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Hidden Doors…

Over the years, we’ve worked with many clients who have wanted to include bold design choices and unique features into their Shuswap dream home. We greatly enjoy the challenge of achieving their visions. And we’ve found that two skillsets are vital to bring them to reality: having an imaginative and qualified designer who can express our clients’ ideas in practical terms with excellent renderings and plans, and having exceptional tradespeople who are able to take those renderings and plans and ulimately build out a beautiful finished product.

This is exactly what’s been taking place at one of our most ambitious current projects, a beautiful West Coast home in Anglemont on the Shuswap’s North Shore. Our clients envisioned an entertainment area on the top floor of the house that would feature custom built-in cabinetry. The focal point, however, is flanked by two doors — one opening to a top floor laundry room, and the other to a bathroom. These doors, presented in a traditional way, could be very distracting on either side of the screen. Our clients’ designer, Tanya Wassen of Kamloops-based Spot On Interior Design, was up to the challenge. Together, they decided to find a way of minimizing the visual impact of the two doors, which would help people in the finished home maintain their focus on the entertainment area.

As you can see from Tanya’s rendering at the top of the images below, the idea was to essentially hide the doors in the wall. In the bottom photos, you can see how our two exceptional finish carpenters, Chuck Beaton and Mark Orchard, are beginning to bring the design to life — the shiplap on the walls runs into the two doors, with only the small seams of the door opening present to signal to anyone in the room that there are, in fact, rooms behind the wall. We can’t wait to see the finished product with the built-in cabinetry in place, paint on the walls, and flooring in place!

This is the first project we have worked on with Tanya and her company, and we’re impressed. She loves to come to the job site, to meet with the trades and work through hurdles as a team. Her designs are unique but entirely attainable. You can learn more at