When the homeowner of a run-down beach house on Mayne Island came to Flinstones, he was fed up with other contractors who, lacking expertise to lead the complex project, had given up.
This is a unique and challenging project that required a contractor with experience negotiating the “red tape”. Before being able to build, Flintstones worked with the homeowner through the permitting and permissions process that took two years. Located on a low waterfront plot backed by a steep incline, approvals for this project included the CRD, Island’s Trust, the Ministry of Transportation and the Municipality.
To propose solutions to the many objections faced by the permitting bodies (turning “nos” into “yes’”) Flintstones brought in experts that ranged from marine biologists to geotechnical, structural, civil, glazing, and building envelope engineers.
The result was a spectacular home renovation designed to mitigate future climate threats like rising waters and rogue waves. A new build was not possible, so the extensive renovation took full advantage of the existing home’s parameters. The 14-month build is currently in progress, some of the project’s features include:
- Designed within existing footprint and building height
- Open plan home, including a floating staircase
- Addition of a chimney stack for a wood burning fireplace
- A design that unifies inside and outside
- Favoring natural materials like stone and wood
- Flagstone running outside and inside to unify the living experience
- Ample glass windows, a glass deck, and skylights between the home’s upper and lower floors
- Same stone on interior and exterior for flooring and cladding
- High quality exterior products like powder coated aluminum and Shou Sugi Ban siding to withstand weather and ocean
- Commercial grade standard glass
- Was a little beach house that had been renovated multiple times over the years
- High quality sewage treatment system
Working on The Gulf Islands
Renovating or building a new home on the Gulf Islands is complex. Major considerations include controlling costs, labour and materials. In this case, Flintstones had an on-site project manager who lived on Mayne Island. Accommodation and transportation was organized for trusted contractors, materials were shipped strategically to ensure efficiency and minimize impact on the Island. Not only does Flintstones plan and manage the full build, we ensure the project will receive the long term maintenance and service it needs.