Glacier Creek Contract Ltd., Lot 43 at Crumpit Woods in Squamish

It’s All About The Insulation

Proper Insulation Provides Comfort & Economy

A key aspect of sustainable homes is the use of insulation throughout the building’s envelope and other compartments. This technique keeps heat in the home thereby allowing more efficient use of energy in the home, which saves on heating and cooling bills. “One of the key findings of the Equilibrium study conducted by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is that 85 per cent [...] Read More

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Loving Green

New research out of the UK shows Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) don’t play a factor in the sale of a property. In fact County Homesearch, which has 26 offices nationwide, said it had not come across a single case where buyers have inquired about the energy performance of a home to negotiate a price. However, B.C. realtors say this couldn’t be further from the [...] Read More

Dunlin Shore Home Studio by Balandra Homes

Form & Function

Home offices come in all shapes and sizes and one of the factors that drives trends in the look, needs and style of the home office is technology. “People no longer need the big desk for the big computer,” says interior designer Maxine Whitehead. “With iPhones, iPads, tablets, texting and all other forms of quick communication the big, bulky desk is no longer a [...] Read More

Steven Van Geel, Sales Manager for The Cottages at Cultus Lake

Behind The Gates

The Okanagan’s desert mountains and crystal clear lakes make it a prime summer hot spot for British Columbians. While rental properties and resort communities continue to be a popular choice for sun seekers, a growing number of gated communities see many lower mainlanders investing in property to enjoy year-round. Customized Living Nestled in Okanagan Falls, Big Horn Mountain Estates offers stunning views of the [...] Read More

Communal Outdoor Living

When you purchase a condo or townhouse, you’re buying into a strata or semi-regulated community. As the weather warms up, and you begin to consider making use of your patio or balcony, it’s important to remember what strata rules allow owners to store, renovate and grow on their decks. While you own your suite, the term, “limited common property” covers everything not inside the [...] Read More

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Loving Green

New research out of the UK shows Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) don’t play a factor in the sale of a property. In fact County Homesearch, which has 26 offices nationwide, said it had not come across a single case where buyers have inquired about the energy performance of a home to negotiate a price. However, B.C. realtors say this couldn’t be further from the [...] Read More

Aging in Place, photo by CMHC

Think Now, Save Later

While thinking about getting older is an unpleasant thought for most, it can save you thousands of dollars in renovation fees down the road. Seniors and disabled homeowners require wide, practical spaces to accommodate wheelchairs and promote ease of walking. With more homeowners choosing to ‘age-in-place’ in their current home, implementing designs and features into renovation plans to accommodate all ages will help ensure [...] Read More