I've committed the cardinal sin of blogging (which is being "too busy to blog") but I finally caught a moment to show off a semi-recent project: installing wire shelving in a kitchen pantry and a laundry room.
There are definitely some pros and cons to this kind of shelving, so I thought these photos might give you all a chance to see how well they would function in your home.
I'll start with the "before." The shelves went into an empty hallway near a back door. This is the door that the family uses, so it's a great place for pantry shelves, because you can come in and stack groceries on them and so on.
We used fairly deep shelves from a kit from the hardware store. Here's how they looked right after I put them in.
Not too shabby! Very neat and tidy.
But as I said, there is a down-side to these as well. Let's dig into the nitty-gritty.
Pros and Cons to Installing Wire Shelves
I always like to start with the upside.
But for a pantry or laundry room, these are great...
...although if you want to upgrade to solid shelving or even cabinets, we can do that, too. It's become a growing trend to add high-end laundry rooms and pantries to a home, and it could lead to a nice increase in your home value for a modest investment.
Either way, we're always glad to help. Call or email today to get started.
One of our customers just moved to Asheville and bought a beautiful new luxury home on the banks of the French Broad river.
But luxury is in the details, and in this case one or two details were missing. For example, the cabinets were very stylish, but when you opened them up, they just had a shelf inside. Things kept getting lost in the back, and you had to dig around for them.
She had me replace the shelves with pull-out drawers. Now it's easy to see what's in the back.
Something like this would be a really nice Mother's Day gift for your mom or spouse. No need for them to get down on their hands and knees on the hard tile floor every time they're looking for the dish soap. They can just pull the drawer out and it's right there in front of them.
Plus, these are soft-close drawers, so the kids can't slam them shut, and nothing gets knocked over or jarred around.
While I was there, I added another great little improvement: an extra cabinet and a valet rod in the laundry room. The rod is over the sink, so the homeowner can hang her handwashables here to dry and the excess water will just drip right down into the drain.
If your laundry room is inefficient and hard to work in, give us a call. We can add counters, cabinets and drawer pull-outs to make washing clothes easy and maybe even fun.
Like this pretty walnut counter which we installed over a customer's washer and dryer, so no more socks will get lost behind the machines.
Plus, a good-looking laundry room adds a lot to your home value for a very modest investment. So give us a ring.
Today I thought I'd show off a project from our sister page, Artisan Built-ins.
This is a set of bookshelves in an offset modern pattern, with integrated brass lights to showcase the books. To the right is a built-in windowseat with a flip-top lid to allow for storage.
It really transformed the room, which started as a blank canvas.
We designed these for the homeowner based on a previous design which we did for another customer. The uprights on both bookcases are staggered to avoid the "tic tac toe" look which you see in traditional shelving.
We actually finished these a few months ago, but this is the first time we've seen photos of it with the books, and the custom cushions on the windowseat. It looks like a great place to relax with a good novel.
If you've always wanted a library of your own, give us a call. We'll help you take your room from "Blah" to "Beautiful."
One of my customers recently asked me to install a countertop over her washer and dryer so that she had a place to set her laundry when she finished.
We decided on a walnut top, and I found a piece of walnut plywood with a gorgeous grain. Take a look at this footage and see for yourself:
(Is there anything more relaxing than watching someone else work?)
For those who can't see video, here's a pic of the top before I finished it out. You can already see the beautiful repeating grain patterns.
And another view after I applied the finish. The pattern almost reminds me of peacock feathers.
I installed the top so that it was tight against the wall. This will keep socks from sliding behind the machines.
Imagine seeing this gorgeous counter every time you did the laundry. It would make household chores way more fun!
We can install custom wooden counters and shelving to fit any space. Give us a call to learn more.
If you bought a relatively new home in one of the nicer subdivisions in Asheville, you probably have a beautiful fireplace with a big niche next to it.
My latest customers bought a home with a fireplace nook, and it was a challenge to find a piece of furniture that worked well there. The previous homeowners had put in an armoire, but it was too dark and bulky.
Most of the work happened back at my studio...
... so the noise and dust of building was invisible to the homeowners.
I made the doors by hand, just for this project, using oak stiles to prevent warping or twisting.
I used a double thickness of plywood for the upper shelves, with face frame over the front edge. I prefer plywood for this application because it doesn't move as much as solid wood, so it's sturdier.
Now for the big "before and after." The entertainment center looks like it was made with the house.
If you've got an empty nook in your living room, and you don't know what to do with it, give us a call. We'll work with you to design something that looks as if it belongs there.