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Nov 30, 2012

Railside Lane: New Courtenay Patio Home Development Now Selling

Railside Lane Comox Valley townhouseThe newest Comox Valley patio home development at 1620 Piercy Avenue in Courtenay, Vancouver Island, is now ready for new home owners. The Railside Lane development features with four new townhouses and two duplexes for a total of 10 new patio homes. 

These Courtenay townhomes and duplexes feature three different floor plans, which include two or three bedrooms and range in size from about 1,300-1,690 sq. ft. All homes feature main floor living with beautifully finished tile and hardwood floors and spacious kitchens and living areas. The master bedrooms feature his and hers closets with custom wooden organizers. The ensuite offers heated tile floors, and dual shower heads including a rain head shower fixture. 

The homes feature custom lighting fixtures throughout. Railside Lane offers the convenience of strata with the living space of a single family home. These Courtenay patio homes have attached garages and additional driveway parking, and guest parking spots.These new family townhomes range from $249,900 - $269,900. 

Tour these homes during an open house, held Fridays 4-6, Saturdays from 11-3, and Sundays from 1-3. For more information contact Comox Valley Realtor Scott Fraser, PREC, of Royal LePage in the Comox Valley.

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Nov 30, 2012

New Lots and Fairway Homes Now Available At Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community in Courtenay

Crown Isle Homes custome fairway homeCrown Isle Resort and Golf Community in Courtenay is offering new residential lots in Hampton Gate – an exclusive gated community with only 45 new home sites. Reserve your future home site today, and enjoy the peace and tranquility of Crown Isle's latest single family home development with the added security of a gated entrance.

Local custom builders, including Crown Isle's own in-house team at Homes by Crown Isle, are waiting to design and construct your next dream home. Phase One of this project has been cleared and servicing will begin later this fall. Available lots range from $185,000 - $295,000.

Additional Crown Isle lots are also available in the Idiens Way and Cambridge Park Estates subdivisions. A number or pre-owned condos, patio homes, and executive fairway homes are also available in the development. Custom homes at Crown Isle are built in West Coast Contemporary style, and designed to highlight the area's golf course and mountain views.

New homes for sale in Crown Isle include the beautiful “Homes By Crown Isle” show home - The Waldorf, which is listed at $789,900. The Waldorf, one of many stunning golf course homes and lots for sale at Crown Isle, borders the 15th fairway.

The home has been professionally designed & crafted by the team at Homes by Crown Isle. The gourmet kitchen, with granite counter tops, custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances, is the social centre of this new executive home. The large master suite is complemented by a luxurious 5-piece ensuite bath complete with an oversized seamless glass shower and traditional style jetted tub as its centerpiece. An oversized second level balcony offering  panoramic views of the golf course and the surrounding area.

The Crown Isle Real Estate Sales Centre is now located in the Waldorf at 1588 Crown Isle Drive.

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Nov 29, 2012

Residential Design-Build vs. Industrial/Commercial Design-Build: Comparative Thoughts by Design-Build Consultant Bethany Pearce

Commercial Insudtrial Design Build Vancouver IslandDesign-Build is a term that is being used for two very diverse areas of construction:  the residential market and the industrial/commercial market.

In the residential market, the term “Design-Build” often communicates a firms specialization in handling a custom project from design, to pre-construction, through to completed construction. There are many talented residential design build teams throughout western Canada including some of my favourites: MyHouse Design-Build in Vancouver, Landeca in Victoria, and of course (my firm!) Capstone Dwellings Design-Build in the Comox Valley and on North Vancouver Island. 

Recently I have had the chance to expand my experience in the industrial/commercial world of Design-Build after building a business largely focused on residential. While much of the principals are the same (team-work, flexibility, innovation) there are some very key differences in the two.

The custom residential Design-Build market is by its honest nature very driven by human emotion. After all, someone who is building their own home for their family will have a lot of hopes and dreams invested into the process. There are factors that come into consideration that give weight to the emotional and lifestyle rewards for the project. 

On the flip side, the Industrial/Commercial world of Design-Build is business driven. There is little need for carefully treading through the array of stakeholder’s emotions because they are rarely brought to workplace. Industrial/Commercial Design-Build clients likely have one common goal in mind: to make money. And now that I have a few years of Design-Build experience under my belt, I am becoming more and more passionate about the world of Design-Build for Industrial/Commercial construction projects. While the model isn’t ideal for every owner or development need, it does bring to the table some very exciting solutions that address this main “money making” factor.

For example, Design-Build is considered by both the Design-Build Institute of America and the Canadian DesignBuild Institute as the best method of construction execution for reducing claims and costs related to changes and delays. This is partly because in the Industrial/Commercial Design-Build arena, the direct owner/builder relationship structured to work well with minimal back-and-forth. Comparatively, this is directly opposite to how most Residential Design-Build firms work directly with their clients. 

For the most part, Design-Build is just beginning to gain a recognized name for itself here on Vancouver Island - and even on the Canadian West Coast. There is still much to do to make sure the Design-Build principals, benefits and suitability are communicated clearly and that all Design-Build professionals, consultants and constructors are on the same page. If you are an owner considering a Design-Build project in Western Canada it is advisable to source a consultant who can work on your behalf as your Design-Build Owner’s Agent. This person can walk you through developing a statement of requirements, producing a Design-Build RFP, lead in the construction procurement process and help bring clarity to the owner’s role though construction.

Whether residential or industrial/commercial, Design-Build can bring modern-day solutions to the table for development and construction. The key to the success of a Design-Build project may be insuring all stakeholders are aware of how to make it the best possible delivery model for the project.

Bethany Pearce is active proponent of both Residential and Industrial/Commercial Design-Build as a designer, consultant, project manager and general contractor. Beathany Pearce, Design Build
Bethany serves Residential Design-Build clients in her home community of the Comox Valley and North Vancouver Island, and serves Industrial/Commercial clients across Vancouver Island. 
Capstone Dwellings Design-Build & Capstone Creative Industries Ltd.
Office – 250-331-9004
Cell – 250-898-7573
Bethany@CapstoneDwellings.com

Nov 28, 2012

Campbell River Custom Home Builder Tamarack Construction Starting On New Home Project

Quadra Island custom home for saleTamarack Construction, a custom home builder in Campbell River, has recently completed a custom home on Pacific Heights Lane and will next be working on a new custom home project – a multi-level, 3,000 sq ft home on a view lot. Final designs for this new home are now being completed.

The company recently sold their Maryland Estates showhome in that popular new Campbell River residential development. Tamarack Construction is also currently selling a custom ocean view home on Quadra Island.

Tucked away at the end of a quiet road and bordering forest on two sides, this beautiful 1.37 acre ocean view property on Quadra Island features a main home, carriage house and shop.  This dream home offers 3,280 sq ft of well-designed living space. The main floor features a beautiful open layout with a chef's dream kitchen and spacious dining room. The living room features exposed beams and impressive rock fireplace. A master bedroom is highlighted with French doors leading to the balcony. The lower floor features spacious bedrooms, over-height ceilings, a massive bathroom, and huge open family room, and more. This property is perfect for a big family, a couple who enjoys house guests, or a B&B. This property also features a 2-bedroom carriage house, located above the 780 sq ft shop. For more information on this Quadra Island home for sale, contact Realtor Sophie Gardner of Royal LePage.

For more information about building a custom home in or near Campbell River, on Vancouver Island contact Tamarack Construction.

Nov 27, 2012

Get Your Off-Road Vehicle Ready for Winter With WesternOne's Factory Trained Polaris Technicians

Polaris ATV Vancouver islandWesternOne Rentals & Sales in Comox has a limited-time offer on their ATV servicing - receive a free air filter or oil filter with a service and fluid check. 

Ensure the safety and reliability of your ATVs this winter by having them serviced by the Polaris factory-trained and certified technicians at WesternOne Rental & Sales. At WesternOne, they provide clients with high-quality parts and service for Polaris ATVs.

WesternOne Rentals & Sales has something for everyone from their fully stocked parts department, with all of the latest Polaris accessories to their trained service department we are always here to help. They pride themselves on their commitment to you.

Stop by WesternOne Rentals & Sales at 662 Anderton Rd. in Comox for huge holiday rebates and low financing on their large selection of 2012 & 2013 Off-Road Vehicles. 

WesternOne Rentals & Sales is a one-stop shop on Vancouver Island for equipment rentals and sales, is also North Vancouver Island’s only authorized Polaris ATV and Ranger/RZR Utility Vehicles dealer, in the Comox Valley. Serving Courtenay, Campbell River, Port Alberni, the North Island and the Sunshine Coast. WesternOne is the only place on Vancouver Island to buy Canada’s number one selling ATV.

As Vancouver Island’s only Ranger/RZR dealer, WesternOne is committed to providing the same great customer service for their ATV sales and service as they do for their Comox Valley equipment rentals. WesternOne Rentals and Sales also rents, sells and services scissor lifts and aerial lifts; generators; air tools; concrete equipment; and forklifts on Vancouver Island.

Nov 23, 2012

Owners at The Gales in Ladysmith Say They Never Tire of Their Vancouver Island Ocean Views

Ocean view condos Vancouver IslandWhile we at 1stView can share a lot about the amazing real estate projects featured on our site, sometimes the best information comes from those who actually live there. Take The Gales for example. We've visited this ocean view condo and patio home development in Ladysmith, and enjoyed the panoramic views, but the residents really describe it best.

This month we feature thoughts from a couple who moved from Ontario to BC, in search of an ocean view home in a mild climate. 

"We found ‘The Gales’ after years of looking," they tell 1stView. "Our visitors tell us we have a “Million Dollar View” and we agree. The hilltop terrace design gives us a beautiful panoramic view overlooking Ladysmith Harbour and the nearby islands, with the scenic Coastal Mountains in the background. This is special to us because the Northward orientation allows us to see ever-changing scenes painted in morning sunrise colors, which transition to evening sunset glows. We are even treated to beautiful night time views, which are enhanced by the path of the moon as it arcs across the ocean. The distant glow of clouds over Vancouver, combine with the twinkle of lights from houses across the harbour and from vessels underway, to create interesting evening settings.

"We never tire of watching the world go by from our bedroom, kitchen, dining or living room windows. You never know what you may see from resident eagles, to killer whales visiting the harbour. All of these scenes are beautifully framed in large picture windows in rooms with soaring ceilings. The skylight in the kitchen adds to the bright open atmosphere in a great layout.

"There is so much to do in our small town, and on the island. We are also within a short commuting distance of two major city centers. We feel very lucky to call this wonderful place home."

If you would like to experience the views and the meticulous high-end finishing of the homes at The Gales, contact Realtor Keith Mazurenko at Coast Realty today.

Contact Realtor Keith Mazurenko

Nov 22, 2012

30 Years of Dale's Plumbing Experience is Now Available in Campbell River

Campbell River PlumbersDale’s Plumbing and Mechanical is now serving the Campbell River community. After providing exceptional plumbing service to the Comox Valley region for more than 30 years, Dale’s Plumbing and Mechanical has expanded its services a little further north on Vancouver Island.

Dale and his friendly, experienced crew have a reputation for reliable, efficient plumbing service in the Comox Valley and are excited to build that same great reputation for plumbing service in Campbell River.

They do everything from renovations to new construction, including gas fitting, heating, repairs and maintenance. Dale Plumbing and Mechanical offers a crew that is exceptional at working under pressure and the company has an on-schedule completion guarantee. They maintain professionalism while providing you with quality care and fair prices.

For more information, you can visit the Dale's Plumbing website, or give them a call in Campbell River 250.203.1909 or Courtenay 250.703.3798 or 250.650.1950.

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Nov 22, 2012

Three Lots Left at Ocean and Golf View Development Bonnington Ridge at Fairwinds

Bonnington Ridge Nanoose Bay lots for saleOnly three lots golf course lots are still available in the Bonnington Ridge neighbourhood in the Fairwinds Community in Nanoose Bay. These mid-Island homes sites are situated on a quiet cul-de-sac, offering golf course and ocean views, with prices starting at $240,000. 

Located only 15 minutes north of Nanaimo, on the east side of Vancouver Island, Fairwinds is the destination of choice for those seeking a luxurious West Coast lifestyle. This community features a renowned full service 18-hole golf club, the Schooner Cove Marina and an impressive recreation facility. The Bonnington Ridge neighbourhood is within easy walking distance of Fairwinds Centre.

The residential lots for Bonnington Ridge are set in an area of new, executive west coast homes, which integrate luxury living with the natural beauty and tranquility of the area.  Covering approximately 1,350 acres of lush countryside, Fairwinds has an abundance of wildlife surrounding the natural landscapes.  

Stop by their sales centre to learn more.  

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Nov 22, 2012

Self Storage Options in Nanaimo From AA Mini Storage

Nanimo Mini StorageAA Mini Storage Nanaimo offers one month free for any paid-in-advance self storage unit rentals of two or more months. AA Mini Storage features storage in Nanaimo options, including vehicle and RV storage, heated units and drive-up storage units. AA Mini Storage Nanaimo offers convenience as well – open 7 days a week and with drive-up doors available on 10x10x10 units and larger, your storage locker is always easily accessible. 

AA Mini Storage offers multiple levels of security, including video surveillance, gated access, and resident managers on site, to ensure your belongings are safe.

These Nanaimo self storage rental units come in a wide range of sizes -  from 5x5x5 to 20x30 - which means you'll find the right size unit regardless of your storage needs . AA Mini Storage has a variety of self storage units, suitable for storing anything from business equipment to the contents of a house, perfect for moving or downsizing. 

Contact AA Mini Storage in Nanaimo at 250.758.7442 or learn more about their services on the AA Mini Storage Nanaimo website.

 

Nov 20, 2012

A Front Row Seat to Storm Watching in Ucluelet at Reef Point Cottages

Storm Watching Ucluelet CottagesHave you considered a beach vacation on the west coast of Vancouver Island in the winter? Storm watching is a major activity in Ucluelet and Tofino. Wild, west coast storms offer howling winds, crashing waves crash and tremendous rains as Mother Nature unleashes some of her power. On a calm day, the angled growth of the trees and vegetation is testament to the fury of the wind on stormy days. The winter months are when these storms are most consistent.  With your vacation cottage at Reef Point Cottages, you can enjoy the storm from the comfort of your own hot tub. 

Reef Point Cottages now has a private waterfront cottage for sale is a two bedroom, two bathroom unit with excellent revenue in the growing resort community of Ucluelet, on the west coast of Vancouver Island near Long Beach and Tofino. This low maintenance 956 sq ft cottage is finished with teak, marble and slate flooring; granite countertops; pine wainscotting and ceilings. Cozy up to the fireplace on stormy nights or sit in your private hot tub on the covered deck overlooking nature Spring Cove. Reef Point Cottages is located just minutes from Ucluelet’s beautiful pocket beaches or Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park. The Wild Pacific Trail is on the doorstep of Reef Point Cottages, and is a must see for all travelers to the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

This Ucluelet real estate cottage is part of the Reef Point Cottages rental program and the owner is entitled to 6 months personal use each year. The owner can also leave their vacation home in the rental program full-time and earn a return on this hassle free investment. Unit 273 is priced at $279,000

For more information on this ownership and investment opportunity, contact Perry Askounis.

Nov 19, 2012

The Ridge - A New Master Planned Development in Courtenay

The Ridge, CourtenayThe Ridge is a new master-planned residential community in South Courtenay on Vancouver Island. Phase 1 of the lots in this new residential real estate project is now under construction.

The Ridge is a modern development, designed around the principals of sustainability, offering panoramic ocean and mountain views. The Ridge embraces the principals of sustainability, and will have strong architectural guidelines and building schemes to protect property values. When complete, the Ridge will feature 230 single family residential building lots, many with ocean views, and some with zoning to permit duplexes and carriage homes. There will also be two multi-family building sites, with opportunities for patio homes or multi-level strata condominiums. The Ridge will be developed in several phases, with the first phase containing 69 lots. 

This 77-acre community will include an extensive network of walking trails, parklands and open spaces featuring open waterways. It is directly connected to the Millard Creek Nature Park. While the community has a peaceful rural feeling, it is a fully modern urban development adjacent to the shopping, restaurants and other amenities Courtenay's urban centre. 

The lots at The Ridge range in size from 7,000 to 12,000 square feet. For more information, contact the developers or visit their website.

Nov 15, 2012

Home Staging Services Can Help Sell Your Home

Home Staging Vancouver IslandDee McDonald at Another Perspective Home Staging and Decor incorporates her passion and knowledge for décor, home renovation and over a decade of merchandising and marketing experience into a staging company which uses this expertise to aid in selling your Vancouver Island home more quickly and usually for more equity. Make your home stand out from others on the market.

Home staging is the process of preparing, enhancing and maximizing your home’s market appeal. Furnishings are used to feature all the positives in your home while drawing the eye away from the less appealing areas. A staged home is move in ready and will therefore, appeal to a larger range of potential purchasers. Staging or showcasing will make your rooms appear larger and brighter. The goal is to have the potential buyer envisioning their furniture in your space.

Let Dee and Another Perspective Home Staging and Decor handle the hassles of transforming your property into a welcoming and attractive listing.

A home staging consultation is the first step. You can give Dee a tour of your home and she will provide a professional assessment on what is necessary to prepare your property for sale. Depending on the size of the home, the consultation takes between 2 – 3 hours. You will receive her written recommendations as she look at your home with “buyer’s eyes.” Dee will discuss paint colour, lighting, repairs or maintenance required, cosmetic updates, furniture configuration as well as artwork placement.

The goal is to give you all the necessary information you need to prepare your home for sale. You can then choose to complete the recommendations yourself or use Dee's team of professionals to do as much of the suggestions as your budget allows.

Consultation prices are base on property size and location. Fees start at $125.

Dee can also work with builders and home owners to stage vacant properties. An empty property can be very challenging to perspective purchasers as approximately 90% of buyers can not envision how their furnishings will fit. Vacant properties often feel smaller than they truly are. Don’t let a simple thing like no furniture affect a potential sale. Another Perspective can eliminate these obstacles by offering a staging service that includes furniture, lighting, artwork and accessories for rent. These furnishings will warm up your space and help to enhance your property. No imagination required by a potential buyer, it is all set out for them to see.

Another Perspective can also step in to help the new Vancouver Island home-owner. Have you just moved into a new home and your furnishings don’t seem to fit as well as they did previously? Are you just tired of your current furniture layout and in need of another perspective on furniture arrangement? Hire Another Perspective to assist you in making the changes that will have you either loving your home all over again or being well satisfied with how your furnishings work in your new home.

Another Perspective Homes Staging and Decor also offers: colour consultations, occupied staging, organizing, retail display, general contractor services on smaller renovations. Another Perspective also carries a large inventory of beautiful home décor accessories and furniture that aid in creating a life style while your property is on the market.

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Nov 14, 2012

New Waterfront Nanaimo Condos Expect to Break Ground in January

Nanaimo waterfront homesBoardwalk Place ocean view condos and townhomes in Nanaimo are expected to break ground in January 2013. Now 30% sold, the development will bring refined luxury to the Nanaimo waterfront.

Set in the historical Newcastle neighborhood of Brechin Hill, steps from the Nanaimo Yacht Club, Boardwalk Place offers great Vancouver Island lifestyle options in a spectacular ocean front community. From the luxury of your own private courtyard and the natural beauty of living close to the water, to the abundance of recreation, shopping and dining of downtown, Boardwalk Place Nanaimo condos offer so much to explore just outside their doors.

These new Nanaimo ocean view homes will offer the luxury, style and conveniences of a luxury home. More than a dozen spacious floorplans feature gourmet kitchens, over-height ceilings, luxurious appliances, designer cabinetry and spa-like en suites. By combining style, comfort and convenience with advanced and durable construction technology, Boardwalk Place offers the long-term value, quality, style and refined luxury you’re looking for in a new Vancouver Island home.

These Nanaimo ocean view condos and townhomes start at only $238,888, offering excellent value in new Vancouver Island real estate. The Boardwalk Place presentation centre at 370 Stewart Avenue, Nanaimo, is now open by appointment only. 

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Nov 12, 2012

Comox Valley Realtor Tina Vincent's Featured Listing - 5.3 Acre, 2 Home Estate

Comox Valley estate for saleComox Valley Realtor Tina Vincent's featured listing this month is a spectacular one-of-a-kind Comox Valley property. This two-home estate is set on 5.3 acres offers mountain views and is centrally located to all amenities including airport, golf, schools, shopping, beaches and nature.

The property offers two beautiful residences. The first is a fully renovated 3,000 square foot character home with 5 bedrooms, 2 floor to ceiling fireplaces, radiant heat and so much more. This home has all the warmth for family members, or is perfect for a high end rental.

The main residence is an executive home consisting of 6,800 square feet of floor area. The main floor is open and spacious, including office, guest room and expansive ensuite and walk-in closet. The kitchen is one that any chef would love. The second level has bedrooms galore, as well as roomy exercise room and a bonus room for all the fun. For the guy toys, a 2000 square foot four car garage with 11' ceilings. The 2nd homes home awaits all your personal touches to completion.

This Comox Valley estate for sale is listed at $2,295,000. For more information contact Tina Vincent PREC at Royal Le Page in the Comox Valley.

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Nov 08, 2012

Comox Valley Custom Home Builder Nutmeg Homes Building New ICF Home

Nutmeg Homes ICF constructionNutmeg Homes is now blogging about their experiences, as custom home builders Paul And Shareen Witt tackle building their own Insulated Concrete Form home, complete with a living roof. Thanks to good weather earlier in the fall, they have made good progress on their small (under 1,000 sq. ft) eco-friendly home.

As a contractor for custom designed housing, Paul Witt is ready to build your new Insulated Concrete Form home as well. Based in the Comox Valley, Nutmeg Homes uses innovative concrete construction methods in building homes for their clients, to create green, energy efficient new homes which are built to last for generations.

The Nutmeg Homes website features a number of the new custom homes the company has built in and around the Comox Valley since 2000, and features details about the ICF construction process. Nutmeg Homes is also currently exploring options for building LEED certified homes. ICF Construction offers greater heat retention and soundproofing. The construction techniques also adds huge strength to buildings, allowing even more ambitious roof gardens or patios.

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Nov 08, 2012

Stay Safe While Holiday Decorating and Entertaining - Safety Tips from Double A Safety

holiday safety tipsThis month, Double A Safety Services brings us some thoughts on keeping yourself and your loved ones safe over the holiday season.

Halloween has come and gone, and the holiday season is fast approaching and Remembrance Day will be next week. With this in mind The Royal Canadian Legion has respectfully requested that people refrain from starting their Christmas Decorating until after Nov. 11, in respect of our veterans past and present.  This request not only spurred us to respect it, but also to look into some holiday safety tips around the home and well enjoying the festivity events throughout the season.

If you are decorating your rooftop, ensure you:

  • Stay away from Power lines.
  • Don’t trust your “elves” to hold the ladder for you. Little ones are easily distracted. Always use the buddy system with another adult when putting up your decorations. Falling from roofs/ladders has ruined many a holiday season. Does inflatable Santa or those lights really need to go up there? Have a plan on how you're going to get up and more importantly stay up there (The ladder has solid footing, is at a 4:1 ratio and secured once in place, is there a form of fall prevention needed? etc) while you're installing your lights and decorations.
  • Ensure you have the right power cords for your connections (are they weather proof? Can they hold the load?). You don’t want to short or overload your electrical system
  • Outdoor lights are for outdoors, inside lights are for inside. Inside Christmas lights are not meant to last through the snow and rain.
  • Watch out for Chip and Dale and other critters who may have taken up residence in your attic/roof system. You don’t want to fall 20 feet because they scared the daylights out of you.
  • Secure the decorations you are putting on display, this will protect your family and neighbors as well as your property from damage that may be caused from a sudden gust of wind sending your Santa, Santa’s helpers, reindeer and sleigh flying.

Will you be hosting a gathering this year? If so here are some good tips on holiday hosting:

  • Know your guests – it is much easier to track the changes in behaviour of those you know. Inviting strangers increases the risk.
  • Serve lots of food that has protein and fat – salt encourages more drinking, and sugar does not mix well with alcohol.
  • Have plenty of non-alcoholic choices along with the spirited beverages. Serve a festive fruit punch or "mocktail" clearly labeled alcohol-free, along with other non-alcoholic juices, sodas and water.
  • Greet all guests on arrival and departure, taking the opportunity to assess their condition.
  • If a guest appears to be impaired, encourage him or her to give you their car keys. Buddy up with a friend to persuade the intoxicated person to take a cab, or stay the night.
  • Keep the phone numbers of cab companies handy and cash on hand for cab fares (in Campbell River: 250.287.8294 / 287.TAXI and  250-287 8383 for Bee Line Taxi. On Quadra Island: 250 205 0505. In the Comox Valley: 250-339-7955)  Tell the guest that a cab has been ordered. Don’t give the option to refuse.
  • Only time will sober the person, not more fluids or food. Offering a spare bed is a good recourse.
  • If the person refuses to hand over the car keys or spend the night at your house, call the police. It may seem drastic, but it is far better than tragic consequences.As a social host, you should be concerned about your guests consuming too much alcohol, and then getting behind the wheel. The law may even find you liable for any damage your guests cause on the way home.

The holidays are to be enjoyed by all, let’s all do our best to have a happy holiday season.

For more information about keeping you and your employees safe on the job site, contact Double A Safety Services.

Nov 05, 2012

Westmark Construction Offers Live/Work Commercial Strata Units at Pacific Station in Nanaimo

Pacific Station NanaimoNew commercial construction is currently taking place at the Pacific Station development in Nanaimo. The new commercial strata units will be available priced between $280,000 and $300,000, and additional leasing opportunities are available.

This live/work development is a modern urban concept. Chris Lundy from Westmark Construction is pleased to bring this vision to the growing city of Nanaimo.

Zoning for the project is “CD5 - Mixed Use” allowing a variety of options for businesses such as: health and wellness; consulting; professional services; doctors offices; and strata offices among many others.

Approximately 50,000 square feet of commercial space is available to pre-purchase now. The pre-purchase option allows businesses to customize their interior space planning needs prior to construction completion.

An additional 50,000 square feet of new residential homes will be available in the next phase of the project. Sales inquiries regarding purchasing the townhouse style units within the live/work development are being welcomed.

In addition to their leading developer/builder role at Pacific Station in Nanaimo, Westmark Construction is an established commercial construction company offering development opportunities, design-build, and professional commercial construction execution.

For more information about Pacific Station, contact Dave Hammond at Re/Max of Nanaimo / The HBT Group  at 250.751.1223 or Bob Buchanan at  DTZ Barnicke Nanaimo Ltd. at 250.753.5757. To contact Westmark Construction, call Chris at  250.729.7540 or email Chris@WestmarkConstruction.ca.

-B.Pearce

Nov 05, 2012

Modern Prefab Firm Offers Laneway Housing in BC and on Vancouver Island

Laneway Prefab HousesJenesys Buildings is an established building system developed by Architect Carsten Jensen on Vancouver Island. The designs are specifically suited for Laneway housing, micro housing, or simply a smaller, modern prefab home.

The system of construction is SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels), a prefabrication method that has emerged as one of the best systems in modern green building. Jenesys homes are consistently rated well above Engerguide labeling targets reaching scores of 85 to 87.  Additional benefits of the sustainable building design are sound buffering, lower energy costs, lower maintenance, and long-term building value.

Laneway housing has become a hot topic for municipalities around Victoria, Nanaimo and the Comox Valley. In British Columbia, the City of Vancouver has paved the way for many successful laneway house projects due to specific by-law and policy development for secondary dwellings. Jenesys Buildings offers no-fuss prefab options for laneway and micro housing that has been researched and developed for the greater Vancouver Area, Nanaimo, Victoria and the Courtenay. Several designs are available, and straight-forward pre-budgeted options are presented to finalize the modern design.

Architect Carsten Jensen is actively looking for a demonstration site for a Jenesys Laneway House on Vancouver Island. Ideal locations will be zoned for secondary dwellings and have the required space and set-backs to build the prefab home.

Jenesys Buildings offers a free laneway assessment to clients in BC on the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island including Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo, Courtenay and Campbell River.

Visit the Jenesys Buildings website for more information on building a laneway housing, modern prefab and modern homes, or call 250-752-0292 on Vancouver Island or 604.649.9904 in Metro Vancouver. To contact Carsten Jensen Architect, visit their website or call 250.752.0292.

Nov 05, 2012

Diamond Park Townhomes in Courtenay Now Almost Sold Out, Starting at $175,900

Diamond Park Courtenay townhomesBuyers considering purchasing the new family town homes at Diamond Park on Centennial Drive in Courtenay need to act fast. Only three of 21 units are still available.

All of these townhomes are complete and ready for occupancy. These townhomes are 1,094 square feet in size, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Features include hardwood floors, upgraded lighting and contemporary interior finishing. Each unit includes stainless steel kitchen appliances and a washer and dryer. The project also includes sprinkler systems, backyard patios and fenced yards for each unit.  A children's playground is also on the property.

This new real estate development offers excellent value, with new homes from $175,900 (2 remaining inside units) to $181,900 (last remaining end unit). For more information, contact Realtor Tracy Fogtmann.

Contact Realtor Tracy Fogtmann

Nov 02, 2012

Campbell River Commercial Realtor Bruce Carruthers Offers Commercial Properties for Sale and Lease

Campbell River Commercial Property for saleCampbell River Commercial Realtor Bruce Carruthers, with Remax Check Realty has a number of commercial properties for sale and lease in Campbell River.

One listing, at 830 13th Avenue is currently listed at $790,000. This .45 acre property features a well maintained, high exposure, concrete block, commercially zoned (C1) building on busy 13th Avenue between Dogwood and Ironwood Streets.

The lot is 133 feet wide by 147 feet deep, or 19,551 sq. ft. The building has four rental units and is 7,663 sq. ft. There is room for expansion vertically and on the 33 foot lot on the east side. The building has ample room at rear for larger trucks.

For more information on this Campbell River city centre commercial property for sale, or to find the right property for your business, contact Bruce Carruthers at Remax Check Realty.

Bruce has been a resident of Campbell River for more than 40 years and a licensed realtor for over 25 years. He handles commercial real estate listings in Campbell River, Campbellton,Willow Point and other areas of the city, as well as Black Creek, Saratoga Beach and Merville.

Contact Commercial Realto Bruce Carruthers in Campbell River

Nov 02, 2012

YANA Receives $4,000 Donation from Kinetic Construction

Kinetic Contruction and YANAKinetic Construction Ltd. recently donated $4,000 to YANA (You Are Not Alone) to help ensure Comox Valley families are supported both financially and emotionally while taking care of their sick children.

“As a father, I can empathize with families facing difficult decisions and situations when their kids are sick. YANA provides assistance when it is needed most and Kinetic is happy to support this great cause,” said Tom Plumb, Kinetic’s North Island Branch Manager.

“We are so thankful for Kinetic’s commitment to our community and their support for YANA and the work we do,” said Anita Brassard, Executive Director of YANA. “Kinetic’s generous donation will provide four months of accommodation in a YANA apartment for a Comox Valley family while their child is healing at BC Children’s Hospital.”

1stView and Building Links CEO Clarice Coty has been a long time YANA board member.

The funds were raised at Kinetic's annual golf tournament and charity auction for all of its employees. The continued success of Kinetic’s charity auction is due in large part to subcontractors and suppliers who generously supply the prizes that are auctioned off. Kinetic matches the donations of its employees, doubling the total amount raised. At the September 22nd event, employees raised $6,428.03 and Kinetic matched the amount for a total of $12,856.06 raised. Kinetic’s Victoria office donated $8,856.06 to Jeneece Place at the Victoria General Hospital, with $4,000 going to YANA.

Kinetic Construction Ltd. is an employee-owned construction firm with offices located in Courtenay, Victoria and Richmond. Since 1984 Kinetic has successfully completed hundreds of construction projects, ranging from commercial, industrial, institutional, and multi-unit residential buildings to bridges, civil structures, utility, and marine construction. Kinetic’s philosophy is simple - provide a consistently high level of service at a competitive price. For more information, visit Kinetic’s website.

 

Nov 02, 2012

Mid Isle Drywall Offers Drywall, T-Bar Ceilings and Steel Stud Walls and More

Mid Isle Drywall Floor and Ceiling Vancouver IslandMid Isle Drywall services the areas of the Comox Valley, Courtenay, Cumberland, Campbell River and North Vancouver Island. Their experienced crew can do any type of complete drywall project, including new residential homes and commercial jobs, as well as repair or renovation for both residential and commercial projects.

They use precision drywall techniques and they offer a variety of ceiling finishes. They can also install T-bar ceiling and steel stud walls for both new homes and commercial and retail businesses.

Gary Barr and Jason Barr have been offering professional drywall services for the past 30 years, and Mid Isle Drywall is recognized in the industry as being one of the very best drywall companies on Vancouver Island.

No job is too large or small, Mid Isle Drywall does it all. They are happy to provide free estimates for any type of job. Call Jason Barr at 250.338.7102 today.

Contact Mid Isle Drywall

Nov 02, 2012

Campbell River Realtor Jenna Nichol's Featured Listing: Comox Valley Home on Five Acres

Campbell River Realtor Jenna NicholCampbell River Realtor Jenna Nichol's featured listing offers a home on an acreage in the Comox Valley. This 2,038 square foot home is set on five acres at 7921 Island Highway, and priced at $369,000.

Offering four bedrooms, the house features recent upgrades including a newer roof, windows and some flooring. The five acre property border a creek. This acreage property is located between the Vancouver Island cities of Courtenay and Campbell River, and is priced to sell.

Jenna Nichol, a professional realtor in Campbell River, understands that buying and selling real estate can be exciting, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming, as all big life changes are. As a realtor, she enjoys helping you overcome these obstacles and to meet your real estate dreams. Jenna has found through this process that lasting relationships are formed.

Buying or selling a home? Contact Jenna Nichol at Coast Realty today to discuss your real estate needs.

Contact Campbell River Realtor Jenna Nichol

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