In last week's post I showed off a couple of custom Shaker-style barn doors that I've been working on in my studio.
So naturally this week's blog post is all about those doors, and where they ended up.
It all started when Leslie Huntley of Roost Interior Design contacted me about putting a pair of sliding barn doors in her clients' home office in their downtown condo.
They had a perfectly good door there...
...but floor space in these condos is limited, and they wanted a new door that didn't swing open, so they could put more furniture on the wall.
We couldn't find any pre-made doors that would work well in the space, so I got to work in my shop.
By the way, check out that respirator! It's my new toy... top of the line and easy on the lungs.
Plus it looks like something out of a sci-fi movie.
Side note: I never realized how many sci-fi astronauts are wearing standard dust-filter respirators until I started researching dust filtration. It seems to be a Hollywood shortcut: buy a mask from Lowe's, spraypaint everything black, and slap on a few extra gadgets and hoses.
And once I noticed that, I started noticing all kinds of things, like plastic French drains being used as spaceship "pipes." Low-budget Netflix space operas just haven't been the same since then.
Anyway, back to the job...
I also make custom cabinets at our sister company, Artisan Built-ins, so Leslie commissioned us to build a set of white bookcases with a custom shelf to hold a printer. Here's the 3D model we created so she could preview the design.
And here they are in our workshop, alongside another project for the same condo... an electric chimneyless fireplace.
As you can see, our model was very accurate.
Back on the job site, the office walls were painted a striking cobalt blue...
...the better to set off the crisp white sliding barn doors and the bookshelves.
If you've got sharp eyes, you might notice that the printer shelf is a little lower than it was in the drawing. That's because I planned ahead and made it repositionable or removable so that if they don't need a printer there any more, they can take the shelf off and have a plain bookcase once again.
The whole project came together beautifully, and the formerly bland room is now a striking office that looks just as interesting as the view of downtown Asheville.
If you've got a tight floor plan that needs a custom solution to make it workable, give us a call. We can come up with a plan that optimizes your office and makes it fun to go to work.
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."
Interior painting is one of my favorite jobs to do, because I can make such a difference in a room in a relatively short time.
I recently finished a whole-house interior repaint in a beautiful Craftsman-style home that had a dated brown wall color all throughout the house:
My customers chose a lighter color with more gray in it, and it gave the living room an airy and open feeling. (By the way, you may recognize the built-in entertainment center if you follow my other blog at Artisan Built-ins. I installed it last month.)
Moving upstairs, the kids' playroom was a dull mossy green that made the space feel dark. Check out that before and after! That's not my camera playing tricks on you, as you can see if you compare the tone of the carpet in the two pictures.
The new wall color reflects the light a lot better, which is helpful in a room like this with so little natural daylight.
But I think the biggest change was in the master bathroom. The dreary brown did nothing to flatter the tile.
What a difference a lighter tone makes! It ties in with the pretty marble sinks and bounces light all around the room.
I also installed new medicine cabinets with cherrywood frames that make a nice statement against the pale gray. Now the room looks like a spa retreat where you can escape from the world.
If your home has dingy or dated wall colors and you're ready for a change, give us a call to lighten up. We'll be glad to help you, because we love this stuff!
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.
For example, a nice couple in south Asheville called me recently and wanted some drawers installed in these cupboards:
Since my schedule was full, I referred them to Allan.
After talking with the customers, Allan did some research to find high-quality drawers, but in his words, "After looking at what was out there, I knew I could do a better job for the same price."
So he built the drawers himself, and they're amazing! You can't get quality like this from a big-box store. Take a look:
You could load these things up with stuff and they would still work like a charm. And they're really beautiful, too.
Another customer requested a new stair railing to replace a rusting metal one that made their brick stairs into a hazard.
I sent them to Allan because I knew he was the right man for the job. Look at this new railing! It's a showpiece.
He's also got a sharp eye for detail...
...and a knack for making old trim look new again.
When you call us, you're not just calling me... you're getting access to a whole group of talented local handymen with positive attitudes and incredible skills. Whether you need a solid new railing, a hand-crafted storage solution, or the right trim for your room, we're here to help.
Call today to get connected to the right guy for the job.