Premier Home Upgrades Inc. is a family owned and operated construction company, providing high-end kitchen and bathroom remodels throughout Southern Ontario since 2011. Specializing in custom carpentry and millwork, they offer expert installation, as well as quality craftmanship and attention to detail from the initial planning stages right through to the finishing touches.
Owner and Operator Airik Lenz and his team have recently completed several interesting and noteworthy projects, focusing on making their business more environmentally friendly. “Sustainability is important to us” says Airik. “There is something special about creating a piece of furniture or an art piece from century old barn board or wood from the stump of a tree. We have completed quite a few projects lately that are custom, one-of-a-kind pieces made from recycled or reclaimed materials. Not only does this keep these items out of our landfill, it allows us to use our creativity to make custom, one-of-a-kind pieces that have a story to tell.”
One of these projects include a black walnut live edge outdoor bartop, harvested sustainably from a tree that came down in a storm, with legs made from reclaimed cedar that was salvaged from a deck that needed to be removed. “I like this piece because it suits the surroundings”, says Airik. “We took what came from nature and gave it new life. We also created an outdoor shed from white oak that was reclaimed from a heavy-duty commercial freezer pallet. When I saw the pallet was made from solid oak, I broke it down and took it home. Two years later I constructed a timber frame covered entryway using the oak with a dark brown stain. The lighter colored tongue and groove cedar roof lining was reclaimed from an old sauna that I had demolished as part of a remodel”.
The Premier Team have also incorporated their sustainability mantra into a few of their commercial projects, including a recent renovation to an Italian restaurant. They constructed a beautiful, robust preserve shelving unit from timber that came from a 120-year-old barn. After it was cleaned up and clear coated, the result was a rustic yet super solid display that is reminiscent of old Italy and perfectly suits the desired ambiance. “For this project, we also created a gelato bar that was reclaimed from various sources. By salvaging materials from demolition projects, we can give new life to the material and keep it out of landfill” says Airik. ”I love the fact that we are able to create something beautiful, to create a story out of something that would have otherwise been seen as garbage”.
Airik is currently working on a mantle from reclaimed western red cedar that was a load bearing post that had to be removed from a remodel of a 130 year old home, as well as several other furniture projects such as an end table made from a cedar stump that he found in the bush, a bed frame made from cedar scraps that were left over from a deck project, and a fruit boat made from a piece of cherry wood that was destined for the fire pit. “We need to take steps to reduce our carbon footprint and become more aware of what impact home renovations (although necessary) have on our landfills. Purchasing reclaimed products or creating something from leftover materials, donating unwanted items, refacing instead of replacing, or buying pre-owned materials are simple steps we can all take for a more sustainable future. I hope that we can play a small part in making these simple things have a larger impact in the long run”.
Premier Home Upgrades Inc. is based in Halton Hills, Ontario and serves clients throughout Southern Ontario. They pride themselves on exceptional design and craftsmanship, competitive pricing and defined timelines and they offer a quality guarantee on all of their work.
Please visit their website at www.premierhomeupgrades.ca or call Airik Lenz for more information at 647-965-1690
WRITTEN BY: TANYA BOTTOMLEY | RESOURCES: PREMIER HOME UPGRADES INC.