Everybody’s needs are different; maybe it is a green house, a horse stable, a pool house, or a new garage to house your dream car – accessory buildings are always a welcome addition, adding value to your property and enhancing your lifestyle. These accessory buildings must be functional, properly located, and designed to compliment your home and the surroundings.
Competent in the design and construction of a variety of accessory buildings, we are happy to look at any size project; residential or commercial accessory buildings, from small shelters to large structures, and anything in between. We can take care of every aspect of the project; from design and site preparation through the building construction to the final landscaping.
Whether your needs a straightforward garage to protect your vehicle, or a specialized shop to complete your hobbies and projects in, our team is more than able to put your Dreams Under Construction. There are so many options when it comes to a garage; from a basic garage to a full size commercial shop, with wood frame or steel frame structure, we can build them all. We are able to incorporate all necessary infrastructures such as washrooms, offices, vehicle and equipment hoists or cranes to making your garage as practical and ready to use as possible.
It doesn’t matter if your Kelowna backyard is a quarter of an acre or more than 10, greenhouses can be constructed in any outdoor space to suit your needs. Greenhouses extend our Okanagan growing season and allow you to eat home grown, fresh produce every day of the week without having to make another trip to the store. Salads aren’t boring when you put them together from your very own backyard!
We have the ability to construct greenhouse structures and interior systems based on either dirt or hydroponic growing mediums. The design can be standard and simple or we would be happy to incorporate any custom features to suit your gardening needs, including shade protection and irrigation systems. If you have an old greenhouse that needs a renovation, or want to convert from one method to the other, our team has the experience to help your gardening dreams flourish.
Pool Houses are an appealing accessory building, adding functionality to your pool in Kelowna, while protecting the equipment keeping your pool running. There are many options; from a simple storage shed design to a complete entertainment area with space for both the equipment and storage room, as well as amenities including change facilities, a kitchen, showers, and more.
Built to suit your taste, these accessory buildings can be basic or unique. With choices such as timber frame or modern architecture, your pool house can match your home or having a unique design of its own.
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From basic storage spaces to complete accessory buildings the type and amount of storage space you may need varies. No matter how big or small, our team has the ability to meet your storage needs and match the building to your residence.
Just like humans, not all animal’s needs are the same. Depending on both the area you have to work with and the specific needs of your animals', we can construct a variety of accessory buildings to suit. The option of including tack rooms and specialized feed areas are also available in the construction of these accessory buildings. From a simple shelter protecting them from the elements to elaborate multi stalled facilities, we can construct dreams for animals too.
You may just need a small amount of earth moved, a driveway built, or a building site prepared; no matter the size of the job we have the equipment to complete your excavation. With a medium sized excavator and bobcat we can handle most smaller, residential projects and we have larger equipment available if necessary. With years of operating experience we know what it takes to get the job done with as little disruption as possible to the surrounding area.
Foundations are the support system of any building; without a solid foundation you risk dealing with many easily avioded potential problems. Fortunately, our team has the knowledge to not only rectify problems with existing foundations, but create long lasting, solid foundations for new buildings and addition construction.
It’s never a good situation when you have one of the following; cracked foundation, poor moisture barriers, or weeping tile and drainage problems. Any moisture issues or structurally compromised foundations can cause long term damage, so leave it to our team to releive any stress by correcting these foundation situations.
As an accessory building is a space detached from your house, there are many options that could be incorporated into your property. Some of the most common accessory building options in the Okanagan include detached garages, workshops, pool houses, greenhouses, barns or animal shelters, and private gyms or studios.
Although the logistics of building a garage will vary depending on the property, we have experience building garages in many different spaces. Whether you have a small space in a residential area or live on a sloped acreage, we are open to meeting with you to discuss the best way to build a garage that works with your space.
In general, there is the potential for a pool building to be incorporated into your backyard. However, there may be some additional considerations such as landscaping or excavation that are required for this to take place. We would be happy to take a look at your backyard and discuss your ideas to determine the possibilities and any necessary changes.
The cost of an accessory building will depend on type, size, and location. With each different accessory building there are factors such as excavation and foundations, drainage, plumbing, electrical, and numerous other considerations. We would be happy to discuss your plans and provide a free estimate so we can work with you to find the best fit within your budget.
A carriage home is a specific type of accessory building. Any building detached from the home, such as a garage, shop, or barn that incorporates a suite either above or below is considered a carriage home. This means there are more regulations to factor in than when building a standard accessory building. However, our team has experience navigating these regulations and can work with you to ensure the construction of your carriage home meets the local legal requirements.
While often possible, this depends on the existing outbuilding. We would be happy to look at your existing outbuilding to determine the options and best plan for converting it into a garage.
The process for accessory building construction depends on a number of factors. Usually starting with some form of excavation and foundation work, ending in finishing the exterior. The process of accessory building construction is unique to your property and your vision for the building itself. We would be happy to walk you through the process of accessory building construction during a consultation so you know what to expect every step of the way.
While you may be competent in and enjoy many aspects of building an accessory building, the same thing might not be true for the logistics. Whether it is coordinating with suppliers or navigating the rules and regulations of the City of Kelowna or Regional District, or abiding by the building codes, a professional contractor has the knowledge and experience to ensure these processes go smoothly and all boxes are checked. They also might be able to make suggestions or give you ideas about the best options to ensure the integrity of your structure over time while maintaining cost efficiency.
Norm and his crew built our 26 x 28 shop behind our house and they did an absolutely outstanding job. Very professional, shop was done in a timely fashion, and the result was just what we had in mind. Norm was in touch with us throughout the entire j[...] read more
We used Norm and his team for our home renovation in 2019 and were really happy with the process and the results. Some of what we really liked about working with them was the personal contact with the owner, Norm, and the dedicated team he employs, h[...] read more
Thank-you for your work in making our vision a reality! Norm went above and beyond to make our build project a success. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience and provided accurate budget projections and timely build schedules. His construction[...] read more
We first met Norm and the Rafter gang about 6 years ago. We hired Rafter4K to build a horse riding ring on our small hobby farm. The project was challenging because of problems with a high water table. Norm however offered creative solutions allowing[...] read more
Thank you so much for your skill, talent and dedication in rebuilding our new home! [...] read more
We wanted to send you this note of thanks for everything you have done for us over the last 18 months or so. We are extremely satisfied with all of the different projects we engaged you for. The work was completed to our desired specifications in th[...] read more
This is just a note to say how much we are enjoying our pool and wish to thank you and your staff for such a great job in its construction. You are fortunate to have such a dedicated, knowledgeable, and hard working crew. They were always prompt an[...] read more
We have been working with Norm Kneller with Rafter 4K Contracting for the past two years renovation our Kelowna residence. We have been very pleased with the relationship; Norm and his team of contractors are very professional, reliable, trustworthy,[...] read more
Norm and his staff were friendly, accommodating, and very professional. They were great at sticking to timelines and budget. I especially appreciated that they were transparent about any issues or concerns and were honest about all the renovation opt[...] read more
When we decided to build a pool by our house, we decided to choose Rafter4K based on a number of ‘word-of-mouth’ reports we received about their competency. We heard from various sources that they were honest, professional, and reliable. Throu[...] read more
Thank you, so much, for coming to my rescue and doing the pool start – up, servicing, and maintenance on such short notice. You folks are simply fabulous![...] read more
It has been a pleasure to know you and to work with you. The orchard looks hugely better than before. The trees are growing well and we are looking forward to move there in the near future. I must say working with you has been one of my most pleas[...] read more
Just wanted to say thanks for the awesome job you did restoring the footing in our riding arena. You are the fourth company to work on it and the first to get it right. The footing is excellent. We really appreciate your cost efficiency and we wil[...] read more
Just want to let you know how much Shelia and I appreciate your professional and high quality level of service over the past 30 plus years. You have always given us the best service in a timely manner. [...] read more
Thank you for completing my beautiful pool. The wait was worth it. Enclosed is the final payment according to the contract. I understand there will be another invoice to cover the extras due to the river we found underground after excavation and t[...] read more
We can’t tell you how thrilled we are with our new pool and hot tub, and what a pleasure it was working with you again. Your workmanship, attention to detail, level of service and patience were, as always, unsurpassed. We knew it would be after w[...] read more
It has been a pleasure doing business with Norm and your crew. You run a great ship![...] read more
We are happy to provide a reference for Rafter4K. Norm and his crew were consistently helpful and polite, always here when they said they would be, and the work was completed on time, to an excellent standard. In addition, we are finding that pool [...] read more
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the outstanding service we received during our recent pool installation. Brian and I were very impressed by how everything moved along as planned, and on budget! Your employees were both court[...] read more
Thank you for doing such a super job on all the renovations. Your professionalism, courtesy, advice, and helpfulness have been wonderful throughout the process – from start to finish![...] read more
It is without hesitation that we provide this letter of reference for Norm and Sandi Kneller and Rafter4K Contracting. Rafter4K installed a pool and hot tub for us in August 1995. The service we received was friendly, professional, timely, and of t[...] read more
We want to thank you and your crew for a great job on our pool, fencing, and deck. As in 99% of jobs (especially when your client is a bit OCD), it wasn’t all smooth sailing but what matters is that you got the job done right and dealt with any is[...] read more
What I like most about Norm is his approach. Many contractors will tell you what they think but few will take the time to really listen to your ideas. Norm has that ability to listen to what you have to say and then give you alternative points of v[...] read more