What We’ve Been Working On Lately …

Over the past couple of years, the Wilco team has had the good fortune to have been kept very busy with several exciting and varied residential projects.  The brief on each is always unique, and the challenge is to create the perfect vision of the architect, designer and client.  We are working on updating our gallery to include these new properties, so check back soon for inspiring photos! Luxury Waterfront Home on Vancouver Island This contemporary property was architect-designed and … [Read more...]

Planning Your New Construction or Major Renovation Project

Particularly for clients who have not been involved in a new home build or renovation before, deciding how to go about beginning the project can be confusing and stressful. Once you have decided to go ahead the first step, even before investing in land or an existing house, may be to consult with the professionals who will ultimately guide you through the process.  In addition to information provided by your Realtor, having a discussion with an architect or residential designer, as well as a … [Read more...]

The Art of Renovation

Love your current neighbourhood but you’ve outgrown your house? The kids have moved out and your space doesn’t function properly anymore? You’re planning to sell but your home doesn’t show as well as it could? All good reasons to consider a renovation! 42% of Canadians in 10 major centres renovated their homes in 2010, with another 39% intending to do work in 2011*. The most popular improvements involved interior cosmetic changes, but a substantial number also upgraded the building … [Read more...]

Heat Pumps, Geothermal, Heat Recovery Ventilators

There are so many new products and technologies available to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient, it’s difficult for the average consumer to know where to start.  That’s where your experienced general contractor and hvac (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) professional can really help.  In a nutshell, here is how these systems work: Heat Pumps Air Source – This type of heat pump draws warmth from the outdoor air and transfers it to your indoor environment.  … [Read more...]

Rainwater Harvesting

This is a subject many of our clients ask about. Although lack of rainfall has not been an issue yet this year, normally by now we’d be thinking about the municipal or well water we will need to satisfy the gardens that we West Coasters love.  Canada ranks 28th out of 29 countries for per capita water consumption*. I suspect that throughout the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island, people are more aware than the average Canadian about water conservation, but that doesn’t mean we use any less! … [Read more...]