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Contemporary rustic décor combines modern style with traditional elements, such as reclaimed wood wall paneling or salvaged interior sliding barn doors. This design trend is gaining popularity worldwide – and not only because it elegantly juxtaposes modern with traditional. It’s also environmentally friendly.

To show you its unique warmth and stylish grace, we’ll highlight five ways our customers have integrated contemporary rustic into their special projects.

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Glance around any urban BC landscape and you’ll see the exciting construction boom happening in our province. There’s just one catch. Currently, BC lacks the labour force to fully populate the increasing construction jobs.

Read more about the construction industry’s challenge – as well as the good-news perspective.

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It’s an exciting transformation – and an altruistic, forward-looking one. The Architecture Foundation of BC (AFBC) is becoming an education-based resource. AFBC’s vision: to build an architectural and design legacy for the people of British Columbia.
 
Find out more, including how you can get involved.

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Architectural millwork has always been close to our hearts at Stilewood.

Vittorio Ciccone, founder of Stilewood International, had a successful run as a millwork artisan beginning in 1954. Vittorio worked in period reproduction styles of the 20th century, such as Baroque, Rococo, Renaissance and Louis XV. He soon established himself as an authority – and an artist and creator of exquisite pieces.

Find out how we’re staying true to our millwork roots at Stilewood today – including an exclusive look at a unique project featuring old-growth vertical grain fir.

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Steel of the highest mettle: Made in Italy, utilized throughout the world
 
Perhaps famed Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani said it best: “The difference between style and fashion is quality.” For more than 50 years, Pietro Brombal has combined exquisite style with the highest technical standards to create the finest quality in thermally broken metal fenestration and door manufacturing worldwide.
 
Discover Pietro’s family-run company, Serramenti Brombal – and learn how Stilewood partners with this internationally renowned manufacturer.

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On November 20, 2017, Brando Ciccone, Marketing Manager at Stilewood International Door and Window, had the pleasure of interviewing Al Jaugelis, Senior Fenestration Specialist at RDH Building Science.

Al brings to his role at RDH practical experience in the fenestration manufacturing industry, active participation in industry associations and technical committees and a clear understanding of Canadian code requirements applicable to fenestration. Al is also a recognized authority on the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS), which he writes about in the NAFS in Canada blog.

In their discussion, Brando and Al focused on NAFS and how it affects those who design and build custom residential houses in British Columbia.

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In 2011, Vancouver set itself the goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020. To achieve this ambitious goal, the City of Vancouver constructed The Greenest City 2020 Action Plan (GCAP). The City divided the plan into 10 separate goal areas:

  • Climate and Renewables
  • Green Buildings
  • Green Transportation
  • Zero Waste
  • Access to Nature
  • Clean Water
  • Local Food
  • Clean Air
  • Green Economy
  • Lighter Footprint.

The goal area with the biggest impact on the design and construction community is Goal 2: Green Buildings – and we’ll summarize both the main points and the progress so far for you below.

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From front-entry door systems to wall panelling, the classy, cool shimmer of white oak tops our clients’ choices – and earns our Wood Species of the Month honour.

Seeking a look of contemporary elegance, customers clamour for this illustrious hardwood from Eastern and Central North America. To illustrate both the beauty and durability of white oak, we’ll highlight below five projects that use the wood in different ways, but achieve a similar high-toned result.

 

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Organizations worldwide have made the pledge to practise corporate citizenship and responsible business practices. Such pledges are inspiring.
They’re also easy to say.

Very rarely can an organization, however well-intentioned, actually control enough of its supply chain to produce the responsible results it has promised to customers.

At Stilewood we fulfill the promise of environmental commitment we make to our clients. Here’s a major example of how we do that.

We are proud to partner with Sierra Pacific Windows, whose window-manufacturing approach parallels our commitment to the environment.

 

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3D printing is one of the most startling new technologies of the modern era. In particular, this innovative way of printing is transforming the construction industry. These 3D printers, which resemble a small crane, are producing the entire structure for both residential homes and low-rise buildings worldwide.
 
Find out more here about building the 3D way.

 

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Everyone knows that pre-finishing provides that extra touch of beauty to a wood product. But the many benefits of pre-finishing also – and more practically – include protecting the wood against the elements of weather, e.g., from shrinking and/or expanding as the moisture content changes. As well, pre-finishing protects the wood from the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays on its surface.
 
Discover how our pre-finishing ensures wood products stay beautiful – and lasting – here.

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When meeting someone for the first time, you want to make a good impression. That first impression is a lasting one, so the saying goes. The same holds true for your front door. It’s the first impression your visitors get of your home – and you want to make sure it’s a positive one.
  
Here we offer up tips, manufacturing considerations and industry trends for your front entry.

 

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The singer/songwriter Carole King once said that waking up to look out a window every morning gave her a feeling of boundless joy.
 
At Stilewood we’re proud to offer windows by the prestigious German firm Unilux, whose motto is “Where quality is at home.” Discover here why we think this elegant, well-crafted brand is not only state-of-the-art but – with Carole’s sentiment in mind – state-of-the-heart.

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It’s a new generation in many exciting ways. Millennials have different goals, different lifestyles – and they’re definitely putting their different, individual stamp on home design. Now joining the homeowner ranks, millennials have preferences very distinct from those of Baby Boomers and Generation Y. For that reason, this new, emerging – and dynamic – generation of home-buyers is having an immense influence on home-design trends.
 
Read about the hot millennial home-design trends here:

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