries.ca www.freeportindustries.ca Greenman Homes Clayton Halley Box 1365 Fernie, BC. V0B 1M0 T. 250-423.0753 F. 250-423-4628 greenmanhomes@telus.net www.greenmanhomes.ca Hamill Creek Timber Homes Inc. Fiona Daniels PO Box 151 Meadow Creek BC V0G 1N0 T. 250-366-4320 F. 250-366-4333 fiona@hamillcreek.com www.hamillcreek.com Hansum Homes & Development Inc. John Hansum & Fran Hansum 768 Kuipers Crescent,Kelowna, BC V1W 5C9 T. 250-764-2324 F. 250-764-5457 hansumhomes@shaw.ca www.hansumhomes.com Harmony Homes Mick Webb 201-833 Finns Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 5B8 T. 250-765-5191 F. 250-765-6013 harmonyhomes@shaw.ca www.harmonyhomes.net Heirloom Custom Homes Ltd Jason Brears PO Box 29189 Kelowna, BC V1W 4A7 T. (250) 718-5752 F. 250-765-6013 j.brears@telus.net http://www.heirloomcustomhomes.ca

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Okanagan Ian Paine Construction Ltd. Ian Paine 2032 Bennett Road, Kelowna, BC V1V 2C1 T. 250-868-2133 F. 250-868-2133 ianpaine@shaw.ca Impact Builders Chad Jones Box 304 101-1865 Dilworth Drive,Kelowna BC V1Y 9T1 T. 250-470-2269 chad.jones@shaw.ca www.impactbuilders.com Inspiration Homes Ltd. Rod Doroshuk P.O.Box 21037 #265-2306 Highway#6,Vernon, BC V1T 7E2 T. 250-543-3111 T.F. 888-391-0940 info@inspirationhomes.ca www.inspirationhomes.ca Jaycor Homes Inc. Vince Montemurro 314-101-1865 Dilworth Drive,Kelowna BC V1Y9T1 T. 250-768-5070 F. 250-768-5070 jaycorhomes@shaw.ca Jazel Enterprises Ltd. James Zeleznik 2730 Lower Glenrosa Road, Westbank, BC V4T 1L7 T. 250-768-5799 F. 250-768-5733 jazel@shaw.ca www.Jazelhomes.com K-Town Contracting Jason Hatter 1383 Dilworth Cres, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4M6 T. 250-215-4656 F. 250-763-7479 ktowncontracting@gmail.com www.ktowncontracting.com Keith Dahlen Construction Ltd. Ken Dahlen 8205 Aberdeen Road, Coldstream, BC V1B 2L9 T. 250-545-1300 F. 250-545-1380 keith.construction@shaw.ca keithconstruction.ca

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Level UP Homes by Design Bob & Valerie Levy 2550 Tuscany Drive, Westbank, BC V4T 3B6 T. 250-768-2036 F. 250-768-2037 blevy@shaw.ca www.leveluphomes.ca Mandala Custom Homes Inc. Lars Chose PO Box 234 Nelson BC V1L 5P9 T. 250-352-5582 F. 250-352-0582 lars@mandalahomes.com Manzanita Homes Inc. Bryan Reese 9-3151,Box 156 Lakeshore Road,Kelowna,BC V1W 3S9 T. 250-870-1827 F. 250-764-9578 admin@manzanitahomes.net www.manzanitahomes.net Meadow Ridge Homes Ltd. Miles & Susan Krahn Box 25119 Mission Park P.O., Kelowna, BC V1W 3Y7 T. 250-861-3344 F. 250-861-3310 miles@meadowridgehomes.com www.meadowridgehomes.com Neil Miller Homes Ltd. Neil Miller 4467 Lakeland Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 1E1 T. 250-764-8627 F. 250-764-8608 neil@millerhomes.ca Nesbitt Originals Paul & Jan Nesbitt #300 - 1433 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2E4 T. 250-762-3337 F. 250-762-3090 originals@shaw.ca www.nesbittoriginals.com Okanagan Dream Builders Ltd. Trent Tinkler Box 2423 Stn.R Kelowna, BC V1X6A5 T. 250-808-1788 F. 250-717-0391 okanagandreambuilders@shaw.ca

Okanagan Trend West Master Builder Ltd. Jamie Moran Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20069, Vernon, BC V1T 9L4 T. 250-558-0415 F. 250-558-4551 info@okanagantrendwest.com www.okanagantrendwest.com Pars Construction Amir Khajavi P.O. Box # 25149, Mission Park P.O., Kelowna, BC V1W 3Y7 T. 250-764-6226 C. 250-878-0662 F. 250-764-6226 Pars_Construction_Homes@yahoo.ca www.ParsConstruction.com Pentar Homes Ltd. Fred Parent 200-591 Bernard Ave.,Kelowna BC V1Y 6N9 T. 250-862-9006 F. 250-862-9640 fred@pentarhomes.com www.pentarhomes.com Quiniscoe Homes Ltd. Lisa Budenholzer Box 25, Panorama BC V0A1T0 T. 250-342-0853 F. 250-342-0833 lisa@quiniscoe.ca RJ M Management Ltd. Margie & Randall Rhode 1208 Peak Point Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Z 4A9 T. 250-859-2332 F. 250-860-5247 m_rhode@shaw.ca & randy.rhode@esporta.ca RLJ Homes Inc. Ray LaPointe 563 San Cabrio Court, Kelowna, BC V1V 1S8 T. 250-862-1968 F. 250-717-0003 rljhomes@shaw.ca www.rljhomes.com Rockwood Homes Construction Ltd. Gilles Ladouceur 5753 Mountainside Drive, Kelowna BC V1W5H2 T. 250-450-9761 F. 250-450-9762 cathy@rockwoodhomes.ca www.rockwoodhomes.ca Rykon Construction Management Ltd. Randy Siemens, Kelly Lawrie, CMA Unit 202-1561 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5Y7 T. 250-712-9664 F. 250-712-9654 info@rykon.ca www.rykon.ca

Kelowna Capital Contracting Ltd. Rick Therrien, Owner / Ron Vibe, Owner 1860 Hayashi Road, Kelowna BC V1P 1A7 T. 250-717-7909 or 864-9919 F. 250-765-7660 therrienfamily@shaw.ca www.kelownacc.com

Okanagan Sunrise Construction Ltd. Dale Ahlbaum/Nick Franz 1929 Kent Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7S6 T. 250-763-1461 F. 250-763-1462 sales@okanagansunrise.com www.OkanaganSunrise.com

Kentland Homes Ltd. Stephen Wells Suite 202, 5305 Main Street, Kelowna, BC V1W 4V3 T. 250-764-1306 F. 250-764-0996 swells@kentlandhomes.com www.kettlevalley.com

Okanagan Glacier Homes Inc. Kirk Anderson 2075 Sunview Drive Kelowna, BC V1Z 3X6 T. 250 717-6488 F. 250 769-4796 glacierhomes@shaw.ca www.glacierhomes.com

Schulz Construction Inc. Marlin Schulz Suite #111,105-3957 Lakeshore Road,Kelowna BC V1W1V3 T. 250-212-9541 F. 250-764-9510 marlin.schulz@shaw.ca www.schulzdevelopments.com

Okanagan Sustain Homes Carl St. Jean 4701 Briggs Road, Vernon, BC V1B 3J4 T. 250-260-8425 F. 250-545-7719 oksustainhomes@shaw.ca www.oksustainhomes.ca

Sierra West Homes & Construction Corp. Kevin Adams 3925 Desert Pines Avenue, Peachland, BC V0H 1X2 T. 250-767-1993 C. 878-2207 F. 250-767-3093 luxury@sierrawesthomes.com www.sierrawesthomes.com

Larsen & Whelan Enterprises Ltd. Stephen Whelan & Ian Larsen Box 922, Fernie B.C. V0B 1M0 T. 250-423-8810 F. 250-423-7268 info@fernibuilders.com

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Ski Home Limited Richard Unger PO Box 1088 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 1-250-342-2555 F. 1-250-342-2580 richard.unger@skihome.ca www.skihome.ca

Varitec Enterprises Ltd. Don Kerr, RHP 673 Westside Road - North, Kelowna, BC V1Z 3S7 T. 250-769-2375 T. 250-769-2373 varitec@telus.net

Square Root Contracting & Consulting Ltd Mike Twack #109, 105-3957 Lakeshore Drive Kelowna, BC V1N 1V3 T.(250) 863-6576 F. (250) 450-9447 miket@sq-root.com

Webster Construction Ltd. Ken Webster 205-251 Lawrence Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6L2 T. 250-763-6600 T. 250-763-6614 ken@thewebstergroup.com www.thewebstergroup.com

Sunstar Ventures Ltd. Denis Bigham & Bob Buvyer PO Box 2189, Kelowna, BC V1X 4K6 T. 250-807-2270 F. 250-807-2237 buvyer@hotmail.com

Wilson and Company Ltd. James Wilson 814 Hubbard Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 1N4 T. 250-869-7125 F. 250-764-9889 wilsoncustombuilders@telus.net

Sunterra Custom Homes Ltd. Ranbir Nahal Unit #5-7760 Okanagan Landing Road, Vernon,BC V1T 1Z4 T. 250-503-8220 F. 250-260-1844 info@sunterracustomhomes.com www.sunterracustomhomes.com

Woodstyle Homes Ltd Donovan Imbeau PO Box 21021 Vernon, BC V1T 9T7 T. (250) 558-9765 or (250) 558-9765 F. (250) 558-4166 woodstyle@telus.net

Surecraft Construction Ltd. Jim Shales - President 5120 Cousins Road Peachland BC V0H 1X2 T. 250-878-0718 F. 250-767-9102 surecraftconstruction@shaw.ca Team Construction Mgmt. (1981) Ltd. Charles Cullen 101-916 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2W2 T. 250-868-8326 F. 250-868-8113 info@teamconstruction.ca www.teamconstruction.ca Timberhaven Homes Ltd. Scott Ross 3282 Chasselas Crt. Westbank BC V4T 2Y6 T. 250-878-0159 T. 250-767-3427 scott@timberhaven.ca www.timberhaven.ca Trico Homes Inc. Paula Skladan Unit #201 3006 32nd Avenue Vernon, BC V1T 2L7 T. 250-545-9261 T. 250-545-9458 apvernon@tricohomes.com www.tricohomes.com Valux Homes Ltd Joe Rood 679 Welke Road Kelowna, BC V1W 1A6 T. (250) 317-1332 T. (250) 763-7059 joe@valux.ca www.bridgesliving.com

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Developers Aldebaran Enterprizes Inc. John Jacobsen PO Box 21058, Vernon BC V1T9T7 T. 250-306-9355 F. 250-542-8235 john@aldebaranhomes.com www.aldebaranhomes.com Callahan Property Group Ltd. Bob Callahan 218-1626 Richter Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2M3 T. 250-717-3000 F. 250-717-3400 bob@callahanpg.ca Dilworth Quality Homes Inc. Greg Asling - General Manager Manager Chris Reiter - Building Operations Manager 907 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2W1 T. 250-762-9999 F. 250-762-6171 info@dilworthhomes.com www.dilworthhomes.com Firelight Developments Ltd. Jordan Hettinga 1337 Green Bay Road,Westbank BC V4T 2B6 T. 250-717-1095 F. 250-717-1098 jhettinga@greenbaydevelopments.ca www.firelightlodge.com Group of Companies Green Solutions Grant Gaucher - President / Andrew Gaucher - VP Developments #200-3275 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna BC. V1W 3S9 T. 250-712-2449 F. 250-763-1000 agaucher@ggroup.ca www.ggroup.ca

Gallaghers Canyon Construction Al Bremner 4390 Gallaghers Drive East, Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z8 T. 250-860-9013 F. 250-860-9043 allan@gallagherscanyon.com www.gallagherscanyon.com George Schluessel Real Estate Investments Ltd. George Schluessel - President Box 3-880 16th Ave. Calgary AB T2R 1J9 T. 403-410-1224 F. 403-245-8166 gsrei@procure.ca www.procura.com Huntington Homes Ltd. Jamie Maw Suite #208 2901 Abbott Street Kelowna,British Columbia V1Y 1G7 T. 250-801-4040 F. 250-860-4080 think@telus.net Kirschner Mountain Joint Venture Allen Kirschner P.O. Box 27030, Willow Park, Kelowna, BC V1X 7L7 T. 250-862-0895 F. 250-765-6033 info@kirschnermountain.com www.kirschnermountain.com L & S Contracting Ltd. (A Div. of Lambert & Paul Construction Ltd.) Lambert Schmalz #300 - 2000 Spall Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9P6 T. 250-860-2331 F. 250-860-2066 l-stom@silk.net Melcor Developments Ltd. Tobi McNeil #207-1664 Richter Street. Kelowna BC V1Y 8N3 T. 250-717-8390 F. 250-717-8391 tmcneil@melcor.ca www.melcor.ca Molenbeek Ventures Development Corporation Wim Zuydervelt 337 Phoebe Court, Kelowna, B.C. V1W 3Y9 T. 250-764-0338 F. 250-764-2267 wfz@shaw.ca www.creeksidepark.caCommunity Ocorp Development Ltd. 9-3151 Lakeshore Road - B-493 V1W 3S9 T. 250-764-1750 F. 250-764-1751 info@ocorpltd.com www.tuscany_cherrywood.com Okanagan Land Development Corp. Don Erdely 2656 Cliffshore Dr. Winfield BC V4V 2N1 T. 250-766-9373 F. 250-766-9375 d.erdely@telus.net www.lakecountryliving.ca

Pekman Developments Brent Neumann 9624 13A Street, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 3X3 T. 250-782-5811 F. 250-782-6810 brentn@shaw.ca Predator Ridge Limited PartnershipLand Division Brent Ree 100 Mashie Crescent Vernon BC V1V 1H8 T. 250-503-1739 F. 250-503-1759 realestate@predatorridge.com www.predatorridge.com Starland Development Company Kathleen Mackenzie/ Dave Coombs #101 - 1658 Commerce Ave. Kelowna BC V1X 8A9 T. 250-717-8228 F. 250-717-8227 info@prospectkelowna.com www.prospectkelowna.com Rohit Communities Kelowna Ltd. Rocky Sethi 970 Stockley Street, Kelowna BC V1P 1R6 T. 250-765-6533 F. 250-807-0202 rocky.sethi@rohitgroup.com Scuka Enterprises Ltd. Dan Scuka 881 Highway 33 East, Kelowna, BC V1X 6V1 T. 250-765-0136 F. 250-765-7826 scukaent@scuka.bc.ca www.scuka.bc.ca Sierra West Homes & Construction Corp. Kevin Adams 3925 Desert Pines Avenue, Peachland, BC V0H 1X2 T. 250-767-1993 Cell: 878-2207 F. 250-767-3093 luxury@sierrawesthomes.com www.sierrawesthomes.com The Mission Group Jonathan Friesen, Randy Shier, Gerald Heinrichs, George Summach 620-1632 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7T2 T. 250-448-8810 F. 250-762-4236 comments@themissiongroup.ca www.themissiongroup.ca TLH Log Homes Ltd. Carl Lauren PO Box 336,Kimberly,BC V1A2Y9 T. 250-427-0315 F. 250-427-0571 carl@tyeeloghomes.com www.tyeeloghomes.com Wesbild Holdings Ltd. A. (Tony) Zappone 3721 Razorback Court, Vernon, BC V1T 9W4 T. 250-545-3999 C. 250-306-2990 F. 250-545-3998 tzappone@wesbild.com www.turtlemountainvernon.com

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Woodland Hills On The Ridge Geby Wager #135 - 9 - 3151 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 2S9 T. 250-764-0626 F. 250-764-0689 info@woodlandhillskelowna.com www.woodlandhillskelowna.com Woodstock Development Inc. Dennis Kort & Jennifer Kort 2903 Lakeview Cove Road, Kelowna, BC V1Z 4A1 T. 250-769-7775 F. 250-769-7720 dennisatwoodstockhomes@shaw.ca www.discovereaglesview.com Financial Services Gary Eisenhut Diane Bold, Christine Sposato 201-1665 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2B3 T. 250-868-4188 F. 250-861-9021 christine.sposato@rbc.com www.rbc.com TD Canada Trust Shawna McCrea 100 - 1633 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A8 T. 250-763-4241 F. 250-712-5470 mccres2@tdbank.ca www.tdcanadatrust.com Professional Service Canada 1 Property Pages TM Karen Thompson #3-1482 Springfield Road, Kelowna,BC V1Y 5V3 T. 250-448-8877 F. 250-448-8824 karen@c1pp.com www.c1pp.com Okanagan College Randy Werger 1000 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X8 T. 250-862-5494 F. 250-862-5469 rwerger@okanagan.bc.ca www.okanagan.bc.ca Pushor Mitchell LLP Brad Cronquist 301-1665 Ellis Street,Kelowna BC V1Y 2B3 T. 250-869-1150 cronquist@pushormitchell.com www.pushormitchell.com ROV Consulting Richard Visscher, P.Eng. 726 Denali Drive, Kelowna BC V1V 2P5 T. 250-860-0412 F. 250-860-0443 richard@rovconsulting.ca www.rovconsulting.ca

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Sage Management Steven Gutsche PO Box 703 Radium Hot Springs BC, V0A 1M0 T. 250-341-1965 F. 250-347-6429 guts64@telus.net Stratum Management BC Ltd. SteveGutsche PO Box 1077,Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 T. 250-341-1965 F. 250-347-6429 steve@stratumdevelopments.com www.stratumdevelopments.com Sun Valley Window Cleaners Ent. Martin McDermott PO Box 21007 Kelowna BC. V1Y 9N8 T. 250-868-7341 sunvalleywindows@shaw.ca www.sunvalleywindowcleaner.com SW Audio and Visual Cal McCarthy 1250 Ellis Street,Kelowna BC V1Y1Z4 T. 250-868-3333 F. 250-868-3331 bsmith@sw-online.com www.sw-online.com

Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation Paul Fabri 103-1708 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9S4 T. 250-712-4334 F. 250-712-4322 pfabri@cmhc.ca www.cmhc.ca Home Design/ DĂŠcor Specialists Bellamy Homes Les Bellamy 22013 Capri PO, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9N9 T. 250-470-2429 info@bellamyhomes.ca www.bellamyhomes.ca Callidus Construction Sue Matic 4592 Hayes Road, Kelowna, BC T. 250-764-6434 F. 250-764-6435 sue@callidusconstruction.com callidusconstruction.com Clay Interiors Len Trump 3218 Webber Road,Kelowna BCV4T1E9 T. 250-859-3242 ltrump@telus.net www.clayinteriors.com

Thomas Scott Signcraft Steve Ross #3-817 Finns Road, Kelowna BC V1X 5B8 T. 250-491-8600 F. 250-491-8601 steve@signcraft.ca www.signcraft.ca

Dannburg Interiors Norma Schmidt & Gary Munt 340 Spedding Court, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7K9 T. 250-862-5277 F. 250-762-6287 norma@dannburginteriors.com www.dannburginteriors.com

Winmar Kelowna Stewart Walker 1015 Crowley Ave., Kelowna BC V1Y9R6 T. 250-862-3500 F. 250-860-5247 stewartwalker@winmar.ca www.winmar.ca

Hampton Landscaping/Concrete/Pools Tim Valeriote #201 - 9 - 3151 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna, BC V1W 2S9 T. 250-860-3196 F. 250-860-3335 tim@hamptonliving.ca www.hamptonliving.ca

Government Offices

Harmony Homes Mick Webb 201-833 Finns Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 5B8 T. 250-765-5191 F. 250-765-6013 harmonyhomes@shaw.ca www.harmonyhomes.net

BC Housing Peter Chau 290 Nanaimo Ave., West, Penticton, BC V2A 1N5 T. 250-487-2521 F. 250-492-1080 pchau@bchousing.org www.bchousing.org City of Kelowna Mo Bayat - Building Inspections Manager 1435 Water Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1J4 T. 250-469-8630 F. 250-862-3314 mbayat@kelowna.ca www.kelowna.ca Homeowner Protection Office Bob Maling Box 11132 - 2207 1055 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 3P3 T. 250-646-7067 or 1-800-407-7757 F. 250-646-7051 bmaling@hpo.bc.ca www.hpo.bc.ca

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Michelle Smith Design Inc. Michelle Smith 1780 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V6 T. 250-762-8440 T. 250-762-8229 michelle@michellesmithdesign.com michellesmithdesign.com Mullins Drafting and Design, Inc. Lee Mullins & Lani Hoff 1964 Dayton Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7W6 T. 250-717-3415 F. 250-717-3421 mullinsdrafting@shaw.ca www.mullinshomedesigns.ca

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Nesbitt Originals Paul & Jan Nesbitt #300 - 1433 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2E4 T. 250-762-3337 F. 250-762-3090 originals@shaw.ca www.nesbittoriginals.com

Homes and Land Thompson Okanagan Suzan Hardy Unit 483 #9-3151,Lakeshore Road, Kelowna BC V1W3S9 T. 250-860-6225 F. 250-860-6235 admin@homesandlandbc.com www.homesandland.com

Distinctive Developments Ltd. Terry Heinrich Suite # 333 -101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9T1 T. 250-491-1171 F. 250-491-8606 distinctivedevelopments@shaw.ca www.Distinctivedevelopments.com

Maclean Group Marketing Sara Lange Unit #302 1353 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Z9 T. 250-762-8777 F. 250-762-7999 info@macleangroup.com macleangroup.com

Dutch Construction (1988) Ltd. Bill Bouwsema 2377 Silver Place Kelowna, BC V1V 1N9 T. 250-317-3636 F. 250-860-0658

Swim Pond Landscape Design Inc. Markus Winkler 965 Bartholomew Ct. Kelowna BC V1W 4N2 T. 250-764-9102 F. 250-764-9106 info@swimpond.com www.swimpond.com Insurance / Accounting Capri Insurance Services Ltd. Robert Fiume 100-1500 Hardy Place, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8H2 T. 250-860-2426 F. 250-860-1213 rfiume@capri.ca www.capri.ca Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants Chris Warburton, CA 200-1633 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A8 T. 250-712-6800 F. 250-712-6850 cwarburton@grantthornton.ca www.GrantThornton.ca The Co-operators, Solve Insurance Sevices Inc. Dennis MacLeod 120-1640 Leckie Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7C6 T. 250-861-3777 F. 250-861-3715 dennis_macleod@cooperators.ca cooperator.ca Wilson M. Beck Insurance (Kelowna) Inc. Brett Innis 105-1950 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8J8 T. 250-763-3840 F. 250-762-9633 binnis@wmbeck.com www.wmbeck.com Media / Marketing

Madhouse Creative Inc. Tammy Moore #207-1353 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Z9 T. 250-860-8651 F. 250-860-0780 tammy@madhousecreative.com www.madhousecreative.com Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group, The (The Daily Courier) Terry Armstrong 550 Doyle Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7V1 T. 250-470-0721 F. 250-762-0258 terry.armstrong@ok.bc.ca www.kelownadailycourier.ca Think Marketing Inc. Dave Cartwright Suite 140-1060 Manhattan Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9X9 T. 250-979-1570 ext 231 F. 250-979-1571 dave@thinkpad.com www.thinkmarketing.net Renovators Chriscan.com Enterprises Ltd. Len Suchocki 4201 Spiers Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 4B5 T. 250-712-1324 F. 250-712-0940 Chriscan@shaw.ca www.chriscan.com

Fawdry Homes Glenn Fawdry, RHP 1362 Clear Pond Court, Kelowna, BC V1V 2X6 T. 250-862-8630 F. 250-862-8631 glenn@fawdryhomes.ca Gord Turner Renovations Ltd. Gord Turner #1-3304 Appaloosa Road, Kelowna BC V1V 2W5 T. 250-469-9379 F. 250-765-1106 shelley@gtrenovations.com www.gtrenovations.com Keith Dahlen Construction Ltd. Ken Dahlen 8205 Aberdeen Road, Coldstream, BC V1B 2L9 T. 250-545-1300 F. 250-545-1380 keith.construction@shaw.ca www.keithconstruction.ca Wilson and Company Ltd. James Wilson 814 Hubbard Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 1N4 T. 250-869-7125 F. 250-764-9889 wilsoncustombuilders@telus.net Suppliers AcuTruss Industries Ltd. Barry Schick & Rob Voros 2003 43rd Street, Vernon, BC V1T 6K7 T. 250-545-3215 F. 250-542-6370 rvoros@acutruss.com www.acutruss.com All Weather Windows Jason Sutton #121 - 190 Mills Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 4G7 T. 250-860-5666 F. 250-860-5166 jsutton@allweatherwindows.com www.allweatherwindows.com Broadleaf Logistics Mark Curran 1165 Gordon Drive Kelowna, BC. V1Y 3E5 T. 250-801-6946 F. 250-860-4450 mark.curran@broadleaflogistics.com www.broadleaflogistics.com

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Burnco Rock Products (BC) Ltd. Dave Tesarski & Dean Biglow 2659 Auburn Road, Kelowna, B.C. V1Z 3H7 T. 250-769-7865 F. 250-769-5223 dean.biglow@burnco.com www.burnco.com Coast Wholesale Appliances LP Rob Siddon 101-2600 Acland Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7J3 T. 250-765-2421 F. 250-765-3007 rsiddon@coastappliances.com www.coastappliances.com Cultured Stone Kim Kotowsky 27524-51A Avenue,Langley,BC V4W 4A9 T. 250-864-8110 F. 250-763-0925 k.kotowsky@canadianstone.com www.culturedstone.com Designing with Light Supply Mike Bentien / Rob Bentien 45 - 4075 McClain Road Kelowna, BC V1X 4R4 T. (250) 862-3671 F. (250) 862-3671 designingwithlight@shaw.ca www.designingwithlight.ca Enviro Choice Sewage Treatment Solutions Shane Warawa 160 Dougall Road South, Kelowna, BC V1X 3J4 T. 250-765-8265 - 1-866-765-8265 F. 250-491-9652 shane@envirochoice.ca www.enviro-choice.net Euroline Windows Inc. Jim Stephenson 1752 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V6 T. 250-448-8484 F. 250-448-8485 euroline@telus.net www.euroline-windows.com Falcon Deck and Rail Ltd. TJ Papp 747 Fitzpatrick Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 5E2 T. 250-863-9617 F. 250-765-2414 tjpapp@falconrail.com www.falconrail.ca Gienow Windows & Doors Dave Richert 1872 Spall Road, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 4R1 T. 250-868-9006 or 1-800-367-9520 F. 250-868-9020 drichert@gienow.com / kgrobowsky@ gienow.com www.gienow.com Home Hardware Building Centre Gary Welder 1650 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V4 T. 250-868-9040 F. 250-868-8962 contractsales@kelownahhbc.com

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Iko IndustriesLtd. Vincent Carrier-Sales Representative 1600-42nd Ave. S.E., Calgary AB, T2G 5B5 T. 250-212-7742 TF. 888-266-1769 vince.carrier@iko.com www.iko.com

Kitchenhaus Cabinets Ltd. Brooke Nicholas/Jason Coroy 106 140 Commercial Dr Kelowna BC V1X 7X6 T. 250-491-5665 F. 250-491-5654 brooken@kitchenhauscabinets.com www.kitchenhauscabinets.com

Pure Granite Rocks Clark Omand 4605B 23rd Street, Vernon BC V1T 4K7 T. 250-558-3773 F. 250-558-3722 clark@puregraniterocks.com www.puregranitrocks.com

The CAT Rental Store Patrick Driscoll & Scott Stannard 1822 Spall Road, Kelowna, B.C V1Y 4R7 T. 250-860-3510 F. 250-860-2928 pdriscoll@catrents.ca www.catrents.ca

Imagine Countertops Ron Heck/Frank Flynn 675 Willow Park Road, Kelowna BC V1X 5H9 T. 250-765-1677 F. 250-765-1877 brigitte.k@imaginecountertops.ca www.imaginecountertops.ca

Mara Lumber Lou Gauthier 470 Hwy 33 West, Kelowna BC V1X 1Y3 T. 250-765-2963 F. 250-765-2582 lou@maralumber.ca www.maralumber.ca

Rise and Run Manufacturing Inc. Brian Wall 22-364 Lougheed Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7R8 T. 250-765-1601 F. 250-765-1665 kmacdonald@riseandrun.com/ bwall@troikadevelopments.com

K2Stone (Kelowna) Inc. Darren Kroeker 1-1610 Innovation Drive, Kelowna,BC V1V 2Y5 TF. 866-323-3035 darren@k2stone.ca www.k2stone.ca

Norelco Cabinets Peter Raja - Owner/General Manager 205 Adams Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7R1 T. 250-765-2121 F. 250-765-1540 sales@norelcocabinets.ca www.norelcocabinets.ca

Robinson Lighting Centre Mike Bentien #4-1495 Dilworth Drive, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9N5 T. 250-860-9626 F. 250-860-0839 mbentien@robinsonlighting.com

The Ensuite Bath and Kitchen Showroom (Div. of EMCO Corp.) Laura Taylor, Showroom Manager. 1950 Windsor Road, Unit 1, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4R5 T. 250-448-8224 F. 250-448-8227 lataylor@emcoltd.com] www.theensuite.com

Kaycan Ltd. Sally Ginter, Branch Manager 450 lougheed Road, Kelowna BC V1X 7R8 T. 250-575-2752 F. 250-765-9130 sally16@kaycan.com www.kaycan.com

OK Builders SupplyLtd. Pat Kunz 925 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Y9 T. 250-762-3206 F. 250-762-3877 okbuilders@shawcable.com

Rona Home & Garden Bill Roper & Chris Robertson 1711 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V5 T. 250-979-3089 F. 250-979-2757 bill.roper@rona.ca www.rona.ca

Kelowna Carpet One Floor and Home Vince Healy 1788 Baron Road, Kelowna BC V1X 7G9 T. 250-762-5312 F. 250-762-5314 vhealy@kelownacarpetone.com www.kelownacarpetone.com

Okanagan Hardwood Flooring Co. Ltd. Steve Everitt 464 Adams Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7S1 T. 250-765-2610 F. 250-765-8002 info@okanaganhardwoodfloors.com www.okanaganhardwoodfloors.com

Steel-Craft Door Products Ltd. Henry Howe #200-144 Cambro Road, Kelowna BC V1X 7T3 T. 250-765-4765 F. 250-765-3747 h.howe@steel-craft.ca www.steel-craft.ca

Kelowna Ready Mix Harvey Beselt 1131 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Z5 T. 250-762-2211 F. 250-862-8227 krm@uniserve.com

Phantom Screens Levon Symonds 107-1889 Springfield Road,Kelowna BC V1Y5V5 T. 250-762-7592 F. 250-762-7591 bc_sales@phantomscreens.com www.phantomscreens.com

Sundeck Centre Bryan Hughes & Justin Reynolds 9570 Bottom Wood Lake Road,Lake Country BC V4V 1S7 T. 250-766-7320 F. 250-766-7322 bhughes@sundeckcentre.com www.sundeckcentre.com

kit.biz Catherine ONeill #102-1561 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5Y7 T. 250-712-1004 F. 250-712-1074 coneill@kitbiz.ca www.kitbiz.ca

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Plasti Fab Rob Kaczur 600 Chester Road, Delta, BC V3M 5Y3 T. 604-526-2771 F. 604-540-0608 rkaczur@plastifab.com plastifab.com

The Brick (Commercial Sales Division) Tom St. George, R. J. Gould 100-948 McCurdy Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 2P7 T. 250-765-2291 F. 250-765-3412 rgould@thebrick.com www.thebrick.com

Trail Appliances Trevor Love & Jo-Ann Frohlick 2637 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, BC V1X 7Y6 T. 250-862-3838 F. 250-862-3433 kelonasales@trailappliances.com www.trailappliances.com Westeck Windows MFG. Inc. Larry Peacy 8104 Evans Parkway, Chilliwack BC V2R5R8 T.604-792-6714 F. 604-792-6714 sales@westeckwindows.com www.westeckwindows.com

w w w. a p c h i n . c o m Westwood Fine Cabinetry Inc. Kelly Kennedy - Business Development Manager 2140 Leckie Place Kelowna BC V1Y 7W7 T. 250-860-3900 F. 250-860-3580 kellyk@westwoodfinecabinetry.com www.westwoodfinecabinetrry.com Wolseley Kitchen & Bath Classics Hayley Mepham & Norm Schwab 2288 Hunter Road, Kelowna, B.C. V1X 7H5 T. 250-860-4366 F. 250-860-5227 hayley.mepham@wolseleyinc.ca www.wolseleyinc.ca Trade Contractors Alternative Construction Inc Edmaro Cabete #304-1495 Graham St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 3B2 T. 250-864-0761 F. 250-493-7321 edmaro@alternativeconstruction.ca www.alternativeconstruction.ca

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Bath Fitter Ian Gorst 1-1979 Bredin Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8T2 T. 250-860-8678 F. 250-860-2737 ian@bathfitterbc.com www.bathfitter.com

Empire Drywall Ltd. Sharon Lafreniere #1,1595 Innovation Drive,Kelowna BC V1V 2Y8 T. 250--451-0900 F. 250-451-0901 simon@empiredrywall.ca www.empiredrywall.ca

Beyond Audio Inc. Mike Ohman 784 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6P5 T. 250-860-9929 F. 250-860-7078 info@beyondaudio.com www.beyondaudio.com

GeoTility Geothermal Installations Corp. Barry Milner #200 1649 Cary Road,Kelowna BC V1X 2C1 T. 250-762-5776 F. 250-762-0206 bmilner@geotility.ca www.geotility.ca

CDN Roof Doctor Ltd. Howard Pfefferle / Ken Langton #3-715 Evans Court, Kelowna BC V1X 6G4 T. 250-765-3013 F. 250-765-3019 info@roofdoctor.ca www.roofdoctor.ca CertaPro Painters Jason McMurray 969 Borden Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y6A5 T. 250-868-5126 F. 250-868-5127 jmcmurray@certapro.com www.certapro.com

Glass Canada Inc. Debra Dotschkat F1-1810 Kyle Court,West Kelowna BC V1Z3Z4 T. 250-454-9923 F. 250-454-9927 glasscanada@shawbiz.ca Hi-Test Exteriors Ltd. Jason Gagnon-owner P.O. Box 21178 Orchard Park, Kelowna BC V1V9N8 T. 250-808-8859 F. 778-436-8491 j_gagnon73@hotmail.com

Clay Interiors Len Trump 3218 Webber Road,Kelowna BC V4T1E9 T. 250-859-3242 ltrump@telus.net www.clayinteriors.com

K-Town Contracting Jason Hatter 1383 Dilworth Cres, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4M6 T. 250-215-4656 F. 250-763-7479 ktowncontracting@gmail.com www.ktowncontracting.com

Conroy Exteriors Ltd. Richard Tremblay 215 Adams Road,Kelowna BC V1X 7R1 T. 250-765-9324 F. 250-765-9753 info@conroyexteriors.com www.conroyexteriors.com

Kilo-Womp Electric Ltd. Keith Wemp #2-1905 Evergreen Court, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9L4 T. 250-861-3939 F. 250-861-4793 keithwemp@shawlink.ca

Crystal Classic Exteriors Inc. Dan Poznikoff 3902 Jean Road,Kelowna BC V1W4C9 T. 250-861-5988 F. 250-861-5988 crystalclassic@shaw.ca www.crystalclassic.ca Discovery Glass and Aluminum Gary Alton 310-2076 Enterprise Way, Kelowna BC V1Y6H7 T. 250-826-4405 F. 250-862-8386 discoveryglass@shaw.ca web.mac.com/discovery_glass Eco Thermal Energy Billy Medwid 2004 Main Street,Penticton BC V2A 5H4 T. 250-575-7092 F. 250-770-2283 billy@ecothermalenergy.ca ecothermalenergy.ca

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Leask & Company (478156 BC Ltd.) Kevin Gowing #8-1385 Stevens Road Kelowna BC V1Z 2S9 T. 250-769-8010 F. 250-769-8012 leaskco@shaw.ca Loney Plumbing Richard Loney 2227 Quail Run Drive,Kelowna BC V1V 2S4 T. 250-470-0108 F. 250-491-0168 loneyplumbing@shaw.ca Noremac Industries Ltd. (Kelowna) Scott Bertolozzi - Operations Manager 6516-68th Ave. Edmonton AB. T6B 3M3 T. 250-763-2567 F. 250-766-0197 scottbertolozzi@shaw.ca www.noremacind.com Starwatch Audio Video Peter Tischler 1-1698 Cary Road, Kelowna BC V1T2B9 T. 250-717-0022 F. 250-717-1113 peter@starwatchav.com www.starwatch.com

Sundeck Centre Bryan Hughes & Justin Reynolds 9570 Bottom Wood Lake Road,Lake Country V4V1S7 T. 250-766-7320 F. 250-766-7322 bhughes@sundeckcentre.com www.sundeckcentre.com Utility Companies FortisBC Inc. Kim Jones #100 - 1975 Springfield Road, Kelowna BC. V1Y 7V7 T. 250-717-0808 TF. 866-530-2966 kim.jones@fortisbc.com www.fortisbc.com Shaw Cablesystems GP Marc Reinhart 2350 Hunter Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7H6 T. 250-712-2345 F. 250-712-2310 marc.reinhart@sjrb.ca www.shaw.ca Terasen Gas Brent Hunt 1975 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7V7 T. 250-868-4522 F. 250-868-4545 brent.hunt@terasengas.com www.terasengas.com

Apchin Design Corp Denis Apchin 1767 Spruceview Court Kelowna, BC V1V 2N Tel: (250) 862-2078 Fax: (250) 868-3489 Denis@Apchin.com http://www.apchin.com Architecturally Distinct Solutions Inc. 550 C West Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y4Z4 Tel: (250) 878-4313/250-448-7801 Fax: (250) 448-7802 matt@distinctsolutions.ca / grace@distinctsolutions.ca http://www.distinctsolutions.ca Bellamy Homes Les Bellamy 22013 Capri PO, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9N9 Tel: (250) 470-2429 info@bellamyhomes.ca www.bellamyhomes.ca Nesbitt Originals Paul & Jan Nesbitt #300 - 1433 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2E4 Tel: (250) 762-3337 Fax: (250) 762-3090 originals@shaw.ca www.nesbittoriginals.com

Warranty Companies Lombard Canada Ltd. Sandy Ewen Suite 505 - Two Bentall Centre, 555 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V7 X 1M8 T. 604-622-4200 F. 604-622-4213 warranty@lombard.ca www.lombard.ca National Home Warranty Programs Gord Houston 400-543 Granville Street, Vancouver BC V1C 1X8 (888) 243-8807 (604) 408-1001 ghouston@nationalhomewarranty.com www.nationalhomewarranty.com Travelers Guarantee Company of Canada Marvin Friesen - Kelowna Ed Tsumura - Vancouver P.O. Box 11542, Suite 2500 - 650 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4N7 TF. 800-555-9431 F. 604-682-3096 mfriesen@travelersguarantee.com www.travelersguarantee.com

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