These kitchen cabinets were a joint project: a custom kitchen designer from Crawford Bay, a cabinet making company in Calgary, and the install was done by TRC Timberworks. One of the biggest challenges was making sure that communication was working well between the customer, the designer, the cabinet shop, and the TRC Timberworks crew.
It turned out really well after a few hiccups, and it was great to work on the North Shore of Kootenay Lake. There are a lot of interesting homes along the lake – even an old ferry boat converted into a house, overlooking the lake!
It was such a pleasure to install this kitchen. Everything about it was high quality: the cabinets, the hardware, and all the slides and hinges. And all of the cabinet parts were cut precisely, which made for a fast install. Once everything was installed, it looked amazing and the customers were super happy!
Working with rounds is a lot different than working with square timbers. Layout is completely different: working off of chalk lines and carving the rounds down to square posts at the joinery took a lot longer than just working with square timbers.
Making the braces was a challenge in precision – getting the square part carved perfectly to fit the housing and then adding 45 degree cuts in the end really gave me a challenge! I cut all of the log joinery using a chainsaw to rough out the joints and then cleaned them up with an angle grinder fitted with a sanding disk.
The customer really liked the round look, so we used round logs for the posts and braces to give the house an open concept log home feel. However, since the square beams were faster to layout and cut, the hybrid of both square with round was the solution we came up with to work within budget.
This home will be an off-grid straw bale home, with clay plaster.