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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


Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay



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

Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay


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


Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay



Apr 06, 2022

New Patio Homes on Vancouver Island

Integra Homes, a custom home builder in the Comox Valley is building a new patio home development within the Crown Isle Golf Community called Silverstone Estates. These 48 homes offer a selection of floor plans and range in size from 1,437 to 1,983 sq. ft. Phase 1 includes 11 new homes and will be ready for occupancy by the second quarter of 2022 - there are three homes left in this phase that are available for purchase.  Phase 2 includes nine patio homes and will be completed by the end of 2022.

These patio homes have been built in a Craftsman/Farmhouse style and offer stunning panoramic views of the Comox Glacier and the local mountain range. This development is one-of-a-kind, nestled into the heart of the Crown Isle Golf Course, between the 14th and 15th fairways, located just minutes from the impressive Clubhouse. Sales have been brisk, as 50% of the patio homes have been sold. Prices start at $898,000 + GST. 

Crown Isle Golf Course

Crown Isle is an award-winning Platinum-rated golf course that is superbly manicured and maintained. Playable for golfers at all levels, the course is designed in a resort style with a dynamic set of tees to meet the needs of any golfer. 

This Par 72, 18-hole course offers gorgeous views on every fairway. It also boasts a first-class driving range with chipping & putting greens. 

In October of 2020, the Professional Golf Association (PGA) of BC chose Crown Isle as their Golf Facility of the Year. This acknowledgment from the PGA demonstrates the high quality of the golfing experience at Crown Isle. Surrounded by lakes and gently rolling landscapes, these fairways offer yardage ranging from 5,854 to 7,024 yards for championship tees.

If you or any member of your family is a golfer, you will enjoy this exclusive location, as the Crown Isle Clubhouse hosts active leagues for women, men and junior golfers. Open 12 months of the year, golfing is encouraged through all of the seasons. This community is family and pet friendly, welcoming residents of all ages.

If you have been thinking about moving to Vancouver Island, Silverstone Estates might be just the place you have been looking for.

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

Note: Availability and pricing subject to change without notice as of April 2022.


Mar 28, 2022

Your New Home Investment is Protected at The Ridge in Courtenay

Homebuyers in The Ridge community in Courtenay, BC enjoy the assurance that their home and future homes in the neighbourhood have architectural guidelines in place for the benefit of all residents. What exactly are building schemes and archtiectural guidelines?

Building Schemes

A Building Scheme is a covenant put in place by the developer - Bucksone Investments - for the benefit of the future property owners in the phase. The agreement is a private covenant registered against each lot in the phase. A typical covenant is to ensure minimum sizes of homes are developed and maintained in each phase.

Architectural Guidelines

Architectural Guidelines are rules and suggestions written by the Developer to assist designers and home builders in developing building designs and home plans that suit the character of the development. They represent the minimum expectations of Buckstone and assist in the design quality of the development. These guidelines help Buckstone in presenting designed harmonious streetscapes and consistent quality neighbourhoods for the benefit of the subsequent homeowners.

Residents Love Living at The Ridge

We hear amazing feedback from the homeowners at The Ridge who love living there for many reasons. The Building Scheme and Design Guidelines reassure all owners that their investment in this beautiful neighbourhood will be protected into the future. Residents talk about how much they like the wide streets and sidewalks, the local two-acre park and the overall design of the development. This subdivision has been designed in a way to maximize the mountain and ocean views, giving owners a taste of the beautiful Vancouver Island scenery. Residents also love to walk on the local trails to access the local ocean beaches and nearby Millard Creek Park.

Relocating to Courtenay on Vancouver Island

Families of all ages are looking to live where they can recreate, enjoy a temperate climate and live in a vibrant community. Living at The Ridge in Courtenay means you are within 20 minutes of numerous golf courses, hiking trails, snow sports, world-class mountain biking, boating, fishing, beach walks and other outdoor activities. This friendly community is also a 30-minute drive to Mount Washington and a 20-minute drive to the Comox Airport (YQQ).

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

Mar 18, 2022

Put Safety First With Cordless Options From Budget Blinds

When it comes to making the safest choice in window coverings for any home with children or pets, why take chances? Fortunately, with Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island, you don’t have to. 

From cordless child-safe blinds and cordless shades with retractable lifts, to motorized options, Budget Blinds has an array of safe window coverings to minimize the risk of accidents or injury.  The Budget Blinds pledge to help keep your children and pets safe with state-of-the-art, safety-first window coverings begins early in the product design phase and continues throughout the entire manufacturing process. The result of this safety-first approach to window coverings means you can have peace of mind knowing your children and pets are in a safer environment.

With new Health Canada regulation coming into effect to protect children from window coverings cords, Budget Blinds is also enacting some changes to their product lines.

Starting in April 2022, Budget Blinds will only be selling cordless, child-safe or motorized window coverings. Products like Top Down Bottom Up Cellular Shades will be discontinued as they have exposed cords.

Over the last three decades, Health Canada has worked to reduce the risks posed by corded window coverings. 

To help eliminate this hazard, Health Canada has published the new Corded Window Coverings Regulations to restrict the length of cords and the size of loops allowed on window coverings sold in Canada, to avoid the possibility of their getting wrapped around a child's neck. The new regulations go further to protect children from this hazard than those of any other country. The requirements for window coverings will apply to all products sold in Canada, both custom-made and off-the-shelf.

If you’re looking for safe options for children's rooms or playrooms, Budget Blinds has a huge selection of shutters, window film and motorization options that allevaiet concerns over safety, as well as address the need for night filtration and privacy.

Contact your local store today to learn more: 

Cowichan Valley
Call: 250.924.0249

Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay


Feb 18, 2022

How to Choose: Blackout Blinds vs Light Filtering

Start with the question “Do you want any light in your room?” If you want the light, but need the glare and harmful UV rays filtered out, and a little privacy, Bludget Blinds can offer plenty of better options than a blackout shade. 

On the other hand, if you need to sleep during the day or have a toddler that needs to take a daily nap, then a blackout shade or blackout curtain would likely be your best choice.

With other window coverings stores, you may be presented with just two options: a standard lined shade or blackout shades. But Budget Blinds has an array of products with different opacity levels.

What is Opacity?

Opacity is the amount of light that passes through a shade or other window treatment. Opacity varies from sheer to blackout. The opacity changes the look of a window treatment, and the amount of light control and privacy it provides.

Options That Filter Light and Provide Privacy

If you like light but need privacy consider translucent roller shade fabrics that let a glow of light in but provide a level of privacy. Or woven shades with a light weight liner that allow light to filter through, but no one to see in your windows. This option also allows for the wonderful texture of the woven shade to be enhanced and not completely washed out by the harsh sunlight streaming through an unlined shade. Or consider the ever-versatile cellular shade with a range of fabric opacities and options like top-down/bottom up.

This is another reason to call your local Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island design consultant who will bring the samples to your home and show you how each fabric works with the light coming through your windows.

Do Blackout Shades Have to Be a Dark Colour?

Your blackout shades do not have to be black! In fact, they do not even have to be a dark colour. The “blackout” effect of the shade is not determined by the colour of the shade but the backing layer in the material.

You can have a light-coloured woven shade, or fabric Roman Shade, lined with a blackout liner. The blackout liners come in shades of white, beige and greys, great for condos. You can also choose a lighter colour for a roller shade - as long as it has the blackout backing, it will do the job of darkening your room. 

Where Should Blackout Shades Be Mounted?

There is a lot that goes into determining how to best mount a shade. This is where the assistance of your Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island consultant helps you save time, money, and frustration! Their knowledge of how each product is made and how it fits will help you receive the right product with the right functionality for the job. Whether it is blocking light, filtering light, providing privacy or both.

What about Blackout Curtains?

Like shades, custom blackout curtains are offer light blocking thanks to the lining and not the face fabric. So you can use a lighter weight fabric combined with a blackout lining to get all the light control and privacy you need.

As you can see there are a lot of things to consider when selecting the right window treatments! Budget Blinds is here to help. Your locally-owned stores bring years of experience, and a variety of samples directly to you. Budget Blinds will assist you in finding the right product that fits your style, your needs, and your budget. 

To get started contact your local store and schedule your complimentary in-home consultation today:

Cowichan Valley
Call: 250.924.0249

Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay


Feb 03, 2022

2 Storey Walk-Up Home for Sale in Courtenay

Located at 1573 Crown Isle Blvd. in Courtenay, this 2,372 sq. ft. home is located in the popular Crown Isle neighbourhood called THE RISE. This home will be complete and ready for occupancy March 1, 2022. This is the perfect place for a family as it is close to schools, the Comox Valley Hospital and all amenities. The Comox Airport is just 10 minutes away.

If you are looking for a spacious and beautiful family home, you’ve found it!

The upper floor includes the primary bedroom with a luxurious ensuite featuring a soaker tub, walk-in shower, double sinks and heated tile floors. An additional two bedrooms and another bathroom are located on this floor. 

Enjoy the views of the neighbouring farmland from the open-concept great room and dining room. Cozy up to the gas fireplace in the cooler months and enjoy the two covered outside decks at any time of year. 

Kitchen highlights include a large island with quartz countertops. Other features include tile backsplash, a walk-in pantry, hardwood floors, custom ceiling height cabinets, and high-end appliances. 

A Bonus Area on the Entry Level

A large bonus area on the entry-level is a great addition to this home. This floorplan offers more than 900 sq. ft. on this level, giving you lots of options. A large 21’ by 16’ room is ready for customization. It can be used as a media room, an exercise area or a second family room. An additional bedroom and bathroom are located here, which would be perfect for additional family members or for hosting guests.

The double garage is oversized. It can accommodate two cars and has a separate space for a work space or for storage. The fully landscaped yard includes an automated underground sprinkler system to complete this new home package.

This home is located at 1573 Crown Isle Blvd. in THE RISE, a Crown Isle neighbourhood, and is located close to all amenities and shopping facilities.

Integra Homes is a well-respected builder in the Comox Valley and has been building homes in the Crown Isle community for many years. 

1573 Crown Isle Blvd, Courtenay, BC - Price: $1,255,000

This home will be ready for occupancy as of March 1 and is located in THE RISE, a Crown Isle Community. Contact the realtor to arrange a tour.

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

February 2022, Prices and availability subject to change without notice


Jan 29, 2022

Consider Shutters From Budget Blinds to Update Your Window Decor

Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island offers a huge variety of window coverings, so when its time for you to update or add to your home’s window decor, you’ll find exactly what you need. 

Window Shutters are a popular choice for an upgraded, updated look in any home. Shutters can easily elevate the decor in any room, while also controlling light and privacy in your home. Depending on your home’s style you may wish to consider traditional wood or planation style shutters. For kitchen and bathrooms - and our humid west coast weather - composite shutters are a great durable choice.

Wood shutters are available in a number of stains and colurs, and can also be custom stained to to suit your decor.

If you want to bring in extra light while still maintaining privacy, consider cafe style shutters, which cover only the bottom half of the window

Shutters are a great option for homes with children and pets, as they are cord-free for safety. And while they are easy to operate, you can also have them motorized for added convenience.

Shutters also offer an added layer of insulation for your windows, to help you control indoor temperatures year-round.

If it’s time to update your window coverings, call you nearest Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island location and consider their extensive selection of window shutters.

Contact your local store today:

Cowichan Valley
Call: 250.924.0249

Call 250.751.8564

North Island - Courtenay


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