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Built-ins are any permanent cabinetry built to accommodate a space. Built-ins typically run from wall to wall and sit on the floor.

Fireplace TV

Fireplace TVThis was one of those cases where a cabinet would have looked bad (a 3' deep chunky mass blocking light and casting shadows). Using 1-7/8" thick torsion boxes for the counter/electronics bays and floating shelves minimizes the intrusion. The boxes are veneered with clear vertical grain fir and dyed to match cabinetry on the other side of the fireplace.
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Churchfield Mud Room

Churchfield Mud RoomThere's a lot going on in this rather small space (hard to photograph). The built-in is all Maple, natural on the inside and a subtle dye coloring on the outside. The exception is the base cabinet on the North wall which is dyed blue. The doors are grain matched whole piece face rotary Maple. The picture at right (South wall) includes the bench for shoe changing, open shelving and some of the enclosed storage. The second image is a higher up and wider view. The third is at an oblique angle to show most of the south wall. I didn't like the idea of using a stock HVAC vent so I designed/built a custom vent from solid Maple. The North wall has a blue dyed base cabinet with a 45deg clipped corner on the right. The upper wall cabinet matches the South wall.
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Rosen TV Cabinet

Rosen TV CabinetThis built-in replaces a TV sitting on a cabinet in a wall recess. It is made from Maple with a custom colored dye that goes with other wood colors in the home. The mitered door profile is similar to other doors in the home. The crown and casing are also custom. This job was interesting in that the TV was very close to the same width as the opening for the built-in. The custom fluted casing helped with that and made it possible to have the face of the doors, trim and TV on the same plane. All the trim is mounted with hidden fasteners (no puttied nail holes etc.). The speaker grill and trim above the TV snap off to provide access to wiring. Heat from the electronic components is vented out from behind the crown.
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Langford Living Room

Langford Living RoomThis project started with a fairly busy two dimensional concept drawing. By using pretensioned steel reinforced shelves* I was able to provide a simpler, more open, design. I also wanted to ease the transition between wall unit and mantle. The large and shallow TV both required and allowed the TV cabinet to be shallower and shorter. While there was no need to use different shelf depths on the upper portion, it reinforces the desired effect.
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Churchfield Sitting Room

ChurchfieldFor this one I replaced an old wine rack with this shelf and door unit. Its made from Ash plywood with solid Ash edging and has a clear catalyzed lacquer finish. The grain on the doors is book-matched and centered/balanced. Technically this worked out quite well. There are no surface fasteners, cover caps, putty, etc. anywhere in, or on the face, of the cabinet. All fasteners are behind the trim which snaps in place with special clips. The clips made the normally painful four sided scribe (fitting of the trim) relatively easy, and the 1-1/2" border around the inset/flush doors possible.
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Theaman Bookcase

Theaman BookcaseMark and Dorna have a lot of books and Kristin at Interior Arts came up with the design for this 10' tall bookcase. The open base is 17" deep to accommodate oversize books and the rest is 11-3/4" deep. All visible edges are 1-1/2" thick and the, up to 39" wide, adjustable shelves have pretensioned steel reinforcement to prevent sagging. The top is trimmed with standard 2-1/4" crown and the base has a 5-1/4" ogee top furniture toe kick.
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Wolf Family Room

Wall UnitThis wall unit/mantle replaced an old mantle and was part of a larger project that included matching frame and panel wainscot*. To maximize the shallow space the cabinet is almost flush with the window (right) and soffit. I believe this is the first cabinet I did where all visible edges are 1-1/2" thick. This provides a nice solid feel to a cabinet and I'm glad the interior designer (Kristin at Interior Arts) requested it. All visible materials are lacquered MDF. The base cabinet interiors are white melamine. Like most projects its hard to get a picture when the cabinetry is 100% complete. The white-white (primer) above the mantle now matches the walls/ceiling.
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Robinson Office

Robinson OfficeThis Fir wall unit, with its shaker doors and simple trim details, was designed to match the home's craftsman style woodwork and to make the window and existing trim a part of the cabinet. With the exception of the maple drawer boxes, the cabinet is made from stained CVG (clear vertical grain) solids and veneers. The long adjustable shelves have built up edges and internal aluminum reinforcement. To keep the drawers free of hardware, there are finger pulls on the bottom edges of the drawer faces.
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Todderoff Master Bedroom

Todderoff Master BedroomThis was a fairly simple unit built around the master bedroom window. All shelving, counters and cabinet tops are 1" thick and have a full bull-nose edge (a detail carried throughout the house). Construction is lacquered MDF with the exception of the melamine window-seat drawer boxes. There's a closeup of the right side of the unit here. There's also an image of the VG Fir window-seat I did for their guest bedroom.
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