Those who love Bourbon need to love the bar they serve it at. This two-tiered bar top was made from a single slab of walnut almost 4ft wide and 15ft long. Comfortably sit or stand at one side and admire how the natural slab seamlessly folds down then turns out again at counter height to prepare drinks. The base is wrapped in a scorched cedar siding and solid cedar beams support the top. A custom footrest and hardware is given a gun barrel finish to complete the old world feel, and with a built-in mini freezer to store bourbon ice balls, your whiskey longs to call this home.
This basement bar is really more like a second kitchen. It was custom made from all solid hickory and finished with gun barrel steel details. The Fullers showed Spencer a shelf they have in the room to give him an idea of what style they wanted and he ran with it. Now the Fullers have a perfect place to have friends over to watch the game.
Wood. Leather. Steel. These are the basic masculine elements, all of which have been combined into an elegant, handcrafted barstool. The legs are cut from a thick beam of walnut, then joined into a solid steam-bent walnut hoop. A steel ring is rolled and welded by hand and given a gun barrel finish then used to secure the legs. A comfy seat is pressed into premium leather and the whole thing is inspected by hand and finished with natural oil creating a heavy, durable feeling of raw masculinity.
Ever desire a rustic feel that functions like new? Typical rustic tables have uneven planks causing whats on your table to be unstable and difficult to slide around, and the large gaps and crack allow food to be trapped making cleaning difficult. This table, over 10ft long, is constructed from large heart pine boards, made new and flat and then artistically distressed by hand giving you the best of both worlds. We call this "rustic elegance".
The Jones' have come to Old North Designs for a kitchen island once before. They lived in a loft downtown and Old North made them the perfect island for that space, but when they bought this 1920's home that needed a complete gutting and renovation they came to Old North for a new built-in island. The only thing in the existing kitchen was the sink which is original to the house. So when they were planning the new kitchen, they had in their head the way the layout had to be done and when they came to Spencer they believed all they needed was the island, but Spencer had different ideas.
Instead of just drawing up an island, Spencer drew up an entirely new kitchen layout. Because of the old chimney in the corner, the Jones' wanted the hood to vent out threw the old chimney. They thought that meant the entire stove and oven needed to be on the wall next to the sink. That would have created a line of appliances, almost no counter space and a completely unused wall under the right wall window. Spencer split up the gas stove top and the oven and angled the stove top in the corner. Now the counter flows nicely along the right wall and gives the kitchen the "U" shape that is so nice for flow.
Now that Spencer had given them a better flow, more storage and more counters, it was time to talk countertops. Old North made Maple butcher block counters for the kitchen with exception of the island. The white concrete for the island top brings contrast as well as a surface that can withstand rougher treatment. Then to incorporate a bar Spencer took a live edge cut of birch and raised up one side. This beautiful slab of wood is displayed as a unique addition to an already beautiful kitchen. The end of the island Spencer curved to eliminate sharp corners and added rounded display shelves for Abby Jones to arrange her collection of beautiful kitchen items.
Spencer loves to incorporate little extras into his work and surprised the Jones' with a knife block in one of the small drawers. There is not much else this size drawer could have been used for but Spencer does not allow for waisted space in his designs.
This kitchen is a wonderful example of utilizing every aspect of Old North Designs. The design is practical, beautiful, and the best use of space, and the build is quality with attention to the smallest of details, and the install was precise.
If there ever was a kitchen island to be envious of this would be it. Incorporating old European design, an 8in deep Maple butcher-block sits on one-third of the island while the other two-thirds is untreated copper. The functional elements of a trash drawer, microwave storage, and a custom knife drawer are met with decorative shelves, and detailed trim work. As a surprise to the customers Spencer incorporated hidden push-to-open cabinets behind each stool. This leaves no square inch unused, and is a great place to hide the more expensive bottles of whiskey, you don't want others to know about.
Constructed from reclaimed pine timber and poplar beams, this kitchen island is a warm, inviting conversation piece helping to facilitate deep conversations and fun get togethers.
Abby Jones is a baker and blogger. So for her downtown loft, she needed a practical and beautiful kitchen island. The stainless steel top is easy to clean and perfect for rolling pie dough, while the base keeps the room feeling open with recessed shelves that make it easy to pull up a stool on either side.
Its not uncommon for Old North customers to find inspiration from a mainstream store. The problem is when you buy an item from Pottery Barn for example you are not purchasing a quality that is going to last. the Large corporate furniture companies have everything made as cheap as possible in cheap labor countries. The Wilkerson family new better though. They found something they liked and had it made well and exactly to their needs.
Each drawer is made with dove tail joinery and hand carved to give it an aged look without the splinters. The hickory is stained with natural black tea to give it the warmth and depth without the harsh chemicals. This custom made vanity fits perfectly with the Wilkerson's early 1900's home.
As with all of his work, Spencer prefers simple elegance with a strong feel. This porch swing is designed with long, understated curves, wider back slats, and a thick, confident frame. The seat is curved and wider than standard, making a more comfortable, relaxed seating posture. Using chain for hanging can often be cold, noisy, less appealing, and even pinch you. So instead a strong, fisherman's rope appeals warmer and functions softer.
The original swing Spencer made as a gift to his future in-laws the year he proposed to his now wife. It is made of solid cherry hardwood and coated in the strongest exterior varnish on the market which allows this porch swing to stand even the harsh weather conditions of Montana.
The dark colored porch swing is quintessential to Spencer and Melody's 1880's Southern home. Every large front porch needs a swing. This swing is oak that has been chemically treated in an ammonia chamber to give it its dark rich color. The color of the wood has been chemically changed forever and will never fade, unlike a wood stain. The European matt oil finish allows for you to feel the texture of the wood while still protecting it from weather conditions.
This solid backyard swing interchanges between a hammock for the adults and a children's swing set. The frame is made of solid 6x6 inch Black Locust wood, then stained a deep brown and coated with a weather-proof seal. Each leg was submerged several feet under ground and anchored in concrete. This swing set is now a permanent fixture for this beautiful backyard.
For those who take pride in their landscaping and treasure solitude in their garden. This Potter's Bench is the best place to keep all your necesities easily accessible and organized.