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May 20, 2020

Budget Blinds Is Ready to Help You Update Your Home

If you’ve been spending extra time at home over the past few months, you’ve probably noticed a few areas that could use updating, or might be wondering about ways to make your home more energy efficient. Maybe your work from home space is getting a little too warm on these sunny spring days. 

Budget Blinds is open and ready to help with all of these concerns. Their designers can suggest fresh new updates for your window coverings, provide shades that help regulate the temperature in your house year-round, and even automate them for you, so you can stay focused on other tasks.

Budget Blinds has implemented a variety of measures to keep you and their staff safe, including options for virtual consultations, wearing masks and gloves as required, additional cleaning and sanitizing routines, practicing social distancing during all appointments and paperless consultations to avoid passing paperwork back and forth.

While some of the day-to-day business activities have changed because of Covid-19 protocols, Budget Blinds is still offering the same friendly professional service and great prices they always have. You can still order from Budget Blinds and also choose to have their in-home consultations and professional installation done with your and the employees safety in mind.

Budget Blinds is locally owned and operated on Vancouver Island. Your support of local small businesses makes a difference to their employees throughout Vancouver Island.

Call Budget Blinds today at any one of their three Vancouver Island locations:
Cowichan Valley
Call: 250.924.0249

Nanaimo-Oceanside
Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay
250.338.8564

 

May 15, 2020

The Comox Valley Offers Great Lifestyle Options For Actives Retirees

The Comox Valley is seeing an influx of retireees, as active seniors have recognized the benefits of its year-round moderate weather, community amenities and variety of available outdoor activities. Among these amenities and attractions are the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ), Mount Washington and the recreational opportunities provided by golf courses, outdoor sites, festivals, community groups and more.

The Comox Valley is one of the best places on Vancouver Island to enjoy hiking trails for all levels and the region has multiple, easy access points to oceans, lakes and rivers providing a number of choices for nature lovers, families and hikers. Stunning scenery surrounds the Comox Valley with the Comox Glacier majestically situated over the Beaufort Mountain Range to the west and the calm waters of the Salish Sea to the east.

Access to health care has been an important consideration for residents retiring to the Comox Valley and Courtenay. Vancouver Island has an ageing population and health care is a major concern for residents and for those considering retiring to the Island. A new Comox Valley Hospital was recently opened in Courtenay and has 24-hour emergency care. There are family doctors and other medical professionals available who are taking on new patients.

New communities in Courtenay, such as The Ridge have additional benefits that appeal to many baby boomers large lots, spacious garages, and zoning for secondary suites that could be suitable for in-laws, adult children or renters.

The city of Courtenay is the main commercial hub in the Comox Valley. Located only minutes from downtown, The Ridge offers large building lots for sale in Courtenay. Many of these lots offer ocean and mountain views. Lots at the Ridge are priced from $235,000 with new homes available from around $649,900. Their preferred builders also have homes for sale and ready for occupancy. 

Once complete, The Ridge subdivision will have about 300 homes. Many of the lots in this new community enjoy ocean and mountain views, and homes can be designed to take advantage of the stunning views. The community includes an extensive network of walking trails, a large park and a small lake. The community is located adjacent to Millard Creek Nature Park, and only minutes from the city centre or the ocean’s edge.

Find out more about our new available homes and lots in Phase 3A.
Contact Bruce Clapham
Phone 250.650.8588
Email: theridge.bruce@mail.com

Apr 28, 2020

Spring has Sprung on Vancouver Island

Spring has sprung on Vancouver Island. Flowers have been out for months already and the cherry and plum blossoms are now lighting up the streets with their pink glow.

One of the primary reasons people relocate to Vancouver Island is because of the temperate, year-round climate - an added benefit of this is the area's long gardening season. Early signs of spring like crocuses and daffodils typically pop up in February with a rainbow of tulips close behind. These flowers start to appear in March and April along with the helleborus and camellias.

The streets look beautiful when the cherry and plum trees bloom, showing off their magnificent canopies in a variety of shades of pink. 

Once April and May warm up, the colourful rhododendrons (which can grow to size of trees here!) and native dogwoods show off their spectacular blooms. 

Relocating to The Ridge on Vancouver Island

Families and retirees are looking to relocate where they can enjoy a temperate climate and live in a vibrant community. In Courtenay, the recreation opportunities are endless - at The Ridge, you'll live just 20 minutes from numerous golf courses, hiking, snow sports, world class mountain biking, water sports, fishing, beach walks and other outside activities.

The Ridge in the Courtenay offers easy access to an active, outdoor lifestyle, with a variety of new homes to choose from. This friendly community is also just a 20 minute drive to the Comox Airport (YQQ).

Current homeowners at The Ridge have come from across BC and Canada to discover the beauty of our ocean and mountain view neighbourhood. The Ridge is located in the city of Courtenay in the Comox Valley, an outdoor lover’s paradise.

Contact their preferred builders for more information on homes for sale at The Ridge.

Are you interested in choosing a lot and building a custom home? Contact the developer to find out more about our beautiful ocean and mountain view lots for sale in Courtenay on Vancouver Island.

Contact Bruce Clapham, Buckstone Developments
Phone 250.650.8588
Email: theridge.bruce@mail.com

 

Apr 23, 2020

Budget Blinds Is Open to Serve You on Vancouver Island - With Safety in Mind

After being closed for three weeks to do their part to stop the spread of Covid-19, Budget Blinds is once again open to serve customers on Vancouver Island, having implemented a variety of measures to keep you and their staff safe.

These measures include:

  • Options for virtual consulations
  • Limiting the number of homes their staff goes into daily
  • Asking health and safety screening questions before all installations and consultations
  • Wearing masks and gloves as required
  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing routines
  • Practicing social distancing during all appointments
  • Paperless consultations so avoid passing paperwork back and forth

Spring is often a time for people to renew and refresh their homes. New window coverings from Budget Blinds might be the perfect finishing touch to your updates, or a one-step solution to create a new look in your home. Now you can safely order from Budget Blinds and also choose to have their in-home consultations and professional installation done with your and the employees' safety in mind.

Budget Blinds is locally owned and operated on Vancouver Island. Your support of local small businesses during this hard time makes a difference to their employees throughout Vancouver Island.

Contact Budget Blinds today at any one of their three Vancouver Island locations:

Cowichan Valley
Call: 250.924.0249

Nanaimo-Oceanside
Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay
250.338.8564

 

Apr 17, 2020

New Patio Home Development by Monterra Projects at The Ridge in Courtenay

Comox Valley Builder Monterra Projects have been building custom-desgned homes and multi-family projects in this Vancouver Island community for many years. The Monterra team focuses on building relationships with their new home owners from the design process through to completion. They are now starting development of a modern patio home project at The Ridge called Tanglewood. 

Monterra Projects are now conducting a soft launch of Tanglewood and pre-sales are being offered on the Phase 1 patio homes.

There are now six available units, with prices starting at $599,000. These first phase homes will range from 1,338 to 1,542 sq.ft. Completion of Phase 1 is scheduled for the fall of 2020. Each home has been designed with a spacious main-floor area to optimize the square footage.

The kitchens will feature quartz counters, tiled backsplash, custom cabinetry, designer lighting, a walk-in pantry and all homes can accommodate a gas range/stove. The kitchen flows into the dining and living room with large windows offering plenty of natural light and views onto the patio and backyard. Engineered hardwood runs throughout the house. The living room has a coffered ceiling and a fireplace with a custom mantle. 

In some floor plans, the master bedroom is located at the back of the home, overlooking the landscaped backyard. Large ensuites feature cabinet lighting, heated tile flooring, and custom tiled walls in the shower. These homes also offer a laundry room that will accomodate a side by side washer and dryer. A large single-car garage and additional parking for two cars in the driveway round out the space.

Monterra Projects has chosen to build each home to Step Code 4 specifications, which means the homes have more insulation and be more energy efficient. Every home comes with a heat pump, air conditioning and a heat recovery ventilation system (HRV).

The Ridge is a new home development in South Courtenay on Vancouver island. The community is now building into Phase 3, and many of the home sites offer mountain and ocean views. Tanglewood will be the first multi-family project in this community.

If you would like more information and detailed floor plans, please contact Stephanie Renkema. Due to Covid-19 health and safety precautions, communication will be over the phone or by email at this time. Brochures with pertinent information can also be delivered to you.

Contact:
Stephanie Renkema, RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty
2230 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay BC, V9N2L4
Office: 250-334-9900  Cell: 250-465-0168
Email: stephanierenkema@remax.net

 

Mar 25, 2020

Budget Blinds Has the Home Automation Options and Window Coverings You're Looking For

Have you been finding time for spring cleaning, and finding some things around the house in need of an update? This is a great time of year to refresh your home and Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island is ready to help with more than just blinds.

Budget Blinds has styles for every budget and the largest selection of window coverings in North America, including a new partnership with Hunter Douglas. You’ll find window coverings for every room of your home, in any style, colour or price point you need!

Backed by the best warranty in the industry, Budget Blinds has the solution for your window covering needs.

Their many Vancouver Island locations also offer a wide variety of home automation options from Lutron sure to spark the interest of the techie in your home. Not a techie? Not to worry, their staff can guide you through the options to give your home a modern update and make day to day life at home even easier. 

Contact one of the Budget Blinds locations in the Comox Valley, Nanaimo or the Cowichan Valley to see how they can help. Click here to view their product selection online

Call Budget Blinds today at any one of their three Vancouver Island locations:

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249

Nanaimo-Oceanside

Call 250.751.8564

North Island

250.338.8564

 

Mar 18, 2020

Preferred Builder Lawmar Contracting Has New Homes for Sale at The Ridge in Courtenay, BC

As spring takes hold on Vancouver Island, Phase 3 at The Ridge in Courtenay, BC is now seeing a number of new homes under construction by their preferred builders. This week we feature new homes by Lawmar Contracting, who has built homes in this planned community since the beginning.

The Ridge is an ocean and mountain view community in south Courtenay in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. This friendly neighbourhood already has more than 100 new homes built, with neighbours ready to welcome you! They “Love Living at The Ridge!” 

Lawmar Contracting is a family-run business that has been building new homes in the Comox Valley for the past 25 years. They were one of the first builders in The Ridge. 

Current Homes for Sale at The Ridge by Builder Lawmar Contracting

3309 Harbourview Blvd., Courtenay, B.C.
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,619 sq. ft.
Price: $669,900

3368 Harbourview Blvd., Courtenay, B.C.
3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2020 sq. ft.
Price: $739,900

3322 Harbourview Blvd., Courtenay, B.C.
4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3,190 sq. ft. This home includes a secondary suite.
Price: $799,900

4142 Chancellor Crescent, Courtenay, B.C.
4 bedrooms,3 baths, 3,742 sq. ft.
Price: $899,900

Imagine looking east towards the Strait of Georgia, the mainland mountains and the Comox Marina while watching the sunrise from your new home, or sitting on your deck or patio and watching the sun set over the Comox Glacier and the Beaufort Mountains. The views, the lifestyle, the enjoyment are yours when you live at The Ridge! 

For more information about finding your perfect home at The Ridge:

Visit the open house at 3322 Harbourview Blvd., Courtenay, BC from 12-2 pm
Or contact Tracy Fotgmann, Realtor for more information and for a tour of the homes for sale. 
Email: tracy@tracyfogtmann.ca
Cell: 250.331.1544

Note: Times of the open houses may change, please check with the realtors for more information. Prices and availability may change without notice.

 

Posted March 18, 2020

 

Mar 13, 2020

Tour New Homes By Preferred Builder Brando Construction at The Ridge BC

The Ridge in Courtenay is ready to welcome more new homeowners this spring. Take a tour of the community and the many homes that are nearing completion in Phase 3 by all their preferred builders. This month we're highlighting Brando Construction and five of their new homes in this Vancouver Island community.

Brando Construction is one of the original builders at The Ridge and is well-known and respected in the community. They have been building new homes in The Ridge for the past seven years. They have homes for sale starting from $649,900.

Brando Construction’s Homes for Sale in Courtenay, B.C.

The following homes have been completed and are ready for occupancy.

3378 Harbourview Blvd., Courtenay, B.C.
Three bedrooms, 3 bath, 2,089 sq. ft.
Price:  $649,900

4124 Chancellor Crescent, Courtenay, B.C.
Four bedrooms, 3 bath, 2,620 sq. ft.
Price:  $749,900

4130 Chancellor Crescent, Courtenay, B.C.
Four bedrooms, 3 bath, 2,833 sq. ft.
Price:  $769,900

4100 Chancellor Crescent, Courtenay, B.C.
Four bedrooms, 3 bath, 2,450 sq. ft.
Price: $799,900

4088 Chancellor Crescent, Courtenay, B.C.
Three bedrooms, 3 bath, 2,678 sq. ft.
Price: 829,900

Contact the Realtors Bill Anglin and Michele Courtney for more information and for a tour of the homes for sale. Some homes feature stunning views of the ocean and the mountains. 

Open House: Every Saturday from noon until 2 pm at 4100 Chancellor Crescent, Courtenay, B.C.

Realtors:
Bill Anglin, bill@courtneyanglin.com, 250-703-6119
Michelle Courtney, michele@courtneyanglin.com, 250-703-1571

Note: Times of the open houses may change, please check with the realtors for more information. Prices and availability may change without notice.

Mar 13, 2020

New Homes in Crown Isle for Sale by Builder Integra Homes

Bill Larson has been building custom homes in the Comox Valley for over 20 years. He seems to be the “go-to builder” in the Crown Isle area as he has gained a reputation for designing and building high quality West-Coast style custom homes. With his team at Integra Homes he provides his custom home clients with a step by step process from design to construction to deliver beautiful homes built to suit their lifestyle.

Currently, Integra Homes has five premier lots to choose from in the new residential area of Cambridge Park Estates located on Crown Isle Drive in Courtenay, B.C. This area is one of the prettiest in Crown Isle as numerous homes are located along the 13th and 14th Fairways and other homes back onto the natural forest. Stunning views of the Crown Isle Golf Course and the spectacular Comox Glacier are available from this location.

Cambridge Park Estates - Choose a Lot and Build Your Custom Home

Integra Homes is taking reservations for building new custom homes in this popular 67 lot subdivision. You can choose from one of the five lots remaining that Integra Homes has reserved or you can choose one of the new homes under construction. These spacious homes for sale are in the perfect location - close the Crown Isle shopping centre, the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre, North Island College, the new Comox Valley Hospital, schools, the Comox Valley (YQQ) airport and more.

New Homes for Sale in Crown Isle

New Rancher located at 2463 Crown Isle Drive, Courtenay, B.C.

This three bedroom, two bath rancher features 1,730 sq. ft.
Price: $825,000
Ready for occupancy in April 2020

New 1½ Storey Home at 2487 Crown Isle Drive, Courtenay, B.C.

This 1½ storey floor plan features 2,432 sq. ft.
Call for pricing details
Ready for occupancy in April 2020

New Rancher located at 2525 Crown Isle Drive, Courtenay, B.C.

This three bedroom, two bath rancher features 2,000 sq. ft.
Call for pricing details
Note: Under construction

Contact Integra Homes to view one of these homes for sale or visit them at their Sales Centre, located at:
710 Birkdale Place, Courtenay, BC
Open House Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 1 to 4pm 
Integra Homes, Bill Larson
Cell: 250.331.1877  Email: bill@integrahomescv.ca

Feb 27, 2020

Hunter Douglas and Budget Blinds Join Forces on Vancouver Island

Two of the biggest names in window coverings have come together to provide customers on Vancouver Island with an expanded selection of window coverings. Budget Blinds and Hunter Douglas have teamed up to provide clients with greater access to Hunter Douglas’s world famous offerings. 

Now Budget Blinds’ free in-home consultations include the opportunity to choose from Hunter Douglas’s hundreds of window-covering products including sheers, shades, blinds and shutters plus PowerView® motorization and other advanced operating systems. 

“Like any other small business who finally gains a supplier they have been wanting for a while, we are beyond excited,” says David Anderson, the franchisee for three Vancouver Island Budget Blinds locations. 

“Offering our Vancouver Island clients this vast selection is something we are very proud of and are looking forward to seeing the final design outcomes of our first few Hunter Douglas projects.”

Call any one of the Budget Blinds locations in the Comox Valley, Nanaimo or the Cowichan Valley and set up your free in-home consultation today. Budget Blinds' designers will work with your budget and lifestyle needs to create the perfect look for your home. With professional measuring and installation options, your new window coverings will be a highlight in your home for years to come.

 

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