A Day in the Life at Dovetail - Summer 2017


At any given time, we're building about ten different projects, all in different stages of construction. Read on to learn more about a selection of our current work. 

Whidbey Island: Smuggler's Cove Residence

We are wrapping up finish carpentry and about to hand over the keys to the owner. Designed by MW | Works, there's a lovely vignette around each corner and beautiful details everywhere you look. 

Carpenter Pat Egan cutting trim for finish carpentry under the cantilevering roof.  

Carpenter Pat Egan cutting trim for finish carpentry under the cantilevering roof.  

Left: Glass front entry door with custom steel and leather handle. Right: stained cedar siding with a rough sawn cedar boardwalk that leads to the front door.  

Lead carpenter Justin Sabala (L) and project manager Chad Rollins discuss finish details in the teak and alder kitchen, with an absolute granite counter top and a cedar slat ceiling. 

Lead carpenter Justin Sabala (L) and project manager Chad Rollins discuss finish details in the teak and alder kitchen, with an absolute granite counter top and a cedar slat ceiling. 

Left: The house is situated at a clearing at the edge of the woods. A south-facing bank of windows illuminates the kitchen and dining room. Right: Past the kitchen is the living room with a basalt stone fireplace. 

A bedroom surrounded by forest views. 

A bedroom surrounded by forest views. 

Left: The plaster and teak slat hallway that leads to the master suite. Right: The last of the blue tape in the master bath, with a teak vanity and shower floor, plaster walls, and cedar ceiling. 


Perkins Lane Residence

It's a hub of activity at our Magnolia project, designed by Coats Design Architecture. We're in the finish stages as carpenters install kitchen cabinetry and we pour concrete exterior decks. 

We've completed the exterior stucco siding and are applying the clear vertical grain cedar siding above the garage. 

We've completed the exterior stucco siding and are applying the clear vertical grain cedar siding above the garage. 

Left: The newly installed kitchen cabinetry, fabricated in Dovetail's wood shop. The cabinets are stained rift sawn white oak with a quartz counter top. Right: The stone tiled wall of the living room with fireplace. 

Simul-snapping: carpenters snap floating walnut panels to the ceiling in the dining room. 

Simul-snapping: carpenters snap floating walnut panels to the ceiling in the dining room. 

Left: View of Puget Sound and Bainbridge Island from a second floor bedroom. Right: In the master bath, carpenter Bryan Pederson measures a half-wall in preparation for trim.  

Concrete skills: we self perform much of our architectural concrete. Here, concrete foreman Rene Cruz Garcia trowels out the freshly poured concrete on the second floor deck. 

Concrete skills: we self perform much of our architectural concrete. Here, concrete foreman Rene Cruz Garcia trowels out the freshly poured concrete on the second floor deck. 

Finished with the concrete pour, superintendent Bret Christopherson and crew work quickly to clear curing concrete from the hose. 

Finished with the concrete pour, superintendent Bret Christopherson and crew work quickly to clear curing concrete from the hose. 


C&C Loft Apartments

Located on Old Ballard Ave, we're constructing two new loft apartments atop a historic building, designed by Richartz Studios. Currently, we're prepping to install casework and finishes. 

Left: We're nearing completion of the exterior stucco siding, which wraps around the old brick building like a nurse log. Right: the back decks and floor to ceiling window walls have views of the Ballard Locks and the Puget Sound. 

The windows and French doors of the master bedroom in the east unit. 

The windows and French doors of the master bedroom in the east unit. 

Left: Master bath in the west unit. Right: Master bath in the east unit. 

Carpenters frame out an interior window between the living room and recording studio. 

Carpenters frame out an interior window between the living room and recording studio. 


Klotski Building

Located in industrial Ballard, the Klotski building is a ground-up mixed use structure designed by Graham Baba Architects. We've finished interior framing, are installing the roof, and are beginning rough-in for electrical and plumbing services. 

Left: The front facade with Quantum windows on the ground floor and Fleetwood windows above. We're framing the parapet on the third floor. Right: The back facade where we've completed installing the windows and waterproofing the sheathing. 

We're finishing up the metal framing on the ground floor, which will be a tap room. 

We're finishing up the metal framing on the ground floor, which will be a tap room. 

Installing the metal flashing on the front exterior. 

Installing the metal flashing on the front exterior. 

Left: An interior courtyard on the third floor draws in lots of light and creates different indoor-outdoor spaces. Right: Framed by the structural moment framing, a third floor deck hosts a BBQ area.