Large bookcase with cabinets and drawers

‘Blue Spruce’ is a bold choice of colour for this large fitted bookcase. The piece is a full four metres wide and stands as the focal point in this Sussex living room. We are very pleased with the striking result.

Birch Ply-wood Fitted Wardrobes

Over the last twelve months we have been working more often with birch plywood. It’s a great material for constructing cabinets. The photos above show a couple of the wardrobe projects we completed in 2021. In each case we have used birch with an oiled finish for the interior, and painted, shaker style doors for the exterior.

Fitted Bookcases

I was asked to build a couple of fitted bookcases for a flat in the Clifton Hill / Montpelier neighbourhood of Brighton. The first piece, set into an alcove in the living room, comprises simple shelving above a 3-door cabinet. The interior of the cabinets is constructed from birch-plywood, the exterior components are spray-finished in white satinwood paint. A second, large bookcase stands in the entrance hall to the apartment.

Birch-ply bookcase with cabinets

We created a bookcase with cabinets at the base for a property at Queen’s Park, Brighton. The piece is constructed from birch-plywood. Each component is finished with several coats of oil to give a satin sheen. We built this piece to the customers own design, making great use of the space in a small room. The push-to-open catches allow for simple, flush, handleless doors.

Sideboard with Sliding Doors

We completed our latest project this week. A fitted sideboard with sliding doors. The interior of the cabinet is constructed from birch-ply and finished with oil. The exterior includes 3 pairs of sliding doors with a shaker style panel design. The cabinet is spray-finished in Farrow & Ball ‘Green Blue #84’ and has brass inset handles. We are very pleased with this sideboard as a focal piece of furniture for the dining room of a family home in Hove.

Larder in Birch-Ply

We are excited to announce a new project launching right now in spring 2021. We have begun producing beautiful kitchen larders, armoires & pantries, both free-standing and fully fitted. The photographs here show our very first piece, a larder constructed from birch-ply with painted doors and side panels.

Birch Ply Wardrobe

We built this fitted wardrobe for a child’s bedroom at a family home in Hove. The cabinet, shelving and drawers are constructed from birch-ply, and finished with oil. The wardrobe is completed with a pair of spray-finished doors in a striking blue colour, (Dulux Morning Jewel 1). The cabinet within a cabinet at the base of this wardrobe is a children’s hide-out, a den to read a book by torchlight, play a game or just peep through the handle-holes.

Oak desk with drawer

We built this lovely oak desk for a child’s bedroom in Hove. The solid oak desk fits neatly into an alcove. A small drawer is included. We cut slots at the rear of the desk to allow air to circulate from the radiator, plus a hole for the lamp cable.

Fitted cabinets in a Hove flat

For this recent project at a flat in Hove we built a pair of fitted cabinets. Each cabinet has simple shaker style doors and a separate shelving unit above. In the bedroom, a large fitted wardrobe in a similar style includes a set of drawers.

Oak wardrobe with sliding doors

We created this wardrobe for a family home in Hove. The piece covers the full length of the wall, across 2 alcoves and the chimney breast. We built large, deep cabinets at each end. As you can see in the photographs, the first cabinet includes a chest of drawers at the base, at the opposite end a similar size cabinet includes a long-drop clothing rail and a column of shelving. The central section of the wardrobe is shallower due to the chimney breast, the pair of cabinets here contain shelving from floor to ceiling. We’ve used a combination of veneered boards and solid oak for the sliding doors and frame on the face of this furniture.

Pair of Fitted Bookcases

My most recent project was to build and install a pair of fitted bookcases at a property in the Cliftonville area of Hove. The Victorian era property was undergoing an extensive refurbishment including a new floor, heating and complete re-decoration. The client chose a matt paint in “Inchyra Blue” which contrasts with the solid oak cabinet-tops. It is a bold choice of colour which comes to life when lit-up here by integrated LED lighting and the many lamps around the room. The piece is completed with brushed & bronzed cabinet handles.

Wardrobes & cupboards

The collection of photographs above show the work we produced for a family home in the Preston Park / Fiveways area of Brighton. A pair of wardrobes built into the alcoves of the master bedroom include a chest of drawers built into the base of each. In the living-room below, a similar pair of alcoves are utilised as storage space. Each design includes the clean lines of a pair of panelled doors, spray-finished with satin paint.

Beautiful Fitted Bookcase

My clients asked for a large fitted bookcase for their room in Brighton. The piece was to match another large bookcase on the adjacent wall. It stands a full 3 metres tall and 2.1m wide. While the books and pictures can be displayed across the shelving, CDs, DVDs and electrical cables are all tucked away out of sight. The piece is spray finished in ‘All White’ satin (F&B paint).

Two Children’s Bedrooms

A family moving into a modern home in Hove commissioned us to build this pair of rooms for their young children. Each room comprises a king sized bed surrounded by cabinets and shelving. Large open shelves along one side of the bed and bookcase style, adjustable shelving on the opposite wall. Some alterations were needed to stop bedcovers from ending up in the shelving. At the foot of the each bed is a wardrobe on one side, a bookcase on the other and some large storage drawers under the base. Each room was finished differently, with a combination of wallpaper, oiled oak and black-ash boards and spray finished white paint.

Two Bespoke Bookcases

The photographs here show a couple of bookcases we recently completed. The larger one, comprising of a pair of cabinets with shelving above is spray finished in ‘slipper satin’ coloured paint. The second piece, in a similar style includes a 2 door cabinet, the colour here is ‘all white’. If you would like a quote for a bookcase, wardrobe or other project, please get in touch. Contact details are found at the foot of the page.

Toy Cupboard & Bookcase

I recently completed the alcove fitted cabinet and shelving shown in the first photograph below. The piece was commissioned to match an earlier project, the bookcase in the second photograph. Each piece is spray finished in ‘kitchen green’ paint and incorporates an oak cabinet-top.

Three Wardrobe Projects

Over recent months we have built several wardrobes. The projects pictured here are: A pair of double wardrobes, one side of each containing a chest of drawers, A large triple cabinet wardrobe painted in “slipper satin” and finally a pair of alcove fitted wardrobes, again finished in matt white. For each project the doors are a panelled design and are spray finished in paint chosen by the customer. The internal layout differs with each individual project, common features are a storage cabinet at the top, and a set of drawers at the base. Get in touch and we will be happy to provide a quote to suit your requirements.

Wall-to-wall fitted wardrobe

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)

Study Furniture

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.

Living Room Cabinet

This project, 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.

Bookcase with cabinets

This 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.

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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For all enquiries my contact details can be found at the foot of the page.

Illuminated Cabinets

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.

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

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.

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

(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.

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 Helsingoer (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.

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.

The first photograph shows shelving from textured white laminate board with a solid oak edge. Further photos here show library shelving from an oak veneered board with solid oak edging.