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Plywood vs OSB (Oriented Strand Board)

 Plywood vs OSB (Oriented Strand Board) The following photo succinctly communicates the reason we use plywood wherever we have the option to. The reality is, OSB needs special consideration when being used in an exterior sheathing application compared to good ole’ plywood. And this consideration is too often overlooked in many building designs. As Dr. Lstiburek points out in his article, plywood breathes after it gets wet. OSB, not so much. Both products get wet and absorb moisture, but only one of them releases that moisture in an effective way that minimizes potential for deterioration and maximizes the drying effect ...
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20 Years and Counting!

20 Years and Counting! We are grateful to be celebrating 20 years of business success – We started out in 1996 as a developer of single family lots with custom home for resale. Taking a very “hands on” approach with an attention to detail while building that first home has defined the business and our continuing operations. I can still remember the first home we sold to a client, it’s still dear to my heart as the original buyer still owns the home to this day and has hired us to do minor renovations and maintenance over the years. It’s ...
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The Passive House Way

 The Passive House Way Passive House is the world’s leading standard in energy efficient construction. The Passive House Standard ensures the best quality, comfort and energy efficiency. Passive Houses require very little energy to sustain comfortable temperatures in every season. (Even in Whistler’s notably harsh Winters) Earlier this year Peak Ventures became a member of PassiveHouse Canada. We also had two of our long term employees complete the Passive House Tradespersons Course to learn the Passive House Standard, and the construction details associated with it. Hybrid Home Build Project  We have since embarked on our first Hybrid home build project ...
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Fun Ways to Customize Your Home

Check out how our clients personalized their homes Personal Library Keep all of your favourite books on display by adding custom shelving to house all your treasured stories and recipes. Take a look at one client’s choice of efficient, commercial grade shelving compared to another’s modern take on a classic bookshelf. Statement Door Incorporate your personality by adding a stunning door feature like this client’s stained glass and carved wood piece. Embody Your Surroundings Living in Whistler, many home owners not only look to be surrounded by the already abundant great outdoors, but also look to include it in their ...
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Modern Whistler Home Renovation

Take a look at one of our most recent renovations and see how a home can truly transform. Entryway Before, the entrance and stairs leading to the master bedroom were outdated. After, light flooded into the fresh space. Master Bedroom The master bedroom was dark and unwelcoming… Now, it’s a relaxing retreat with an incredible treetop view. Master Bathroom The master bathroom felt tired and claustrophobic. The updates we did, created the bathroom oasis our client always dreamed of. Living Room This living room needed a chic, homey upgrade. With sleek finishes, this room transformed into the perfect social space ...
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Eleven Design Trends of 2016 to Inspire Your Next Renovation

http://www.mimdesign.com.au Marble Finishes Marble will never go out of style. It’s simple and gives any room an extra dose of elegance. http://bricobistro.com/15-magnifiques-papiers-peints-concus-pour-la-salle-de-bain/ (left) https://www.hubush.com/private-heaven-aura-from-stylish-marble-bathrooms/stylish-marble-bathroom-for-private-heaven-aura-with-showering-space-with-wooden-storage-large-mirror-sinks-and-faucets/ (right) Bold Powder Rooms Often unexpected, these rooms guarantee to add a fun aspect to any home. http://kokopelia.pl/skandynawskie-korzenie/ (left) http://blog.oakfurnitureland.co.uk/inspiration-station/10-tips-make-home-look-expensive/ (right) Black Window Frames This trend gives every room a chic, edgy feel. http://inhabitat.com/tag/passive-house/ Environmental Mindfulness Design trends are not always materialistic-as we’ve seen recently- environmentally friendly homes are becoming more and more common. Passive houses, with their efficient electrical and heating, are gaining popularity quickly in our progressive world. http://decorationsi.com/اتاق-خواب-رویایی-196/ (bottom) http://homestayirene.com/bedroom-gallery-wall/9486 (top) Statement Walls in The Bedroom ...
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Observer Classics — Seniors’ Housing

The number of seniors (aged 65 and over) is growing much faster than the number of non-seniors, and the population is expected to more than double by 2036i. This aging population has created new challenges for housing and related services. For-profit and non-profit housing sectors are responding to these changing needs with innovative solutions. Policy makers at all levels of government are paying more attention to seniors and to the need for age-friendly housing policies and community planning. These responses are resulting in increasing seniors’ quality-of-life and helping them maintain their independence and social participation. Aging in Place A large ...
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How To Save with a Home Energy Evaluation

For a limited time, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is making it easier for builders to help homeowners to reduce monthly utility costs and improve building performance with a new Residential Energy Assessment Rebate Program. The rebate program offers Whistler homeowners $250 towards an Energuide for Homes home energy evaluation, helping homeowners potentially access hundreds, even thousands of dollars in utility program rebates as well as ongoing reductions in monthly bills. As part of the new program, applicants will also have access to a free professional energy coach to help homeowners interpret the results of their evaluation, select the ...
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BC Building Code Update Comes into Effect December 19, 2014

Is your builder up to date? That depends on how your builder conducted business before the new BC Building Code Energy Requirements were brought into existence. New Energy Provisions in the BC Building Code are coming into effect in British Columbia as of Dec. 19, 2014. (For our Vancouver readers, the City of Vancouver Building Bylaw 2014 is yet to be adopted, but is expected to come into effect January 1, 2015.) For the rest of BC, the adoption date for the revised BC Building Code is Dec. 19, 2014. Many of the new provisions are targeted at reducing building ...
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Home Building Tips & Ideas for Whistler & Vancouver

New homes today set the standard for value, character and individuality. One of the best parts about building a new home is the ability to make it however you want. With every new home build however there are dozens of different questions that need to be answered. Today, let’s go over a few different concepts and styles of some of the fundamental features of every new home. Windows Windows are a great way for you to distinguish your new home. They bring vitality and beauty into the room, and effectively compliment both inside and outside decor. Today’s windows also aid ...
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