Carriage House Nanaimo – The Community Gathering Place

10 Jun, 2024

The Long Story Short

In the heart of Nanaimo, the vision for the “Community Gathering Place” took shape through collaborative planning and thoughtful construction. From the onset, discussions centered around the purpose and goals of this unique carriage house project, setting the stage for a partnership that would define its success.

The Whole Story

Part 1:

Excavation and forming

How Important Is A Crawl Space To You?

The owner knew she wanted to have some storage available in the basement and wanted to have a 4′ crawl space. So we discussed how this would work with the lay of the land and the costs that would be associated with doing a 4′ crawl space throughout. We explained that yes that can be done but would add cost to the project as we would need to dig a much deeper hole, get rid of more dirt, and if the material was really hard may need to bring in a rock breaker to remove that material. The other thought was if the crawl space was that large underneath would you even go to the back to get the stuff that was stored way back there probably not and that it could be donated in that case. What we want to do at Buck Robertson Contracting is to help understand why you have made decisions and what these decisions will do to affect “your project.” We are building these projects together and our job is to look further down the road to see how decisions will impact the project. Yes there will be things that are missed and yes we are building a prototype so let’s work together to achieve the best outcome for this project.

Part 1:

Excavation and forming

Part 2:

Textured feature posts using shou sugi ban

Part 2:

Textured feature posts using shou sugi nab

Shou Sugi Ban is an ancient Japanese way to preserve wood, It is environmentally friendly and allows you the ability to not need to put a finish on it as it. Due to it being burnt bugs don’t like to eat at it as well helps to close the cell walls of the wood so it doesn’t suck up water as well with capillary action. Capillary action is when wood pulls water through its “veils” of the wood fiber. When you have rot in your house often what was a small area of water rot turns into a much larger issue due to capillary action. The post and beam work on this carriage house was a lot of fun we really enjoy working with the larger timbers.

Part 3:

Trim, roof, and exterior

We share our progress as we near completion of this carriage home and give a little more insight on how we install the window trim and exterior (to provide you with the best results for your investment).

Part 3:

Trim, roof, and exterior

Part 4:

Drywall & shou sugi ban rain barrel

Part 4:

Drywall & shou sugi ban rain barrel

In this video, we share our progress by giving you a little walkthrough of the carriage house, as drywall is now done and we near completion of this project. Drywall was finished back in December, and we are nearing the end of painting at the time this video was posted. Along with giving you an idea of what the house will look like, we also give you some insight on how and why we installed our Shou Sugi Ban rain barrels. For this house it was a necessity, but for you it could be a wise investment choice and a start to going “green” by saving water.

Part 5:

Complete interior and exterior tour

We couldn’t be happier that our customer is so happy with her new carriage house – and we are so grateful for the wonderful review she left for us. Her kind words reminded us why we got into home building in the first place. In this 5th and last installment of BUILDING A CARRIAGE HOUSE w/ BRC, we give you a walkthrough of the interior (we filmed back in March), and then we show you the beautiful detail of the exterior we shot this month (in May). We also share a little recap of our time building this carriage house (from start to finish), and the reason why we think it was such a success.

Part 5:

Complete interior and exterior tour

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