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Home Renovation Newsletter – Featured Businesses

After the snow and before the summer comes a time of cleaning, renewal and growth. For your home this could mean getting a bold new paint colour, a whole custom-built closet, transforming your yard into a thriving garden, or whatever else it needs to be the dream dwelling that you’ve always wanted.

But wherever could you find a comprehensive list of reliable people who would do all that for you? Right here, as Radar Hill features our clients who specialize in domestic renovation.

Whether it’s cleaning, windows, construction, or wood work, adding comfort and style to your home has never been easier.

General Contractors
Cleaning and Maintenance
Disability and Aging Renovations
Furniture and Interior Design
Painting
Floor and Windows
Electrical
Plumbing
Landscaping
Garden
Home Security
New Home Construction


General Construction

You don’t want to deal with the hassle of moving, but you are not completely satisfied with your house. Instead of being quietly envious of your neighbours and friends, renovate your house to be the spectacular place it can be!

Whether you just need a new countertop, your roof repaired, or a brand new extension, below you will find a company that can help construct your dream home.

Your Honey-do List Guys

Have too many tasks to do and not enough time? With over 25 years of experience in the construction and handyman industry there is very little that the Honey-Do List Guys cannot do. Specializing in to-do lists, they provide services in many areas, from carpentry, dry walling, lawn care, shrub trimming, moss removal, and more, across the Greater Victoria area. For further details, go to www.yourhoneydolistguysinc.com

Built-Rite Structural Services

Built-Rite Structural Services Ltd. are experts in all things structural, and all things basement. If your basement is not tall enough, if it is wet or rotting- they can help. Built-Rite underpins settling buildings, digs out basements, lifts homes, upgrades floor beams so that you won’t need so many posts, removes walls to open up spaces, replaces failed foundations, and levels floors. They can even handle any required design, permits, structural & soils engineering. For further details, go to www.builtrite.ca

CAPAX Contracting

CAPAX Contracting is a locally owned and operated contracting and roofing company, servicing all across southern Vancouver Island. They offer a range of services, from chimney demolition, driveway extensions, perimeter drains, septic field installation, as well as bin rentals, and hauling and junk removal. Being a diverse company with professional experience in a wide variety of projects, no matter what the project is, they can take it on. For further details, go to www.capaxcontracting.com

Cat’s Eye Contracting

Cat’s Eye Contracting is a locally owned company in Victoria., striving to have the renovation process as painless and quick as possible. Specialising in excavating, residential, and small commercial construction for 25 years, their methodology is to be effective, affordable, flexible, and exceptional. For further details, go to www.catseyecontracting.com

SC Smith Building

Steve Smith founded SC Smith Building in 2004 to start a new type of residential contracting firm on Southern Vancouver Island. They specialize in creating distinctive new homes and carrying out timeless renovations, all with a team of skilled tradesmen. They work on implementing modern building techniques, while never losing sight of what previous generations of tradesmen brought to the table. Being a Built Green certified builder, the team at SC Smith Building are environmentally responsible when creating homes, and always maintain that with them, quality is key. For further details, go to www.scsmithbuilding.com


Cleaning and Maintenance

Not as drastic as a full renovation, cleaning is an easier but nevertheless effective way to breathe new life into your home. Because while it’s all very well having a beautiful house, it requires maintenance, both inside and out.

Most people do not like cleaning, but there are some out there who do and can help you! Either by organizing and cleaning the interior, or making the exterior sparkle like new, below you will find someone who can help keep your home in its best gleaming condition.

Ocean Pacific Media Blasting

Serving British Columbia and Alberta, Ocean Pacific Media Blasting Inc. have been experts in log home restorations since 2000. Specializing in log home refinishing, the removal of existing failing stain, fire/smoke stain removal, they restore log homes in every environment. In addition to preparing surfaces, they are also trained and certified in reapplying all types of coatings and insecticides for long lasting protection against the elements. For further details, go to www.pacificloghomerestoration.com

Premier Closets

At Premier Closets Ltd. they believe that your clothes deserve a nice home too. Since 1993 they have striven to make their customers lives a little more organized, one closet at a time. They believe that the job should be done right the first time, so they spend the time it takes beforehand to make sure that all closets are designed the way you want them. All of their products are produced locally, and usually go from the design stage to installation in less than 2 weeks. For further details, go to www.premierclosets.com

Armstrong Cleaning and Installations

For over 15 years Armstrong Cleaning has been providing professional cleaning services to the Cowichan Valley. Using the latest techniques and environmentally safe products to clean your windows, gutters, and siding, satisfaction is guaranteed. They also offer new gutter installation, pressure washing, and house scrubbing to brighten your home from the outside, which is great for homeowners wanting to maintain their properties, or for sellers wanting to up their home’s curb appeal. Protect your investment and keep it looking new year after year with regular cleaning. For further details, go to www.armstrongcleaning

South Island Remediation

South Island Remediation have been the experts in removing lead paint, mould, and biohazard in Victoria and Gulf Islands since 1999. They offer contaminate clean up, isolation and security of contaminated areas, as well as sample testing for mould and lead paint. With a wide variety of options to choose from, user their expertise in remediation to make a workplace or home safer for you, your employees or your families. For further details, go to southislandremediation.com

One Hour Cleaning

With over 30 years of experience, One Hour Cleaners are experts in dry cleaning and stain removal, able to clean and press anything in your closet. From wedding dresses, duvets, and sleeping bags, their professionally-trained staff inspect every garment to ensure that quality is never compromised, so you can feel safe when bringing even your most delicate clothing. For further details, go to www.victoriadrycleaning.com

Perfectly Clear

Perfectly Clear Window Cleaning & Gutter Maintenance Ltd. provide professional window, gutter, and siding cleaning, from Victoria to Nanaimo. They offer interior & exterior window cleaning, and gutter repairs. They wash everything by hand and use environmentally friendly dish soap, ensuring that your home is spotless. For further details, go to www.perfectly-clear.ca

A1 Carpet Care

A-1 Carpet Care is a family-run business in Victoria with over 35 years of experience. They are a carpet, upholstery and area rug specialist that provide superior cleaning, by using truck mounted or portable steam cleaning that is fast drying and environmentally safe. No harsh chemicals or solvents used. Their wide range of affordable carpet cleaning services will add beauty and value to your home. For further details, go to www.a1carpetcare.ca


Disability and Aging Renovations

Our homes don’t change with our bodies unless we make them. Your house should be your sanctuary and unless it is completely comfortable for you, then it is not fulfilling its duty.

Whether it is a new disability or from the effects of aging, making your home as convenient and appropriate for you is vital to your overall health. These companies can help make your house into a restful and effective home.

Ease-Ability Solutions

Ease-Ability Renovations & Construction Ltd. offer advice on residential renovations of all kinds, including advising for disabilities. As ‘Aging in Place’ specialists they are the preferred choice for custom home mobility solutions, accessibility home and kitchen modifications, and wheelchair accessible bathrooms. They create individualized barrier-free environments and independent living solutions to suit individual needs. After all “your home should change as you do.” For further details, go to www.ease-abilitysolutions.com

Island Mediquip

Island Mediquip Ltd. is an independent Vancouver Island owned and operated business, and for 15 years has been providing quality home medical equipment, mobility equipment, and repairs on Vancouver Island. Working closely with health care providers, their goal is to make sure their clients are fitted with the correct medical equipment based on their needs and budget. For further details, go to www.islandmediquip.com


Furniture and Interior Design

You’re satisfied with the structure of your house, but the inside is getting a little worn and dated. Why not liven it up with a new couch or a classic wooden rocking chair? Or maybe you just need a different layout.

Below you will find people who can help design your home to bring the aesthetic and quality you deserve.

Creative Spaciz Design Studio

Since 1993, Creative Spaciz Design Studio has offered a highly experienced, award winning design and drafting team who drive their efforts towards distinctive, non-predictable design for their vast array of commercial and residential clientele. From paint consultations to complete home design, they tackle it all. Their relaxed atmosphere and honest business practices offer clients a professional, enthusiastic, and positive design experience. They operate throughout Vancouver Island, Vancouver and Seattle areas. For further details, go to www.spaciz.com

Bernard LeBlanc Fine Furniture

Bernard LeBlanc is a self-taught furniture designer/maker, wood turner and carver based on Salt Spring Island. He has a diverse experience from his time in building log homes, timber framing, millwork, and yacht finishing where he honed his fine joinery skills. Now after working with wood his entire life, Bernard is specializing in fine furniture and cabinets. He also creates custom millwork, boxes, urns, and accessories. By using traditional craftsmanship to create modern lines that will endure, his work honours the warmth and natural beauty of the wood in each piece. For further details, go to www.bernardleblanc.com

Gary Interiors

For over 30 years Gary Interiors Ltd. has been serving the Cowichan Valley Area specializing in custom draperies, Roman shades, solar shades, wood blinds, shutters, and upholstery. They offer competitive pricing along with creative, professional, and personable service. Get in touch for 9901 for a complimentary in-home or showroom appointment. For further details, go to www.garyinteriors.ca

Whippletree Furniture

Established in 1986 Whippletree Furniture is a family business providing customers with comfortable and stylish furniture from their exclusive store collections. They house 5500 square feet of quality new home furnishing at Whippletree Junction, which includes living room suites, dining room suites, bedroom furniture, all kinds of seating, and whatever other home accessories you need. They do not sell anything less than grade 20 leather, to ensure long-term quality and value. For further details, go to www.whippletreefurniture.com


Painting

One of the simplest but most effective things that you can do to your house to change the look and atmosphere is painting.

Whether you want to add a new dazzling colour or just want a fresh coat, these companies can provide your home with the razzle dazzle it has always wanted, or bring a serene and calming environment.

CanTex Painting

For the past 3 generations CanTex Painting has been operating in Victoria as a company with a big reputation for providing clean, prompt, friendly service, and quality workmanship. They offer certified tradesmen specializing in fine detail and high-end paint finishes. With their meticulous eye they are able to focus down on the fine details that highlight a superior paint job. They carefully move, protect, and uninstall everything needed prior to painting, so that you can be sure that your home will be respected. For further details, go to www.cantexpainting.com

Lizard Painting

Lizard Painting Ltd. is locally owned serving Vancouver Island, specializing in the painting of residential renovation, restoration painting, and galvanised metal painting in the field. With their drive, determination, smarts and business skills, they have become a leader in Vancouver Island’s painting industry. Offering quality work with professional results, their goal is to give you peace of mind throughout the process of beautifying and protecting your home or office. For further details, go to www.lizardcoatingspainting.ca

Here Come The Painters

Here Come The Painters offers both interior and exterior painting services for residential and commercial customers. Specializing in residential repaints, they work closely with you to make sure the job is completed on time and on budget. Being a family run, locally owned and operated business, you will receive personal attention and your opinions will be heard. For further details, go to www.herecomethepainters.com – New website coming soon!

Black Sheep Painting

Since 2006 Black Sheep Painting has been family owned and operated. They offer professional painting services to homeowners and businesses across the Cowichan Valley, from Shawnigan to Ladysmith. Their painters are reliable, professional and friendly. Whether you are painting a single room or your whole house you can count on Black Sheep for top quality workmanship done efficiently and carefully. For doing exterior painting, they bring a full team, which means that the job gets done much quicker. For further details, go to www.blacksheeppainting.ca

Arzoz Painting

Arzoz Painting is family based painting contractor servicing the Cowichan Valley. They take pride in offering a top-quality painting service and a positive experience for all their clients. Specializing in repainting, they are known for the quality of their work, friendly attitude and ability to bring a homeowner’s vision for their home to life. For further details, go to www.arzozpainting.com


Floor and Windows

Every step you take is on your floor, so it is vital that you actually like walking in your house. Similarly, windows are one of the most important aspects of your house. From bringing in light to seeing your beautiful ocean view to regulating temperature, a home without windows is a dark place indeed.

So take care of and pamper your windows with these companies below, and go ahead and replace that old carpet. Your house and feet will thank you.

Thermal King Glass

Since 1980 family owned and operated Thermal King Glass have been Victoria’s source for residential and commercial glass and windows. Being a full service glass shop as well as a window replacement contractor, they are able to provide options for fixing that single old broken window or door, or update your home with a complete new window and door package. For further details, go to www.tkglass.com

Thermoproof Windows and Doors

Since 1977 Thermoproof Windows and Doors have been providing Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands with quality windows and patio doors that are built with the Island environment in mind. Backed by a fully transferable warranty, Thermoproof windows are also remarkably energy efficient, secure and low maintenance, making them cost-effective on so many levels. For further details, go to www.thermoproof.ca

S&I Hardwood Floors

S&I Hardwood Floors are a Victoria-based hardwood floor company specializing in floor installations, refinishing, and are the only company to offer truly dustless sanding technology on Vancouver Island. They provide full service from estimates, consultations, sanding, refinishing, removal, installation, and product sales, with a high focus on the latest environmentally friendly solutions. With many experienced employees and a reputation for excellence, they have become a primary choice for quality hardwood floor services in Victoria. For further details, go to www.sihardwoodfloors.com


Electrical

That magical invisible entity of electricity is an integral part of any home. Technology is advancing so quickly and there is so much that can be equipped with electricity, from a home theatre to LED lights, to your Smart fridge.

However while you could try and DIY the electrical work in your house, leaving it to the professionals below is a safer and less hazardous option.

Patriot Electric

Patriot Electric provide residential and commercial electrical services across Victoria, on time, on budget, and with no surprises. So many of the elements that go into a quality home environment are crafted carefully within the walls; and they are dedicated to providing the seamless technology to power your home, office and business. For further details, go to www.patriotelectric.ca

H.B. Electric

Since 1979 H.B. Electric Ltd. has been providing the Cowichan Valley with prompt and professional service. Focusing on service and maintenance, they provide 24-hour emergency service to both residential and commercial buildings. They can install LED lighting anywhere in your house, and specializing in the impossible, can do knob and tube removal in small character homes, leaving little or no damage. For further details, go to www.hb-electric.ca


Plumbing

You cannot go a day without using some sort of plumbing in your house. It is just something that is absolutely crucial to daily life, but is often forgotten about until something goes wrong. And when it goes wrong it can be disastrous!

However, it can be fixed. Below are a few companies who will come and correct all your plumbing woes.

Veridis Plumbing

Veridis Plumbing & Heating Ltd. was founded in 2009 by Corry Belcourt, a third-generation plumber. They are a is a full-service plumbing, heating, and gas company based in the Cowichan Valley, serving communities from Victoria to Nanaimo, and believe in sustainable environmental practices and promote green technologies. At Veridis you can be sure of fair, consistent pricing, and guaranteed work using only the highest quality materials. Their mission is simply to perform at their best, for all their customers, every day. For further details, go to www.veridisplumbing.com

The Super Plumber

At the Super Plumber, plumbing, drain, and gas fitting services all carry the Super Plumber 100% Satisfaction Guarantee! If you are unhappy with your plumbing repair for any reason, they will redo your repair for free. Call any time, day or night, no matter your location, from Greater Victoria, the Cowichan Valley, or greater Nanaimo, and a real person will answer. Their fully qualified and courteous plumbers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For further details, go to www.thesuperplumber.com


Landscaping

Your property deserves just as much attention as your house. Especially on this Island we have the privilege of being able to spend months and months outside, so why not make it a fabulously comfortable location?

Contact these companies below if your yard is in need of a face-lift, from a brand-new lawn to exquisite rock walls to a pond, because why not add a touch of affordable luxury.

R.A.L. Bobcat Service

It all began in 1989 with the acquisition of a Bobcat 743 Skidster, a GMC gravel truck and a McCoy Tow-Low trailer by Roy Lamont. These three vehicles created R.A.L. Bobcat Service, which has become a specialist for landscape contouring, site excavation, perimeter drainage, backfilling, and grading, as well as offering disposal bin rentals, secure storage containers, and more. They have the equipment necessary to get into tight confined spaces with their mini excavator, which fits through a 3’ gate. Serving the Cowichan Valley and southern Vancouver Island, they provide experienced and knowledgeable services to get your landscaping projects – and more – completed. For further details, go to www.ralbobcat.com

Peninsula Lawns & Landscapes

Since 2004 Peninsula Lawns & Landscapes have been offering lawn and gardening maintenance throughout Greater Victoria, as well as new lawn installations, snow removal, and landscaping jobs. From regular lawn cuts, soil testing, hedge trimming, soil delivery, and fruit tree pruning, they offer superior service at an affordable price. Let their experienced and knowledgeable team assist you with all your landscape needs. For further details, go to www.victorialawnservices.com

O’Dell Slinger

Digging by hand? Why not sling up to 110 feet saving hours of back-breaking labour. With O’Dell Slinger Service you will save the cost of moving the material from one place to another eliminating the use of a backhoe, loader, bobcat or excavator. Their unique conveyor belt literally launches rock, top soil, sand or bark mulch into the air, landing precisely where you want it. On their versatile slinger trucks they can access steep slopes, sling material over barriers and spread material evenly for any landscaping or construction project. They cater to homeowners and contractors providing prompt and reliable service, at the most competitive prices. For further details, go to www.odellslinger.com

Stone Taffy Design

Ever wanted unique a unique stone fire pit? How about a cobblestone patio? Stone Taffy Design offers custom design and installation of paving stones, brick pavers and precast concrete in all of your building and landscape needs such as walkways, driveways, patios/decks, steps/stairs, walls, planters, fireplaces, barbecues and more! For further details, go to www.stonetaffy.com


Garden

Vancouver Island has a wonderful climate for gardening, and whether it be for beautiful flowers or practical produce, gardens everywhere deserve care and attention. Maybe you’re new to gardening and want to start your own vegetable patch, or just need a few accents to complete your mini paradise.

Below are companies who are devoted to making your garden the best it can be.

Horizon Nurseries

Horizon Nurseries & Landscaping crafts the natural materials of the earth to create outdoor living spaces tailored to your needs, showcasing form, flower, foliage, colour, and texture. From ponds, paths, fountains, and gardens, they build landscapes to compliment your home and lifestyle, enhancing the function and beauty of your property. Specializing in alpine, rockery, and perennial plants, Horizon Nurseries create landscapes with a vision for all seasons to provide function and beauty year-round. In their two-acre nursery they collect and train unique plant species, and can provide your plants the expertise needed to create your own personal oasis. For further details, go to www.horizonnurseries.com

Peninsula Landscape Supplies

Peninsula Landscape Supplies Ltd. can supply all the materials you need to make the perfect backyard getaway. All of their bulk topsoil, bark mulch, fish compost, sand, aggregate, slate, pond supplies, pots and much more, are available for delivery or pick-up. Chris and Cam both hold certificates in horticulture and design and are always happy to answer any questions you may have to make your garden exceptional. For further details, go to www.peninsulalandscapesupplies.com


Home Security

You’ve renovated your home, got some new furniture and your windows are gleaming. If you’re worried about your biggest investment, then peace of mind is priceless. Luckily, preserving your home’s beautiful new interior is simple with a home alarm system.

Vancouver Island Alarms

Vancouver Island Alarms Ltd. is a local company that can install a new alarm system or expand and replace your existing alarm system during your renovation or home improvements. They are pleased to offer free take-overs on existing systems, no activation fees, no long-term contracts and lower monthly monitoring rates. Preserving your home’s beautiful new interior is simple with a home alarm system. For further details, go to www.vancouverislandalarms.com


New Home Construction

So you’ve looked all over Vancouver Island but you just haven’t found a house that you like. There are many great locations, but the actual house leaves something to be desired, or you find a great house, but the location is dreadful. And you are not satisfied with simply renovating your current house, or are trying to move out of a small condo.

Well then, why not build a whole new custom home with everything you want?

Three Guys Construction

Three Guys Construction pride themselves on maintaining quality at the highest level. With over 15 years of experience in building residential homes, they are dedicated to helping every client create their dream home. With fantastic options for custom countertops, stonework, and live edge furniture, your home is personalized and made to be as beautiful as it can be. For further details, go to www.threeguysconstructioninc.com

KC Natural Homes

KC Natural Homes is run by Sooke’s Keary Conwright, a building technologist with over 30 years of experience designing and drafting plans for commercial and residential buildings. They build quality homes that focus on sustainability, health, and comfort. By incorporating natural materials such as light clay, rammed earth, locally harvested timber, clay and lime plasters, and stone, their home are virtually free of artificial toxic materials. For further details, go to www.kcnaturalhomes.com

Gorter Construction

Since 2002 Gorter Construction Ltd. has been building high quality custom homes and commercial buildings. They are a proud member of the Canadian Home Builders Association and are a registered Built Green Builder. Having built a solid reputation for completing quality projects they are excited by the opportunity to meet new clients and help them achieve their building success. For further details, go to www.gorterconstruction.ca

Clarkston Construction

Clarkston Construction is a multi-generational builder based in Sooke, specializing in high end custom west coast homes from Metchosin to Port Renfrew. Their work consists mainly of custom builds, ranging in scope from modest cabins to fine detailed homes designed by world class architects. By continually implementing innovative, sustainable design, and environmental stewardship in construction techniques their homes stand for their liveability, quality construction, and their beauty. For further details, go to www.clarkstonconstruction.ca

Grä Scale Developments

Grä Scale Developments specializes in custom residential homes and exceptional commercial renovations uniting skilled professionals to bring your project from idea to reality. From the conception of your project, the experts at GDI translate your ideas into 3D architectural renders which allow you to easily move walls, windows or even your roofline to create design plans that suit your vision for the property. For further details, go to www.gdivictoria.com 


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About Caitlin O'Hara

Shawn's daughter, Caitlin has been around Radar Hill her entire life, but only recently in a full-time professional manner. In 2016 she began managing the social media accounts, writing articles and newsletters, as well as being an administrative assistant when needed. When not in the office she enjoys cooking (including those samosas that have been huge hits at Radar Hill open houses) and travelling, and has recently moved to Scotland.
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