Bespoke Fitted Wardrobes in Original Attic Space
At the start of year Emma was visiting Emily’s Tea Shop at Waterhall Farm Hertfordshire, when she saw our gallery of work displayed at the joinery. She had recently moved into a converted building and was in desperate need of storage space for her clothes and shoes.
The bedrooms were in what was originally the attic space and hence had steeply sloping ceilings, which varied somewhat from one side to the other. The idea was to create two fitted wardrobes either side of the doorway in the triangular spaces. The construction was also to be complicated by two structural beams either side of the door way.
The initial consultation for the fitted wardrobes involved a site visit and a measure up and a discussion about the type of storage required, and also to work out the relative ratios of hanging space, hanging lengths, drawers, shelves and shoe storage.
The final brief was to maximise hanging space over all else and provide plenty of shoe storage, 5 drawers and a section of shelves. The doors were to have recessed panels with a bolection moulding which would provide detail and depth in an otherwise plain room. The spray finish was to be Eggshell which in its lack of sheen would accentuate the shadows and plains of depth.
We provided several drawings and worked with Emma modifying them until she was happy with the final internal design. We also created 10 different mouldings to choose from for the doors and finalised a choice of interior fittings.
The Construction Phase
The construction was carried out in the Old Dairy at Waterhall Farm Hertfordshire, which we will be taking over during the course of the year. It still has plenty of renovating to do but we took advantage of the summer weather and used the large space to draw out the floor plan of Emma’s bedroom on a flat MDF base, to ensure the carcasses were the right size. Gradually we constructed the fitted wardrobes until they stood complete in the workshop. (See the photo album on our Facebook page for showing development of this complex project).
Once the fitted wardrobes were ready, over the course of two days we de-constructed the wardrobes and re-constructed them in Emma’s bedroom. After spending weeks building them installation can be a nerve racking affair, but they fitted beautifully as planned!
This type of project is always rewarding for the team when the final article is in place, we are really pleased with the end result. Most importantly, Emma was delighted as she now has all the clothes storage she wanted, and the redundant triangular spaces have been utilised to the full.
If you have similar restricted space, and would like to discuss further, please feel free to contact us.