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It's Not Just Figurative Talk

At Lopez Contracting and Design, to Finish Means to Seal

What does it mean to finish a project?

At Lopez Contracting and Design, to finish means to seal, and that’s not just figurative talk. At our workshop’s state of the art finish booth, we regularly seal our product into a beautiful and immortalized time capsule, primed to withstand the passage of time and the pressure of the elements.

Our service fulfills all sub-scopes of finishing, be it for sanding, priming, staining, or a resin finish. With the help of our state-of-the-art finishing booth, we’re able to transform wood or metal into a product worth showing off. Our products can take on any incarnations, be it glossy, matte, or satin. Our expertise in texture means we transform the character of the material itself! Wood can carry the specter of a glassy touch, or stone can be encased in a frozen epoxy river. At our shop, finishing is a kind of illusion magic!

When it comes to artisan landscape structures like pergolas or sheds, don’t let the name mislead you, finishing is actually the second from last step to completion. Our spray booth is provisioned for prefabricated assembly. Through our eclectic team and its diverse skill set, we’re able to design, fabricate, and finish most structures in our workshop, meaning you can see your dream project be trucked, assembled, and installed at your property before your eyes in no time!

When it comes to furnishings, our finishing booth works symbiotically with various other departments at our shop, and this novel synergy allows for efficiency, speed, and precision which is a cut above the rest. Take for example our live-edge tables. Our sourcing and kilning departments are equipped to bring completely seasoned and craft-ready pieces of choice lumber to our doorstep. Our fabrication booth, similarly, works with the live edge piece to create perfect metal hardware compliments.

Now that the table is sturdy and seasoned, our finishing booth can work its magic immediately, uncovering a piece that is unique, stunning, and durable to last the ages. Each piece is a potential heirloom, which, with it’s exterior-grade seasoning and finish, can brave the elements and passage of time with an eternally pristine freshness.

Our finishing team is also ever ready to work on the field. Whether your gazebo needs a touch-up, or your house needs a new colour-mood, our staff are eager to be of service with maximum integrity. One of our driving passions is seeing our project come to fruition, and with finishing in particular, each structure time and again transcends into a graceful art installation.

Given our woodworking background, our finishing department does not see flaws in any piece, only opportunities. We’re able to fill in any cracks or gaps in the wood with beautiful resin work, reinforce any table with splines, or create the illusion of a glacier or magma stream right on your family dining table.

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Our Triple Crown Philosophy

Some years ago, I innately understood that a building structure should have three important attributes. First, it should be structurally sound. Second, it should be aesthetically pleasing. Third, it should be attainable or affordable. Ever since, I have strived to make everything I do worthy of this triple crown of excellence.

During a ferry ride to Vancouver, I saw my young son had drawn Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man in my notebook. To my surprise, my son’s sketch led me to discover the historic importance of this idea. This world-famous sketch of a man in a circle, his arms outstretched in two different overlapping poses, has become iconic. A Wikipedia search showed me how Da Vinci was inspired by proportions described by Vitruvius in his ancient treatise of De Architectura.

Vitruvius was arguably the greatest architect in history. His work is the only major surviving publication on architecture from classical antiquity. It was written for Emperor Augustus, made famous in the Bible for his census which brought Jesus’ parents to Bethlehem. Eminent Roman architects such as Vitruvius were skilled in engineering, art, and craftsmanship. As an army engineer himself, Vitruvius had overseen all manner of building and construction for wars and settlements across Europe and North Africa.

The most famous maxim of Vitruvius was that architecture should embody three qualities: utilitias, firmitas, and venustas. In English, this means that great handiwork should be useful, sturdy, and with beautiful proportions. (Just imagine what Venus, the goddess of love, might look like.)

I was delighted and not disappointed to find out that my idea was old and not new. It gives me more motivation than ever to offer you the product of a triple crown craftsman: sturdy, useful, and beautiful work at a reasonable price.