Future Project: Family Room Built-Ins

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Project by John posted 01-13-2008 10:11 PM 7035 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a placeholder for a future project – worked on the Sketchup today – I’m not happy with the shelves above the TV opening yet… The towers on either side of the center section are tall thin cabinets for wire chasing and storing DVD’s and the like.

My home is very colonial – what do you Ljocks think? Is this too Greek looking??? I’m thinking of more molding supporting the horizontal surfaces to “colonialize” it…

Sketchup Model Here.

-- John - Central PA -

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#1 posted 01-13-2008 11:42 PM

Looks OK to me JC. Sketchup is a great package, I am still learning it but have done one design.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 01-14-2008 12:01 AM

Maybe a little Greek; what kind of wood / finish are you considering?

I do like the overall design though.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 01-14-2008 12:14 AM

i have a couple different ones on my project page , feel free to browse

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#4 posted 01-14-2008 12:26 AM

You might want to consider dropping the center tower’s height maybe a foot, or raising the side cabinets a foot. That may make the proportions more appealing to the eye. I’ve also found that by making the shelf above the TV adjustable, and by fixing it appx 1” over the set, allows for a more “built in” look. One thing more to consider is the TV set size. HDTV is in today. The “standard” size (4:3 ratio) sets are being phased out starting next year when everything goes digital…eventually you will own a new set. So make this cabinet big enough to accomodate this future purchase. Mine’s a 50” and it looks absolutely awesome from 15’ to 22’ away. Ain’t nuthin’ better this year than watching the Patriots KATN in Hi-def!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#5 posted 01-14-2008 12:28 AM

Looks nice like it is, sometimes you can over do the moldings, although in the old days it was all about stacking on the moldings. Be sure to keep us updated.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#6 posted 01-14-2008 01:34 AM

Chris: most of it will be painted white to match the trim in the room – but the horizontal surfaces will be hardwood – probably cherry.

Dadoo: Thanks for the suggestions – take a look at it on the sketchup warehouse site (, shows it in context and with a flat screen – how do the proportions look to you with it in the room?

MrTrim: Great stuff! Thanks!

Grumpy & TreeBones: thanks for the nice comments! I will post once this starts – but probably won’t be for a couple months – my son’s bed is my next big project…

-- John - Central PA -

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#7 posted 01-14-2008 04:55 PM

JC, your link is kaput. Have you ever heard of a Fibonacci Guage? It’s an old, old Greek tool used to set proportions and assist in design. Check this out:

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#8 posted 01-19-2008 02:52 AM

Dadoo: The corrected link is

That was an awesome video! Thanks!

Back to the drawing board…

-- John - Central PA -

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#9 posted 01-19-2008 11:58 AM

I think Dadoo is right, the center is disproportionate to the sides. (to my untrained eye…)

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