This month we're excited to introduce you to West Elevations, a sustainable construction company based in our backyard - Golden, Colorado. While we are in awe of custom homes they've had a hand in constructing, it's their woodworking and furniture that we knew we had to share with all of you.
My dad got me interested in carpentry at a young age. I would help him with various projects around the house. As I got older, he would give me more challenging tasks. He is a big inspiration. Nature is my other important inspiration.
When you’re designing furniture, what is your process? What role does repurposing materials from a build play?
When designing a piece - it's usually a concept the evolves over time. I let the reclaimed wood that I acquire help form the decisions. Other times it's just modern design that floats in my subconscious and I'll try to create my own version of clean lines- letting functionality lead the way. I also rely on Matt Jaeger and Evan Williams who work with me & help create the pieces. Both fine carpenters.
What do you most enjoy creating? Any favorite pieces? Dream projects?
I just enjoy creating. Nothing specific. Just the sense of taking raw material and making some useful and/or beautiful. Dream project would be to design and build every piece of furniture and all built ins for a custom home or newly renovated home. Being a General Contractor as well - I see the entire process of a renovation from start to finish - through each phase. I get to know the house and clients well and think it would be fantastic to incorporate my own pieces into the finished product.
And just for fun...do you collect anything?
I collect bird sculptures. Usually while traveling , but also any that strike me when I'm out and about. They are such an amazing animal. Their songs, vibrant colors and plumage - let alone the fact that they can fly!
What is one tool you couldn’t live with out?
This may be cheating - but the tool I can't live without would be a pencil. Thats where the design starts to become something real. It goes from shapes, images and ideas swirling in my head to lines on paper. That's a crucial step in the process.
:: Thank you, Michael for the glimpse into what makes West Elevations tick! ::
Want to learn more? Join us Sept 21st for an open house with West Elevations! See you there!
Kiley & Ann
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