Mixing Industrial and Modern
DBW Contracting was founded by Darren Wark in 2006 and focuses on builds that mix industrial and West Coast modern looks. For the Rainbow House in Victoria, B.C. Wark was faced with a few space challenges.
“We chose to use sliding doors for very practical reasons,” Wark said. “The doors really did not have room for a standard hinge configuration.”
However, when Wark surveyed the market, he had trouble finding sliding door hardware that fit the house’s style. Briefly, he considered having the hardware custom made at his local stainless shop. That is until he found Krownlab’s Rob Roy sliding door hardware system.
“As soon as I saw the Krownlab hardware, I knew the fit was natural,” Wark said. “The hardware has such a simple, pure sculptural style that blended very well with other details in the house. “
Finding Matching Elements
Stainless Steel detailing plays a large role throughout the Rainbow House including the kitchen splashback, the schluter in the tile of the powder room, and the railing on the home’s focal point — a single stringer stairwell. Rob Roy, in Krownlab’s classic No. 4 Brushed Stainless finish, complemented the aesthetic ideally.
“The Rob Roy hardware was a perfect partner to the other elements we introduced in the house,” Wark said.
Initially, it was these striking stairs that led DBW Contracting to sliding door hardware. The office door slab was 48" × 96", but the opening was too close to the stairs to work with a traditional hinge door. Sliding door hardware for the office door was all the plan called for originally. Then Wark found Krownlab.
“We also used Rob Roy hardware on the master ensuite and the master walk in closet,” Wark said. “We could have chosen to leave these as a pass through, but the Krownlab hardware is just so great looking we HAD to install it. Once again the Krownlab hardware made these doors both a feature piece of the house and a practical solution. We like wins like this.”
The Proof is in the Offer
When Wark and DBW finished the Rainbow House, they didn’t have to wait long for validation on all their hard work.
“I always say the proof is in the actions,” Wark said. “We reluctantly sold Rainbow to the first couple who toured it when the for sale sign went up. The Krownlab hardware is an integral part of what made the house become the Canadian West Coast Contemporary Beach Style we were shooting for. My brother has even requested he have an opportunity to buy the house back if the current owners ever chooses to sell.”