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.
The photographs below show an under-stairs cupboard. The space under a staircase can be great for storage, the challenge here was to decide how best to use this awkward shaped space. The solution was to build a walk-in cupboard at the tallest end, complete with a wardrobe clothes rail. In the middle section I fitted a 3 drawer unit hidden behind a pair of doors and at the shallow end, a large drawer to house a vacuum cleaner. The completed cupboard is now ready to paint.
The photos show a folding drop-leaf desk I recently made. The client works from home and asked for a desk which could be folded away when not in use. The desk is constructed from MDF with a melamine finish with softwood legs & frame. I have also included the original 3d design/sketch.
The photos here show some oak-edged shelves I built and fitted this week. The shelves are to be painted and the oak oiled.
The photograph first here shows some double glazed sashes I have been working on for a property in Brighton, plus a couple of photos showing the parting-bead and staff-bead used to draught-proof the windows.
I have glazed them with 14mm low-e sealed units. Thermal efficiency in windows is calculated as a U-value, with single-glazed windows having as value of around 5.6. Many different types of glazing unit are available each with its own U-value. As these sashes are to be installed into the original Victorian frames at the property, slim units (14mm) are used in this case. This reduces the U-value to around 3.0, and along with the draught-proofing system, will make a marked improvement to the draughty victorian sashes and offer some degree of sound insulation.
Also, this week I was asked to replace some broken window glass and fit mirror film to the windows. I had not worked with this material before and had been warned it was a tricky job to do, here’s a picture of the finished job:
The photos below show a 3-in-one sash window I have been working on. The client asked for a double glazed sash window to match the original style of the windows in the neighbouring properties. The glazing bars and rails are machined slightly larger than traditional ones to accommodate the double glazed units. Low-e units and a draught-proofing system are used for improved thermal efficiency.
I will add further photographs once the window has been glazed and installed.
This next project is a whole wall of box type shelving. For storage of books and records etc. The shelves are constructed as a whole collection of different boxes from moisture resistant MDF. The boxes will be primed and painted and put together to produce a 12′ 6″ high shelving unit. I will add further photographs as the work progresses.
I recently constructed and installed four Georgian style sash windows for a property in Brighton. Despite the fact that the house was a listed building, the original windows had been replaced with UPVC windows. The owners wished to have them restored to the traditional style . The photographs below show various stages of the construction with the final picture showing the completed windows installed at the rear of the property.
The pictures show a fitted cupboard/wardrobe I recently made for a client in Brighton. The cupboard had to be assembled at the property as it was too big to get into the room in one piece. It was at times quite tricky, working in limited space with such a large piece of furniture. Also pictured is David Allistone who has recently joined me to help on larger projects. If you would like a quote for fitted cabinets, shelves or furniture, please get in touch.
This week I built and fitted 30 floating shelves for clients in Hove. Here are a few photos taken towards the end of the job.
These shelves are constructed from MDF. My clients now have the task of painting them. I will post another photo or two when they are finished.
Today I fitted a bathroom cabinet in a property in Hove. Click images to view a few photos of the cabinet in the workshop and in the bathroom. The cabinet was built to the clients specifications with glass shelves and a professionally sprayed finish.
If you would like me to quote for fitted bathroom, bedroom or kitchen cabinets please get in touch.
This week I have been working on sash windows again. I often get asked if it is possible to double-glaze existing sash windows. The answer is yes and no, it will depend on the style and condition of the window, and also on whether or not the property is listed etc. Building regulations also control what can and can’t be done. The sashes pictured here have been made to fit into existing frames and support double glazing. Additional lead weights are used to balance the extra weight of the glass.
If you have any questions regarding sash window repair, refurbishment or double glazing, please get in touch.
This post is an update to last week’s work in progress, the pair of oak bedside cabinets are now finished.
These photos show a project I have just completed,- building and installing a wall of bookcases in a Hove sea-front flat. The bookcases are three made-to-measure units constructed from boards veneered with oak.
I was asked to construct, install and glaze some very tall windows and a door for a garden studio. The client is a Brighton-based artist & designer who required extra space to enable him to work from home. The front wall of the studio is formed of five glazed frames each 10’2″ (3.1m) tall and is constructed from softwood using traditional joinery techniques. The following photographs show the work in progress…
These shelves are made from oak and MDF for clients in Brighton. They wanted some shelves to span a six foot alcove. Each shelf is constructed from two boards, each cut to fit between the uneven walls found in older properties. Solid oak strips have been used for the front of the shelving unit. The shelves have been painted and the oak oiled to produce an attractive finish.
Here you can see a couple of photographs showing sash windows being constructed in the workshop.
Sash frames are constructed from softwood using traditional joinery.
This is an example of a shelving and storage unit designed to fit in a child’s attic bedroom.