S.A.N Design Group, Inc.
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Bench and Mantel traditional family room
 

Bench and Mantel

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James Doogan wrote:
Perfect - Excuse my naivete but did you need to get a permit to add this window to home? -- is it similar to "bumping" out a room which I read can be very expensive.
     Comment   November 24, 2013
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James Doogan
I jealous, I wish my house came with such a window the superior craftsmanship is obvious.
November 25, 2013 at 10:09am   
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Briggs Design Associates, Inc.
usually anything that changes your home's footprint will require a permit. The change will show up on a survey when you go to sell your home.
March 25, 2014 at 4:33pm   
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blakenj wrote:
Hardware for benches - We have a similar bench in out home. Our contractor did not install any type of mechanism to keep the lid open. Where did you purchase your hardware? Are those slow closing hinges?
   Comment   August 19, 2013
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S.A.N Design Group, Inc.
If you go to www.richelieu.com you will find different types of lid stays.
August 21, 2013 at 5:44pm     
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smittyscott wrote:
What are the dimensions of the lid? - I have a contractor building this for us in Seattle while referencing your picture as we love what you have done. Our lid dimensions are 21" deep x 78" long. He initially was going to use plywood but it has bowed before we even placed it on the frame. Now we are looking to do 3/4 mdf. We are nervous that these hinges (I ordered the same ones you used) will not support this size door and that it may split the mdf. Is your lid smaller? Thanks for your help and for uploading pictures of your beautiful projects.
   Comment   May 31, 2013
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smittyscott
Thank you sooo much! We completed the job yesterday. Ended up using a piano hinge as the door is so heavy due to its size. The contractor didn't feel the other hinges I had ordered would support the door.

He kept the plywood top that "outlines" the lid and filled it with wood filler to make it smooth as it was already on when he saw the bow in the plywood lid. :( Hopefully the pattern will not come through, it looks smooth now. I have some soft close brackets on order that will hopefully protect my little guys fingers.

Thank you for all of your feedback on the MDF and hardware. If any of the hardware I went with fails, I will look into what you used. Again, I appreciate your insight. They are lucky to have someone with your expertise in your location.
June 4, 2013 at 10:05pm     
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S.A.N Design Group, Inc.
I am glad it worked out! In the end it will be just as you wanted! Thank you for your compliments as well and good luck going forward! If you have any questions, please ask! Thank you once again.
June 5, 2013 at 2:03am     
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sierraimwalle wrote:
Border the same? - Is the border on the front of this bench the same width on the top, bottom and the vertical piece? Thanks for your help!!
   Comment   April 6, 2013
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sierraimwalle
Thanks so much!
April 7, 2013 at 6:47pm   
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sierraimwalle
one more question.. are you suggesting we put a stile on the left and right and also put a rail down the middle? You aren't suggesting to do anything at the bottom correct?
April 7, 2013 at 6:50pm   
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Jeanne Schnell wrote:
What material was used for the floor?
     Comment   January 19, 2013
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S.A.N Design Group, Inc.
I didn,t do the floors. I am only a cabinet maker. However from my observations, the floor is oak but the stain I am not sure of!
January 19, 2013 at 8:40am   
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tassiechou wrote:
How did you get the seam to disappear so smoothly? - When the bench is closed - it looks so well hidden - I can only see the seam on the front b/c I know where to look. Is it that smooth in person - or is this more in the photography? What kind of cut/edge is used? Looks beautiful by the way
   Comment   October 23, 2012
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S.A.N Design Group, Inc.
I made the seem to be 3/16" when its closed. In person, it is really smooth looking. I also do think the lighting and the picture has a lot to do with the seem being so smooth as well! Thanks for the compliment.
October 25, 2012 at 4:53pm     
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ladychocolate wrote:
How much? - How much would it cost for a custom-made window seat like this? Please give a range if it depends on material or whatever.
     Comment   September 18, 2012
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robyn8
I made my first window seat today it looks great

outdoor storage bench
October 6, 2012 at 3:53pm     
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jasonjstdr
I love this storage and seating idea. I might try to use it across a wall instead of in front of a window.
October 19, 2012 at 8:22am   
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house41 wrote:
What kind of wood was used to build the seat?
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joelo
Poplar would be my choice since it is painted. Harder than pine and sands, stains & paints well.
February 26, 2012 at 5:31pm   
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kch1860
can you give me an idea on what this would cost to build? I'm getting bids right now and want to know how much I'm being ripped off. :)
March 12, 2012 at 9:43pm   
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dianeliv wrote:
Where can a find this window seat?
   Comment   January 14, 2012
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S.A.N Design Group, Inc.
This window seat was custom built by me. I do custom cabinetry. Are you from the New York Metropolitan area? If so, then maybe we can discuss a project you would like to do? Let me know. Thanks!
January 14, 2012 at 5:10pm     
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Chad Speas wrote:
Do you recall the hardware manufacturer for the hold-opens on the sides?
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galejeweldean
I love these window seats, I had them in my old house and was a great storage for big bulky items. We're redoing a room that is. Ow basically
October 20, 2012 at 4:52pm     
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bananamamma
I LOVE Lee Valley! it's in Ottawa (a store front that is) their catalogues are amazing and service unmatched!
September 15, 2013 at 11:27am   
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jsimmie wrote:
how deep and how high is this bench
   Comment   May 23, 2011
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This unit is 18" deep and 20 1/4" high
May 23, 2011 at 6:53pm   
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thanks much
May 24, 2011 at 5:25am   
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yogita_s_s wrote:
Yogita - Hi , I like the idea of the bench near window. Did you built it. Can you please let me know from where do I built these kind of window seat. Or how did you built.
   Comment   April 5, 2014
burg25 wrote:
Hardware - What style hinges are these, i've tried regular door hinges but the back of the plywood rubs?
   Comment   March 1, 2014
brynncess1 wrote:
New download - Downloaded update and it keeps shutting off
   Comment   December 14, 2013
crazymomoffour wrote:
Wheres the carpet from? - I have the same sofa ha! for three years iv been looking for a new rug, i love what you did, i want that rug pleeeeeze love it!
   Comment   November 3, 2013
bobandamergill wrote:
Cabinetry job or finishers? - We are currently starting construction on our new home. We have window seats drawn in our plans for our 3 daughters' rooms. Is this seat/storage something the cabinetry tradesmen will do or the finisher? New to this process. Exciting yet overwhelming at the same time! I also want built in shelving for our office
   Comment   July 18, 2013
marylykens wrote:
what colrs would go well with notty pine wood
   Comment   May 13, 2013
alekka wrote:
This couch looks soooo comfy! Where is it from?
   Comment   January 17, 2012

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For a more elegant look, try a natural fiber blend, like jute/chenille or sisal/wool. The rug under this couch looks like a sisal/wool blend, which provides the durability of sisal with the warmth and softness of wool.
8) To Maximize Storage in a Sneaky, Hidden Way.
Between Naps on the Porch added this to Tapping Into The Hidden Storage Space In Your Home
Do you have a bay window in your dining room, bedroom or family room? Consider adding a hinged window seat into the bay and have the seat hinged to take advantage of all that space inside. Or add drawers or doors for access to the storage without moving cushions. It's a great place to tuck away extra pillows and blankets.
A spot to stow away toys, extra blankets, and pillows in the living room made sense to many of us.
Natalie Myers added this to Dreamy Window Seats
Storage, storage, storage. Don't waste the space underneath the seat itself. This is great for storing winter blankets or toys.
A built-in window seat would be a very good storage spot for seasonal clothes or blankets.
Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR added this to 15 Ways to Design an Easy-Clean Home
11. Plan your storage carefully. Make use of every nook and cranny. I could do several ideabooks just on the topic of storage alone. But these two basic guidelines will help you plan storage that helps you clean up in a hurry.Put storage near the place where the items to be stored are actually used. This window seat storage is handy for holding extra lap blankets for the sofa. If this is a family room, games or toys might go in here. This would be much closer than a hall closet halfway across the house. Locate your most often used storage where it is easy to reach. Although cabinets or closets that run all the way to the ceiling do make use of space, if you have to drag a step stool out to put things away, it will slow you down. Save those high cabinets for items rarely used.
E.R. Miller added this to The Best Uses for a Bay Window
Storage that opens from the top is smart for families with little ones that they want to keep away from pullout drawers or cabinets, but the seat cushion will have to be removed for someone to get to the storage underneath. Storage accessed from the top also benefits those of us who tend to lose things at the backs of cabinets.

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