We're starting a fun new project this week: built-in dining room banquette seating in a home in Montford.
Check out the interactive 3D model which we made for our customer. Click and drag to rotate it.
For those of you who can't load the model, here's a still picture:
The banquette is for a writer who loves to do her work in coffee shops and would like to have a similar set-up at home.
This is the first draft, and the final version will have a few small changes. One feature which we're definitely going to include is a hidden fold-out "secretary" on the back to hold books and papers when they're not in use.
The seats will also have flip-top storage which will be perfect for larger items such as blankets or wifi equipment.
The extra storage allows this dining room to double as a home office, and it will also be a great place for our customer to meet clients.
If you have a room that needs to serve several functions, custom furniture may be the best option to maximize storage and get exactly what you're looking for.
This was a small job with a big impact: open shelving for a chef who was updating her kitchen. Let's start with the glamour photo so you can see what we made for our customer.
We actually built these a few months ago, but we've been waiting to get a photo of the finished kitchen.
Check out the "before" photo. Wow, those cabinets sure are orange!
Our client was already remodeling when she called us. She had installed a new tile backsplash and was about to paint her kitchen cabinets.
She also wanted to expand the kitchen peninsula to include an end unit that would hold small appliances like her stand mixer. Since she couldn't find what she needed online, she had us build the custom piece which you can see above.
Soon after we installed the cabinet, she replaced the countertop with a larger slab that extended over the new shelves.
As you can see, the kitchen also lacked open storage for spices and ingredients, which is important when you need to quickly grab a pinch of something to spice up a recipe.
We worked together to design a wall unit that was just deep enough to hold a row of Mason jars, but not so deep that it would get in the way when people walked through the room.
It was still summer time when we built these, so we took advantage of the sunny weather and worked outside.
Faith recorded a video of me making the final touches to the cabinet finish. This is the difference between custom made furniture and the stuff you get from a factory: I personally go over every surface to make sure the finish is perfectly smooth and all of the joints are seamless.
Even in a closeup photo, you can't see any seams at the joints. It's one solid unit.
If you need a special storage unit and you just can't find what you need online, we can design and build a piece that's just right for your home.
I recently finished installing a pantry that's more like a sculptural assemblage than a piece of furniture. I'll show you the glamour shot first:
A retired kitchen designer recently contacted me for a little help hanging cabinets in her own home. She had recently purchased her house, and the kitchen didn't have much storage.
Since the sink is on a peninsula overlooking the living room, there's a whole kitchen wall that doesn't have upper cabinets, so she had to come up with a storage solution on one of the other walls.
Her plan began with a bunch of cabinets from IKEA's LIXHULT line. These are like sleek little metal storage lockers, and they come in a variety of colors and sizes. Here they are on the IKEA website. Note the rail on the inside of the door. Perfect for holding recipe cards and notebooks!
We created a collage of fourteen cabinets, which turns out to be a generous amount of storage space.
Although IKEA cabinets are well-known as a "DIY" brand, this particular installation wasn't for amateurs. A cabinet like this is heavy when it's full of food, and that means that each cabinet must be fastened to a stud in the wall. That's tricky with such small boxes like these, since a stud isn't always where you want it to be!
If you'd like to try this look in your home, give me a call to get it done safely. I love this stuff!
I'm Arthur Teel, a craftsman who builds custom furniture in Asheville, North Carolina. Give me a call to talk about your next project!