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We have now reached several milestones at SookePoint and write to share information on progress and improvements. Despite our modest advertising budget, interest in SookePoint has been growing steadily.
With now over 95 pre-sale commitments and a new round of two-year ﬁnancing, we are on our way to deliver the unique front row nature experience that only our exceptional wild west coast & wilderness park-side peninsula can oﬀer.
Anything remotely comparable in B.C. is much farther north, where it’s colder and wetter. Even Port Renfrew, just 90 minutes up the coast has more than 3 times the rain, while Toﬁno and Ucluelet have over 5 times the precipitation.
As a recent appraisal described: SookePoint offers ‘Unique, unrestricted immediacy to the ocean & parklands, and a quieter oasis that is unparalleled on Vancouver Island’.
We have energized our new underground servicing connections and the ﬁrst 25 Ocean Cottages and Suites in Phase One have electrical power, water and operational sewer connections. Drywall, millwork, ﬁreplaces, tiles and kitchen cabinets are all in progress for spring and summer occupancies.
The street-side stonework is ﬁnished for Ocean Cottages 44 through 51, as are all external stone stairs. The natural stone planters are also complete and now ready for spring planting.
‘SookePoint Place’ is the name we’ve chosen for the new road that will extend to a roundabout at the end of the Point. In the next few weeks we will be moving all the large construction material containers to a new location so that we can bring in more gravel and add the ﬁrst lift of new pavement.
Once SookePoint Place is paved and the landscaping is in, our street side exterior will be beautifully transformed.
A second layer of pavement will be added later, to cover up any scuﬀs that may occur during construction. At that time, all parking spaces will be ﬁnished with attractive pavers. In addition, we’ll be installing a new Security Building with a gate and cameras at the entrance to the SookePoint Lands.
You will see below that we propose signiﬁcant structural upgrades for future SookePoint Ocean Cottages & Suites. In fact we have already registered 26 new home warranties and ﬁled the ﬁrst 6 ICF building permit applications.
We believe there will be beneﬁcial paybacks for everyone, and for your overall strata maintenance budget, if we have Ocean Cottages made of insulated concrete and steel. In the event of unexpected weather, wear and tear or natural disaster, we’d all like SookePoint to be virtually ‘bullet-proof’.
Some folks enjoy using the leverage of a 10% deposit to secure their SookePoint investment for an extended period. If their property appreciates by 10% in the interim, they may earn 100% on funds invested. They also earn interest on funds in the law ﬁrm’s trust account.
That's why some may be willing to swap an Agreement of Purchase for another Ocean Cottage or Surfside Yacht Suite with someone else who may wish to move in earlier. If this concept interests you, please email Michael, Rick or Joann @ SookePoint.com
We have been studying new construction options for our Surfside Yacht Suite Buildings, which will be made of concrete and steel. As we shared information with several of our Owners, they expressed a preference to include this more current technology in the construction of their own Ocean Cottage.
After months of further research, we are now convinced that ICF construction is a signiﬁcantly worthwhile structural upgrade that oﬀers exceptional beneﬁts, especially for such a dramatic front row environment that faces out to the open ocean like Sunset Ridge & Sunset Shores at SookePoint.
ICFs are Insulated Concrete Forms made with two layers of 2.625 inches of expanded polystyrene foam. The 5.25 inches of foam is non-toxic and ﬁre-retardant and substantially improves both thermal and sound insulation. ICFs are ﬁtted together like Lego blocks, and ours will be ﬁlled inside with rebar, plus a mix of concrete and Helix steel micro-rebar ﬁbres.
By using ICF construction around the perimeter of each building, rising all the way up to the roof, we will be able to create fully insulated concrete and steel walls that are truly comparable in strength to the ancient volcanic rock peninsula upon which we sit.
If you search for ‘Helix Steel – Earthquake Prooﬁng Concrete’ you’ll ﬁnd an informative University of Michigan video.
You can also ﬁnd videos that show 250 mph tornado impact tests on Helix reinforced tornado storm shelters and homes, and even blast tests using military grade C4 explosives.
Using this new technology, we can make our outside walls far stronger than wood frame. We will also replace wood joists with steel slabs upon which we will pour 5-inch concrete ﬂoors, about three times thicker than what we have now. This additional mass will signiﬁcantly improve structural strength and sound insulation.
Initially we estimated the cost to upgrade a 2-bedroom Ocean Cottage to ICF would be over $12,000. However, if enough Owners wish to upgrade to reinforced concrete and steel, we hope to realize economies of scale and ﬁnish a 2-bedroom suite for an extra $9,500, and a one-bedroom for an extra $6,800.
As we subsidized several upgrades in Phase One, we are willing to subsidize any structural upgrade cost over-runs. We will also pay for new ﬁbreglass windows for Owners that upgrade, to further improve building energy eﬃciency and durability.
ICF beneﬁts include:
1. ICF structures can withstand hurricane winds of up to 402 kph (250 miles per hour). They achieve ‘Disaster Resilient’ standards that far exceed wind-driven rain and sea spray.
2. Unlike wood, concrete is non-combustible. In addition to peace of mind, improved ﬁre protection can reduce your annual cost of ﬁre insurance.
3. Steel studs replace wood studs for interior walls, eliminating any risk of warping or rot.
4. Insulated concrete exterior walls combined with thicker steel and concrete interior ﬂoor slabs will make Ocean Cottages much quieter than possible with wood frame.
5. The concrete ﬂoor systems are strong enough to clear span from side to side, creating the ﬂexibility for future internal renovations, if an Owner later so wishes.
6. ICF thermal walls signiﬁcantly reduce annual heating costs.
7. Reinforced concrete oﬀers better durability, with less repair and maintenance than wood, which has a limited lifespan.
8. Improved air quality is another potential beneﬁt. Walls are solid concrete with insulation on both sides, reducing the risk of water penetration and mold.
9. There are no easy entry ports or hollow walls for bugs or rodents to access or breed.
10. There is little waste and minimal energy required to make and use. ICF’s, so they are billed as very eco-friendly.
You can learn more about ICF construction at: www.nudura.com
Helix Twisted Steel Micro Rebar is a 3-dimensional concrete reinforcement technology that has 4 times the tensile strength of rebar and one-third the weight. It quantiﬁably increases shear strength, durability and ductility while providing industry leading pre-crack capabilities.
Since this signiﬁcant structural upgrade will represent a relatively small fraction of your overall purchase price, we believe it is worth your careful consideration, as this upgrade will never again be possible after building plans are ﬁled and construction begins.
If you believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, you may wish to invest a relatively tiny premium and build in reinforced insulated concrete and steel to earn signiﬁcant dividends year after year in building strength, durability, maintenance, energy savings, and in sound, wind, storm, earthquake and ﬁre protection.
For these reasons, we also believe that ICF SookePoint Ocean Cottages will have growing desirability, and enjoy a high, long-term market value.
When we are ready to ﬁnalize your structural plans, we will ask if you’d like to proceed with ICF walls with steel slab concrete ﬂoors and ﬁbreglass windows, or as originally planned with wood framing and vinyl windows.
Thank you again for choosing to be part of our SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort Community.
New data shows the population of Sooke far outpaced national and provincial growth rates over the last ﬁve years. According to the 2016 Census reported by Statistics Canada, Sooke’s population has grown by 13.7 per cent to 13,001 people since the last census in 2011.
Sooke experienced almost triple the national growth rate of 5%, and far more than double the 5.6% population increase within British Columbia. One new school was opened last year and applications have been ﬁled for four more schools.
While the census indicated Sooke ranked No. 2 in growth among all Vancouver Island municipalities, our next-door municipality of Langford was No. 1, growing 20.9% to 35,342.
The growth pattern in Sooke and the West Shore communities is a surprise to few. “There was a sense we were going to see growth,” said Sooke Mayor Maja Tait, adding that in the last year there have been records set in building permits, developments and home sales.
Such an accelerating increase in our surrounding population means more and more people will be living within half an hour from SookePoint. This will provide us with a conveniently expanded workforce, and increasing demand for our spectacular natural sanctuary and seaside amenities.
The Metropolitan Area of Greater Victoria (13 municipalities including Sooke & Langford) had a population of 367,770 in 2016, making it the 15th most populous urban region in Canada.
Orca Alley Ocean Cottage 45 has just become available. It’s perfect for both a full-time private home and a 3-bedroom premium luxury private vacation residence that will command exceptionally high rates.
This custom-designed Ocean Cottage is wheelchair accessible with 1,763 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and an oﬃce.
The large kitchen includes an island that comfortably seats 8 and the adjoining Great Room with sliding glass doors to the prow shape deck is wonderful for entertaining.
Pre-wired for a solar panel, a Tesla Power Wall, and an outdoor electric car charger, there’s also a full-size laundry room, a walk-in closet and stone stairs down to an undercover deck with special permission for your private hot-tub.
Both bedrooms on the middle ﬂoor have their own ensuite bathrooms and deck with furniture positioned so you can see down into Orca Alley.
Yes, you can actually watch the whales, surf & sea lions from in bed! There’s nothing like Ocean Cottage 45 anywhere. See it to believe it.
Orca Alley Ocean Cottage 47A
47A features the largest private deck closest to the action on Orca Alley. With 988 sf, both bedrooms have an ensuite, and there’s even an extra powder room for guests.
The sliding glass wall opens to either side of the great room and kitchen, to create an amazing whale-watching sanctuary on the vibrant edge of nature.