A set of drawers and shelves hide behind a small door with a handle fashioned from a wonderful piece of driftwood decorated by woodworms.
It's not often enough that a client has the sense of adventure (humour) to use vibrant colour in tile. It was a pleasure to install these beautiful tiles to create colourful zones in their otherwise monotone kitchen. Colour-matched grouts kept the blocks of colour bold and solid.
This was a complete bathroom renovation where walls, plumbing and electrical were rearranged to accommodate my new layout. The green glass mosaic tiles from Rocky Point Tile add just the right amount of drama to the white cabinetry and subway tile - creating a fun, colourful and modern space.
In this particular adventure, a client required a closet in a spare bedroom. The only space available was over the adjoining staircase. With the creative and whimsical re-use of reclaimed 100-year-old timbers from my collection, two matched stained-glass doors of the same vintage I salvaged from another house, I built a closet suspended over the stair. Lit from inside, the closet casts an intriguing glow over the stair.
My three favourite materials come together in this kitchen renovation project. I made a virtually indestructible concrete counter-top with a selection of local aggregates, iron oxide pigments and high-tech admixtures. The surface is seeded with mother-of-pearl and features some inlaid fossils. Bamboo panels make up all the casework and cork tiles cover the walls. Best of all, the kitchen works wonderfully, and is a pleasure to use.
I see too many poorly laid out wood floors. Wood flooring, such as this bamboo floor is not meant to simply be pulled out of the box and immediately nailed down. Let's assume the flooring has been acclimatised (that is a subject for another post). The next step after properly preparing the substrate is to rack the material. Racking means selecting boards for proper colour, grain and the proper distribution of end joints. Unfortunately racking and selecting the flooring material before laying it is supposed to be standard procedure- but I don't see much evidence of it when I see other people's floors.
When choosing for colour, I end up opening a lot of boxes to a get a feel for the colour range of the wood. Wood is a natural material and has inherent colour variation. Sometimes it can be quite extreme- but it can be managed by transitioning gradually from light to dark areas of flooring. In these images you can see the same light and dark samples of bamboo flooring placed on opposite ends of the same 200 square foot room. The change in colour is gradual accross the floor and barely noticeable.
I lay every one of my floors with this level of attention for superior results.
This 1920's worker's bungalow was suffering from vinyl siding, ill-placed windows and an overall lack of charm. The addition of a portico, new windows and re-cladding the house in cedar shingles greatly improved the street-appeal of this little house.
Another complete kitchen overhaul. Windows and doors were moved to re-organize the space. The new kitchen incorporated a peninsula, rich colours, cork flooring and plenty of storage in this older house.
With the addition of a new cork tile floor and backsplash, custom tiled mosaic countertop, sink, appliances and door handles this 1980's kitchen was so convincingly renewed that visitors thought the entire kitchen had been redone.