PROJECT: Custom Built-In Cabinetry and Mantel Fabrication & Installation
This finish carpentry project was completed for a homeowner in Sterling, VA. The project features custom painted built-in cabinets and mantels. The upper built-ins are open bookcases with adjustable shelving. The base units feature inset (shaker style) flat panel doors.
The bases of these paint grade built-ins are constructed of a 3/4" thick maple veneer plywood, the facings (stiles & rails) are made from 3/4" thick solid poplar & maple. This homeowner wanted the doors to have a shaker / craftsman style look so we went with a flat square recessed panel. These are again constructed from solid maple with a 1/4" maple veneer panel. The cabinet doors are an inset design ( they sit in flush with the stiles & rails), versus an overlay design. The built-in cabinet doors feature "Blum" brand concealed hinges that clip on and off and are 3 way adjustable.
The upper portion of these built-ins feature open bookshelves. The bookcase shelves are fully adjustable and removable. The front stiles and valances are a straight smooth plain design. They include a special custom cabinet beading detail that puts on that finishing touch. The shelves are constructed from a 3/4" maple / birch veneer plywood with a front solid wood edging of maple / poplar wood that has a milled beaded profile.
This is a close up picture of the custom made mantel. This fireplace mantel features plain pilaster legs in keeping with the craftsman style look of the finish carpentry remodeling project. The crown moulding used is a nice beaded cove and the breastplate is also smooth and plain. We fabricated a solid 3/4" veneer maple wood panel above the mantel giving the space a nice recessed panel look... using the same beading detail as the bookcase stiles and shelves.
Here is another close up view of the mantel in the living room between the built-in cabinets.
Below is a close up view of the "inset" style cabinet doors that create the lower storage areas. The doors have a plain flat recessed panel design. These could also have raised panels, beaded panels, arched raised panels... etc. Every aspect of the construction and style can be customized to any particular design or functionality.
Below is another close up picture showing the stiles of the upper bookcase portion of the built-in cabinetry. The cabinet stiles are plain... versus fluted, paneled, reeded, rounded...etc. I like to use the added cabinet bead detail on the stiles, shelving and valances. Notice that the shelving is adjustable by way of the 5mm holes indexed up each inner side of the bookcase casework. These utilize small metal pins that in turn support the shelving.
This next picture shows another mantel we fabricated for the same Virginia homeowner. This fireplace mantle features the same clean plain design style in that it has smooth pilasters, a plain breastplate and a nice clean beaded cove crown moulding.
I will include a couple additional close up pictures so you can see the design details more closely:
Please contact us if you would like a free no pressure estimate on a custom set of built-in cabinets or a fireplace mantel. We offer our finish carpentry services throughout all of Northern Virginia and several surrounding counties. Finish Carpentry services we provide include all types of moulding / molding installations (baseboards, crown moldings, char rails, shadowboxes, wall panels, window & door casings), stair railings (railing replacements & installations), archways, built-in cabinetry, built-in bookcases, wainscoting, coffered ceilings...etc. etc.
Here is the link to the review on houzz.com from the actual homeowner of this project:
Mitre Contracting built and installed my custom living room fireplace mantel and built-in bookcases (also my family room fireplace mantel). The built-ins are stunning.
Roger (the owner) was great. He is very conscientious and a very skilled carpenter. They are reliable and very reasonable in price. We are very pleased and will use him again and again (I would have built-ins in every room if I have my way).