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Feb 10, 2023
Are Your Window Coverings on Trend for 2023?
Design professionals and homeowners are seeing the following trends for 2023, accoridng to the design and building site Houzz. They include:
- The Return of Colour
- Playful Traditional Style
- Layers of Texture
- Connection to the Outdoors
- Natural Materials
We Want Colour!
Bringing back more colour is one of the most common trends in the Houzz survey. After years of gray and white, it appears our extended time at home made us realize we miss colour! As we have become comfortable in our homes, we've gained confidence to surround ourslevs with our favorite colours, regardless of current trends whether on-trend or not! Go all in with colour, by adding saturated walls in a study or office, or just bring in a pop of colour with accessories like pillows, rugs, and artwork.
Colour can also be added through custom window coverings! Budget Blinds onV ancouver Island can match a paint colour for your blinds or shutters or create a bold custom fabric for drapery, pillows, and Roman shades.
Traditional Becomes Playful
What exactly is Playful Traditional?
The phrase popped up in the recent Houzz survey and in design magazines. Homeowners, especially younger first-time homeowners, are embracing traditional styling with a twist. They are adding their personality to the style with new colours, vibrant wallpaper, and by mixing vintage and modern furniture in rooms with traditional architecture.
Layering shades and draperies is the perfect complement to the playful traditional look. Classic drapes in a fun print or bold updated colour over a textured woven shade is the ideal combination of classic elements in an updated style.
Natural Materials and Organic Style
Natural materials are trending everywhere - from stone countertops and white oak cabinetry to wood floors, handmade tiles, and stone fireplaces, a natural organic feel is on-trend for 2023 and beyond.
Connecting to the Outdoors
Windows are getting more prominent, and large glass doors are often featured elements of home remodels or new builds. On Vancouver Island, our love of the outdoors, combined with the natural benefits of sunlight, has homeowners seeking a natrual connection and ways to bring the outdoors in.
While big panes of glass us the best views and abundant natural light, also create a window covering challenge. Seek advice from a trusted window covering designer at Budget Blinds. Budget Blinds has the perfect options to filter light and give you a layer of privacy when needed no matter what size your windows are.
2023 is About Personalization
Regardless of trends, homeowners will reflect their personalities and preferred colour choices in their homes.
Budget Blinds understands personalization; it is what they offer daily to homeowners across Vancouver Island. Visit their website to schedule a complimentary consultation with your local Budget Blinds design consultant and find the perfect window treatment to fit your home's personality.
Feb 06, 2023
Custom Homes at Greystone Estates | Crown Isle Golf Community
Integra Homes is a Courtenay-based home builder with three decades of experience building new homes in the Comox Valley. Over the past several years, much of their focus has been on building new custom homes in Courtenay’s Crown Isle Community. Their company is one of only two builders exclusively chosen to build in Greystone Estates, the newest 54 lot subdivision in the golf community, surrounded by the 8th, 9th and 10 fairways.
To date, approximately 70% of the new home lots have been sold, and many homes have been built and occupied. Integra Homes has reserved five lots that are available for a new custom home and some of these lots face the 8th fairway! Integra Homes plans to have a new show home open in mid-March.
New Show Home Open in Greystone Estates in Mid March
Integra’s newest show home is opening in the middle of March at 3247 Winchester Avenue. If you plan on traveling to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, it is the perfect opportunity to take a tour and appreciate the high quality work of Integra Homes within the Crown Isle Golf Community.
New Greystone Rancher Ready for Occupancy in Mid 2023.
If you are thinking of moving to Vancouver Island this year, Integra Homes has a new custom-designed rancher under construction that will be ready for occupancy in the spring/summer of 2023.
Location: 3191 Oxford Way, Courtenay, BC
Greystone Estates is steps away from the Crown Isle Clubhouse, where you can tee off for a round of golf, or enjoy lunch or dinner in the Timber Room. The Crown Isle Plaza, located minutes away, features a grocery store, pharmacy, bank, restaurants, retail stores, professional offices and more. Also located close by are the Comox Valley Aquatic Center and the new Comox Valley Hospital and the Comox Airport.
The establishment of Greystone Estates celebrates Crown Isle’s long history of continuing to offer outstanding residential planning in this desirable Comox Valley community on Vancouver Island.
Contact: Bill Larson at Integra Homes for more information.
Jan 12, 2023
New Year, New Look - Time to Dress Those Windows with Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island
The New Year is a great time to create a new look for your home! Freshen up your space with new window coverings this season and take advantage of the great prices and selection from Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island.
Not sure where to start? Arrange a complimentary in-home consultation with one of Budget Blinds’ designers. You’ll learn about the newest styles and features, as well as get some guidance on colour choices and design. Work with the designer colours of the year to stay on trend, or choose something classic like wooden shades. Find the right products to suit your family’s lifestyle and budget, all in the comfort of your own home.
New window coverings will update the look of your home as well as enhance privacy, energy efficiency, and safety. Improving your home’s energy efficiency with updated window coverings will provide savings for years to come.
On Vancouver Island, Budget Blinds serves the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Nanaimo, the Cowichan Valley and beyond.
Schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with your local Budget Blinds today to learn more.
Jan 11, 2023
The Ridge on Vancouver Island has New Move-In Ready Homes
One of The Ridge's preferred builders, Candor Developments is featuring a new home for sale - it has just been completed and is ready for occupancy. This new Vancouver Island home is located just minutes from downtown Courtenay, in Phase 3B of The Ridge community. You'll enjoy stunning mountain views from inside the home, from the large backyard, or the covered deck at the rear of the home.
This large 2,691 sq. ft. home features five bedrooms and three bathrooms over two levels. With so much room for the family, you can also gather in the great room, family room and kitchen on the main floor. Or retreat to to any of the three bedrooms on the main floor. Two bathrooms are also located on the main floor. A gas fireplace with built-in shelving on both sides is a focal point in the great room.
The primary bedroom is located at the back of the home, creating a quiet place to relax. There are double glass doors from this bedroom leading to the outdoor covered deck. The ensuite features a tiled rain shower with glass doors, a large stand alone tub, two sinks, under cabinet lighting and heated tiles for the cooler mornings..
Upstairs offers two more bedrooms, a full bathroom and a bonus room, perfect to create a chidrens’ play area or a home office. With plenty of natural light, the options for this space are endless.
This home offers a double, attached garage and fully landscaped yard. If you are looking for a piece of Vancouver Island to be your forever home, this could be the perfect place!
Location: 3274 Eagleview Crescent in the Ridge, Courtenay, BC.
Please contact Realtor Richelle Newson for inquiries and showings.
Phone | 778-977-2029
Email | email@example.com
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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: email@example.com
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:
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:
North Island - Courtenay
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
Location: 4021 Buckstone Road, Courtenay, BC V9N 0B4
Price: $1,399,000 + GST
Price and availability subject to change without notice.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Realtor: Richelle Newson
Email: email@example.com 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:firstname.lastname@example.org
Brando Construction | brandoconstruction.com
Realtor: Bill Anglin Cell: 250.703.6119 Email:email@example.com
Coastal Custom Homes | coastalcustomhomes.ca
Dean Vershuur Cell: 250.465.2205 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Candor Developments Inc. | candordevelopments.ca
Isaac Bale Cell: 778.995.2529 Email: email@example.com
Grand Legacy Homes
Wayne Schick Cell: 250.702.2251 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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:
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
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?
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 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:
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:
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
Text or Call: 250.898.9128
February 2022, Prices and availability subject to change without notice