No pun intended, but is this fireplace hot or what?
I've had this project on the website for awhile now, but I recently got a chance to stop by and snap a picture with the books on it.
Here's what the room looked like before we added the shelves, mantel and cabinets. It was a nice, airy room but somewhat bland.
And as with most fireplaces, the chimney breast butted out into the room, leaving awkward niches on either side.
We filled those niches with cabinets which are perfect for hiding electronics.
We've done several projects where we've turned the awkward space next to the fireplace into useful and beautiful storage.
We can help you design a solution for the little niches next to your fireplace. Just give us a call.
One of the cool things about custom furniture is that it can be created to blend in with existing cabinetry. For example, we recently finished a project which added a lot of storage above this plain desk.
Our client was an attorney who does most of her work from her home office. She uses this large cabinet as a desk (it has a hidden keyboard drawer) but she needed a place to keep her files and reference books.
We started by creating a 3D model to show her how the new shelving would work with the old desk.
This was one of those times where the model was really helpful in making design decisions, because the existing cabinets weren't symmetrical. If you look closely, you can see that there's an extra spacer on the right side, and to compensate for this, the right-hand arch on the model is a little bit wider.
Once we finalized the design, I got started in my workshop.
I pre-assembled all of the pieces beforehand to make sure they looked good...
...then reassembled them in the office.
The final piece works well with the Colonial style of the home.
If you have a piece of existing furniture that needs a little more "oomph" to make it more useful, give us a call. We can make something that looks like it's always been there.
Remember these offset library shelves with the integrated brass lights and the flip-top windowseat?
Well, I got the chance to stop by and take a few photos with all the books in them, and they look fantastic. Move over, House Beautiful!
The shelves now house a themed book collection containing biographies of every American President to date. And of course, a comfortable chair with a reading light so you can peruse them at your leisure.
On the other side, the homeowner has added cushions to the windowseat:
(And a very nice light fixture overhead.)
I'm always gratified to see how my customers style my furniture once I leave. People in Asheville have such good taste.
If you're ready to transform a room to something you might see in a magazine, give us a call. We'll help you take your home to the next level.
I know, that was a lot of exclamation points, but I do get excited about this stuff.
Right now, I have a handsome stack of walnut boards on my kitchen table. They're the unfinished boards on the left.
In case you can't tell from the photo, the boards have a deep violet-brown color that reminds me of chocolate. My wife joked that she wants to chew on them.
The boards on the right are spalted ambrosia maple with a gloss finish, which is what my tabletop is made of. Normally the maple steals the show, but this walnut stands up to it.
Notice how the walnut has a straight grain pattern, while the spalted maple has an arched "cathedral" pattern. (Don't let the spalted pattern fool you... it's the result of a fungus and doesn't follow the grain.)
I searched out a special variety of very straight walnut, because these boards are destined for a tall cabinet door.
This is actually our first draft... the top pair of cabinet doors in the illustration are about four feet tall, but the real doors will be about six feet tall. That's a rather long stretch for a cabinet door, and I am concerned that the wood would warp if we used the standard boards which you can get from the hardware store.
This is particularly important because the cabinet has a fireplace on one side and big glass doors overlooking the French Broad River on the other side. It will be subject to a lot of changes in temperature and humidity, which are perfect conditions for warping.
I also considered "sapele" wood, which is a more sustainable cousin of mahogany and very beautiful. The wood is fairly stable, and it has a wonderful red color with lots of pattern in the grain. Here it is on an "mbira" musical intrument (via Wikipedia).
In the end, we went with the walnut for its restrained violet-brown color and superior stability.
Dark wooden furniture is coming back in style, and it makes a nice contrast against the white walls that are so common in modern homes. If you'd like a custom cabinet with beautiful wood like this, give us a call.
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.
I'm Arthur Teel, a craftsman who builds custom furniture in Asheville, North Carolina. Give me a call to talk about your next project!