We’re excited to announce our newest team member, Gary Paquin. Previously working for companies such as McCoy Millwork, Rejuvenation and Jack of the Woods Construction, Gary has been working in the home industry for over 15 years.
“I started as a carpenter and have always had a strong interest in historic restoration, finish carpentry and architectural history. I’ve spent the last 7+ years in the waste management industry. I’m ready to get back to my happy place at Versatile,” says Gary.
Another cool fact about Gary is that he and Richard, Versatile’s owner, are longtime friends.
“I met Richard shortly after he and Anne moved to Portland. We worked together at Serendipity Center: a school for troubled kids. We became fast friends and have been close ever since. I was the best man at their wedding,” says Gary.
Gary also runs a podcast with his friend Jeff Peart.
“It’s just two guys talking and trying to be funny. Been doing it for over two years. It’s a lot of fun,” says Gary.
“As the Business Development Manager, Gary will be helping our clients learn more about our product. At Versatile Wood Products, we know our company is only as good as our people. Which is why we are so excited to have Gary join our team!” says Richard De Wolf, Versatile company owner and CEO.
We’re excited to learn more about Gary Paquin as he gets into his new role with Versatile. Stay tuned for a more in-depth post on Gary and his work with Versatile coming soon!
Versatile Wood Products is proud to present our new line INGENUITY™, semi-custom solid wood windows designed to match period and antique home styles. When it comes to renovating historical architecture, it can be costly when modern commercial off the shelf products do not fit the original design. We created this line with historic properties in mind, featuring period-appropriate details and traditional construction. From Victorian to Mid-Century, INGENUITY™ offers top quality and value.
The Koehler Family Craftsman Home
Versatile Wood Products’ first customer for the INGENUITY™ historical window line is the Koehler Family in Portland, Oregon. Every home has a story. This 1911 Craftsman has a newer addition in the rear of the house, which means construction that varies from the original methods. Modern framing uses wider lumber. With INGENUITY™, we offer jamb depths (including extensions in any size) that will work with any wall thickness, from any era.
The INGENUITY™ window line was created to offer a competitively priced solid wood, handmade window with the versatility needed to address most any building scenario. Streamlining the design choices reduced manufacturing costs and makes specifying simple.Most importantly, INGENUITY™ windows were designed to maintain that period look and feel of the original home that commercial-off-the-shelf windows cannot provide.Preserving Portland’s architectural beauty is all in the details.
INGENUITY™ Historical Window Assembly
Seen here, Craftsman Henry assembles the sash weights to the INGENUITY™ windows.The Koehler family upgraded to traditional weight-and-pulley balances for the double-hung windows. INGENUITY™ windows can come as individual units, or mulled together with a continuous subsill. This effort required double and quad units in addition to singletons.
INGENUITY™ Hardware Systems
INGENUITY™ hardware systems come in oil rubbed bronze, chrome, nickel and brass (polished or satin available for nickel and brass). These pulleys are as elegant as they are robust, with sash lifts and locks to coordinate.
Come See US!
Versatile is not your average commercial off-the-shelf window manufacturer. We provide historically accurate windows made by hand, in Portland Oregon, that are built to fit any original window opening.Want to keep your original jamb? We offer inserts with spring balance operation as well, which install in a snap without having to demo your original woodwork. Looking for casements or picture windows? Divided lights, or obscured glass? INGENUITY™ has a design solution for you. Our experienced team specializes in balancing original period designs with modern technology and has created a repeatable process to create economical alternatives, whatever your design needs.
Come see our showroom at 2303 N. Randolph Ave., Portland, OR 97227
Mon – Fri 7:30 am – 4:00 pm