Toady was a day I’d been looking forward to for some time, and I admit, with a mix of anxiety, anticipation and excitement. Back in September, a client asked if WKD could design a hidden door for them. (You can see the preliminary design proposals in a previous blog post here.) I knew I had assembled a great team to fabricate, finish and install the door, but I didn’t know how good until today. Let me introduce my guys. Rich Laperchia of Alpine Woodworks who prepared a fabulous set of shop drawings and helped me work thru a number of little niggly detail questions, Dave Taubenack of Fantastic Finishes, whose eye for color/tint/hue is beyond belief and can match any sample you give him and David West of Meadowview Construction and his team of “the best behaved boys in construction”. Cutting to the chase, I can design something fabulous, do a terrific set of drawings and specifications to communicate my design intent. But it’s the guys who know and understand the means and methods of construction that I depend on. They’re the guys who actually make the vision real. It’s their commitment, pride of craft and attention to detail that actually creates something beautiful. These guys nailed it!
So here we are – the before.
The after… See why I’m so excited???
Wine cellar on the left. Bar on the right. I borrowed details from the bar and used them as the basic design vocabulary in the door.
In the finish shop just after the door had come out of the spray booth – antique glaze yet to be applied.
Dave and Dan fussing over all the little things.
I would be remise if I didn’t include Ladd Cook, the local rep for The Original Book Works, Ltd., who so patiently answered all my questions about faux books and shepherded the book order thru production in England. The books are truly the icing on the cake and make the door.
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