west­coast mom Rebecca Watt

west­coast Rebecca Watt fine wood worker

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when seven-year-old Os­car and

his three-year-old brother El­liot their coats on kid-level coat come home, they hang

hooks, and then head over to a with snacks and plates spe­cially

to make de­signed snack shelf make their them­selves some­thing to eat. “own choices, and they like The kids like be­ing able to

the re­spon­si­bil­ity,” says their “and when ev­ery­thing is at their wood­work­ing mother Rebecca level they have no ex­cuse to not

Watt, our small space tidy.” hang up their own coats. It helps

keep Rebecca is some­what of an ex­pert

in this re­gard, hav­ing ren­o­vated more, from multi-mil­lion dol­lar

a few houses and worked on many man­sions to cozy con­dos with tak­ing a wood­work­ing her hus­band Phil, whom she met and joinery pro­gram at BCIT. “Af­ter in while

art school I dis­cov­ered that most jobs in the art world were ad­min­is­tra­tive, of the steady the and I re­ally wanted to work with Women in Trades pro­gram at my hands.” She en­rolled in

BCIT where the stu­dents spent plumb­ing, to air­craft main­te­nance, time work­ing in var­i­ous trades

to joinery, and it was the from she de­cided she’d like cab­i­netry to end and wood­work­ing in­dus­try where

up. “Un­like art, which is so sub­jec­tive, ei­ther do it or you can’t, and I like with a wood­work­ing job, you

that.” can Though the ap­pren­tic­ing was

tough, Rebecca proved tougher, for a few years un­til baby and the cou­ple worked in sep­a­rate

Os­car ar­rived on the scene. With shops and Phil had to de­cide the new fam­ily mem­ber to look

what their ca­reers would look out for, Rebecca to go out on like if they wanted their own. “We both more flex­i­bil­ity, and they de­cided

can’t imag­ine go­ing back to work Their for other peo­ple.” com­pany, sim­ply called Phil &

Rebecca Watt, fo­cuses on cus­tom so­lu­tions for small spa­ces in homes.

built-ins, kitchens, and in­no­va­tive “We do lots of bench ar­eas, nooks renos—projects that are too small

and cab­i­nets for new houses and for com­pa­nies like those we used When to work for. ” they have spare time, which isn’t

of­ten, the cou­ple like to pro­duce al­ways ren­o­vat­ing their own home, their own fur­ni­ture, and they

which they like to keep small are Rebecca has lots of good ad­vice but very func­tional for a fam­ily

when it comesto cre­at­ing of four. a small foot­print. func­tional and creative spa­ces for

“For us, be­cause we live in a smaller fam­i­lies within and have a place space, it’s im­por­tant for ev­ery­thing. This to pare down our be­long­ings

is key for kids be­cause they need and then put it back af­ter. I ro­tate to be able to find what they want

toys and things in and out of their is fresh and ex­cit­ing again, and room. Af­ter two months, the thing

you can have less things that way.” Know­ing your kids’ per­son­al­i­ties

and what they need is also a con­cern. with lots of bins, and has been Her kids’ room is equipped

de­signed with each in­di­vid­ual also needs a place where in mind. “Os­car is artis­tic, and he

he can be quiet away from his desk in a cor­ner lit­tle brother, where he can so we have a tiny school

do his own thing, and that is his and El­liot’s bed and his things

space. Os­car’s bed is up higher, are at a level where they are reach­able As by him.” the kids grow, so will what they

need fr om their en­vi­ron­ment, happy to ac­com­mo­date their and Rebecca and Phil are

chang­ing needs with new and pretty spoiled when it in­no­va­tive comes to so­lu­tions. “Our kids are

fur­ni­ture.” Phil re­cently suf­fered a work­place

ac­ci­dent that in­jur ed his hand re­cov­ery) and Rebecca was able badly (he will mak e a full

to step up and fin­ish their projects back in the game. With a strong on her own un­til he gets

part­ner­ship in their busi­ness and help but suc­ceed, and Os­car and

fam­ily, this crafty cou­ple can’t El­liot can con­tinue to reap the funky fur­ni­ture in their en­vi­rons.

ben­e­fits of a flex­i­ble fam­ily and Check out some of their work

at www.phi­lan­drebecca.com.

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