Balcony

Balcony

I’ve been pretty busy in the workshop of late making a panel/screen in Douglas Fir to complement some gates I made last year (I’ll add some photos of these to the Joinery section of Galleries) and a balcony for the same customer.

I was provided with an outline drawing, but finalised the details and design myself. This is also made from Douglas Fir in nice, chunky 80mm x 80mm sections. The joinery is all double floating tenons, and took a bit of head scratching to decide the order in which to glue up, but it all went well without too many dramas.

Weather permitting I will fit this on Thursday of this week, it will be nice to see this one installed as it’s been on the drawing board since about October 2012.

Yesterday saw the day of installation, it was a long time coming and to say that I was excited to see it go up in the air is an understatement. Everything went pretty well, and by the end of the day I just had a couple of fixings and the decking to install, those both got done today (in the rain unfortunately)

The customer is pleased, and there is even talk of a new porch later in the year.

Kitchen Pantry

Kitchen Pantry

I’m the first to admit that organisation in my personal life is not my strong point, but I really enjoy the challenge of helping others get on top of their own organisational dilemmas; so when I received an enquiry about a kitchen pantry (or larder, depending on your personal preference) I jumped at the chance.The proposed area for improvement was a utility room. Typical of a UK new build, it was basic, but functional, yet lacking in any real storage space, and had no charm, style or any real visual appeal. More so, the valuable worktop space was interrupted by a rarely used sink. Sadly, it had become something of a dumping ground with no incentive to keep it ship shape (my client’s words,not mine); we all have those spaces in our homes though don’t we.Moving forward with the design.The tumble dryer has been relocated to the garage, but the washing machine, and obviously the boiler, had to stay in this area. A qualified plumber was brought in to do remedial work to the existing pipework, leaving the space as clear as possible for the double pantry to be installed.The exterior was made from solid Ash frames, with veneered Ash panels; specifically chosen so that the grain of the timber would telegraph through the top coat of paint. The paint in question is a 10% sheen and sprayed to keep a consistent cover, and is colour matched to Plummett by  Farrow & Ball.The grain texture can be seen on the photo below, and it really goes well with the patina of the pewter knobs.Opening up the doors we get our first glimpse of the beauty inside. European Oak with a Jacobean stain is the overriding tone, with contrasting drawer fronts for extra depth; the grain pattern really jumps out at you from the lighter coloured wood, and really invites you to run your fingers over it.This texture and pattern can be appreciated as a backdrop to the shiny brass drawer pulls.A good pantry is all about storage and organisation.Whether you choose to call it a pantry or a larder, a cupboard of this type is more than just aesthetics, storage potential is also key. Door mounted racks not only look fantastic, but give excellent scope for arranging smaller items such as spice tins and jars of condiments.Next up is drawers, in this instance it’s one over two banks of 2. The top drawer is for smaller stuff like cutlery, while the bottom 4 are much deeper, and would be great for heavier foods, or possibly suited for holding sets of best crockery. These sleek, stylish soft-close drawers are rated to carry 70 Kilos, so capacity is well catered for.Coupled with two generously proportioned shelves above a White Sparkle worktop by Minerva, it’s fair to say that the amount of storage gained from what was existing is quite remarkable. There is also a double socket mounted inside the pantry in case it’s ever a necessity to have power for food mixers etc.If you would like any further information on this project please don’t hesitate to Contact Us to discuss your needs.Additional kitchen ideas can be found here.Below is a quick video from our Instagram, follow us here.

Caroline Jones

John knows his craft and has a creative, problem solving approach to jobs. He’ll take on board likes/dislikes and ideas, and design something truly bespoke. He is attentive to detail and his work is always to a high standard. We’ve recommended him to family and friends over the years and will continue to go to him for any future projects.

Mark Wayte

Mark Wayte

Built in larder; delighted with the quality of design and workmanship. Minimal disruption caused during installation. Competitively priced. Will definitely use again and would highly recommend. ***** 5 Stars

Rebecca Flanagan

Rebecca Flanagan

Thank you again John for our wonderful barn doors! We are very grateful for all of the time and effort that John put in to our barn doors. we wanted the doors to be designed and preserved in the traditional Japanese style ‘Shau- Sugi – Ban’ and the effect was incredible, and striking, and the doors have added so much to our barn conversion. John is very professional and we would highly recommend him for his high quality and craftsmanship. Thanks again John. ***** 5 Stars

Brendan Dean

Brendan Dean

From design right through to execution, John’s professionalism and attention to detail is second to none. My living room units will last a lifetime, and I can’t rate his work highly enough. ***** 5 Stars

Victoria Adams

Victoria Adams

John did a fantastic job designing and making a storage area for under my stairs. Competitive pricing and a reliable, highly skilled carpenter. Will definitely be using him again for my next project. ***** 5 Stars