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Creating built in custom cabinets and paneling to fill an awkward niche in a Huntington Beach home

Posted by info on 5/13/2011


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Built in cabinets are the most common projects we work on and with every project we work with the home owners to figure out what kind of cabinetry best serves their needs for that space.  Whether you want to create cabinetry to display certain items or a combination of display and storage use, we can help you plan and build cabinets that fit those requirements perfectly.

A perfect example of a more challenging built-in cabinet project is the one shown above – the recessed window and adjacent wall configurations made it difficult to decide what exactly to build into this space.  The customers wanted to allow for convenient, accessible storage of AV components together with some display shelves and as much storage capacity as possible.  All of this had to be incorporated into the cabinets built into the window-side wall, which in turn had to be seamlessly connected with the paneling that would be incorporated into the wall on the right side of the room.  The resulting cabinetry and detailing for this project can be seen in the gallery below:

Huntington Beach Built In Cabinets & Paneling Project

Custom cabinets and paneling built in to a niche and adjacent walls for a Huntington Beach residence. Mahogany material was used for all the cabinetry, stained and lacquered to match another existing entertainment center cabinet.

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As you can see, we basically closed off the entire window area and used that side of the room to provide storage, display, and access to the AV components.  All the components were housed on full-extension pull out shelving to allow adjustments without having to pull out the components out of the cabinet.  The trickiest part was figuring out how to connect the wall of paneling with the cabinetry on the window side – you can see in the photos that a good amount of planning had to be done to get this connection down perfectly, particularly with the mouldings used for both sides of the woodwork.

The inside of the cabinetry on the window side was built using dark melamine material, which matched the natural wood exterior of the cabinets but allowed significant cost savings because with melamine no finishing is required inside the cabinetry.  All the natural material was Mahogany wood, which looks amazing but is slightly more challenging to stain and lacquer than other wood species, especially when you are trying to match a specific color.  At project completion, the transformation was fairly significant, with the room adapted to the customer’s needs and beautiful natural Mahogany paneling and cabinetry covering two walls.

Stonebelt Cabinets

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