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Sep 28, 2022

Get Ready For Winter with Budget Blinds

Cooler weather will be here before we know it. Now is the time to prep your home to avoid sky-high heating bills this winter.

As much as 50% of a home's heating (and cooling) energy can be lost through windows. Energy efficient window treatments can make a signifant difference to help conserve energy.

Look to Budget Blinds for a number of great solutions that will look great, and save you money year-round. 

Modern options include:

  • Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, combine the soft look and energy efficiency of window shades with the functionality of horizontal blinds.
  • Layering your curtains or drapery with light filtering or room darkening liners to control light gaps and improve insulation retention.
  • Traditional wood shutters use an insulating design that helps make indoor spaces cooler in summer and warmer in winter, keeping your room at an ideal temperature.
  • Window film deflects up to 99% of damaging UV rays, reducing heat gain and protecting your furniture against harmful UV damage.
  • Floor-to-ceiling drapes that fold back against the wall. This allows the drapes to seal off the window, preventing drafts and loss of heat through convection. 

Learn more about all of the options at your local Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island:

Cowichan Valley
Call: 250.924.0249

Nanaimo-Oceanside
Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay
250.338.8564

 

Sep 25, 2022

This New Home at The Ridge Features a Carriage Home

One of the preferred builders at The Ridge in Courtenay - Smits Construction - is building a new home with a separate carriage house. Two separate homes on one residential lot provides a lot of unique options for the new owners. The suite above the garage may be used by independent family members or it can be rented out to generate additional income.

The Carriage House

The carriage house is located at the rear of the main home, accessible by a paved laneway. Featuring a modern, large one-bedroom suite (871 sq. ft.) it includes a 16’ by 13’ foot great room, a spacious kitchen, a bedroom with a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a shower and tub. 

The Main Home

This spacious family home offers 2,363 sq. ft. on two levels., with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. One of the bedrooms could easily be used as a home office or private den. The main floor offers a modern layout with 10-foot ceilings in the great room, which opens up to the dining room and kitchen. A covered patio just off the kitchen can be used as a casual family entry to the home and is easily accessible for year-round outdoor entertaining.

The primary bedroom is also on this level, and features a spacious walk-in closet and private ensuite.

The front of the home welcomes visitors through a covered entry and the spacious inside foyer opens up to the great room. From here, a beautiful staircase leads up to the upper floor. Two additional bedrooms, a third bathroom and a large loft are located on the upper level, giving you many options for family and guests. 

Residents love living at The Ridge in south Courtenay. Single-family homes in this community have been built in a variety of styles including two-storey homes, ranchers, and some include a secondary suite within the home.

This Smits Constrcution home will be completed and ready for occupancy in early October.

Contact the builder for more information:
Nathan Smits  Cell: 250-792-1560
Email: nathansmits@hotmail.com

Location: 4021 Buckstone Road, Courtenay, BC  V9N 0B4
Price: $1,399,000 + GST

Price and availability subject to change without notice.

Aug 31, 2022

Automate Your Home With Help from Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island

September brings with it new routines and schedules. Is your home ready to adjust?

Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island can help you with home automation to ensure that everything you need can be controlled with the push of a button. Turn your lights on automatically as you come home on those dark fall evenings. Adjust your motorized blinds to automatically maximize daylight in your home. Or use automation tools to enhance your home security while you’re away, with automatic lights and blinds.

While Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island is known for their extensive selection of window coverings, great prices and friendly service, they can provide so much more.

Budget Blinds has partnered with Lutron to offer whole home wireless automation. With Lutron’s® whole-home wireless automation, your Budget Blinds shades and blinds open and close at the touch of a button, or at a preselected time of day or night, giving you effortless control of your smart shades and blinds. With Lutron you can monitor and control lights from your smart device no matter where you are, or create personalized lighting schedules that change with the seasons.

Contact Budget Blinds today for a free virtual or in-home consultation and learn how their home automation solutions can make your home work better for you.

Contact your closest location today:

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249

Nanaimo-Oceanside

Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay

250.338.8564

 

Aug 12, 2022

Move-In Ready Patio Homes at Silverstone Estates in the Crown Isle Community of Courtenay, BC

This prime Vancouver Island patio home development offers the West Coast lifestyle of live-work-play. Ideally located in the Crown Isle Golf Community, residents will enjoy the breathtaking 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains, green spaces and golf course. Sit outside on your patio and bask in the natural beauty of this amazing place.

Integra Homes is the builder for this project and has so far sold over 60% of the patio homes in the first two phases, leaving just eight available homes to choose from. These patio homes will be ready for occupancy from October through December of 2022. 

Ranging in size from 1,437 sq. ft. for a rancher style home to a one-and-a-half storey home of 1,983 sq. ft. these homes offer one or two bedroom floorplans with a luxurious primary bedroom and ensuite. All of the homes include a small deck in the back yard and a front-drive garage. Some residents have already moved in, and other homes will be finished between October and December of this year. The show home will be completed in late September. Prices of these homes range from $912,000 to $1.1 million. 

Phase 3 | Eight New Homes Coming Soon!

This phase will prove to be one of the most popular phases within Silverstone Estates due to its prime location. All of the units face east and have an open view of the lakes and the 15th fairway at the Crown Isle Golf Course. The floorplans range in size from 1,437 to 1,775 sq. ft. 

Silverstone Estates welcomes people of all ages and it is pet-friendly. 

Location: 1444 Crown Isle Drive, Courtenay, BC | Crown Isle Golf Community

To find out more about Silverstone Estates, a patio home development on Vancouver Island, contact the realtor for more information, pricing and to arrange a tour.

Realtor: Bert Jaeger, Engel & Volkers Vancouver Island North
Email: bert.jaeger@evrealestate.com
Text or Call: 250.898.9128

August 2022 | Pricing and availability subject to change without notice.

 

Jul 28, 2022

3 Signs It's Time to Replace Those Worn Out Window Coverings

Is it time to update your blinds? If it’s not just about aesthetics, consider these other signs it might be time for new window coverings: 

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 is not only unpleasant to look at, it 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, honeycomb or cellular cordless shades or roller shades are an excellent upgrade for your home. 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 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.

Where Should You Start?

Do you need new window treatments but don't know where to start? Budget Blinds of Vancuver Island 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 Budget Blinds location today:

Cowichan Valley
Call: 250.924.0249

Nanaimo-Oceanside
Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay
250.338.8564

 

Jul 16, 2022

This Move-In Ready Home in Courtenay Comes With a Secondary Suite

Lawmar Contracting, a 30-year custom builder in the Comox Valley is wrapping up construction on a new home that will be move-in ready in August. This home is located at The Ridge, a scenic and popular community in Courtenay, BC.

Two Level Home with Secondary Suite

This two-storey home is 2,638 sq. ft., plus a separate self-contained legal suite on the ground floor. The upper floor of the main residence offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms, including the spacious primary suite with a luxurious three-piece ensuite and walk-in closet. The open concept kitchen, dining area and great room, feature expansive views of the mainland Coastal Mountains, Comox Bay and the Beaufort Mountain Range, highlighted by oversized windows and doors. The large deck features glass railings, letting in additional light to the home and providing an extended outdoor space to take in the scenery.

Self-Contained Secondary Suite

The self-contained secondary suite is spacious and features nine-foot ceilings and large bright windows. This residence offers a full kitchen, one bedroom and one bathroom. Also featured is a deck leading to the backyard. You can choose to rent the suite as a mortgage helper or enjoy the additional space for a family member or for guests. A legal suite in your home provides long-term options and increases the value of the property.

3282 Eagleview Drive, Courtenay, BC | $1,285,000 + GST | MLS #905976

This new custom home includes a double car garage, with additional storage in the large crawl space. It comes with a 10-year New Home Warranty and is located very close to the amenities and recreational opportunities in the Comox Valley, on beautiful Vancouver Island. This home will be ready for occupancy in August of 2022.

Lawmar Contracting has two additional homes nearing completion – a rancher and a second two-storey home that includes a carriage house. These homes will be completed in the fall of 2022.

For more information please contact Lawmar Contracting’s realtor, Tracy Fogtmann at RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty. Cell: 1 (250) 331-1544 Email: tracy@tracyfogtmann.ca

Jun 30, 2022

Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island is Keeping Busy In Your Community

Running a specialized local business through a pandemic can be a challenge, but Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island owner Tara Anderson built on her community connections to thrive over the past few years. And of course, while people stayed home and focussed on making their homes more comfortable and functional, Budget Blinds stayed busy helping them.

Tara and her co-owner David Anderson have lived and worked on Vancouver Island since 2016. Their community-based, grass-roots marketing style helped them build long lasting business relationships. They work with home builders in a number of communities, who have also kept them busy as construction has boomed across the Island.

While Budget Blinds can of course provide a standard set of blinds, they offer customers so much more. From home automation to custom draperies, they can provide solutions for any home at any price point. And for those people who don’t know where to start, their free in home consultations are a great way to get the ball rolling with the help of their experts.

Contact your local Budget Blinds store today to get started on your window covering updates today:

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249

Nanaimo-Oceanside

Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay

250.338.8564

 

May 28, 2022

Build Your Dream Home With the Preferred Builders at The Ridge in Courtenay

Spring is here and new home construction activity continues to be busy at The Ridge in Courtenay, BC. The six preferred builders in this community were selected because of their experience, high construction standards and ongoing customer service. More than 160 homes have already been built in this community and many new homes are under construction. When complete, this scenic development on Vancouver Island will include 230 single family homes. 

New Homes Now Available

Two preferred builders have new homes that will be ready for occupancy in Spring, 2022.

Coastal Custom Homes has a newly constructed home for sale at The Ridge Courtenay, BC

This custom-designed home includes 3,300 sq. ft. over two storeys. The main living area offers 2,600 sq. ft. of living space and includes five bedrooms, three baths and an additional flex room, perfect for an exercise area or a media room. The lower floor features a 700 sq. ft. one-bedroom, one-bath self-contained legal suite that can be used for family, guests or tenants. This property will be fully fenced and landscaped.

Location: 3291 Eagleview Crescent, Courtenay, BC
Price: $1,325,000 + GST
Contact: Coastal Custom Homes | coastalcustomhomes.ca
Dean Vershuur  Cell: 250.465.2205  Email: dean@coastalcustomhomes.ca

Candor Developments has a 1½ storey home located at The Ridge. This 2,000 sq. ft. home includes three bedrooms, a den and 2½ baths and is located on a large corner lot. will be ready for occupancy in April 2022. This property is fully fenced and landscaped.

Location: 4006 Southwalk Drive, Courtenay, BC
Contact: Candor Developments | Email: info@candordevelopments.ca
Realtor: Richelle Newson
Email: info@candordevelopments.ca Phone: 778- 977-2029

Find out more about the new homes at The Ridge by contacting the preferred builders directly:

Lawmar Contracting | 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
Isaac Bale  Cell: 778.995.2529  Email: info@candordevelopments.ca

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

Availability and conditions are subject to change without notice.

May 10, 2022

Keep Cool This Summer - And Warm Next Winter - With Help From Budget Blinds

Big bright windows are a fabulous feature in any home, but have you considered how they affect your home’s heating and cooling?

As much as 50% of a home's heating and cooling energy can be lost through the windows, costing you extra money and making it difficult to regulate home temperatures. Many experts agree that an average house featuring 15 windows outfitted with energy efficient window coverings can achieve an annual energy savings of approximately $150. Remember, “it’s the little things” such as energy efficient window treatments, that make a difference in helping to conserve energy.

So rather than cranking up your heat or air conditioning to avoid uncomfortable temperatures inside your home, look to Budget Blinds for a number of great solutions. Choose from an array of versatile blinds, shades, shutters, and window film that are practical, energy efficient, and stylish.

Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, combine the soft look and energy efficiency of window shades with the functionality of horizontal blinds.

Layering your curtains or drapery with light filtering or room darkening liners helps control light gaps and improve insulation retention.

Traditional wood shutters use an insulating design that helps make indoor spaces cooler in summer and warmer in winter, keeping your room at an ideal temperature.

Window film deflects up to 99% of damaging UV rays, reducing heat gain and protecting your furniture against harmful UV damage.

To maximize energy efficiency, consider our floor-to-ceiling drapes that fold back against the wall. This allows the drapes to seal off the window, preventing drafts and loss of heat through convection. 

Learn more about all of the options at your local Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island:

Cowichan Valley
Call: 250.924.0249

Nanaimo-Oceanside
Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay
250.338.8564

 

Apr 12, 2022

Home and Business Automation Options From Lutron and Budget Blinds

Could your home or business benefit from more automation options? Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island offers a variety of automation options with Lutron smart shades, blinds and more

Smart shades, lights, and thermostats from Lutron all integrate easily with your choice of smart home devices that that include Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Nest, Sonos, and more.

You’ll be able to monitor and control your smart window treatments, lights, and home temperature from any mobile device by using the Lutron app. Use the app to create lighting schedules that change with the seasons.

With Lutron, your home or business shades and blinds can be programmed to automatically open and close for peace of mind and energy savings. Using the Lutron app, you can automatically tilt your wood blinds to preset angles throughout the day to diffuse sunlight and maximize the light in your space. Programmable features allow you to use heating or cooling only when you need it for maximum energy efficiency.

And best of all, they install quickly and easily, with no new wiring required.

Start your home automation with just a single window or room - Lutron automated shading systems are designed for modular expandability. 

And Bugget Blinds will measure, install and do it all for you. It’s smart and easy. Ask about Lutron smart home automation today! 

Contact your local store today to learn more: 

Cowichan Valley

Call: 250.924.0249

Nanaimo-Oceanside

Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay

250.338.8564

 

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