2016 Home Builder Blitz

A cabinet maker with over three decades of experience, Lyle Harrison founded Wolf Creek Cabinets in Lacombe, Alberta, where he focuses primarily on cabinetry work for private homes. Alongside his work in Lacombe, Lyle Harrison donates to nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.

Beginning on June 6th, 2016, Habitat for Humanity will celebrate Home Builders Blitz. This five-day event brings professional builders from across the country and local Habitat chapters together to build and restore homes through volunteer efforts and donations.

The first Home Builders Blitz took place in 2002, when North Carolina custom home builder Tom Gipson partnered with the Habitat for Humanity of Wake County to build 12 homes in five days. Today, the Home Builders Blitz not only constructs new houses, but it also renovates already-existing homes in need of repairs.

For more information about the program or to make a donation to support this work, visit http://www.habitat.org.

Wolf Creek Cabinets Wins CKCA Design Award in Small Kitchens

Veteran cabinetmaker Lyle Harrison owns and operates Wolf Creek Cabinets LTD in Lacombe, Alberta. He founded the company in 1993 following 13 years at Tiara Cabinets and Stettler Custom Cabinets, where he honed his skills in production and craftsmanship. Lyle Harrison and his Lacombe company have since been recognized by the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association (CKCA) for success in the field of cabinetry.

In 2011, Wolf Creek Cabinets won a design award from the CKCA in the category of small kitchens. The family-owned business’ submission, which featured photographs and a design statement, was judged on creativity, aesthetics, and integration of design principles.

Wolf Creek Cabinets accepted the accolade during the association’s inaugural design competition, recognizing that in addition to design, fabrication and cutting-edge engineering played a vital role in creating a visually appealing kitchen. Additionally, the company stated that Wolf Creek focuses on functionality as much as beauty, and in doing so, is able to maximize the efficiency and quality of its residential projects.

Most Popular Wood Types for Cabinets

An accomplished cabinetmaker with more than three decades of experience, Lyle Harrison is founder and owner of Wolf Creek Cabinets in Lacombe, Alberta. Lyle Harrison founded the company after moving to Lacombe and recognizing a need for high-quality, custom designed and built cabinetry in the area.

Cabinets are made with a variety of materials, but one of the most popular materials is natural wood, which can last for several decades. The following are a few of the most commonly used types of wood.

-Maple: Offering tight and uniform grain patterns, maple cabinets often have a consistent appearance. Maple is normally a light wood, making it a good match for stains, and is popular for custom cabinets. In addition to its versatility and contemporary appearance, maple is known for being very sturdy.

Cherry: A slightly softer wood, cherry is easy to work with. The wood often catches the eye with its red hues and, rather than fading with sunlight, it often becomes a deep red over time. Although the grain in cherry wood tends to be more random, it is very tight and still allows for smooth finishes.

Hickory: One of the sturdiest woods used for cabinets, hickory is well known for its unique grain patterns. It is easy to stain and provides kitchens with a more rustic appearance. Given the large range of hickory species, the wood is available in a variety of shades and colors.

Oak: Highly resistant to damage, oak wood has one of the most recognizable appearances due to its dense grain patterns. Staining oak creates a wood with varying color grades, and its abundance makes it one of the least expensive choices for cabinets.