Just like humans, not all animals' needs are the same. Depending on both the area you have to work with and the specific needs of your four-legged family members, we can construct a variety of accessory buildings to suit, from a simple shelter protecting them from the Okanagan elements to elaborate kennels or multi-stalled facilities. Put simply, we can construct dreams for animals too.
Buildings that house your animals require some special considerations, including appropriate ventilation and food storage areas. Along with this, plumbing can be installed for automatic waterers, or maybe a dog wash if you’re more interested in a home kennel. The option of including heated tack rooms and washroom facilities are also something to consider in the construction of these accessory buildings. Finally, if you have any equipment, why not include space to work on it? Keeping your equipment in good shape is an important part of taking care of your animals, so we will consider this when designing your accessory building with you.
What should you build your barn or other animal shelter out of? The two standard options are wood or steel, each with their own pros and cons. A wooden structure provides some natural insulation and climate control as wood absorbs and releases moisture, however they are also more prone to provide a home for bugs and pests. On the other hand, steel structures tend to be less expensive and fire resistant, however they may not be as comfortable for you animals. Our team would be happy to chat with you to help decide what option is right for you and your animals!
Something else to consider when building or renovating a barn or stable is the option of incorporating a suite. These buildings are often built with lots of room in the loft, and converting this area to a cozy living space makes your accessory building dual purpose. These loft spaces may allow for secondary living areas, or are also popular as specialty vacation rentals in the Kelowna area! Whatever you imagine for this area, we are happy to work with you to make your vision a reality.
Backyard sheds can be as simple or as detailed as you would like. Maybe you want somewhere to store your gardening supplies or camping gear, or you are thinking as straightforward as a woodshed. If you have a bigger property, incorporating a seacan into your storage shed is an option that both enhances durability and security, while also being water and fireproof. No matter what, designing your storage shed appropriately can help extend its lifespan and make it as functional as possible. Another thing to consider with backyard sheds is building permits. Depending on where you live and the size of your backyard, certain sizes of storage sheds require permits, while others don't. Our team has the knowledge to help you determine if this is something you need to factor into your decision making.
Rafter 4K, Norm and all his team have been super reliable, honest over the 8 years they have worked on our house. Their work is always so meticulous, speedy, and beautiful. The guys are friendly, trustworthy, and clean! Plus, they always respected my[...] read more
Rafter 4K project managed our pool installation. Throughout the entire project, they were professional, organized and on time. The installation crew were incredible. Our worksite was very small and came with some obstacles that required careful consi[...] read more
From the first meetings with Norm to the last plumbing installation, the renovations were top notch. There were no large delays in the work and if there were construction challenges, we were notified in a timely fashion as to the issues and the possi[...] read more
We cant say enough about this company. From our initial meeting with Norm to the work performed by, Curtis, Devon, Ryan and Leesa. They are truly a group of professionals that do outstanding quality work. They answered all of our questions throughout[...] read more
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
Rafter 4K Contracting Ltd. provided us with renovation and new build services, which included a garage, gym, roof extension and front entry doors. Norm went above and beyond to make our build project a success. He has a wealth of knowledge and experi[...] read more
Trying to manage a project of the size we were faced with is daunting enough if you live in the area. When you live in Ontario it becomes a little overwhelming. The day we meet Norm Kneller of Rafter 4k Contracting my life changed dramatically. From [...] 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