Hi there...can you please tell me how wide the built ins are? thanks!
corres3
July 29, 2012 in Photo Questions
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William Hill Cawood, Architect
I would guess between 8 and 10 feet if those doors are somewhere around 2' wide. tricky because the french doors seem wider than 36" and the ceiling may be closer 10 feet tall. the angle may distort the scale quite a bit
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corres3
Thanks...that was quick! Do you really think that they're that long? I was thinking more along the lines of 5 feet
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William Hill Cawood, Architect
you could printout the picture and use the height of the built in counter, which would generally be in the 30" to 36" range and get an estimate on the overall height, which would relate to the width. you could also look at the doors--if they are between 6'8" to 7', and then the transom is around 1'2 to 1' 4", then you have a roughly 8' to top of built in.
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dreamsailor
We have a lower ceiling-- 7'9" . I'm debating whether it would be too low to have a built in like this. What's your opinion? Thanks!
0 Likes   June 27, 2013 at 3:55PM
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William Hill Cawood, Architect
you could do it, but you may wish to have a slightly lower bottom cabinet (say 30" or below) and two upper shelves instead of three-the trick is to get the proportions correct so the upper half of the cabinet is tall and graceful-and run crown all the way to ceiling, using a smaller crown.
if your room has no crown, install a small one such as a beaded cove- Smoot Lumber stocks it in my locality(DC Metro Region) and it is called SM-21 crown-they have a nice catalog on their website

If you want a little fancier do a small cove (2" or so) with a Greek key moulding below-very elegant and something that the majority of houses would not have.

I am always of the opinion that you should do careful experiment with crown if you want a traditional house-to many of the same mouldings are used when there is a wealth of interesting profiles and combinations
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dreamsailor
Sorry it took me so long to reply. I'm still learning to navigate on Houzz. .

wow thank you for the generous information and tips! I checked out the Greek key moulding and it indeed is very elegant and fancy!

I plan to design my tv wall with this picture and your comment as my inspiration. Thank you very much!
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Susan Willis
Could you please tell me who makes the French doors? Are the pane dividers within the glass?
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