|Project by Moron||posted 01-03-2011 07:45 AM||2352 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
It started out simple enough, just clear glass on melamine cabinets with melamine platforms seperating the three main components os the center being the upper TV, the center fireplace, and the lower audio visual equipment. ..........................but things change.
The glass was changed to rain glass, four doors, two covering the TV and 2 covering the audio equipment but in pratical application of said glass dorrs they consumed the room when they opened thus the bifold doors. Thin glass breaks and it was decided that it should be tempered which brought us to a “hinge” challenge so we decided the big bold look of stainless steel shower door hardware would look nice but that hardware only works on 9ml glass or thicker…...........so why not use rain glass?...........and temper it.
melamine wouldnt take the weight of the glass so the core was changed to plywood, painted black with hidden hardwood structure. We decided to use a suttle ? leapord fur plastic laminate on the exterior. The melamine platforms that seperate the 3 components were changed to stainless steel and we cheated a bit by using SS plastic laminate to save a few a bucks vs custom bent SS. Then added the “L” shaped stainless steel panles to the left and right of the fireplace pulling the panels approx., 3/4” of the laminate and used custom made SS bolts to secure them, one of which is removable to access the electrical control panel for lights, tunes and fireplace.
Then we added lights, the coolest lights ever and what a joy to work with as the pictures do ZERO justice to them. Small 1/4” x 1/4” x 12” ridgid LED bars routed flush into appropriate cabinet parts. Controlled by a main switch or a remote control to dim interior and exterior lights seperatly. Also included was a motion sensor so that when guests got up to use the bathroom the fireplace lights would turn on, then turn off automatically…...sweet touch as I have broken many a big tow walking in the dark. The lights made that rain glass look alive and again the photos do little justice.
Nice stainless steel details finish and connect the upper TV…..............to the theme that exists through out the entire penthouse suite with a view to die for and not to confuse anyone, the last 2 pics isnt the view out the penthouse, its the view into my new backyard.
Thanks for looking and sorry for my poor typing skills
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