Archive for the ‘Furniture’ 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.


Roof-Top Hot Tub

Posted on: October 31st, 2015 by Barley Store

The Hot Tub up on the roof is finally ready to go, and doesn’t it just look fantastic!
Just like the theory of the rest of the house, it has the ability to be a cool plunge pool in summer, and a steamy spa during winter.
The cedar smells wonderful, and the Hot Tub from Ukko Hot Tubs that was installed so long ago is now in full use.

Hot Tub

Interview with Ralph Alphonso – The Month of May 2015

Posted on: May 30th, 2015 by Barley Store

Whilst the difficult stage of fitting the services is taking place, Ralph goes through the custom furniture and the various lighting techniques around the build.

For more video interviews head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full Construction Diary Interviews playlist.

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.


Hot Tub

Posted on: April 4th, 2015 by Barley Store

Water has been added to the hot tub, completing the final step of the installation.
The tub, crafted by Ukko, is designed to leak for the first few days until the wood expands and fills in any gaps.
With water in the tub, the smell of the wood is filling the top level of the build. The tub has a corona discharge ozonator and an ioniser which means the water will have minimal chemicals.


Video Diary: Hot Tub Installation

Posted on: December 13th, 2014 by Barley Store

A quick time-lapse of the hot tub being installed. due to its size and weight it had to be installed very early on in the build. See the time-lapse below, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.


Meeting Cameron Comer– Interior Design

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by Barley Store

Cameron Comer came for a chat about interior style options, taking into consideration our very limited space and the need for practicality. We discussed various options for our interior finishes, including wood treatments and materials.