Gun Vaults, Secure storage, art and jewelry collections

Gun Vaults, Weapon Vaults, Secure Storage Vaults, Hidden Rooms, Art and Jewelry Collections.

If you have any sort of collection of armaments, art, jewelry, metals, or any collectible valuable item, it represents an investment, both financially and sentimental. If you inherited weapons or collection pieces, then the sentimental value is probably much higher than the financial value.

Why not protect that investment?

Time and again, gun owners and collectors spend thousands of dollars on their weapons and collectables, but balk and shy away from investing in their protection and safe keeping. This kind of thinking just doesn’t make any logical sense.

Thieves are not deterred much by a stand alone safe. Many times, they will simply wrap a chain around it and hook it to their truck and just simply rip it right out of the house through the wall, drag it away, and cut it open later. The owner has now lost his safe, the contents, and suffered significant damage to the house.

Many other safes, the “economical” cheap safes are little more than a glorified tin can, and just as easy to break into. And they offer zero protection against fire, water, or elemental damage.

If you have committed significant financial and emotional investment into your collection, whether it be arms, jewelry, metals, art, or whatever it is that you deem valuable, it makes sense to protect it. Protect it from theft, weather, the elements, temperature and humidity, fire, etc.

A good quality stand alone safe is worth is every penny. I can personally testify to that. Back in 2007, I had a structure fire at the place I was living at the time. It was a total loss. Everything burned to the ground to ash. Despite the fire department being a mere two miles away, and the fire hydrant only 200 yards down the street, they were unable to put the fire out in time and could only mop up and douse the ashes.

I had a gun collection worth easily $40,000 and about 20,000 rounds of ammunition in that fire. I was sure I had lost it all.

Browning Platinum Safe after structure fire

Browning Platinum Safe after structure fire. Last safe standing.


The safe in the picture is a Browning Platinum series safe. I can’t say enough good things about Browning. When they found out about the fire and the safe, they replaced it for free.
Browning Platinum Safe protected contents during a structure fire

The Browning Platinum Safe saved all the contents with only minor heat damage to a few items.

The Browning Platinum Safe protected the contents of the safe, with only minor heat damage to some of the contents. Most of the handguns were loaded, and did not cook off which I feared would have happened. The only major damage was some of the Kydex holsters and knife sheaths were warped and disfigured. There was some minor bluing spotting from the heat on a few of the rifle barrels, and some of the wood stocks were dried out, but a good cleaning and oiling fixed most of those issues. Without this safe, I would have lost my entire collection. I did lose all the ammo, as it was not in the safe, and I still haven’t replaced it to this day.

ARMALITE AR50 rifle burned to a crisp

Armalite AR50. Wouldn’t fit in safe, burned to a crisp.


The rifle pictured was an Armalite AR50 50 BMG caliber rifle. It did not fit in the safe, or it would have been there. I had $10,000 invested in that rifle including the ammo. There was a $2500 scope on it, all that remained was the rings. You can see how hot the fire got by the way the aluminum stock is melted away and the barrel is warped and twisted. Thinking about it still makes me sick to this day.

Don’t let the same thing happen to you.

Gun vaults and vaults to protect other collectables can be as simple as a traditional steel safe, or an elaborate room with vault doors and temperature, humidity, and fire suppression controls. Guns and weapons are tools, albeit expensive ones. They are made of metal and wood and subject to damage from moisture and temperature, especially if left sitting in storage for long periods of time. Any collection, whether it be arms, art, jewelry, metals, etc, will represent a fairly substantial financial, emotional, and personal investment; it should be protected.

Vaults can be built to be fireproof, blast resistant, and incorporate high tech security systems such as biometric access, video surveillance, remote monitoring, fire suppression, and waterproofing.

If you’re just looking for a safe, we can help with that too. Check out this article on

Custom Tile, Stone, Masonry, interior and exterior hardscapes

Custom Tile, Stone, Masonry, Concrete
Interior and Exterior Hardscapes

Hardscapes, both interior and exterior, add beauty and functionality to an environment. Outside, hardscapes are easily identified as decorative concrete flatwork, such as walkways, driveways, water features, boulders, retaining walls, patios, decks, and anything else that generally does not grow (lawns, trees, etc).

Tiled inlayed decorative concrete flatwork

Tile inlayed decorative concrete

Decorative concrete patio with lattice patio cover

Decorative concrete patio with lattice patio cover

Decks really add a lot to your outdoor living areas. Decks can be stand alone, or attached to the house; they can be simple and neat or complex and creative. Valhalla Construction builds decks of all types, preferably with TREX decking products, or natural wood products. There are no design limits to deck construction.

Custom built TREX Deck

Complex multi-story TREX Deck rebuild

Complex multi-story TREX Deck rebuild

Complex multi-story TREX Deck rebuild

Complex multi-story TREX Deck rebuild, stairs leading to second level bridge

Pool House Kitchen Deck

Second level deck off M. Bedroom with decorative concrete, outdoor kitchen gazebo, and firepit

Poolside TREX deck

TREX Deck built alongside HOA Community pool

Interior hardscapes can really add a new element to your home or business. Feng Shui if you want to use that term, is the design art of bringing everything into harmony and agreement to affect your mood. That’s a rough summary of Feng Shui of course, but close enough.

Fireplaces are the obvious focal point in most homes, in the main living room. Especially up here in the Inland Northwest. There are unlimited designs for fireplaces, from massive stone structures to simple stand alone wood stoves with a chimney pipe. But even those can be dressed up.

Stone wrapped fireplace

Stone wrapped fireplace

Stone fireplace with drystack ledgerstone

Stone fireplace with drystack ledgerstone

Drystack Ledger stone fireplace chimney remodel

Drystack ledger stone around chimney on house remodel

El Dorado Stone on fireplace surround

El Dorado Stone on fireplace surround

While stone can add warmth and and unique feel to the atmosphere in your home, tile is another medium that can add an element of style and luxury almost anywhere. Tile is a very common product found in most bathrooms and kitchens. It can be simple and inexpensive, or detailed, complex, and high end.

Custom backsplash with tumbled marble stone tile and slate tile

Custom backsplash with tumbled marble stone tile and slate tile

Custom backsplash with tumbled marble stone tile and slate tile

Custom backsplash with tumbled marble stone tile and slate tile

Custom backsplash with tumbled marble stone tile and slate tile and granite countertop

Custom backsplash with tumbled marble stone tile and slate tile with granite countertop

2nd Story master bed/bath addition, travertine tile bath

2nd Story master bed/bath addition, travertine tile bath

Second Story addition, M. Bath travertine tile and granite counters

Second Story addition, M. Bath travertine tile and granite counters

Outdoor kitchen gazebo with custom tile counters and backsplash, custom cabinets, and Viking BBQ

Outdoor kitchen gazebo with custom tile counters and backsplash, custom cabinets, and Viking BBQ; complete with rollup countertop doors and beer cooler.

Custom pool house with corner vanity and custom tile job

Custom pool house with corner vanity and custom tile job

Tile comes in many forms: porcelain, ceramic, natural stone, marble, granite, slate, wood, and even concrete.

It doesn’t take a lot to dramatically change the look and feel of the environment in and around your home or living areas. And in most cases, improvements such as these also increase the value of your property, so it’s a win-win.