Our Story

From Edinburgh to Invermere with a few stops on route …

Our Approach

We would describe ourselves as a blend of new technology and old-school work ethic. Our goal is to wow you and to create products which will last a lifetime.

Our design aesthetic is often described as a blend of Alpine lodge & contemporary style, but depending on the project we often lean stronger in one direction or the other.

We love to be inspired by our natural surroundings and can often be seen camera in hand looking for unique aspects from daily life.

After graduating university in Edinburgh in 1992 and spending the first 2 years renting with friends from the university ski club which he used to be president of, Barry decided to get on the property ladder. Unfortunately unlike some of his friends he couldn’t afford anything fancy … so rather opted to buy a wee flat built in 1780 in the heart of the city which needed a lot of work. After gutting the whole place and moving some rooms around this became home for the next 18 months … but also he was now addicted to the home renovation / remodeling life.

Fast forward a few years; 4 renovated properties, 4 years spent working in California & 3 corporate jobs and it was now time for a new challenge. The opportunity to work in Sydney during the 2000 Summer Olympics presented itself. This then lead to 6 months in Paris (France) with the same company, which in turn lead to 2 years in the Netherlands, 6 months in the French Alps & 3 years in London. However it was during an extended ski trip in the winter of 2002 that he fell in love with Canada … the rest is basically history. Three weeks after finalizing his residency Barry started Advent Home Solutions as a one-man home renovation company. The opening of the Advent cabinet shop in Squamish, BC followed & this is where we operated until 2018 serving clients in Vancouver, Squamish & Whistler.

In December 2018 we relocated the company to Invermere, BC … this was an opportunity to focus more on the true passion … creating unique woodwork designs / products as well as enjoying a smaller community & the opportunity to live in resort on the mountain in Panorama where he teaches skiing part-time in the winter.

Meet “the team”

As we said before we are the definition of a small business; currently it’s a team of 3 … me, myself & I … oh, plus Pumpkin of course … mustn’t forget her!

Barry Thomson

Founder, Cabinet Guy, Chief of Everything Advent related

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland … I recently relocated to Invermere, BC from Squamish (on the west coast near Vancouver). I now live in Panorama (to be close to the ski hill), but the Advent workshop is in the business park in Invermere down in the valley. Since leaving Scotland in 1996 I have spent time in Australia, Netherlands, California, France, London (England) but I have called Canada home since 2003. My university degree from 1992 is in Manufacturing Engineering / Industrial Design. If I’m not in the workshop or on a client site then chances are I’ll be on the ski slopes (in winter) or hiking / biking the trails (in summer) or at my computer … wherever I am I try to do everything with a passion and plenty old school work ethic.


Head of Moral Support

Next Steps…

Reach out however you wish … click the CONTACT US button over here on the right to get hold of us via email, phone or feel free to drop by the workshop if you’re in the Invermere area. Often best to call ahead just to make sure we are not off to a supplier or a client site.