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SubtleEpsilon

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08-05-2019 11:09 PM

So, basically my wife hates this space (see pic) which occupies this weird hole in the space between our wood-burning fireplace and the french doors to the back yard to the left. This is basically the ‘family room’ area with the kitchen off to the right. You’ll notice from the various plate covers this was previously meant to be some sort of hole for the older cathode ray tube TVs. However, I don’t even understand the need for the weird angles and cuts in the thing. It seems like a useful space but at the same time it seems difficult to make it all useful given that it’s not symmetric at all.

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid


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Rich

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#1 posted 08-06-2019 12:47 AM

I’d do something the full height. A display cabinet with glass doors maybe, or just a nice cabinet with paneled doors and a drawer in the bottom.

-- There are 10 types of people—those who understand binary, and those who don’t

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#2 posted 08-06-2019 01:21 AM

Yeah, weird. Afraid I can see is closet space?

Idea 1) Remove the upper cabinet, add folding closet doors & trim to make space disappear. Put some shelves in for storing stuff. Everyone needs more storage space, especially in family room for; games, blankets, card table/chairs, holiday decorations, etc, etc, etc.

Idea 2) Turn it onto your audio visual storage closet. Every cinema room needs a place for the all the amplifiers and other electronics for that killer home theater you always wanted.

Idea 3) Build a floor to ceiling cabinet (bookcase/curio/etc) to fill the space, except make it only 12-14” deep. Hinge the entire cabinet on one side, with secret latch; to create a hidden secret storage space behind.
If you want to be fancy; build a liquor bar, wine storage, or hidden humidor behind the bookcase.
Yeah, that’s the best one…

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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Rich

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#3 posted 08-06-2019 01:23 AM


Hinge the entire cabinet on one side, with secret latch; to create a hidden secret storage space behind.

- CaptainKlutz

Sneaky. I like it.

-- There are 10 types of people—those who understand binary, and those who don’t

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rockusaf

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#4 posted 08-06-2019 03:34 AM

I’d remove the upper cabinet and put a desk on the bottom and shelves or cubbies to put mail, keys and stuff there above it.

Rock

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controlfreak

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#5 posted 08-06-2019 01:22 PM

It looks like they were trying to make a rear projection TV recess so that it would appear as a flat panel. I think the goofy angles were from trying to get the front wide enough to accomodate the front screen width and some immovable plumbing, structure or wire that reared its ugly head. You may want to do some demo to see what really is going on back there before commiting to a new use. In a worst case scenario I have seen someone cut out a major load support to make something fit. My gut feeling is to make the space square again by reducing depth or narrowing the front opening.

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#6 posted 08-06-2019 02:13 PM

I vote for “idea 3” above!!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#7 posted 08-06-2019 02:15 PM

I vote for “idea 3” above!!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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therealSteveN

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#8 posted 08-06-2019 03:14 PM

Before doing anything I’d find why that wall in back is angled. I imagine it’s some utility, Plumbing vent likely. To know is to ensure you do no big damage.

So that also puts me on Capn’s #3 A floor to ceiling, half depth cabinet, unless you ascertain that angled wall was someones idea of arty? If so make it go away, and build full depth. You can always put small stuff in a big place, but you can’t…....

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#9 posted 08-06-2019 03:56 PM

I’d investogate around and in back and cut peekaboo holes in the drywall to see whats beind there and go from there. I had a similar one in my house. I found to the left was the main drain pipe from upstairs about 12” behind the wall. So i cut that out, reframed it and made a big builtin wide enough to flush mount a 60” flat screen with deep storage top and bottom on right 2/3, shallow on left. I also thought about doing the hidden trap door thing when i was behind the tv and the kids couldn’t fimd me. Told them it was my safe room

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SubtleEpsilon

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#10 posted 08-06-2019 05:01 PM

Interesting ideas. I remembered there was a house down the street with the exact same floorplan as mine and it sold about a month ago. They still have the images online and it definitely looks like mine was modified which makes sense because it’s so….odd.

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid

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SMP

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#11 posted 08-06-2019 05:39 PM

So yours is widened, which is why the opeining is so close to the electrical swich and outlet(thought it looked a bit odd. I am guessing the angled piece in back is covering the big drain pipe. I would jist make a full height cabinet back to the depth of the front of that angled piece.

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#12 posted 08-06-2019 05:53 PM

My first thought is secret gun safe with a shallow cabinet on hinges and secret latch.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Kelly

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#13 posted 08-06-2019 10:41 PM

I was going to start with secret hiddey spot, but Rich beat me to it. I’m a fan of hidden space vs safes. If they can’t find it, they can’t tote it off. This spot, definitely, lends itself to that idea.

I built a pull out for one of the blind corners in my kitchen. It pulls out easily, revealing drawers on 100# slides. I’d thought about adding a magnetically attached kick plate so not one would see the wheels.

I built a bed for a guy about forty years ago. The headboard verticals were cocked at about a one degree angle so they would not scar when he lifted the shelf at his head, where he kept a few guns. Now, with rare earth magnets, enough pressure could be applied someone would think it was nailed, but anyone wanting in to it could still get in.

You could add fake pillars at the front corners.

You could build pull outs on each side that held books or what have you. Like tall drawers that are the height of either a desk or the entire opening. These could be made to look like the pillars, or not.

You could work a lazy Susan into the fray.

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SMP

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#14 posted 08-07-2019 12:37 AM

Just got home and took some pics of what i did for the space in my house that was similar to yours. I opened the doors so you can see the right side is full depth like yours, and left side just enough space for dvd/game storage. I flush mounted the TV which is where I was going to make that box swing out for hidden storage.

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HardKnockCarpentry

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#15 posted 08-08-2019 02:36 AM

Double bookcase, hinging out, concealing the entrance, to your bat cave!

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