Building With Everton



Work closely with the Everton team to create your dream home to include all of the little touches to personalize the space in a way only you could have imagined.

Designer and
Express Homes

Choose from one of our expertly designed home model plans or move in fast by choosing from our current inventory of Express Homes available in several of the communities we are currently building in.

Bring Your
Own Lot

If you already own a lot in a great community, we will work with you to build a home to your exact specifications.

Our General Build Process

Buyers can expect pre-scheduled meetings and updates on their home throughout the build process. Of course, this process will vary slightly depending on your unique set of circumstances, but generally, your experience when building with Everton will follow these steps:

One: Discovery Meeting

This is where we spend some time getting to know you a little bit better, learning about your life stage and your hopes and "home dreams" for the future – and most importantly, how we can help guide you through the entire process with ease!

Two: Which Community is Best for You?

Now that we know the type of home you are looking for, we can decide which of the communities we build you would like to live in. TIP: If you already own a lot in another community or a piece of land and would like us to build you a home there, we would be happy to discuss that with you.

Three: Placing a Lot Hold/Design Deposit

After we have selected the home type and the community you would like to build in, we will now ask you to place a "Lot Hold & Design Deposit" with us. This can range from $5,000 - $7,500 (depending on the home and lot you select).

Four: Meet with the Everton Product Design Team

It's time for the real fun to begin! You will be scheduled for a one-on-one meeting with our Product Design Team to draft your perfect home or make changes to any of our existing home model designs.

Five: Review Plans and Pricing

Once we've created your perfect home on paper, we will go through all of the plans with you in detail and review the associated pricing.

Six: Sign a Contract to Build Your Home

Once you are happy with your plan and pricing, it is time to sign the contract and begin building your dream home together. As a fixed contract builder, we ensure transparency and reliability throughout the construction process.

Seven: Liaise with our Interior Designer

In your first meeting with our Interior Design Team, you will choose the appointments and selections for your home to give it that personal touch that could only come from you!

Eight: Building Permit Review Meeting

Your file will now be handed over to the Construction Team, and we will go through the building permit process.

Nine: Move-in Day!

Approximately 10-12 months after signing, you will get the keys to your new Everton Ridge Home!

Our Expertise

We at Everton Ridge believe in building homes that foster connection, breed spirit and enable a healthy lifestyle where people feel empowered to live the way they want to – having everything they need all in one beautifully crafted home.

When a buyer chooses an Everton home and community as a place to live, retire, vacation and thrive in the outdoors, it drives us to continue challenging the status quo and ensure we never compromise on the experience and expertise we promise to our customers.

After ten years, we have built in six communities and welcomed home over 250 happy homeowners in the Vernon area and continue to learn and grow every day.

We take a lot of pride in staying connected with the city and our customers; always being close by when they need us most is important to our culture. Every year we try to give back to the community of Vernon whenever we can because we love living here, too and can’t imagine being anywhere else.

Together, we endeavour to create those special places that become a small part of your most cherished moments – shared with the people that matter most in a community you are proud to call – home.

We are Everton Ridge Homes – and we are proud to be a part of bringing your dream home to life.

Our Team

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Jacob Kuiken


Jacob is a second-generation home builder having grown up in the home building industry. His early summers during high school and university were spent working and learning various aspects of new home construction. He has over 25 years experience working for new home construction spanning sales, marketing, business planning, operations and service and warranty in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. In fall of 2012, Jacob’s passion for new home housing excellence and a commitment to customer care that blossomed into Everton Ridge Homes. Having worked through construction management and a flair for personal interaction with his customers, Jacob has brought his vision to the Okanagan Valley. When not working, Jacob enjoys skiing, golfing, coaching lacrosse and spending time with his family. Jacob loves all the activities that the Vernon Community has to offer.

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Steven Kuhn


Steven comes from a municipal governance background and is new to the building industry and BC. He moved from Alberta with his wife and young daughter to enjoy everything the unique Okanagan lifestyle has to offer. He completed his BBA at ST.FX University and MBA through Cape Breton University before venturing overseas for a few years and eventually returning home to plant some roots. His favourite past times include playing sports, such as hockey, baseball and golf, camping and hiking with his family, and travelling the world.

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Michael Waterston

New Home Sales Specialist

Michael has more than 15 years of experience in Sales and Marketing across Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico. After completing his Bachelor of Laws in London and venturing far and wide, Michael has chosen to call the Okanagan home, along with his wife, two daughters, and two cats. When not helping clients realize their home-building dreams, Michael can be found travelling, hiking, or at a winery.

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Clay Betker

Product Development Manager

Meet Clay Betker, our Product Development Manager. With 30 years of experience in the building industry across Canada and the US and multiple provincial and national awards, Clay brings an unrivalled level of experience and professionalism to Everton Ridge home. Whether the design is 1,000 sq. ft. or 10,000 sq. ft., Clay can bring your home plans to life. Like many other Okanagan residents, Vernon attracted Clay because of its beautiful outdoor spaces, the friendliness of the people, and the relaxed way of life.

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Garth Gartner

Construction Manager

With more than 20 years experience in Construction Management, our dedicated Construction Manager, Garth, translates this to ensure that your home is built to the highest quality. When not managing Everton’s builds, Garth enjoys camping and fishing. He coaches his three kids in their sport of choice and plays golf, hockey and baseball himself. Garth loves Vernon for its beautiful scenery and many outdoor activities. He believes it is the best place to raise a family, a place that has a strong community that cares about the growth of our youth.

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Tanner Schulmeister

Site Supervisor

Tanner has 5 years tenure at Everton Ridge Homes in the Construction Department. Born and raised in Terrace, BC, and completing his formative years in Vernon, Tanner resides on East Hill with his beautiful wife and handsome dog (Towser). In his spare time, Tanner enjoys going camping, playing volleyball and baseball, as well as undertaking renovations on his own home – no wonder Tanner takes pride in the delivery of each home we build!

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Michelle Garvin

Pre-Construction Project Coordinator

Michelle has been a part of the Everton Ridge Team as a Project Coordinator for almost two years. Having moved to Vernon in 2017 from a background in Purchasing for Telecommunication Engineering, Michelle has brought a wealth of organizational skills and general know-how to Everton Ridge Homes. When not at work, Michelle loves to enjoy her spare time with family and friends, exploring the beautiful Okanagan she calls home and, in the past couple of years, travelling to places like New Zealand and Hawaii.

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Gordon Ritson

Pre-Construction Manager

Gordon is a former Major in the British Army with over 22 years of experience in engineering management and project and operations management. He has proven himself to be a driven and ambitious Site Supervisor and successful Purchasing Manager who can execute the hefty workload entrusted to him. Thanks to Gordon’s dedication to Everton Ridge Homes, he now manages and oversees all Pre-Construction activities. When not running the show in our office, he spends most of his time on the lake, on skis, on a bike, volunteering as a scouter with the 6th Vernon Scout Group, and spending time with his family in his spare time.

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Clint McCulough

Site Supervisor

Clint has been with Everton Ridge since he moved here from Alberta where he was a general contractor, volleyball coach, on the city council, and a volunteer firefighter. After he and his wife enjoyed a couple of vacations in the Okanagan, they fell in love with the abundant lakes and mountains and decided to move here. When Clint has downtime he likes to ski, both cross country and downhill, as well as biking and hiking.

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Sharon Ward

Sales Associate

Sharon is the newest member to join our Sales Team. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from across many areas of employment in accounting and office administration. Moving to the Okanagan seven years ago fulfilled her life’s dream. Sharon enjoys boating, paddleboarding, and hiking through the countless trails the landscape offers. On top of this, she is also a devoted mother to a teenage daughter who keeps her busy with competitive gymnastics.

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Janice Bloskiy

Construction Project Coordinator

Janice Bloskiy is a dedicated Construction Coordinator thrilled to contribute to a team dedicated to helping others realize their dream homes in the Okanagan. Making a leap of faith to pursue the Okanagan dream, Janice relocated from Northern Alberta in 2018, where she owned a business and held an administrative role in the Oil and Gas Industry. With a strong emphasis on community and quality, Janice finds immense fulfillment in being part of a team that shares these values. Outside of work, she cherishes moments spent connecting with friends and family, savouring the serene views and tranquil waters of Okanagan Lake, or exploring new favourite offerings of the region.

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Chris Swales


Chris Swales is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in the construction industry, known for his exceptional attention to detail and high standards of quality. His commitment to providing great customer service has set him apart in his field, earning him respect and admiration from clients and peers alike. Outside of work, Chris is an avid hockey player who loves camping, fishing, and spending time with his family, including supporting his two sons in their numerous sports activities.