Monday, June 22, 2015

Custom Chandelier Concept Drawing

One of my clients wanted a custom chandelier to hang over the counter of the Custom Bar I built. I conceptualized this design to keep with the theme of the bar. We sourced blue wine bottles, cut their bases and wired them up with vintage filament lamps. The hanging frame was designed to mimic the shape of the bulk head and hides all of the wiring.

This one is still pending customer approval via a single mock up that was delivered to her home.

Do you have a figment of an imagination that you would like to see brought to fruition??? We specialize in custom design and finishes so if you are looking for something original and unique in your space give us a call today.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Custom Fence, Gate and Shelter

We're currently working on a few outdoor projects at one of my client's East Mall residence. The brief was to remove the existing single gate side entrance and rebuild it with a double gated entrance and a custom pergola. A smaller fence was required to separate the driveway from the neighbour's rear walkway. In the rear, a structure was required to cover the space to extend the functionality of the side patio through inclement weather. Some of the challenges we faced were having to dig the 4 foot holes by hand to avoid hitting the gas lines that ran close to the post locations. Everything is coming along nicely except for the rain but progress is still being made. Check out other exterior projects we have completed from custom outdoor kitchens to deck and barn style sheds.

Original side entrance courtesy of Google Street View

These boards were eventually butted close together as the client wanted more privacy. The curved section at the top was eventually nixed.

The posts have yet to be cut to the desired height.

Testing the look of the purlins on the support beams

All posts cut to height, Purlins affixed and the gate detail cut. Only one handle was fixed here to keep the dog from running out.

A second single gate in the rear of the passage offers privacy from the street

Getting started at the rear. 6x6 column buried 4 feet deep in concrete ensure that this structure is not going anywhere soon.

Simpson Strong Tie SlopeSkew joist hangers were used throughout

On the beam end, Simpson Strong Tie hurricane ties will be installed on every rafter

All done. And now on to roofing....

Monday, June 8, 2015

Foyer Summer Makeover

While my foyer looked very cool with the rustic bench and faux fur rug we were desperate for a storage solution for some time now - a place for the kids to keep all their single gloves and lost scarves, so we decided to change it up last month. I found an Ikea dresser on Craigslist for $50, one we've actually been eyeing as it is the perfect size for our foyer. This particular design 'EDLAND' is out of production so imagine my joy when I found it on good ole' Craigslist.

I wanted a lamp in the space to have warm ambient light to welcome my guests. We found a cool ceramic base at a thrift store. It was an ugly peach colour and I decided to spray it a punchy coral. Added a beautiful printed shade from Target and it was complete. Additional accessories like the Churchill bust picked up at a Pinery Flea market, a pot for the keys and a tray for the mail - all found at our local Goodwill, were added to pretty up the space. And I left my cast iron hat rack in place.

The challenges we faced with this space was the lighting. The only available electrical outlet was the closet switch. Unfortunately this was an end of run of switch. This means that there was no neutral present. We had to draw power from the crawl space. We brought the power to a dimmer which then controls the outlet into which any lamp can be plugged. And let there be light ! 

So happy with my foyer  makeover and it makes quite the impact with my guests !

See pics and details of the initial look of the foyer HERE.



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