Completion of unfinished basement

Completion of unfinished basement

A couple with an older house but surprisingly dry basement wanted it finished with a bedroom with closets, bathroom, laundry and furnace room. While the ceiling was low in parts due to duct work, SCL designed the best possible use of space, laid out a plan for the homeowners, then built and finished the basement to code — with ESA certified electrical. Spray-foamed walls ensure the entire space stays warm all winter and keeps any moisture out. Efficient LED lighting and heated floors in the bathroom add coveted finishing touches.





24 x 16 deck

img_0784A cottage owner who’s old deck rotted away requested a design and build replacement. This 24 x 16 deck with a 45-degree angle and simple steps to allow for maximum deck space was made from treated pine. Steps have mitered corners and top is “picture framed” to conceal all cuts from the top boards. Built on 6×6 posts on 12-inch concrete tubes supported by 2×12 cross beams and 2×8 joists, this deck will last 25 years or more.

Custom dining hutch

Designed and built by Derek McNaughton, this stout and sturdy 75-inch wide by 88-inch tall all-pine four-door hutch is made to exacting standards. Painted cloud white, with clear pine backing, the interior cupboards are left unpainted for a natural pine smell every time one of the doors is opened.

Custom, hand-built pine dining hutch in Craftsman style, designed and finished by Derek McNaughton

Services …

Sutherland Construction Ltd. is a small, Ottawa-based home renovation company led by Derek Sutherland McNaughton, who specializes in providing high-quality craftsmanship at low cost. Quality means every job, no matter how small, must be perfect — perfectly square, plumb or level, perfectly cut and trimmed or mitered with no gaps, spaces or messy finishes — perfectly true to plan.

If it’s not perfect, it’s not done. Only perfect will do.

With several years of carpentry and construction experience, Sutherland Construction would be happy to complete any of the following for your home or property:

• Demolition, framing, structural
• Free-standing or built-in cabinets, TV units, bookcases or shelving units
• Updates and repairs to homes in preparation to be sold
• Decks, fences, gates
• Baseboard trim, crown moldings, casings, other window and door trim
• Window and door installation
• Insulation, drywall, painting
• Minor plumbing, including sinks, taps and toilets
• Minor electrical, including lights, outlets and fixtures
• Yard work, including tree service
• Hauling, towing and scrap removal.

Call 613-301-4939 or send an email to:

See below for a selection of previously completed projects.