What we do

Contemporary House provides high-end Venetian plastering and architectural finishes to Vancouver and the lower mainland of BC. We are contemporary by name and contemporary by nature, constantly evolving and mastering new skills to bring you the best in modern, sleek finishes.

Backed by more than 30 years of experience and the credibility of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, our standards are unparalleled. 

About Christopher Knell

Christopher is based in Vancouver BC and has been in the building industry for over 30 years. His career began with an intensive 3-year apprenticeship in Hampshire, England, after which, in 1989 at the age of 19 he started up his first company with his father. Christopher worked as a skilled stonemason, and lime plasterer and traditional builder under this and other companies for many years until he formed Contemporary House in 1996. Christopher now exclusively works with Venetian Plaster and is a certified Italian lime plaster applicator. His techniques are part of a legacy of skilled European craftsmanship, but his style and passion for design are drawn from more modern sources.

Christopher has worked on numerous commercial and residential projects, transforming ordinary interior and exterior walls, ceilings, bathrooms, kitchens and fireplaces into exceptional pieces of artistry.

Christopher’s aesthetic inspiration comes from his numerous international trips exploring different styles of architecture and design. With each of these experiences he saw what good design and beautiful finishings could facilitate: spaces with depth and beauty to interact with friends and family; walls that can maximize definition, reflect and enrich light sources; and greater style through chic simplicity.

Christopher works with his clients, designers and architects to conceive the unique design concept individualized to the space being transformed. Christopher is fully devoted to each step of the project as layers of plaster are applied using specialized hand tools. The finished results are impeccable.

It is his blend of historic, trusted methods and cutting edge design that makes Contemporary House unique to this day.

About Venetian plaster

Contemporary House based in Vancouver is certified in Venetian plastering, a high-end, natural, lime and crushed marble wall and ceiling finish. All our materials are carefully sourced from companies such as GreenWorks and Tetureline to complete your project to the highest standard.

Lime plaster  Venetian plaster is a wall and ceiling finish consisting of plaster mixed with marble dust and applied with a spatula or trowel in thin, multiple layers, which are then burnished to create a smooth surface with the illusion of depth and texture. Contemporary House offers a range of Venetian plaster application techniques designed to achieve different textures and finishes.

Tadelakt – Natural lime powder and stone granules originating in Morocco, Tadelakt is renowned for its exotic finish. It has a smooth, slightly shiny appearance and is a popular finish in bathrooms.

Intonachino – Natural lime and ground marble. This plaster finish is uniformly rough with slight variations in colour intensity typical of lime-based products.

Marmorino Carrara – Natural lime and crushed marble powder. This finish hails from the Renaissance period and delivers a traditional, marble-like finish with soft colour and subtle shadings. It can be used as an alternative to costly finishes like marble and ceramic.

Marmorino Classic – Natural lime and ground marble Marmorino Classic also offers marble-like finish, with an even finer grain than Marmorino Carrara. It can deliver a high-gloss finish with undetectable workmanship.

Venetian plaster can be easily customized to your project’s specific needs. The colour of the plaster can be selected to precisely match your selected paint colour, and finishes range from traditional to contemporary and coarse to highly glossed.

Previous project samples:

Venetian Plaster Samples