Carpentry: Custom fireplace insert

The fireplace insert for this home was large and rectangular–and covered up a wonderful arched brick opening.

Working with a metal fabricator I designed and installed this custom front to showcase the arched fireplace.

Carpentry: Barn Door

The exterior doors of this lake house are made up of 2×6 tongue and groove boards bolted together. I was able to recreate the look with custom-ordered lumber to craft this sliding barn door for the master bedroom.

The hardware was custom ordered, hand made from a source in Utah.

 

 

Carpentry: Rolling Herb Garden

Liz wanted an herb garden she could move from sun to shade as needed. We looked at dozens of ideas, none of which was just right, so I pulled together a sketch with features from several examples to create this rolling planter. Rough-sawn cedar gives it a rustic touch, and over time will weather to a silver-gray patina.

Construction: Shade Wing

The brick patio of this home got torturously hot in the summer. I recommended and installed a triangular sun shade.

Carpentry: Walkway, hot tub and tiered deck

Rarely did guests arrive by the front door, so an attractive backyard entrance was important. It started with a bluestone walkway which lead to a mahogany deck, tiered to accommodate a built-in hot tub, grill area, and a large octagonal dining area, all  cascading down to the lawn without the need for confining railings.

Crafts: Beer Caddy

So, I decided to make gifts for friends and family for Christmas 2014. This rustic beer caddy includes a distressed bottle opener to complete the look… and the functionality.

Did I mention I also created Wine Caddies?

Flooring: Floor warming

Half of this extended kitchen sat over unheated crawl space, so I needed a solution to keep the new tile floor as warm as the half that sat over heated basement. Electric mats were the perfect solution as they were thermostatically adjustable and had minimal impact on floor height.

Signage: Custom street sign, and more

The lane had only 3 homes on it. There was no signage as it was a private lane, and the mailboxes weren’t in numerical order. So, I designed and built this all-inclusive sign post to identify the lane and incorporate each resident’s mailbox.

Stonework: Veneer stone wall

After clearing some overgrowth, I found a wall—unfortunately it was cement block—so I covered it with a combination of manufactured and natural stone, for a more elegant look.

Cabinetry: Spice storage and message center

This cabinet combined a message center which included a magnetic surface with a chalkboard finish. The spice storage was a perfect fit for the wall adjacent the cooking prep area. Additionally, it had a display area for collectibles.