Here at Barnes HQ we decided earlier in the year that our office deserved a revamp and redesign to brighten things up and rearrange the way we use the available space.
Like many, our office is the hub of all things and serves a multitude of purposes from the design studio the drawing office the meeting room and more importantly home to the dogs bed!
Sited along the path from our kitchen showroom here in Ashburton the office building is of old traditional construction so we knew what to expect when it came to the building works.
Firstly, we removed the entire front of the property to allow us to fit the brilliant new full width smoked glass triple span doors care of Aspect Windows in Exeter.
This entailed supporting the roof while we removed the old fittings and rebuilt the stud wall. Like the full kitchen design and build service that we offer, the office refurbishment was no different so we cracked on and on.
Once in place, we clad the exterior wall with lapped cedar cladding to give it that cosy cabin look. The wood from Southern Timber was then treated with Saicos hardwax exterior oil to give it a long lasting luscious look and prevent deterioration from weathering.
Moving inside, we decided to keep the lovely Devon stone floor tiles which were put in many moons ago. On the left we created some new handmade cabinetry to provide storage space but also a small kitchen area for our much needed refreshments.
The kitchen cabinet surfaces are 20mm ‘River White’ quartz work surface supplied by SCI Masonry of Newton Abbot and the cabinetry is finished with a Farrow & Ball ‘Green Smoke’ 20% ac lacquer spray painted finish.
The kitchen area includes our new gizmo the Cube tap from Quooker which looks like any other chrome swan neck tap BUT delivers a whole lot more ! with boiling water, chilled water and filtered drinking water all at hand at the turn of a tap. This really is the business and makes serving up regular drinks a doddle.
We went on to to design and make ourselves new desks and went for a bold minimalist trestle legged design incorporating some beautiful chunks of European Oak care of beach Brothers Timber in Exeter.
These handmade tables have 50mm thick oak tops and are finished in the all so durable Osmo Raw wax which gives a light appearance and protects the wood from any scratches from everyday usage.
The centrepiece of the office is a beautiful dresser hand made many years ago at our workshop that incorporates some exceptionally rare and beautiful Burr Elm (catspaw Elm) and some glorious Canterbury glass. Pat the boss is so fond of this piece that he has never let it go and it now displays some select fittings and samples.
In keeping with the elm dresser is Pats new chair. The boss wasn’t too sure about our modern approach for the new office so we got him a chair fit for a king which is also a nod to the past. When Kim first started working for pat 15 years ago he had an original with a green seat – We found this beauty in ‘in a nutshell antiques’ and literally bit their arm off because we knew it would make him feel at home in our new surroundings
Throw in some beautiful accessories including lovely lights from nearby Odds and Suds of Ashburton and you have a fantastic modern workplace that exudes style and offers form and functionality to allow us to continue making beautiful Barnes kitchens.