Category Archives: TC Millwork

Giggles and polka dots!

Last month I was contacted by Marjorie Simmons about custom mural work for Giggles Ice Cream & Candy Parlour.  She was inspired by the Land of Nod website, a cascading polka dot motif in a rainbow of sorbet colors, and wanted to replicate the look on a few feature walls to give the space a fun, effervescent feel.
First I completed the Grace Bay Ports of Call location, the entire resort and shopping complex has just undergone a bright and cheerful renovation and now Giggles can say the same.

 Giggles will soon be opening it’s brand new downtown location, look for details to come!  This space is much larger and I love the way the mural turned out on these tall walls.

One mother stopped in to see the work in progress and inquired about a kids room.  Absolutely!  There are lots of great ideas for incorporating polka dots in a nursery,
 kids bedroom,
 playroom,
or even furnishings.
You may even find a sleek and sophisticate use for polka dots in your home!

Beach Barn Before and After- Headboards

I did not manage to get a wednesday+woodworks post completed yesterday but I hope to make up for it with today’s before and after project.  The Long Bay Beach Barn is filled with  locally sourced, and often refinished, furnishings.  I purchased this pair of headboards at the old Salvation-Army last year for $40.  I started by painting them ivory and adding a light distress.  I then had mirror cut for the inset areas which I antiqued and set in place.  I love the way they turned out and how versatile they are; the pretty pair can be set up as a single daybed, as a matching pair of single beds, or the two singles joined together for one big shabby chic king sized headboard!

Longbay Beach Barn

The Longbay Beach Barn sits on a .93 acre lot on Cheshire Hall Circle.  Built by TC Millwork in 2010, the 40′ x 60′ 2,400 square foot building has been designed to be multipurpose.  There are three 20′ x 40′, 800 square foot bays separated by solid wood tongue and groove framed walls and oversize sliding barn style doors. 

The first bay has been utilized as the great room, featuring a kitchen and both living and dining areas.  Solid mahogany 9’6″ tall bi-fold doors, spanning 12′, open out to the surrounding nature.

 A temporary subdivision within the first bay sections off a bedroom, bathroom, and laundry for privacy.

The second bay currently is utilized as guest quarters and an art studio.

The third bay currently acts as a garage however, with this much open space (you must see in person to grasp), this bay, as well as the others, could serve a wide variety of fantastic purposes; a unique and charming residence, a kiteboarding/windsurfing eco-lodge, a hobby/art/yoga studio, a private workshop, a luxury car/boat collection storage, or even the ultimate industrial cool bachelor pad.

The framework is solid steel, rated for 160mph winds.  The roofing consists of Long Span III 26 gauge steel 36″reinforced rib panels, which means the beach barn will be a safe haven during hurricane seasons to come.  With the heavy rains of the 2010 and 2011 seasons, not an inch of water entered thanks to an additional 6′ of fill compacted on the property before the foundation was laid. There is insulation throughout the ceiling and within the sub floor to the unfinished loft space, which could easily be turned into an incredible attic apartment.

For the eco minded, the building is outfitted with large gutters and drainpipes which feed a 15,000 gallon cistern for collection of rain water.  Even during the dry seasons, this cistern has yet to run empty, saving thousands of dollars in water usage.  The building orientation was placed to maximize the trade-winds; the side and rear 9′ tall custom entrance doors and 6′ x 6′ large operational louvered windows (painted white cypress), create an amazing airflow which keep the space cool even in the hottest August or September months.

One of the many highlights of the property is the picturesque footpath/nature trail to the beach.  This 12′ wide easement, one of many public beach accesses within the Longbay Hills subdivision, borders the eastern property line.  There is a small private pathway to the trail from the property, which is a swift seven minute walk to the beach.  The footpath is framed by native stones and features many of the diverse indigenous plant, flower, and tree species indicative of our rare Dry Tropical Forest.

Camille from Provo Ponies on a horseback ride on the nature trail.
 At the end of the nature trail one arrives at this serene and uncrowded beach.
“Long Bay Beach is a large stretch of coastline on the south shore, with beautiful white sands and hardly any visitors. The water is warmer on this side and the waves are shallow and calm, providing excellent swimming opportunities.  Vacationers who are hoping for a taste of seclusion in Turks and Caicos could find that Long Bay Beach suits them perfectly.  Travelers may want to keep in mind that despite Long Bay Beach’s lack of seclusion , it is also one of Turks and Caicos’ beaches furthest from the crowds . This makes it an excellent choice for families and groups of friends that would prefer a bit of activity at the beach but choose to avoid the crowds.”
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Longbay Beach is also world famous in the sport of kiteboarding.  SBC Kiteboard Magazine describes it as, “Waist-deep for miles; side-on-wind; flat water; best spot to ride freestyle and freeride.”
 Above two images by Federico Bigazzi

At $325,000 the Longbay Beach Barn is an incredible square footage value for the price.  This additionally includes all plans for a future main house on the peak section of the property.  Please see the listing on tcrea #1200165

Mini Office Makeover

Office Before
During a bookkeeping appointment with our accountant, it was relayed that she was having difficulty personalizing her office.  She had purchased a couple of prints and a small bamboo mirror, a few pieces that reminded her of her time living in Japan, but wasn’t certain how best to display them.  She wanted a cozier look and feel to her workspace but desired to keep things simple and organized.
TC Millwork Design set out to create a solution that would not require a great deal of expense or waiting time.  Firstly, we suggested removing all pieces in the room which did not have a specific function.  With the subtraction of a coffee table there was now room for a pair of interior plants to add some life and touch of green to the room.  A rug was top priority; we needed a style that would add texture, graphic pattern, and a splash of color to the space.  The rug pictured above was perfect to give the small room a central piece to tie it all together. 
  The room also needed a narrow display that would  house the collection of family photographs which previously sat clustered on the filing cabinet.  Floating shelves were ideal; a series of three in various lengths were hung, creating a contemporary clean look.
Office After
Do you have a space that could use a mini makeover or a collection of purchases that have been sitting idle?  Please contact us!