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Reynolds Road, Nanaimo, Summer/Fall 2017

As return clients we were happy to give the owners of this turn of the century miner’s cottage some much-needed TLC. Like any renovation, it posed its own unique challenges but the final results were something that both adds to the functionality of the home as well as the overall appearance.

With a new ensuite and walkthrough closet, the interior layout was made much more functional and usable and the outdoor carport and covered entry makes for outdoor living year ‘round.

We have used the services of Island Red Cedar for the complete build of a rental carriage home as well as smaller projects, and most recently a major reno to our 1900 miner’s cottage turned home. Because of its age and many changes and additions over several owners, a number of upgrades were required, each with its own challenges.

We couldn’t be happier with the results! Old, settled and out of square homes have ample character, but create extra complications for construction companies!! The skills of the Island Red Cedar team were well-tested many times on this project, but they came through with flying colours as we knew they would, and did it with their usual confidence and communication and consultation with us at every step.

We have used other companies for full builds and renovations in the past, and the difference with our relationship with Island Red Cedar is night and day. We always felt informed on the day-to-day decisions. Suggestions were always made, and decisions were always made cooperatively and in our best interest, making us feel like we were in control at all times, but given expert guidance and advice at every step.

Building and renos are stressful for the owners, but Sean and Island Red Cedar minimized that with accurate and honest information and timely spreadsheets on costs and time scheduling, so we always knew where we were during the process. A small company gave us the comfort of being able to speak to the boss throughout the process who was intimately familiar with the project at all times.

Competence, honest and fair pricing, and delivery of promises - and most of all, great craftsmanship - all done with good humour and patience and respect for our needs and vision. As good as it gets. Highly recommended!
— Scott Littlejohn