Friday, May 31, 2013

Completed Puzzle

Over the past couple of weeks we've seen the bare wall, the drawings for a built-in cabinet, and the pieces of the cabinet waiting to be assembled.  Ready for the finished product!

In some instances we like to design cabinets that go wall-to-wall.  However, in this case, the angled junction of the fireplace mantel and hearth would have made a wall-to-wall unit awkward.  The new piece is wrapped with the same base molding as the rest of the room, and the whole piece is crowned with the dentil molding profile used on the mantel.  These elements tie it beautifully to the room.

The central area of the cabinet will house the flat-screen TV, and the electronic components are tucked into a cabinet below.  The unit still affords a great deal of space for toys, games, videos, etc, and the open shelving on the side will be for decorative items.  These side niches are glass shelves with an appropriate piece of wood trim adhered to the front edge, and they're lit with a tiny, elegant LED light fixture, about the size of a 50-cent piece.

It makes a beautiful and very functional addition to this room!  The type of "furniture" that will be there as long as the house stands!

Friday, May 24, 2013

How Many Pieces?

Last week we looked at a "recipe for a built-in", as we like to call it.  Built-in cabinetry is without a doubt one of the best ways to hide things behind closed doors (in a beautiful way!), and help keep your home free from clutter.  And since they're custom-built, they add significance and value to your home!

Here is the drawing that we prepared for the cabinet builder.

Here is the shop drawing prepared by the cabinet builder.
Now, how many pieces do you think this one cabinet would be broken down into for building?  Here's a sample!

Amazing!  But when you see the finished product, you'll understand why.  Check in next week to see!

Friday, May 17, 2013

What Does This Spell?

A large sunny room, and a wide-open wall with a flat screen TV sitting on a stand...  To us that is the recipe for a built-in cabinet unit!

The room has a couple of strong architectural elements that can be incorporated into the wall unit.

Follow along with me over the next few weeks to see the solution we came up with!