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Dec 13, 2021

Celebrate the Season at The Ridge

The community you choose to call home is so important, and The Ridge once again is showing why it is becoming such a popular neighbourhood in Courtenay. A friendly competition is underway between neighbours for their third annual holiday lighting contest. Many residents are participating in creating a festive atmosphere for the entire community to enjoy. The holiday season is the time when the neighbours come together to lift the spirits of everyone who visit the area. 

The community's first Christmas decoration contest was held in 2019, when a few of the residents joined together to acknowledge the homeowners who went above and beyond to decorate their homes and yards for the holdiay season. The residents established criteria, made the top choices and Buckstone Developments awarded prizes to the homeowners. 

This year the friendly-judging will take place mid-December. The winners and honourable mentions will be posted on The Ridge Facebook page - stay tuned!

In the meantime, take the time to drive or stroll through The Ridge neighbourhood. The results are truly beautiful as most of the homes are lit up with both traditional and creative lighting displays. People of all ages will be dazzled by the festive displays. Take a breath and enjoy these special moments.


Dec 05, 2021

Budget Blinds - Local Business Supporting Local Charities

One of the many great reasons to support local businesses is they also support your community! This month, a percentage of all sales at Budget Blinds will be donated to a number of Vancouver Island charities (and there’s a bonus in it for you too - see below).

In 2021, your locally owned and operated Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island stores are supporting:

  • Campbell River Habitat for Humanity
  • YANA
  • Nanaimo Ladysmith School Foundation
  • Ladysmith Resource Center
  • Catnap Society
  • Vancouver Island Crisis Society

Budget Blinds is donating 5% of all sales this month to these charities.

And in December they’re also giving back to you with 30% off all orders this month! Regardless of your budget or style, Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island has the window covering solutions for your home. Whether it's a single room or a full house, basic blinds or home automation, your local store is ready to help. With free in-home or virtual consultations with their designers, you’ll be sure to find the perfect match for your windows.

Contact your local store today:

Cowichan Valley
Call: 250.924.0249

Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay


Nov 13, 2021

Call Budget Blinds' Designers for a Free Consultation Today

Designing any new element of your home can be overwhelming - and frustrating if you don’t have a designer’s eye, or a handyman at home!

If you’re looking to update your window treatments or technology, talk to the experts at Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island. With in-house design consultants and professional installation your home updates can be beautiful, stress free and completed on budget.

Paula Pilcher is one of Budget Blinds’ style consultants. Her complimentary services can be in-home or virtual. Paula has several years of experience in the arts, and in design. She has worked for many years in the window coverings industry, and brings a passion for assisting her clients in finding the perfect products.

And always remember - no project is too big or too small for Budget Blinds’ consultants, and the consultations are always free. Whether you’re updating a whole house or a single room, Paula and the other consultants are ready to help.

Budget Blinds offers products for every budget - from high-end designer window coverings to budget friendly options for every room in your home.

Contact your local - and locally owned - Budget Blind today!

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249


Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay



Nov 06, 2021

Quick Possession Homes at The Ridge in Courtenay, BC

Move into one of the best neighbourhoods in Courtenay, BC - The Ridge! The preferred builders in this community have been building sought-after homes for the past eight years. Currently there are a variety of homes plans and locations to choose from. These custom-designed floor plans take advantage of the mountain and ocean views. Take a look at the current phase to see what lots are available.

Floor Plan Choices

New homes are under construction now by preferred builders, with some available for quick posession, and some with time to customize some options. Homes at The Ridge can be built in a variety of styles, including bungalows, with a walk-up or walk-out basement options. Basements can be finished as legal secondary suites. Many of these homes will be completed in the Spring of 2022.

The Ridge, One of the Best Neighbourhoods in Courtenay!

One of the best ways to find out how residents feel about their neighbourhood is to hear directly from them. The Ridge website features many testimonials from area residents including one from James and his family who recently relocated there. Here is an excerpt:

“Our family includes my wife, our children, ages 5 and 9 and my parents. We were living in the UK and my parents were living on the lower mainland, and together we were looking for a place to relocate to on Vancouver Island, away from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities. We chose a home in The Ridge and moved here in the summer of 2021. We are proud owners!”
Submitted by James and his family, residents at The Ridge

Contact one of the Preferred Builders to find out more about available homes:

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 
Nathan Smits  Email:nathansmits@hotmail.com

Start your journey towards living the Vancouver Island lifestyle at The Ridge. Many homes at The Ridge offer spectacular ocean and mountain views.  Contact the builders to find out more about purchasing a new home at The Ridge.

Oct 27, 2021

Add Automation to Your Window Coverings With Budget Blinds

While you’ve probably added a smart speaker, maybe a programmable thermostat or a monitoring doorbell to your home, have you considered automating your window coverings? Blinds and shades can be automated to enhance the comfort and security of your home!

Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island is a leader in automation for window coverings as well as other home technology.

The Smart Home Collection by Budget Blinds includes brands like Somfy®, SONOS, and other top tech brands to offer homeowners a full offering of state-of-the-art, intuitive solutions for today’s home. You can control your window coverings, lighting, climate, home security and entertainment systems, with the push of a button from your smart device, handheld remote control, or keypad. 

But no need to buy everything new! Budget Blinds can work with your existing window coverings to retrofit them with any of this new technology. Motorized retrofit solutions will offer significant savings over an all-new motorized system, and allow you to program window coverings on timers to open and close at specific times during the day to help save on energy costs. You can even select from several control options - from wireless wall switches to hand-held remotes.

Automated window treatments allow you to control and schedule the positioning of your window coverings for enhanced, on-demand privacy, and since they are cordless, they provide a safer environment for children and pets. Motorized window treatments also include unique sensors that allow you to increase energy efficiency by automatically adjusting your window coverings with rising temperatures. 

Contact Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island today to learn how you can simplify and automate your home:

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249


Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay



Oct 07, 2021

Silverstone Estates Patio Homes For Sale in the Crown Isle Community

Integra Homes, a well-respected and experienced builder in the Comox Valley, has started construction on a new patio home development within the Crown Isle Golf Community called Silverstone Estates. These new homes are nestled in the heart of the golf course, between the 14th and 15th fairways. This exclusive location will be particularly enticing to residents who love having a view of the fairways, ponds and local mountains. 

Phase 1 Under Construction

Construction is underway on Phase 1 which includes 11 new patio homes scheduled for occupancy in early 2022. When completed this development will include 48 new patio homes. There are a variety of floorplans to choose from, including two stand-alone homes, and nine additional patio homes. Here is an overview of the size, prices and availability of the patio homes.

Silverstone Estates

SL 1 | 1,983 sq. ft. | Show Home 

SL 2 | 1,805 sq. ft. | $912,000

SL 3 |1,805 sq. ft. |  $912,000 

SL 4 | 1,983 sq. ft. | $1,025,000 

SL 5 | 1,983 sq. ft. | $995,000 

SL 6 | 1,747 sq. ft. | $885,000 

SL 9 | 1,437 sq. ft. | $875,000

These patio homes have only recently been offered for sale and are already 40% sold in Phase 1. There is a pent up demand for this type of housing as it appeals to families of all ages and demographics. Silverstone Estates offers a special place to live the Vancouver Island lifestyle. You can find out more at their website:silverstonepatiohomes.com

Realtor: Bert Jaeger, at Engel & Volkers Vancouver Island North
Email: bert.jaeger@evrealestate.com
Text or Call: 250.898.8128


Sep 29, 2021

Meet Budget Blinds Style Consultant Chloe Traviss

Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island is proud to offer complimentary design consultations to help you sort through all of your window covering options.

Budget Blinds’ design professionals will help you find the exact right fit for your windows! In Campbell River, customers can meet with Chloe Traviss.

Chloe is a style consultant at Budget Blinds with many years of interior design experience. She started her design career with a sub-specialty in kitchens and home staging. Chloe has experience working on both new construction as well as renovations of all sizes. 

Chloe lives in Campbell River with her husband, daughter, and their new puppy. In her free time you can find Chloe at the ocean or exploring the beautiful outdoors Vancouver Island has to offer. 

Chloe is looking forward to building relationships with our new and past clients while bringing beautiful window coverings to the many homes of Campbell River. For all of your window covering needs, set up a free in-home consultation with Chloe and explore all of your options -  from draperies, to shades, shutters, window film, home automation and more. Chloe will professionally measure your windows and leave you with a free quote, all from the comfort of your own home. 

Additional Covid Safety measures are in place, and virtual consultations are also available.

Contact Chloe and the Campbell River team via the North Island location:
North Island - Courtenay


Sep 28, 2021

The Ridge is a Family Friendly Vancouver Island Neighbourhood

Some of the most important considerations when choosing a new neighbourhood for your family include safety, quiet neighbourhoods and a sense of community. The Ridge in Courtenay, BC has built up an excellent reputation during the past seven years for being one of the most family-friendly neighbourhoods in the Comox Valley.

All of the homes at The Ridge have both front and back yards and also include a deck or patio to relax in. Enjoy the mountain and ocean views from your heritage-style front porch or your private yard, great for the kids and pets.

Nearby amenities include grocery and retail stores, restaurants and coffee shops, banks, pharmacies and medical offices. Courtenay is a laid-back coastal community offering locally grown culinary delights, an active arts community and a vibrant music scene. There are a myriad of community activities for all ages including baseball, soccer, hockey, golf, sailing, dance, gymnastics and more. These activities are available within a 15 minute radius of The Ridge.

The Ridge 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 and the ocean’s edge. Mount Washington is located close by and offers summer activities such as hiking, mountain biking, chair lift rides and access to a zip line. Once the snow arrives, the focus shifts to skiing, snowboarding and snow shoeing.

The Cumberland and Courtenay recreation centres are located nearby as is the newly built Comox Valley Hospital, Aquatic Centre and the Comox Airport. Combine this close proximity to amenities with the easy access to breathtaking nature destinations and you have the best of both worlds.

This neighbourhood is family-friendly, dog-friendly and everyone-friendly. You will often see people waving to each other from across the street or from next door. You and your family will be welcomed by the other residents and will soon get to know each other. Here is a part of a testimonial from one of our residents, James and his family who share this exact sentiment:

“Often, we sit on our front porch and talk and wave to other residents. We have met a lot of new people at The Ridge and find everyone to be very friendly and personable.

“Our younger children are active in sports and we really like the close proximity to these activities from The Ridge. We also walk and bike around all of the trails at The Ridge and we often use the seaside trail to ride directly to the beach which is only minutes away.”

Read the full testimonial.

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


Posted September, 2021, conditions and availability subject to change without notice.


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.  



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