Bookcase across an archway

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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Large oak bookcase in hallway

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.

Television Cabinet / Sideboard

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.

Fitted Bookcase

Today I finished working on this large fitted bookcase. For this type of project I use a moisture resistant medite board. The majority of the work is done at the workshop before taking all of the pieces to the paint-shop, then back to be pre-assembled ready for fitting. The bookcase has been spray-finished with a white satin paint. The design of this bookcase includes a narrower section of shelving for storing CDs.

Alcove ‘Floating’ Shelves

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.

Fitted Bedroom Furniture

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.

Fitted Wardrobe, Loft Bedroom

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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.

Spray-finished Bookcases

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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.

Alcove fitted cabinets

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.

Gallery shelves

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 his work is amazing and I expect this may be the only time my work gets into the Saatchi Gallery. Photos by Cristina Schek.

Special project in Denmark

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

Custom Built Bookcase

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.

Fitted wardrobe with oak doors

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.

Oak Bookshelves

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:

Sash Window Restoration Project

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.


Large Fitted Bookcases

The brief for the project pictured here was to produce a stylish fitted bookcase making best use of space, to house a large collection of books in a hallway. The bookcase is constructed from a combination of solid oak and white laminated boards.

The piece is designed to fit around the door and radiator in the room and uses every inch of the free space on one wall of the hallway. The shelving incorporates a rack system and allows each shelf position to be individually set.

The photographs show firstly; assembling the piece at the workshop in preparation. Secondly; the carcasses being fixed into position on site and finally; the finished piece complete with hundreds of books.

if you are interested in this or any of the projects from the website, please get in touch.

Oak & Cherry Shelves

Further recent examples of alcove shelving, click on photos to view larger image. The photographs above show shelves made from cherry veneered boards, dyed with a deep plum mahogany colour to produce the desired effect. The shelving pictured below is a similar style, but this time in a golden oak veneer. Both sets of shelves are made to measure, built into alcoves to the side of a chimney breast. In both examples the lower pair of shelves is an extended size to house TV and A/V equipment. Also, both examples are finished with with a few coats of oil.

Glazed Oak Bookcases

The photographs above show a pair of oak bookcases that go together to form a single large cabinet. The made-to-measure bookcases are designed to make best use of the available space. Fitting into an alcove recess, the cabinet extends slightly forward at the top to accommodate larger books. The cabinets are constructed from a combination of solid oak and veneered boards and each have a pair of sliding glass doors. If you would like a quote for bookcases, or perhaps TV/audio cabinet or similar piece, fitted or free-standing, you can get in touch using the details found HERE.

Fitted bookcase with oak edging.

The photographs here show a wall-to-wall fitted bookcase. The project in Rottingdean, Brighton helps to utilise storage space, allowing a small room to serve as an office, a library, a guest bedroom and a lounge. The shelving is constructed from white laminated boards with solid oak timber edging.

Pine wardrobe

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.

Cherry shelving unit & oak cabinet

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 alcove shelves

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.

Work in progress: TV & media cabinet.

My next project is a large oak television & AV cabinet. The client has recently bought a 40 inch flat screen television and wanted to be able to hide it away when not in use. The cabinet design illustrated here comprises two oak cabinets, the top one for the TV and a lower unit to house the video, dvd and Hi-Fi equipment. When open, each of the doors can slide back into the cabinet so as to allow a better view of the screen, which can be brought forward on a sliding drawer-tray. The photographs below show the project at various stages through its design and construction.

Fitted Wardrobe

The wardrobe pictured here was made-to-measure and fitted at a property in Hove. The wardrobe contains a shelving unit, storage cupboards and clothes rails. The paneled doors are spray-finished with a white satin paint.

If you would like a quote for custom made fitted furniture in the Brighton and Hove area, please get in touch.

White shelving & cabinets

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.