If you caught our first post about renovating Vic Loft, you saw us and our team tear out a measly ceiling, reroute some electrical, and rework the foundation of our clients’ bedroom, to retain light while adding a little separation via sliding bookshelf storage—all modular for maximum livability.
Here’s the progress of our custom designed millwork—for our closet doors, sliding bookshelves and bathroom—under the watchful craftsmanship of our finish carpenter Nunzio.
When woodworking is involved, weather conditions can effect the porosity of the wood, and determine when it can be handled without damage, so schedules can vary slightly if it’s an especially humid (or dry) day. It’s a delicate process, but the end result is stunning, beautiful pieces that develop a warm, vintaged look with age (and don’t reveal plastic inside once the veneer cracks).
After the jump, we’ll show you the cabinetry division bring our vision to life, and then return to the construction site for installation.
First, a look at our sketches for the maple bookshelves and tracking, closet and transom window (in aforementioned order below):
Our sliding bookshelves in action below:
The next image is a close-up of how the tracking for the sliding bookshelves/clothing drawers function:
Our closet, with custom designed sliding Shoji doors (which we’ve also featured in our Melrose House project) for their elegance and permeability to light.
Our transom window (a window above the door and below the ceiling/roof, typically seen on the front door), which we built specifically to allow light into the bathroom, is detailed below.
Nunzio and us around the millwork shop.
And here are our pieces for the Vic loft being put together. The next image is of the Shoji doors, which, once finished will get panes of frosted glass installed.
Below are pictures of the assembly of storage drawers for the bookshelf units.
The last couple images show pieces for the tracking that will assist the shelves in sliding smoothly into all of their configurations.
Once our products were finished, we brought them back to Vic Loft to install them onsite.
Nunzio invited us into conference room for some delicious Arancini (Nunzio was born in Sicily, the origin of these fried rice balls stuffed with mozzarella and a tomato ragú). We took some home for the rest of the office, where they were thoroughly enjoyed. Watch this space for the final installment of our series on Vic Loft: completion and photo shoot!