New Interior Photos
Just received these photos from the Shirley at MHouse Inc. We worked on this interior together. She does beautiful contemporary designs.
These first three photos are of the Guest room. All the millwork is done in 1” thick riftsawn White Oak. The bed surround has integrated lighting over the bed and a drawer and pull-out shelf on each side.
The desk has three drawers and an upper storage area with white lacquered sliding doors.
The stained oak millwork in the next two photos is in a little boy’s room. This bed surround also has integrated lighting and sliding black lacquered doors over the bed. The bed is a simple platform with white lacquered frame and custom powder-coated steel legs. It was sized to accommodate the trundle below.
The desk/dresser is a single unit almost 9’ long. The red lacquered drawer fronts are wedge-shaped and have an integrated pull cut into their bottom edge.
Thinking about the Tree House we built at that camp a number of summers ago reminded me of the Journeyman program. I spent part of that summer going to different camps designing and creating beautiful projects with campers. The Tree House was just one project of many.
Over two four-day workshops, a small group of senior campers at a camp in Algonquin Park and I designed and built two composting toilets. The ropes course was quite far away from any washroom, so we decided to change that. The small shed was built on a hill with the back of the building much higher than the front deck and doors to allow easy access to the composting containers. We made sure to create lots of ventilation and natural light - features typically lacking in small portable toilets and the like. This was accomplished by using clear corrugated polycarbonate for the roof and screening the upper part of the walls.
I visited another camp just outside Baysville three times. For the first four-day workshop, a group of senior campers and I surveyed a little-used but convenient camp site across the lake and came up with a plan to make it more functional and accentuate its beauty. We cleared brush, created a good site for landing canoes, built a fire pit with benches and table, built more benches by the water where the view was best and created flat, clear tent sites and paths to connect everything. When we were finished, our team had created a gorgeous overnight camping site for the entire camp to enjoy.
The other two workshops at this camp were completed during scheduled periods at camp with younger campers. The first was a sweat lodge that we built by creating a sapling dome and then covering it with a tarp. After collecting the saplings, burying their ends in the ground and lashing them together to create a dome, we built a fire near by to heat collected stones. The hot rocks were carefully carried to the dome in which there was a central pit. Keeping the tarp sealed tightly around the dome, everyone gathered inside and as we splashed water on the hot rocks the space was filled with hot steam. After a good sweat we all ran to the lake and plunged into the refreshing water. We spent the first day building the sweat lodge and the second day enjoying the fruits of our labour and ingenuity. The second camp workshop ran very similarly, but our project was a lean-to made from collected branches and evergreen boughs.
I love Tree Houses. And I love building Tree Houses.
I have been lucky enough to be entrusted to build a number over the years. Recently Garden Design magazine did a small article on me and the Tree Houses I build. The picture they used is of a project I did with a small group of senior campers at a summer camp in Haliburton. We designed and finished the build in just 4 days. The front posts are White Cedar salvaged from a nearby cottage when they were removed for a renovation.
There is a beautiful sunset view from the deck. It’s a very special feeling to work hard on something as a group, together putting your sweat and effort into achieving a common goal, and then, after a few days, be able to lean against the railing you built and watch the sunset from your very own Tree House. Of course, that feeling transfers to almost any project. However it is experienced, that feeling of accomplishment - knowing you started with just an idea and now you have created something functional and useful and tangible - is extremely satisfying. Working with small groups of kids, teaching them about designing and building useful things and helping them actually make their ideas come to life, is something that I hope to always do.
Everybody seems to love Tree Houses. Including the folks at Remodelista.
Last year at the IDS show in Toronto I met a lot of very interesting people and made some excellent contacts. One of those people was Susan Collacott. After more back and forth than is typical, we finalized a design for the sideboard she wanted me to build. The initial intention was to use some Cherry that she had stored in her basement, but upon receiving the grand tour of the stunning and beautifully crafted Japanese addition on her and her husband’s house, we were inspired by the Douglas Fir floors to choose that material. She took care of the marble top and I built the rest.
The entire piece is built of solid vertical grain Douglas Fir. The reveal below the marble, the base and the backers for all the recessed pulls are hot-rolled steel. The blue-black of the steel contrasts so well with the pink and amber tones of the Douglas Fir.
It was great to work with someone like Susan who really knew what she wanted to achieve and was willing to tease out the right design through collaboration and patience. I think the piece speaks for itself.
This an entry bench I built that was designed by Iain Stewart. The bench is made of Reclaimed White Oak. White Oak is a beautiful material and when it has spent years in a barn it develops an incredible patina. I bought a trailer load of this material over a year ago and have been slowly using it up. I really love this stuff. The finger joint helps to emphasize the differences in tone of each piece of wood. All the drawers were sourced and provided by Iain.
The colours and varied textures of the drawers really bring this piece to life. A pleasure to collaborate with such a talented designer.
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