The Timber Whisperer's Blog

Built In Fireplace for Apartment Living

October 5, 2018
by Matthew
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We installed this stunning fireplace. The fireplace is controlled by remote and has built in speakers for sound. It is run by electricity and water and we had to install all of this and needed to remove a wall.

To give the top section a floating look and feel we needed to build a inner support from steal and suspend this from the ceiling,  the steal gives strength to the top section. The apartment is very high up and strong winds can be known to blow in and this added to the brief to make this unit extra sturdy, as it is close to the balcony doors.

We covered the interior columns with 24 carat gold leaf which add a warmth and glow to the living area. When the morning light comes through onto the columns a beautiful golden glow fills the whole living area.

The owner is extremely happy with the level of detail and installation.

We worked with the interior designers Wrightson Stewart Interiors on this project.

 

 

Dressing Room in the Sky

October 5, 2018
by Matthew
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We were asked to turn one of the bedroom spaces in the Abian Apartments into a walk-in dressing room. There needed to be a sensational space to display handbags and shoes and it needed to be protected by glass. We decided to add LED lighting to highlight the viewing. We used American Cherry Solid timber and veneer to create all the shelving, doors, sliding draws, jewelry pocket draws, hanging spaces and mirrored sliding doors. We also covered the interior column with 24 carat gold leaf which really adds a glamorous feel to the whole room.

The owner is over the moon with their new dressing space and highly complimented our level of detail.

We worked with the interior designers Wrightson Stewart Interiors on this project.

Funky Wall Length Bed Head Board for Boys Bedroom

August 30, 2018
by Matthew
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Wall to wall bed headboard creating a funky and comfortable vibe for the bedroom. We mixed tones to bring in a more funky feel and installed power and light fittings at arms length. Our client’s son loves his new room.

Stairway to heaven, bunkbeds, desk and bookcase in one.

April 18, 2018
by Matthew
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Our brief was to make a fun bed, in a bunk style, so a friend could sleep over and include a desk and a bookcase.

We designed the bunks, desk and shelves to all fit snug and create an environment that was fun and practical.

We utalised the window light for the deskspace and included shelves at the end of the top bunk and nooks for favorite toys.

The funky ladder stairs to the top bunk were carefully designed for safety and ease of use.

Our client was very happy with the end result, and their child just loves sleeping in their room now and can’t wait to have sleepovers with friends.

The greatest pleasure was seeing his face light up when we had finished creating his new stairway to heaven.

Honour Roll Board – wood carving and turning

April 17, 2018
by Matthew
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The Gregory Terrace Foundation asked us to make a new Honour board for the World War II roll of Honour.

They wanted it to match the existing Honour Board,  we matched the new Honour board in every detail, we handed turned and hand carved every detail to produce an identical piece.

Our Client is very happy with the end result, and this board has taken its place alongside the original in The Great Hall at Gregory Terrace.

 

Natural Oak Wall Unit for Beach Apartment

March 12, 2018
by Matthew
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We built this beautiful wall unit from natural oak creating a fresh modern look for this beachside apartment. This unit is space saving, creating surface space and storage space utalising design, space and functionality.

This unit is 6 meters long and is built in natural oak.

The unit was designed by Gary Hamer from Gary Hamer Interiors.

Heritage project – restoration, carving, french polishing in old CBD building

February 22, 2018
by Matthew
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Hutchinson Builders asked us to help on a heritage project they are working on, replacing missing paneling and carvings in an old government building in the Brisbane CBD that is being refurbished into a 5 star hotel.

We were also asked to finish all the paneling in the foyer with french polishing.

This project was challenging, the carvings were of a very old style, which took much skill and time to recreate, the Crown mouldings were a large mould which we would have to make new cutters for. The timber used had to match the old sections.

All detailed drawings off each section that had to be replaced had to be approved before any work was started.

In consultation with Hutchinson and the owner we developed a finish to keep the old look and feel, they did not want something that looked like new.

Even the new sections we made had to blend with the original panels, in colour and look and feel.

In this Modern world we should never forget our old Buildings, this project was immense and the results have been rewarding and the foyer is looking better than new, in fact it’s looking delightfully old.

Custom built Spare Room

September 8, 2017
by Matthew
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A Spare room your guests would not want to leave,
This room was designed in a way to create an easy feeling, by the way off using natural timber. The board is cut on a slight angle to give it a flowing look, and is made from solid American Oak. The upholstery insert in a supportive soft foam so you can rest against it with or without pillows.
The bedsides tables are a floating single drawer bedside, made from French Walnut.
The wardrobe doors, are an added feature to the room, featuring a crown cut Oak with black knobs.

 

Master Bedroom with elegance and style

September 8, 2017
by Matthew
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This master bedroom brings functionality and elegance into one.  The feature wall separates the bedroom and ensuite and is made from spotted gum, creating an art piece in itself from the different shapes and shades of timber. The random use of grain gives a unique and spacious feel to the room.

The Art Deco dresser sits alongside the feature wall and adds elegance in every turn, the flowing curves are created out off solid timber, the sides have the Japanese rising sun made out off solid PNG Ebony, the drawers are also random designs with the base as a flowing curve. The timbers used in this piece include: Solid Qld Walnut, Solid South African, Bilinga, PNG Ebony, American Oak, with the handles in solid French Walnut.  The internals of the dresser are all American Oak.

The Headboard is custom made to fix around the small nib recess. It is also 70mm in thickness, with two forms off soft foam, so you rest your head and read comfortably in bed.

The Ensuite area is on the other side off the feature wall and opens to a wardrobe. Wanting a more high functional and industrial look, greys, black and stone colours were used. The doors are all push to open, the internals are all American Oak, to keep the flow of the timber.
The Vanity  basin is made from a bamboo with a slim line top, the grain flowing from the doors over the top section, the basin is of natural stone. The towel compartments are a black laminate to compliment the mixture of light grey tiles on the floor
All the features of this master bedroom and ensuite were  designed by Matthew, the owner of Finer Finishers.

Wall Unit to complete the Living Room

September 6, 2017
by Matthew
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Perfect fit to complete the livingroom. Our clients were wanting a tv/storage/bookshelf display unit in their main living space, they knew exactly what they wanted and we were able to provide a stunning piece of furniture that met all their needs.

We want to soften the unit, so we added a 5 Meter solid Iron Bark Timber top, (in one section, no joins).  The natural timber added to the colours of the space. A twist of colour was added to compliment the sofas and furnishings and a two pack Satin finish in a shade of blue beautifully completed the unit.

The top doors are all ‘push to open’, the side units and a mix of display with and without glass doors. The lower section all houses drawers and equipment DVD, Foxtel etc.

This unit adds value to the home and quality of lifestyle for the owners and their children. Our clients are very happy with the finished project.

Clients words:  “I was really impressed by the standard of workmanship of the Finer Finshers’ team.  I roughly designed what I wanted and Matthew suggested some enhancements.  The end product exceeded my expectations and we have to say that the wall unit with bookcases has really finished off our downstairs open plan area.  It has really brought it to a new level.  I couldn’t be happier.  Matthew’s team were very approachable and professional and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them.  For the quality of product and the impact it has made on our home, it has been more than worth the investment.”