Based in Wakefield, Québec and founded by owner Stéphane Charette, Bala Structures is entering its tenth year of home building in the Gatineau Hills.
We are a fully licensed general contracting company that works collaboratively with architects, designers and homeowners to provide our clients with healthy, high performance homes designed to stand the test of time.
Our team of skilled and energetic builders bring a variety of specialties to the table, giving us the versatility to meet all the building needs of our clients.
From power tools to handcrafted
We are always happy to go back to our roots and pull out our chisels! With little more than a sketch of what you are thinking of building, we can work with you to design a custom frame to suit your lifestyle and needs. A timber frame offers enormous versatility in design, as it removes the need for load bearing walls. This allows you to create an open concept living space with vaulted ceilings and windows of almost any size.
With a little help from electricity of course, our frames are essentially hand crafted in the same manner that they have been for centuries, down to the wooden pegs that hold mortises and tenons together.
We can provide our clients with full architectural design services, or work with plans you bring to us. For those with a love of wood, there is little that compares to the awe-inspiring strength and beauty of a timber frame home.
Quality, sophisticated design and passion
What is passive heating and cooling? Passive heating means letting the sun in, passive cooling means keeping it out, and the seasonal angle of the sun combined with a bit of trigonometry in design makes it all possible. The sun provides more energy than we could possibly need, and we like to help our clients harness as much of it as possible.
The philosophy of passive home design leads to a more efficient home and better quality of life. A naturally lit and heated home can make a long Canadian winter more bearable, while also making a nice dent in your home heating costs.
Not every building site has full access to the sun, and not every homeowner wants it. Like timber framing, our experience in passive home construction is a tool in our collection that we are always thrilled to take out.
From rustic to contemporary
Bala Structures has a fully equipped wood shop where we produce custom furniture and cabinetry to suit your home. Our skill in timber framing allows us to not only produce modern looking furniture and cabinetry, but creative works with recycled materials as well. With a stock of new and used wood (barn beams, barn boards, round logs) we make sturdy and beautiful interior furnishings that can complement any interior design.
We do it all
To date, our team has successfully handled numerous large and small renovations in Quebec and Ontario. Whether you want to build a deck or add a covered porch, renovate a bathroom, replace a roof, modernize your kitchen, add floorspace to your home or you name it, we have the know-how and skills to bring your dream into reality.
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