West Coast Tuscan

Perched on a high bluff on the Canadian Gulf Islands, this sun drenched villa enjoys spectacular views. Kettle River Timberworks provided detail design, consultation, fabrication and engineering of all the timberwork working closely with Peter Rose Architects and general contractor Ray Dean. Timbers were sandblasted to provide a weathered, aged look. Structural trusses in the […]

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Punctilious Post and Beam

This Vancouver residence was all about attention to detail. A highly involved client and close partnering with Peter Rose Architects and general contractor, Feature Projects, made this project challenging and satisfying. Kettle River Timberworks provided detail design, fabrication and installation of the heavy timber elements including the exterior brackets, timber and steel staircase and a […]

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The High Point

We affectionately refer to this style of timberwork as “trimber frame”. Basically, it consists of non-structural timber accents added to the exterior of a home to create a traditional timber frame look.  Often the challenge is to get the right scaling in proportion to the house.  This was a particularly large home at 14,000 sq.ft. […]

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Wise Choice

There’s nothing more satisfying for a timber framer than to share his craft with a group of craftsman that truly appreciate the work.  When we were approached by James Wise of Sage Construction, www.sageconstruction.ca, to help them build their family retreat, we were honoured.  Working closely with James on all the details of the timberwork […]

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Urban Rancher

Believe it or not, this project was a renovation. The level of finish on the timberwork on this project exceeded anything the crew at Kettle River Timberworks had worked on before. The timbers were near perfect clear Douglas Fir sanded to a microfinish and sealed with 6 coats of marine epoxy. Joinery was designed to […]

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Island Getaway

Sometimes simple is better. Our clients for this project wanted 2 simple 20ft x 20ft sleeper cabins to provide shelter and comfort on this 1 acre island. The cabins were pre-fabricated, barged to the site and assembled during a couple of snowy weeks in January. The big overhanging hip roofs with cedar ceilings provide plenty […]

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Gulf Island Vista

This project is the 4th home Kettle River has built on Sidney Island, British Columbia. Building on remote islands presents a series of challenges. The crew at Kettle River believes the key to remote projects is meticulous planning and prefabrication – if we can build it in the shop, it’s one less day sleeping in a tent. […]

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City Modern

This project presented an interesting challenge – applying a ‘millennium old’ building technique (timber framing) to a contemporary, modern house. By combining some traditional mortise and tenon joinery with simple lines, steelwork and flat roofs; we were able to find a good balance between the past and the present.  

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Amongst The Arbutus

The first of 4 homes that Kettle River timberworks has done on Sidney Island, this home started with a 400 sq. ft. ‘prototype’ cabin. The clients wisely chose to build a scaled down version of their home prior to the building the ‘real deal’. The prototype allowed them to fine tune some of their design […]

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Tuscan Outdoor Kitchen

Location : Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Timbers were sandblasted and corners radiused for this Tuscan Style outdoor kitchen designed by renowned Landscape Architect Paul Sangha.  The sandblasting gives the timber an aged, weathered look.  The project required high attention to detail to coordinate the timberwork with electrical, landscaping and roof work.  

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High Plains Drifter

Location : The Interior, British Columbia, Canada. Clean, simple lines make this summer home unimposing, perched in the rolling hills above a beautiful remote lake in B.C.’s southern interior. Kettle River worked closely with our structural engineer to create a cost effective truss solution. The resulting ‘steel bow-string trusses’ allow for a completely open plan. Probably […]

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Good Things Come In Small Packages

Location : Nelson Island, British Columbia, Canada. A remote, topographically challenging location made for some unique challenges on this 1000 sq. ft. cabin. Kettle River Timberworks handled this one soup to nuts – design, engineering, permitting, logistics, general contracting, timberwork, glasswork, finishing carpentry. All materials were barged to the island and then choppered from the […]

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Old World Charm

Location : Nicola Lake, British Columbia, Canada. Clients for this rebuild of a 40 year old family cottage wanted to maintain the original footprint and exterior appearance of the original cabin. Inside, vaulted ceilings and magnificent timber trusses give the cottage an old world feel. Authentic wrought iron straps hold the unique trusses together. A […]

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Lakeview Escape

Location : Nicola Lake, British Columbia, Canada. This lovely home was Kettle River Timberwork’s first project which makes it pretty special. The crew at Kettle River Timberworks crafted local pine logs with kiln dried Douglas fir timbers to create this dramatic roofline. The entire roof was pre-assembled in one piece and lifted into place in […]

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Curve Appeal

Location: Sidney Island, British Columbia, Canada. By far the most unique and challenging project we have done to date. A 50ft fully opening ‘accordion’ door opens the living room completely to the ocean. The tight tolerances required for the door and the large spans created some design and engineering challenges for Kettle River. The ultimate […]

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West Coast Contemporary

Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Thoughtful use of traditional Japanese joinery and the lack of knee braces give this home an extremely clean, elegant and contemporary feel. A hybrid approach to this renovation met the client’s budget and the architect’s desire to keep the timberwork in balance with the non-timbered portions of the home. […]

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Classic Timber Frame On Red Brick Road

Location: Redmond, King County, USA. Located on historic ‘Red Brick Road’, in King County, this home presented some unique challenges to the team at Kettle River Timberworks. Timberwork was installed after the home was completed. Eleven layers of stain were required to give the Douglas Fir timbers a high gloss oak-like finish. Kettle River Timberworks’ […]

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Big Timber City Home

Location: White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. Interior timber accents and massive exterior timber trusses give this suburban home warmth and presence. The coffered timber ceilings provide contrast and elegance to this dream kitchen. The mantle was built using salvaged historic timber, adding real story and character to the heart of this beautiful home.

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Timber Frame Mountain Retreat

Location: Sun Peaks, British Columbia, Canada. Breathtaking views and an elegant combination of stonework and timber make this Timber Frame Mountain Retreat one of Kettle River Timberworks’ finest custom projects. Working closely with the architect, client and general contractor, the Kettle River Timberworks team overcame the challenges of a difficult building site to create this […]

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West Coast Island Getaway

Location: Nelson Island, British Columbia, Canada. Some of Kettle River Timberworks’ favourite projects are those in locations so remote they would seem physically impossible for a custom design & build to most people. Inspired by an exceptional client, this home was built on Nelson Island on the Sunshine Coast, a location completely inaccessible by road […]

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