Alignwest Homes’ has created townhomes at BlueSky that showcase the synergy that can be created in two homes under one roof, each for a different demographic!

Oddly, Baby Boomers are happy to share a party wall with unrelated Generation Y, Echo Boomers.

“It’s a very cohesive experience for each homeowner that still gives them the ability to incorporate the different tastes, ideas, and styles needed in their personal lives,” says Alignwest Homes owner Dave Pfuetzner.

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What else would we expect from the President of the CHBAO (Canadian Home Builders Association Okanagan), a Registered Housing Professional, Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter, and carpentry teacher at Okanagan College who has built almost 300 homes in his 25 years of design and building?

From my standpoint it’s more than just carpentry skills and credentials.  It’s about a person (Dave) who has the unique skill required to understand relationships and encourage collaborative success while planning and executing a home standard that can be utilized for years to come.

My tour with Dave began outside the building where he explained why he likes to use “High Heels” in all of his homes.  I was surprised by the comment until I understood that he was telling me about high heeled trusses for full R50 rating.

Apparently, high heeled trusses are fitted with a “heel” that provides extra space for uncompressed attic insulation which in turn reduces the temperature and pressure differences between living space below and the attic area.  A big advantage is the extra space enables installation of roof framing in just one day which reduces costs; helps mitigate moisture issues and potential ice buildup at the eaves.

Another impressive feature in the duplex is the soundproofing installed with the demising wall between each home. In the past there was less effort on sound control with single insulated fire walls without an airspace.  Align West builds multiple walls incorporating air space, multiple layers of drywall, sound board and insulation.  Extra “sound walls” are also installed in the more sensitive areas making them 4 walls thick.  Gone are the challenges of the past; like trying to listen to soothing music being drowned out by the children next door play a rousing game of floor hockey just inches away from your sacred meditation spot.

There are plenty of features Dave also provides including sealing the garage floor as well as the exterior concrete, outside rock that matches the exterior stone, and underground concrete pillar sidewalk supports.

For more information call Dave Pfuetzner at Align West Homes, “Bringing dreams, designs and expertise together”.  http://www.alignwesthomes.com/ IMG_7597

Introducing the highest elevation lots available in Kelowna!

New lots are available at BlueSky at Black Mountain. Build your dream home on a lot that features exceptional views over-looking Peachland, the Okanagan Valley, or the breathtaking Black Mountain Golf Club.

Above the Clouds Highest Residential Lots in Kelowna

With amazing views from every angle, these lots will sell-out quickly.

For more information please visit our show home and sales centre located at 553 Carnoustie Drive.

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Enjoy the view from the top.

March 5, 2013

For more information please visit our showhome and sales centre located at 553 Carnoustie Drive.

View a spectacular video of the community here.

Contact Greg Vinton at 250.979.8359 or gvinton@melcor.ca



Driving around BlueSky at Black Mountain I counted five different excavators working, all at the same time, building homes in the Uplands of BlueSky at Black Mountain.


Eight different builders are in action and the concrete and lumber is flying on these beautiful Kelowna properties:

  1. Okanagan Premium Builders
  2. Alignwest Homes
  3. Rykon Construction
  4. Manzanita Homes
  5. Thorne Construction
  6. Outback Construction
  7. Carter Homes
  8. Okanagan Sunrise Construction

What this means is that there are very few lots left in the Uplands and it’s time to move up the hill to the Highlands at BlueSky.

Take a look at the activity by driving up Black Mountain Drive to the end and taking a left turn into the Uplands!

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This Black Mountain Irrigation District water reservoir has been in the works for years and it’s getting closer to reality every day!

There is an approximate five year horizon (with no definite dates) to complete the UV Building Facility, the transmission main for the water distribution system, any necessary zoning requirements with the City of Kelowna, a detailed design, as well as funding requests and we are happy to say that the Black Mountain Irrigation District is currently working through the entire process.

BlueSky at Black Mountain is absolutely thrilled to share that the beautiful views this lake will create will give Kelowna Properties at BlueSky an even higher value. Many of the lots at BlueSky are positioned specifically to take advantage of the view. Give Greg Vinton a call 250-979-8359 www.blueskyatblackmountain.ca

BlueSky is so excited they decided to have a local photographer, Colin Jewall http://www.colinjewall.com/ create a depiction of how the lake may look from the Highlands and the Fairways at BlueSky.

View Depicted From the Highlands:

View Depicted From the Fairways:


A couple of days ago I began to write my latest blog, about a memorial bench for Shayla Rae Dawn Driver placed in McKinley Landing and how development companies can make a beautiful impact on the communities where they build. At that moment I received a call from Shayla’s mom, Tonya Alton.

Tonya wanted detailed information on the company that helped the McKinley Landing Residents Association to create the beautiful memorial to her daughter.

Within minutes I knew that Tonya would be the one to write the blog and I would simply share it on this site, “Kelowna is My Home”.

Please take the time to read the “Legacy of My Rae-bow Child” by Tonya Alton:



Great names for great Kelowna Properties!

BlueSky and Skyview….this sounds like a theme for these fabulous Kelowna Properties but in reality they are created by different developers.

Blue Sky at Black Mountain continues to grow their community with new beautiful townhomes starting at $399,000.

Sit on your deck and enjoy the view of 4 different golf holes!

All of these Lock and Leave Units Feature:

Main Floor Living

Over 2100 sq.ft. of Finished Space

High End Finishings

Seeing is believing take a tour of the show suite open 12-4pm every Saturday and Sunday, or by appointment anytime. There are “FORE” units available and one is a furnished show suite.




Designed with the trend-seeker in mind, Skyview Terraces http://skyviewterraces.ca/wp/ offers both the lavishness of luxury and the allure of affordability. Captivating modern comfort includes nine foot ceilings, hickory hardwood floors and expansive quartz and granite lined kitchen with professional grade appliances. Refuel in the blissful sun from a rooftop patio, and relax in to the ownership of an environmentally sound energy efficient home. Skyview Terraces transcends the limits of ordinary.


Two floor plans to choose from: Cirrus ǀ Stratus Starting at $439,900!!!


Featuring 40 European-inspired townhomes centrally located in the heart of beautiful Kelowna, Skyview Terraces offers a contemporary approach to urban living.






Here is an interesting article from “The New York Times” with plenty of examples of how global supply and demand for housing is out of whack:  http://nyti.ms/1kCwvhA

London needs 800,000 new housing units by 2021, Sydney’s median rent is $2,600 for a twobedroom apartment, and New York requires 300,000 units by 2030…..

There is a whole lot more to housing than simple supply and demand, for example: politics, restrictive regulations, as well as neighborhood and community concerns.  Thinking about shaping communities and neighborhoods there is a cost to political mandates, esthetics and restricting certain building forms that all tend to have an upward effect on price.

We are fortunate with our Kelowna Properties to live in a society of relatively mild politics and good collaboration between industry and the municipalities who are the regulators.

We have City living in the middle of an oasis called the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada.  Added to all the ethnic diversity and green living of this area are the incredible lakes for swimming, boating and fishing, beautiful trails for walking and biking, the mild winters, the proximity to ski hills, the amazing pubs, restaurants and bistros, and of course, the shopping!

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Blue Sky neighborhood homes offer incredible panoramic views of Okanagan Lake, the City of Kelowna, the Black Mountain Golf Club, majestic hills and mountains with single family lot prices from just $201,000 and executive townhomes from $400,000.  Watch the sun set over Okanagan Lake and listen to the birds sing their melodies year round.

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The Vistas is a unique & intimate enclave of estate home sites set amongst a magnificent natural landscape on the hillside of the Upper Mission. This pristine community boasts spectacular lake, city and valley views. In harmony with its natural surroundings, the Vistas is the perfect combination of urban amenities, parks & green space. Walk or bike to schools and services and enjoy the sites & sounds of Upper Thompson Creek as it flows through the lush ravine at the heart of the community.


Area Structure Plan (ASP) Versus Official Community Plan (OCP)

I had the opportunity to witness our Kelowna City Council in action during Tuesday’s public hearing when they decided not to support the proposed car wash in Glenmore.  I was impressed with the level of questions and discussions that occurred between City Council and Staff, the presentation by the proposed developer, and especially the objections presented on behalf of over 120 residents of the Glenmore Area.   The entire process went on for 3 hours and I believe all proponents were heard loud and clear.  It’s great to see democracy in action.

We were the second group to present, requesting that we, “Melcor Developments Ltd.” be approved to proceed with an Area Structure Plan (ASP) for our Thomson Flats Property.  Kelowna City Council gave unanimous approval.

Listening to the majority of comments and questions from Council and the public I realized that there was a great deal of confusion between an “Official Community Plan (OCP)” for the City of Kelowna and an “Area Structure Plan (ASP)” for an individual neighborhood.

City of Kelowna Council Policy 247 defines the “Hierarchy of Plans” beginning with the Mandate for Community Plans which is an actual “Local Government Act”.  It has broad objectives and policies in regards to form and character of existing and proposed land use and servicing requirements such as housing, parks, natural environment, infrastructure and transportation for the entire City.


An ASP is created by a land owner(s) for a specific development project. The ASP process is very in-depth and quite time consuming based on the “Terms of Reference” created by City staff for the area involved.  Once complete, the ASP will provide the City with an inventory of conditions that currently exist within the defined area, the objectives and policies of the development, any environmental influences, future land uses by type and density, plus location of transportation corridors and identification of major services.

We look forward to working with the City of Kelowna over the next few years planning this exciting new project.