Over the last couple of months, Jeremy Balint, one of our talented local woodworkers, has been building the storage in the entrance hallway. It’s been an empty space since the house was completed, so it’s great to finally get this done.
The storage, for coats, hats, shoes and other outdoor gear, is constructed in a similar way to which Jeremy made our bookshelves – basically, a series of birch-ply boxes and shelving units which he made in his workshop and then connected together and fastened to the walls onsite. The whole thing was then faced in fir and we put on a fir sliding door in a modern barn style. It’s designed so that one half of the main hanging space is always open, and there’s an inside light so you can see what you’re doing. It also incorporates a relatively enclosed space for the cat’s litter tray roughly where it’s always been so the cat doesn’t get too confused!
After the whole structure was put together, I finished all the fir with Tried and True Varnish Oil, which is a mixture of linseed oil and a pine resin-based varnish. It has to be rubbed in carefully but it produces a really satisfyingly deep and rich sheen. At the same time, I lightly sanded and finished the cherry top on our bookshelves and the fir handrail on the stairs, both of which had been left unfinished until now.