In Focus is our gift to the community. A way for us to help show our recognition for the people, businesses and organizations that help make our city great. The team at KelownaNow.com is passionate about this community and the people that make it amazing. We want to show our friends, neighbours, family and colleagues that we notice them and the fabulous things that they do.
What is your name?
What do you always find yourself saying?
This is going to be good!
If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select and why?
The Dali lama. I think he is incredibly wise, loving and lives his life on purpose. There would be endless subjects to talk and learn about.
If you were to receive any existing public award, what award would you like to win?
I have never thought about winning a public award……caring for the environment would be nice. Is there a public award for that??
If you could spend a day with any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
Jesus –The best at life and love that ever walked the earth! It would be incredibly inspiring to be around pure positive energy for an entire day and to learn from the Master.
Who inspires you?
Frank Lloyd Wright. Genius oozes out of his designs. He was light years ahead of his time and had tremendous respect for nature. His work influences today and will for many years to come.
What are three things on your bucket list?
Learn to fly.
Purchas an eight seat passenger jet.
Travel the world.
If you had an enormous yacht, what would you name it?
Barnacle Bill – When I was young my father named our small aluminum fishing boat Barnacle bill. I always thought that sounded funny. I love my Dad
If you could foresee a single day of your future in its entirety, what date would you select?
The day of my death. I would want to know how I felt about the life I just lived. I think that would be incredibly insightful.
What are you passionate about?
New Home Design, I am grateful for the gift of creativity. There is nothing better than standing back and appreciating something that flowed through you into form and shape.
What has been your favourite day of your life, up to this point?
I have no best day. There have been great days. There have been challenging days. Such is life
What has been your proudest accomplishment?
SheerWater. My custom design and build project that won the Grand Tommie award For Home of the Year. That was exciting for my company.
Where is your favourite place to dine in Kelowna? What do you like about it?
Natures Fare. It’s always fresh, nourishing and I love all the staff.
What is your favourite activity or event in Kelowna? Why?
Golfing. I love being outside, it’s extremely challenging and I can clear my mind.
What is the name of your business/organization?
Vineyard Developments Ltd.
What does your business/organization do?
Vineyard Developments is an award-winning custom builder and designer in Kelowna and the surrounding areas. Our staff have been designing modern yet timeless residences and building high-quality homes for over 12 years. We operate on a simple, timeless policy by putting ourselves in the clients’ shoes. Our clients get the same level of service we would expect under the same circumstances. And as experienced builders, we have high expectations.
We specialize in:
Interior & exterior design
Custom residential construction
Luxury estate construction
Commercial design and construction
Multi-family design, project management and construction
Renovations over $500,000
Where can people find you or your business online?
What is your Twitter account?
What is your mission?
To design and construct the home or work space you have always envisioned for your family or business, while meeting your budget and timeframe. We draw on the same well of creative design, project management expertise, suppliers and construction know-how for each and every project; – big or small.
If you could achieve one thing within your field, what would it be?
Finding work life balance.
Where do you want your business/organization to be in five years?
I like to keep the door wide open for anything that might come my way. That’s one of the things I like most about this business; you never know what the future will bring. There is just so much opportunity; it’s a very exciting business to be in.
Who do you consider to be a forerunner within your field?
For new home design and custom construction I’m the very best in the business. I don’t think there is any one that cares more about making something look as good as humanly possible as I do.
What three qualities do you feel that your business/organization exemplifies?
We are a small company dedicated to exemplary design concepts and construction techniques. As our client, you have our undivided attention and the detail-oriented eye that comes with taking pride in everything we produce.
At Vineyard Developments, we have the full-circle design knowledge and construction expertise to take your project from the first meeting to move-in day. Designer, project manager, builder and sales person – we are all of these things. Our clients benefit by having a consistent point of contact and a common thread of understanding through each phase of the project.
Added value from imagination, creativity, vision and inspiration.
Our expertise helps us give you functional housing and interior detailing suggestions to maximize your budget and space through each phase of your project. This value-added Engineering is built into every project we do. We love to share both our creative and practical solutions with clients, especially when it helps optimize their budgets. We pride ourselves on inspired, original exteriors and functional, irresistibly livable interiors.
What would you like to say to your employees/volunteers?
I can be extremely particular about how I want things to look and my perfectionist ways can be challenging for the people I work with. I am always grateful for the extra effort my team puts into every project we work on. Thanks for doing your best. Thanks for making my designs into something great.
How does your business/organization impact the community?
We create a huge amount work and employment for people in and around the Kelowna area. We always do our best to build beautiful structures that are lasting and timeless. We try to treat everyone fairly and do our best to respect the environment around us.
If you were trapped in an elevator with several wealthy investors from any field, which field would you want them to be experts in? What would say to them/talk about?
The development and real estate world. How to create as much wealth as possible in the shortest amount of time.
If I could change one thing about Kelowna, it would be:
More fun funky places to dance and enjoy live entertainment.
What do you think makes Kelowna great?
The pure natural beauty that’s everywhere. In the summer there is no better place on earth.
My choice for the Kelowna In Focus spotlight is:
Kaitlynn Fleury from Fluidity deep tissue massage
Some general comments I would like to share are:
Thank you for recognizing my company and for inviting me to share a little about myself and what we do . I am grateful.