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Dream Maker B y K elly G r a y When you walk into a new showhome or a neighbour’s renovation project, the wow factor is most often in the details. It’s the attention that went into the crown mouldings, the trim, the wainscoting or the curve of the formal staircase that blow us away. Most of us can see the beauty of these design elements, but getting the job done often means having to know people in the trade or rely on the experience and connections of your builder. Walter Frischbutter wants you to know that creative woodworking is only a call away. Walter Frischbutter operates Winder Woodworks Inc., a quality stair and railing company that he purchased a couple of years back in an effort to bring more to the local market. Already, Walter had been well known as the operator of Fairview Improvements Inc., a company with a solid reputation built over 20 years as finishing carpenters where details were their stock in trade. With Winder Woodworks, he was able to expand his scope into manufacturing, giving him an opportunity to control more of the quality elements that have made him the one builders and contractors call first. Walter’s portfolio is large and impressive. His customers are among the Who’s Who of the building trades and his projects are found in some of Winnipeg’s best addresses. Want to create a home theatre that is all Hollywood or a man cave that screams TSN? Want to make some design changes to that new home after you’ve taken the keys from the builder? How about a home reno where you replace the old staircase with a craftsman built stairway that is more spectacular than simple treads and railing spindles? “The unique and extraordinary are our every day,” he says. “If you can imagine it, we can make it. We have the unique skill sets and the

Artista Homes 43 Bridge Lake Drive technical expertise to bring even wild concepts to life.” He points to examples such as a recent project where a builder asked them to help construct a sports themed home entertainment room. Walter and his team created the room to resemble a hockey rink, complete with board advertising and a replica four sided score console to hang from the ceiling. The end result was the ‘best hockey media room on the planet’ decor package that is a signature of the new home. “Recently, we have had many requests as to whether it is possible to remove stair stubwalls and reinstall wood railing with glass panels or metal spindle inserts, which creates a more open feel to the space. This is absolutely possible,” he says.

“When we see things that are old and tired, we seek to improve the design. A case in point is stairways and railings where there has been little in the way of innovation over the years. In some of our new designs, we have married wood and stainless steel for a new look in railings. When it comes to stairs we have been able to work with architects and homeowners to help them realize their design dreams that at first might appear impossible. Our experience and skill with wood allows us to go that further step that can make a sweeping curve or airy feel without compromising structural integrity.” Walter Frischbutter invites people to bring him their dreams. “I’ll turn them into reality,” he says. For more information visit

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