On this page we are featuring a mantel project we just completed this winter (2010).in Herndon, Virginia
It was designed and built to the homeowner's specifications, in that he wanted a mantel that would conceal all his equipment.
As you can see the fluted pilaster legs conceal storage for dvd's, while the actual mantel has room for the components and center channel speaker. We re-framed the empty space behind and above the fireplace to make room. The mantel's breastplate hinges up to reveal the hidden storage areas. We made the center panel in he breastplate with two inserts... one solid wood and one a metal speaker grill.
I am hoping to get a couple final pictures of this mantel / entertainment center with the television and components installed. I will post them here when available.
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This is a picture after completing the painting. All that is left is the installation of the flat screen television and the components. The area was recessed above the mantel shelf so the screen mounting bracket could be set back, allowing the TV to sit closer to the wall surface.
Here is the mantel with all the hidden storage areas opened up. Both the left and right spaces behind the mantel are plenty high enough to stack 2 components apiece. Also there is plenty of center space behind the grill for the center channel speaker and accessory storage. The pilaster legs are cabinets with doors that have fluted fronts, plinths and rosettes with concealed euro style hinges.
Please contact us anytime to have us come out and discuss any home improvement project you are thinking about having done in your home. We offer free no obligation in home consultations and proposals. From simple moulding installations, to built-in cabinetry, to kitchen or bath remodels, let us quote your project. We bring over 28 years of finish carpentry experience to the table. We are committed to making the process as smooth and trouble-free as possible.
Thank You, Roger Beesley, Owner, Mitre Contracting, Inc.