What do you get when you take a plot of scrap land, hemmed in by a railway line and busy road, and throw in a mainline sewer running through the centre of the space? Master carpenter, Olaf Mason of Mason Carpentry, and Fritha Vincent saw this space and envisioned their forever home.
The couple bought the plot just before the Pandemic struck and worked on the ambitious project together, overcoming the obstacles in the land by creating a striking triangular build, fondly named, the Triangle House. This incredible home speaks of their perseverance and hard work and of very clever design.
From the outside, the Triangle House features an eye-catching sculpted roof, leading to a large garden, outdoor kitchen, and fire pit. Inside a colourful kitchen is the heart of the home, with their Gemini Worktops island as the focal point. Venetian White Gemini Quartz is complemented by colourful cabinetry crafted by Olaf himself.
We caught up with Olaf to chat to him all about the Triangle House, why he decided to build his own kitchen from scratch and what advice he would give to anyone about to embark on their own self-build journey.
Being a carpenter, I was always inclined to make my own kitchen from scratch. It turned out, if you discount my labour costs, to be a cheaper alternative. Plus, the trickiness of the angles in our house and the fact that it needed to be slightly higher or lower in places meant that by building the kitchen myself, I could really tailor it to our needs.
I’ve found that if you go for off-the-shelf units from somewhere like Wickes or Howdens, then you can be limited with their sizing or there’s often a little spot that doesn’t quite work and ends up being void which I can’t stand. So, this custom bespoke way was really the only way for us.
I wanted colour in the space, rather than your standard, blanket one shade kitchen. I also wanted a central kitchen island with a white marble look surface and because I love wooden worktops too, wanted to incorporate both materials, opting for 50% wood and 50% quartz.
Due to the situation with Covid, I started looking for worktops early on and Gemini popped up on social media. I looked through their portfolio of colours and Venetian White stood out as being particularly beautiful. It’s a powerful top, but it’s a subtle colour and the veining in it is stunning. I was also keen on choosing quartz because it’s tough and more resilient than marble. Gemini was one of the more reasonably priced and they were extremely easy to work with. Finally, they were able to get the huge slab cut and ready to be delivered on time at short notice which was impressive.
Our kitchen is right at the centre of the home, with doors to the outside on either side and a lightwell in the ceiling that goes all the way up through to the second floor. It’s quite a big kitchen and what’s really nailed it for us, is having the island with the hob bang in the centre of the house. It’s a happy place to be.
You can follow the journey of the Triangle House on Instagram here
Work with Mason Carpentry here
All photography by Douglas Bridge.