Architectural Metal Design

Brass and Stainless Steel Stair for Whistler Client
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Brass and Stainless Steel Stair for Whistler Client – our most challenging build to date.

Linden Construction working on a private home in Whistler employed the services of Karice to build the most challenging staircase we have ever made.

The design by Evoke Interiors and Linden Construction was brought to Karice in the summer of 2017.  Our first task was to rework the drawings to ensure things would work.  Many little details had to be considered.  As the stair treads were to be heated, consideration was given to the heat tape, and electrical load and location of wiring.

The tread design included a solid brass pan, fabricated with 1/4″ thick brass plate.  A heavy duty steel jig table was built solely for the purpose of fabricating the brass treads.  As the designers wanted only sharp edges, the tread had to be fabricated and not break formed.  The base and sides of the treads were cut on our OMAX water-jet machining center.

Brass is not easily welded, so welding procedures were developed to accomplish the task.  We found that even the brand of welding rods affected our results.  So care was made to select only certain welding rods.

After welding came the tedious task of polishing the brass.  Because brass is only available in a mill finish, many hours of manual labor were spent polishing the stair pans.

Stainless steel treads were also made to fit inside the brass pans.  The stainless pans were made to hold the brass, and attach into the wall and guard rail.

The 30 foot guard rail fabricated out of solid 1/2″ thick 316 grade stainless steel was another challenge.  The guard rail was made from three pieces of plate spliced together.  To accomplish this task, a steel tubular framework was made to support the guard rail as it was moved through out its manufacturing process and transport to the powder coaters and job site in Whistler.

Crofton House School Railing
Crofton House School Railings
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Crofton House School Railings.

Crofton House School is a prestigious private girls school in Vancouver, BC.  It is located in the neighbourhood of Kerrisdale in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and is a university-preparatory school for girls that is ranked first in British Columbia, according to Fraser Institutes school rankings.

Our client contacted us to build a custom railings for Crofton House School in Vancouver.  We were honored to be able to work on this high profile project.

Railings were designed by John Verchomin of Cornerstone Architecture in Vancouver.  General contractor, Haebler, employed the services of Karice to supply and install the architectural metalwork components of the new school expansion.

Another key area of the project was the terrazo flooring that was installed in the entrances of the school.  Two 12ft diameter aluminum frameworks were manufactured by Karice to enable the flooring company to complete the task.  The end result was a beautiful flooring feature.

The main feature in this project was the striking curved dual staircase in the foyer.  The metal work marrying with the architectural millwork details casts an element of interest in the design.

Railings were made for both the interior and exterior areas of the project expansion.

Have a look at the photos, I’m sure you will agree that the railings in this school are stunning.

Gate for private residence
Metal Gate for Vancouver Home
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Metal Gate for Vancouver Home.

Our client, with whom we have dealt with for years approached Karice to design and build a custom gate for the front of his Vancouver home.  Uniquely designed with flat bars on edge, the gate offers privacy as well as security.

Anchored into the sides of two concrete pillars, the contrast of natural stone and metal presents beautiful curb appeal to this home.


Earls Lincoln Park (Chicago)
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Earls Bellevue Wine Rack with rolling ladder
Earls Bellevue
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White Rock Pier
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Earls Hornby & Smithe (Vancouver)
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Earls Cherry Creek (Denver)
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Custom Ring Chandeliers made for Earls Denver Cherry Creek.

A design collaboration between Earls Design Team and Karice.  Custom lighting included two style of large chandeliers.  A unique circular styled light with exterior mounted Edison bulbs reflecting back on custom bronze mirrors created a dramatic look for the dining area of the restaurant.  Glass framed table lamps were also made for the restaurant foyer.

Lock & Mortice Stool
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Lock & Mortice stool – We were approched by the Mill work manufacturer to build the base for the walnut topped stool.  Beautifully designed with a subtle twist on the the legs, Karice went to work.  Finished with a clear, natural, hot rolled steel finish, the look has an organic appeal.

Using solid select, walnut hardwood, Lock & Mortice crafted the exquisite top that accompanies the metal base.

Lumiere Restaurant (Vancouver)
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Earls Bankers Hall (Calgary)
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