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Welcome to the web site of Iain Bruce. Iain can be commissioned to design, build, install old world architectural features for your next renovation. Specializing in Nordic/Celtic inspired wood carving, cast concrete features, and all sorts of architectural oddities in between.

"Employ a craftsman for your next project, then you too can complain about the poor quality of the items in your Costco shopping cart."

 

Residential Design & Construction

Below is a Beach house remodel. Interest is created by the white planks. Some planks around the round window were vinegar stained before paint was applied. Polished beach stones fill knot holes. The initial cost of using profiled Pine planks is higher than drywall until you factor in the huge savings achieved by eliminating all the finishing trim required when installing drywall. Other benefits include the added shear strength of planks vs drywall. The exterior walls have 2x4 studs sheathed in 3/8 plywood. Not nearly enough to withstand a decent earthquake.

"I avoid installing products that cannot be taken to the dump. The government has now added all drywall to that list. Why do you think that is?"

Local Yellow Cedar (Cypress) flooring was installed in the loft, and wide plank Alder on the main floor. A vinegar stain was applied with a rag to the Alder flooring. It is a safe product that anyone can make at home, and it costs next to nothing.

The bathroom appears to be an accident waiting to happen. Splinters from worn boards and tetanus shots for all. But this is an illusion as the wood is all sanded smooth, and the reclaimed metal is buffed and lacquered. Better yet, the $3200 saved by not installing imported tile can now be spent on more important things like a deep soaker tub with roman faucets. Lighting is cheaply supplied by aged industrial exterior fixtures. And distressed galvanized pipe and fittings acts as towel racks, curtain rods and grab bars throughout the home.


Concrete Features

Iain has many years of experience working with cast concrete And although he avoids new projects of concrete because it is so physically demanding, he can, sometimes, be talked into creating a badly needed center piece.

"With concrete, the pour is always frantic and the finished pieces are always bold. Success depends on a thoughtful design and craftsmanship when building the molds."

The photos below..

  1. Bathroom vanity with integral sink and four inch thick apron. Beautiful mottling is created with concrete.
  2. Heated concrete floor with inlayed stones depict a man tossing planets into the heavens.
  3. Garden wall with Velociraptor fossil.

 

Handsome Dan Construction and Design
7755 Sunset Drive
Lake Cowichan, BC v0r2g0

Phone: 250 932 1032
email: iart@shaw.ca