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Feb 26, 2019

Trumpeter Swans a Natural Highlight of Comox Valley Winters

The Comox Valley has so much versatility to offer with regards to wildlife and surrounding nature. Many people come to the Comox Valley to visit and end up living here because of the beauty of the Comox Glacier, surrounding mountains, Goose Spit, the historical estuary, Mount Washington, the rivers, forest trails, and many recreational activities. Known as the Land of Plenty, the Comox Valley offers a smorgasbord of activities for all ages to enjoy.

A unique success story, the Trumpeter Swan population has rebounded from their near extinction in the 1930s. The population has now grown to an estimated 26,000 birds in North America. Approximately 6,000 birds make a winter stop on Vancouver Island with a majority of them coming to the sanctuary of the Comox Valley.

They start arriving in November and stay until February and can be seen gathering on agricultural lands, fields and grassy areas near the water, where they like to forage at low tide. They spend the winter in these areas before heading north to Alaska in March for the breeding season.

These majestic birds, the largest in North America, can weigh up to 12 kg and measure 150 cm from beak to tail. They have a wingspan of up to 2.5 metres. They are the largest species of waterfowl on the planet. When you hear the “honking” of the trumpeter swans, your natural inclination will be to look towards the sky to see these elegant birds in flight.

Truly, an amazing experience for both visitors and residents.

Interested in moving to the Comox Valley? Contact us for more information on buying or building a new home here.

New Homes for Sale at The Ridge

For more information on building lots for sale in the Comox Valley at The Ridge, contact Bruce Clapham at 250.650.8588 or email: theridge.bruce@mail.com.

Feb 14, 2019

New Home For Sale at The Ridge in Courtenay Features Sweeping Ocean and Mountain Views

New Home at The RidgeLawmar Contracting, one of the preferred builders at The Ridge in Courtenay, is now selling a newly completed 2,336 sq. ft. two-storey home with panoramic views of Comox Bay.

The heart of the home is the great room, designed with vaulted ceilings open to the second storey. This open space floor plan opens up to the modern kitchen with custom white cabinets, a black backsplash, an eating bar, quartz counter-tops and modern lighting. The kitchen is open to the living room space which features a gas fireplace, a dining area and a sliding glass door to the outside deck.

The large skylights bring the feeling of the outside of the home to the inside. From the outside deck, you can enjoy ocean and mountain views. The same view can also be enjoyed from the dining room and master bedroom, which is located on the main floor. The laundry room can be accessed from both the garage and the kitchen.

This home features 3 bedrooms plus a den/office space and 3 bathrooms. The master bedroom includes an elegant ensuite with a soaker tub, a separate shower, floating cabinets, a radiant heated floor and double sinks. A large walk-in closet is located adjacent to the master bedroom.

This new home for sale features a contemporary and open design on the interior and a heritage-style design on the exterior. This beautiful home has all of the room you and your family need to share space, yet have your own privacy.

The attached garage has parking for two cars and more parking for additional vehicles in the driveway. 

Contact Lawmar Contracting for more information on this home for sale which is located at 4190 Remi Place in Courtenay, B.C. 
Price at $699,900. View the listing on MLS #448508.

For more information, contact the Lawmar Contracting office, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm at 250-338-7637
or Email Lawrie McIntyre at: lawrie@lawmar.ca

For more information about additional available homes and lots for sale at The Ridge, visit their website.

(Note: prices are subject to change without notice)

Feb 12, 2019

Budget Blinds Of Vancouver Island is Holding Their Biggest Sale of the Year

Budget Blinds of North and Central Vancouver Island is having their biggest sale of the year this month, with 50% off Enlightened Style and Signature Series window coverings.

Exclusive to Budget Blinds, the Enlightened Style Line offers a stunning variety of window treatments, including aluminum blinds, cellular shades, woven shades, and more. With the latest technology, child safety and privacy options, discover what Enlightened Style blinds can offer your home.

The Signature Series from Budget Blinds offers the latest on-trend options, with new products released every year. Choose from solar and roller shades in a variety of fabrics and colours, or choose sliding panels for large windows or patio doors.

If the choices seem overwhelming, book a complimentary consultation with a Budget Blinds designer, who will guide you through selecting the best products to suit your home and lifestyle.

Contact them today at 250.338.8564 or request a free in-home consultation online. Hurry - these saving are only available until the end of February.

Budget Blinds of the Central Island serves the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Nanaimo, the  Cowichan Valley and beyond from their Courtenay showroom.

Feb 11, 2019

Enjoy the Benefits of Your New Built Green Platinum Patio Home at The Gales in Ladysmith

The developers and builders of The Gales, a new Vancouver Island real estate development in Ladysmith are building high-quality homes, designed with eco-friendly options to make for more comfortable homes and save homeowners money.
New homes at The Gales are built to the BuiltGreen Platinum level. This is the highest level of BuiltGreen certification, offering homeowners a number of money-saving benefits, as well as environmentally friendly construction processes.
According to the Built Green Canada website, owners of Built Green homes enjoy healthier, more durable homes with lower environmental impacts. Built Green Platinum homes offer lower monthly operating costs thanks to things like energy efficient appliances, furnaces, windows and insulation. Water efficiency is achieved through plumbing and landscaping choices. Air inside the homes is cleaner with fewer allergens, and more comfortable with fewer drafts and more consistent temperatures.
The Gales is now a well-established community in the Town of Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. Award-winning GNB Builders continues its tradition of building modern, luxurious patio homes, two of which are currently listed for sale.
These 1,820 sq ft patio homes are built as a side-by-side duplex and are listed at $609,900 - Suite #19 and $619,900 -Suite #18. An additional two new rancher-style homes are set to begin construction soon. These new 1,820 sq ft homes are expected to start at $614,900.
For more information on available homes and future plans at The Gales, contact Realtor Keith Mazurenko of Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty at 250.245.0545.

Feb 06, 2019

Architect Tom Dishlevoy is Now Certified as a Passive House Designer

Tom Dishlevoy ArchitectThomas Dishlevoy is an Architect with offices in the Comox Valley. He is a LEED® accredited Architect and Living Building Challenge® ambassador. He has recently achieved certification as a Passive House Designer.

Tom has a passion for sustainable, energy efficient buildings and fully embraces the introduction of the BC Energy Step Code into the BC Building Code. The Step Code provides a pathway for all local municipalities to incrementally increase the energy performance of all their new buildings at their own pace. By the year 2030 all new buildings will be approved at Step Code Level 5, and capable of achieving a Net Zero energy use. Integral to the Step Code program at all levels is the introduction of mandatory energy modelling during the design stages and air tightness testing during construction. A Net Zero building uses such a small amount of energy for its heating and equipment that a very small amount of renewable energy produced by solar panels would see the building actually produce more energy than it uses.

The Passive House program already delivers buildings today that are equivalent to Step Code Level 5 in terms of energy efficiency. The Passive House program started in 1996 originating in Germany. It has been adopted all over the world as a leading “green building” program, including the City of Vancouver, which requires Passive House standards for all re-zoning projects since 2017, and will very soon require the standard for all new buildings. The city of Brussels, Belgium, since 2015, mandates all new buildings and major renovations to adopt the Passive House standard, revolutionizing their building environment in terms of energy use.

Thomas completed the “Passive House Designer” program in the fall of 2017, a 10 day intensive course covering the five basic tenets of Passive House that include: high levels of continuous insulation; air-tightness; the elimination of thermal bridges; high performance windows and doors; and continuous ventilation with efficient heat recovery. A Passive House Designer is trained in the use of the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) energy modelling software that allows the designer to analyze the building’s energy performance throughout the design process.

Thomas Dishlevoy, an accredited Passive House designer is located in Comox, on Vancouver Island, would love to talk to you about any aspect of a passive house design.

Contact him today at 250.339.9528 or info@tda.ca.


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