HR Pacific has been dazzling the construction industry for years with their innovative homes, even winning awards from around the continent.
Yet owner David Ratzlaff, who already has 36 years in the construction business, had always wanted to expand on the company’s offerings, giving their customers a one-stop shop for creating their dream homes.
“I’ve always wanted to put a design build team together,” said Ratzlaff. This fall he got his wish when he teamed up with Interior Designer Rebecca Rogers, and Timberframe designer Don Samuelson to open up a design studio under the HR Pacific banner.
“I believe in good design, first and foremost. And I think this is the best way to deliver that to our clients,” he added.
Although this had always been a vision of Ratzlaff, it was when fate dropped one piece of the puzzle into his lap that the idea really took off. After moving to Golden in the summer of 2015, Rodgers was hired by HR Pacific as the company’s office manager and brought with her an extensive Interior Design background which included an education from the Art Institute of Vancouver.
Rodgers had worked in design firms in Vancovuer, including running her own company, Rebecca Rodgers Interior Design, but found the city wasn’t where she wanted to be.
“I’m really happy to be able to offer professional design services in Golden,” she said. “With this design studio I can help clients with whatever they want, even if it’s just picking paint colours. What I really do is help you zone in on what it is you want.”
Unlike some designers who try to push their own taste on their clients, Rogers believes that a designer’s job is to help you create a space that you love, and that your home should always reflect who you are.
“It really doesn’t matter what your budget is, or how big and expensive your home is. I want people to have a living space that they love and feel comfortable in. Everybody deserves that,” she said.
Now that Ratzlaff had two thirds of his dream team, he began seeking the last piece of the puzzle. Through online advertising, he found Samuelson, a 30-year veteran in the industry who has a diploma in Architectural Technology.
“I’ve been involved in the design and production of many types of projects from skyscrapers, schools, government buildings, and recreation centres to residential projects,” said Samuelson. “I’ve always had a keen interest in timber building design, and have been designing timberframe homes since 1993.”
“Don has actually done quite a bit of work in Golden and area, so it was a perfect fit,” added Ratzlaff.
A mountain town like Golden is the perfect setting for the kind of design that Samuelson specializes in, but that wasn’t the only reason he jumped on the chance to be part of the design team.
“From a work point of view, I enjoy the challenge of designing homes for mountain building sites, taking advantage of the views, and working with the people who call the mountains their home,” he said. “With the design studio setup, I believe everyone benefits including the client and the service providers.”
Of course that does not mean that the HR Pacific Design Studio will only be building million-dollar timberframe homes. They can meet the design needs for any taste and any budget.
HR Pacific Design Studio is located at HR Pacific’s office in town, has all the resources a client needs to put together their dream homes, from paint, wood and tile samples, to plumbing and lighting options and digital resources that can help you visualize the finished product.
“There is a lot of information to be decided when building a home or doing a renovation, more than people realize, and we want people to know that an Interior Designer can make all the difference,” said Rodgers.
“Now I can say I have the full team, and we can give our customers the best possible experience,” said Ratzlaff.