Now more than ever, the pandemic has taught us the importance of home. What better way to spend a leisurely weekend than to enjoy a cookout or soiree with family and friends outside? It’s also about being with the ones we love, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature, which brings forth a real “joie de vivre.”

If you are looking at your patio or deck and wondering how to create that perfect outdoor retreat, no need to worry. We went to one of our interior designers at Designer’s Edge to help you set the stage for the ultimate backyard space this summer.

A backyard makeover doesn’t have to be costly to be luxurious – Here’s how!


There are so many options when it comes to furniture, and it doesn’t have to break the bank! If space and budget are top of mind, all you need are a few cushy chairs and a table for resting drinks or books.

If you are looking for something a bit more upscale that will last for years to come, our designers say investing your money in well-built furniture is well worth the initial cash outlay. Some of the best materials for withstanding the elements include wood (teak, and cedar), metals (aluminum, or steel, and wrought iron), and synthetic resins and plastics. These are all great options and, best of all, you can just cover them over the winter and leave them outdoors.


Injecting a splash of colour can instantly give your patio or deck a burst of personality. This year is all about pastels, which are inviting and welcoming! Get ready for the return of softer shades of blue, pink, yellow, orange and green in outdoor living.



Contrast stripes with bold colours to make a statement. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns for an outdoor space that will emanate timeless elegance!

Varying Textures

Playing with accent pillows of different textures and colours can create a comfy, yet sophisticated vibe. They add visual interest, and personality to any outdoor space.


Portable fire pits and fire tables have become increasingly popular as they create a cozy gathering spot into your patio design. They come in a plethora of shapes, sizes and styles, and we know the kids will them for smore’s night!


Placing an assortment of plants – whether that be ferns, exotic plants, or your favourite flowers – will help to boost the essence of the outdoors in your own creative way. Terra cotta pots and planters can help to create a vibrancy and add a touch of sophistication to your patio! Varying the height of your plants also helps to add dimension and can even help with privacy (hint: we love vining plants climbing up a trellis or lattice!).


We’d love to help shed some light on the situation by making it known that string lighting is one of the most affordable and simple ways to bring warmth and cozy ambiance to your patio. Draping them across your covered patio or pergola ensures you can enjoy your patio throughout the lighting transition past sunset in the most decorative way.

Another great way to add some lighting is to incorporate floor lanterns and/or candles. Nothing speaks to romance or mood lighting more than candles which you can scatter around your patio/deck. If you have little ones running around or are planning a larger gathering, LED candles are a great alternative as well!

We are happy to announce we are Now Selling our newest townhome development The Coral at Royal Bay!

This 83 unit development is sure to attract a variety of potential buyers as it offers a diverse mix of 2 bedroom, 2 bedroom plus flex, 3 bedroom and 3 bedroom plus flex designs.

With prices starting in the upper $500’s we anticipate there will be considerable interest as the development is released in phases.

If you’re interested in finding out more information, have a look at The Coral page and then reach out to Area Sales Managers, Tanya Zakkour (Cell: 250-508-2270) or Brendan Wilkinson (Cell: 25-713-7770) should you have any questions or to set up an appointment.

Please note, due to COVID, we are meeting BY APPOINTMENT ONLY to maintain a safe environment.

It is not every day that sixteen exceptionally designed patio homes get released to the field, but when it happens, we have to tell the world! GableCraft Homes is extremely excited to introduce you to our new Patio Home development in Royal Bay: The Villas on Caspian Drive.

A collection of 16 patio homes, our highly anticipated offering of these 2 bedroom ranchers has been created to embrace your every need within their modern 1375 sq. ft. design.

With an open living space leading through the living room and into the beautiful kitchen, the floor plan has plenty of room for all to enjoy and an excellent dining-entertaining area flowing onto the rear patio.

Looking to be pampered? Look no further than the Master Ensuite where you can retreat to enjoy the peacefulness you deserve in the separate tub, roomy shower and the dual undermount sinks.

You will also be impressed with its double attached garage offering room for two vehicles and with easy access to the full crawl space providing additional storage if required.

Rare. Modern. Refined. Maintenance Free Living in Royal Bay.

For more information, please call Area Sales Managers:

Tanya Zakkour: 250-508-2270 or Brendan Wilkinson: 250-713-7770 to set up a time to visit us at the HomeStore located at 300 Caspian Drive.

At this time our HomeStore is operating by Appointment Only:

Monday – Thursday 12 to 6pm & Saturday to Sunday 12 to 5pm.

It’s a common misconception that the first step to buying a new home is searching for your ideal community or choosing the perfect floorplan to meet all of your needs, but it’s not! The first step on your journey to new home ownership is knowing your budget and what you can afford. Before you even start saving home design pictures on Pinterest or falling in love with a beautiful new community, you need to get pre-approved for a mortgage.


A mortgage pre-approval is an evaluation of your current, overall financial position. It tells you and your sales team how much money a lender is willing to grant you to purchase your new home. It’s important to keep in mind this number can change from when you get pre-approval to when you purchase your home. For example, it can increase if you have a co-signer or if your financial position improves over this time.


It’s important to understand your current financial position so you can make educated buying choices when it comes to your new home. The worst feeling is falling in love with a home and later finding out it is out of your budget. Knowing your pre-approved mortgage amount will help you and the sales team focus on homes that are within your price range.


There are many channels you can use to get pre-approved for a mortgage including, but not limited to:

  1. Mortgage Brokers – They will be your middleman; the line of communication between the lender and yourself. A mortgage broker is responsible for gathering the best rates, from multiple lenders, giving you lots of options to choose from.
  2. Your Banking Institution – Banking institutions offer preferred mortgage rates to their current clients. However, it is important to keep in mind that they will only be able to offer you their rates and you will not have the ability to compare with other options.


All of the above sources need a few things to calculate your total debt ratio in order to start the process of a mortgage pre-approval. Some of these documents include:

  • Photo ID
  • Employment Verification
  • Credit Score
  • Proof of Assets & Debt
  • Proof of Income
  • Personal Verification

We can all agree that location, size and style are crucial when building a new home; but the most important factor is your budget. Hopefully, you found this information helpful and now have more confidence about the mortgage pre-approval process and why it’s an important first step in the home buying process.

Let’s talk about your laundry room laundry! Sometimes this space can be neglected when you are planning and decorating your new home. It’s a smaller space when compared to your kitchen and master bedroom but that doesn’t mean it deserves any less attention. Laundry rooms are often viewed as boring spaces, but we are here to show you how to bring life back into this neglected room.

We all do laundry so you might as well make this space fun and enjoyable as well as practical and functional!

Feature Wall

Entering into your laundry room isn’t usually met with a sense of excitement, so our advice to you is to create that feeling in the room. A feature wall is a great way to add a pop of colour or pattern into the room that can fill it with a fresh and new look. That bright new colour might inspire you to enjoy your weekend chores or the abstract wallpaper could bring out a whole new meaning to the words clean freak.

Whatever your choice we are sure that the feature wall will brighten, enhance and redefine your laundry room.

Glass Storage Jars

You may have noticed that many people love to use glass jars in the laundry room. It’s a great way to organize your products and it also eliminates the clutter of cleaning product packaging. This simple storage solution allows you to see how much of everything you have as well. Running low on dryer sheets or scent boosters? Now you can quickly scan your inventory to know what you need to pick up on your next trip to the store!

On top of being functional these jars, glass or plastic (if you are worried about your kids knocking them over), look great! They are aesthetically pleasing and can make your laundry room look like a well-thought-out space.

Plans & Greenery

Bring some life into your space with flowers and greenery. If you have a hard time keeping plants alive or have limited sunlight in your laundry room, feel free to use fake plants or terrariums that are built for that type of environment. Whatever the case, any type of flowers and greenery will brighten up the room. It will make the space feel more inviting and enjoyable to be in.

Simple Storage Solutions

If you are limited on space in your laundry room storage is key. There are a few ways that we recommend you keep yourself organized:

  • Additional shelving: If you have the space try adding shelving to your laundry room. This will you to store additional cleaning supplies and will also keep them out of reach from young children.
  • Baskets: Rather: Than having your dirty clothes all around the house, trying to keep laundry baskets in the laundry room. This way when it comes time to clean, all of your clothes are in one convenient spot!
  • Collapsible Drying Rack: These can be found everywhere from Amazon to in-stores. The collapsible drying racks are great for items that need to be air-dried. The best part is when you are finished with the rack it folds up and can be hidden away until its next use.

Hopefully, you were able to pull a few tips from our list and apply them to your laundry room! Feel free to send us pictures and share with us your advice for new homeowners by following us on our social media pages.


The Royal BC Museum and Colwood’s Royal Bay development will write their next chapter together, with the recent announcement that Royal Bay will be home for a new branch of the Royal BC Museum.

As part of a long-term modernization plan, the new 150,000 square foot public facility will house the museum’s growing collection of over 8 million artifacts, alongside research labs and educational space.  Land preparation for the mass timber building will start this fall and the new branch will open its doors to the public in 2024.

“The selection of Royal Bay as the planned home for the new RBCM Collections and Research facility, along with the recently announced elementary school site, have created a unique opportunity for our community to grow around these cultural and educational amenities” said Ben Mycroft, Senior Development Manager of GableCraft Homes. “We’re incredibly grateful to Mayor Martin, Colwood Council, and CAO Robert Earl for their hard work in ensuring this world-class facility chose Colwood. The new Collections and Research facility will be the anchor of an ambitious new vision for Royal Bay, and Colwood as a whole taking on a more significant role in the Capital Region.”

Momentum is building in Royal Bay, with the museum announcement hot on the heels of a new elementary school announced last Thursday. Next up in October, the first of many commercial services will open their doors, with the introduction of locally-owned Sequoia Coffee.

Royal Bay is a master-planned community situated only steps away from the waterfront of Royal Beach, a 1.3-kilometre waterfront. Spanning over 400 acres, the next chapter of Royal Bay, Latoria South, will see the former rock quarry transformed into a new hub for Colwood and the Westshore, with 2,100 new homes, parks and pathways, safe bike routes, a grocery store, neighbourhood shops and services, and an elementary school. 

GableCraft Homes wins four CARE Awards – Including Best Subdivision!

We are incredibly proud to be recognized by the Victoria Residential Builders Association with four 2020 CARE Awards. The CARE Awards showcase outstanding projects by Canada’s leaders in sustainable West Coast design and construction. These awards are selected by a panel of industry professionals using criteria such as architectural design, quality workmanship, creative use of space and energy efficiency.

The awards to GableCraft Homes came in the following categories: 

  • Best Subdivision: Royal Bay Phase 2
  • Best Entry Level Market Home (Shelton)
  • Best Multi-Family/Townhouse Project (West Commons)
  • Best Sales Centre

This recognition is an outstanding achievement for our team and our community. We share this recognition and our gratitude with the Colwood community, everyone from our local elected officials and community planners, our trades and contractors and our amazing Royal Bay residents. Everyone plays a role in making Royal Bay the amazing community it is.

And we believe the best is still yet to come!