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Fraser Valley Ranch House

project description

Laidback cowboy grandeur defines this working ranch’s rustic wood textures and imposing scale. Custom built for a lifelong herdsman, this project features one of the largest kitchens we’ve ever crafted, with an island footprint that required over three jumbo slabs of stone to cover its expanse. Two defining materials were chosen to reflect the vast natural surrounds of the homesite – reclaimed oak, salvaged from railways and stained for warmth as well as texture, and an earthy grey painted v-groove pattern to reference traditional farmhouse design. The kitchen, with its vaulted beam ceiling, custom metalwork hood, and drawn out proportions echoes the medieval great halls of yore, with enough space within it for a boisterous crowd to be entertained at the island, as well as a fully functional desk/computer area and adjacent refrigerated food storage pantry for farm fresh meat and produce. The angled island required significant planning and design work, not only for substantial support of the stone counter but for us to properly reflect the angle change in the home’s exterior footprint, as it follows an earthen ridgeline to best take advantage of its valley and mountain views. Angled cabinets and a few millwork layout optical illusions pulled off this unique design feature seamlessly. Throughout the kitchen the vertical v-groove cabinetry lines keep the eye moving between all the vertically placed focal points of the design, while the wood island ties into the wooden window frames, bringing the outdoors in.

Other key spaces include the shiplap clad master bath with rustic his and hers vanity, as well as the charmingly practical mudroom. Note the seamless spacing of the mudroom’s v-groove lines, all calculated to maintain their spacing while not ending with any odd-sized portions towards the sides of each door, a detail which takes time and care to execute and was attended to throughout our millwork design. With our commitment to detailed, well considered craftsmanship being amplified to the grandiose scale of the mythic cowboy, this ranchman’s household is as memorable a project as it is pleasing.

Bespoke millwork designed and crafted by Van Arbour Design
Interior Design by Su Casa Design