As we all are witnessing, Kelowna’s buzzing economy has resulted in a great deal of real estate changing hands and many new homes being created.  I thought it would be wise to provide profiles of some of the people building these homes, especially the ones at my favorite community in the middle of everywhere called, “BlueSky at Black Mountain”.  www.bluesky@blackmountain.ca

This blog is the first of a series that I intend to do on builders in and around our neighborhood.

Kelly and Anita Whitehouse own Outback Developments, and like their business cards state; they provide “Classic Construction with a Conscience”.  I really enjoyed interviewing them at the home they recently built on Prestwick Street so I could see exactly what that meant.

Kelly and Anita are both 47 years old with 2 grown children.  They have chosen to build in BlueSky at Black Mountain so they can be near Anita’s family home where she grew up.  Anita’s dad, Mr. Paavilainen still lives on his farm in Black Mountain at 94 years of age and has been out in the garden planting strawberries during this beautiful Okanagan spring.

They started Outback Developments in 2003, so they could build houses that would allow owners to be confident in the long lasting value of their home. After many years of real estate experience they had previously witnessed homes going up by builders trying to save a few dollars here and there, that eventually lead to premature failure, excessive on-going maintenance problems or even longer term adverse health consequences for the residents.

Continuing to build different homes with very high standards they challenge themselves to mitigate potential impact on the planet while delivering a truly healthy home to last a lifetime. They balance this concept by creating quality homes that are affordable and practical yet still provide owners with flexibility in how they use their homes, so that as their needs change over time their home will change with them.  They stand behind their name and quality, never use OSB, and have been ahead of the grade for years incorporating energy efficient products that are now becoming standard.

Anita is responsible for the design work and her exceptional eye for color and materials brings warmth and life to the beautiful homes they build.

Personally, after the tour of the home, if I was to choose one particular item that stood out it would be the luxurious walk-in curbless shower with glass enclosure in the master bath.  Superb!!

And, I just learned today that they have an offer pending on the house I toured.330_Prestwick-019 curbless tub


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