Private House Fitting

By: The African Touch  02-26-2016
Keywords: Home Furnishings, Interior Decorating, Kitchen Cupboards

We were commissioned to do the joinery work for a very upmarket private house in Victoria Falls. The clients were from overseas and very particular about the finish and quality they required. We started with the doors and windows, many of them with large curved arches. To ensure the strongest possible frames we decided to construct special forms for each frame size and laminate long slender Zambezi Teak strips to give an exceptionally strong arc. Styles and rails of wood windows and doors are normally butt joined for quick and easy assembly. However, we decided to depart from the norm in favour of quality of construction and each joint was mortice and tennon in all windows and doors. The windows and doors were fitted with anchor bolts, expanded foam builder’s adhesive and finished off around the edges with painted silicone, giving an extremely strong but perfectly finished installation. The internal doors towered 2.7 meters up towards the ceilings. Because of the great weight of the Zambezi Teak they are made from, four solid brass heavy duty hinges were used to hang each one. The external doors and windows were finished with an oil that will withstand the harsh African sun, while the interiors were finished with a beautiful lacquer that brings out the magnificent grain and colour of the Zambezi Teak. Next up were the built in cupboards. In the three children’s rooms and cottage supawood was used with three coats of coloured lacquer to give a very clean, fine finish – very pleasing to the eye and strong and functional. In the main bedroom changing room was the piece de resistance! Floor to ceiling cupboards built of solid Zambezi Teak, giving a rich, luxurious finish and a real feel of quality and opulence. All cupboards were double door to utilise all space from floor to roof. Chests of drawers, hidden drawers, shelves, shoe racks and hanging space were included. A splendid result. The floors are beautiful Zambezi teak tong and groove laid on waterproofed concrete with special floor glue. They are finished with a floor lacquer. The stair tread were installed the same way and look stunning against the light coloured walls. The final job was to install the bathroom vanities and office furniture and dressing tables / desks in the bedrooms. The vanities were fitted into concrete surrounds with the bathroom basins set onto the concrete top, giving a functional work surface with an attractive cabinet under. The office shelving used special concealed fittings to give the impression of a ‘floating’ shelf on the office walls. All in all a great project to do and we had a lot of fun in the process!

Keywords: built in cupboards, Home Furnishings, Interior Decorating, Interior Decoration, Interiors, Kitchen Cupboards, Kitchen Design, Wood Flooring, Wooden flooring