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Spring Renovations for Home or Business

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With World Plumbing Day this Wednesday, we are reminded that it is the perfect time to tackle those unfinished projects, or start a new project, in your home or your office. Whatever you plan to achieve this year (even if it is calling for an emergency plumbing job!) these great clients can help...

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General Contractors – Commercial and Residential

Spring often comes with renovation projects or maybe you have something bigger in mind. Building something new or renovating something old?

CAPAX Contracting
CAPAX Contracting is a locally owned and operated contracting and roofing company on Vancouver Island. They offer hauling services, construction services, bin rentals, roof construction and roof repair all across southern Vancouver Island.  Contact them at 250.893.8391 or check them out online at www.capaxcontracting.com for more information.

Ease-Ability Renovations and Construction Company is a full service Contractor for Commercial, Residential and Barrier Free Renovations, servicing the southern part of Vancouver Island. For Commercial Renovations they know that how you present yourself often means the difference between attracting new clients, or being left behind. They handle any size commercial renovation, from simply maximizing space to full design and build projects. As a Residential Contractor they provide quality workmanship, clear timelines, project management and competitive pricing. They can handle a complete renovation or just part of it, from the initial consultations, and planning stages, right through to the finishing touches.

Disability and Aging Renovations: 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.” Contact them at 250.743.1955 or check them out online at www.ease-abilitysolutions.com for more information.

Gorter Construction
Gorter Construction Ltd. is a contracting firm that specializes in custom homes, commercial buildings and tenant improvements. They are a proud member of the Victoria Registered 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. Contact them at 250.380.7343, visit them at 105 - 379 Tyee Road in Victoria or check them out online at www.gorterconstruction.ca for more information.

Rob-Ron Developments
Ron Bickford of Rob-Ron Developments Ltd has been successfully renovating, meeting or exceeding customer's expectations for over 35 years in the Victoria area.  "Our team of highly qualified trade professionals can take your renovation ideas from the initial design stage through to a successful completion.  Our in-house designer is available to assist in developing your plans & dreams into a stunning reality". Contact them at 250.544.0120 or check them out online at www.robron.com for more information.

SC Smith Building
With 15 years of building and project management experience under his carpenter’s belt, Steve Smith set out in 2004 to start a new type of residential contracting firm. The Victoria-based SC Smith Building Company, comprised of a skilled team of tradesmen, specializes in creating distinctive new homes and carrying out timeless renovations. As BuiltGreen-certified builders the team at SC Smith Building prides itself on implementing practical and modern building techniques while, at the same time, never losing sight of what previous generations of tradesmen brought to the table. Contact them online at www.scsmithbuildingcompany.com for more information.


Interior Design

Brighten up your home (or business) for yourself or prepare it for sale! A little help from a specialist can go a long way.

Creative Spaciz
Creative Spaciz provides interior design and decoration for both home and business. They stive to achieve distinctive designs for each client, working with functionality as well as reflecting their own aesthetic tastes and sensibilities. They offer professional, enthusiastic, dynamic interior design & decoration for business and home projects alike in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Well located in Victoria they also operate throughout Vancouver Island, greater Vancouver, Surrey, and Seattle areas. Contact them at 250.386.1117, visit them at Unit G, 661 Alpha Street in Victoria or check them out online at www.spaciz.com for more information.

Doyle and Brown
Doyle and Brown Home and Garden is filled with unique home and garden accents, endless garden gift ideas, beautiful furniture and hard-to-find items in a refreshing shopping experience on West Saanich Road next to Butterfly Gardens. Whether you're planning to create a unique garden or trying to bring the outdoors inside, Doyle and Brown can provide the inspiration you are looking for. Contact them at 250.514.5646, visit them at 6666 West Saanich Road in Brentwood Bay or check them out online at www.doyleandbrown.com for more information.

Tina Moizer Designs
Tina Moizer Designs for interior design and home staging has built a reputation for creating unique interior spaces designed to complement the lifestyle and tastes of her clients. Tina has a diverse interior design portfolio that includes Contemporary Seaside Apartments, Victorian Houses, Cottages, and converting and renovating an Old Village School, a Barn and a 250 year old British Farmhouse. As a certified professional Home Stager, Tina has also assisted many of her clients in selling their homes. Contact her at 250.709.1610 or find her online at www.tinamoizerdesigns.com for more information.


Windows, Floors, and Closets

Want a change in your home or business? Windows, floors, storage space? These are the people who can help.

Thermal King
Thermal King Glass is Victoria's oldest family owned and operated renovation window specialist. They also install quality skylights, sun rooms, showers and railings, and do both residential and commercial glass repairs. Save on your home improvement costs with free energy audits ($300 value), maximum government rebates ($60 per window) and over $100 off per window. For all your glass needs contact them at 250.478.5296, visit them at 102A - 1830 Old Island Highway in Colwood or check them out online at www.tkglass.com for more information.

Gary Interiors
Serving clients in the Cowichan Valley for over 25 years, Gary Interiors Ltd. specializes in custom draperies, blinds, shutters, and upholstery for commercial, residential, and institutional clients.  They offer competitive pricing along with creative, professional and personable service. Contact Linda Gary at 250.746.9901 for a complimentary in-home or showroom appointment, or visit her online at www.garyinteriors.ca for more information.

S&I Hardwood Floors
S&I Hardwood Floors is a Victoria based hardwood floor company specializing in installations, refinishing, eco-friendly products and dustless sanding with a large portfolio of commercial and residential projects. The company was established in Port Hardy in 1981 and has been serving the south island for the past 10 years. With many experienced employees and a reputation for excellence S&I Hardwood Floors has become a number one choice for quality hardwood floor services in Victoria. Contact them at 250.474.2942, visit them at 1885 Feltham Road in Victoria or check them out online at www.sihardwoodfloors.com for more information.

Premier Closets
At Premier Closets they believe that your clothes deserve a nice home too. Since 1993 Premier Closets has 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 their products are produced locally, and usually go from the design stage to installation in less than 2 weeks. So go ahead and make your friends jealous, give Premier Closets a call to set up your free in-home consultation. Contact them at 250.652.2353, visit them at 6984 Veyaness Road in Victoria or check them out online at www.premierclosets.com for more information.



Maybe you want to give your kitchen a new splash of colour or you’re tired of the dull worn out paint on your exterior walls. Interior or Exterior painting, we have you covered.

Arzoz Painting
Arzoz Painting is family based painting contractor located in Duncan and 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 homeowners vision for their home to life. Contact them at 250.709.0446 or check them out online at www.arzozpainting.com for more information.

Black Sheep Painting
Black Sheep Painting offers professional painting services to homeowners and businesses in Duncan, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Crofton, Maple Bay, Mill Bay, Shawnigan and Lake Cowichan.  They have been family owned and operated since 2006. 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, so the job gets done much quicker. Contact them at 250.732.6638 or check them out online at www.blacksheeppainting.ca for more information.

Lizard Painting
Lizard Painting specializes in new construction, commercial buildings, apartments and residential homes for full painting services and individual rooms. They take great pride in the quality of their work, are always on time and the products they supply are the best for the job. Painters can spray majority of paint - leaving no trace of brush work. "Quality Work with Professional Results." Contact them at 250.597.8854 or check them out online at www.lizardcoatingspainting.ca for more information.



Help! I’ve got a pipe leaking! Whether it’s the pipe under the sink with a small leak or your sewer is having troubles these guys know what they are doing and can help you out in any situation.

The Super Plumber
At 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 — Greater Victoria BC (including Sidney), Duncan and 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. Contact them at:
250.995.1234 (Victoria)
250.642.7963 (Sooke)
250.715.1511 (Duncan)
250.245.4499 (Ladysmith)
250.755.4039 (Nanaimo)
Or check them out online at www.thesuperplumber.com for more information.

Victoria Drain Services
Victoria Drain Services offers Camera Inspections of Perimeter Drains for new home buyers as well as for maintenance of Perimeter Drains. They offer full Perimeter Drain Replacements as well as New Sewer Line Replacements. Contact them to learn about their Maintenance Programs or get a Free Estimate. Don't forget to ask about their Spring Special Double Bonus Air Miles! Contact them at 250.818.1609, visit them at 31 Regina Avenue in Victoria or check them out online at www.victoriadrains.com for more information.

SK Septic
SK Septic has qualified Septic System Planners, Installers and Maintenance providers with over 20 years’ experience. They specialize in site assessments, septic system designs, installations, repairs and maintenance. By offering professional services, maintaining up to date knowledge in the septic system industry and always putting the customers first, SK Septic will get the job done right and on time. Contact them at 250.746.4277, visit them at 5881 Howard Avenue in Duncan or check them out online at www.skseptic.ca for more information.



Something not working right? Or maybe you are doing your own renos but you need some electrical work rewired?

H.B. Electric
H.B. Electric Ltd. has been in business since 1979 serving the Duncan area. Although their focus is primarily Service and Maintenance they do undertake many large contract projects in the southern part of Vancouver Island. They have developed a very strong client base of residential, commercial and industrial customers which includes the Duncan Mall, various government facilities and many commercial customers. Contact them at 250.748.9245, visit them at 5275 Trans Canada Highway in Duncan or check them out online at www.hb-electric.ca for more information.

Patriot Electric
Patriot Electric is an award winning company that received the Business of the Year Award for 1-10 Employees from the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce in 2013, and the Business Excellence Award from the Business Examiner as Trades Company of the Year in 2014. Since its beginning, David Moss of Patriot Electric has earned the respect of the Island’s most reputable builders and designers – professionals who rely on their service and accountability. They are known as a local business with integrity, honesty, personality and possessing the know-how to see the job through with excellent results. They are personable, pleasant and show the highest respect for their clients and their work. Contact them at 250.590.3214, visit them at 569A Hillside Avenue in Victoria or check them out online at www.patriotelectric.ca for more information.

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. Vancouver Island Alarms Ltd. is pleased to offer free take-overs on existing systems, no activation fees, no long-term contracts and lower monthly monitoring rates. Contact them at 250.727.7852 or check them out online at www.vancouverislandalarms.com for more information.


Cleaning and Maintenance

It’s spring, a time to enjoy the beautiful weather! Have someone else come clean up your home or your yard so you can sit back, relax and enjoy that BBQ.

A-1 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 provides superior cleaning and customer service. Their wide range of affordable carpet cleaning services will add beauty and value to your home or business. Contact them at 250-592-7787, visit them at 909 Dellwood Road in Victoria or check them out online at www.a1carpetcare.ca for more information.

Dave’s Hauling
Dave’s Hauling is proud to be a locally owned and operated Greater Victoria business consisting of honest, professional, friendly haulers who have helped hundreds of customers. With Dave you get junk hauling that is on time, efficient and environmentally friendly. Best of all, they will always make sure to clean up after themselves, and leave your junk site in as good — or better — condition than they found it. Contact them at 250.634.3252 or check them out online at www.davesjunkhauling.com for more information.

Perfectly Clear
Perfectly Clear provides professional window cleaning and gutter maintenance in Victoria, Duncan, the Cowichan Valley and Nanaimo. They use environmentally friendly dish soap and clean everything by hand, ensuring your home or business is spotless. To get a free estimate contact them at:
250.213.8159 (Victoria)
250.701.3094 (Duncan)
250.713.0170 (Nanaimo)
Or check them out online at www.perfectly-clear.ca for more information.



Gardening can be a great stress reliever, but sometimes it can be hard to add in that water feature or figure out how you want to lay out your yard. Call an expert for tools, advice or to do it for you.

Cinnabar Valley Farms
Cinnabar Valley Farms has been manufacturing high quality horticultural products on Vancouver Island for the past 31 years. Right from day one, Peat Soil, the base of all their Potting Soil products has been excavated from their own peat area ensuring ongoing consistency. They have a variety of bulk soils, mulches and composts available. Local deliveries can be arranged or you can pick up by the yard at Cinnabar Farms in Nanaimo. Contact them at 250.758.7888, or check them out online at www.cinnabarfarms.com for more information.

Horizon Nurseries
Horizon Nurseries crafts the natural materials of the earth, stone, soil, water and wood, to create outdoor living spaces tailored to your needs. They build landscapes to compliment your home and lifestyle, enhancing the function and beauty of your property. Their experience in landscape design enables them to showcase form, flower, foliage colour and texture. Horizon Nureries create landscapes with a vision for all seasons to provide function and beauty year round. Contact them at 250.881.7704, visit them at 4059 Metchosin Road in Victoria or check them out online at www.horizonnurseries.com for more information.

O'Dell Slinger
With O'Dell Slinger, 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 both homeowners and contractors alike providing prompt and reliable service, at the most competitive prices. Contact them at 250.383.0600 or check them out online at www.odellslinger.com for more information.

Peninsula Landscape Supplies
Peninsula Landscape Supplies Ltd. can supply all the materials you need to make the perfect backyard getaway. They supply bulk topsoil, bark mulch, fish compost, sand, aggregate, slate, pond supplies, pots and much more. They can deliver any size load. You can also come to their yard and they will load you up. No load too big or too small. Contact them at 250.656.6719, visit them at 2078 Henry Avenue West in Sidney or check them out online at www.peninsulalandscapesupplies.com for more information.

Stone Taffy
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! Contact them at 250.885.0202 or check them out online at www.stonetaffy.com for more information.



Need a way to pay for your renovations? Or thinking about buying something new? Here are mortgage specialists to help you every step of the way.

Desiree Palfrey
If you are ready to buy a home, renew your mortgage, or consolidate your debt, Desiree Palfrey can arrange the mortgage financing on your behalf. She will sort through the confusing maze of mortgage options, jargon, and documentation, and provide you with the mortgage information and details that you need to move forward with your plans. Contact her at 250.213.3691 (Victoria) or 403.874.3691 (Calgary) or visit her online at www.desireepalfrey.com for more information.

Prime Mortgage Works
With over 17 years’ experience in the Canadian mortgage industry, Prime Mortgage Works has the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the process of what is arguably the biggest financial decision you may ever make.  Their clients truly appreciate their customer centric approach which is exactly why they refer their friends and family at every opportunity. Contact them at 250.708.2063, visit them at 109 - 1030 Yates Street in Victoria or check them out online at www.primemortgageworks.com for more information.

Verico Lighthouse Mortgage
Verico Lighthouse Mortgage has been offering mortgage and financial services on Vancouver Island for over 10 years. At Lighthouse Mortgage, they know how mortgages differ from lender to lender, how much they really cost and how to reduce your costs which can effectively save you a lot of money and possibly take years off the life of your mortgage. Lighthouse Mortgage deals with many lenders at a time, providing customers with a better choice of service. Contact them at 250.748.9742 (Duncan) or 250.391.6500 (Victoria), visit them at Unit F - 951 Canada Avenue in Duncan or 104 - 2220 Sooke Road in Victoria or check them out online at www.lighthousemortgage.ca for more information.

West Isle Mortgages
When you work with a Mortgage Broker from West Isle Mortgages you are not only getting their expertise, but that of a well-rounded and knowledgeable team. With the owner of the office sitting on the Mortgage Brokers Association of BC Board of Directors and the Chairman of the Ethics Committee, you can rest assured knowing that all business conducted will be in an ethical and professional manner. Their best interest is always to get you the best rate, but also, and maybe more importantly, to get you the best mortgage to fit your specific needs. West Isle Mortgages know that providing you with exceptional service and professionalism is the key to continual success. Contact them at 250.405.4350, visit them at 119 - 2745 Veterans Memorial Parkway in Langford or check them out online at www.rocharfinancial.com for more information.

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The Team at Radar Hill