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Dec 12, 2022

Happy Holidays From the Team at Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island

The team at Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island would like to wish their clients and the communities they serve a happy and healthy holiday season. Throughout 2022, Budget Blinds has continued to provide Vancouver Island residents with the great service they are known for.

Budget Blinds is well known for their in-person complimentary consultations with their in-house designers. These are now available in-person, or if you prefer, arrange a virtual consultation. And as always, Budget Blinds’ selection covers all price points and styles. From partnerships with famous brands like Hunter Douglas to their own in-house brands, you’ll find a style that meets your budget and your window coverings needs. From curtain to shutters, and from automation to unique window shapes, they’ve got you covered!

Contact Budget Blinds today:

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

 

Nov 27, 2022

New Homes with Carriage Homes For Sale at The Ridge in Courtenay

Three of the preferred builders at The Ridge have homes with carriage houses under construction in Courtenay, BC. Thanks to the innovative design and zoning at The Ridge, there are lots available to accommodate two dwellings on one lot.

What is a Carriage House?

A carriage house, also known as a coach house, is a separate building, typically at the rear of the primary home, that usually offers a garage or workshop on the main floor and a suite, or guest accommodation, home office or hobby/gym area on the 2ne floor. All of the upper floors in these three coach houses are designed as residences that can be legally rented out to generate a monthly income.

4033 Buckstone Road, Courtenay, BC 

Built by Coastal Custom Homes, this home includes a 2,538 sq ft two-storey home plus a carriage house that includes a 652 sq ft separate two-bedroom suite. In total, this property features 3,190 sq ft of living space which includes six bedrooms and four bathrooms in the two dwellings. 

Fantastic views of the Comox Glacier from both dwellings are stunning. This home will be completed in December 2022. 

MLS® 903686  | Price: $1,399,000 + GST
Contact: Dean Thompson RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty
Phone: 250.898.4777  Email: dean@deanthompson.ca

4009 Buckstone Road, Courtenay, BC

Built by Lawmar Contracting, the primary home features a 2,533 sq ft two-storey home with a detached three-bay garage and a carriage house which includes an 806 sq ft legal suite. This property has two dwellings totalling 3,339 sq ft and has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. 

This home features open views of the surrounding mountains. Occupancy is scheduled for late December or January 2023.

MLS® 906422 | Price: $1,450,000 + GST
Contact: Tracy Fogtmann  RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty
Cell: 250.331.1544 Email: tracy@tracyfogtmann.ca

4021 Buckstone Road, Courtenay, BC

Built by Smits Construction, this primary home plus the carriage home has a total of 3,200 sq ft in two dwellings. The carriage house contains a one-bedroom, one-bathroom suite and a two-car garage. In total, there are 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. 

This home features open views of the surrounding mountains. This home has been completed and is ready for occupancy.

MLS® 908011 | Price: $1,399,000 + GST
Nathan and Kim King at Engel & Volkers Vancouver Island
Cell | Nathan: 250650.5654  Email: kinggroup@evrealestate.com

These homes are located in one of the friendliest and prettiest neighbourhoods in Courtenay and on Vancouver Island. It is truly the best community to call home.

Contact your own realtor or one of the listing realtors to have a look at these beautiful properties. 

Nov 18, 2022

Calm or Colourful? 2023 Colours of The Year Offer Options

Bold or Subtle? The choice is yours, with this year’s leading paint producers announcing their colours of the year. And as always, once you’ve made your choice, your local Vancouver Island Budget Blinds stores are ready to help you incorporate your colours into your home!

The colours and messaging behind the selections this year from Sherwin Willams and Benjamin Moore offer striking differences. Sherwin Williams selected Redend Point, a subtle neutral that will appeal to a minimalist design aesthetic. On the other hand, Benjamin More chose the bold, bright, “look at me” colour of Raspberry Blush, sure to appeal to those not afraid to use colour.

"Redend Point is a heartening hue that invites compassion and connection into any space," said Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams when annoucing the colour selection. "The colour is a natural choice for those looking for a warm and joyful neutral in both interiors and exteriors. Build on its earthiness by utilizing the hue alongside natural-looking textiles and wood accents—or create a desert oasis by layering shades of terra-cotta and clay materials.”

Budget Blinds Inspired Shades Collection features woven shades with refined textures and natural fibers that perfectly complement Resend Point. Add white or natural linen sheer drapery panels to complete the look.

Unlike the subtle choice by Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore's pick for the 2023’s Colour of the Year is the vibrant Raspberry Blush. The saturated shade energizes a room for a bright, charismatic look that's anything but subtle!

After years of neutrals and grays, “People are ready to bring colour back into the home, taking a step outside their colour comfort zones,” said Andrea Magno, Color Marketing and Development Director at Benjamin Moore. “Raspberry Blush empowers the use of statement colors that deliver delight and personality while transforming rooms for incredible results."

Are you ready for raspberry walls and ceilings? For the maximalist, envelope a room in Raspberry Blush from the walls to the trim and the ceiling to wrap a room in an optimistic boldness. If that’s too bold of an option for you, make a smaller impact statement on a kitchen island or add a pop of Raspberry Blush in pillows or accent decor. Soft shades of gray, white, and beige balance the bright hue.

Or mix it with colours from the rest of Benjamin Moore’s 2023 palette, which includes a range of saturated tones varying from a deep blue to a sultry green to more rich chocolate and cinnamon hues. For Magno, all of these share one unifying commonality: “They’re all happy. And we all need a bit of that right now.”

Your home is a place to express your personality and feature the colours and décor you love. It should be your happy place! That is why Budget Blinds offers a range of products. From soothing neutrals and minimalist modern roller shades to rich fabrics in bold colours for drapes. 

Plus, did you know they can create a one-of-a-kind custom fabric to match any colour? Budget Blinds’ exclusive DesignINK program allows your local Budget Blinds to create a fabric to match any paint colour you like. Schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with your local Budget Blinds today to learn more.

Cowichan Valley

Nanaimo-Oceanside

North Island - Courtenay

 

Nov 12, 2022

Open House at Crown Isle Patio Homes

Integra Homes, a long time builder in the Crown Isle Golf Community has recently announced the opening of their new show home at Silverstone Estates. This uniquely situated patio home development is located between the 14th, 15th and 16th fairways of the award-winning Crown Isle Golf Course in Courtenay, BC. Integra Homes will be building all 48 homes with staggered completion dates. Sales in this development have been steady, with 70% of the units sold or pending in Phases 1 and 2

There are only six available patio homes to choose from in Phases 1 and 2. Three remaining homes in Phase 1 all offer a courtyard view, some featuring sunset views over the mountains. Three remaining homes in the second phase face the 16th fairway and the Comox Glacier. These Craftsman/Farmhouse-style homes feature unobstructed views of the nearby lakes and fairways, the Comox Glacier and surrounding mountain range. Prices range from $920,000 to $1,100,000.

Patio Home Floor Plans

Silverstone Estates has a variety of patio home floor plans to suit any family living arrangement. These homes range in size from 1,437 to 1,983 sq. ft. A one level or rancher design is available, as are other units that have an upper floor with additional space for a guest room, an extra bathroom and even extra storage space. 

All Ages Welcome!

Residents of all ages are warmly welcomed at Silverstone Estates and the development is pet-friendly. The Crown Isle neighbourhood is pedestrian and bike-friendly with sidewalks, trails and cycling routes for all to enjoy. The Comox Airport (YYQ) is only 10 minutes away, and Mount Washington is a quick 30 minute drive. Shopping amenities, plus North Island College, the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre and the Comox Valley Hospital are just five minutes away. This is a perfect location!

Open House at the Silverstone Estates Show Home

Location: 1444 Crown Isle Drive, Courtenay, BC

Hours: Friday to Sunday from 1 to 4pm

For more information about touring our show home, contact Integra Homes. Email: debra@integrahomescv.ca

November 2022 - Prices and availability are subject to change without notice

Oct 03, 2022

Budget Blinds Celebrates Anniversary with a Massive Giveaway

Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island is celebrating 30 years of serving Island communities with a  $30,000 giveaway!

Open to Vancouver Island homeowners, this 30th anniversary contest will award 3 prizes worth 15K, 10K and 5K in credit toward products and services from Budget Blinds.

Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island is a locally owned and operated business, with several locations to serve you! Known for their fabulous customer service and extensive products lines, Budget Blinds has been helping Vancouver Island families with beautiful and functional window coverings for 30 years.

They offer complimentary in-home consultations to ensure you get the right product for your needs, with expert guidance. Installation options are also available to guarantee the correct fit every time.

Enter their anniversary contest today, and you could be on your way to a whole new look for your home!

Be sure to read the full contest rules. Entry deadline is Nov. 13, 2022.

For more inspiration, visit your local store today:

Cowichan Valley

Nanaimo-Oceanside

North Island - Courtenay

 

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

 

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