To meet modern building codes, especially in high seismic areas such as the west coast, often requires integrating fabricated steel and steel fasteners into our timberwork. Often this steel is cleverly hidden in the timber maintaining the traditional ‘all-wood’ timber frame style. Occasionally, this steel is celebrated as an architectural feature. Kettle River’s designers and fabricators are experts at specifying these materials and integrating them into the timberwork.
Simple materials and hand craftsmanship go together well. Take, for example, stonework, ironwork, and timberwork. That’s why we’ve developed a relationship with a master blacksmith and have integrated his beautiful work into our projects. Take a look!
Kettle River can specify, supply and install your window and door packages. By integrating the window specification into our 3D design process, we can ensure the windows fit accurately with the pre-fabricated SIP panels. We can also pre-check the design for potential design issues; such as flashing problems, trim problems, sight-line problems; before committing to expensive windows.
Kettle River has developed a clever system for integrating glazing directly on our timberwork. We call this ‘direct-glazing’. The benefits are multiple. Foremost, it looks phenomenal. Mounting the glass directly on the timberwork eliminates complicated trim details usually applied around windows – the result is all you see is timber and glass. Another benefit is the cost – because we are only ordering glass units (double glazed, low –E units) and are eliminating much of the labour and materials associated with ‘trimming out’ windows – the cost savings are substantial compared to installing wood windows in the same configuration.