Check out this great kitchen and eating nook reno we just finished in Vancouver. The client – a busy family – wanted a bright and stylish space with timeless qualities that fit seamlessly within their 80+ year old home. This is achieved in part by adding french doors onto the deck, using reclaimed wood flooring, and installing face frame, shaker cabinets GCB custom built right here in Vancouver. The photos below don’t show the final tile work, but should give you a sense of how nice the project turned out.
Owen, Sam and Anne-Marie took a little field trip last week to visit one of our partners-in-cabinetmaking-crime. They make custom cabinet doors at a zero waste facility right here in Metro Vancouver. By using uber-smart technology, they can plan out cuts so that almost no material is wasted. Any leftovers are either cataloged and stored for future use or, if too teeny tiny to be reused, recycled. This trip gave us lots of ideas of how to improve our own cabinet shop, and made us happy to be collaborating with such a cool operation!
Here are some photos from a master bath we finished last week as part of a large scale full home renovation project. Some of the luxury features that will be make the homeowners’ friends beg to house sit: heated tile floors, zero transition tiled shower with rain shower head, custom double sink vanity, built-in shower seat, vaulted ceiling with skylight and a wall-hung toilet.
GCB was the General Contractor for the whole renovation projec. The vanity and storage cabinet were built from reclaimed hardwood in our custom cabinet shop right here in Vancouver. The bathroom was designed by One Seed Design and the tile was installed by our pals at Absolute Tile. Take a look!
We recently completed a home addition project in Port Moody for a couple who were expecting (and now are the proud parents of) their first baby. The scope of the work included reinforcing the existing foundation, creating two ground level additions to increase the floor area, installing a living roof, and revamping the finishes throughout the house. Design-minded and very interested in making their house uniquely their own, the clients were great to work with. They wanted to include a lot of recycled and sustainable materials, and design elements that reflected their love of nature. Below are some photos that show the completed project and some of the details that make this home so special to this family. Massive kudos to our site manager Doug for shepherding this renovation along so successfully!
GCB was recently approached by Naomi at the Vancouver Storytelling Society to see if we could lend a hand in creating a community storytelling cob bench in Robson Park (near 13th Ave and St.George Street). Her great idea was to reuse some waste material from one of our projects in Mt.Pleasant as an urbanite foundation for the bench to rest on. We were eager to be involved in such an inspiring community project. Kenny dropped off the material to Naomi and now we are looking forward to the outcome of the cob building workshops they are holding this fall.
Below is the rough design for the bench, which is meant to portray mountains and a river.
Last weekend, Sam and Elizabeth were invited to make a presentation on Living Roofs at the Pender Island Eco Homes Network’s Eco Building Symposium. It was a great weekend of sharing ideas and experiences, checking out absolutely inspiring custom built, eco-minded structures, and enjoying the local hospitality and landscape.
Some photos from the Eco Homes Tour are included below for your viewing pleasure. Hopefully you will also be inspired by the craftsmanship, creativity, ingenuity and collaboration that went into these works of art!
All summer, we have been working on a not-so-average home addition project in Port Moody. Lucky for us – and the environment – the homeowners are very eco-minded and wanted to include as many green features as their budget allowed. In particular, they were drawn to recycled materials as they re-envisioned the entire home to make room for their growing family. Some of our favourite features are the rubber shake eco-roofing (from recycled tires), reclaimed cherry and fir wood flooring, denim insulation and a gabled living roof.
The project includes two ground floor additions (one to the side and one to the rear), and reconfiguration and refinishing of portions of existing house. Doug has been guiding this project along steadily and we are excited to be closing-in on completion. check back soon for more images!
Sam and Doug recently finished the day covered in blue fuzz. The culprit? Ultra Touch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation. This is a non-toxic home insulation alternative made with denim from recycled blue jeans.
PROS: Denim insulation has a high enough R-value to meet code and is not at all dangerous to work with and live near. No adverse health risks or physical discomforts as can be the case with more typical fiberglass insulation. This is a recycled material that has way less manufacturing-related environmental impacts, and the denim can be more easily and responsibly disposed of if/when walls/ceilings are demolished.
CONS: It is more expensive than fiberglass insulation, is very messy to install (hence men in blue fuzz), and hard to cut.
We are hoping this product continues to improve and be used more widely.
We recently put some additional finishing touches on this shed-to-office conversion. To enhance the charm and character, provide weather protection, and highlight the vegetated LiveRoof, we added a shed roof over the office entry. The entry itself evolved from basic barn doors (which worked great for a shed but not an office) to nice salvaged glass doors. Combined with the skylights and vaulted ceiling, the big glass doors let in lots of light. And it looks pretty darn cute, don’t you think?
As part of a project to convert an unused basement into a secondary suite, we poured a new concrete floor with the intention of grinding and polishing it. This is a great idea for high quality, durable and affordable flooring. Nowadays there are a zillion options for finishing concrete – it can be stained just about any colour, finished in any sheen, texturized, accented with stone or tile, mixed with decorative aggregates, and so on. For this particular project, our client was keen to include recycled coloured glass. This was carefully included during the pour to ensure that the glass was close enough to the surface to be successfully revealed in the grinding, polishing and staining steps. We will post photos of the finish floor once the lighting is installed to show you the final look.
Sounds like the title of some epic romantic novel, right? It is also what we beheld at the completion of a recent project for clients whose enthusiasm for reclaimed wood matches ours. The project included a complete renovation of the kitchen and bathroom in the primary residence, as well as some updates to the living room and secondary suite. Check out the photos so see the great cabinetry and countertops in the kitchen, and stonework around the fireplace. And, of course, check out the gorgeous reclaimed beam and posts between the kitchen and living room, and the custom shelving flanking the mantel. Owen designed and constructed the shelves from timber salvaged from the Odyssey Club in Vancouver. Oh, the things that wood has seen!