Archive for the ‘Interior’ Category

Living room/Kitchen Transformations

Posted on: November 6th, 2015 by Barley Store

With the confined space, the Kitchen had to be able to transform into a Living room, and vice versa.
The TV unit pops up in front of the window – meaning that it can be a bench by day and TV stand by night.
The couch/kitchen table was designed by Ralph Alphonso and built in collaboration with 2nd Chance Tables, using recycled timber to construct the beautiful tabletop.
The table sits as the backrest for the couch, and pivots on a pin into a comfortable sofa. The stools transition between table chairs and footrest, and it is upholstered by Martel Upholstery with the fabric from Woven Image.


Glass Screens

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by Barley Store

Staircases make up the main traffic ways around, up and down the 5×4 building, and with that comes necessary safety precautions. This generally means installing bulky balustrades to keep people slipping off the edges, however within our tight space this would have reduced the sense of space between floors within the building.
The solution? Glass Balustrades.

These are made with heavy-duty glass, and attached around the stairs.


Our Appliances

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by Barley Store

All the appliances are now installed and ready for action. It is quite a slick line up, every appliance fitting into the contemporary design of the compact ecosystem. Here’s the list:

Video Diary: Upholstery

Posted on: May 24th, 2015 by Barley Store

The Upholstery for the couch is in progress, so we went down to Martel to see what they were up to. See the video below, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.


Video Diary: Bed Base Time-Lapse

Posted on: May 17th, 2015 by Barley Store

With the offsite construction of the custom designed bed, it was time to install it in the future bedroom of the 5×4 Building. This had to be done early before the stairs had balustrades installed, because it wouldn’t fit otherwise!. See the video below, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.


A place to sleep

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by Barley Store

The queen size bed base for 5×4 has been installed in the 2nd floor. Of course, with space at a premium, it’s been kitted out with as many storage units as it can hold. Bit by bit, the 5×4 Buiding is taking shape.


The Couch

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by Barley Store

The Couch/Dining room table has been custom made to fit the building.
The piece had to be compact and needed to be used as both a couch and a table. The solution was a roll-over design, created by owner-builder Ralph. Both Ralph and 2nd Chance Tables built the piece of furniture together.

The fabric for the couch and pillows were supplied by Woven Image. The couch fabric is 100% wool, and Comer and King chose the black and blue colours of the piece.


Indoor Painting

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by Barley Store

The indoor walls of FivexFour are currently being painted in white using Ecolour paint.

The painted plasterboard contrasts with the timber creating a clean and homely atmosphere.


Let there be light

Posted on: May 7th, 2015 by Barley Store

The lights of 5×4 have been turned on for the first time. They are extremely energy efficient, with an entire floor calculated to use only 24W/hour. They operate not only via switch but also with a separate dimmer, so the brightness of the lights can be set and kept. The strips of lights fit into the wood create a sharp, modern aesthetic.


Second coat of stain

Posted on: April 23rd, 2015 by Barley Store

With a second coat of dark stain being applied to the wooden floors, stairs and bench tops, the patterns in the ASH timber are starting to come into their own.
The stain comes from a dilution of stainless steel soaked in vinegar. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity though – it’s quite hard to apply uniformly, but Timber Care were a match for the task.