This beautiful property at the top of the town has a view that looks across parkland and beyond, over almost the whole of the city. But as is the case with much new-build property both in Brighton & Hove and elsewhere there is lack of storage facilities. The clients came to me first to build a study room (pictured elsewhere on this blog) and later for a bedroom wardrobe. Working with the clients I designed this wall-to-wall fitted wardrobe. It comprises of a six door unit, four tall cabinets with a fifth, double door cabinet in the centre. Above that we have a row of 3 smaller storage cupboards each with a pair of doors. The piece includes various configurations of drawers, rails and shelving and is finished with a grey-blue satin paint. (awaiting handles in this photo, more pictures soon)
I decided to present these two projects together as they share some of the features I have been developing this year. While there is much in common in the design of these two pieces, with both comprising shelving above a run of 3 cabinets, each has been tailor made to suit the clients requirements.
The first, a project I worked on over the summer is a piece of bedroom furniture. The shelving here is for books, with large spaces left for a television, audio equipment etc. The base unit comprises 3 storage cabinets. This piece is spray finished with a white satin paint.
The second project (pictured below), completed this December, is a piece of living-room furniture ~ In essence a sideboard with shelving above. The cabinet worktop here is a single board spanning the full length and is illuminated from the back with dimmable LED lights. Beneath this, the row of drawers and cabinets are built with an oak veneer on the interior while the exterior is finished with an off-white satin paint.
On many occasions over the years I have been commissioned to work for academics from the University of Sussex. Most often, as you might guess, to build bookcases. This slightly larger scale project includes a desk, shelving, a drawer unit and a storage cabinet. A solid oak kitchen worktop serves here as a desk. Built wall-to-wall the project makes great use of all the available space. The desk is finished in oil while the cabinets and shelves are spray-finished with a white paint.
Bookcases have become a focus of my work over the years, this example was a great project which I have recently completed. The large high-ceilinged room at the heart of the property features an archway where 2 rooms have been knocked through to create one big space. The bookcase makes a feature of this arch and is a great use of space. This bookcase has been spray-finished with a white satin paint.
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Here I have designed and built a pair of illuminated display cabinets. They hang above some existing fitted furniture. The toughened glass shelving and glazed doors allow the LED fittings to light the whole cabinet. Another project at the same property is pictured below, a corner bookcase, spray finished with white paint.
Some recent work: a large oak bookcase in Hove. This large oak bookcase, constructed in 5 parts, fits into an entrance hall in a property in the Seven Dials area of Brighton & Hove. It makes great use of a space that in many properties gets overlooked. The bookcase is built from a combination of veneered boards and solid oak and is beautifully finished with oil. This type of piece has become more and more a focus of my work in recent years, I am very happy with the results.
My clients for this project were looking to refresh their living room and get a new look cabinet for a new television. The combination of the solid oak worktop with white satin cabinets has created a fresh look. All cables are hidden away, and boxes housed in the shelves beneath the television. The cabinet doors have concealed hinges and magnetic push-fasteners. To finish off the piece we have added a shelving unit on the wall above the television.
I built this large fitted bookcase for an apartment in Brighton. Access was slightly tricky at this location, so it took some planning to make sure each piece could be taken in and assembled without any problems. For projects such as this one, all the cutting and construction work is done at my workshop. The component parts are then taken off to the paint-shop to be spray-finished and later re-assembled before fitting. Doing things this way helps to avoid any of the inconvenience and mess that comes when working in-situ. The bookcase has been spray-finished with a white satin paint and is designed to include a narrower section of shelving for storing CDs.
Over the years I have built thousands of these simple ‘floating’ shelves, so called because they have no visible brackets or fixings.
The shelves pictured here are constructed from MDF and have been painted with a white satin finish.
They are a great way to use the space in an alcove and to transform the look of a room.
Again, this project was to create some elegant fitted bedroom furniture for a newly built loft extension.
A loft extension can add valuable space to a small property, but finding the best solutions for storage in unusual shaped spaces requires some careful consideration. I was very pleased with the results pictured here. As you can see, the work comprises a 6 drawer chest and a 3 door wardrobe. The furniture is all spray-finished at the paint-shop, with a great looking white satin finish. The final touch includes soft-close mechanisms on all doors and drawers.
(More photos to follow shortly)
The project shown here was to design and build a fitted wardrobe for a bedroom in a loft extension.
The limited space, and access via a narrow staircase meant that the piece had to be transported in small pieces and assembled in the room.
The integrated wardrobe, chest of drawers and shelving unit are constructed from oak veneered boards with solid oak for the doors and drawer fronts.
The piece is finished with oil.
In this recent project I worked to build a pair of very large fitted bookcases for a Victorian Era property in Kemptown, Brighton.
As is often the case with properties of this period the first floor features tall windows and very high ceilings, the bookcases here needed to reflect that scale and grandeur.
The bookcases were designed in keeping with the historic style, but with a bright modern finish.
After several hours of careful forming and sanding the boards are then sent to the paint-shop for a week to achieve a very fine satin finish.
Recently the most common work I have been asked to do is building cabinets fitted into alcoves, often with a few shelves above. I have collected some photographs here to illustrate the last few similar projects.
Over the many years that I have been working in carpentry & joinery I have often been asked to help out with art projects, this has ranged from building frames for painters, light-boxes for photographers and even large scale installations, theatre sets and props for film and television. I have added a couple of photographs here of some custom built shelves I recently built for ceramics artist Matt Smith http://mattjsmith.com/ his work is amazing and I expect this may be the only time my work gets into the Saatchi Gallery. Photos by Cristina Schek.
It was a surprise for me to be asked to supply 5 traditional English sash windows for a project in Helsingør (Elsinore) Denmark.
The clients had taken on a very ambitious project to restore a large building, at the time a redundant shop and transform it into a cafe and guesthouse.
My role was to build and supply a row of sash windows, the aim to replace the modern style shop window with something more in keeping with the architectural heritage of the property.
It was great to be involved in such an interesting project. My role began with drawing up plans for the clients, architect and planning dept. and ended when I handed over a very large packing crate filled with the new windows to the international shipping company here.
I have included a few photographs of the work in progress, and a couple of the finished project pinched from their website http://kyhnsgaestehus.dk
The photographs here show another example of a fitted bookcase for clients in Hove.
The construction is from white laminated board with an oak frame. The bookcase is built in 2 sections, one with deep shelves for vinyl records, and a second with shallower shelving for books.
The photos here show a recently completed project to build and install a fitted wardrobe into a loft extension. Loft extensions can be difficult places to work as space and access are often limited. The ceiling slopes back behind the wardrobe finishing just a meter from the floor. I have used the space at the back of the cabinets for shelving, with hanging rails in the taller front part. I have included a couple of photographs of the oak doors, they are made with a combination of solid oak and veneered boards and are finished with oil.
If you have had a chance to browse the website, you may have noticed that bookcases have increasingly become a main focus of my work. More recently I have developed 2 designs which have proven popular with my clients and can be adapted in terms of size and layout to suit any situation.
1. shelving from textured white laminated boards with solid oak edges, 2. shelving from oak veneered boards with solid oak edges:
The second example is a photograph from my most recent project, a large fitted oak bookcase, pictured here:
I was asked recently to refurbish and draught proof some sash windows at a property in Kemptown, Brighton.
The building is grade I listed and around 180 years old so any restoration work undertaken is subject to the strict regulations for this type of historic building.
The house looks out over Sussex Square gardens with a great view of the sea. Beautiful on a sunny day, but also under attack from the harshest elements of British weather. Working on the windows here was like having a history lesson in how we have tried to protect our homes from the elements over the generations. Extra thick glass had been added to some windows and copper ‘atomic-strip’ weather proofing added to others. The most unusual addition was a double set of sashes in each of the windows of the front bedroom. This is the first time I have seen a window hung with 4 sashes, a sort of early version of ‘secondary double glazing’.
I have included a small selection of photographs here as a document of this interesting restoration project.
I have been very busy lately working on various projects. Also, I have been surprised by the large number of enquiries in what I had previously thought to be the quietest part of the year. This project was completed a few weeks ago, so here are a couple of photographs showing the finished piece. The cabinets each contain four drawers and a hanging-rail. The panelled doors slide to open, helping to save some space in a small room.
Update: The shelving unit for records, as mentioned in my last post, is now complete . The first photo here shows the completed unit before it had been varnished. In the second photo the unit has now been spray-lacquered to bring out the beauty of the cherry-wood veneer. Click on photographs to enlarge.
This piece of furniture has been custom-made to the clients specifications for use as shelving for a vinyl record collection. If you would like a quote for a similar unit or would like to discuss your ideas for a storage / shelving project please get in touch. My contact details can be found here.
This week I have also been working on a small wardrobe. See photo below:
Simple shelves fitted into alcoves are probably the thing I am asked to build more often than anything else. The MDF shelves pictured here are an excellent and affordable was to utilize the space either side of a fireplace. In this example the shelves in the right side alcove are build slightly bigger and once painted will support a television.
This project, as mentioned in the previous post, is a wall of painted shelves and fitted cabinets for clients in Kemptown, Brighton. It is built from MDF and finished with a satinwood paint.
The large fitted wardrobe from the last blog post is now finished. This triple wardrobe includes 4 hanging rails and 8 drawers. The cabinets are constructed from melamine laminated MDF. The sliding doors are grooved to emulate traditional paneled doors and finished with satinwood paint.
For this project I built and installed custom made shelving and storage units for clients in Brighton & Hove. The photograph (click to enlarge) shows one of a pair units. The cupboards and shelves were built to the clients specification in my Hove workshop. The example pictured here is a made-to-measure cabinet built to house a record collection and stereo system, complete with shelves for CDs. A similar unit (not pictured here) was built for a TV & DVD etc. The cabinets will now be primed and painted.