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Aug 15, 2021

Black Out The Light for a Better Sleep With Budget Blinds

As the kids get ready to head back to school, getting them back on a regular sleep schedule can be a challenge. But, Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island is here to help! 

Black out shades or curtains can help get kids to bed on time, in a properly darkened room. Especially through the late summer, while we still have longer days and it can be difficult to settle into a regular sleep routine, something as easy as changing out the window coverings can make all the difference.

Your local Budget Blinds store can provide a live or virtual in-home design consultation, and can offer professional measuring and installation services, which means one less thing for you to prep for back to school.

As seasons change, it’s a great time to review your window coverings needs. For light control, for security and for temperature regulation, your window coverings are more than just pretty to look at. Having the right window coverings in each space can make your home more comfortable year round.

Contact your local Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island store today, to get set up for success to start the school year!

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249


Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay



Aug 12, 2021

Activities and Adventures to Enjoy From Your Home at The Ridge in Courtenay, BC

The Ridge is an established Comox Valley neighbourhood, with construction of new homes currently underway in Phase 3B. This quiet and scenic location is situated in south Courtenay, close to many favourite community places and activities. Area residents love the easy access to the many nearby recreational activities that provide fun for all ages.

Here are just some of the many highlights of the Comox Valley to explore:

  • Swim at Comox Lake
  • Walk along the Courtenay Riverway Trail
  • Tour the Comox Marina and historic Filberg Park
  • Play and swim at one of many warm, sandy ocean beaches
  • Visit Mount Washington for a zip line tour, hike or mountain bike ride
  • Stroll the streets of historic Cumberland
  • Try your hand at fly fishing at the river
  • Golf at one of the many golf courses close by
  • Enjoy a local wine tour
  • Sample craft breweries as part of the BC Ale Trail
  • Taste the locally grown food prepared at our many fabulous restaurants
  • Shop local boutiques in Downtown Courtenay
  • Pick local produce at the Farmers Markets
  • Tour the Royston Wrecks
  • Take a hike through any of the many forested parks or walk the river trails
  • Go whale watching
  • Take a fossil tour along the Puntledge River
  • Visit the Palaeontology Centre at the Courtenay Museum
  • Bike riding on many designated routes and trails

There are plenty of recreational choices for everyone in the Comox Valley. Residents here are proud of the area's natural and cultural heritage. The views are breathtaking almost everywhere in the Comox Valley. Come and enjoy any of the activities for yourself and your family. You will be very happy that you did some exploring!

If you are interested in receiving more information about the new homes at The Ridge, contact their preferred builders, who all have a proven track record of building quality homes in this neighbourhood. They have reserved home lots in the newest phase.  



Aug 06, 2021

Scratch and Save With Budget Blinds This August

Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island is holding its annual scratch and save sale, on all month! You can earn 25-40% off your new order, and there are numerous bonus prizes available as well, including 50% off motorization, save the GST and more. The sale applies to new orders only and goes until August 31.

Budget Blinds locations on Vancouver Island are all locally owned and operated, and they are well known for their great service, selections and savings.

Enjoy a complimentary in-home consultation with one of their designers to ensure you’re getting the right fit for your home, and a budget that suits your family’s needs. With options at all price points, and the great savings from the scratch and save sale, now is the time to invest in new window coverings. 

Refresh and renew

New blinds, shades or curtains are a great way to update not only the look of your home, but also the functionality. The right window coverings can help control light and temperature year round, as well as provide added security for your home.

Contact Budget Blinds today to find out more about their services and their scratch and save sale.

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249


Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay



Jul 30, 2021

People are Moving to The Ridge in Courtenay - and They Love Living There!


The Ridge welcomed its first residents eight years ago, and homeowners love living at The Ridge. When people first arrive at this subdivision, many are surprised at the overall beauty and peacefulness of the area. 

The Ridge Neighbourhood

The scenery is truly beautiful, with ocean views over the Comox Marina, the surrounding Beaufort Mountain Range and of course, views of the iconic Comox Glacier. Bald eagles and swans fly overhead. Deer can be seen awndering near the pond.

Wide boulevards and sidewalks are an invitation to all residents to come and explore. These wide sidewalks and pathways make for a great place for biking and skateboarding and they are scooter-friendly. Take a tour around the area, or be adventurous and walk or ride your bike on the trail that leads directly to the Royston Seaside Trail or Millard Creek Park.

Quiet and Safe

There is no through traffic at The Ridge. When you drive into the community, you're coming home, not going through the area to somewhere else. For this reason, it is very quiet as there is only local traffic. 

Parents of young families can relax, knowing their children can safely play at the large community park. This park has a very large grassed area and a play structure for younger children. This area is visible from many homes at The Ridge, making it easier to see your family members at a quick glance. 

All street lighting in the subdivision are designed to “dark sky” standards, making star gazing a joy.

Popularity of The Ridge is Growing 

More and more people are finding out about this jewel of a community. The residents are very friendly, making an effort to welcome newcomers to the neighbourhood. There is a sense of community amongst home owners, as everyone begins to know each other. Take a drive to The Ridge and look at the high quality construction of new homes that are being built by their preferred builders. Residents “Love Living at The Ridge.”


Jul 18, 2021

New Custom Homes in Greystone Estates at Crown Isle Golf Community

The Crown Isle Community is a beautiful neighbourhood of residences situated around an award-winning golf course in Courtenay, BC. Greystone Estates is the newest subdivision in Crown Isle, offering 54 new estate home sites in this sought-after community on Vancouver Island. Greystone Estates is located in the middle of the 8th, 9th and 10th fairways. Here, you are steps away from the Crown Isle Clubhouse. For the avid golfer, this location is truly wonderful as it is a short stroll to the first tee.

During the past 30 years, 900 homes have been built in the Crown Isle community with a mixture of single-family homes, patio homes, townhomes and condominiums. The Crown Isle Golf Community continues to build on its legacy with the addition of Greystone Estates.

Integra Homes - Custom Home Builder in Crown Isle

Integra Homes is a well-respected custom home builder in the area, having built up an excellent reputation with their clients. They are one of two builders who have reserved a selection of lots in Greystone Estates. They plan to start construction on these new lots in August of 2021. Choose from a variety of floor plans and home designs, or customize to suit your family.

Residential building guidelines in the Crown Isle Community ensure quality and consistency for new home construction. Greystone Estates is situated in a desirable, scenic location close to many amenities. The Crown Isle Clubhouse, a hub for golfing, socializing and dining, is located just minutes away. 

For more information about floor plans and construction start dates contact:
Bill Larson Email: bill@integrahomescv.ca
Website: www.integrahomescv.ca


Posted in July 2021

Conditions, availability and price subject to change without notice.


Jun 28, 2021

Is it Time to Replace Your Damaged or Outdated Window Coverings?

Window coverings need updating from time to time, just like other items in your home. They can get worn and damaged, or may not match your current decor.  Sometimes though it's unclear when it's the right time to replace your window coverings. 

Here's a list of 4 reasons to upgrade your existing window treatments, courtesy of Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island.

1. Warped, Bent or Broken Slats

Faux wood blinds will bend when exposed to high heat for long periods, while wooden blinds warp when exposed to moisture. Aluminum blinds also dent when you apply heavy pressure. The damage creates an unpleasant appearance and can cause difficulty during operation.
Solar/roller shades might be a great replacement choice for those windows that get a lot of sun. Choose from a range of opacities to filter light, heat, and harmful UV rays.
And while aluminum blinds can be a cost efficient choice in offices or commercial settings, it's best to avoid aluminum blinds at home, especially if you have kids or pets, because they dent easily.  Additionally, they often also have cords which create a choking hazard.
Honeycomb or cellular cordless shades or roller shades are an excellent upgrade because they're child-friendly, available in light-filtering to room darkening, and are flexible, very durable, and easy to clean.

2. The Window Treatments Are Difficult to Open

Do you struggle to open your blinds and shades or draw your curtains? If so, it means that your opening mechanisms are damaged or are simply worn out and need to be replaced. For corded blinds, the damage may also be tangling or broken cords. For non-motorized curtains and drapes, opening and closing may be restricted due to jammed curtain tracks. The carriers in the track could be off or the cord control is simply worn out and frayed, making the curtains even harder to operate.
Frayed cords that have outlived their years are also difficult to operate. A new set of blinds helps you eliminate operation issues and the frustration of not being able to raise or lower your blinds. You may also experience problems with old, motorized blinds, or shades. Automation has improved greatly, with new motorization options from rechargeable to smart home apps. Replace outdated technology and enjoy opening and closing your window treatments with the push of a button on your smartphone.

3. Discolored Slats and Fabrics

Over years of use and exposure to weather elements, the slats on your blinds and wood shutters lose their color and begin to yellow. UV rays from the sun discolor the material, making your blinds and shutters appear faded and outdated. New window treatments are pleasing to the eye, especially if you're looking to upgrade your home for sale. Homebuyers are more willing to give your house a chance if the window treatments are as new as the freshly painted walls in the rest of the house.

4. Out of Style

Do you think that your horizontal blinds are out of style? Perhaps the floral patterns on your curtains are outdated? Upgrading your house to a contemporary more modern on-trend style is a perfect reason to upgrade all your window treatments. Fortunately, you can still find blinds, shutters, shades, and drapes that match your updated style while allowing natural light control, privacy, and beauty in your home. It's wise to invest in custom window treatments that fit each window perfectly.
Also, after years of using the same style, changing your window treatments is rejuvenating for you and your home.
If you're looking to cut energy costs, shades and blinds are great choices because there are varieties with solar insulation properties. The best part is that you can choose different window treatments for every room to serve the space's needs.

Where Should You Start?

Do you need new window treatments but don't know where to start? Budget Blinds has the solution for you. Schedule a free consultation with us to receive expert guidance on window treatments for a fresh look or sale upgrade.

Contact your closest Vancouver Island Budget Blinds location today:

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249


Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay



Jun 28, 2021

New Homes by Preferred Builders at The Ridge

In this sizzling real estate market, it can be a challenge to find and purchase a new home. At The Ridge in Courtenay, the development has preferred builders, who have a proven track record of building new quality homes in this neighbourhood. They have reserved home lots in their newest phase

These preferred builders at The Ridge are bringing on extra teams of carpenters and sub-trades in order to have new homes ready for occupancy in the coming months. New homes at The Ridge are being built in a variety of styles that include ranchers, and two-storey designs, some with a walk-out basement. Some of these new homes will have a secondary suite and some lots have the option to build a coach house.

Candor Developments has a home under construction on Eagleview Crescent in Courtenay, BC, with 926 sq. ft. on the main floor and 890 sq. ft. on the second floor. This family home will feature three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a great room with a gas fireplace, an open concept kitchen with an accompanying dining area and a covered outside deck.

This home is not being listed for sale at this time. Anyone interested in purchasing this home may contact the realtor for updates on when the home will be completed.
Realtor: Richelle Newson Cell: 778-977-2029 | Email: hello@realestatebyrichelle.com

Find out more. Contact one of the Preferred Builders at The Ridge:

Lawmar Contracting | lawmar.ca
Lawrie McIntyre  Phone: 250.338.7637  Email: lawrie@lawmar.ca

Brando Construction | brandoconstruction.com
Realtor: Bill Anglin  Cell: 250.703.6119  Email:info@courtneyanglin.com

Coastal Custom Homes | coastalcustomhomes.ca
Dean Vershuur  Cell: 250.465.2205  Email: dean@coastalcustomhomes.ca

Candor Developments Inc. | candordevelopments.ca
Realtor: Richelle Newson Cell: 778-977-2029 | Email: hello@realestatebyrichelle.com

Grand Legacy Homes
Wayne Schick  Cell: 250.702.2251  Email: wayne@grandlegacy.ca

 Smits Construction Ltd. Nathan Smits
250.792.1560 Email: Nathansmits@hotmail.com

Please check our site plan to see about the availability of homes with our preferred builders.
June 2021: Availability and conditions subject to change without notice.

May 31, 2021

Keep Cool This Summer With Help From Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island

As the days get longer and warmer, summer is really starting to heat up on Vancouver Island. As we all stay closer to home this year, you may find your indoor spaces getting a little too warm and bright.

Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island is ready to help! With Covid-19 safety protocols in place, they are open to help you find cool comfort in the form of new window coverings.

If your home office window is causing a glare on your computer screen, or the nursery is too bright at nap time, Budget Blinds has the solution for your unique needs that will match your decor and your budget.

Consider solar or cellular shades to keep your home cool through the warmest months of the year!

With three 3 locally-owned storefronts and virtual assistance, Budget Blinds is close wherever you are on Vancouver Island. Their interior designers can come to you or work with you remotely to select window coverings for any room in your home. Budget Blinds' professional installation ensures the entire process is quick and easy.

Enjoy cooler indoor temperatures, protect your furniture and artwork from UV rays and add a stylish touch to your home this summer with the help of Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island.

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

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249


Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay


May 28, 2021

Homes with Suite Options at The Ridge in Courtenay

The Ridge in Courtenay, BC has zoning to allow secondary or inlaw suites as part of the new homes in this community. Suited homes are great for buyers seeking a mortgage helper or to provide separate accommodation to family members. They also provide an attractive option to multi-generational families to live in a home together.  

3398 Eagleview Drive, Courtenay, BC

Grand Legacy Homes, one of The Ridge’s preferred builders has a new home under construction that features 2,800 sq. ft. over two floors. The upper floor includes three bedrooms and two baths and the full basement contains additional storage space plus a 700 sq. ft. one bedroom self-contained suite. This home also features spectacular mountain views. This home will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2021 and is being offered for sale directly by the builder.

For more information regarding pricing and floorplans, contact:
Grand Legacy Homes, Wayne Schick
Cell: 250.702.2251  Email: wayne@grandlegacy.ca

New Homes are Available in Phase 3B

Phase 3B at The Ridge is their newest phase and includes 61 large residential lots. These lots are suitable for building a variety of home styles including rancher/bungalow homes, two-storey homes, and homes with secondary/inlaw suites. There are also have a few lots suitable for a separate carriage home at the rear of the property. Now is the time to start your inquiry with their preferred builders towards buying your new home while there is still inventory available.

Spectacular Mountain and Ocean Views

Everyone who lives at The Ridge talks about being surrounded by nature and the spectacular sunrises and beautiful sunsets. You'll have a front-row seat to some of the most amazing mountain and ocean views including the Comox Glacier. Come by and take a look at our much-loved neighbourhood. Stop and talk to any of our residents and they are happy to share their experiences about living at The Ridge.

Contact their Preferred Builders for more information about available lots and home designs.

Posted in May 2021, availability subject to change without notice.

May 14, 2021

New Patio Home Development Coming to Crown Isle Golf Community

The news that the Crown Isle Golf Community in Courtenay, BC will be offering new patio homes in their neighbourhood is welcome news to people seeking to relocate to Vancouver Island. Silverstone Patio Homes will be offering a mix of single-family homes, duplexes and tri-plexes among it’s 48 homes. Located between the 14th and 15th fairways of the Crown Isle Golf Course, homeowners will have a front row seat to views of the rolling fairways, lakes, the Comox Glacier and the surrounding Beaufort Mountain Range. 

During the past 25 years, the owners of Crown Isle have developed a thriving community for more than 900 households. The mix of homes includes single-family, patio/duplex homes, tri-plexes and condominiums. There are only a few patio home developments in the area, and this selectively chosen location for Silverstone Patio Homes will be a welcome addition. This setting is one of the most scenic in the entire community.


Silverstone Patio homes will be located between the 14th and 15th fairways, with access from Crown Isle Drive onto a dedicated road to these homes. For avid golfers, this is the perfect place to be, as it is located minutes away from the Crown Isle Clubhouse and the first fairway. The Crown Isle Shopping centre is only a few blocks away, offering quick access to grocery and retail stores, restaurants, coffee shops, medical and dental offices and additional amenities.

The Builder, Integra Homes

Integra Homes, one of the most respected builders in the Crown Isle Community, is the builder for this project. Bill Larson and his team have been building in the Crown Isle Community for the past decade. They pride themselves on providing quality workmanship combined with a skilled workforce to deliver a home that you will love from the day you move in and for years to come.

Construction Timeline

Site preparation is expected to be underway in the Spring/Summer of 2021. Construction of the new patio homes is scheduled to be underway once all approvals are in place. 

For more information about floor plans and construction start dates contact Bill Larson:
Website: www.integrahomescv.ca

Posted May, 2021. Conditions subject to change without notice.


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