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#1 posted 07-12-2017 03:57 PM

Your cabinet, your rules. Everything else is just a jumping off place.

We have a few non-standard books, so it’s nice having some shelves that will accommodate them. Similarly, my wife had a few plates and platters that would not have fit in standard upper kitchen cabinets. Adding just a half inch can be huge.

Some might worry about the material use of veering from the norm, but you aren’t building these every day, and you’ll have them for decades. As such, I’d put my focus on end product, rather than cost. After all, you’re going to end up with cabinets that would have cost you several thousand for only a fraction of the price.

Another vote for “don’t build it so you have to crane your neck (and when enough people say the same thing, it may not be right, but it is at least worth considering.

You can always add cabinets, if, for some strange reason, you decide to go back to a 19” television. You, of course, cannot, easily, enlarge the area.

Since the system will be, I presume, done in sections, you can drop the center, television area below the remainder of the counter area and it would only add to the custom appearance, as elsewhere noted.

There is nothing that prohibits you from altering the upper and lower flow of the cabinets. for example, rather than just build all the boxes for my kitchen cabinets the same height and depth (of course, the width changes in most kitchens), some push down lower, some push out farther. I think it really adds to their custom look, and breaks up lines that would make them more ho-hum’ish.

When I built a bookshelf-counter top for our dine room, I tried to look to the future and add outlets for as of yet unanticipated uses. They’ll be hidden by things anyway, so it’s nice to have them, if needed. In the case of the bookshelves, I topped ours with granite tile and we use the area for lamps, crock pots or what have you (20 amp circuit), if throwing a shindig requiring it.

Of course, you could make hollow half pillars to hide cables, if needed.

One end of the dine room bookshelf has a pillar bookshelf. I’m thinking of, one day, adding a door with beaded or other glass, depending on what will be stored or displayed in it.

Another vote for lower drawers. My wife had never used a kitchen with them before. Now, she takes them for granted and couldn’t be coaxed back to pulling everything out to get to that one thing in the back.

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