TRC Timberworks is now officially a Licensed Residential Builder with BC Housing (formerly Homeowner Protection Office – “HPO”). This means that we can now make it easy for you to build your dream home. On top of the services of designing, building, and project management, TRC Timberworks can now pull your building permit and provide you with a 10 year home warranty program to protect your house.
TRC Timberworks is now offering full general contracting services, which takes the stress out of building your own home. TRC Timberworks can manage all of the details so you can relax and enjoy the process of seeing your dream home coming to life.
If you are thinking of building your home, or if you are looking for a registered Licensed Builder, give me a call! Tel: 250-551-6584
I often think that building a house is similar to the birth of a child.
The conception is the time when my clients dream about what type of house they would love to have. They look at websites and read books or magazines to gather as many ideas as possible that fit with their imagination and values. Then there is the gestation period – the drawings phase – where I work with my clients to get their ideas and dreams down on paper and fleshed out.
Then comes the actual birth, starting with the foundation and getting the house out of the ground. From there it’s like the child that grows up. Different phases continue on the house, the walls get built and the roof goes on. Then the building continues to grow with the addition of decks and siding and the windows getting put in. It keeps growing, with kitchens and bathrooms, flooring and trim, paint or plaster, until it is fully grown and the move-in date has arrived.
And just like raising a child, it’s a lot of hard work with many hard decisions, and a big investment of resources. In the end, all of that hard work pays off and my clients get to enjoy the fruits of their efforts! And the best part is, every house that I build is just like a child, unique in it’s own special way.
This photo shows the framing being done on a straw bale house near 6 Mile, just outside Nelson, BC.
Besides the incredibly low cost for building and heating, this tiny house is easy to move, which is a primary reason why the owner chose this style. This tiny house was custom designed to suit the owner’s needs, and the foundation for the house is a steel frame that was fabricated locally. Jacks fit into each of the four corners, so the frame can be raised and set onto a flat bed trailer for transporting it. Continue reading Tiny House – Portable Foundation
The 10″ thick concrete cap on this rubble trench foundation represents a significant reduction in the amount of cement used as compared to current conventional building standards. Continue reading Rubble Trench – Concrete Cap
The gravel in a rubble trench foundation allows any water in the ground under the building to flow to the bottom of the trench and away from the building through the drainage trench, preventing moisture problems or frost heave. Continue reading Rubble Trench – Gravel
Concerned about the amount of embodied energy in concrete? An excellent way minimize concrete in the foundation for a building is to use a rubble trench. Continue reading Rubble Trench – Drainage
Starting a full basement renovation in March in Edmonton, Alberta means snow and cold (it hit -40 degrees Celsius last week!) So to address the issue of moisture entering the basement through the concrete walls, we had to work from the inside first and leave the exterior drainage upgrades for later in the spring. Continue reading Basement Reno in Edmonton – Foundation Coating
We were contacted in January to travel to Edmonton and renovate an unfinished basement in a house built in the 1950’s. This family of three is expanding with a planned pregnancy this year, and they need more room in their living space. Continue reading Basement Renovation in Edmonton