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Jamie walks us through the home and landscape design and details that will be found in this new Vancouver Island neighbourhood – The Cottages at Eaglecrest

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The Cottages at Eaglecrest – Home & Landscape Design

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Qualicum Beach has a rich history of multi-generational living, but over the years it has been a challenge to meet the needs of such diverse groups. With our Community Plan review underway, it is an ideal time to start collaborating on ideas to meet some of these needs for the future. One important group that currently has some growing needs in the community, are families. Qualicum Beach did a community study on retaining our youth and families in 2012 that outlined 2 key areas of focus, family amenities & family housing. This episode of LABlife presents just one idea about the former Qualicum Beach Elementary School property, and how it could meet the need for family amenities. A sustainable, park-like vision to be enjoyed by all generations, that would nurture and cultivate the interests of our youth and retain the much needed energy, skills and services that parents provide in the community. If you could think of an amenity that would benefit your family, your children or your grandchildren on this site or in town, what would it be?

LABlife Ep. 05 – Family Amenities in Qualicum Beach. A Growing Idea.

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Home staging is so much more then just dish sets or accessories. Each project involves a careful analyzation of the home and it’s various spaces along with a comprehensive understanding of the ideal buyer profile for each specific property. Working with a team that has spent time getting to know the buyer profiles in your market will be critical to achieving the best results possible. It is a collaborative and creative process that involves establishing a framework for each space with the selection of larger key pieces of furniture, followed by accessories and a selection of more livable elements. To truly stage a home involves a considerable amount of resources and time, but the benefits far outweigh the work on a measurable scale. It achieves a more timely and valuable sale for our sellers while allowing purchasers to experience the home in it’s best light giving them ideas about how they may utilize and enjoy the different spaces.

LABlife Ep. 04 – Home Staging, The Process and Benefits

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It’s very common when viewing homes or building sites with clients to get asked what could be done from a design perspective to enhance the home and/or yard space, or how the living spaces might be orientated in a new home. I love this question, and I’m always happy when clients are thinking along these lines. We are big advocates of custom home and interior design, both from a livability and market perspective. My advice to this question is to think site specific. My brother taught me very early on that the first and one of the most important steps in good home design is the Site Analysis. It is key to identify the challenges and opportunities of your specific property in order to thoughtfully address these challenges and to take advantage of the opportunities through design. Two key areas of particular importance are that of sunlight and privacy. These two areas will have a direct impact on your enjoyment of your home and are vital to consider if you are thinking of resale. The Qualicum Beach property showcased in this video is an excellent example of site specific design. The subject property is a linear corner lot with over 130 feet of south facing front yard, so anything but your typical building site. To take advantage of the light and sunshine all of the main indoor and outdoor living spaces have been located on the south side of the home. The spaces have been enhanced through the use of over 30 feet of sliding glass door systems to allow positive light flow into the home while creating a seamless indoor / outdoor living interface. The challenge was ensuring privacy in the yard from the streetfront. This challenge was met through creative landscape details. The use of cedar hedging, articulated fence and lattice panels, and boulevard trees have created standout curb appeal and a private outdoor living oasis within.

If you are considering a renovation or a new build, don’t settle for what’s there or just select a generic plan out of a book. Think site specific and don’t afraid to venture into the front or side yard if that’s where the best opportunities for sunlight and outdoor living are. Get creative or find a good designer to help you take advantage of all the properties unique opportunities, it’ll be well worth it.

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LABlife Ep. 03 – Site Specific Design For New Homes & Renovations

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A fresh start to a year has brought about some fresh new development proposals for Qualicum Beach. A 40 unit hotel project is proposed for the historical Sand Pebbles site. As avid users of the waterfront the LAB was particularly excited to see that the project includes a waterfront walkway on the ocean side of the development to be enjoyed by residents and visitors, so no more running on the road. Growing up here we created a lot of fun memories at the ‘Pebbles’, but over the years it has come to offer less and less and is very much in need of a revitalization. This is especially true considering it is one of just a few waterfront properties in with development potential for hospitality and tourism in Qualicum Beach. This is a big undertaking in a small town like Qualicum Beach that bears a lot of risk from a development and business perspective, so we want to say thank you to the Developer for having spent the time and energy bringing this project forward. So far the project doesn’t appear to include much in the way of amenities or a hospitality experience most likely due to feasibility, but the Town has encouraged the Developer to take another look at perhaps incorporating some amenities, particularly a restaurant / lounge with a roof top patio, which I know we would be fans of. Now all we need is a beach volleyball court.

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LABlife Ep. 02 – Sand Pebbles 2.0 : A New Hotel & Seawall Extension in Qualicum Beach

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Qualicum Beach is well known and loved for it’s walkable Village filled with friendly artisan style shops & services along with various healthy, recreational amenities. It’s no wonder we continue to see a growing demand for more housing choices in and around the Village Neighbourhood. This challenge has not easily been met and our housing type & supply continues to fall far short of the demand for new and existing residents. A very limited supply of developable land paired with continuous renovations of larger existing properties and minimal re-development has left us with very few opportunities to create home options to meet the diverse needs of our Community. As time passes and Town continues to progress we see the need for age friendly homes, family homes, a few spaces for young professionals and more. The CedarMill project is one of the first of what we hope is a growing number of progressive housing options for young and old residents alike. What was once just a single home on a larger lot will now see 3 new households that capture the essence of Village Living and neighbours that will further enrich the Town’s social fabric. To Register for project updates, plans and pricing visit : www.cedarmill.ca

LABlife Ep. 01 – Village Living in Qualicum Beach

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Qualicum Beach has been one of the most progressive and forward thinking municipalities on Vancouver Island in their creation of suite bylaws for a number of different residential zonings and neighbourhoods. This includes the provision for attached or detached secondary suites, garden suites or laneway homes, and even the creation of new neighbourhoods such as West Ridge, Qualicum Beach with lots designed to accommodate single-storey carriage homes. These suites have provided much needed rental options within the community as well as the opportunity for multi-generational living.  Watch as Jamie demonstrates how a detached garden suite could be accommodated from the laneway of our current listing 219 Fourth Avenue West, a perfect suite location just one block from downtown Qualicum Beach.

 

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Laneway Homes in Qualicum Beach

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