I recently completed a huge all-summer-long remodel of a great barn style house. The house is a two story red barn with full-length porches on the front and back hidden on 18 acres in a rural area. This house was just on the border of how far I am willing to travel for a project.
I don’t do a lot of commercial work, but I will for certain situations, namely friends. My mechanic and former employer from WAY back called me to refresh his office space. I wonder why?
The paneling had to go. Scratch that, everything had to go. We did a full gut of the office space. Lights, ceilings, walls, floors all replaced.
We had planned on simply replacing the ceiling tiles on the drop ceiling and painting the cross members, but because it was so old it was easily damaged beyond repair. We redid the entire ceiling and installed new LED office lights. This was the first and hopefully last drop ceiling I install. I think it turned out well.
The next phase was drywall. We did a light knock down texture painted gray. Trim was a nice cream color and doors a deep red.
The old used-to-be-red vinyl tiles were replaced with a nice ceramic. This was installed by a sub-contractor as I’m no good at tile work.
Once the walls were painted, tile work done, and trim installed it was time to install a coffee bar. We went with a budget friendly option by using inexpensive yet high quality stock cabinets. These were solid oak face frames and drawer fronts with complete plywood construction. NEVER buy particle board cabinets. We stained them and installed them. A local countertop company installed some nice granite.
Cleaned up and ready to move back in…
A huge THANK YOU to the owners of B&B Automotive for allowing Dailey Woodworks to renew your office space. If you live in the Brazos Valley and need a good mechanic they are the people to go to.
If you live in the Brazos Valley, and would like me to build a custom Murphy Bed for your home contact me for an estimate.
Shortly before Christmas I was commissioned to build a Murphy Bed. Building a custom Murphy Bed is a project I have been wanting to do for a long time. My wife and I had talked about building one for our guest/craft room, but it just never seemed to happen. So when I got the chance to build one I jumped at the opportunity.
After some research we chose to use a professionally made hardware kit from Create-a-Bed. There are several less expensive ways of putting a bed together but with something like this hacking together a cheap mechanism just creates problems. By using a high quality hardware kit it saved time and therefore the client money in the end. Also, the hardware comes with a Lifetime Warranty, which is reassuring.
This is what you get in the kit: On each side of the Murphy Bed I built a bookcase. Following the “Rule of thirds” each bookcase is a third of the width of the Murphy bed. I also set the book shelves back from the face of the Murphy bed for some visual appeal.
(The “Rule of Thirds” refers to the idea that the human eye finds a 1:3 and 2:3 ratio visually appealing. Take a look at your doors, cabinets, and dressers and you’ll see this in practice).
We debated painting the bed white, but I’m very happy that we decided to stain it. To add detail I made a faux door frame once again using the “rule of thirds.” to finish it up I added baseboard and crown molding. A Murphy Bed can be taken from a ultra modern look to Victorian depending on the details you choose to add, or not add.
The Murphy Bed itself (for the full size, vertical mount) comes out from the wall 16inches, is 82inches tall, and has a width of 60inches (5ft). Each book case is 82h x 20w x 12d.
The gas struts make raising and lowering the bed easy. A firm tug lowers the bed and it can be closed with one finger. My client is a very small person and had no issues raising and lowering the mechanism.
It is necessary to anchor the bed to at least 3 wall studs. And while it is a semi-permanent addition to your home it can be partially disassembled and moved if the need ever arises.
Murphy Beds can be made to be either vertical or horizontal and are available. in Twin, Full, or Queen sizes.
This will be the last post of this series. There was a lot of painting, drywall repairs throughout the rest of the house. All of which were fairly basic and not “wow” transformational. The Kitchen, however, was the crowning achievement of this project.
The credit for this Kitchen doesn’t go to me but to Wright Custom Woodworks. All I did was paint and install the hardware. Bo, completely changed and refaced the cabinets to a nice modern-classic look. He’s also a great guy. I’ve recommended him to several people for custom cabinet work, and will continue to do so.
Here are the Pictures: Click on them to open the gallery.