Sooke-based Firm Focuses On Land, Natural Terrain, Along With Home Building
SOOKE – Living Land Developments Ltd. is not just about building quality residences. It is focused on preserving the land and optimizing its natural terrain features.
Owner and President Brad Redekopp notes the company, which is currently building a four-unit project in two side-by-side duplexes on Galena Road, has focused on Sooke since arriving on Vancouver Island from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in 2019.
“We work with what the land is,” he states. “This piece of land in particular has an exponential slope requiring special design considerations, but the topography gives excellent views of the trees and salmon spawning stream. There are all kinds of challenges that come with working on a lot like that, but we enjoy it. Everything we’re doing there is to enhance the beauty of the property.”
Sooke’s seaside location fits Redekopp’s company perfectly, as the community motto is ‘Where the Rainforest Meets the Sea’, which highlights the environmental richness of the area.
Redekopp chose duplexes for that property in order to build affordable housing, which is much needed. All of the units have been sold.
“The duplexes sold before we even put a shovel in the ground,” he notes.
Prior to Sooke, Redekopp worked for one of the largest real estate development companies in Saskatoon as a senior project manager who oversaw the construction of 100 plus unit communities, managing everything from underground utilities, to customer turnover.
With Living Land Developments, Redekopp finds and manages the projects, while his wife Kristin handles the office responsibilities. The company has a solid team of sub-contractors and trade companies that build the projects.
“One of the strengths of our company is our organization and efficiency of scheduling trades on our jobs. Because of the way we do that, it cuts down our time line for building substantially. A typical single family home build time, from start to finish, is about six months,” he points out.
Prior to the multifamily site on Galena Road, Living Land Developments’ focused on single-family homes at Westridge Trails in Sooke.
Word about the company’s quality workmanship is getting out, and Redekopp says the firm is growing exponentially.
“We’re looking at building 10 single family homes next year, as well as some multi-family townhomes in Sooke and throughout southern Vancouver Island,” he says. “We’re growing fast.”
One of the reasons for that is the company’s expertise with open spaces and layout concepts.
“For example, we like to put suites above the garage in our homes,” he says. “Typically, the suites are built on the street level and the main house goes on the second floor, but we like to put the suites above the garages so that the house actually has two full levels with a self-contained suite providing ample space for friends and family.”