Kersten - November 27, 2007

(This post comes via Tai, even though it’s showing up under Kersten’s name.)

Well, we are at the point where we need to think of what to do with the fireplace. We didn’t want to just do the standard tile or marble surround as it had previous to our ownership.

We closed off the pass through to the kitchen that was left of the fireplace so that we could add room for a washer/dryer in the kitchen. In doing this we decided to put some built-in shelves on the living room side.

We thought that it would be nice to incorporate the new fireplace mantle with the built in shelves. This is a potential design for the mantle and shelves.

Imagine the yellow is a nice piece of Baltic birch with a mantle that runs into a shelf in the built in shelves on the left. A thought is to do it with an exposed plywood edge.

Tell us what you think. We would love some input.


  1. I really like it! We’ve been thinking of incorporating built ins in our living room renovation, and this seems nice.

    Maybe it’s just the angle here, but it feels a little lopsided? Did you consider extending the shelf along the entire wall, and stretching out the birch?

    Comment by jessica — November 27, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

  2. The asymmetry is part of the design. To the right there are actually some return air vents and switches and stuff, so it wouldn’t work to push it that direction.

    Comment by Tai — November 28, 2007 @ 11:30 am

  3. I like the asymmetry, Tai. Nice modern design that solves storage problems typical to older homes…

    Comment by chris — November 28, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

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