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Feb 05, 2018

Change Up Your Look With Window Panels or New Shades With Help from the Designers at Budget Blinds

Budget Blinds Vancouver Island NorthHome decorating trends can be a challenge to keep up with. The designers at Budget Blinds of Central and Northern Vancouver Island can ensure that your window treatments reflect the latest styles. Window coverings come in an endless variety of options, so help from a professional can ensure that your choices suite your home, lifestyle and decor.

Budget Blinds has adapted to changing styles by offering classic designs, current trends and up-and-coming products. Some trends their designers are seeing for 2018 include drapery side panels that accent other window treatments, and dual shades.

Window panels easily bring a splash of life to a quiet room. Available in a vast selection of colors, patterns, and prints, window panels express your individual style and make a personal statement in any room. Create elegant living spaces, or choose fun and colourful fabrics for a child’s room. Panels are available in durable and long-lasting fabrics that are prepared to handle the stress and mess of any active household, helping reduce the need for cleaning or replacement from heavy wear-and-tear over time.

Dual sheer shades offer the privacy benefits of a window shade with the softening view of a sheer. When the vanes are open, the two layers of soft knitted fabric sheers maintain a level of privacy at all times, while allowing diffused natural light to enter the room. Sheer shades can be paired with other window coverings for a layered, dramatic look, but also look great as stand-alone window treatments.

To learn more about what trends will best suit your home and lifestyle, contact Budget Blinds of The Comox Valley, Campbell River and the North Island  at 250.338.8564 today. Request a free in-home consultation online today.

Jan 24, 2018

Enjoy New Year’s Savings on Solar and Cellular Shades at Budget Blinds of Central and Northern Vancouver Island

Budget Blinds of Central and Northern Vancouver Island is offering Buy-One-Get-One Free on their Enlightened-Style Roller/Solar and Cellular Shades for this month only. Both styles of window covering are among the most popular that Budget Blinds offers, thanks to their energy efficiency and variety of fabrics.

Solar and Cellular Shades are among the most versatile window coverings available. Both are excellent and blocking sunlight to cool homes in the summer, and insulating windows to keep heat in in the winter.

Solar Shades gently filter and diffuse light to create just the right ambience, block UV rays, and reduce room temperatures. They come in a wide range of styles and openness levels.

Cellular Shades come in three popular cell sizes, offering varying degrees of insulation from the heat, cold and sound, enhancing your home’s energy efficiency. Light control options including sheer, light filtering, room darkening, and blackout fabrics provide you with various levels of privacy.

Cellular shades are also an excellent option for those unusually shaped windows. Or add motorization to open and close those hard to reach blinds.

Contact Budget Blinds of Central and Northern Vancouver Island today at 250.338.8564 to learn more about solar or cellular window shades. Budget Blinds’ Style Consultants are available in Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River and the surrounding areas and can design, measure, order and install your cellular shades for you so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the view! Request a free in-home consultation today.

May 11, 2017

Realtor Art Meyers Says Comox Valley Ranchers and Bungalows Are in High Demand

Art Meyers RealtorComox Valley Realtor Art Meyers has clients actively seeking to buy a rancher/bungalow/patio home style residence. If you are looking to sell, Art Meyers may have a buyer for your Comox Valley home.

With a busy real estate market and limited inventory, an experienced realtor is your best bet to find the home you want in Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland or the surrounding areas.

Realtor Art Meyers brings more than 40 years of experience as a trusted Comox Valley Realtor to all of his clients.

If you are looking to sell your rancher or bungalow-style home in the Comox Valley, contact Art Meyers at Royal LePage in the Comox Valley today:

Email: artmeyers@shaw.ca
Phone: (250) 207-1879
Royal LePage in the Comox Valley
#121 – 750 Comox Road, Courtenay, BC  V9N 3P6

Feb 08, 2017

Campbell River's Chicalo Burridge Offers Surveying and Geomatic Engineering on Vancouver Island

Surveying Vancouver islandChicalo Burridge Land Surveying and Geomatics Ltd. was established in 2001, and offers professional surveying services and geomatic engineering on northern Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and mainland British Columbia. 

Chicalo Burridge Land Surveying and Geomatics Ltd. offers a variety of services including legal surveys for subdivision and strata developments, easements, right of ways, covenants, re-establishing lot corner pins, topographic surveys to support architectural design for new construction, lay out surveys for new construction and engineering infrastructure, building location certificates to support real estate transactions and municipal requirements, ALTA/ACSM surveys for American clients, GPS surveys for mapping projects and hydrographic surveys to support marina design. Consulting services are also offered for Agricultural Land Reserve, re-zoning, subdivision and Crown Land tenure applications. The firm is also licensed to perform Canada Land Surveys on First Nations Lands.

Colin Burridge
Location: 1250 Unit E - Cedar Street, Campbell River, V9W 2W5
Phone: 250 287 4865
Fax: 250 287 9502
Email: cbsurvey.ca@gmail.com
Website: cbsurvey.ca

Jul 12, 2016

Customize Your Home or Office Window Coverings with Help From Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island

Budget Blinds Vancouver IslandBudget Blinds on Vancouver Island carries a huge variety of window coverings including blinds, shutters, shades, curtains, drapes and window film.

They now serve the Comox Valley, as well as Campbell River, Qualicum, Parksville and Nanaimo.

Budget Blinds provides high quality and stylish window coverings and blinds for new homes and home renovations as well as for commercial, retail and professional offices. Their goal is simple: to provide their customers with the best window coverings and products combined with professional installation services. To help choose the most suitable window product in the perfect texture and colour, they have  interior designers on staff who will come to you to help you choose the right window coverings for your home or office.

Budget Blinds also supplies business owners and property managers a complete turnkey solution for their window covering needs. Commercial window treatments are available motorized, flame retardant, kid friendly, cordless and even energy conserving. Budget Blinds also offers an entire line of green window coverings that are eco-friendly and made from sustainable materials. 

They offer very competitive pricing on popular and unique window coverings. Budget Blinds can customize fit any window covering regardless of the shape of the window.  

Call them today to schedule your free consultation!

Jun 13, 2016

LH Interior Design in Courtenay Purchases Judith Moore’s Interior Design

Comox Valley interior designLinzie Heffernan is a Comox Valley-based interior designer. Linzie has recently purchased long time local interior designer Judith Moore’s Courtenay business. The new location for Linzie Heffernan Interior Design is 505 Duncan Avenue, Courtenay - upstairs on the second floor, above the Hub Cafe.

Linzie works with several custom home builders and residential clients, with a specialization in single-family luxury and high-end homes. She also works on townhouse and multi-family projects. 

Linzie Heffernan Interior Design can help with:

Color consultations
Architectural drawings
Project management
Full-scale design for new homes
Remodeling or redesign
Space planning and Furniture design
Commercial Design

Linzie is available to meet clients who require interior design services. Call for a consultation for renovation and new builds in Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland, the Comox Valley, Gulf Islands, Tofino and on Vanouver Island.

Contact them today!

Linzie Heffernan

Email: lhdinteriorsbc@gmail.com

Mobile: 604.345.6620


Jun 09, 2016

Black Creek Farm and Feed Carries Everything For Your Building or Landscaping Project

Black Creek Farm & Feed Supply is a family-owned building supply, feed and lumber yard situated in the community of Black Creek, at the mid-way point between Courtenay in the Comox Valley and Campbell River. They have been proudly serving Vancouver Island since 1983.

In the spring of 2015, Black Creek Farm & Feed purchased the assets of North Courtenay Landscape Products, allowing Black Creek Farm and Feed to expand and offer bulk sales of mulch, topsoil, navi-jack, compost, and sand. They also have a well stocked Garden Centre complete with everything you need for grass and garden care.

Black Creek Farm and Feed can also supply hardware, paint, and a variety of fencing and roofing products, too. For any size of building projects, ask for a package quote.

Black Creek Farm and Feed also offers delivery services for feed, bedding, and landscape products. Check out the animal care products and feed for a variety of critters--from dogs, cats, and birds, to livestock, horses, and chickens.

May 02, 2016

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient With Help From Elemental Energy Advisors

Elemental Energy AdvisorsElemental Energy Advisors (EEA) in the Comox Valley works with local cities, municipalities, builders, developers, and owner-builders to help implement energy-conservation strategies and systems in new residential properties. Owner Cristi Sacht and her team offer a wide variety of energy-efficiency consulting services complemented by extensive training and experience.

EnerGuide Labelling Service

EEA offers the EnerGuide Labelling Service, an affordable and recognized rating system administered by the Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada. Planning for energy efficiency during the design phase of a home is key to investigating options and making educated decisions. If you proceed with Energuide labelling, EAA offers an on-site visit once the home is built, including a building-envelope test to check for air leakage and ventilation.

Building for Energy Efficiency

Other options for energy-efficient construction programs through EEA include:

  • Built Green BC;
  • ENERGY STAR for New Homes;
  • BC Hydro's Power Smart New Home Program; and
  • Fortis BC's New Home Program.

The process of initiating these programs is simple, and the EEA team can begin the evaluation with nothing more than a copy of your building plans.

Additional Services

EEA is expanding their knowledge and services with the addition of a Building Envelope Evaluation and Efficiency Consultation package for existing homeowners. This services costs $150 and includes:

  • a building-envelope evaluation with their blower door unit
  • identifying areas of leakage and offering potential solutions; and
  • presenting options to help save money on your utility bills.
  • Have your options calculated in annual dollar savings and annual energy savings. 

Whether you're building a new home or renovating an older residential property, the EAA team can help you conserve energy and save money. Send your building plans or questions to info@elementalenergyadvisors.ca or call250.830.8000. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter as well.

Apr 29, 2016

From Major Commercial Projects to Renovations and Additions, Thomas Dishlevoy Architecture Does it All on Vancouver Island

Thomas Dishlevoy Architecture Ltd (TDA), located in Comox on Vancouver Island, offers architecture services for commercial, municipal, residential and other types of construction projects. Established in 1995, and Vancouver Island since 1998, Thomas Dishlevoy Architecture Ltd has proven experience in:

  • Residential, commercial and institutional
  • Renovations, additions and new projects
  • Heritage restoration
  • Building envelope repairs and upgrades
  • Green Buildings, LEED and Living Buildings
  • Development Master Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Programming and Cost Estimating
For more information contact Tom Dishlevoy at 250.339-9528 or tom@tda.ca

Apr 27, 2016

Sound Security Offers Unique Options for Home and Business Security

For Sound Security in your home or business, call the experts. Sound Security in the Comox Valley offers security systems and much more for homes and businesses on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.

Sound Security’s expert installation team provide surveillance cameras, sound system equipment and wiring, home theatre installations, and multi-room music systems. They can install media panels and offer new home installation packages. 

As the only provider of screen alarms on Vancouver Island, Sound Security can offer a security alarm option to keep intruders out but let fresh air in. They will install, service and monitor security systems to protect your home, family or business. 

Contact Sound Security in the Comox Valley today to see what they can offer your home or business:

  • Comox Valley: 250.339.7200
  • Campbell River: 250.923.0705
  • Cell Phone: 250.702.6106
  • Website: www.soundsecurity.ca

Apr 25, 2016

Colonial Countertops in Courtenay Strives to Offer the Best Products and Service

Colonial Countertops in Courtenay specializes in the manufacturing and installation of decorative surfaces and countertops. Kitchen and bath countertops, tub surrounds, shower walls, desktops, reception areas, window sills and much more. Colonial Countertops is able to provide homeowners and builders with the latest styles, trends, and colours.

The company's mission is "to continue to provide exceptional service and superior products to our customers. We pride ourselves on setting the industry standard in quality and strive to achieve complete customer satisfaction in all of our projects. We are proud to be a family owned and locally operated business and look forward to fulfilling your residential and commercial surfacing needs for many more years to come."

In their Comox Valley showroom, clients browse hundreds of different styles of laminates, natural quartz, and solid surfaces. They are proud to offer: top-quality, unsurpassed service; on time delivery; and professional installation.

Colonial Countertops is a family-owned business and has been serving Vancouver Island since 1970. For more information, visit their website at www.colonialcountertops.com.

Apr 09, 2016

Tour the New Home Community at RiversEdge in Courtenay with Realtor Art Meyers

Realtor Art MeyersComox Valley Realtor Art Meyers is your guide to The Ridge at RiversEdge, the only new home development in Courtenay located alongside along the Puntledge River and Puntledge Park.

These new homes consist of single-family homes in a rancher / bungalow style, and include a double garage, landscaping, underground sprinklers, fencing and hedging and more. These one-level new homes range in size from 1,560 to 1,745 square feet and are available starting at $359,900. This community is now well established, with construction nearing completion in Phases 1-3. Here, you can tour a complete neighbourhood, rather than a construction zone while selecting your new homes site and home plans.

Art Meyers is an experienced and energetic licensed Realtor with Royal LePage in the Comox Valley who brings more than 40 years of experience as a Comox Valley Realtor to every transaction.

To arrange a private viewing of these new homes at The Ridge at RiversEdge, please contact Art Meyers directly at 250.207.1879

More information:

Art Meyers, Realtor with Royal Le Page
The Ridge at RiversEdge

The Comox Valley


Apr 04, 2016

Could Your Business Benfits From New Blinds? Budget Blinds Can Help

Budget Blinds Vancovuer IslandNot only can window coverings affect the amount of light and privacy in your business space, the right ones can help save on energy costs, improve employee productivity and create a better atmosphere for your customers.

A big part of comfort is temperature, and temperature can greatly impact how people respond:

  • Are there restaurants you won’t patronize because they’re so cold it’s uncomfortable to eat there?
  • Or stores that are so stuffy and hot that you just run in for a specific item and get out as quickly as possible?
  • Do your employees nod off after lunch when the temperatures get too warm?
  • Does your conference room become an extreme environment as the meeting progresses: sauna or sub-zero freezer?
  • Is glare driving customers away or making your employees miserable?

Depending on the type of business, commercial buildings can be home to employees, or employees and the general public (your customers). If your business is serving the public, ensure that the space is comfortable, functional and safe, so people will stay longer. For employees, the environment must also be safe, functional and comfortable. 

Natural light has powerful effects on health, impacting mood, alertness and sleep habits, so many modern buildings have walls of windows to let in beneficial natural light. But an expanse of windows can also generate excessive heat during summer and cold during the winter, driving up energy costs as you try to maintain a comfortable year-round temperature.

Window treatments that improve energy efficiency include:

  • Solar Shades and Screens – block up to 99% of sun’s heat and glare
  • Roller Shades – infinite choices of color, fabric and texture to match any décor, easy to use, room-darkening capabilities
  • Cellular shades – light-filtering to blackout, provide privacy and reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer
  • Graphic Shades – energy-efficient messaging for brand enhancement
  • Window film and tinting – UV protection, privacy options in decorative and security films
  • Blinds – sun blocking when closed; all of Budget Blinds' commercial blinds offer flame retardant qualities and are certified green
  • Shutters – real or faux wood in myriad colors, cordless operation beautifies your space
  • Drapes – add style, privacy and sound control as well as insulation; can be light filtering or sun blocking

Used alone or paired together, each of these solutions can improve the energy efficiency of your business by giving you more control. Adding motorization to blinds, shades, shutters and drapes increases ease of control with wall-mounted or handheld remotes as well as timers and sensors that automatically respond to temperature and time settings.

Contact Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island to learn more about how their products can help to improve your commercial space.

  • Comox Valley -250.287.8564
  • Campbell River - 250.287.8564
  • Nanaimo - 250.751.8564
  • Parksville & Qualicum - 250.738.8564
  • Website​: www.budgetblinds.com

Jan 28, 2016

Regulate the Temperature of Your Home With a Variety of Window Covering Choices From Budget Blinds

Budget BlindsWhen the cold winter winds blow, it's important to remember that window coverings can help both heat and cool your home. Windows are an important part of the energy efficiency of your home, and stylish window treatments from Budget Blinds can be a great way to regulate temperatures in your home. Blinds, shades, shutters and drapes provide effective insulation to keep you from losing as much as 50% of your heating and cooling energy through your windows.

A popular option is honeycomb shades, with a honeycomb-shaped pocket designed to keep air from escaping or entering your home. That means the rooms of your home will feel warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

Window film is also a great way to deflect 99% of damaging UV rays that fade and damage flooring and furniture, while keeping the heat out of your home. Another great option is adding motorization to your blinds. This lets you set your blinds on a timer, meaning even if you aren't home all day, your blinds will open and close at the best time to keep the heat in or out.

Not sure what blinds, shades, shutters, or drapes might work best for your home? Schedule a free consultation with a Budget Blinds style consultant. Their consultants can help you choose window treatments that work with your home, create comfortable environment for family and guests, and create long-term energy savings.

Contact Us

Service Area: CourtenayComoxCampbell RiverNanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum
Phone: 250-338-8564 in Courtenay and 250-287-8564 in Campbell River
Website: www.budgetblinds.com
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Oct 14, 2015

Black Creek Farm & Feed Your Source for All Your Building Needs

Black Creek Farm & FeedWhen it comes to your building and landscaping needs, Black Creek Farm & Feed on Lalum Road in Black Creek halfway between the Comox Valley and Campbell River is your one-stop shop for lumber, plumbing, hardware, paint, windows and doors, and special-order products from hinges to metal roofing. From backyard projects, such as barns, sheds, decks, and pergolas, to larger projects including entire home packages, Black Creek Farm & Feed has what you need.

Black Creek Farm & Feed offers a full range of building supplies, including a full service lumber yard, roofing supplies, and landscaping bulk products such as top soil, fish compost, Navi-Jack, and mulch. You will also seed, fertilizer, and a variety of hardscape products such as pavers, landscape ties, and so much more. And don't forget about animal feed and rain harvesting systems.

Black Creek Farm & Feed is able to provide crane and delivery service for your purchases, and is happy to do a customized pricing package for any sized building project. Just ask Steve Nixon for a "package quote".

For more information, or to visit the store, contact:

Black Creek Farm & Feed
Address: 2184 Lalum Road, Black Creek
Phone: 250-337-8922
Email: bcffirly@telus.net
Website: www.BlackCreekFarmAndFeed.com

Oct 01, 2015

Budget Blinds Motorization Events Helps You Save on Blinds, Shades, and Shutters on Vancouver Island

Budget Blinds Signature Series Blinds Shades ShuttersThe month of October is Budget Blinds motorization sales event! When you purchase a $1000 dollars or more in Signature Series blinds, shades or shutters from Budget Binds, including one motorization product, you will receive a $100 VISA gift card. Purchase $2,500 or more and you will receive a $250 VISA gift card.

This sales event from Budget Blinds is a great way to bring the luxury and convenience of motorized window coverings into your home. It is possible to motorize a wide range of Budget Blinds window coverings including roman shades, cellular shades, woven wood shades and more. Best of all, with motorization you will extend the life of your window coverings by reducing wear and tear and create a safer home environment for children and pets.

Choose between a variety of control options such as timers, sensors, wireless wall switchers and hand-held remotes to easily control your lighting preferences in any room in your home. You can even improve your homes insulation and manage heat gain and heat loss in the summer and winter months.

For more information:

Contact Us

Service Area: Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum
Phone: 250-338-8564 in Courtenay and 250-287-8564 in Campbell River
Website: www.budgetblinds.com
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Mar 16, 2015

Tom Dishlevoy Architecture Ltd. offers Architectual Services in the Comox Valley and Vancouver Island, BC

Thomas Dishlevoy Architecture Ltd (TDA) in Comox on Vancouver Island offers architecture services for commercial, municipal, residential and other types of construction projects. Established in 1995, and serving the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island since 1998, Thomas Dishlevoy Architecture Ltd has proven experience in:

  • Residential, commercial and institutional
  • Renovations, additions and new projects
  • Heritage restoration
  • Building envelope repairs and upgrades
  • Green Buildings, LEED and Living Buildings
  • Development Master Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Programming and Cost Estimating
For more information contact Tom Dishlevoy at 250.339-9528 or tom@tda.ca

Dec 10, 2014

Thomas Dishlevoy Architecture Offers Architecture Services For All Types of Projects on Vancouver Island

Thomas Dishlevoy ArchitectureThomas Dishlevoy Architecture Ltd in the Comox Valley offers architecture services for all types and sizes of projects. Established in 1995, and serving the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island since 1998, Thomas Dishlevoy Architecture Ltd has proven experience in:
  • Residential, commercial and institutional
  • Renovations, additions and new projects
  • Heritage restoration
  • Building envelope repairs and upgrades
  • Green Buildings, LEED and Living Buildings
  • Development Master Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Programming and Cost Estimating
Contact them at 250.339.9528 or tom@ tda.ca

Nov 28, 2014

Discover Child-Friendly Window Treatments with Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island

Cordless Blinds and Shades from Budget Blinds are Smart Choices for Kids RoomsChildren are curious, and that curiosity can turn the most basic household items into a potential hazard. Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island takes household and child safety seriously, and offers many child-friendly window treatments to reduce the risk of household accidents.

Budget Blinds carries a variety of cordless blinds and cordless shades that reduce the risk of dangling cords, while making sure your windows look great. Consider retractable lift for easy operation, or motorization to program your shades to open and close at your preferred time of day. Shutters, and cord cleats and wand control are additional kid-friendly options.

Budget Blinds wants to make your home or business as safe as possible.Your local style consultant can provide you with up-to-date information on safety standards, and the innovative safety solutions provided by Budget Blinds. In-home consultations are free. Call them today at 250.338.8564 to schedule an appointment.

Contact Us

Service Area: Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum
Phone: 250-338-8564 in Courtenay and 250-287-8564 in Campbell River
Website: www.budgetblinds.com
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Nov 06, 2014

Add Drapery and Curtains to Your Home For Cozy Style in the Fall and Winter

Curtains and drapes add warmth and opulance to any room in your homeStylish curtains and drapes can make all the difference during the fall and winter months when you're cozied up inside in your home. Budget Blinds can help you find the right window fashions and bring rich and opulent fabrics to any room.

Between now and December 20, 2014 Budget Blinds is offering Buy 1 Get 1 Free on drapery panels in the Comfort Collection by Inspired Drapes. The Comfort Collection offers high-quality, washable European fabrics at an affordable price and comes with customizable options like valances, tie-down cleats, motorization, and hundreds of different decorative hardware pieces to choose from.

Budget Blinds of has a full assortment of classic and contemporary drapery and curtain styles to bring out the best in your existing home décor. Our local style consultant would be happy to schedule a free in-home consultation to help you get started. Remember: the Comfort Collection by Inspired Drapes is made to measure just for your home.

Budget Blinds service the Vancouver Island including the Comox Valley communities of Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland, as well as Campbell River, Qualicum, Parksville and Nanaimo. Call them today at 250.338.8564 to schedule your free consultation.

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