I recently finished a built-in home office desk made from one of my favorite woods: Cherry. Look at that color!
While I was building it, I had ample time to contemplate the things that set custom-made furniture apart from pre-made pieces. One thing that makes this piece special is the care that I used when I was choosing each piece of wood.
Cherrywood has a LOT of variation, as you can see even in these unfinished boards.
The big left-hand board is fairly bland, while the one right next to it has an arrow-like pattern of ribboning. (This is another reason I love cherry... it can have a lot of depth and interest in the grain.)
As I added the first coats of poly, you could really see the difference.
When I built the drawers, I chose pieces that made a continuous wrap-around pattern, so they're as pretty on the inside as they are on the outside.
The sides of the desk also wrap around to match the header.
I got an especially pretty piece for the top. It's hard to get photos of wood grain, so you'll just have to use your imagination when I say that it had complex patterns that threw back gleams of light.
The desk really transformed the wall, which went from small and bland...
... to big and bold!
The cherrywood will darken over time and become redder as well, so this desk will just get better with age.
If your home office could use a little pizzazz, we can do that for you. And we'll pay attention to all the little details, too.
Many of the libraries you see in decorating magazines have built-in shelves in a fairly traditional design: box-like cases with the shelves in square patterns like a tic-tac-toe game.
I'm currently working on a project that's a little bit different: a wall of shelves in an offset pattern like a string of beads. Here's the mockup I drew for the project, with a person for scale:
My clients just bought a home with an extra room that is currently a blank canvas. All the room has are some big empty walls and a window looking out into the garden.
This graduated effect draws the eye upward and makes the bookcase look taller.
The new bookcase will be much wider, of course. The white shelves shown above are only six feet wide, while these shelves will be fourteen feet in length! I had to buy some really long boards.
You simply can't buy library shelves like this from an online store. How would they ship it??
No, it has to be built onsite. And since we're building it onsite, we're adding a bonus: a built-in windowseat to let their dog sit in the window and look out into the garden.
Stay tuned... I'm about halfway through the project, and the shelves should be done soon. They look fantastic even before the final touches!
And meanwhile if you have a big empty wall to fill, give us a call. We'll build and design a unique solution that you just can't buy online.
If you're reading this blog, you're probably trying to find the perfect built-in bookshelf or cabinet to fit your space. Maybe you're tempted to buy a pre-made unit from your local "Big Box" store instead. After all, they're cheaper, right?
Unfortunately at Big Box stores, "cheap" is the right word. There's a big difference between a solid bookshelf handcrafted just for you, and a flimsy version stamped out by a machine.
I don't have a factory. I build your furniture right here in Asheville...
... and in this case, local is better. Here are six reasons to call me for your built-ins:
So don't waste your money on cheap bookshelves that are going to fall apart.
Call me for an heirloom-quality set of shelves that will fit your home perfectly and can last for a lifetime.
I'm Arthur Teel, a craftsman who builds custom furniture in Asheville, North Carolina. Give me a call to talk about your next project!