It was through word of mouth that we heard of Christopher Knell. He met us on site in the early days of our renovation. Although we had set ideas of how we were going to handle the fireplace and surrounding walls, after speaking with him and listening to his fresh ideas we decided to give him an opportunity to present his concept to us. We also discussed an entry staircase wall with him. Not only did he show us sample boards of his work but he took us on a tour of his work which is on display at Living Space. After selecting from the colour palette and the styles of plaster from his custom sample boards specifically made for our condo, he visited our place several times to work out meticulously how and when would be the opportune time during the project to work on the walls and what preparations were required from our contractor. While working his magic he earned respect from all the trades who happen to be on site during the 3 weeks he worked on our project. He also gave us some good advice of how to finish off other aspects of our living / dining room area. He is most articulate and together with his presentation and sample boards, our son was able to Photoshop an accurate rendition of the finished space and we were not disappointed. Christopher is a delight to work with, very knowledgeable and skilled in his field – a true artist.
Adele and David Cohen
I have known Christopher Knell for nearly 10 years and have grown to understand his philosophy in regard to work ethic and his wonderful skill in Venetian lime plaster finishes, which he creates in custom homes and high-end commercial projects. I myself have been able to become friends and over time exchanging ideas and traditional methods that are unquestionable true to European standards and as a qualified British tradesman he excels in the field. When a client wants only the best in plaster wall finishes he stands alone. In my opinion Chris is probably one of the top lime plasters in the world and he stands out head and shoulders above the competition, literally in both quality and personal execution of the project. Many companies build reputation initially and as they grow quality it is hard to maintain with adding and training staff, with Chris you know you are getting a sustained quality installation every time. There are very few tradesmen that go the extra mile, it’s what’s called integrity and Chris has it in spades. Long may he prosper as Contemporary House, creating unique finishes on his pallet – that being his clients walls and ceilings.”
Internationally recognized Lime specialist (Textureline and Protek)
“Christopher Knell from Contemporary House was recommended to me by Livingspace to create a feature wall in my two-floor condo in a black Tadelakt finish. I was so impressed by Chris’s work that I asked him to complete all the walls in my condo. This included a kitchen back splash, steam shower room, bath and vanity area, as well as a second shower room. Chris s a true artist and his work is amazing. He has a great work ethics and it was an absolute pleasure to work with him.”
” My wife and I are truly thrilled with the work that Chris and Jamie of the Contemporary House have completed in our beautiful home. They have magically transformed our house far beyond our best expectation. It is a rare pleasure to collaborate with professionals – artisans – who have this level of skill, vast experience and an immaculate work ethic with true care for detail and quality. Chris and Jamie gave our character-filled farm house a breathtaking make-over, plastering the walls, restoring a central adobe wall into a real beauty, and creating absolute perfection within the 2 bathrooms and 2 showers. Whenever a technical challenge would present itself, Chris’s expansive experience and knowledge allowed him him to go to the root of the issue, coming up with just the right solution to take the action needed to fix the root of the problem. Not only is Chris a very talented plasterer, he is also an experienced builder, which gives him and his team an invaluable advantage within any environment they are hired to work in. Over all, the quality of the work is outstanding and the work ethic of the team is beyond admirable. Last but not least they have a great sense of humour which create an inspiring work atmosphere”. We are looking to buy another house so we can work with them again
David and Zuzana Marchandise
“Artistry is the synthesis of piercing vision, prophetic scope, mastery of material, and command in execution. Christopher Knell of Contemporary House is the distillation of all these assets. From initiation through to completion, Christopher Knell brought everything within him to truly create a unified and seamless show piece that dramatically transformed the retail storefront while adhering to the minimalist design intent. I had the honour to witness and be educated by this artisan which will always be imprinted in my memory. There is without a doubt that Christopher Knell is passionate about his craft, the people he connects and works with, and the development of venetian plaster as a paramount finish and language in our developing interior landscape.”
Evan Broens, Oak and Fort Project Manager
“I was extremely fortunate to have crossed paths with Chris Knell on a project a couple of years ago. Since then, his crew has work tirelessly for me on a variety of challenging construction projects. Chris brings to the job site his professionalism, knowledge, and sense of humour! Chris’ tremendous insight, creativity, and patience when working with designers and clients to complete his Venetian plaster masterpieces is an asset. Our team has thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with Chris and his crew at Contemporary House, and I happily look forward to working with them on future projects.
Bryan Madu, Brycon Construction Ltd.
“My wife and I found that Chris was a very creative, talented and dedicated plaster specialist. We described the design idea for feature walls in our Vancouver apartment to Chris and, although he hadn’t produced this precise effect for any previous client, he returned with a sample board that worked so perfectly (on his first attempt!), that we were quite astounded. When completing the work he communicated extremely well concerning all practical issues, presented us with no surprises with respect to costs and left the worksite neat and clean each day. Despite some initial challenges with arriving at the desired result, Chris continued to rework the plaster feature walls until in the end we were all quite thrilled with the elegant and dramatic result. We truly appreciate his professionalism, talent and dedication.
Teryl Mullock, Architect AIBC
“During the construction of the Blue Martini Jazz Cafe we were introduced to Chris from Contemporary House. This company specializes in Venetian Plaster. We did the plaster to three feature walls in the restaurant – Chris is a true artist and did a fantastic job – we often receive compliments. The look is very modern with a European flavour. We can’t thank Chris enough for a job well done!
Dan, Blue Martini Jazz Cafe
“We hired Chris to do some walls for us in Venetian plaster for our furniture showroom. The result blew us away. Not only is Chris a highly experienced technician/builder he is also an artist with an incredible good eye for design. I especially love that the plaster is a natural product and will last for centuries. He was such a pleasure to work with and left us with an incredible work of art. I highly recommend him. Thank you Chris!”
Jason Hawkins, West Coast Wood Slabs
“Christopher Knell buys his lime plasters from us. We absolutely love working with him and are lucky enough to have some of his beautiful work in our shop. His artistic walls gives a truly unique finish for each project he works on. We have recommended him to many clients and have had nothing but fantastic feedback from his customers.
Moriah, Greenworks Building Supply