Adding Pizzazz to the Hazelnut Inn Window Trim!

Coastal Enterprises, manufacturers of Precision Board HDU, is proud to host a series of guest blogs written by Dan Sawatzky of Imagination Corporation, posted to the Precision Board Blog on a monthly basis.  This month Dan Sawatzky tells us how he uses 30lb Precision Board HDU to add fine detail to interior or exterior trim on windows (and have some fun while he’s at it!).  His current project is spicing up the trim on some of the windows for the Hazelnut Inn, currently under construction.


In Dan Sawatzky’s own words…

We are making great progress on the Hazelnut Inn project. The carpenters have now finished the concrete work and wood framing and the last of the roof shingles are in progress. That means we can really start to get to business with the detail work at last.

When it comes time for fine detail on interior or exterior trim our first choice is most often 30 lb Precision Board. A current project is a good example. The windows of the Copper Crown suite need to be fancy. It is a castle after all. We looked at many options including rounding the tops of the windows… but after a lot of consideration opted for rectangle windows with lead work between the panes. Above them we would install custom routed panels made from 30 lb Precision Board, of course. There are four windows in the tower which will perch above the master bedroom of the castle and reach a little more than forty feet vertically. Each window transom will sport the initials of a member of Peter and Hailey’s family. It’s a detail that will most likely get seldom noticed but it will be there for those who really look things over.

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The routing files were created in EnRoute and the outer profile matches the edges of the windows. There are four rounded panels on this tower which will bear the initials of Peter, Hailey, Juniper and Henry.  The Precision Board was routed on our MultiCam CNC machine.

The tower is being prefabricated in our studio/shop. The framework is welded steel and will be coated with fiberglass reinforced concrete. We’ll then have the inside sprayed with foam for insulation and then we’ll plaster the inside walls and paint. It will be lifted into place as a finished piece, along with the tower roof, complete with shingles.


We’ll be creating hundreds of detail pieces through the three suites of the Hazelnut Inn over the next year or so… all in the interest of making a unique boutique hotel quite unlike anything else in the world. Stay tuned…


Sawatzky’s Imagination Corporation is a small family company that specializes in the design and creation of dimensional signs and environments. They tackle projects of any size from small signs to entire theme parks. Their work has garnered numerous national and international awards.

Dan Sawatzky is best described as a creative force and visual storyteller extraordinaire. His art career spans almost fifty years of magic. Dan’s passion is to design and create imaginative places that take people from the normal world to a setting of delight and wonder.

Dan has been sharing his progress on the Hazelnut Inn for some time now.  You can read previous blogs below and stay tuned for more updates in the future as this project comes to life, bit by bit!

Dan & Peter Sawatzky’s Fantastical Hazelnut Inn Signs

Making the Hazelnut Inn Model with Precision Board HDU

Building Curved Shapes with Precision Board HDU

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