The wonderful folks at Mandala Homes asked me to help out with some timber accent details for a home that is being pre-fabricated in Nelson, BC and then shipped and assembled in Hawaii.
The cloudlift design cut into the ends of these timbers is based on Greene and Greene architectural design. I cut them using a carving bar on my chainsaw – the same bar used when carving chainsaw sculptures. Using the chainsaw to cut these kind of details is my favorite way to do it! Years ago I couldn’t afford to buy a dedicated portable bandsaw for this task so I taught myself how to carve these details with a chainsaw. These timbers will be beams in the project going to Hawaii, and as you see in the photo, they are ready to be sanded and finished.
Greene and Greene were two brothers who created a very unique style of architecture in building residential houses. The style they were later acclaimed for was used in all aspects of their buildings, from the structural elements and exterior, right down to the tiny details on the trim and furniture inside the house. The Greene and Greene style happens to be one of my favorite architectural styles to date – only slightly ousted by the Japanese and Asian styles, which actually inspired the Greenes’ look.
And yes, that is snow on the ground, since it’s still winter in the West Kootenays. I was hoping Mandala might ask me to personally accompany these timbers to Hawaii…. But I’ll settle for some photos when the project is done!
The owners of this new modular home wanted a timber look for their front porch, so they asked me to design and build an accent piece for their porch roof structure. They were really pleased when they saw it go up. It adds a timeless classic element, and the curves cut into the beam and the braces add a softer contrast to the straight lines of the house. Continue reading Timber Accent Porch
These timber framed accents make use of an elegant curve cut in the beam to artistically frame the entrance to the stairway. Continue reading Stairway Entrance
A curved archway is being cut on this beam for one of the timber accents in the remodel we are doing in Nelson, BC. Where walls were removed to give the house a more open feel, the curved archways will still give the sense of an entrance into the living room area. Continue reading Interior Beam Curve Cut
Curves are to be cut into several timber accents for this remodel, and the layout method was both quick and accurate. Continue reading Interior Beam Curve Layout
Once the timber was finished, the owners were so pleased with the look that they decided to incorporate it into the kitchen area as an accent piece. The counter was cut to fit around the post, and the top half of it shows above the cabinets. Continue reading Basement in Edmonton – Refinished Post 3
We had to sand the post in three different stages to get from the rough painted wood to a polished look that could be coated with oil to enhance the beauty of the natural wood. Continue reading Basement in Edmonton – Refinished Post 2
When demolition happened in this basement before the renovation started, this structural post was exposed. It was rough cut and painted blue. Continue reading Basement in Edmonton – Refinished Post 1